• Complying with the Normal

    I will not say I’m retiring because I hate that word. It makes me think a person is giving up. Besides, biblically, the only retirement is death. I’m just getting my second wind and preparing for new adventures, new struggles, and new dreams. This self-named website indulgence is for my opinions about life, tech, and cars.…

  • Twice as Long

    It seem everything takes twice as long as it should.   I have an interest in writing in Google Docs, but need to publish on my WordPress website. That process is clumsy and causes formatting issues. A bit of Google research shows a simple add-on to Google Docs called Publish to WordPress that does all the configuring…

  • Tablets and Software

    I believe tablets are ready for use as sales tools. They are small and light, making them easy to use. The struggle is the lack of software … or is it? The software is catching up quickly and there are very few things I can’t handle on a tablet now. Will it replace a laptop?…

  • Tablets in the Workflow

    Selling is hard work, not doubt about it. I’m always asking myself, how can we make it easier, better, more efficient. I believe one way is by using technology for the tools they are. Technology itself does not make sales easier, but it can make it more efficient. Today I am writing this article on…

  • Are Tablets Ready for Business?

    Are tablets ready for business? This is a question asked more each day. Here is how I answer that question. While businesses are asking the question, sales people are carrying their own tablets on sales calls. I first witnessed this almost four years ago when a salesman I was working with left his big heavy…

  • The Next Big Thing

    Everyone is looking for the “Next Big Thing” and I have good news … it is closer than you think. It started slowly a few years ago and is picking up speed rapidly. I see more and more evidence the explosion will happen soon and you should be ready. What is the “Next Big Thing?”…

  • My dream of one device is almost a reality

    My dream of one device is almost a reality

    In early 2004, I dreamed of a single device for computing. I carried a cell phone, Palm T5 PDA and a Dell laptop for “on the go” access and had a desktop computer at the office. No matter what I wanted, it was on one of the other devices. I wanted one piece of hardware…

  • ZOHO’s New Database and Reporting Application

    ZOHO introduced a new web-based database program today. If you thought an online application couldn’t do pivot tables and sql web queries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this addition to the product line. Here is an eleven minute video showcasing the features of the new offering.

  • Video shows Web-based Applications are Powerful!

    Steve Sherlock linked to this great video showing the power of web-based applications in collaboration. I mentioned this aspect of online applications in the ongoing series on online applications. The video gives good visual evidence, showing how Google Docs can be used in a real world setting.

  • How do Web Applications Line up?

    In the last article, I promised a chart to show how the web-based application of Google and Zoho lined up with Microsoft‘s offerings. This will help in determining whether your company’s technology strategy might benefit from web-based products. Microsoft Google Zoho Word Docs Writer Excel Docs Sheet Outlook Gmail/Calendar Mail/Planner Publisher Page Creator   PowerPoint…

  • A Closer Look at Google Web Applications

    A Closer Look at Google Web Applications

    Most people are familiar with Google’s Gmail application. It is lightweight, easy to use, and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. It has redefined the word webmail for those of us using it daily. Some reasons: Conversation mode, search, and labels are a few of the tools that make it the killer web-application…

  • Zoho’s New Business Product

    Last week, I began a series on web-based applications for businesses, focusing on Google and Zoho. In today’s article I focus on the Zoho product line, showing the diversity of their applications. Next up, I’ll take a closer look at the applications available from Google. Last night, I received an email from Zoho announcing their…