Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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Cross-blogination

April 30, 2009

Posted this at my non-techie blog in the hopes that my friends new to twitter would read 🙂  Just call me a Twittervangelist.

http://niellemc.blogspot.com/2009/04/hey-twitter-i-aint-no-quitter.html

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women in technology

March 24, 2009

I’ve been struck by 3 amazing women in the tech field but for privacy sake, I won’t blog in detail about them. All possess a lifetime’s worth of knowledge about many topics within IT and carry out their jobs with grace and humility. They taught me a lot about how to effectively communicate and about their particular fields.
We’ve come a long way baby! Thanks to pioneers like Ada.

http://www.pledgebank.com/AdaLovelaceDay

pass it on!

related – Women in IT Scorecard:

http://www.intellectuk.org/content/view/4956/47/

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100 Twitter Tools

March 12, 2009

I predict eventually, Twitter will overtake Facebook in popularity, but it will take a while… most people don’t really understand Twitter or how it can be used to your advantage. But as Jimmy Falon’s experiment shows, Tweets are ideas spreading like wild fire.

Granted, the first few days you really get immersed in Twitter you can easily lose yourself to time suckage. (Do I really need to know that Imogen Heap is craving pancakes? Or that Kevin Pollak is Tweeting during a big Hollywood meeting? Actually, that’s pretty cool…)
But the more you use it and see how others use it, the more productive you can become.

For instance, I used to visit about 50 different sites a day for news, entertainment, web stuff, etc., now I just follow the Twitter feeds all in one place. In theory this is what RSS readers are for, but that always felt very oppressive and overwhelming to me for some reason.

The trick is to find information worth following — search.twitter.com and the below tools can assist with this.

I’ve only checked out about 10% of these links, so I’ll be coming back to this post as well:

http://www.onlinebestcolleges.com/blog/2009/100-twitter-tools-to-help-you-achieve-all-your-goals/

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Malware trends and forecasts in 2009

January 22, 2009

Read this interesting whitepaper today:

http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/reports/2009_threat_predictions_report.pdf

Even though my specific job duties don’t involve a lot of trouble-shooting of this kind, it’s still good to know the threats out there and how to combat and prevent them.

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Google wants to prevent drinking and emailing

October 8, 2008

How many times have we fired off a drunken message, post, email while under the influence?  It’s dangerous for sure and usually we regret the loose lips the next day.

This is an amusing tool from Google called Mail Goggles, check it out:

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-in-labs-stop-sending-mail-you-later.html

The solution is verifying you can do some math problems before you send the email… this is an interesting idea but I can rarely do math problems sober.  Perhaps a CAPTCHA solution might be better?

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Google Chrome

September 2, 2008

We are all a-buzz in the IT department discussing Google’s new browser.   I think it will throw a very interesting kink into the browser wars.  We all know Google does search and applications well, so it only makes sense to combine all their attributes into a browser.  Most of us use our browsers for searching anyway.

I find it interesting that they have only released a version for XP & Vista and will need to find out if they plan on releasing more versions to other operating systems.  If this browser takes off like Firefox, or even like the popularity of Gmail, then web designers and coders will need to make sure the code validates.

I have yet to download the product and play with it but according to a co-worker it quickly and easily downloaded and imported all favorites from Firefox.

according to the W3C, IE versions and Firefox currently hold the market on popular browsers, so I suppose that’s why Google didn’t release a version for Mac users.

More information can be found here:

http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/why.html?hl=en

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Acrobat.com

June 19, 2008

I read an interesting article about the Beta of Acrobat.com… it sounds like a really exciting and convenient service from Adobe.

Looks like you need Acrobat 9 to use it, but then you can have rich PDF portfolios and real-time capabilities for co-navigating a PDF with colleagues.

There are other collaboration services too like file-sharing, storage space, online PDF conversion, shared reviews, etc.

http://www.acrobat.com

Abobe, like Google, just seems to be getting better all the time.

update:

here is Adobe’s blog about this new service:

http://blogs.adobe.com/acom/