June, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft's multi touch laptops

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    Long posted a great review of the work of Steve Hodges work from Microsoft Research in Cambridge including a multi touch laptop that has an amazing interface you just have to see.

    I has the pleasure of meeting Steve and his team back in October last year and they have some stunning prototypes in their lab that I wish I could tell you more about. I need to get back up there and shoot some videos...

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    Where is the next PowerPoint?

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    There was a great article in the WSJ this week about PowerPoint being 20 years old. I learnt a lot from it:

    • PowerPoint was Microsoft's first major acquisition - $14m in cash
    • PowerPoint started on the Mac (see above)
    • It was never designed for a wider audience the sales people
    • David Byrne is a fan!

    The article is a good quick read about a piece of software that like it or not, has pervaded both business and education in a way the founders could never have imagined. It makes you wonder which technology that is growing up today will be the same in 20 years. Facebook maybe? YouTube? Photosynth?

    Though PowerPoint get a bad rap from many, one of it's founders hits the nail on the head with this quote:

    "It's just like the printing press," says Mr. Austin. "It enabled all sorts of garbage to be printed."

    Way more fun than the WSJ article though is co-founder Robert Gaskin's personal website which hosts a tonne of memorabilia including the original proposals and more.

    Like those guys, I can't help but heartPowerPoint. I got my first job from it!

     

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    eXpansys blog

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    Hat tip the the Langridge bloke for noticing that eXpansys now have a blog. These guys are the kings of mobile so lets hope we get some scoops from them that take on Engadget! That's MD Roger who's contributing from the beer garden. Great work :)

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    Talent wins

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    This video speaks for itself. Talent always wins out...if you stick at it and ignore the naysayers.

    Courtesy of Seth Godin

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    Vodafone on the blogging bandwagon

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    Hats off to Vodafone for their new billboard campaign here in the UK about mobile Internet and their site on it. I've now seen the billboard above twice and it caught my eye because of the blogging word. Despite all of us in the blogosphere thinking everyone knows what a blog is, the vast majority of the world are blissfully unaware so to see it on a huge billboard was quite a shock and a pleasant surprise. It does beg a few questions though:

    • Had Vodafone simply jumped on the blog bandwagon as I suspect a high % of their customers neither know or care what a blog is?
    • Does this help spread the word about blogging or is it just designed to stop geeks like me in their tracks?
    • Is there any way Vodafone can measure the impact of this ad as part of their wider campaign? I think the answer is no due to the generic URL :(

    Overall I'm delighted to simply see the word blogging in this medium and I suspect it will not be the last. The downside is I bet if I walked in to the Vodafone store 1 mile from this ad and said I'd like to do some mobile blogging the staff would go "eh....uh, ermmmm.....would you like a new handset?". If they had the sales savvy to back this up, now that would be cool.

     

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