OLPC Arriving Soon, Mosquito Nets Already in Mali

Two cool updates with cool videos too. First off, the OLPC Give One, Get One ‘XO’ laptops are on their way. I got an email note on Saturday morning indicating mine should arrive by January 15. Coincidentally, I just stumbled on to a fascinating video with XO designer Yves Behar describing key features. Watching the […]

Google Trends: Authoring Tool Trends

I used Google Trends to plot search popularity of Authorware, Toolbook, Lectora, and Captivate since 2004. It may not be a direct correlation to sales or interest, but there seems to be some consistency with gut-level reactions for industry positions. Authorware trending down since 2004, Toolbook relatively stable but lower, and a pretty good horse […]

TryPhone or iPhoney = iPhone + Lost in Translation

The TryPhone site run by MobileComplete is very nice if you want to check out the menu structure and general user interface of most popular cell phones. It breaks down a bit on more complicated user interfaces with gestures, button double-clicks and shortcuts. It gives you the general idea, but the graphics are a little […]

Easily Create iPhone Bookmarklets

Not sure if I got frustrated, creative, generous, or all of the above. I made a web form called iPastelet Maker that lets you easily create custom bookmarklets that paste text into web forms on the iPhone. Use it to create bookmarklets for common recurring entries, like user ID’s, email addresses, IP addresses, host names, […]

Kindle Review for the Masie Consortium

I’ve had an Amazon Kindle for a week now. In fact, I’ve even read a book already and passed it on to friends and colleagues to get their feedback. It was kind of cool to get the jump on folks like ZDNet and have real Amazon Kindle review done by last Monday. Their “initial impressions” […]

Dear WebEx, It is 2007

<rant> Dear WebEx, please help your product become less sucky. We live in a web world. People use different web browsers, different Java versions, different OS platforms, and some people even (gasp) have smartphones. I had a horrible experience with your product today. Bad enough for me to spend the time writing this rant. Bad […]