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Archive for September, 2007

PostHeaderIcon Consumer Updates

Both Intuit and Microsoft recently updated their personal finance software, Quicken and Money respectively.

Intuit dropped their Quicken Basic and added Quicken Starter, which retails for the same $29.99. Starter includes tools for bill paying, account balancing, and tracking spending, but lacks the saving planning and investment management bells and whistles of its big brothers, Quicken Deluxe, Premier, and Home and Business versions. Those same big brothers got a few new gadgets, too, like support for PayPal transactions (has eBay taken over the world yet?) and streamlined budgeting.

Intuit also announced an online-only version of Quicken is in the works for 2008, presumably thanks to the success of the online version of Intuit’s business line, Quickbooks, but nothing solid about the likely subscription fee.

Microsoft, ever eager to beat the competition to the punch, released the 2008 versions of Microsoft Money a week prior to the new Quicken release.

For more information on the new versions, check out their websites.

Quicken

Microsoft Money

PostHeaderIcon Mobile Visual Voicemail

Okay, I admit it, I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. I have a friend who works for AT&T; mobile, the company with the exclusive airtime contract for the iPhone for the first three years, so I heard all about the bells and whistles early on from someone who had to know. I admit, the visual voicemail feature sounded neat, but not likely to give me iPhone envy.

Apparently I am in the minority. Check out this article from internetnews.com about new VV alternatives on the horizon.

PostHeaderIcon OO for Mac!

No, not “ooh”. OpenOffice.

Par for the course, I am a little behind the curve…

The folks at OpenOffice are working on a Mac*-friendly version. The announcement of a developer preview version was in June.

For more info, or to try to get your hands on a copy of the developer preview, click here.

*Does anyone say Macintosh anymore? Did Apple re-brand with the shorter name and no one told me?

PostHeaderIcon Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Many of you know Dy, she’s the lady that wades through the information I send her and comes up with these nifty blog posts you see here…

What you may not know is that Dy is… well, we love her, but she’s a bit odd. For instance, her favorite holiday is not Halloween or Valentine’s Day or anything silly like that. Oh no! Her favorite holiday is…. Talk Like A Pirate Day!

So, in honor of that and a big big thank you for all that she does for us here… enjoy!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxC4pz9pO7c]

PostHeaderIcon PPC Advertisers Take Note

Last month Google premiered their new Ad Traffic Quality Resource Center, designed to be the single source information clearinghouse for click fraud and ad traffic quality-related issues.

A little over a year ago Google settled a click fraud/ad traffic quality lawsuit brought by their advertisers for a whopping $90 million. This new website seems like CYA to me.

PostHeaderIcon Office Update

Just a quick note…

OpenOffice 2.3 was released yesterday. To grab it, head over to OpenOffice.org.

For you tech-types, here’s the release notes, too.

PostHeaderIcon When Skype Skipped Out

Before I say anything else, I have a confession. I am not a user of Skype. This puts me in a minority among VAs, since most of the ones I know use it, many raving about it.

So, when Skype went down last month it took me a while to even hear about it. Once I did, well, frankly it wasn’t all that big a deal in my mind. No communications service runs completely without interruption. Any that tell you they do, well, they’re probably lying. If it was a landline, or cable-based, I doubt there would have been as much fuss. It probably would have also taken longer to fix.

For more information about the specifics of the Skype outage, check out these articles:

Skype Works Again For Some – written during the outage

Skype’s Back But For How Long? – written after the service was back up

I have a lot of issues with the assertions made about the future of Skype in the second article, starting with the note above about service outages in communications in general.

Considering that Skype had never before had a major outage, unlike all the other major VoIP providers, is a single outage really likely to kill them? Unlikely.

Are businesses really likely to lose faith in Skype? Again, no more so than any other provider.

Which brings me to the real point of all this: ALWAYS HAVE A COMMUNICATIONS BACKUP.

No business, even a home-based one, should rely on a single method for communicating with their clients and suppliers. Phones, mobile phones, and the Internet should all be part of your communication strategy. If you have VoIP, definitely make sure you have a backup. But of course, you’ve already done that… Right?

PostHeaderIcon How many cores?

So, just a few years ago, we were all really happy with our single core processors. If we needed multiple cores, we had multiple cpus. And this was really only useful on servers. Then came the dual core. Once again, it started on servers, but within a couple of years, moved to the desktop. Today you just about cannot buy a computer without a dual core processor.

Next year, we are looking at quad cores….or are we?

Tilera to Introduce 64-Core Processor

This cpu is based on completely new technology. It will not run Windows as Windows stands. But Linux is very adaptable. If the prices on these cores come down as fast as processor pricing in the past, in 5 years we could all be running Linux on our shiny new 64 core computer.

PostHeaderIcon Google American (Airlines) Style

Okay. Until I read this article, I had no idea Google gets sued so often. Apparently being a search engine is hard work.

The suit mentioned in the article is being brought by American Airlines because when you google* “AA.com”, their website and a registered trademark of American Airlines, it brings up a number of paid/sponsored sites before American’s site. American Airlines is alleging trademark infringement. Google is standing by their trademark policy, so we shall see.

My question is… is a person knows to Google “aa.com” why the heck don’t they just type into the dang address bar?


*the verb, not the noun

PostHeaderIcon Named for the ‘net

Chinese Couple Attempts to Name Baby “@”

All I can say is, wow. On the plus side, they probably would have spelled it right. Despite the non-traditional spelling of my own name, or perhaps because of it, unusually spelled names are my pet peeve.

“Kimber Lei” is not unique and special. They’re still gonna call the kid “Kimberly”, it will just be misspelled by people around her all the poor girl’s life–yes, this is the voice of experience.

I can spell “at” though. Candy calls it a sign of the times. I, well, what I call it is pretty non-PC, so let’s leave it at that.