How Un-Microsoft

How un-Microsoft of Microsoft is this — they are actually offering a full beta-test version of Office 2007 and it lasts until February 2007. What’s more amazing is that I care. Scott, the CDG president, has it running on his computer and I noticed that his Outlook looked different this morning. He showed me what it can do and some of the really interesting new features in the rest of the Office suite. I’m actually floored that it’s different enough…

Gmail Ads

Is it wrong to admit that I love the ads in Gmail? I just love the random stuff that appears in the Web Clips box. It’s a little creapy — but it’s still funny. Part of what I love is trying to figure out what the computers are cueing off of in my email to bring that ad up. Sometimes the ad or article is even something that I need or am looking for at that moment, which is the…

Chess for the Blind

Working with the American Foundation for the Blind has made me very aware of new innovations in products and technology for the visually impaired. That’s why when I saw this chess set designed for the blind, it caught my attention. The chess set was created for a design competition sponsored by the Noguchi Museum. According to the official press release, “the Museum invited full-time students of design and architecture to redesign the classic chess set and board for the twenty-first…

Beyond Blogging 2006

Beyond Blogging 2006, originally uploaded by CarlenLea. Have to say — Beyond Blogging was a bit of an overstatement. Really — more like blogging 101. But, I know for many people what they heard may have been really new information. The audience wasn’t really bloggers, but more communications professionals looking to learn about how to include blogs and bloggers in communications strategies. I was hoping too, for more of a discussion — but with something like 600 people attending —…

New from Google Labs

Many people probably don’t know about the Google Labs website. It’s where they release projects that aren’t ready for primetime, but that they want people to play with and help them figure out if the public will want it. Clearly, we also help them figure out the bugs and feature issues. Most of the really cool stuff that Google has released in the past few years have been “graduates” of the Google labs. Today, Google released Notebook and Trends. We’re…

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