IABC members call to action!

A call to action to all bloggers who are members of IABC, the International Association of Business Communicators. With so much debate and discussion going on about blogging and organizations in a wide range of business blogs, I’ve been surprised to note that hardly anyone who is an IABC member is joining in any of […]

Skype is a winner

I’ve been trying out Skype, the internet-based phone system I commented on last week (read post). It is very good! The best thing is that if you call another Skype user, that call is 100% free, wherever in the world the other party is located. If you call someone on a normal landline or mobile […]

Firefox gets better, but…

With the latest version 0.9.3 of Firefox, released today, it looks like Mozilla is on the way to winning the contest of best browser. I’ve been using Firefox exclusively during today, and I’m really impressed with the improvements since the previous version I had, 0.9.1. Things like better bookmark management; much easier to import favorites, […]

AMD 1, Intel 0

While the CEO of Intel may be firing off angry memos to employees about recent missteps, it’s a different story at rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices, according to a report in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Hector Ruiz, AMD’s CEO, sent an all-employee e-mail that effusively praises the company’s employees for their recent performance. While […]

Yahoo lawsuit: fear factor for corporate blogs

A California lawyer has filed a potential class action lawsuit against Yahoo, according to a BBC News report today. The report says the lawyer was subject to a “barrage of harassing, defamatory and abusive messages” from anonymous users on a Yahoo message board. The lawyer has accused Yahoo of sheltering users who harass people in […]

Windows XP SP2 ready to go

A report on Bink.nu this afternoon – Windows XP Service Pack 2 build 2180 was declared ready for release to manufacturing (RTM) on Wednesday and sent for manufacturing (CD production) on Thursday. Bink.nu / Windows XP Service Pack 2 build 2180 Released To Manufacturing Also this afternoon, a forum posting on Neowin includes comment with […]

Amsterdam canal parade – great spectacle!

Crowds lined the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam this afternoon to watch the annual Amsterdam Canal Parade. Part of the gay pride weekend and now in its 9th year, the parade is one of the bigggest visitor events in Amsterdam. My wife and I were there, too, cameras in hand, joining the estimated 250,000+ visitors who crowded […]

Business Week: Blogs are good for business

Business Week has published a detailed commentary in this week’s edition on the benefits of business blogs for organizations and how company executives are finding blogs useful for promoting their businesses as well as their points of view. The article has clearly captured other business bloggers’ attention as I’ve already seen it highighted on at […]

Windows XP SP2 – get it, even if you use NAV

As widely reported over the past few days, Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP. I commented on this last week, and today I installed the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version that’s available now to beta testers. The RTM version is what will be available via Windows Update from 10 August and on a […]

P2P file sharing: hacks and respectability

Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing has often been associated in many people’s minds with illegal copying and sharing of music. Think Napster and Kazaa: not the shiny respectable Napster and Kazaa we know today, but the original services that were shut down after legal actions by the recording industry and others. P2P is in the spotlight […]

Are blogs worth the hype?

CNET News published a comprehensive editorial feature today that discusses the Big Question: Will blogs truly revolutionize the way people consume media? The feature includes discussion and commentary on the US Democratic National Convention and participation by bloggers, a look at what journalists say about the worth of blogs, and the views of some critics […]

BBC journalist blogs the Olympics

I was thinking today about the Olympic Games that start this Friday 13 August and wondering how blogs will fit into the media extravaganza to bring such an event to billions of people worldwide. Then I came across a blog by Stuart Hughes, a news producer with BBC News in London, who is going to […]

New Ad-Aware SE

Lavasoft, the Sweden-based publisher of the award-winning Ad-Aware spyware detection and removal application, announced yesterday a major upgrade to the program with the launch of Ad-Aware Standard Edition (SE). Ad-Aware comprehensively scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known datamining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components which it can remove to protect your […]

A trip down computing memory lane

Wow, nostalgia! A post on John Dvorak’s Dvorak Uncensored blog commented on a 1965 computer listed in an online computer museum. On taking a look at the site, I came across this Kaypro 2x from 1984, which was the first ‘real’ computer I ever used. 4Mhz Z80A processor, CP/M operating system – this is from […]

Firefox is the one

Ok, I’ve bitten the bullet and made the switch to Firefox as my default browser. Version 0.9.3 (it’s still in beta) is good enough to convince me to move away from Maxthon, the successor to MyIE2. Both of these browsers are based on Internet Explorer (but that’s got nothing to do with why I’ve switched). […]

The H-P way: Fire top managers

Carly Fiorina, the chief executive of computer maker Hewlett-Packard, pledged to fire top managers yesterday after announcing poor results that sent the shares tumbling. — report in the Daily Telegraph today. Telegraph | Money | HP heads ‘to roll’ after poor results I wonder how such public news of the CEO’s intentions just two days […]

US bloggers see the future

Paul Chaney of Radiant Marketing in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, has posted the thoughts and opinions of some high-profile US business bloggers re how they see the future of blogging. Not another self-promotional piece by bloggers about blogging, you may be thinking. Actually, no, far from it. There are some very interesting views expressed in Paul’s […]