Thursday, March 27, 2008


Google Black?

The home page of Google just went black in some countries, not to save energy, but in support of WWF's "Earth Hour Effort". Google Israel is one of the first but I guess others will follow:


Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Dinner in the sky

Not for the faint of heart, but the view at Dinner In the Sky must be spectacular:

This is a unique event meant for anyone who wishes to transform an ordinary meal or meeting into a magical moment that will leave a lasting impression on their guests!

Dinner in the Sky is hosted at a table suspended at a height of 50 metres, by a team of professionals. Benji Fun, our partner in this event, is the worldwide leader for this type of activity.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Best Of YouTube 2007

Like it, or hate it, there are loads of great contents on YouTube.

Check out the 2007 YouTube Video Awards!

Update: added the link...


Internet Explorer 8 beta & FireFox 3.0 beta 4

Both Microsoft IE 8.0 and FireFox 3 are out in beta these days. FireFox 3 promises to have a lot faster JavaScript engine which is great news as web sites use AJAX more and more use deliver interactive content. Microsoft, on the other hand, has focused on standards compliance and adding support for gadgets WebSlices.

I still prefer Internet Explorer. It launches a many times faster than FireFox. That may of course be because Internet Explorer only has the Google Toolbar but FireFox has ~10 plugins loaded that I use every day...

What I am waiting for is a real mobile web browser. The iPhone web browser is light-years ahead of everyone else so it is no wonder that the competitors are all scrambling to implement something "similar". It looks like most companies are going the Apple way and basing their new mobile browser on Web Kit, apart from Microsoft which I assume will use the Internet Explorer code base. I don't really care if the code base is FireFox, Web Kit., Opera or IE as long as it is can be used for really browsing the web on a mobile device.

Monday, March 24, 2008


tversity: a free media server for xbox 360, PS3 (and many more)

I have used EzLink NG with my Kiss player  for many years and I have been very happy with it. But it is getting old and neither the EzLink NG nor the Kiss Player have had any updates in more than a year. My living room is also filling up with gadgets so I was hoping to replace the Kiss player with my xbox 360. The xbox 360 has a lot more processing power than the Kiss player but Microsoft has locked it down pretty well and limited the supported formats to Microsoft codecs.

The tversity is just what the doctored ordered. It supports universal plug and play so it is discovered automatically by the xbox 360. Provided you have decent computer it also does on-the-fly encoding of divx, mp3 etc to formats that are supported by the xbox 360.

It installs as a Windows Service on the host computer so you can just install it and forget about it :-)

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Synchronize Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook

Google recently released the free Google Calendar Sync application:

It supports three ways of synchronization with Microsoft Outlook:

  • 2-way: All events in your primary Google Calendar and your default Microsoft Outlook calendar will be synced together. Any changes you make to events in either Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar will be reflected in both applications.

  • 1-way: Google Calendar to Microsoft Outlook calendar. All events in your primary Google Calendar will be added to your default Microsoft Outlook calendar. During subsequent sync cycles, any updates made to events in Google Calendar will be reflected in Microsoft Outlook Calendar as well.

  • 1-way: Microsoft Outlook calendar to Google Calendar. All events in your default Microsoft Outlook calendar will be added to your primary Google Calendar. During subsequent sync cycles, any updates made to events in Microsoft Outlook Calendar will be reflected in Google Calendar.

This release does not seem to copy the “private” flag but I am sure they will fix that in a future release.

I have tried Google Calendar Sync and several other applications. In the end I chose for SyncMyCal. It is not free, but it lets me synchronize both my office calendar and private calendar (both Google Apps based) to Outlook. Each appointment gets a different category/label in Outlook depending on the calendar so I can clearly distinguish between the two. It has a lot options that let you tune the synchronization and it even has a Pocket PC client so you can synch directly from you Windows Mobile device over the air. At the moment I use the PC version but I expect to migrate to the Windows Mobile version as soon as Google lets me synchronize my contacts with Google Apps as well.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Free VoIP phone from Eutelia

I moved to Eutelia VoIP (ex Skypho) a long time ago and I couldn't be happier about my choice. An excellent service with free phone and fax numbers, what more can you ask for?

A free phone?

Well, you get this VoIP phone for free if you put 19 euros in your account :-)


Cool Or What?

Thanks for the tip Michele