Monthly Archives: July 2006

Windows Vista

Chris Prillo points out Vista’s sloppiness. I completely agree. It is very sad that the top new features I am looking forward to are a networking stack that doesn’t suck (although Beta 2’s wireless tools have not given me alot of hope) and the fact that non administrators can add printers. There are not alot of new features to talk about. If people were buying a computer for photos or movies I would tell them to buy a mac. My next computer is going to be a MacBook Pro.

Microsoft had a chance to get things right with Vista and the users experience will be marginally better than XP. The graphics as Chris points out are very inconsistent. In his podcast he points out many things that are inexplicably incorrect.

From a developers perspective Vista is going to kick ass. But from a users perspective it will be more secure, have rss (which you already have although more apps might be able to do cool things with a unified API), gadgets (yahoo already gave us widgets and other people have done similar things for a long time), Search (minus that relational file system we were promised), SideShow (which is cool but requires new hardware), Performance tuning (although I am not sure how much this works – I would like to see some objective metrics), Backup, Speech Recognition (which 98% of you still won’t use). Thats basically it. Oh yeah and IE 7 Protected Mode which is a good thing.

Check
out
Windows 3.1 components still in Vista.

I wish I could be more positive but I just can’t. Its so little, so very very late.


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A Hilarious Video

For all us crackberry errrrr blackberry addicts out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqKEe_JEObg



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Radiology Web 2.0 Conference

I am hosting a mini-conference on August 2nd in Baltimore to look at how Web 2.0 technologies
will impact radiology and medicine in general. More details will be posted in this
post. It will be assumed that you will have deep web 2.0 knowledge and experience.
This is not a technical mini-conference, rather a discussion of what problems web
2.0 technologies might address. What web 2.0 is will not be debated. There are lots
of other places to do that.

Reading Assignments:

What
is Web 2.0

Epic 2015

Other assignments:

Make a MySpace Profile and add me as your friend. My profile
is here.

Working Schedule

 

9:00  AM GoogleMirc
Demo – Technical Discussion with Steve for those interested

 

10:00 AM Welcome (Steve and Jean)

 

10:10 How have Web 2.0 apps helped your productivity?

 

10:40 Presentation (2 Web 2.0 Apps)

 

11:00 Discussion (For what type of problems can Web 2.0 apps provide
a solution)

 

   1. Isolated
columns of knowledge

   2. Does medicine
need social networking or social decision making?

 

 

12:00 Lunch – Topics

 

   1. How has
Web 2.0 effected people so far?

   2. Why don’t
you use more web 2.0 apps?

 

 

 

1:00 Presentation (2 Web 2.0 Apps)

 

1:20 Discussion (How do we create solutions for for these problems)

 

2:00 Discussion (What will drive adoption of those services)

 

2:30 Closing Remarks (5 min) – Are people interested in continuing
the dialog? Mini-Conference at RSNA?

 

After discussion for those who want to stay.

 



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NetVibes

I recently switched from Live.com (which I do like)
to NetVibes for my homepage. I really,
really like it. It is very responsive when using it. The blog reader is fantastic
for a web reader. There are alot of widgets that you can add to your pages available
with more coming out all the time. I just added one that plaxo made.
If you like fully customizable webpages I recommend that you give NetVibes a try.



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Business Card Practices

Scoble has a post on
business card practices. I agree that cards should be a standard size. I also think
that a nice card that feels nice grabs attention.

I put all my cards into outlook though. Much easier to manage and find contact
info.



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Honesty

One thing that really burns me up is when a company won’t communicate with its customers
during problems. As a customer I understand that not everything always works as it
should but what I hate is when a company refuses to communicate about the problem
either during or after. A couple of years ago my cell phone provider cingular had
an outage in Washington DC and Baltimore. Their tech support told me that there was
nothing that he knew and he could not tell me anything. I just wanted to know when
things might be working. As it was I had a phone that I had drive out of the metro
area to use. And I did. Every few hours, just to check voice mail. I am still with
cingular, only because they offered the blackberry I wanted. But I wasn’t angry about
the outage, I was angry that tech support acted like it did not exist.

Newsgator recently had an outage. I was uneffected
because I now use NetVibes but Greg
Reinacker
 had a post detailing
the outage. I was so happy to see that he was being open and honest with the whole
world. Being open and vulnerable like that inspires trust. Hats off to Greg and to
Newsgator.



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