• Steve Clayton

    Announcing C3PO – The Cloud Computing Conference

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    c3po 

    Well, not really….it was just a joke in my earlier post and I wanted to be the first to announce a Cloud Computing Conference as it’ll be all the rage next year. Consider that term copyrighted kids, along with the C3PO acronym :) O’Reilly, you can have it for £100!

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Live Search for finding Blogs and RSS Feeds

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    livesearch

    Some new features are quietly being added to Live Search around RSS, blogs etc. Amit has a pretty good round up of them. Check out http://search.live.com/feeds/ which has a beta of a Live Search for blogs similar to Google Blog Search.

    Link to Microsoft Live Search for finding Blogs and RSS Feeds at Digital Inspiration

  • Steve Clayton

    What’s in my sack?

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    I was inspired by Hugh’s recent post on his portable studio, I got thinking about what I carry around every day – what are the tools of my trade? 

    My main use bag is the Rapha backpack from the legendary cycling company. The build quality of their stuff is second to none and this bag is no exception. The detailing is wonderful with little touches of their trademark pink here and there. The bag itself has a good selection of external and internal pockets including a laptop divider. It’s big enough to house my essentials while being small enough that I have to judiciously pick what I carry. Here’s today’s inventory

    • Lenovo X301 laptop + small power supply. Though I have a smaller laptop with my Vaio X, the Lenovo is the perfect combination of power to weight.
    • Zune HD 32
    • Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones. Okay, they take up too much space but they’re to good to leave at home!
    • Leica D-LUX 4 – used for taking snaps around campus. More of which will be showing up on Next at Microsoft soon!
    • Micro USB cable – for sync and power of my Samsung Focus
    • Oakley Flak Jackets – I live in Seattle. I live in hope.
    • Numerous pens and markers
    • Cowshed lipbalm – did I mention I live in Seattle? “Stolen” from High Road House
    • Various memory sticks – 2x4gb, 1x16gb (rarely used) given the cloud syncs all my stuff.
    • Do Epic *** stickers – I just got a load more of these and friends keep asking me for them.
    • Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse – flat and perfect
    • Sony ICD-UX200 digital voice recorder. Slowly being made redundant by my Samsung Focus and OneNote

    That’s my daily load – all I need (and more really) to get my gig done. What’s your haul look like?



  • Steve Clayton

    Hidden tricks of Windows Phone 7

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    keybds

    I thought I’d found most of the tricks Windows Phone 7 has up it’s sleeve but no, this puppy has way more tricks up it’s sleeve. It’s one thing I love about the marketing…we’ve not had every feature explained to us in excruciating detail. The team behind it seem to know the delight and childlike glee of finding something you didn’t know was there…it reminds me of the days of Easter eggs.

    Head to pocket-lint.com for 72 tips and tricks…here are 3 of my favorites.

     

    38. Getting International dialing help
    Always travelling, always forgetting to add the 0044 to your calls back to the UK? Then go in to Settings, swipe to Applications, choose Phone and then set International assist to On. Turning it on will help automatically correct some of the common mistakes while dialing international or dialing while abroad.
    45. Finding the .co.uk shortcut on the touchscreen keyboard
    Load up the keyboard in Internet Explorer and to save you valuable seconds you get a .com button for websites. But what if you are going to a .co.uk? Well press and hold the .com button and up pops .co.uk, .org. and .edu.
    65. Shuffle tracks on an album
    This one is hidden within the player. Tap on the album cover and it reveals two controls, a repeat and a shuffle icon. It's like you've found a special secret
  • Steve Clayton

    Google Talks Software plus Services

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    Great stuff, GMail goes offline and endorses the Software plus Services approach.

    I couldn't have said it better myself really. Well, maybe I can as this approach it viable for more than just email…see below for what is Software plus Services.

    Seriously, this is how people want to work and it’s good to see Google putting Gears behind GMail and enabling this even if it is in beta and from GMail Labs.

    This advance does acknowledge that offline is important, and it begs the question as to whether offline is better done within a browser or client software. Don’t mistake this for me pushing a Windows agenda – that client software that could be clients written in AIR or even Java that are cross platform. I love the web and it’s kept me in a job since I left university but client software has it’s benefits.

    For me it means Outlook of course for email but extend this to Salesforce.com and CRM and you have the same question – if you’re taking that business information  offline, is a browser the best client for features and performance? Ever wonder how many people use Salesforce.com in Outlook? Of course that doesn’t quite jive with the “No Software” line but trust me, it’s plenty.

    Anyhow, I’ve heard the accusation that Software plus Services is Microsoft’s way of avoiding the whole SaaS debate and Web 2.0 and protecting the Windows and Office client base but at it’s core, it’s exactly what Google has just announced here. The combination of client software and cloud services to give customers choice and flexibility.

    Funny how things come around.  

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