Archive for February, 2009

Can Palm Pre Save Sprint Nextel?, Good Managers, Funny Pirate Bay

Palm Pre

Palm Pre

March 1st, 2009 Palm Pre Update: Here are a few videos I found informative: video 1 and video 2 and video 3

Here’s a new term I learned today: UX. User Experience (UX)— A term used to describe the overall experience and satisfaction a user has when using a product or system. It most commonly refers to a combination of software and business topics, such as selling over the web, but it applies to any result of interaction design. Ensuring that the user has a pleasant experience while visiting you site is crucial, as it helps secure visitor loyalty. Research indicates that people will feel more comfortable with your company and purchase products or services only after having visited the site several times previously.

If three quarters of what I hear about the Palm Pre are true, I’m going to have to do something I’ve never done before: I’ll sleep on the sidewalk outside the Sprint store overnight to get my eager hands on one of these  sweet babies. My only fear is that Sprint will have Palm disable some features (Wi Fi, tethering) so they can squeeze a few more bucks offer the consumer a better user experience.

Sprint Nextel Corp., the third largest wireless mobile service provider in the U.S., posted a fourth quarter loss of  $1.6 billion. During the same period, Sprint Nextel lost  $1.3 million customers. There may be a silver lining to this ominous scenario: The Palm Pre. Continue Reading

Here is a review by Gizmodo of the Palm Pre. Oh boy, I’m starting to drool. I’m not an early technology adopter, but I might change my ways for this phone! Note to Apple: don’t you dare interfere with this phone. That goes for you as well, T-Mobile and Google. No threats and no lawsuits. Thanks.

Sometimes I’ll see a situation between a manager and a subordinate where the subordinate has given up on doing a good job. For whatever reason, the employee is going through the motions, doing exactly as instructed,  and nothing more. When I see a situation like that, I wonder what the manager could have done differently. Continue Story

I like a good laugh as much as the next guy. It is too bad I wasn’t at the Pirate Bay Trial In Stockholm, Sweden when a music industry stooge gave what has to be the funniest, most ridiculous, testimony to date. I would have peed my pants because I laughed so hard! Puhleeeze! Laugh at This

February 26, 2009 at 1:47 PM Leave a comment

Tech News, Free Network Documentation, Real Life Super Mutants

Here’s a little bit of goings on in the word of technology. Read More Here

IT techs and system admins: it’s time to show you some love with  free documentation and inventory tools. You do want to keep those servers up and running with minimal down time, don’t you?

As a kid, I enjoyed curling up in bed with a good comic book (I’m partial to Spider Man). When I grew up, I stopped believing in super heroes. Imagine the jolt of electricity I felt when I heard about a small number of real life super heroes with super powers! Read More Here

February 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM Leave a comment

Who’s on Crack in Tech, Celebrity Twitterers, Palm Pre Video

Rainn Wilson is on Twitter

Rainn Wilson is on Twitter

Once more we visit those organizations that must have been hitting the pipe when they made recent decisions. Who’s on Crack

Although I haven’t yet chosen to follow any celebrity twitterers, an entertaining article I read almost made me do so. These folks are famous and they have something to say (in 140 characters or less). 10 Celebrity Twitters

First it was the iPhone. Next came the T-Mobile G1. Soon it will be the Palm Pre that has my pulse racing, while I begin to salivate.  If you have lots of time on your hands, here is a Palm Pre walkthrough video (run time: 30 min.)

February 23, 2009 at 12:33 AM Leave a comment

Twitter Tools, Strange Glasses, VC Trends

 Hurry! Supplies are Limited

Hurry! Supplies are Limited

I like Twitter. I’m always ready to pass along any tool that makes Twitter a better experience.  Here are ten great twitter tools

When I saw these “fashionable new sunglasses” I had to shake my head and smile. What is the world coming to?

If you want to make money in the world of technology,  you might want to follow the money. What are the best and brightest venture capitalists supporting? What are they avoiding? Read More Here

February 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM 4 comments

Social Networks Unhealthy? Pogue’s Tidbits – Power Bricks and Ethel Merman

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Can social networking be unhealthy? I think the thrust of this article is that anything done to excess can be bad for you. Yes spending tons of time in front of the computer can result in weaker social interactions, and poorer social skills. This in turn can directly affect one’s health. On the other hand I have seen social networking lead to people getting together. For example, people on Twitter regularly have “tweetups” where they get together and socialize. The bottom line is: it’s all about being balanced – social networking can be a double edged sword. One can use it to enhance one’s sociability, or, it can be used as a crutch to replace face to face interactions. Read Article Here

David Pogue writes a technology column for The New York Times. His articles are almost always on point, informative , and entertaining.  Read Pogue’s Tidbits

February 20, 2009 at 3:36 AM Leave a comment

TrapCall, Firefoxier, Facebook Aboutface

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Sometimes I’ll get a call on my cell phone that doesn’t display the caller’s phone number. I usually don’t answer. I wait to see if they left me a voice mail message. There is a new service out for your cell phone that lets you unmask those anonymous callers. Read More Here

I love Firefox. It helps to make my browsing experience quick and consistent. Here are some things you can do to make your Firefox web browsing even cooler. Read More Here

Facebook recently announced a change to its terms of service (TOS) that would adversely affect many Facebook users. After a blizzard of withering criticism, Facebook changed its mind about the TOS update. Read More Here

There are some steps you can take to enhance your privacy on Facebook and avoid potentially embarrassing situations. Read More Here

February 18, 2009 at 1:52 PM 2 comments

Protect Your Data, Social Media Revolution, Political Awareness

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I have a few old desktops and a laptop laying around the apartment. Sooner or later the time will come to get rid of them. When that time comes, the last thing I need is for someone to access my discarded hard drives and go through my personal info. Here is what I plan to do. Read More

I have a lot to learn about the repercussions of the social media revolution. The article by Steve Rubel and the white paper (PDF download) opened my eyes to some of the directions our digital lives are headed. Read More

While I consider myself moderately aware of current events and politics, I realize that I have plenty of room for improvement. Brush up on your knowledge with this article. Read More

February 17, 2009 at 12:59 AM Leave a comment

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