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Twitterized

Several news items this morning are worth blogging on. First, I noted a CNet news item that Bank of America’s web site was intermittently (?) unavailable last Friday and that the bank used its Twitter feed to let customer’s know that this was the case.  Coincidentally, last Thursday I was attending a largish committee meeting where Twitter came up (actually it was a reference to our department’s use of Twitter) and the reaction among those present was uniformly negative, even hostile.  One of those ‘I don’t know what it is–I’ve never used it–and I...
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CES Keynote: Promise at the Margins

There was a day when Steve Ballmer’s keynote to the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show would have been truly exciting.  Now, it is just more stuff.  Do we really need the PC to take over the driving experience?  The range of computing devices is truly impressive, and the success of Windows 7 is well deserved, but what are people doing on those devices and this great OS?  Something they could just have easily done on the telephone two decades ago?  We still have phones.  The enabling technology is in place, and at no small cost, but what is being enabled? It’s true consumer electronics help...
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Ballmer Keynote to CES

Tonight a 6:30 PM PST Steve Ballmer will keynote the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas: Click here for streaming video. The New York Times is reporting that Ballmer will preview a slate tablet from HP with multi-touch, e-reader, and multimedia functionality: “This product better be good because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd.” Tablet technology, much like voice recognition technology, has loads of potential,...
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Track Santa

Don’t forget, NORAD tracks Santa each Christmas eve.  This year, you can track him with NORAD in 3D using Google Earth. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new window)Send to...
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Google Acquires DocVerse

Office 2010 will allow users to collaborate, or simply individually work, on Office documents online using Office Live Workspace, something Google users could do all along with Google Docs.  Microsoft still has an enormous edge because Office is entrenched on a gazillion desktops.  For most users, “the cloud” holds promise, but why learn something new, and trust your most important assets, to something that can be interrupted by a snow storm? Now Google has taken the next step to take the title from the productivity apps champ.  They have acquired 2-year old San Francisco startup...
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