What’s the point of ITAR, again?

The article names Verint Systems Inc, based in New York,  as exporting competing equipment for the $3 billion “Lawful Intercept” market worldwide.

Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

U.S. and EU export laws and UN sanctions control just a narrow slice of technology such as weapons systems or data encryption. International embargoes that cover a broader range of equipment target only a small circle of the worst actors, such as Myanmar and North Korea.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Collaboration Upgrade to Google Docs

So you now have an integrated chat in google Docs.  When they integrate Google Voice and video chat, this will be the collaboration platform to beat.   Why would you ustill think of using a wiki?

Google Docs Gets a Real-Time Upgrade: Tech News and Analysis «

Here’s how it works: Users can hold ongoing threaded conversations within a document using time stamps and profile pictures and @mentions, similar to Facebook. They can easily add people to the conversation and ultimately remove the conversation from view on the document by resolving the issue.

Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Skype Tightens the Screws: on Multiparty Video Conferences

If I already pay for Skype out … why isn’t this service free?  Isn’t it Peer-to-peer?  If it is, what exactly am I paying for here?

Skype group video calling sheds beta as paid Skype Premium service — Engadget

A new version of Skype for Windows just launched with a few notable features. To start with, stability has been improved as has quality. Unfortunately, the group video calling feature is no longer free now that the version 5.1 software is out of beta. A day pass costs $4.99 / €3.49 / £2.99 for impromptu sessions while a monthly subscription can be had for $8.99 / €5.99 / £4.99 with a 33 percent discount available to anyone signing up for 3 or 12 month subscriptions over the next 30 days. Two-way video calling is still free.

Published in: on January 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spreadsheet Journaling now at Google Docs

No need to use email to version that spreadsheet collaboration.  Just do it in Google Docs.

This week in Docs: Revision history in spreadsheets – Official Google Docs Blog

Today we’re excited to announce that the new revision history view we added to documents is now available in spreadsheets. At a glance, you can now see all of the changes that collaborators have made cell-by-cell. Each collaborator is represented by a different color so it is easy to understand who made what changes.

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Apps Beefs Up

Google Voice and Blogger are going to be especially useful.

Google Apps Adds Voice, Maps, Reader & More

Google continued its charge into the enterprise sector on Thursday with the introduction of a massive infrastructure overhaul for Google Apps. Previously, Google Apps was limited to basic services like Gmail, Calendar and Docs. Starting today, Google Apps administrators can enable the complete array of Google services, including Google Voice, Reader, Maps and more.

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Skype 5.0 for Mac: Only a Beta and already tightening the screws

So I tried out the new Skype 5.0 and the good news is that multi-party video cons work, even between groups of mixed Mac and Windows users.  I haven’t tried mixing in users with the new Android update, though, since it is not supported on all platforms.  The bad news is that the second I tried to join a multi-party video, I got a pop-up asking me to agree to a free trial.  Then I got this clever confirmatory message in email:

Your group video beta free trial has been successfully activated.

For the next 28 days you can make group video calls with your friends and colleagues.

– You and your friends all have to be on the latest version of Skype to make group video calls

OK.  You’re on.  But on day 29, I’m back to using MeBeam.  Cause its like, you know, free.

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Skype 5.0 Beta available for Mac OS X: Multi-Party VideoCon



Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac OS X


Start your free trial for group video calling beta

Sign in to Skype. Click on a contact, add more people to the conversation, click the Video call button, and select Get group video from the pop-up message.

Remember: everyone on the call needs Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac or Windows for group video to work.


Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloud Printing, Document Sync and support for 3rd party apps coming to Google Docs

One more reason to pitch the install MS Office base.

Coming Soon in Google Docs: Third Party Apps, Cloud Printing and Sync

Google Docs’ source code includes a message that reveals some important upcoming features: “Coming soon: Third party applications, cloud printers, and sync devices”.

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Docs and Sites get file versioning

Why would you use a wiki?


New in Google Docs and Google Sites – Official Google Docs Blog


Earlier this year, we added the ability to “Upload any file” to Google Docs so that you upload, store, and share any file up to 1 GB in size. Now you can upload new versions of the same file to your document list. Previously, each time you updated a file, you would have to upload the new version as a new file with a new URL, re-share it, and put in the correct folders again.

When you select the “Add or manage versions” option on any file, you can upload new versions of a file, download previous versions, and delete older versions.


Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Consolidate contact info into GMail Contacts

Step-by-step guide includes using a couple new services gist and Google Contacts Sync.


Use Google Contacts as a Unified Address Book


If you find it a hassle to maintain multiple address books, a possible solution is that you consolidate them all into a single cloud-based service like Google Contacts.

Ed. note: Google Contacts is great, but not perfect. Once you’re done here, you may want to read up on how to fix Google Contacts’ biggest pain points.

Here are some ideas on how you may go about doing this:


Published in: on November 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment