A Dozen Web Sites to Add to your Summer Reading Program

As we enter these dog days of summer, why don’t you take a break and visit some of
these interesting web sites to see if there are utilities you would like to use to
make your life a little easier.

I thank the folks at Nicom IT Solutions, particularly Barry Milne, for sharing these
with us. (The sentences in quotations following the web addresses are how the companies
describe themselves.)

www.xobni.com – “Drowning in Email? Find People,
Email & Attachments Instantly.” Xobni  is “inbox” spelled backward. This
is a clever little utility you can download and plug into Outlook to help you manage
your email traffic.  It keeps track of email conversations and organizes them
by person and topic. It identifies with whom you converse the most and what’s the
best time of day to find them at their computer.

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Are You Managing Your Online Message?

The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

Omar Khayyám

I recently attended an interesting talk at the World Trade and Convention Centre presented by Carman Pirie of Colour. Pirie made a statement that really stands out in my mind: The online conversation is going on with or without you, so you may as well be part of it, and help shape it.

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SharePoint Portal Makes For Enterprise-Wide Collaboration

What a way to learn. I was with my colleagues Dave and Geoff, a couple of people from Microsoft, and a dozen or so customers at Glen Arbor Golf Course. We called it the Nicom IT Solutions/Microsoft “Golfinar”, a combination golf game and seminar.

Before we hit the links, we had a hands-on demonstration of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, MOSS, the fastest-selling server software in Microsoft history. If you haven’t heard of it, chances are you will soon. Actually SharePoint has been out since 1999, but it is with the latest release along with Microsoft Office 2007 that it has really taken off. Some of our employees have been working with it since 1999, but they tell me it is this release that has reached the maturity required for large-scale enterprise-wide adoption.

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Stay Connected with a Blackberry

this great little gizmo from rim
is incredibly small thats the thing
but i cant get the gist
of the alt and the shift
that i don’t really bother with them

I finally bit the bullet and got a Blackberry. To tell you the truth I’m not sure I need one all that much but being in technology and not owning a Blackberry just isn’t cool.

The moment of decision came when I was at a business function and I was setting up a meeting for the following week. The person I was arranging the meeting with lit up his Blackberry and asked if next Tuesday morning would be OK.

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Google Apps Offers Free Business Collaboration Software

Practically anyone over the age of eight knows what Google is. My older brother calls it “Googles” and George Bush calls it “The Google”. It’s a noun and a verb in both official languages (“I googled it”/”Je l’ai googlé”). The fact is it’s very well known indeed.

When you think of Google you probably think of the Internet search engine but Google, the company, is much more than that. In fact it’s a multi-billion dollar corporation that offers much more than just a search capability. If you go to www.google.com and click on “More”, you’ll see what I mean.

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