Monday, August 28, 2006

Will Google's office suite challenge Microsoft Office?

There's an interesting article on InternetWeek.com, Google Discloses Plans for Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week by Aaron Ricadela, which talks about how Google is making an office suite that will be web-based where you can edit Microsoft Office documents and share them online with Google's office suite. It looks like Microsoft will continue to dominate the desktop software environment and Google will dominate the web based software environment. So I don't think that Google and Microsoft will challenge each other, but I think both companies's office applications will be used by consumers.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Get Bryce 5 for free

You can get Bryce 5 for free on the DAZ Productions web site. Bryce 5 is a powerful 3D landscaping and animation program. I haven't used it at all before so I can't say how good it is or if it's easy to use. But you know I'll be downloading myself a copy of it. Get it now while it's still free. This offer is good until September 6th. After you download it and unzip it, you'll need to register it. First sign up for an account on the DAZ site and then go to the register page where you'll be able to register the program so you can use it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Your own Amazon.com Associate store

If you're an Amazon.com Associate, then you've probably noticed already when you log in, something that says "aStore Beta." Amazon.com is letting their Associates have their own online store. The store will only allow you to put Amazon.com's items on the pages, not your own items. You can view my store here (it has hockey stuff). I think this is pretty cool, and smart for Amazon.com. Another way for them to bring in the cash.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Can those killer-asteroid movies come true?

I read an interesting and scary article on Yahoo! today which was about asteroids and comets that are in the solar system. It is scary to think that one of those movies where asteroids are falling from the sky may happen in reality. But there may be no happy ending in reality as there is in the movies. You can read more about this in the article "Astronomers look for near-Earth objects."

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Browser wars

In the latest Sitepoint.com's Design View email newsletter there was a part that talked about browser usage and comparing the usage percentage from this July to last July (see chart image below, taken from Sitepoint's newsletter). It may surprise some of the drop that Internet Explorer has taken, but it doesn't surprise me because of the way Firefox has spread. The big surprise is Netscape's jump at almost five percent.

Firefox 2.0 delayed until October

For those Firefox fans/users out there (yes I am one of them), the release of Firefox 2.0 has been delayed until mid-to-late October because of bugs. You can read more about this on InternetWeek.com.

Microsoft will release a free game development program

Microsoft announced that they will be releasing a free game development program called XNA Game Studio Express. It won't be released until August 30th. The program does have a few restrictions that you can read about in an article on Devx.com. This program will allow you to develop games that can run on Windows and XBox 360. I have always wanted to learn how to develop games but I haven't yet, but this program may give me that opportunity. I'll keep you posted when it is released. You can visit Microsoft's XNA site to read more.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fired by a text message

The next time you receive a text message, you may be losing your job. At least that is what happened to someone in London. The company supported the way she was fired by saying that it was "a part of youth culture." This is the first I've heard of something like this. I know that Europeans use text messaging more than people in the United States so I could see this happening there, but it would really surprise me if it happened in the United States.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

My search for a tuxedo - part one

My fiancee and I are getting married in June of 2007 and I've been thinking of what kind of tuxedo I should get for our wedding. Of course I want my fiancee to like the tuxedo that I'm going to wear so I'll definitely be asking her opinion of the different tuxedoes I like. I've posted a picture of one tuxedo that I like. The wedding colors are white and gold so the tuxedo to the left is pretty close, if not perfect. But I'm going to look some more and see if I find anything else that looks better. I want your opinion on what you think about the tuxedo to the left. Feel free to leave a comment about the tuxedo. Thanks, I appreciate it.

Cool long limo

Look at the below image of a long limo. I know my fiancee would kill me if I got that for our wedding :) It's probably more appropriate for other events such as a prom or some other type of celebration, but it's not appropriate for a wedding.


(Image from Potrero Hill blog)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Amazon Omakase & Google Adsense ads on same page

Well according to this blog post on theiinside.com, Amazon Omakase and Google Adsense can be placed on the same web page. This is news to Google Adsense users because from what I've heard from others and from Google is that no other ads can be placed on the same page if you use Google Adsense on them. The poster (of that above blog post) received a reply email telling him it was ok, but he also says that he's sending another email just to double check (and hopefully for a different person to reply to him just to make sure).

The theiinside.com blog has an updated post saying that Google has responded again and they don't really answer him with a Yes or No, but they suggest to not use the Amazon Omakase ads with Google Adsense on the same page right now. I'm going to assume that they will not allow it just because of competition and maybe other factors.