Office Live Preview
“Our goal is to address very pertinent pain points from which this group currently suffers,” Cetinok said. “If a small business doesn’t have an online presence now, they’re invisible. So the first goal is to get them online. That’s the basics.” To this end, Microsoft will provide small businesses with a professional online presence, at no cost. Instead, this service will be advertising supported. “We will provide small businesses with a domain name, Web site, and company email accounts with their own domain name, for free,” Cetinok said. “We believe that’s the first step.”
Let that sink in for a moment. Today, there are various solutions that offer a portion of these services–say, domain name acquisition and Web site hosting–but the fees are often extravagant. It’s confusing for small businesses to figure out where to get the best deals of domain names, Web site hosting, and email hosting, and they often have to turn to different service providers to bring it all together. That can take a lot of time and effort.
After having read this brief preview, and then ironically receiving an email the next day that all but implied that I got into the beta *knocks on wood*…I am pretty excited to try this out. Should be sometime in the next month or so I am hearing.
It hit me rather suddenly last night. I was just laying there, trying to fall asleep, and I had this overwhelming feeling of loneliness and longing to be holding you. I know it’s not much longer now, but it still seems impossibly far away. It still does not make any sense that something like this is so rare and yet we’re still so very far apart. On a little bit longer now my love.
FIC’s The Golden Gate Entertainment PC
FIC made a nice showing at CES unveiled tonight with more than just motherboards. They premiered some very cool new laptops, but the most interesting thing was the GE2, The Golden Gate Entertainment PC. This was by far one of the coolest new things I saw there today. The GE2 is extremely small is size with dimensions of 226x172x42 (mm) and weighs in at just 1.3kg. When I first saw it I thought it was another hard drive enclosure, it is that small. It features an Intel Yonah Dual-Core CPU, and Intel 945gm Chipset, supports ddr2 mem, embedded Intel 945gm graphics and Intel Pro Wireless. Price should be under $1000 depending on configuration with 2nd quarter avaibility.
Damn that is cool looking. It really does look just about the same size as an external hard drive…wow. Bye bye Mac mini.
What comes packed in this tiny beast?
- Intel Yonah Dual-Core CPU (now known as the Intel Core Duo Processor)
- Intel 945gm Chipset
- Support for DDR2 memory
- Embedded Intel 945gm graphics
- Intel Pro Wireless
All for under $1000 depending on the configuration.
Thereâ€™s a rather interesting dilemma that will come out in Windows Vista. Vista is going to introduce this newer â€œuser account protectionâ€ ( i think thatâ€™s the most recent name…they keep changing it) that will essentially require you to provide your administrative password to make any significant changes to the computer. Pretty much like on the OSX computers when itâ€™d ask you for the admin password if you tried to install or delete a program for example. It all comes from unix/linux contrary to OSX people trying to say Microsoft is copying OSX again….anyways, back on topic. The short version is, the problem is already coming out in a big way that tons of beta testers are annoyed with this new protection. One of the first thing I do whenever i install vista now is immediately go in and turn off the user account protection. Itâ€™s like someone saying â€œare you really sure you want to do that?â€ …itâ€™s irritating. However, purely from a security point of view it makes a lot of sense to use it, and again from a security perspective itâ€™s horrible that people are shutting it off because these are the same people who will later be bitching about windows being insecure and about having problems with IE7. As it turns out (to put it briefly) IE7 is set to run in this protected area of the computer from now on…it will be running under an user account with almost not privileges so that spyware/adware/viruses will no longer be able to access/alter/change systems files in any way. This is a very good thing…But, when people turn off this account protection it also brings IE7 back into the good old normal user area where it can cause all kinds of problems like normal. …Just some thoughts.
XHTML 2.0 – W3C Working Draft
XHTML 2 is designed to be recognizable to the HTML and XHTML 1 author, while correcting errors and insufficiencies identified in earlier versions of the HTML family, and taking the opportunity to make improvements.
I wish I didn’t have to admit to reading the XHTML 2 working drafts and the CSS 3 working drafts, but I’d be lying. Keep in mind, this is very much a work in progress, there are constant changes, and full XHTML 1.1 support isn’t even widespread yet. Also, it’s important to note that in relation to CSS 3, full CSS 2.1 support isn’t even widespread as well…this is more of a dream right this second, but damn it looks like a nice future.
Creating a Star Rater using CSS
Coming to a blog near you soon …maybe, I haven’t quite decided.
Overheard in New York: The Voice of the City
Hobo: Excuse me, miss, can I have a kiss?
Girl #1: Um, no. I have to go. Bye!
Hobo: Well, what about your friend?
Girl #2: …No. What am I to you, next in line?
–99th & Amsterdam
I am hooked on this site. There is such a variety of overheard comments. I like the idea that they say which streets the comment was over heard at …just something to make it even more personal I guess.
A rather interesting site that displays previews of videos that you watch using a grid. It’s a little intimidating when you first look at it, but it’s a nice feature that the moused over video gets larger and it’s description is displayed. Lots of random videos to be discovered here.