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Organizing your team

Lately, there seem to be a lot of web-based todo list managers, task trackers and simply project management tools available. All integrate with your smartphone, so they're REALLY useful if you find one you like to use and you can get your team on board too.

I've used BaseCamp extensively and like a lot. Mobile site is awesome. I've mostly used for myself, to track tasks and projects and record progress and issues.
Because these tools use Email to send updates, you don't need to use the website. You can simply use your mail client to respond to messages from others, but the website records and chronologically orders all responses. And you get notified when there is a deadline or milestone approaching. Because I do Management by Priority, this usually adjust my focus and improve concentration. :)

I'd love to hear if anyone has good or bad experiences with one or another tool and why.

VMware Acquires Zimbra

I was stunned as I read this morning that VMware Acquires Zimbra. Just a few years ago, Yahoo! bought this open source email and collaboration suite. Zimbra is a kind of open source Exchange server that uses open standards where MS Exchange uses proprietary closed formats to store your mail and calendar. You can use any client, desktop or mobile, to check your mail, calendar or contacts and work together on documents with coworkers. Zimbra is similar to Zarafa, in that is also replaces the expensive Exchange server, but Zarafa introduces an interface to Microsoft's MAPI layer. The interface exists for many platforms.

Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

Slashdot: "Go, the new programming language Google has released as open source under a BSD license. The official Go site characterizes the language as simple, fast, safe, concurrent, and fun. A video illustrates just how fast compilation is: the entire language, 120K lines, compiles in under 10 sec. on a laptop. Ars Technica's writeup lays the stress on how C-like Go is in its roots, though it has plenty of modern ideas mixed in."

I know this is YAPL (yet another programming language), but with all of Google's effort in trying to transform the way we interact with the Internet (Google's search, Google Android for smart phones, Android OS for netbooks/laptops, Google Wave for Web3.0 communications, and all of Google's applications such as Froogle, Docs, Books, Mail, Calendar, Maps, Sync, Earth, YouTube, Picasa, AdSense, Analytics and many more), knowing or learning the language that can tie it all together may make good sense...

Nokia NbuExplorer

When my N73 (S60 Symbian smart phone) crashed, I lost the ability to copy contents over to my new phone. I solved the immediate needs by mailing my most frequently accessed friends using Gmail. But I thought I could resync my new work phone with Google Contacts again using Google Sync. Helas, the Nokia 6500 Classic is not supported even though it supports SyncML. :(
However, I still have a recent backup of my N73 on the SD card (created backups monthly) and a colleague mentioned I should give Nokia NbuExplorer a try... :) Cool! Will do! Or convert them using the ABCNBU utility.

What have we learned from all this?!? No matter how inconvenient and bloatware and terrible Nokia OTI aka PC Suite is, it is worth trying to strip it down to the bare minimum so you can make regular backups of your contacts... because you never know when you'll really need that!

Nokia 6500 classic from work

Work gets me a new Nokia 6500 classic. Very bare bone but decent enough. Symbian OS, so that gets me some flexibility. Hope I get it on time for my vacation... Be good to have all my contacts synced with Google again.

Update: FUCK, it's not a Symbian-powered Nokia, it's the Nokia Series 40 OS. Grrr

Sync Google Contacts with your Nokia N-Series

Forgot to blog about this earlier, but I don't backup my mobile phone's address book anymore. Instead, I sync it with Google Contacts. That way I always have a backup handy. And I get to edit the addresses, names and numbers on the web where I can also add an Email address easily (vs on the phone). Now I have everyone's phone number on the web and their email address on my phone. Cool!

Oh and Google has support for *way* more devices! Check for yours...

Google Apps get 99.9% SLA

Turns out Google's platform is very reliable. So much so, they are setting a 99.9% uptime SLA for Google Apps. That is GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Talk. Of course, that does not include you and me, because we run the free services, but the Premier Edition customers get 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Calendars:Seasons of Ice and Shadow 3 - InfoDabble

A new year, a new calendar...
Reading something else on this site, I saw spectacular photos of Saturn and found the Seasons of Ice and Shadow 3 calendar for 2008. Breathtaking high-res photos from NASA of Saturn and its rings make up a stunning calendar for 2008!

Mozilla Sunbird 0.5

Finally a serious calendar programm from Mozilla. I've played with Sunbird, Lightning and Netscape Calendar for some time but it never stuck. My biggest complaint was that it was not easy to maintain several agendas, in combination with Google Calendar. These days everything seems to integrate with GCalendar, like mobile phones. It's great! Apple's iCal also works fine and syncs well with my phone.
Now Mozilla Sunbird 0.5 may change this...

Syncing magic with GCALDaemon

Google Calendar, or GCal, is quickly becoming the ubiquitous calendering application that everyones syncs with. I can sync my Nokia N73 with it, for instance. But most iCal-aware calendars also can!
Read the article Syncing magic with GCALDaemon for information on syncing Mozilla Lightning or Sunbird with GCal... Cool! B)

Mobile blogging and Pblogging

Now that I have a Nokia N73 and am discovering how Symbian OS works, kinda, I like it more and more. It's very well divided into functions that you can use throughout. Like mail settings, outgoing mail servers, MMS and UMTS/GPRS settings and so on.
I wanted to use the ability to do some mobile blogging or moblogging, but sadly Blogger won't recognize my European carrier. Strange, coz Google Calendar does. However, smugmug does work properly and places any emailed picture in a collective gallery. Good enough, although it would have been better in a moblog or photo blog or pblog/phoblog...

GCALSYNC - synchronize your phone with Google Calendar

Carry your Google Calendar in your pocket! GCalSync is an open source application that lets you do a two-way synchronization between Google Calendar and your phone's built-in calendar. Download events to your phone, or add an event on your phone and upload it to Google Calendar.
I'm trying this out now. So far so good.

Beautiful Lingerie

I was just browsing my own site, checking my "Likes" section and smilingly noticing the lingerie brands listed there. ;) I checked them out, was stunned by the La Perla site (flash, but otherwise gorgeous), Aubade (*sigh* what can I say?). On the Aubade website I noticed the wallpapers, but even better: the downloadable Aubade calendar for 2006! Coool! Now I just have to ask Petra to make some nice prints for meus! ;)
Oh stop it, it almost Spring again! Gimme a break!

Nokia 770 Alive and Well

Thankfully, slashdot reports that the Nokia 770 Alive and Well. It seems flying of the shelves... My friend Herokiller already has one and he showed me very cool things! It's just like a Linux laptop, only smaller! He reads his mail over WiFi, uses GAIM, makes SSH sessions to his server, subscribes to ICS Calendars and even has some games! Very cool indeed! And it's also a GPRS phone and does SMS! What more could you want? Uhm more RAM?!
Now there is also an open source development platform Maemo.

Smartphones, KillerPDAs (KPDA) and more

Recently, I have been on a training for my job. I was tought about the world of mobile client syncing. I.e. reading your email on your phone and having sent emails go through your own email server (so they appear in your sent box at work!), syncing your calendar while on the move so when making that important follow-up meeting with the big client, you *know* you'll be available. Like getting all your company contacts on your phone, in case you need them. Or just a selection of this all, a selection that *you* set (with a little help from inbox rules).
I must stay, it appeals to me. I have 5-7 mail boxes and everytime I reinstall my PC I have trouble restoring my old folders. So having one place online where I can collect, sort and group incoing emails is starting to become more and more interesting. Having an IMAP server on the internet somewhere and using SSL access to it (port 465) seems like a great idea!
That's exactly what Teamware Mobile does. It sits between your (corpo…

PHP iCalendar

PHP iCal file parser for displaying iCal on a web server.
PHP iCalendar is a php-based iCal file parser. Its based on v2.0 of the IETF spec. It displays iCal files in a nice logical, clean manner with day, week, month, and year navigation, printer view, RSS-enabled, and searchable. It supports 14 languages, is fully theme-able, and has complete timezone support.

Thunderbird v1.0 has been released

Thunderbirds are go! Last monday (jeez, I'm so slow!) Thunderbird 1.0 has been released! This extremely good Email and News (nntp) reader (like Outlook Express but safer) has reached production stage. It features an RSS reader, Baysian trainable spam filter, common inbox for all your Email accounts (very cool) and there's even a cross-platform calendar for all those Outlook junkies at work! ;)
If you're thinking about ditching Outlook on your home PC or laptop, be sure to give it a try. Installation automatically adpots your settings, so you're up and running in a jiffy! (At least, I was...)

Mozilla Releases Mozilla Sunbird 0.2

On Slashdot I read that Mozilla Releases Mozilla Sunbird 0.2, a calendar application that is available as a plug-in for Mozilla, FireFox and Thunderbird as well as a stand-alone application (800 KB vs. 8 MB, resp.).
Finally! I used to work with Netscape Calendar a long time ago and that was fine. Especially the open iCal support made it stable and open (for syncing with PDAs, phones, etc.). However, the features were bit stale to say the least. ;) Hope this is better and will evolve quickly.

Belgian Miss REEF

REEF, a surfers brand and beach wear company, well known among guys for the gorgeous babe behinds on their calendars, is holding a pageant in Belgium for Miss REEF. This Saturday, the finals are held on the beach of Bredene (TWINS) at 8pm. But you can also check out the 20 finalistes on

MightyPhone - Mobile Phone Synchronization Service

You own a Sony Ericsson phone? A Nokia phone? Bet you do! Ever have troubles making a backup of your addressbook? Want to keep your phone synced with your calendar on your PC? Well, we used to have but now we have MightyPhone!
It's a Mobile Phone Synchronization Service: "Let MightyPhone keep the latest calendar, contacts and tasks in your phone and manage your life." Works with many many modern phones (26+ different ones) that support SyncML, the Synchronisation markup Language that Nokia invented... 3 years ago... ;)