Battle of the Handhelds

Brighthand is talking about a possible two horse race in the handheld market. Apparently HP and Dell may soon be the only prominent players in the marketplace. The printer scene also seems likely to head this way with HP and Dell turning out to be prominent players as well. Although, Lexmark, Cannon, Xerox and Minolta seem to be putting up a good fight.

The last time I went shopping for an inkjet, I decided to settle for the cheapest printer solely because of the high costs of the cartridges. Infact, I could buy a Cannon printer for the cost of an HP inkjet cartridge.

Talk about customer lock-ins.

Managing Group Schedules

Does anyone manage a schedule for a team? All of a sudden I find myself in a position trying to manage a schedule for a team of about 15 consultants. Thankfully there is some leverage and additional help, but there must be an easier way to plan the month ahead instead of co-ordinating 15 people over 31 days fluctuating between 1-2 shifts per day and possibly working on 4 different scenarios.

Suggestions?

The Googlized Blogger

Is it only me or is Blogger having a hard time publishing posts?

I’m tempted to switch to SFTP, but I doubt if my server supports that yet. Speaking of servers, I’ve been using Webhost4life for the siteand have opted to use 1and1 for more recent projects. For the longest time, Webhost4life has proved to be more than sufficient for my needs, but it seems like I may need to upgrade to a more responsive service provider. 1and1 on the other hand is the mega web hosting provider. The continued advertising overkill that 1and1 has unleashed on the world can sometimes be nauseating. For readers of eWeek, you’ve probably already been exposed to pages of information on why you should switch to 1and1 and can relate to what I mean.

Personally, as long as my web hosting provider can offer outstanding uptime and excellent customer service, I’ll be a happy camper.

Xbox World Dominion

This past year has definitely been a transitional phase for Microsoft. Apparently the war chest is being put to good use with deals finalized with AOL, Sun and now EA.

If you don’t have an Xbox and have held out for various reasons, perhaps now would be the best time to invest in one. Aside from the best online service, including upcoming support for video chat, the Xbox does have one of the most complete game system chain : from developers, to end users to third party providers.

If it’s on another console, consider that it’s a stolen idea from the Xbox.