Wednesday, 25 November 2009's Social Side - Coming 2010

2010 will be a great year for social media; especially its adoption in the enterprise.'s Chatter will more than likely not only help act as a catalyst but further drive home the importance of leveraging social media within your firm's technology plans. Chatter gives firms virtually instant access to their own private social networking site that is powered by the remarkably stable and incredibly fast infrastructure that delivers now.

Salesforce Chatter will completely transform the way you collaborate with people in your company.* As both a collaboration application and a platform for building social cloud-computing apps, Chatter helps you connect and share information securely like never before—all in real time. Welcome to the new world of collaboration for the enterprise.
The new Chatter social platform offers social features and capabilities that are readily available for any application built and run on the platform. Custom apps will generate real-time feed updates, incorporate user profiles, and encourage dynamic interactions between people and groups.

I can not wait to give it a try; read more about Chatter here.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Download Google Chrome OS now!

Yesterday, Google finally showed off their new Chrome OS however there was a great deal of uncertainty about working in the cloud with offline applications. On a lighter note, if you don't really care about the negatives and want to jump right into Chrome OS now, you can go download and install it yourself.

A few words of warning:
  1. The download will only work in a VM environment
  2. This is pre-beta release; expect some trouble.
You can follow the directions here, if you think you're ready. If you don't want to read directions, jump straight to the download here (after signing up).

Thursday, 19 November 2009

MacBook Pro screen won't light up

Aaahk! After a great (long) weekend away, without my laptop, I fired up my MacBook Pro ready to do some work BUT the screen would not light up. The battery was fully charged and the power adapter was working. After a quick look around via Google, I came across this site on Apple's support website.
"Reset the PRAM. After pressing the power button, hold down these keys simultaneously: Command-Option-P-R, until you hear the startup chime at least one additional time after the initial startup chime"
Immediately after holding the keys down, the screen lit up and I am back in business.

Side note:
Some additional reading noted that resetting the SMC would also resolve this issue however I did not have to test that so I can not confirm.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

IBM Smart Business Development and Test on IBM Cloud

Today, IBM has announced a cloud services offering that will allow developers to build and test cloud based applications. Furthermore, IBM is offering *free* compute and storage for developers using this new cloud based platform from IBM.

IBM Smart Business Development and Test on IBM Cloud is designed to remove the burdens from developers who spend a great deal of time configuring their own test environments for their applications. By using a cloud service, developers can build and test in a fraction of the time, compared to more traditional methods.

IBM is targeting IT managers who often are managing hundred of projects on an annual basis. As such, this service certainly has the potential to translate into a competitive advantage. By decreasing development times, companies can move their products and services to market much faster.

The service already supports third-party and open-source tools. To read more about the offering, check out the official site from IBM.

What's Google Got On You?

As you rightly know, Google has loads of information about *everything* under the sun, and more. Especially the personal information they are storing in their apps like GMail, Google Apps, Google Talk, Google Voice,  etc., etc. That obviously raises some concerns about privacy, in particular personal privacy. Enter the Google Dashboard - a new service that shows a summary of the data stored with a Google account.

"The dashboard lists some of the information associated with the Google services you use: your name, your email address, the number of contacts, the number of conversations in your Gmail inbox, your Google profile, the most recent entries from the web history etc. It's a long answer to the question: "What does Google know about me?"

It is nice to see a little transparency into their systems, and this is a big refreshing step in the right direction for the search giant.