February 25, 2005

Annotate the Planet

Jon Udell walks around his hometown, and relays the experience with the aid of some hipster tech goodies: Google Maps, a digital camera, GPS, Flash, and some magic fairy dust.

(A little list of various Google maps hackeries is here).

February 24, 2005

Groove vs. Laplink

CNET has a comparative review between Groove File Sharing Edition and Laplink ShareDirect. Groove won: "We love its customization options, and we like that you pay a one-time fee".

February 23, 2005

The Online Collaboration Potential For The Networked Small Business Company

At kolabora,

Small technology consultancy firms understand better than anyone else the importance and potential of online collaboration technologies, beyond what is served to the dominating and more visible cororate marketplace.

Ray Symmes, principal of a consulting network, has some really clear thoughts on the subject.

February 18, 2005

Just Passing Thru

Ben Hyde musing about the centralization/decentralization/recentralization of IT:

So, what is this. A cyclic process?...

I do not believe the power is going to stop in CIOís data center. I think itís just passing thru. I think itís headed up and into the net. There it will fall into the hands of a small number of players as the network effects emerge and cause condensation. Consider email, calendaring, HR, sales pipelines, etc. etc. none of these has a strong reason - beyond illusions of privacy - to remain parked in the company data center. Iíve observed at least four of sales groups at this point that run two sets of books, i.e. two sales pipelines. One in the internal system because they were required to, and another on some internet embedded service run by a 3rd party because it was simple, effective, better socialized, more ďsituated,Ē and extremely adaptive.

February 08, 2005

Google Maps

Google Maps is just awesome. (If you live in the USA or Canada, that is. The map seems to be a strangely disembodied North American island...)

Pan and zoom just with a click. Search within the displayed map. Directions.

Where I live. Local pizza. Groove, where I work.