New Media on Ulitzer
My long-time former PC Magazine colleague Al Poor has begun his own series of
video reviews of consumer products on his YouTube channel here.
You can find a new Epson photo printer, the Buffalo Terrastation, and other
products. Like my WebInformant.tv series, they are sponsored by the vendor
and are short, fact-packed five minute pieces.
A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First,
they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and
free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily
available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second,
getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for
those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or
access to medical libraries.
This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24
hours. You can get other... (more)
Dell News On Ulitzer
This week I begin a new series of video screencasts for Dell’s IT Expert
Voice Web site. The site has all sorts of useful information for corporate IT
folks that are interested in migrating and using Windows 7, and my humble
part will be to produce a regular series of videos similar to what I have
been doing on my own over at WebInformant.tv. Do check out this video which
talks about the differences between Windows 7 and earlier versions when it
comes to networking controls.
I have been a long time donor to Kiva.org, a peer microfinance lending site
that has been around for several years. When I first heard about it I thought
it was an interesting idea and donated some money to fund a few different
third-world start up businesses.
Kiva works by hooking up generous folks with microfinance lenders by
promoting the individual beneficiaries on their Web site. You get the feeling
that your donation is going straight into the pockets of these worthy folks.
And you can watch your donation be repaid in painfully small increments as
the business o... (more)
Remember when your office phone was a solidly built multi-line key system
with push buttons for the different extensions? And you had a secretary who
would answer all of your calls? It seems so quaint now, like something out of
a Tracy/Hepburn movie like the “Desk Set.” (Which for those of you that
haven’t seen it, features a plot about a room-sized computer that replaces
human workers at the TV station. Amazingly, 50 years ago too.)
The biggest change for office telephony these days is the separating of
incoming and outgoing calling plans and how we will use computers instead of ... (more)