Leading today’s stories is a post from VentureBeat, reporting on the new Google Drive plugin for Microsoft Office. It is an interesting idea from Google to get people into Drive and maybe editing their documents in Google Apps instead. Another big story comes from Wired, where they report on how hackers were able to remotely… Read More Geek Reading July 22, 2015
Declaring, there are no files in the cloud is a quick way to make the mainstream consumer confused and afraid. If you look at Google Docs, those are obviously files, but they are not stored on your local PC. Disruptive? Yes. Forcing a radical change in the way we think? Maybe. Moving your documents to… Read More Be Disruptive Without Making It Seem That Way
With Google in conference mode, that means one major thing, lots of product announcements. Several blogs have reported on the email contextual gadgets for Google Apps. Third party developers can now built GMail contextual gadgets and have them available in the Google Apps Marketplace. In the announcement, they listed several applications that would be available… Read More GMail Contextual Gadgets Are Cool, But Apps Script Could Be Huge
Over the past week, there has been an interesting thread being talked about in software development. It started with a blog post by Ted Neward where he quoted Billy Hollis as saying: Agile is treating the symptoms, not the disease. Here, the agile being talked about is a reference to agile software development processes. Agile… Read More Process Rarely Fixes The Problem
Tablet computing has risen from the dead, sort of. TechCrunch has their CrunchPad to be released in the fall, and Apple is rumored to be releasing one as well. The question is, what problem do tablets solve? We have the newer class of mobile phones (or smartphones if you must), that allow you to do… Read More Are Tablets Doomed To Fail Again?
I have to admit that the Google Chrome OS announcement bothered me a bit. I was not concerned about the level of coverage it received, but it just felt that there was something missing. An OS announcement with limited details, and everyone wondering where Android fit with it, just felt wrong. Google is hiding something.… Read More Google Putting Together A Cash Cow
Late yesterday, Google announced the release of Offline GMail. Obviously, this is a Gears-enabled GMail which is being made available through the GMail Labs feature. It is interesting that GMail has been a laggard in offline access, but I have a feeling it was due to wanting to test the offline features extensively with less… Read More Google Begins Their Plan For Desktop Domination
People who know me know that I am not a Microsoft lover. I am more on the “hater” side of that argument, but I have always felt that they do some things very well. They always targeted developers and tried to get adoption of their platform. This gave them the monopoly on the desktop operating… Read More Who Woke The Sleeping Giant?