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  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"

  • Opinion: Day 24: Google Docs Drawing vs. Microsoft Visio

    There is another tool buried in Google Docs that we haven't yet looked at during our 30 Days With...Google Docs--Drawing. The Microsoft Office equivalent, or counterpart, would be Visio, although Visio is an additional purchase that is not part of the Microsoft Office bundles.

  • Opinion: Google Search Terms Used to Track Disease Outbreaks

    Google search terms have been used to illustrate shifts in language, news awareness, and pop culture knowledge--see Ngrams, Trends, and Zeitgeist. But while it's fun to see the break between the "war on drugs" and the "war on terror", search terms can also provide important information on the spread of disease. Google Flu Trends retroactively showed a spike in searches for flu symptoms that could have predicted the swine flu outbreak in 2009; now a paper published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US says that searches for symptoms of a nasty antibiotic-resistant infection can track the spread of MRSA.

  • Opinion: Amazon's Servers Overwhelmed by Gaga Lady Gaga Fans

    A crush of Lady Gaga fans hit Amazon like a platform stiletto to the gut, overwhelming the company's servers. In an apparent promotion for Amazon's Cloud Drive service, users were invited to download the pop star's much-anticipated new album, "Born This Way," for only 99 cents and qualify for an upgrade to 20 GB of cloud storage - which usually costs $20 a year or comes with a full-price album purchase.

  • Opinion: Should Young Kids be on Facebook? Experts Are Skeptical

    Over the weekend Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made comments suggesting he wants to get younger kids using the social networking site. Zuckerberg framed Facebook as a tool to help educate children about using the internet before suggested that COPPA, a federal law designed to protect the online privacy of children under the age of 13, is standing in the way of that goal.

  • Opinion: eProductivity Stand-Alone Brings GTD to Lotus Notes

    It's been years since I was last forced to use Lotus Notes as my primary business e-mail system, and I don't miss it. But I still know more than a few professionals who depend on Notes for the bulk of their daily business communications, calendar tracking, and other essential work stuff. If you're a Notes user interested in bringing GTD to your inbox, eProductivity is definitely worth a look.

  • Opinion: Rooted Android Devices Blocked From Movie Rentals

    Bad news, hackers: It looks like the honeymoon with Android is over. As Android Central points out, rooted devices are being blocked from renting movies from the Android Marketplace. Rooted devices that attempt to download a movie are pinged with the following message: "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)."

  • Opinion: The footballer, the mistress, and the social network

    What does the case of the super-injunction-toting, Twitter-baiting footballer mean for freedom of expression on the internet?

  • Opinion: Day 22: What If You Can't Connect to Google Docs?

    We have gotten through three weeks of 30 Days With...Google Docs. We are entering the home stretch of the project, and we haven't addressed one of the most crucial questions to ask when considering Google Docs--what do you do when you can't connect to Google Docs?

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Amazon Trade-in: The Best Deal for Selling Used Gadgets?

    You might've heard that Amazon has expanded its trade-in program, and will now pay for used gadgets with gift cards. What you might not know is that Amazon isn't the only retailer who buys back old electronics.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: A Fly in the Ointment: Pricing Algorithms Run Amuck

    I'm starting a large research project on pricing. So naturally Ron Kleinman's April 24th post on the ARTS's (Association for Retail Technology Standards) Linkedin Group, "When pricing algorithms collide...it isn't pretty", caught my eye. It reminded me of the value of business rules in pricing, the common sense these rules should instantiate, and the danger of running algorithmic price optimization in a "lights out" fashion.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Amazon Adds Electronics to Trade-In Program

    Amazon has expanded its product trade-in program to include electronics, so if you're saddled with obsolete or unwanted gadgets -- including tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS units, and more -- you can unload them for Amazon.com gift certificates.

  • Opinion: Google Won't Dabble in Facial Recognition Search System

    Google will not be building a facial recognition search system, even though facial recognition technology is quickly advancing. According to The Telegraph, Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, believes the "surprising accuracy" of facial recognition technology is "very concerning."

  • Opinion: Day 18: Google Docs Translations Don't Make Sense

    One of the features touted by Google for Google Docs is the ability to easily translate documents into 53 different languages. For day 18 of 30 Days With...Google Docs I decided to put those translations to the test.

  • Opinion: Getting the nation online

    500,000 web newbies have logged on since August last year – giving hope to the national campaign fighting to get everyone online by 2012.

  • Opinion: Day 17: Uploading Folders of Data to Google Docs

    I need access to my files. 17 days into the 30 Days With...Google Docs process may seem a bit late, but with each passing day I am finding more and more that I need all of the files I normally work with in my Documents folder in Windows 7 on my local computer to be available to me in Google Docs.

  • Opinion: Bing, Facebook Deepen Ties, Threaten Google +1

    Microsoft has unveiled a deeper conglomerate of Bing and Facebook that harvests the power of the social Web, one year after forming a partnership to take "social search" to the next level.



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