"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein
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First Take: StarOffice 6.0 Beta - Software Reviews - CNET.com -- While Sun may succeed in delivering a compelling alternative to MS Office, I'd guess the only companies to adopt it will be those operating on a shoestring budget. Medium and large corporations lack the courage to adopt a desktop product of such operational importance from a company they've traditionally purchased primarily server products.
On My Own - Doing It By The Numbers Over the weekend I got my first call on a consulting opportunity. A few calls later I realized something - I hadn't figured out how to price my "product!" It's pretty hard for someone to buy something (or even determine whether they're interested) if they don't know the price. Of course, that realization came after I nailed down something even more important...my resume. I promised lots of friends, colleagues and former co-workers that I'd let them know how things are going, so I plan to catalog the steps in my process here on my blog in the unlikely event that someone else decides to pursue a similar path. I know this has probably all been written about before, but some of us are just too darned bull-headed to learn lessons from other people and need to make our own mistakes, carve our own paths. Step #1 - Define Your Product (aka Update Your Resume) I know most people probably keep their resumes current by looking at what t…
I got my invitation to Google Wave on Friday and finally had a few minutes to check it out last night and today. Started my first wave on "cloud computing." Seems fitting to discuss the topic in a new, cloud-based collaboration platform. Of course, I continue to have dialogs on cloud computing in other media, but couldn't resist trying out Google Wave with such a fitting topic.
Right now I've only got about 5 colleagues in Google Wave along with me, but that'll grow over the next few days. I'll post more observations as my community grows and I have more reasons to work in the environment.
Meanwhile, I'm in it and learning my way around. Stay tuned!