June 2004 - Posts
According to Friday's Seattle Times, Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Bill Gates is about to start blogging "real soon now." I'm curious to see what blogging tool he'll use - and where he'll be blogging. Do you think he will show up on http://blogs.msdn.com/ ?
In the Sunday Herald Online: The race for Gmail e-mail accounts – the service launched on a trial basis by internet search engine firm Google in April – has created a new web phenomenon of account trading, with desperate Gmail wannabes offering money, holidays and bizarre gifts in exchange for an account invite.
Just a few thousand trial Gmail accounts were offered on an invitation-only basis last month. Account holders, who can access a gigabyte of storage on the free Google service (vastly more space than rival e-mail services) get the opportunity to invite selected friends onto Gmail – and it’s those invites that are being swapped for everything from a two-night all-inclusive holiday in Dubai to postcards of San Francisco, or even just good karma.
You can now read the Business Week article, "Blogging With The Boss's Blessing", featuring Sara Ford and "Microsoft's most famous blogger, Robert "Scobleizer" Scoble", even if you're not a Business Week subscriber.
Interesting graphic with the article: “Workers' New Hangout: The Blogosphere“ Some benefits of blogging as seen by corporations: They're efficient and they're free.
I finally bought the magazine today and came home to find the article online ... sigh.
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Steve Rubel has a summary of a Business Week article “Blogging with the Boss's Blessing: “Until recently, the thought of employees blabbing freely to the masses about their work on company time -- without the suits from PR hovering over them to stay "on message" -- would have created panic in the executive suite. But in the past year, employee blogs have begun to multiply across Corporate America -- and a growing number of companies approve.”
Hmmm ... I wonder if my “company” would approve - I work for a state government agency.
I did a Google search for "whipped cream" (don't ask why) and saw a link for Reddi Whip, and I ended up at this site "How much is inside?" If you ever wanted to know how much whipped cream is in a can of Reddi Whip, or how much is inside a pumpkin, or how much toothpaste is there in a tube, this is the site for you.
I do believe some people do have way too much time on their hands!
They agreed that 3 times was enough - they are sending a box via UPS to collect the broken one and everything that came with it (except the CD) - as soon as they get it back, they will send me a new one.
Happy happy dance of joy!
I got my e805 back yesterday, charged it up, restored from my SD card backup, and synced it up with Outlook.
I called Toshiba to find out what they'd done this time - they said "we reprogrammed the unit with new software - the OS". Not Windows Mobile 2003 SE - he said it wasn't available to them (huh?). He said it was the latest version, with patches, of the original OS that came with the e805 when I bought it. I checked and it says it's 4.20.1081 (Build 13100). Does this jive with what anyone else is running on their e805?
After a few hours, I took it out of the cradle and went to watch TV. A few hours later, I came back and found it turning itself off and turning itself back on, over and over again. This is the same problem it had last time. I called Toshiba and waited on hold for over an hour - I got the automated answerer, but no one ever picked up the phone. I called again this morning and got a “live person” right away. I told him what was happening - he looked through their records and then said I should call back this afternoon and ask for a supervisor who can/will authorize a replacement.
I put it in my purse and I guess the Record button got bumped and it recorded for about an hour and locked up. Under battery power, I couldn't turn it off - every time I turned it off, it turned it self back on again. I tried two hard resets (at Toshiba's recommendation) one for 10 minutes and the other for two hours - it didn't fix it. I sent it back Tuesday morning.