It’s official, Build 12.03111.1010 of MS Office 12 has leaked it’s way onto the internet. I’ve had a bit of a chance to play with it and some quick comments:
- I love absolutely Outlook 12.
- I like the “ribbon” idea, it really does work very well. I was using features I never knew were in Office and features I had previously had no idea how to use.
- Even for an early build, Office is quick and responsive. It’s just going to get better.
Screenshots to come tomorrow…stay tuned.
[Update]The pictures I promised:
Office 12 Pre Beta Screenshots
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Why is tomorrow not today,
Why are you not here,
I am tired of waiting,
we shouldn’t have to wait,
something this right,
shouldn’t have to be waited for.
You have to work for things that are worth it,
we’ve worked quite a bit.
We’ve made it through what most
would never make it through
in the beginning.
We’ve proven them wrong so far
We never had to prove it to ourselves.
We felt it.
Less than 2 weeks.
It feels like it’s 2 months.
These 2 weeks will be longer than those 2 months apart.
I just want you
in my arms,
and I want you
to tell me to never let go.
Lonely autumn days,
Eagerly waiting for you,
Until our eyes meet.
P.S. …it does in fact meet all the requirements, including the use of a “seasonal word” to describe which season I am writing it in. According to here.
Blogography: The Six Stages of Technological Acceptance
Blissful Ignorance – People seem to start in a state of blissful ignorance. They are not aware of what is going on around them and frankly don’t care.
Denial– People have heard about this new technology, but it’ll never take off and its not something they will ever need to know.
Anger – People don’t get why everybody else thinks the technology is interesting and they don’t, so they get angry.
Acceptance – Finally people come to the conclusion that if enough people think the technology is interesting, they better start learning about it or risk being left behind.
Understanding – The light-bulb goes on and people start to get why the new technology is so interesting.
Enthusiasm – People get good at the new ways of thinking and actually start getting other people interested in the technology.
EverFast Battery Charger
EverFast USB Stick Battery Charger. It charges NiMH batteries, which are a decent eco-friendly alternative to those alkalines you are despoiling the earth with. The charger is available in AA and AAA versions, as well as single, double, and quadruple slot variations.
Wow this is kinda cool and yet so nerdy. Ah well…they go on to say these aren’t for sale (for some strange reason) and they are only available as promotional products. Ah well…you’ll just have to suck it up and plug the thing into the wall.
Free SkypeOut Calls!
A while ago, we announced global free calls to toll-free numbers. 1800FREE411 is just one of them. When you call it, it helps you look up a U.S. person or business from their directory service and then connects the call (assuming the person or business is listed in directory, of course). And the directory service bears the cost of the call as it seems to be ad-supported. So you use SkypeOut to connect to the service, and the service to connect to the one you’re calling.
I’ll have to give this a try soon, too bad they don’t support the foreign country that matters (*cough*…Norway *cough*)
ShinyFeet – Stomp out limitations!
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I haven’t had much of a chance to try this out yet, but everything I have read about it seems to be very positive. Best of all, it’s free. I wouldn’t exactly go trusting them with my credit card number or social security number, but it can’t hurt to store files that aren’t that important.
Not really all that practical (I’ll explain in a second), but it’s just cool to see another thing that is possible with Google Gmail service. The main problem with this interesting idea is that apparently Google doesn’t really like people using there accounts in this way and the inventor had his Gmail account permanently closed because he was using this application. So fair warning if you want to try this.
Inquisitor ~ Instant Search
Inquisitor is an instant search technology that takes the waiting out of searching the web. It is an AJAX-style web application that retrieves web results and suggestions as-you-type.
I haven’t played around with this all that much, but I thought I’d get it out there if anyone wanted to try it out.