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Importing/Exporting events between Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar
Notes on importing and exporting events between Outlook 2003 SP2 Calendar and Google Calendar. Exporting: You can export from Outlook to CSV. You can export from Google to iCal, XML, or HTML formats. Importing: You can import to Outlook from iCal format, but there are issues here:- If you use file->Import, no problem.- If you double-click the file, open it from IE, or drop the file onto Outlook, only the first item in the calendar will be imported. You can import to Google from CSV or iCal format. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:03 PM

How to get your own Zune NOW
Here's a project for those of you who dislike functionality love iPods want a Zune, but are cursed with PocketPC ownership. You can convert your Pocket PC into an iPod a Zune in just a few simple steps. I am going to walk you through it. Introduction: Convenience, mobility, and function. Nice, but unnecessary. You know, there are times when you just don't need bluetooth. There are times when you don't need wifi. There are times when you don't need a phone. After all, these features are really just ......

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 7:25 AM

There are no bloggers at
Just an observation.  But I do like geekswithblogs.

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:26 PM

TechCrunch: Review you
When there are 50 different product review blogs reviewing the same products, will they start reviewing each other? I'd like to see a TechCrunch review of TechCrunch, and maybe the other big product review blogs too. That would be kinda funny. After all, TechCrunch and others like it are effectively a service itself. I wonder if we can get Michael Arrington to do it. There is plenty of competition for him to compare to. How honest would he be? When "web 2.0" dies as a buzz word, will TechCrunch be ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:22 PM

Buzzword soup: web 2.0, hype, and other random thoughts
Today I pieced together some random thoughts on web 2.0. Here they are, sloppily weaved together. Calcanis "gets it". His blog post about paying digg diggers was digged, flickr'd,'d, and even TechCrunch'd (hey, even bad publicity is still good publicity). Before its all over with, this will probably be IT Conversation'd (or should I say GigaVoxed? Conversation Networked? I'm not sure which it is these days) by Doug Kaye and PodTech'd by Robert Scoble (or John Furrier) too. Bloggers, vloggers, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:15 PM

The Internet is bigger in Texas


Maybe Ted Stevens could speed up the Internet in Alaska if he offloaded some of the clogged Internet tubes and piggy-backed the data on the oil pipelines.

Perhaps there is room for Ted's Internets in Texas.  I hear everything's bigger in Texas, maybe even the Internet tubes.

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:52 AM

Gmail scans email for potential Google Calendar entries

I just noticed that in Gmail, if you receive an email that contains something like:

"meet here at 5:00."


"Coffee tonight!"

Google will add a sidebar link to add such events to your Google Calendar.  This will be pretty handy.

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Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 1:44 PM

"Enterprise mashup maker"
Sam Ruby points to this demonstration of "situational mashups" using IBM's DB2 v9. DB2 v9, aka "Viper", supports XPath and XQuery, and even Atom syndication. Interesting to watch, because the demonstration is done in QEDWiki, which the speaker calls an "enterprise mashup maker". This is similar to RSSBus, in that you can easily wire together feeds and data to create customized views of data. I like the modularity of RSSBus, in that there is no end to the potential number of operations available to ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:43 PM

Pascal Sauce
Nick Hodges, of Borland, made me laugh today: Little Pigs Geniune Pit BBQ has special Pascal sauce. The new IBiz S3 Integrator and Vital/TSYS Integrator (credit card processing) both have Pascal sauced flavors. In fact all of our products are available in Pascal flavor ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 9:48 AM

New releases from /n software
/n software has released two new products: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator (formerly IP*Works! CC Direct) includes Components for direct credit card authorization and transaction processing through Vital/TSYS ( ), a major Internet Payment Processor. Certified support for Retail, E-Commerce, Direct Marketing and Restaurant transactions. IBiz S3 Integrator: Do your applications need secure, always-on storage accessible from anywhere in the world? IBiz S3 Integrator ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 8:56 AM

Amazon: Simple Queue Service released

announcement: Amazon:  Simple Queue Service released

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Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 7:01 AM

MSN and Yahoo IMing each other
I saw over at Pete Cashmore's Mashable that Microsoft and Yahoo to integrate IM services, FINALLY. Its still not open, but at least some progress has been made and MSN Messenger users will be able to talk directly to Yahoo Messenger users. As for those apps that let you login to multiple services simultanously, I did try out Meebo the other day, and it's pretty good. I tried Trillian but it was too buggy ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 10:39 AM

RSS pubDates in the future
Dave Winer points out why RSS dates in the future are possible. Does the pubDate always have to refer to the moment that a particular item was added to the feed? Consider that the pubDate in an RSS feed could represent the time that such an item becomes important? Items in a feed don't have to be news stories or blog entries - consider a feed in which the items are television episodes that will be on television tonight. The pubDate might make more sense as the date and time that the show will air. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 3:10 PM

Mapping mashups easy?
John Musser at Programmable Web linked to Phil Wainewright's post "Google Maps, the fool's gold of mashups". Phil says that mapping mashups which are built on such easily-defined descriptors (like longitude and latitude) hide the true difficulty of creating real-world mashups. This is one of the great values of RSSBus - being able to take data from a wide variety of sources and expose it as a feed, then being able to "compute" with those feeds to mesh, manipulate or route data. Technorati tags: maps ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 7:48 AM

Will Microsoft follow my step-by-step for converting Pocket PC to iPod?
Dave Winer pointed out this NY Times article, which clearly shows that Microsoft has stolen my plans to convert a Pocket PC to an iPod in 7 easy steps.Technorati tags: microsoft pocketpc ipod ......

Posted On Thursday, July 6, 2006 7:35 AM

Feeds with rich data
DeWitt Clinton of A9 has been talking about RSS vs Atom, and is recommending that developers use Atom. Robert Scoble responded by asking "where's the Atom publishing tool and aggregator that demonstrates Atom's superiority?" Dewitt is calling for these apps: "We should start embedding addresses, calendars, products, and contact information in our syndicated feeds. And we should start expecting our feed reader applications to notice this rich data and automatically open address books and maps and ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 11:28 AM

I hate password requirements
I hate password requirements - like this one from Mapquest API:"Passwords must be between eight and sixteen characters in length. Passwords must utilize at least one character from three of the four following character sets: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, Valid Symbols Valid symbols include ! @ # % ^ ( ) _ - + = | : ' < > , . / ? and ~ "I wish they would let me put whatever password I want.Suntrust bank used to require a 4 character password for online banking services. That was the MAXIMUM! There are plenty ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 2:26 PM

AIM "open platform" not to open at all...
From AIM Developers: The AIM service is changing into an open and dynamic platform. Now, developers will be able to drive the AIM service in innovative new directions, confined only by the limits of their imaginations. It seems though, that this statement is just as useless and meaningless as the 23 million tons of garbage CD's that AOL loved to spit at us. Why would I say such a thing about the wonderful company that we all know and love so dearly? Well...what is the one thing in the world of instant ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 2:22 PM

Google Authentication API
Google Authentication API (for web apps). The user of a web app is taken to a Google-supplied authentication page where they are prompted to allow or deny access to Google services through the web app. If allowed, the user is redirected back to the web app with an authentication token. The web app can then use this token in communication with Google services. For desktop apps ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:30 PM

George Bush's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"
OMG, this is amazing: George Bush mashed up, singing U2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday". Get your own personal Internet from Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. Funnier, but less sad, this explanation of why the Internet was delayed when it was sent to Stevens. ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 8:51 AM

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