In the currently world of Social Media there are new tools, available to us daily and in some cases almost hourly. Qik.com is just one of those sites. Qik.com is a great site where those who have any of the following phones: Nokia S60 phones: N71, N73, N75, N76, N77, N80, N91, N92, N93i, N95, E50, E51, E61i, E65, E70m E90 Communicator, 3250, 5500, 5700 Xpress Music, 6110 Navigator, 6120 Classic, 6121 Classic, and 6290, can make use of the service. I don't know the current user base of any of the list and I'd imagine it's small in the larger internet scheme of things. Now, what's even more annoying is that unless you have one of the aforementioned phones, you can't make use of the Qik.com chat feature.
I've had one occasion to use a Nokia N800 recently on our trip to India. I'm impressed with Nokia and what they've done with hardware. Likewise the software interface that has given us Qik.com is also impressive. Yet, it's a walled garden in the social media world. I'd expect more from Nokia.
"The problem is real, and the Department of Homeland Security and TSA should either fix the security or scrap the system. What we've got now is the worst security system of all: one that annoys everyone who is innocent while failing to catch the guilty."
Biodiesel bounty in rural India: "On the hilly grasslands of the western state of Maharashtra, near the village of Malegaon, Chindu and his tribe of some 40 men and women busily plant jatropha saplings. The saplings are expected to bear seed in three to four years, one of dozens of new biodiesel projects being planned by private firms to feed India's galloping energy needs."
If you've got any sick days, tomorrow might be a good day to use one.
Copper Mountain: "Lifts open: 5/21
New snow last 24 Hours: 0 in.
New snow last 48 hours: 0 in.
Mid-mountain depth: 24 in.
Surface conditions: PP/MM
Beginner terrain open: 17%
Expert terrain open: 3%
Comments: Opening Friday with great early season conditions-Top to Bottom skiing and Riding
Closing date: 04/15/07 "
If I'm in the car most of the day of course the iPod is with me. Radio here in Denver is horrible, and monopolized by Clear Channel.
One in five use iPod at work: "A British survey has found that upwards of 22% of employees listen to their iPod, or other digital audio player, for up to 3 hours out of the work day. Shocking, isn't it? OK, so this isn't big news but it would seem that 30% of British firms surveyed have banned the use of iPods at the work place.
I'm not sure I could actually do my job without listening to music, but at least on productivity expert warns that listening to music might cause people to work less.
So, readers, does your company ban the use of iPods at work?
At first glance this looks great. If you don't have enough money for a car and do have enough money for a good cell phone, Google's service just might be the answer for you. There doesn't seem to be any logic to the cities in which they are offering service, so if you live in one of them great. The rest of us need to hope our metropolitan area is one of the next on the list.
Last year, Google launched a new service called 'Google Transit'. It was a version of Google Maps that provided directions for navigating public transportation. It was great, but it only covered one city: Portland, Oregon. Google has now added five more cities to the service: Seattle WA, Pittsburgh PA, Eugene OR, Tampa FL, and Honolulu HI.