Monday, January 02, 2006

AllPeers—Next great blogging tool or vaporware?

AllPeers, a UK based company, will soon release a peer-to-peer extension tool for Firefox. "AllPeers is a free extension which combines the strength of Firefox and the efficiency of BitTorrent to transform your favorite browser into a media sharing powerhouse," states the AllPeers Web site. Click here to see snapshots of the tool interface.

Do you think the new AllPeers Firefox tool will drive Microsoft to produce similar extensions to IE--or will peer-to-peer file sharing damage the open source browser's reputation and give Microsoft another advantage?

This is something only time will give us the answer to, but my $$$ are still on Microsoft.

Let me know what your thoughts are.

New 30” monitor from Dell

Rumor has it Dell's new 3007WFP Flat Panel Monitor (native resolution: 2560x1600!) is going on sale January 5. This looks like a great monitor and would look perfect on my desk.

(I would also think my blogging would improve with this great addition—all I have to do is to figure out the ROI.)

The documentation is available now and, at first glance, everything looks pretty good. (Click here to check it out). I always wanted to be able to use big words on my blog, and I think this would do it for me.

Happy New Year!

Hello 2006!

Looking back, 2005 was a tough year for Planet Earth. With wars, poverty, starvation, natural disasters, and other events that exacted a terrible human toll, it’s sometimes hard to find the bright spots. But it says something about the resiliance of human beings that we not only bounce back from bad events, we become somehow better and stronger as a result.

Still, the calamities we witnessed in 2005 should remind us not to take things for granted in our own lives. I am grateful for so many things, and as I get older, I am more clearly understanding how perilous my own happy existence can be--and how important it is to make the most of this life.

Many people avoid New Year’s resolutions, but given the way of the world, I want to resolve to change for the better. Here are some of the resolutions on my list for 2006:

  • Find a way to give more back to society. In particular, I want to find a way to get involved in the life of an individual or family and try to make a positive difference for them. There are many programs that promote that kind of benefit like Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Relief, etc. (A high school classmate from Norway donated his time to tsunami relief, an example I would like to emulate. He didn't save the world, just one small part of it.) I think if we all start by tackling something within our means, then the world becomes a better place.
  • Spend more time with friends and family. Over the years I’ve made many friends and I want to reach out to these old friends and enjoy these relationships more.
  • Make better use of my time. Time is precious and we can’t make more. I don’t want to live to 105. I want to make the most of what I’ve got now.
  • I want to eliminate three things from my “Do Before I Die” list and add five.
  • I think I have some good ideas from time to time; a lot of them have been voiced and acted upon, but there are more that I have not been able to implement (Agile Business Circle, Podcasting, etc.). I need to do a better job this year of "closing the deal."
  • Create experiences for my kids that stick with them when they get older. During the holidays I had many good memories of times and places from my youth. I want to ensure that my kids have similar experiences that they can enjoy and savor for the rest of their lives.

As you can see, my resolutions are modest. But I do try to take resolutions seriously and do my best to make them happen. With luck, 2006 will see me succeed in fulfilling some of these.

Happy new year!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

The best of 2005

2005 gave us a lot of new gadgets and technology—some useful and some not so useful. (Talking about the useless gadgets would just waist your time and I will not do that.) I do have a few items that hit my top ten list for '05 and I want to share them with you.

My top ten gadget list of 2005:

  1. Microsoft Xbox 360

  2. Apple Video iPod

  3. Apple iPod Nano

  4. Sony PSP

  5. Dual-core Processors (this was a "gadget" in '05--look for it to be real technology in '06 when software can exploit the dual processors)

  6. Sandisk Ultra II SD Plus

  7. Beamer Digital Videophone/Picture Frame

  8. LaCie Brick Desktop Hard Drive

  9. Acer Media Gateway MG-3001P

  10. RIM BlackBerry 8700c Electron
2005 was a great year for gadget introductions. I am sure I missed something that is high on your list—let me know what they are so I can try them out. I am looking forward to an even stronger 2006 and will keep you informed as we move into the new year.

So you are thinking about blogging?

Many people resolved to start the new year by blogging. Before you start your own blog, check out this page. It contains a chart which compares of the different blogging sites and tools. The information is based on the article "Time to check: Are you using the right blogging tool?," published July 14, 2005 in the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review. This article is also a great read before you select your tool for your blogging adventures.

I am using Blogger; it's a great tool for my needs. There are things they do not offer, but it seems I always find plug-ins or other tools to solve my problems/needs.

Tools are getting better and better as our blogging community grows. Let me know what you use and what you have found best for your blogging needs.