Wednesday, 26 April 2006

When Google & Firefox mesh...

Gmail is magnificently subtle, from the fact that it's invitation only to the elegance of the interface (threaded discussions, rss, address autocomplete etc.). Even its revenue model is subtle - those discrete text ads, rather than irritating, big, blinking flash banners. Then there's the storage space.

I'd seen a 3rd party tool for using all that Gmail space as online disk space a while back. Trouble was, it needed to be installed on the client and there are separate vendors for the mac and PC versions. Then some bright spark made Gmail Space - an add-on for Firefox that allows you to use spare Gmail space as file space. Nice!


Update: so you have to install the Firefox extension on each machine, right? Not with Firefox Portable.

Monday, 17 April 2006

A study of open-source business

This is a fascinating article (Economist.com ) about the pros & cons of open source, not just s software, but as a system of organised work.

Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Doublethink Different

This (Wired News) is an excellent comment about the state of Apple computers (small c) today. I'm not a rabid mac fan, but I admire the way they try to please their consumers - often by pushing the design/usability envelope. The possible irony here is that if they do go after corporate customers, they could lose that consumer-pleasing, user-friendly focus.

Monday, 3 April 2006

Paul Allen and Microsoft

It could almost be out of a film, except this one doesn't have a happy ending... yet. That's not to say Paul Allen is a victim - he's done rather well. But it's sad that the bad guys apparently win. This helps to explain why they (Gates & Ballmer) loathe open source software so much.