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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kilobyte confusion - Which one do you like?

Since I cannot get the embedded object to work in my browser, here's the url; and a snapshot:

I like the cartoons from

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Google GrandCentral 2.0 - The new way of using your phones soon available

I read with interest the blog update from about soon to be released the GrandCentral 2.0 service. I liked GrandCentral's services long before Google acquired them. I also hope that once out of beta this service will become available outside USA. I think Google search on voice mail, web widgets and 1 click calling straight from the browser on your mobile phone together with 4G mobile VoIP will finally dramtically change what you consider a "phone" to be.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to be trendy - Obamaize yourself

This is a new service jumping in on the Obama marketing trend. Check out, simple but powerful, just upload an image, play with the tool, contrast, color balance and bingo, you have created your "Obamaized" image ready to be used as an avatar or an a coffee mug.

See results before and after the tool.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

TwitterGroups - Join or create your own groups for twittering people

I just joined a group #consultants on a very handy new group site service for people who use twitter as a microblog service. TwitterGroups is using Opensocial features to connect so if you use Google's Friendconnect you can join and share your profile right away. Friendfeed room is also there for you. I recommend people who use Twitter, check out the groups available or create your own at TwitterGroups.

MrTweet - Your personal Twitter assistant

This is a service that I like a lot. Simple concept, just follow MrTweet on Twitter and you will get your personal report back (url). Whenever you want to check people of interest to follow or followers that you are not following, browse through the results. You will also get statistics about each user such as reciprocity, number of updates, links, conversation and of course usual twitter info.

Twingly update - search for microblogs

In case you have not noticed, Twingly has updated their blogsearch to also include microblog search. Works very well. Try it! - Check what political party you belong to according to your blog is a service from a Swedish startup idea created for the 24 hour business startup camp going on right now. Mattias Johansson who came up with the idea did not get to apply for the bootcamp in time but I tested his new service and I have to say I like it. By using uClassify to classify the words used, Mattias used 100 different bloggers from each of the political parties to analyze what words they use as a based for the service.

I tested the service and noticed I ended up (not quite sure how?) with a 50-50 mix almost for the conservative and christian party affiliations.

Anyway, I like the idea, you can apply that during election campaigns to check what your favorite bloggers write.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Typealyzer - What type am I writing a blog?

Try out Typealyzer, a funny way of getting your brain analyzed based on your style writing your blogposts. This is a new blog analysis service, just type in your url and get to read and see the result. I got for my blog the following results:

I am a Guardian and

"The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they have made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.
The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players."

I like the result since I have so far barely written anything about emotional and very personal things, so the logic behind this service seems to work very well.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Palm Pre - Palm is still alive and kicking out smart mobile phones

Just announced and presented at the CES show in Las Vegas, Palm is presenting their new smart mobile phone, Palm Pre. The phone has a 3.1 inch multi touch display, 8GB, 3 MP camera, WiFi, GPS and will be made available for Sprint's EVDO 3G network. The phone does not use a screen keyboard, there is a slide out qwerty style keyboard.

Nice hardware, it will be interesting to see though, the perception and pickup on the application side. With Apple's appstore and Google's marketplace for apps and of course the windows mobile application developers I have some doubts about the market penetration for Palm devices. I should not count them out though, Palm has always been a groundbreaker, I still remember using the first wireless Palm Pilot in 1999 over the 8 kb/s Bell South Mobitex packet data network....

Thursday, January 08, 2009

OQO model2plus - Nice convergence of mobile phone and mobile internet device

I just read reviews about OQO's latest model 2 plus from CES and I have to say, this kind of mobile internet device has I think finally become useful and convenient. The new model features touchscreen OLED diplay, something you have only so far been able to get on mobile phones. The OLED type diplays are superior when you are outdoors. Try looking on the display of an old Motorola Razr phone vs. one with OLED screen, big difference, you can hardly see the screen on the old one when outdoors.

About the OQO, I met with Bob Rosin at CES2005 and I liked the device already back then but thought for $2000 with slow performance and 20GB harddrive, nah not ready for consumer market. Now though with built in WiFi (r) , Qualcomm's GoMobi (r) 3G wireless chipset that works for both EVDO and HSPA networks, 60GB SSD memory, Intel (r) Atom (tm) 1.86 GHz, 2GB RAM you get a true mobile internet device that you can bring along anywhere.

I think with new innovative UIs, cheaper and more powerful computing hardware, we will see a trend where computing devices are going to take over more and more over traditional mobile phones.

PS. Just noticed this blogpost as a draft I never published for some reason??

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Getting lost in the cloud - Explore this appealing vizedu cloud computing presentation

I came across a Telezent, internet property for educational presentations. I really like their style, you get a lot of information out of a dozen slides without having to read a lot of text... In this specific presentation about cloud computing, I think in particular the case with NYT and Amazon webservices as a project shows a new way to go for big projects in need of a computing power solution at an affordable pricetag.

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Kicking off 2009, the new Year with FriendConnect for tlidforss

Happy New Year to all of you in the blogosphere, we survived 2008. I think 2009 will be a good year since it cannot get worse than last year. I am starting this one by playing with Google Friendconnect on the blog. Friendconnect is (see is the Opensocial based services Google has started using together with Google profile that allows you to see what blogs, sites and social networking services you are using. See the widget in the right sidebar further down the page. Please feel free to join so I don't have to look at only myself everytime I work on the blog.