Filling the Connection Gaps with Konnects

Konnects | HomepageWhen it comes to truly professional “social” networks, there are far less than general interest and entertainment-oriented networks. Ryze is virtually dead. Xing is more global. The old standby is LinkedIn although it still struggles with its Web 2.0 features. Facebook is still trying to overcome it’s school focus in some professionals’ minds. Plaxo has tried to capitalize on their previous incarnation as a contact management system. And hybrid online/offline communities such as BizNik tend to be more niche or regionally focused.

Enter Konnects. Konnects wants to fill in the gap between LinkedIn and Facebook, providing social tools for a younger professional who may not quite have enough contacts to make LinkedIn really work for them but want to focus on business more than Facebook promotes. Konnects wants to be not only the place where business professionals can find one another but also the place where they can transact business on the site, exchanging all of the information and documentation needed to solidify a working relationship.

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Pangea Day Across the World and the Web

While online video has done much to connect the world by allowing us to share our stories with one another, we often enjoy the tales in front of our computer screens, alone. What if the connective and collective experience of enjoying a film could unite people across the world and the web? That is documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim’s goal with this Saturday’s Pangea Day, an event in which 24 different films from all over the world can be viewed in person, online, on TV and on your mobile phone.

Noujaim first presented her idea to Al Gore at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; in 2006, she was awarded a TED Prize to fulfill her wish of bringing the world together for one day a year through the power of film. It’ll be like a multicultural celebration of the human spirit, akin to Al Gore’s decadent Live Earth concert series, but with fewer self-absorbed rock stars.

Now Nokia and Gore’s own Current have come on board to help collect and disseminate stories. Noujaim spoke to NewTeeVee in New York this week amid last-minute preparations.
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Targus TCG350AP versatile bag review: Mobile01

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I’ve never regretted my Booq bag purchase for a second, but this review of the Targus TCG350AP bag was very favorable. My bag is really a backpack with a small loop on the top so I can carry for brief periods to give my shoulders a break. You know how tiresome it gets to carry a two-pound UMPC and folding Bluetooth keyboard….oh and an extra stylus too; that’s the back-breaker right there. 😉

This Targus bag is geared for notebooks in the 14-inch range, so maybe James could use it if he decides to drop his P1610 for an X61. I really liked the different carry configurations: backpack, messenger bag for shoulder, or briefcase style in one hand. Add a multitude of pockets for different gadgets and some heat dispersion material on the back and you’ve got a compelling bag. This may be a bag that’s available in Japan only; I was unable to find it on the Targus store for the U.S., but check for your country if interested.

The Hidden Cost of Tiger OS

Like countless other mac addicts, I am patiently waiting for Apple to release their Tiger OS-X on April 29, 2005. Going through the publicly available information on their website, the feature that has me most excited about is the enhanced iSync feature. Thus far we have been able to synchronize our Bookmarks, Calendars and Address Book with a certain limited set of phones and between Macs using the dotMac service. (I have in the past criticized Apple for being slow in supporting the newer phones and basically making phones like my lovely Nokia 6620 redundant for most part.) However the new upgrade will allow us now to sync Mail, Mail folders and Password Key Chains. This is a fantastic idea – and basically makes answering and syncing emails easy.

dot mac syncThere is a hidden cost to this. I pay around $100 a year for the dotMac service, which gets me a puny 250 MB of storage, for email and iDisk. For most of us heavy email users, the syncing and all is going to need a lot more storage that currently being offered. I get about a gigabyte worth of email in a week, and this includes PDF files, photos, and of course the all important “tips.” If I have to sync these between my two PowerBooks, well I would need four times the storage, just for email alone. In other words, another $50 a year (according to current Mac prices!) In recent days, Apple has been pushing its dot Mac service hard, and is trying to sign-up as many as possible … perhaps in preparation of the Tiger launch. Storage should not cost this much, as Yahoo and Google have shown us.

Stephen Castellano in his post about the Moore’s Law and Storage points out that with Google trying to replace our hard drives with online storage, there will be disruptive implications far “beyond the technology sector.” $129 for the OS, $150 for this … well no wonder Steve’s company is in dollars! Atleast this will ensure that I don’t have to use Windows!