Virtual Desktop

Posted in Business, Hardcore IT on November 12, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Last week I was in Hamburg in our European engineering center to have the customer informed about virtual desktop solutions. The concept of virtual desktop is about having nothing installed on the desktop. No information, no technical parts (hard drive, processor) no management, no costs. When customers having trouble to reducing costs on their desktop environment, it is worth considering this concept. By managing thousends of desktops (where ever they are) in most current situations, with this concepts only the back end will have to be managed.
We also noticed that customers see many advantages in security, no information is stored on a virtual desktop. And you have the control about your own back end as well.
Last but not least the energy savings. 4 Watt againt almost 200 Watt of a regular desktop.

Photos and movies

Posted in Internet on October 6, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Big chance that you have already made use of this site and its features. But nevertheless for some still interesting to have a look at it.
When you have some pictures at an event and want to share in movie format, this is the ultimate site to do so. Upload your pictures, choose a song or upload your own, and that’s it. Nothing more nothing less.
I assume that you are not going to use it for all your photos, but if you like to share some photos on e.g. Youtube it’s easy, fast and nice to watch.

Have fun, like I did.

Open Eco

Posted in Business, Internet on September 25, 2008 by Edwin Boender

How many organisations are currently working on corporate social responsibility (CSR) or using the term “Green” or “Eco friendly”?

I always wonder what they really do regarding sustainability and if so, how they gained their information. Today for the information part, finally a online community has been setup. You can gain information or share it with other companies. And even better, you can compare your self with other companies, even in the same area.

On OpenEco.org a few companies invested in sharing information about how to make your company CSR friendly. That fact seems to be already CSR.

I know that a few customers already are using this site to develop policy regarding CRS and to let their customers see the results.

Things to do

Posted in Business, Internet on September 24, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Just saw a great webiste, especially if you are one of those types who is forgetting something now and then.

Remember the milk sounds funny, but it is a pretty serious task mananger. The good thing is that they integrated with multiple platforms like google calander, all kind of devices like the iPhone and BlackBerry and that you are able to let this site send you email, sms or instant messenges.

And for our Firefox users, you can integrate it with Lighting (the online calander function).

Oh and btw it’s free

Commercial Open Source

Posted in Business with tags on September 22, 2008 by Edwin Boender

I really like the term, “Commercial Open Source”. It is Open Source and/or free of charge if you use the lite or standard version. In most cases for small businesses or when you want to use it for your one no big deal. When your company is growing and you need more features or users, the vendor is going to charge. Is there a way back? Proberly not, your little system contains to much information and your users have gone familair with the tools.

Good exampes are, Suger CRM, YesHello, some Google Apps, Hyperic, etc.

By using these kind of sales models, you may be certain that they use the revenue for some kind of R&D and hopefully the vendor grows, where you as an user may feel the benefits.

More music

Posted in Internet, Music on September 20, 2008 by Edwin Boender

This site goes futhers where others like last fm stop. Songza.com extracts songs from youtube, without much ads and other entertainments.

I have no idea if this is legal and which role exactly plays youtube in this case. In the meantime it is pleasurable listening to your favourite artists and the possibility to pick out your songs.

Choose the songs you like

Music

Posted in Features, Music on September 18, 2008 by Edwin Boender

It is a little shame that Pandora.com does not work anymore in Europe. But you never know what is around the corner. I found out that last fm has got the same funtionality and more.

A great plug in for Firefox (look for fire.fm at add ons) let you enjoy almost any kind of artist. The same functionality is being used in order to let them decide which artist are similar to the one you choose.

While opening Firefox you just listen to you favorite artists (or alike) without going to last fm site.