Missing an Opportunity

Recently at our home, we purchased a new laptop, which came with Vista on it. Sadly, it didn’t come with Microsoft Office on it, and I was not able to open any word docs, excel, or powerpoints. I asked the store how much it would cost to add office, and they suggested in was $175. This seemed like a lot of money for a software system that I’m used to seeing as a base line image on most computers. As a result (and being web savvy, of sorts) I started to use Google Docs, an online, ‘free’ version of office. Google offers an online spreadsheet tool, as well as an online document word processing tool, all with collaborative features that … Continue readingMissing an Opportunity

Video: Developing in Flex vs Ajax with Randy Fong (2:20)

Click To Play A few weeks ago, I met some SF folks at Lunch 2.0 in SF (see pics of this rooftop party. Randy Fong is a Flex champion and evangelist and gives us his reasons why he prefers to develop there. He tells us about the differences between Flex, Ajax, and Silverlight, and answers which one he thinks will have a faster development time. I probed him about measurement, which has been a point of contention for many web strategists, he gives his response. There’s a lot of web strategists reading this blog, tell me about which technology you’re using for rich user experiences and why.

2:30 Video: PC World’s Editor in Chief Harry McCracken loves Flock

Click To Play Editor in Chief (I flubbed the intro) of PC World Harry McCracken (personal blog) loves Flock, so much so that he gave me 2 minute of his time to tell me why. If you want to read his full review, it’s on PCWorld. Previously, I was unconvinced there was room for three browsers in my life, but downloaded it and gave it a whirl. The jury is still out, it takes me time to see if it will really integrate into my lifestyle. I received some feedback about it on Twitter, such as Dennis Howlett tweets “you realize Flock’s OPML import is utterly borked, rendering it almost useless?” amid a mixture of other responses. One of the … Continue reading2:30 Video: PC World’s Editor in Chief Harry McCracken loves Flock

Beyond Business: Impacts of VoIP and Live Streaming on the family dynamic

VoIP and Live Streaming, in my opinion, have revolutionized the communication industry. Anyone with computer and internet connection can connect with anyone else on the planet, for real time voice and video communications. The clincher? Such tools require a few dollars and commodity internet access –nearly everyone can get in on the conversation. Skype connects a family Recently, an Uncle and Auntie of mine recently moved to the Middle East for a off country teaching assignment, in a city known for violence, assassinations and unrest. Yesterday, during a local family get together we were able to arrange a time to call them, and we piped over a video stream to them. We could hear their audio only. I was able … Continue readingBeyond Business: Impacts of VoIP and Live Streaming on the family dynamic

Three questions for Hong Kong’s A-lister on Life Hacking (3 Minute Video Interview)

Click To Play Leon writes a blog called LifeHack (not the same as lifehacker), and has a Technorati rank of 38! He focuses on helping people make their lives easier by using the web. We’re in Hong Kong’s central distract on the night of the blogger dinner. I ask Leon three questions, hear how he responds by watching the embedded video above (Some feedreaders or emails won’t show this, so access the post directly) 1) With the flood of so many web 2.0 tools, how does one figure out which is right for them? 2) Email is broken. How do we manage the overflow? 3) Instant messaging, is it a productivity tool or waste of time? If you’ve any questions … Continue readingThree questions for Hong Kong’s A-lister on Life Hacking (3 Minute Video Interview)

Web Strategy: The Three Spheres of Web Strategy (and the skills required)

A Web Strategy must balance all three spheres What’s a Web Strategy? It’s the balance between the three spheres for effective long-term planning of a website. This person is a hybrid of a few roles, and may have emerged from any of the following spheres. A Web Strategist is responsible for the long-term planning and decision making of a website, but must balance ALL of the following three spheres: 1) Community (formerly Users) The Web Strategist must understand (by using a variety of techniques and tactics) what users want. This is commonly known as User Experience Research which will create and craft a ‘mental model’. In addition, the strategist will need to be in tune with the community in which … Continue readingWeb Strategy: The Three Spheres of Web Strategy (and the skills required)

A Checklist: Before you select that White Label Social Networking Site

I’m getting asked a few times a week to recommend a White Label Social Networking Site by excited entrepreneurial or the corporate evangelist. I mainly get asked because of this list I made of the players, and my frequent commenting on the topic. Given that there is over 60 of them, I don’t believe anyone has an accurate idea of which one ‘is the best’ and considering they are releasing upgrades are versions a few times a year, keeping up is a full time job, there’s where an industry analyst can step up and lead. I can never answer you over email or over a single phone call, why? Because there are different tools for different needs. It would be … Continue readingA Checklist: Before you select that White Label Social Networking Site

Understanding Social Bookmarking

Click To Play Lee from CommonCraft brings another great ‘understanding social media video’, I can’t thank him enough for this, I hope many of the corporate folks who are trying to understand these tools (often Digital immigrants) watch this series. You can see other videos they’ve created on this wrap up post, great job, but I’ll have to agree with the folks in the comments, we want that signature “Boo” and “yeah” in every video.

Personas of the Early Adopters: The Pebble, Swimmer, Surfer, Boater, or Fleet

This post is a focus on the very front end of the adoption curve, long before the masses come, there’s many different groups inside of the “early adopter” persona. There’s been many extensive studies on the adoption curve and the different personas that emerge, but I’m just going to share what I see, as I’m close or in the epicenter. (I’m in Silcon Valley, and many of my friends are pebbles, or the CEOs that create these products demo in our office) I see a pattern, and have grouped them into stages and patterns. For the purpose of this observation, I see a trigger area which I’m calling the ‘epicenter’, the point of an activity. There are many epicenters, in … Continue readingPersonas of the Early Adopters: The Pebble, Swimmer, Surfer, Boater, or Fleet