Sunday, September 30, 2007

What is wrong with Mozy Online Backup?

Well, I have an account set with Mozy for making automatic backups of my Mac. When I'm not adding new files all is very good, of course because in that case Mozy doesn't have anything to backup.
When I have new files to backup I need to send them to Mozy little by little, because sending bigger files makes Mozy almost unusable. Forget about your pictures or music!
The account I signed for is for unlimited storage, but it is very difficult to trnsfer a lot of files.
Like I mentioned in some old post, the best is to send smaller files first, then after a while send some more, and some more... while on that process be careful... you have no back up of many of your files!
I also sent to Mozy some questions they accepted to answer in the shape of an audio or video cast for this Blog... but after a few emails they send nothing anymore... probably they had no good answers to my questions... anyway I challenge them to answer because Mozy is not a bad product but needs to improve. Receiving feedback, answering questions is a way the community uses to help them.
(Mozy for Mac is stillin beta)

How to share sketches online?

While reading my RSS subscriptions I found an interesting post from Pronet Advertisement about a new (to me) service called Sketchcast. It is a very cool idea to express ideas, processes online. I can imagine it like a way to prepare presentations or meetings.
Here a sketchcast sample:

Thursday, September 27, 2007

iWork Numbers: Apple's spreadsheet - Part 1

Numbers is the name of the new spreadsheet from Apple. It is part of the iWork suite and I just started testing it. I must say that I'm a user of Microsoft Excel and until now I found nothing wrong on it, all the opposite: Excel is a great tool that helps me to manage my company. Said that, I have to confess that Numbers is a real competitor for Excel.
There is a place where Numbers can't compete ant it is in the area of data management: pivot tables, conexion to Windows SharePoint Services and other sources of information.
In other areas Numbers introduced many interesting concepts and broke the paradigm of working with spreadsheets: boring grids full of cells that are unused.

I don't know why but one of the first things I looked for is the Zoom functionality. It is actually very useful for me when I have huge reports or when I work in a high resolution screen and then I change to other with lower resolution. The Zoom functionality exists and I must say that works like it should: it doesn't affect much the quality and visibility of the texts and images.

Numbers can manage multiple sheets and handle many components inside of each one. Components like tables and charts.
Numbers organizes those component in a left side bar and it makes it very easy to understand an manipulate.
Numbers handles each table like a different worksheet. And that is where makes the difference with Excel. Numbers is build to organize different components in "sheets", those components are not over a grid of cels, they are over an empty space. The tables can be moved and located wherever needed on the page and act independently from other tables in the same sheet.
Numbers works very good with images so the images are also inserted on the empty spaces and that is powerful because simplifies the work of reporting. In my personal case I work on reports only so I get the data from a database and then I build my report on Excel, managing images is also simple in Excel but it is a problem to format correctly because the images are actually floating over some other cells.
I think that Office 2007 is actually more powerful with image components and shapes. Numbers gives the basics but makes it very usable and simple.

On the left side, just bellow the section where the sheets are organized there is a section of styles. Those are simple color schemes for formating the tables. They are nice looking but I would like to see more.
It is not necessarily needed but having more doesn't heart.
In any case each style can be customized on the same page by changing the colors of the cells, fonts and backgrounds.
Numbers also lets you to create and add styles. I just need to discover how...

Tomorrow I will be writing the next part of my discoveries with Numbers. Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Free resources for your web and Blog

The problem of free is that many times means low quality or tricked deals. So I took some hours in search for good quality free offers on the web and I found some. But before showing them to you I would like to explain what I think is a great reason why to publish good quality offers on the web: because like that you can show what you are capable of doing and that is a good presentation card for business.
So here you have:

Friday, September 21, 2007

Widgets for your Blog

Weather Channel widget:

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Calendar Widget: (you can add activities!)

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Do you know how to add a Flickr slideshow to your Blog?

I found the answer and I really like the result!

This week in technology by Reuters

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Yes, Apple iPhone in UK on November 9

Finally the iPhone is getting closer and closer for European users. The first country receiving it is UK. You can read more about on Apple's web site.
O2 will be the exclusive carrier for the UK.
An article is also available in

Monday, September 17, 2007

One place for all your information

I like Google services but I'm not a fan of them. Any way what is good must be always mentioned and shared, so this time I will talk a bit about Google Reader.
You probably heard many times the strange term: RSS Feeds or RSS 2.0. Well actually it is a technology that helps publishers (bloggers, news services, companies, organizations, etc) to transfer information to their audience. The concept is similar that a subscription service, so the "feeds" are the units that include information and the subscription is what makes users to receive new information published on that feed. Normally the feeds are organized by topic. Each Blog includes at least one feed. Those feeds are identified with the logo shown to the left.
The problem starts when you subscribe to many feeds, let's say tenths of them. Why is that a problem? well because is like receiving each day one page of tenths of magazines, it is a mess and then normally it is difficult to organize and mark what was interesting, readed, not interesting, etc. the solution is a good Feed Reader.
There are many readers available, each one with a special functionality. Even Internet Explorer 7 is a feed reader. But until now nothing like Google Reader. Why? here some of the reasons:

  1. It is a web based reader. That means that I don't need to load my computer with software that will make it slower. And of course that when I change PC I just need to login to my account.
  2. It works very fast.
  3. It lets me organize my subscriptions easily. It includes functions like marking automatically which articles or posts are already read. It also can send the posts by email and of course each feed can be easily be part of a category.
  4. It works well with Mobile Phones. This is a great advantage because you could be checking some posts from your phone and when coming back to your PC all what was read is marked like that. If you like a story you can mark it with a star so it will be easy to remember.
  5. It works fine with the Nintendo Wii!
  6. It gives you statistics of what you are reading the most.
  7. It hides all the posts that were read in the past, but also makes it easy to show them all when desired.
  8. It is free.
  9. It creates an RSS feed with all your subscriptions!
  10. If it is well used and the feeds are well organized Google reader can become a "learning" center with all the information one person needs.