Sunday, July 12, 2009

YouTube Promoted videos

See: to start using Promoted videos.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

There are teachers, and then there are educators

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington recently was faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.

That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day, the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night.

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers, and then there are educators ...

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Zero-to-online! within seconds with Google Chrome OS

Another day, another major announcement from Google: the Chrome OS!
Here are the key points about this new operating system:
  • Open source
  • Lightweight, built initially for netbooks to be available in the second part of 2010
  • Designed for speed (start-to-online within seconds), simplicity and security
  • To run on x86 and ARM chips
  • Linux-based kernel
  • Independent from Android
I think announcing this ambitious project is a major news for technology. It's also a call for help to finally have an OS adapted to the Web and not the other way around.

Google Apps update

Starting today, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk are no longer in Beta. Also Gmail introduced new features for large enterprises: mail delegation and mail retention.

The blog post also provides links on how to switch to Google Apps from Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Need to send a survey to multiple persons?

The Forms in Google Docs Spreadsheet provide an easy way to create surveys, emailing them to multiple recipients and collect their responses directly in a spreadsheet.