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Four technologies that combined would make a perfect corporate intranet.

Wiki + Blog + Tags + Search = Corporate Intranet of the Future (the same might be true for Corporate Internet as well)

Is there a company that has figure out how to combine these technologies into one killer app?

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I read a lot of books. I usually have a couple going at once which my wife doesn’t quite understand. I just find it easier to have books in location where I read the most (one by my bed, another to read at lunch, etc.) without having to remember to carry one around…hence my desire for ebooks and an ebook reading device that I can tote with me at all times. Anyway, with all these books, most of which are from the local library, it can be difficult to remember what I have and haven’t read.

A few weeks ago I was looking into a software solution that would solve this problem. I tried Bookpedia and researched Delicious Library but decided that having this information stored on one computer wasn’t the way I wanted to go. I spend half my life on the internet and you never know when you may need this information.

Yesterday, I started using both Shelfari and LibraryThing and I think I found the answer to my question. I liked the Web 2.0 feel and interface of Shelfari but I think LibraryThing may keep me for the long haul. LibraryThing is great for archiving all my books but the feature I really love is their book suggestions based on my library and similar libraries of other users. This is perfect. I usually use Amazon but this requires that I look for a book that I’ve already read and then use the “what have other bought” feature to branch off to find another book I might like. Instead, I have all my books tracked in one place and fiction and non-fiction books are recommend in an instant. If Shelfari does this, I haven’t figured it out yet. LibraryThing’s interface isn’t as clean and it can be difficult to navigation but overall once you get use to the site this shouldn’t be a problem.

If anyone is looking to archive their books I’d recommend either site but my nod goes to LibraryThing. Hopefully over time the interface will evolve but as long is it keeps recommending relevant and interesting books, I’m hooked.

If you’re interested in seeing my partial catalog on LibraryThing, check this out…hopefully I’ll get some time to get all of my books cataloged.

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OK, so here’s the most disappointing news so far regarding the iPhone. No ability to install your own applications. Hopefully this is only temporary but if it is not, it will be very interesting to see what applications people develop for use in Safari on the iPhone. I’m looking for this to jump start a whole new market for iPhone web apps.

The download speed of the EDGE network could be problematic but I expect there to be a huge number of developers who will be using Safari to add the “missing” applications to the iPhone the same way developers are using Opera to improve the Wii. The early adopters of the iPhone are sure to be technology geeks who are willing to spend around $500 for a mobile phone. They’ll be the first to discover and discuss the missing features and you can bet there will be a lot of developers who will find a way to add these features. This is going to be fun to watch.

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I’ve been using the Parallels Desktop for Mac software for the past couple of weeks now and I’m blown away. I started out with the beta build 3094 and upgraded to 3106 today. I’m running this on my MacBook Pro with 1GB of RAM.

One of the things I hate about using a Mac in a PC environment is being stuck with Entourage. My company uses Exchange for email so my alternatives are limited. With Parallels, I’m back to using Outlook. I can now use all of the Outlook plug-ins including conferencing software without having to go back and forth between my PC and Mac. This alone is fantastic.

The other main reason for my love of Parallels is that as an Internet Marketing Manager I can check our corporate web site in IE 6, IE 7, Firefox, and Safari without constantly switching computers. If you design web sites in a Mac environment you need this software. It’s a huge time saver and great on the road when you can do all your testing and deployment on one machine.

Another benefit of using Windows on a Mac is that Windows Office runs much faster in Parallels then Mac Office 2004 runs on the Mac. This has a lot to do with the Mac version of Office not being optimized for the Intel platform but I wasn’t expecting such a noticable difference. I’ve found that it is easier to open a document in Windows Word and copy and paste the text into Dreamweaver on the Mac. The copy and paste between OS’s is flawless and and simple thanks to being able to using the apple-c and apple-p commands in Windows.

Currently, there are a few minor issues that I’ve run into. First, I wish the speed was a little better. My 1GB MacBook Pro slows down slightly when switching applications and windows. I’m sure if I had more RAM this would solve this problem but for now I’m stuck at 1GB (I’m using 268MB for the Windows environment). The other issue comes from using email in Windows and most other applications in OS X. When you receive attachments in Outlook, it is a 2 step process to get the attachment into OS X. The easiest way I’ve found is to copy the file to the Windows desktop and then drag it over to the Mac desktop. This seems to work fine but I wish I could drag the file straight from Outlook to the Mac desktop. This would be a real nice feature.

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