Do I Know You, Can We Collaborate?

What is collaboration? How would you define it? A simple definition that works for me is: Collaboration – one or more people working together to accomplish a goal. We almost always accomplish our goals by working with others. Teams working int he same location will find it relatively easy to accomplish a common goal. I would guess that… Read More »

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Droid and iTunes

Just watched this video and learned a few things about copying iTunes music over to the Droid. Watch the video for more details but here are some things I learned: Add the “Kind” column to a view to quickly determine what in your library is protected by DRM. If you see Protected AAC then you know it will… Read More »

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How My Droid Does

A number of friends that are considering buying a Droid have been asking me about the applications that I use and would recommend. To save myself some time I thought I would just create a blog post on what I’m using rather than repeat the discussion over and over. How’s that for efficient collaboration! Weather I spent some… Read More »

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Uh Oh, Bad UI Design?

I’ll admit to being a Google fan boy but a recent experience with the Google Reader UI on my Droid has my scratching my head. First off, for those of you not using Google Reader… why not? Just do it. I currently have over 150 blogs in my read list and none of this would be possible without… Read More »

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MINI Clock

The fun factor of the MINI brand is the best. I never tire of the fun things they come up with either from their YouTube channel or on the MINI USA site. They just came out with a MINI clock that will reside on your computer’s desktop. Looks like the speedometer but instead of speed it represents the… Read More »

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What’s Different?

As a child I remember cartoons which had two slightly different images and your task was to figure out the differences. Sometimes the differences were hard to spot but eventually, I was able to find them all. Of course, it might have taken me days to do so… I always like that game and it got me thinking… Read More »

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My Next MINI, Who Will NOT Get My Money

This is a tale of two MINI dealers and differences in attitude that can make or break an organization. In the new world created by Web 2.0 technologies, a world where the customers are in control it would be wise to remember the importance of customer service. Those that do not will be left wondering where all the… Read More »

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My Photography Site

After much prodding from Cher, I’ve finally made a commitment to my photography hobby and now have a photography website. Check out my site which is http://www.differentduckphotos.com Though I’ve been posting lots of photos through the years on my Flickr site, this feels different and is begging to make me be a bit more serious about this hobby.… Read More »

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Tilting and Shifting

I’ve been intrigued by the look of a tilt shift lens and though I don’t have one, it is possible to recreate it effect using Photoshop. Or at least approximate the effect. There are a number of sites that provide instructions on how to do this and I’ll provide links below. In my case, as a rabid member… Read More »

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Been Locked Up?

Are you inadvertently locking up your knowledge? Are you hiding information from your peers? Are you limiting the spread of useful information? I’m on a campaign, of sorts, to get people to think outside the inbox. A campaign to start leveraging more collaborative capabilities for sharing information and working together. Does this scenario feel familiar, I receive an… Read More »

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