GroupSwim Facilitates Smarter Collaboration

GroupSwim home pageCollaboration is always a challenge for any team, but when that team is virtual, cloud collaboration presents its own set of organizational and tracking problems. GroupSwim is looking to step into the slot between e-mail correspondence and full-featured robust project management systems ala Basecamp. According to the company, GroupSwim is not for the management of a project but for the collaborative exchanges during the creation of deliverables.

While one of the company’s tag lines is “social collaboration for the enterprise,” I always look at software and apps from the standpoint of the lone Web worker who puts together various virtual teams for projects. Can GroupSwim be useful to distributed Web workers?

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The Cloud Will Force Networking Vendors to Change Their Stripes

Many operational clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, still require their customers to corral their own machines, however virtual. On the other hand, development clouds like or Google’s App Engine hide the underlying machines, and handle all the networking equipment — virtual and real — on behalf of their customers. Either model means a big transition for the makers of traditional networking equipment.

Inside the Cloud: 9 Sectors to Watch

There’s already a ton of activity taking place in the cloud computing space, so much so that it can be hard to know who to watch. In many cases, it’s too early to pick winners. But there are distinct sectors of the IT industry that are particularly well suited to the on-demand, pay-as-you-go economics of cloud computing. Here are eight segments — and one company that’s a segment all its own — that we’re tracking closely. [digg=]

Hosting companies that make the jump: When it comes to reliable managed hosting, Rackspace leads the pack. (Its VMware-based Mosso offering may appeal more to enterprises trying the cloud for the first time.) Clouds like XCalibre’s Flexiscale and Joyent are already there, but don’t have Rackspace’s installed base.

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Can Today’s Hardware Handle the Cloud?

Storing data in a server is a tried and tested process. In the cloud, however, storage is still a work in progress. And the cloud model puts increased pressure on networking and server equipment — and on vendors to make their components reliable.

Why Cloud Computing Needs Security

Startups, unable to bear the brunt of online criminal activity, could start looking to cloud computing — the providers of which have the capacity and infrastructure to survive an attack — for salvation. The clouds, however, are going to have to step up their game.

Auto-Remount Disconnected Shares

Some server administrators set share drives to auto disconnect users after a set time of inactivity (ie fifteen minutes). As a user it’s super frustrating to connect to a server every time you need access. I’ve written an AppleScript that first checks to see if the share is mounted, if it is mounted it does nothing; however if the share is not mounted the script will auto-mount it.

Let’s first start out by downloading the script from here:

Timeout Apple Script (ZIP)

After your download is complete unzip and open the script the script (double click it to launch the OS X script editor). To being using this script you will have to know: the IP Address of the server you are connecting to, the name of the folder you want to connect to, your username, your password, and the amount of time in seconds that you want between connection attempts (idle time). All of the items in purple in the picture below are the ones you are going to need to edit (Make sure to remove all the parenthesis – completely replace everything in purple).

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More on Google AdSense for Video

We were a bit ahead of the Google AdSense for video story when we published last night, and some more important details have emerged this morning.

Publishers who want to participate must serve at least 1 million video streams per month, be based in the U.S., and operate English-language sites. Other publishers who sign up for AdSense can add YouTube partners video content, with overlay ads included. (Get the full overview in the video above.)

Google is offering two types of overlay ads, and they are quite different: text ads are contextually targeted and paid on a CPC basis (like regular AdSense); overlay ads are CPMs. CPMs, huh? I had suggested last night that the company had taken so long with this product because “…figuring out what’s going on in a video, whether you want to monetize it or protect it, is hard.” But now it’s not clear to me that Google is actually putting that much emphasis on this problem. When the company launched InVideo ads on YouTube last summer it said it was targeting based only on location, demographics, time of day and genre of video.

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HP 2710p watch- shipping update #2

OK, after clicking on a bunch of links in the email and on the HP web site a clearer picture is emerging (I think).  It appears that the only thing shipping now is the extra travel A/C adapter.  Hence the 4 pounds of which I’m hoping 3.75 pounds is packing material.


It now looks like the shipping dates for the dock and extra battery have slipped to the middle of next month and the 2710p to 28Sep.

The Good, The Bad (RIM), The Ugly (Palm)

Sure everyone was obsessing about the whole Google VoIP thing, but we missed some of the big stuff that happened today in the handheld space. For starters, PalmOne CEO Todd Bradley, hightailed it out of the handheld and Treo maker. President Ed Colligan is taking over, for now. The news came after the market close, and the stock promptly sank about 12% in the after hours trading. This is the second major executive departure from PalmOne in less than two weeks. Could this be the beginning of the end? Interesting aside, the guys from Handspring, who were supposedly bought out by PalmOne are now in firm control of the company. But will that save Palm? has a fairly indepth piece on all this, which bring me back to my original thinking… tic toc… Talking about Palm, here is news on another Kleiner Perkins company, Good Technology. (Actually KP backed HandSpring which is now PalmOne)

In other handheld news, a very smart reader, sent me a link to a big story in Wall Street Journal on Good Technology. Apparently, Good upgraded its software which can now do seemingly cool stuff like deliver apps from and Oracle. This and negative mutterings from influential newsletter writer Fred Hickey pummeled Research in Motion. RIM is off 20% year to date so far. Anyway Good’s PR move does make you wonder if anyone is really paying any attention to what’s going, or has everyone reacquired the buy-sell trigger. Good’s new stuff is not all the new because RIM does some of thee things. The guy who sent me the link pointed out:

Plus looking at the numbers, it’s hilarious that Good poses a serious threat to RIMM — NOW or is seriously likely to given RIMM’s incumbent position with carriers globally. Good has 4,000 “customers.” If each customer has 10 users on average, it has 40,000 users paying $330/year (that includes the server, upgrades, maintainence etc). You’re looking at $13.2 million in revenues for 2005. Let’s be generous and say they have 100 users on average (which is in my view absurd), You’re still only looking at $132 mln. These guys want to go public.”

1999 anyone? Actually RIMM is expected to do $2 billion in sales in 2005, and $2.8 billion in 2006, with analysts estimating about over five million subscribers by the end of ‘05. Just putting things in a little perspective