Permatime: New Resource for Global Teams

Permatime - Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 (Build 20081007125523)We’ve looked at a couple of utilities designed to help teams spread across timezones stay on track, including the FoxClocks addon to Firefox and the EasyTZ site. A new approach, Permatime, offers a new way to check what time it is everywhere – and to represent it in easy-to-read URLs to boot.
When you first visit the Permatime site, you’ll be asked to pick your own timezone – you can type in something like “PST” or “Central” or “Belgrade” and a dropdown list will help you choose. Then, you’ll see your current time in your local timezone. That’s not much – but if you then add “London” and “Moscow” you’ll see the time in all three zones. The site remembers you timezones across visits, too, so if you have a spread-out team you can set it up once and then just go there for current times whenever you want.
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1Password + Dropbox = Password Sync

Welcome to Agile Web Solutions - Mozilla Firefox (Build 2008092414)Dropbox - Log in - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy. - Mozilla Firefox (Build 2008092414)We always like a good utility here at WWD. But we like it even better when two of our favorite utilities start working well together. That’s the case with 1Password and Dropbox: if you’re storing your passwords (and other confidential information) in 1Password, you can now use Dropbox to keep those passwords synchronized across multiple computers. Here’s how.

The first thing you need to do is install 1Password on all the computers where you want to keep the same passwords. (Yes, this only applies to OS X users at the moment – though it seems that you can at least view the password file contents on a Windows box if you know the master password). Next, you need to step up to the most recent beta version of 1Password: open Preferences, go to the Updates tab, and turn on “Include Beta versions”. Then click the “Check Now” button and upgrade your copy of 1Password to the current beta. Remember to do this on all of the computers where you’re running 1Password.

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The Broken Record Keeps Playing: Why Apple’s App Store Approval Process is Broken

I feel like we’re a bit of a broken record on this topic, but I just don’t think people are grasping how big of a deal this really is. So let me say it right up front so you know what I think: Apple’s App Store approval process is broken and seriously must be fixed if they want to continue fostering a thriving marketplace.

Last week, my article on farting iPhone apps presented the question, “Where should Apple draw the line or should they draw a line at all?”. Comments ranged from “Apple needs to lighten up” to “You seriously think Apple should have let a farting iPhone in the store?” (as well as a “how is this more important that war, life, and death?”, but I digress). 

Then this week a “legitimate” application, Podcaster, was rejected. This time it was on the basis that “it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.” Basically, it competes with Apple so back off.

The issue here is not one of application quality and it is not one of usefulness or utility. It is an issue of a fair and thriving marketplace where iPhone/iPod touch users get the best quality applications and the developers get an honest opportunity to make some dang money.

“But what does that mean Josh?,” you ask. Well, gather ’round.
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Structure 08 Update: Level 3 CEO Jim Crowe to Keynote

Structure 08It’s been awhile since I’ve provided an update on our upcoming conference, Structure 08, which will be held at San Francisco’s Mission Bay Center on June 25. We’ve been busily adding speakers and further finessing the agenda to address some of today’s biggest technology themes — such as cloud computing — and their impact on the web infrastructure.

Today I am very excited to announce that Jim Crowe, chairman and CEO of Level 3 Communications, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. He joins our two other stellar keynote speakers: Werner Vogels, CTO of, and Sun Microsystems’ CTO Greg Papadopoulos.

Taken together, the three of them will present a holistic view of the web infrastructure, its challenges and, most importantly, its opportunities. Crowe can offer a view of the web from a bandwidth perspective, Papadopoulos can address the challenges from a hardware perspective, while Vogels can provide the context as to why cloud computing is the obvious way forward for the tech industry. We will be announcing more speakers and a full schedule for Structure 08 over the next week or so. In the meantime, here’s how you can sign up.

Coffee break- jkOnTheRun is everywhere and it’s scary

Coffee_manAh, finally a break in my busy week and I’m sitting in a Starbucks underneath the world’s loudest speaker but even so it’s all good.  I have been running full speed all week and it feels good to sit down and do what I really love, blog!  I have to share something that happened this morning that was so cool and at the same time so unexpected it shocked me.  You have to realize that I keep my online career totally separate from my "real" career, I don’t even tell people I meet in my real job that I have a blog or anything.  It’s something I have always done and I feel more comfortable keeping it separate (stealth blogging, anyone?).

Imagine my surprise first thing this morning when I arrive at the first meeting of the day and walk into the guy’s office to review some stuff on his workstation.  What do I see on his PC?  Nothing other than jkOnTheRun and the video about the Gates and Jobs showing that Kevin posted this morning!  He’d been watching it while waiting for me, turns out he’s a fan of the site and had recently figured out I am JK.  Totally cool and yet now that my cover is blown I have to be vewy, vewy caweful.

New Slingboxes hit Canada in time for NHL Playoffs

Hey, we here in the ‘States shouldn’t have all of the mobile fun, right? Our northern border brothers and sisters can join in the Sling-fest as of today and get ready to watch the NHL Playoffs out and about. The newest Slingboxes are now available in Canada: the TUNER, the AV and the yes, even the PRO version.  MSRPs are set at $179.99, $199.99 and $299.99 respectively, in Canadian Dollars, of course. SlingPlayer Mobile is also available in the land of the Maple Leaf: there’s a 30-day trial and a license will cost 3,499 Canadian Pennies ($34.99 CAD). I did the conversion on that one because I always seem to save those pennies. Don’t ask me why because I really don’t know; besides, you know you do too, even if you won’t admit it.

Sony: Victim of their Own Success?

PS3According to VGCharts, there are now 4 million Playstation 3s on the market, while just 1.8 million of them have been sold. More than two million PS3s sit forlorn on store shelves. That coupled with another recent set of sales figues suddenly made me realize the reason (or one of them, at least):

The Playstation 3 is performing so poorly because the Playstation 2 has succeeded so well.

Maybe I’m the last one to realize this, but it finally hit me in the face when Jason posted the latest NPD tally of consoles sales last week. It wasn’t just that the PS3 was being slightly outsold by the 360, or vastly outsold by the Wii; by then, that wasn’t surprising. No, the real surprise was this:
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AT&T’s IP-Centrex

AT&T has entered the increasingly crowded IP-Centrex business this morning with its AT&T Voice DNA(SM) service. Interestingly, AT&T’s corporate parent SBC has been selling its own IP-Centrex offering for a few months now. The company says the service will have “all of the standard features of today’s business telephones in addition to advanced features.” In other words, nothing special when compared to other offerings, except maybe “quality of service” and “reliability.”