Market Shift: Why BIG changes have Bell and Rogers very, very afraid

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With all changes in life comes a reluctance to accept the change and a tendency to fight them. In Canada, we are undergoing a significant amount of change in the mobile and Cable TV markets. The loosers are clearly the main providers of these services, namely Bell and Rogers. I predict in five years or less, we will no longer need to pay for Voice, Long Distance (in North America), and the classic Cable TV. It will be replaced by something very different and all of it, travelling across data. No longer will you be paying for voice plans, long distance on the same continent or Cable TV services.

Ever loose your domain name? Meet Asad from techaol.com who lost it to AOL

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While stories of companies and people loosing domain names to big companies are all too common these days - I had never met a person who actually had this happen to them. When I met Asad in Toronto on a recent trip from California, he shared this experience. He registered a domain TECHAOL.COM a few years ago and had it taken from him by America Online. Take a look at the brief video interview below. Please accept my apologies for the poor lighting in the video.

The domain techaol.com is now linked to, and owned by America Online. WHOIS information on the domain shows AOL as the sole owner and no mention of Asad. In fact, what I find most interesting is no mention or record of what techaol.com was before it was taken over (WayBackMachine has no records).
Asad likely has no fight here either - I'm no lawyer - but it seems that having the letters AOL in your domain and being in some way related to technology will land you in a similar situation. Have you met anyone facing the same problem?

Calwell Tech Weekly - Week of August 27th

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It's been a bit of a light week for me writing-wise. I have been working on a rather large upgrade and haven't had allot of time to get back to writing. No matter what, I still have your back when it come to tech news. Here's this week's Calwell Tech Weekly. Enjoy.

Calwell Tech Weekly - Week of August 20th

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Summer's end is almost upon us. For those of us in Toronto, Canada  - a ritual of the last gasp of summer is the Canadian National Exhibition, which will open this Friday the 20th of August and run until Labor Day. For those of you who will be reading about tech instead of (or in addition too) partaking in the CNE, I give you the Tech Weekly:

Thoughts on US/Canada Cross-Border Shopping

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I'm a Canadian living in Toronto. I'm not far from the American border (about an hour and a half of driving to the east or west, give or take a few minutes). Being in the technology industry - I am always coming across scenarios where a particular product is only available in the U.S. or the product may be significantly cheaper than it would be if purchased here in Canada. Even with our currencies almost at par, the lure of going to America to get the exclusive tech and bring it back is tremendous. While returning from a small road trip yesterday, I had some thoughts about cross-border shopping.


The best case-study for our need to shop across the border was probably the iPad. When it was released to the American general public in early April of 2010, those of use who wanted one in Canada had to wait until late May before Apple made it available. This created a two-month window that many Canadians used to purchase the device in the U.S., bring it back to Canada, and then sell it at an extremely high price.

Helpful things to know before you travel
1. NAFTA is useless - For the longest time, I had thought that NAFTA would help save duties on electronic components. The reality, however, is that it only helps with stuff made in North America. When nothing really cool is actually made on this continent,  NAFTA does squat for you (source).

2. Stay that extra 24 hours - Truth is, determining what the tariff would be on a product is voodoo restricted only to Canada Customs  (here is some info about this - and the super-detailed docs are here) - there are some ways you can turn a border crossing to your advantage. One of them that I thought of is staying in the U.S. for 48 hours or more. After 48 hours, your personal exemption goes from $50cdn to $400cdn (source). This means that you have to stay 2 whole days or more, which really pushes it to more like three days.

3. Go to Delaware - In my various travels, I have come across one holy grail of a U.S. State. The state of Delaware charges no state sales taxes. That's right, if you buy something in the Newark, Delaware Apple Store, you'll pay 0% state taxes. That's a good deal, but the trip is a 9 and a half hour drive from Toronto. I have not, thus far, ventured to do this.

So, what do the scammers do?
I need to first say, what I'm describing is something that is extremely illegal. Doing these things may get you crazy penalties, a possible prison sentence and hell every time you try to get across the border. None of this is worth the pain! This all had me thinking as I was crossing the border - I thought about what those that manage to get goods across illegally do. I had purchased a belt and my sister purchased three pairs of jeans that we both declared without problem. I thought, what would a person trying to get high-priced electronics across do?

1. Buy it and hide it - This being the obvious, you by the stuff and hide it in your trunk and hope the customs agents don't find it. Probably not a great idea, since those guys are likely using super space age scanners, who knows?

2. Buy it, open it, throw away the packaging and keep it like it was always your own - this is probably what happens the most - and it seems like the most difficult thing for the customs agent to figure out. I'll give you a scenario. You go to the Apple Store, buy an iPad. Take it out out of the packaging and throw away the box. You keep the unpackaged iPad in your personal luggage. The customs agent, even when searching, would not likely be thinking that device wasn't yours when you arrived in the country.

The above things are probably not being done in high volume, so there are probably other ways that others are getting away with this.  There is no doubt though, this is a big business. In one case, I saw the new Apple iPhone 4 (which, was not available in Canada at the time) selling in Toronto for $1,900.00 CDN. The U.S. selling price is less than $600 US (without a contract).

What do you think? Have you had any experience with this? Do you think it's even worthwhile to buy in the U.S. considering hassle and cost?

My brush with a pyramid scheme - how to spot the signs of multi-level marketing

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Muli-Level Marking company?
While at a Starbucks at Victoria Park and the 401, I came across, Kash Shahzada. He seemed like a very nice fellow, dressed well. He did not appear to be working at one of the nearby office buildings at all. Actually, while I glanced over to him, he had a book that said "How to deal with people" or something to that effect. The book was sitting in a fold up style of duo-tang that had more papers, possibly brochures. Hard to tell, I just glanced over. The truth is, you can tell so much about a person just by observing. I should listen to my observations more.


Kash's profile picture (at the CN Tower)
You have to know, I wasn't really paying all that much attention to Kash, I had been sitting on a chairs crunched up in the corner and that chair was painful on my back. When a couple chairs that wre more comfy opened up, I just at the chance to sit there. Kash started up the conversation by asking me about my laptop. "Do you like that type of laptop?". Off to the races I was with talking. I really don't talk to too many people in coffee shops, so this was a real treat to spark up a conversation there. I did spend allot of time talking about myself. maybe too much.

In between my talking, Kash would talk about how he was involved in Network Engineering, that he went to school for it and that it didn't really pan out. He decided then that he would become an entrepreneur. What was interesting was that he didn't have a whole lot to say about his company (one of the first warning signs that something was fishy).  While he talked about his line of business, he would talk about how he was a "marketer" and that he did "business marketing". Kash talked about how his company used "the social networking" to reach clients and that it was very successful. I was kind of in this gray area, nice to meet someone self-employed, yet a little confused with what he was talking about. He was getting his business card primed and ready.

We exchanged cards. The one he gave me looked good on first blush, but it took me a few seconds to determine the more interesting red flags about the company. Here was his card:

The Kash Enterprises business card
Business Card Red Flags
1. The company name in bold KASH ENTERPRISES - this appeared to be named after him, and yet still called an "Enterprise"?
2. The moniker "I-Commerce Business Solution"  - foregoing the typo, really what does this mean? It really seemed like a fancy way of looking technical but meaning nothing.
3. Lots of phone numbers, US numbers, Toll-Free numbers. Why all these phone numbers for a business that I still don't know anything about?
4. Lastly, his email address' domain name did not match up to his web site's domain.

This was all kind of happening as I was meeting Kash. He was a very nice guy, very affable. While I was chatting with him I turned and quickly reached over to my computer and typed in his website. I still didn't know anything about his business. but I was curious. I was met with this to start with:

I was thinking "Wow, I've never seen this before - what was so important that it has to be protected by a password?". I even asked him. His response was something to the effect of:  "The business intelligence we offer is highly sought after, so we protect it". On the back of his business card he wrote the password to access this website: guest. Our conversation kind of ended abruptly, so I left it at that. I had to get moving myself, I was late to meet a friend.

The next day comes and I thought, I'm curious what this is about and I why I need to login. Let me take a closer look. I went to the site and was presented with the following video when I first logged in. Go ahead and take a look:

Of course, not really realizing, I included my real information. Somewhere in the time from of 2 to 3 hours later I got a call from Kash himself. His first question was "how the laptop doing"? He said that he had noticed that I logged into his site and wondered if I had questions about the content, what it was about. I clearly said I had no clue what it was about or what it was. I could hear noises in the background and the call ended shortly after that when he said he was about to be in a meeting. He requested the ability to call back and I said OK. This had me really intrigued - it clearly smelled of a pyramid scheme, that was that. But, I'm a curious fellow - I really needed to know more about the seeming contradiction of Kash's personality and more about how this company works.

The Man
searched to find out more about Kash Shahzada personally. I found all sorts of information:

1. Twitter -  http://twitter.com/Kash_Shahzada
He seemed to have given this up in March. I noticed that he had been in contact with the @ltdhq account quite a bit. He references a number of sessions or meetings. From what I could tell, Kash did not seem to be a social media expert based on his Twitter account usage and fall-off.

2. Linkdin - http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/kashif-shahzada/12/25a/a03
His Linkdin profile lists this as his occupation "I own a business system that coaches and teaches individuals how to create Passive income through Social Networking.". It also says he's been running Kash Enterprises for 7 years, 9 months. I also found another profile, one that Kash probably intended to delete at some point that lists his occupation as this: "I am part of LTD Team. We teach and train people in how to live a Rich Life Style. Self improvement is at the heart of LTD.". In both cases the industry listed is "Marketing and Advertising"

3. The kash-ent.com website - http://kash-ent.com (login: guest)
The page's top banner area lists information about the company. "Building People to Build Families to Build Businesses". I thought, what does this mean exactly? Boy was this confusing. One thing, however, was clear that whomever wrote this was not in command of the English language. The equation below "Time + Money = Freedom" is fine although really money is what generally equals freedom. I'm still confused.

The info provided on his website was also interesting. The address given seemed like the Center for Early Learning, though it's possible this could be an apartment building. He lists his direct blackberry email address (again, suggesting that he's not overly familiar with social media). During one call, he did mention that he lived in Scarborough. When I looked up his domain on who.is - I found the answer in his administrative contact:



An Apartment?. Is this a person who has been selling rich lifestyles for close to 8 years and yet lives in an apartment in a somewhat skeevy area in Scarborough? I was really curious now. What in the world has brought this seemingly nice guy a business that clearly seems not to work.
Note: This post has been edited to remove personal information. For more details, see this column.

The Company
While searching for the above video, I cam across the fact that the kash-ent.com site simply redirects to a placeholder domain on the ldlteam.com domain (see below). Who was ldlteam.com?
It turns out ldlteam.com is the domain of a company called Leadership Team Development - I Then searched for more about Leadership Team Development:

1. A Blog that describes LTD as Quixtar and Amway - he goes on to explain the "The Perils of joining LTD, Quixtar, or Amway". There is allot of talk about religious undertones of this organization.

2. I found an interesting answer at answers.com. What was most interesting was the comment: "I got more information on how to recruit people to give them $200". Recruiting people for $200? That sounds allot like a pyramid scheme. Lots of other details line up with what Kash mentioned to me, including the McDonald's reference.

3. I found some very interesting complaints about the company, one such post sizes up the oppourtunity well:

LTD is supposed to be a web-based business, but it was clear that the speaker does not understand how eCommerce works. LTD's business model appears very weak, and requires constant recruitment to maintain any kind of cash flow. They create 'alternative' websites for companies to sell products, but why would a company need them? If a company can sell a product from its own online store, it makes no sense to pay someone else to sell it for them.
4. Searching google for the domain of ltdteam.com shows how many "enterprises there are (total of 909 pages referenced by sub domains). Each one of these sites were based on the same template, allowed login by way of a password of guest and included the same structure, the same description text with few variations, and videos. Also, included no information about the business itself.

5. Finally, I took my search to the Better Business Bureau - here is where you will find a clear rating of "F".


More Communication
We would talk at length by phone for a few days. I was really after answering one BIG question "You seem like a nice guy, why get involved in this?" - but the asking of this question is very tricky. In the beginning it was made clear that they (LDL, I presume) were interested in cutting off those not interested (IE Sane) people while retaining those excited about the opportunity. Fair enough, so he was slightly skittish, so I tried to ease into this. In the process I had a number of questions:

Me: "What do you do?"
Kash: "I'm a franchisee and also a franchiseor" "Take the McDonald's franchise structure as an example"
Me: "Do you charge franchise fees?"
Kash: "No, we are Private Franchisers"
Me: I pressed him for What Products they sold
Kash:  "Health and Wellness - Nutrition - Skin Care Products" "We are not product specific"
Me: "How do you make money doing this"?
Kash: "This is not a money making proposition as much as it is a lifestyle proposition. I make money off of volume"
{click} DISCONNECT

Me: "You mentioned earlier that THE COMPANY gives you this support structure, who or what is the company?"
Kash: "Have you ever heard of Amway?"
Me: "Who is Learning Development Team, or whatever it's called" (I tried feigning ignorance)
Kash: "They are the support company, much like Burger University and McDonald's"

I asked him about the disparity between his McDonald's example (at the mcdonalds.com website they talk about a product - fast food) and his website (kash-ent.com has no mention of health, wellness, or health care products).
Kash: "Again, none of this is product specific. We are selling the business model"

Me: "How Long have you been doing this?"
Kash "Seven Years"
{click} DISCONNECT

We would get cut off mysteriously a number of times during he course of our conversation.

I finally asked him the big question: "Why"
Kash: "For security, financial security, security for my family - to live the lifestyle I want to live"

At the end of talking for more than an hour off and on. Kash finally said "Kevin.. can I call you back? Can you give me a call if your interested? It's been more than an hour and I need to eat something". That was the end of our conversation and presumably the last time we would speak.

What had me fascinated was how this role is played out by him - how his job seemed to be to intentionally keep the details light and confusing. It occurred to me that if this cycle of "Confused? Get more details here" keeps moving then it would allow him to get my eyeballs in front of the people who can REALLY sell the product (at the info session). In all of the buzz-words Kash used, the most interesting of them was the liberal use of "lifestyle". Kash really seemed like a nice guy - I wanted to help him, but didn't know how to do it. What makes people turn off the "bullshit meter" and get involved in these things?

I'd love to hear more about your own experiences with this, good or bad. Am I wrong to consider this a pyramid scheme? 

Calwell Tech Weekly - Week of August 13th

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Wow, Friday the 13th is upon us. Some will be in Port Dover, some will spend time being uber-superstitious. Me, I will be gathering all the tech news you should know in one place so you can be better informed. Here is this week's tech news:


Rogers' Community Forums - Yep, hot on the heels of the Redboard, Rogers recently launches Community Forums that should allow for more bitching, moaning and venting about Rogers products. Why Rogers wants this is really the big question, likely the better answer is that Rogers wants to control the conversation. Coverage: BGR.

Bytes by... - Microsoft just announced a series of video interviews of various folks and development people. The two different sites are called Bytes by MSDN or Bytes by Technet. This a great idea for the three of you that are still developing on a Microsoft platform. Coverage: The Windows Club.

Arc Touch Mouse - Microsoft Hardware looks to have a new mouse product in the pipeline. The mouse can only be described as something close to the Magic Trackpad by Apple, though it's hard to say at this point. Look for this to be released in September 2010 at a price of $69.95. Coverage: SlashGear, Gizmodo, Neowin.

HP CEO Resigns - In big news from huge hardware maker Hewlett Packard, HP's CEO Mark Hurd resigns over apparent sexual abuse allegations. Lots of coverage on this: HP,  Engadget, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Slashgear, Slashdot, BoingBoing.

Movement to save Google Wave - That's right, all those folks sad, disappointed and disgruntled about the loss of Google's Wave product are working on a movement. The web site at www.savegooglewave.com allows you to speak your mind and let the world know that Google should keep Wave alive. You can interact with the site in a number of ways including just a thumbs up (currently at about 22,500). Coverage: Gizmodo.



Limited iPhone Stock - Stock of the new iPhone 4 has reportedly been exhausted completely in Canada. There are even reports that people are waiting in line at an Apple Store without knowledge of sock and actually getting turned away. The Apple obsession is really being taken to new levels. I have actually not seen an iPhone 4 in Canada yet. Coverage: iPhoneinCanada.

Seesmic Desktop Beta 2 - Some of the best social networking clients come from Seesmic, including the amazing Android twitter client. With Seesmic's new offering, you can connect to, and get real-time Twitter updates. The application runs on Microsoft's Silverlight technology and is fairly similar to the Seesmic web edition. You can grab it here: http://d.seesmic.com/sdp/install.html?config=main. I'm testing it now, runs great on top of Chrome. More from Seesmic's blog here. Coverage: TheNextWeb.


Google, Google, Google - Google has really been in the news for privacy. First, a seven page document described as 'vision statement' from 2008 was leaked to the Internet. It seems to show, among other things, how Google intends to profit off the user data it has. Where is this document so you an I can read it? Who knows? Coverage: Slashdot, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo. In other GOOG-related news,  Google and Verizon went public with a "Policy Framework" for Net Neutrality. This, of course, did not exactly meet much applause from the Internet at large. Coverage: Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Dvice, FutureOfTheInternet, Wired, Ars Technica, O'Reilly, The Technology Liberation Front, EFF, Google.

New Android Features - Google also announces a couple new Android features this week: "Voice Actions" and "Chrome-to-Phone". Coverage: Google BlogSearchEngineLand, TechCrunch. Here's a video describing one of those features:




Droid 2 - Launched on Thursday, this is the next evolution in Android phone. Buy here (in the US). The phone includes the newest version of Android (dubbed Froyo) and Flash support. Some specs of the phone are: 3.7" WVGA touchscreen, 5MP Camera, GPS, WiFi, 1GHZ ARM processor, 8gb built-in flash memory. Coverage: Ars Technica, Dvice, Engadget, BGR, Android and Me.

DeviantART Muro - DeviantART released an HTML5 based, free paint application (check it out here). You can do all sorts of stuff with this application (which is beyond my lack of artistic merit). If you draw allot, this is absolutely something you should check out. Here are some of the things you can do with this tool. Coverage: Wired, Red Ferret.

Blackberry Desktop Manager 6.0 - RIM announced this week the release of the 6.0 version of this utility. Most of the updates seem to be in the interface, but an added WiFi music syncing service looks to make this utility more interesting. Download: RIM,  Coverage: BGR, Crackberry.

TweetDeck for Android - The beta is released on Thursday. The competition for androd twitter clients heats up big time. I have installed it myself and am testing it.  Coverage: TweetDeckTechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Jkontherun, loisgray.com, Android and Me.

Google Reader Sync? - Huh? A new service (not ready yet, sign up to get in on the beta) that means to update Google Reader on what you have read outside of the application. If this ends up also syncing the items I've already read inside Google Reader too - wow, this will be a killer utility!

VMware Host Profiles - On Thursday, VMware released a whitepaper explaing the configuration and use of Host Prfiles with Vsphere and ESX/ESXi servers. Well worth a read if you work with these products. Get the whitepaper here (PDF).

So, that's it for this week. What news are you watching in the tech world? Did I mis anything?

Why I sold my iPad

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I have a read a few blogs about why others have sold or returned their iPads and I really thought I should add my perspective into this mix. The iPad is the uber-popular tablet computing device created by Apple and sold in the bazillions. I purchased an iPad sometime in April and kept it until very recently. At some point I realized, all I was doing was using a more convenient (and fairly expensive) means of consuming content. Something I was already doing, but the iPad made the experience better. That was just something I decided I didn't need any more. Oh, and I wanted the money too.


I was getting good use out of it too, here are some of the things I was doing with the iPad:

1. Reading magazines/books - I was using the incredible Cloud Readers to transfer recently downloaded PDF'd magazines to the iPad. The magazines were transferable over WiFi and once stored on the iPad were readable offline.

2. Video - Using a combination of the Air Video server and client applications, I was watching great video content streamed on the fly from my server to the iPad.

3. Dropbox - using this native iPad application to view documents and files was great when moving files between my pc and the iPad

4. Web Browsing - While the poor support for Google Reader was a pain - and Safari is a horrible browser; some web-based experiences were an actual improvement. Gmail on the iPad is one very well done experience.

5. Showing Off - There were a bunch of little apps I would use to show off the iPad. Stuff like the AirVideo app, or using one of the really cool (referenced by a Scoble Video) DJ types of apps. There were always new apps to discover, install and show off to people.

If you look at the above list, do you see one thing that's missing? If you said the CREATION of content, your right! I found that, as I used the iPad more and more, I was actually using it to consume more and more content. I was creating nothing. The iPad was becoming a replacement for my television, not my computer. I even wrote a blog on the iPad, and although it was a great experience, I didn't find myself doing it again.

Here's one simple thing I would do on my PC that is near impossible on the iPad:

Open a browser, open Google Reader and start reading the news. Find something interesting and open a new tab in my browser to edit my blog. I take that interesting news item and I write a blog about it. I may need to draw upon attachments to add images to links to the blog entry as well.

This is not a complicated process on a computer, but the above process is either impossible or completely painful on an iPad. Google Reader's keyboard shortcuts are useless on the iPad. Google Blogger's interface doesn't even allow you to edit pages in WYSIWYG mode. I know these things may change in the future, but the barriers to actually creating content on the iPad are huge - because the device was always meant to consume.

Some other things I couldn't really do and would have liked to: Open RAW DLSR Camera photos and process them, Edit HD Videos and upload them to YouTube or Editing Google Docs Files,

Don't get me wrong - I'm not hating the iPad for what it is. I merely describe a point in time that gave me a realization that I didn't need this anymore. If the iPad was going to become the kind of success it is today - it was going to have to excel at one simple thing. All the rest would have to take a back seat until the product was entrenched. Look at the promo video for the iPad - even look at Steve Jobs as he used in on stage during the iPad announcement. He was not creating anything - web browsing, keeping tabs on a baseball game, reading news, viewing pictures, playing games.

I should mention also, when I posted this iPad online I sold it quick. Not only was the iPad taken off my hands incredibly fast, there was a serious competition for the device. So much so, that I sold it for MORE than the price I had posted online. That's the first time anything like that has happened to me.

Truth is though, I want to get another iPad, I think of how much more convenient it was to consume content and that makes me want to buy another one. Perhaps, in the future I will get another one.

Calwell Tech Weekly - Week of August 6th

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Information overload is a problem for most of us. For those interested in new technology it seems to be even worse. There are multiple places that cover the same news, many of them covering older news. It often hard to tell what's going on while staring at thousands of news items. So, I decided to create a weekly column that give you the heads up on things that have happened in Tech News this week. Without more delay, let's start the first Calwell Tech Weekly.


YouTube - The wonderful YouTube has increased video limits and now allows users to upload up to 15 minutes of video. Covered here.  The story behind this, however, is that the video size is still limited to 2 gigabytes. At 15 minutes, HD video will be much larger than 2 gigs. Will we see a size increase shortly?

FaceBook for Android - This utility was quietly updated to 1.3 during the week. You can get more about it here. The app can be updated form your Market application or searching for Facebook. The download looks to be a whopping 2 megabytes for the installation, so you better be using WiFi! Coverage: LifeHacker

100 Million Facebook Users - A "security consultant" recently released information gathered on 100 million users as a torrent file. No one really cares because the info is just information already on the Internet anyway. Even worse, outlets reporting about this are generally vague about who did it, where the information is and implications. Gizmodo says companies are grabbing this stuff and using it. Cue the fear now.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - is released on July 27th. Lots of information and reviews coming from all parts of the internet. The lack of LAN game play is a serious sore point for many. I too have been playing the game and working on a review (no telling if it will see the light of day). Others are bothered by the inclusion of only one campaign race. Reviews: KotakuArs TechnicaCNet.  Coverage: Slashdot.

Unlocked Phone? - I found a pretty cool Wiki page that lists information on pay as you go providers and what they offer in various countries. You can check that out here. Let's hope they add more to the list. Coverage of this here.

SysAdmin Day - Came and went without much fanfare. It's still not too late to let your system administrator know that you appreciate him or her. When is the next one coming? Take a look at sysadminday.com

Wolfram Alpha Widgets - In the beta release stage - these new widgets bring the usefulness of Wolfram Alpha to a new level. Given that some of the stuff you might do on Wolfram is fairly specific - widgets seem to be a perfect fit. To try them out, take a look at the widget gallery.

20 Billion Tweets - As expected, Twitter passed the 20,000,000,000 tweet milestone with this one. What does it mean? Who knows. A-Rod also hit hit 600th home run against the Blue Jays this week too. Is there a link between the two? Probably not. Still that's allot of tweets (and home runs too).

Steve Ballmer babbles on about tablets.. er.. slates - This is less news than it is just novelty. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked at the Microsoft financial analyst meeting about slate devices and other small-formed computing devices. Most of it was clearly from a company not even close to competing in this market. More, and more. Here's a choice quote (on slate devices):

"Some of you will say, well, when? When?  And I say, As soon as they're ready.  They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready.  And it is job one urgency around here.  Nobody is sleeping at the switch."

Office 2011 for Mac - Will be released sometime in October. All sorts of pricing details have been released. What this version of Office includes the forced-on-you ribbon interface and cheaper prices. More information can be found a Boy Genius Report. There is a very good chance that the desktop Office package is in the middle of a slow death march. online Office packages will likely surpass features of bloated and slow packages sometime in the next few years. Expect to get an upgrade to office 2011 if you buy office 2008.

Android sales overtake iPhone sales - Not a huge deal, but a very important measure of how fast the Android operating system is growing on smartphones since debuting in the last two years. Problems with fragmentation, app store spam and lack of developer profits are of concern to Google. Coverage: Gigaom.

Free WiFi available at the Toronto (YYZ) Airport - In a move many years too late - but still welcome - the Toronto airport now offers free WiFi Internet access. The overpriced, cold, and painfully slow mega airport now has at least one redeeming feature. Coverage: Toronto Star, Toronto Sun.

RIM announces a new Blackberry - Yep, the Torch 9800 was announced by RIM. This is the first slider type of blackberry and also includes touchscreen technology. RIM also released a first look at their new web browser. First Impressions: SlashdotPCmag, more PCmag

JoliCloud 1.0  - Building on the popularity of mobile devices (or slates), JoliCloud has  released the 1.0 version of their Linux-based operating system. The first time I tried a beta on an older netbook, it didn't recognize the wireless network card. Coverage: Gigaom, Gizmodo

Wave Goodbye! - Google has decided to say goodbye to Google Wave, the real-time chat services it created a year ago. Wave has had all sorts of trouble finding users and just by sucking so much. Coverage of this can be found on Boy Genius Report
 
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