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Health Information Technology: putting the patient back into health care

By Andy Oram
May 21, 2012

In health information technology, we have a rare chance to ensure that the most affected members of the public actually have their own direct representative. A letter in support of Regina Holliday.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Developer Week in Review: Christmas in July for Apache

Developer Week in Review: Christmas in July for Apache
By James Turner
July 15, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Apache gets a gift of code from IBM, and a handy patent / travel guide for your next trip to East Texas.

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers
By James Turner
June 2, 2011

If you were an iOS developer, you may have gotten to meet a process server in person this week, as Lodsys doles out the first batch of lawsuits. Oracle gave Apache the keys to OpenOffice, and told them to take it out for a spin, and your faithful editor vents about a commonly overused Java pattern.

Adventures in Windows 7 Troubleshooting: Browser-run Apps

By William Stanek
January 20, 2011

Ever had a problem with an app run via a browser window? You're not alone. Here's an entry related to troubleshooting these types of problems using the Sirius XM media player app as an example. The Sirius XM media player...

Windows 7 Inside Track: Printer, Scanner, and Fax Installation

By William Stanek
October 27, 2010

Let's embark on what I'd like to call "Adventures in Printer, Scanner, and Fax Installation." Last Thanksgiving, I did something I rarely do: I went shopping on Black Friday. Picked up some great buys on USB flash drives, SDHC cards and a fantastic deal on a HP Officejet All-in-one. By now installing new devices, hardware and even entire systems is old hat around my house.

Four short links: 29 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 29, 2010

Digital Mirror Demo (video) -- demo of the Digital Mirror tool that analyses relationships. Some very cute visualizations of social proximity and presentation of the things you can learn from email, calendar, etc. (via kgreene on Twitter) Free Machine Learning Books -- list of free online books from MetaOptimize readers. (via newsycombinator on Twitter) Chewie Stats -- sweet chart...

Windows 7 Inside Track: 64-bit and Beyond

By William Stanek
June 22, 2010

(pdf download) Know the classic rock song that says "I did a bad, bad thing, a real bad thing"? Well, Tunnel Vision is a bad, bad thing, and this article hopefully will help you avoid it when you deploy and...

Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode) Part 2

By William Stanek
January 6, 2010

William here. Blathering on about Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God mode). If you read my last post about the UCP, you may be wondering what this feature is and how it works. So in this post, I'll try to answer...

The Ultimate Control Panel (Aka God Mode)

By William Stanek
January 5, 2010

William here. Wandering the stream on a slow Tuesday. Kids are at school and it's so quiet. By now you may have heard about an alternate Control Panel view some folks are calling God mode and probably because God mode...

It's an active news day from Adobe!

By Andrew Trice
June 16, 2009

Two news items from Adobe today. Adobe released online spreadsheets with Acrobat Tables, and Adobe also releases the RTMP specification as part of the open screen project.

Adobe Opens-Up Presentations

By Andrew Trice
May 27, 2009

In a move to have an online office suite, Adobe recently released Presentations. This, paired together with Buzzword and the additional capabilites of provide Adobe with a compelling online suite of office productivity applications, powered by the Flash platform.

Robots on the March

By Rick Jelliffe
April 26, 2009

Reading Richard Hillesley's IBM, Sun and at IT PRO, I was struck at certain rather glib assertion: OpenOffice is more than adequate to the needs of the 95 per cent of users. This is the same thing we hear about Linux. But dare we ask what it if it isn't in fact true in some significant sense?

Fake real-time blog from Document Interoperability Initiative 2 at Redmond

By Rick Jelliffe
October 29, 2008

Can Microsoft's idea of "document archetypes" and "interoperable templates" be ramped up to provide a fresh new approach to both better document interoperability and better descriptive markup? 3 Release Candidate 3: No X11 Needed

By Todd Ogasawara
October 1, 2008 3 Release Candidate 3 is available. So, I revisited OOo to see how it looks today (I commented on its Beta release back in May).

OpenOffice 3.0 Beta with Native Mac Aqua Interface (Finally!)

By Todd Ogasawara
May 13, 2008

OpenOffice 3.0 for Mac Beta finally lets us run OOo without X11. It has some compatibility issues with Microsoft Office 2008 formats. But, it runs faster than Office 2008. And, the price is right. Read on a for a few more initial impressions of OOo 3.0 Beta for Mac.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac: What's New?

By Todd Ogasawara
January 16, 2008

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is out. And, here's what's new... Microsoft really likes to have multiple versions of the same product. There are five versions of Windows Vista. And, there will be eight versions of Windows Server 2008 when it is released. So, we should be happy there are only three versions of Office for Mac 2008 to choose from :-) All three versions come with the five core applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, and Messenger. Office for the Mac 2008 (which I'll call standard edition here) is US$399.95 (239.95 upgrade). Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition is $499.95 ($299.95 upgrade). And, Office for Mac 2008 Home and Student Edition is $149.95. The Media Edition adds the Microsoft Expression (60-day trial edition available). The Home and Student Edition doesn't have Office-specifc Automator Actions (more on this later) or the ability to work with Microsoft Exchange Server. However, it does provide three users licenses.

Resolution Scorecard

By Daniel H. Steinberg
December 23, 2007

I had set this year as the year I would become Microsoft free. I have nothing against Microsoft --- there were just some products I wanted to stop using: IE, Office, and Windows.

Microsoft Office Live Workspace and Macs

By Todd Ogasawara
December 20, 2007

Microsoft's Office Live Workspace stores, shares, and displays Microsoft Office documents on the web. And, it works with Firefox on a Mac.

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