Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Free Rice: Improve your vocabulary while you help the hungry!

Monday, December 3rd, 2007 No Comments
Here is an innovative use of the Internet. Visit this site to improve your English vocabulary. Thanks to sponsors every time you answer the meaning of word correctly, the site donates 20 grains of rice to the UN. Cool idea!

Gmail Upgrade Causing Pain?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007 No Comments
Google appears to be upgrading its Gmail version behind the scenes. You will notice a link at the top for New Version/Older Version. Unlike Yahoo! which gives you a choice right upfront about whether you would like to upgrade to its new email or not, Google chooses to upgrade users behind the scenes without any prior notice. The good news is that the new version is not dramatically different. The bad news is that the end users automatically becomes a ...

Microsoft Home Server

Friday, November 16th, 2007 No Comments
It is amazing how things have changed over the years in the world of home computing. Computers have become ever more powerful. Dell (and other PC vendors) today sells a desktop for about $600 inclusive of a flat panel monitor, 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. Microsoft Vista requires a minimum of 1GB RAM (this means you better make sure you have at least 2GB!). There was a time when you could not buy a monitor for the same ...

Facebook Social Ads: First Impression

Thursday, November 8th, 2007 No Comments
Facebook introduced a widely publicized platform for advertisers and businesses the other day. Despite a number of naysayers, I think the Facebook approach to advertising has both merit and novelty. The basic principle that my friends are likely to have an interest in something that appeals to me (and that they wouldn't mind knowing about it when they login to Facebook) is sound in my opinion. Some of the privacy fears expressed are very similar to the early days of ...

Top 10 Improvments Needed in Facebook Ads

Monday, November 5th, 2007 No Comments
Facebook with its 50M+ user base is now uniquely positioned to give advertisers the ability to target potential customers based on a host of information that even the mighty Google Adwords does not provide (if you are wondering what all this fuss was about Open Social, this is it!) today.Want to target an ad at users (male, female or both) living in Cupertino, CA in the age range 25 to 35 with college degrees and conservative political views? Facebook lets ...

Open Social: Google plays catch up!

Thursday, November 1st, 2007 No Comments
Nice to see Google desperately trying to play catchup.Facebook after a long period of being out in the cold, recently opened up its platform. Since then, it seems to have caught fire and today appears to threaten to Google's (and all other social networks) bread and butter (Adwords) from a new unexpected direction. Google has had Orkut for years but has done little with it. It is slow and clunky and used mostly in Brazil and India.On the other hand, ...

NY Times: Really Cool Feature

Thursday, November 1st, 2007 No Comments
Next time you are reading the NY Times and don't know the meaning of a word, all you need to do is double click on the word and a window pops up with the answer powered by Really cool feature. Came across it by accident!

Adobe Share is Just a Document Dump!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 No Comments
Adobe's Share service is just a dumping ground for documents. It is still got a long way to go before challenging either MS Office Live or Google Docs and spreadsheets. I tried using it in Firefox and it ended up in a loop where the site was always trying to install Flash 9. I finally switched to IE and managed to use it. The UI is all clunky and flash. At this point, Share sounds more like an announcement of ...

Google's PPT Equivalent Closer to Release?

Monday, September 10th, 2007 No Comments
This morning I received a powerpoint file via email to my gmail address and I was pleasantly surprised to see a "View as Slide Show link" next to the attachment, much like Google's ability to view docs and spreadsheets.On clicking the link I noticed that the slide show view converts the slides to flash and on the far right corner of the browser window there is pull down that lets you jump to different slides.It will interesting to see what ...

Apple's iPhone Price Drop: A Big Goof-Up

Thursday, September 6th, 2007 No Comments
Apple announced a $200 price cut on the iPhone. Ok, I didn't buy one at the outrageous $599 price point and I don't intend to buy one at the reduced price either. If you did purchase one at the high end for $599, you are probably pissed! My sympathies.Steve Jobs' open letter to early buyers seems to say, "You have reason to be pissed, but hey that's life! We'll meet you half way by giving you a $100 store credit!" ...