Monday, November 24, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Zoho: A Comprehensive Application Suite

While searching about for a decent online PIM, I found a really cool web-based application and productivity suite called Zoho. What's really cool about it is that provides a number of well written web 2.0 applications that fall under productivity, collaboration and business.  For example, under productivity and collaboration there is a web-based email service, a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite.  Under business applications you'll find CRM, project management, database, invoicing and web conferencing.

A really nice feature is the Notebook.  In it you can place, among other things, spreadsheets, web pages, audio, video and text.  Once you've created all of your pages you can publish your notebook.  It will provide you with a url or code to embed into your blog or website.  Here is a sample:

So check it out and create your own notebooks, write documents, create spreadsheets, and just have fun.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hologramania at CNN

I missed it yesterday, but CNN has one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time. I might be in the minority, which is something I found quite surprising. Just like so many others, I am embedding the video here in my post:

When I was a young child I would sit in the den with my mother and watch the original Start Trek episodes.  This was in the early seventies.  It captured and fed my overactive adolescent imagination and it got me through a lot of awkward year: yes, I was not so popular...with anyone.  But the original Star Trek lacked something that most of the subsequent spin offs had.  The holodeck.

CNN's hologram technology is certainly not a holodeck.  Far from it.  But where others see the potential of web conferencing (boring), I see things differently.  So remove Jessica (the one being holo projected) from the picture.  Then add 3D generated imagine.  Let's say a full sized Lara Croft.  Now add dark corners of the world and you can almost literally stand next to the action as you control it.   But instead of a keyboard or joystick or some other primitive device, your very movements would control her.  From jumping to swimming, punching to shooting, you would control it all and have a kickass VR-like experience.

Okay.  So maybe this technology is too limited and, it's certainly too expensive.  But perhaps its that stone upon which CNN is the first to step. 

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Issuu: Publish Your Documents for Free

There is a neat site where you can publish your documents (magazines, ebooks, journals, resumes, etc.) for free, and you can embed widgets into your blog or a web page that allows your viewers instant access to a very nice looking interactive version of your document.  In fact here is my resume, animated, and when you click on a page you'll be taken to it at Issuu so you can browse it.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Embed a Digg Widget in Each Post

I user and I wanted to add a Digg widget to each of my posts,  and while searching I came across one of the best tutorials on this.  At the Tips for New Bloggers blog, there is an article called "Add Digg button to Blogger or Blogspot". What I like about this article is that it takes you step by step through the process, and shows a screen shot of the layout screen to a particular blog as well as the code snippets you need to do this.  I definitely recommend doing this if you want people to digg your posts.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Speed Read Your News at Spreed:NEWS

I've wanted to learn to speed read for some time now.  And there was a time when I could read pretty fast, but because our eyes, whether we perceive it or not, sort of dart around what we read we tend to read slowly.  But there are different techniques you can use to increase not only the speed at which you read, but you'll should also be able to increase your comprehension and retentions of whatever you read.  And these techniques are simple.

One of the more interesting ways to increase your reading speed is to be able to control the speed of the display of single line phrases or sentences that are part of a larger document (e.g. a news article).  At a site called Spreed:News, you can create an account and then tailor your feeds with some broad categories.  Then when you select a post within some feed, you're presented with a window on the right of the screen with the first few words of the article.  Push play and it begins to play through the document one phrase at a time.  You can set the speed at which each phrase is presented from 240 words per minute to 1500 words per minute.  You should note that as you read through these posts and slowly increase the speed youre brain will cope and you'll not only start reading faster but you should be able to retain more of what you've read, or so this is the idea. 

I'm going to use it to see if even I, with my ever degrading mind, can improve my reading speed, but I won't hold my breath for expanding my comprehension of what I read. So check it out and see how well you can do.

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