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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 5 October 2013

Failure of Microsoft’s Web Apps: Working simultaneously on documents

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sharing documents world wide Failure of Microsofts Web Apps: Working simultaneously on documents

I have a dislike of Microsoft. That feeling is based on over twenty years of experience with working with their operating systems, their office applications and their compilers. But recently the company is starting to impress me and the potential of their Web Apps is one of the reasons of my mellowing. Their Word Web App is a very promising solution for scientists who want to work on documents simultaneously with a number of colleagues. However my tests here show that the Web Apps still suffer from a lot of start-up problems. My conclusion is that the capability of working simultaneously on real-world documents is not yet available.

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 12 April 2012

Poor quality of slide-sharing services

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Posted in useful software, Web 2.0

rotten bananas Poor quality of slide sharing servicesIn my previous post I discussed a feature I would like to be implemented by slide-sharing services. I am not going to repeat here all the arguments why slide sharing is useful for scientists. I just want to discuss the present quality of the engines used by these services. I consider here SlideShare, authorSTREAM, SlideBoom and Google Docs from the point of view of scientists. Two years ago I pointed out to you that SlideBoom was by far the best. After two years much could have been changed in a world where nowadays everything on the Internet is about sharing.

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 11 April 2012

Important feature all slide-sharing-services lack

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Posted in Presentations quality, Speaking in public, useful software, Web 2.0

scientific presentation Important feature all slide sharing services lack

Ten years years ago the major computer company Sun  Microsystems advertised in all media with the slogan: “The network is the computer”. And I must admit they knew where they were talking about. They saw the clouds coming. Sun has been taken over by Oracle in 2009.

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 29 March 2012

Goodbye Outlook, enter Thunderbird

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Posted in Efficient email, useful software

outlook in the bin 300x300 Goodbye Outlook, enter Thunderbird
This post is the ultimate, mobile-site-friendly, migration guide from Outlook to Thunderbird. If you want the short version, go immediately to the section To wrap it all up. The author describes in detail the design flaws in Microsoft’s Outlook and how these shortcomings are avoided in Thunderbird. If you need a Windows program to handle a large number of email messages coming from various accounts the open source and free Thunderbird should be your choice. With this guide Outlook will be history.

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