US Presidential hopeful Mark Warner of Virginia has opened a new front in his campaign, the on-line world Second Life. Mr. Warner conducted an apperence and interview this month and will continue to reach out to voters in the 3D world. I’m not sure how effective this will be as Second Life is popular, but not that popular. Nonetheless it’s a great marketing ploy to show how tech savvy he is. I’m impressed with any politician who even knows what Second Life is, let alone having the guts to jump in and participate. Good on ya Mark. I’m watching.
So Amazon.com is taking pre-orders for Windows Vista. They claim a ship date of Jan 30 but analysts say that may be 2 months earlier than they expect. Microsoft has no comment. Don’t be a sucker and buy into this. Even when Vista does ship, I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole for at least 6 months.
A high powered hookup in Silicon Valley as Google CEO Eric Schmidt joins the board of directors at Apple Computer.
Ok, so they’re not smart enough to give it a cool name like Google Office. What they all calling it is “Google Apps For Your Domain“. How sexy.
As many have expected, Google is making their on-line applications like Gmai, Google Calendar and Google Talk available for use by small businesses. Google will host the software and companies can have individual log-ins for each employee. Google says they are not a replacement for Microsoft Office, but don’t believe it, they are gunning right for Office. This is the first shot in the new war between traditional desktop applications that are tied to an OS and web applications that run on-line and are dependent on nothing but a browser. For small businesses on a budget, this could be a great deal as MS Office is a big expense.
It’s becoming an American tradition. If you’re life isn’t what you want it to be, sue someone.
Gayle Porter, associate professor of management at the Rutgers University School of Business in Camden, New Jersey, has written a paper that states workers whose personal lives suffer as a result of tech addictions could turn their sights on their employers.
This stuff is akin to sueing McDonalds because you ate too many Big Macs. Unless it’s in your employment contract or someone made a definative statement to you that you must be available for phone meetings after hours, I see no case here. Of course it’s not that simple as there is great peer pressure to keep the Blackberry on and respond to messages no matter what the hour. Someone is going to have to get fired and claim it was a direct result of the overuse of technology. But don’t call it an addiction, I don’t think that’s going to work.
Apple is getting into the act, issuing a recall of over 1 million batteries. I wonder if Sony will eventually have to take all these back as they are the OEM. As if Sony needs any other problems.