I'm always privy to simple, one-shot tools that get the job done. ScheduleOnce is a good example of a meeting scheduling tool that's been designed with this in mind. The free service is set up to help you reach a consensus on a meeting time for multiple parties based on open time slots. Each user has access to a calendar, and depending on how open the meeting's creator has left the schedule, users can go in and note times they're free, or accept any slot that's already been noted as open. The app takes time … Read more
I thought technology was or should be designed to serve us. Make life easier, and that as the technology evolved it would become smart enough to figure out what we're trying to do and accomplish the task at hand. But that rarely seems to be the case; you buy a cell phone, and it comes with a 150 page owner's manual. That's why John Tierney's "Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine" piece in yesterday's New York Times struck a chord with me.
I guess it has something to do with the manufacturers loading … Read more
A new version of QuickTime is available from Apple that plugs security holes in the software for both Mac and Windows users.
QuickTime 7.3.1 was published Thursday afternoon in order to plug unspecified "security issues," according to Apple's Web site. But the fixes appear to correct the Real Time Streaming Protocol issue identified in late November that could lead to unwanted visitors if you visited a Web site that contained code taking advantage of the flaw.
Four separate patches are available on Apple's site, three for the Mac OS X big cats Panther, Tiger, … Read more
Doc Brown invented a flux capacitator after he knocked his head on a bathroom sink in Back to the Future. As everyone knows, it's the most important part of the time machine that allowed him to wreak havoc over many decades.
Now the item is available for public consumption on pre-order from Things From Another World for $220. As seen on Uncrate, it has lighting effects that really looks indistinguishable from the original.
And you don't even need to fall off a toilet to get one.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Techworld is reporting that a Red Hat executive has accused Novell of stealing and reselling its code. But ZDNet is reporting that Red Hat is simply accusing Novell of releasing beta-quality code that it developed (which Novell allegedly did no development on). Which is it?
It all revolves around real-time Linux. Today Red Hat launched its MRG (Messaging, Real-Time, Grid) product, while Novell released a similar product (Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 (SLERT 10) last week. Red Hat is claiming that SLERT 10 is a weak version of its MRG, stolen code, or both.
On the theft, Techworld writes:At the London launch of MRG, line of business VP Scott Crenshaw said that the Utah-based rival had used beta versions of Red Hat's code in its offering. "They haven't contributed a line of code", he said. As a result of this change of code, he argued that "all their prior users are cut off" from previous versions.… Read more
Leave it to the NFL to find an inadequate solution to the problem created by putting big games on its poorly distributed NFL Network.
If you're a football fan, you're no doubt very well aware that tonight, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers face off in one of the biggest games of the year. Yet, unless you happen to be a subscriber of one of the few cable or satellite services that carry the NFL Network--where the game is being broadcast--you won't be able to watch the game.
Ah, but if you happened to pick up … Read more
The Putting People First blog by Experientia has pointed me toward the excellent essay "The Long Wow" by Adaptive Path's Brandon Schauer. Schauer outlines a vision of creating lasting customer loyalty and brand value that runs counter to the fixation on quick wins and instant gratification, which many companies, under the pressure of shorter product life cycles and CMO tenures, seem to pursue these days. He defines "The Long Wow" as "a means to achieving long-term customer loyalty through systematically impressing your customers again and again."
This goes far beyond adding new features … Read more
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The New York Times is looking for a few well-read engineers to join its ranks.
Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author of the best seller The World Is Flat, made the pitch while giving the keynote speech at an anniversary celebration for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's OpenCourseWare program.
"We are desperate at The New York Times for engineers. In fact, they asked me to mention it and make a pitch here," he said.
"For some reason, you people don't think we're cool. Come on. We're not … Read more
The Apple QuickTime zero-day exploits are also targeting systems running Apple Safari 3.0 on Windows, Firefox, and Microsoft's Vista, XP, Internet Explorer 6, and IE7, according to a posting late Monday night on the SANS Internet Storm Center blog.
SANS also reminded people to undo the workarounds once Apple develops a patch for the security problem. Otherwise, the QuickTime streams won't work on your system.
Security researchers are warning that exploit code has been published that can take advantage of an extremely critical security flaw in a protocol supported … Read more