Posted on January 15, 2009 by Kristen Vitartas
For those of us out there who receive our news through RSS feeds rather than spend time scouring news sites know just how fast news feeds can pile-up if left untouched for even a day.
Feedscrub actually “trains” your feeds to show you the stories that you’re interested in, and filters out the content that you’d rather not spend time reading about.
To get started on Feedscrub, you need to first request an Invite Code (mine arrived in my inbox a short time later). After you receive your code, all you need to do is to tell Feedscrub which feeds to filter.
For those stories that you’re not interested in, you can scrub that story away (and those similar to it) by clicking on the “scrub” button in your RSS reader. For any stories that you do find interesting, simply click on the “save” button within that feed. Your “save” and “scrub” preferences can also be managed through the Train Filter tab once logged into Feedscrub.
For more information on how Feedscrub works, visit http://www.feedscrub.com/pages/about.
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Posted on January 10, 2009 by Chris Jenkins
Once you’ve created your Office Live workspace you may be invited to join the Office Web Application Beta project. These lightweight web versions of Office applications have been rumored for years. Now it seems like they are quickly becoming a reality. Images of the applications are available at http://workspace.officelive.com/FAQ/thumbnails and rumor has it, Office Live Workspace members will be the first invited to demo them.
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Posted on January 9, 2009 by Chris Jenkins
When the weather gets bad I like to hibernate in my "bat cave" and self-train on newer technology products. I have to give the boys in Redmond credit – they’ve made it easy to learn new technology tricks. The number of free resources to learn and explore MS technology solutions is amazing!
Visual Studio Express Editions offer aspiring developers access to compartmentalized versions of MS Visual Studio. Products include Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++. Visual Web Developer, and SQL Server Express. If you need training to get you started don’t fret, they have samples and resources on the site or you can pop over to http://msdn.microsoft.com/ to access additional training materials.
Virtual Labs are a great way to get hands on experience with new products without the headache of downloads or installations. These web based labs give you access to instances of MS software running on remote servers so you can self-train at your own pace for free.
Another solution is to download Virtual Hard Disks of products you’re interested in. These disks can be run utilizing free MS virtualization software without any additional installation or configuration steps.
These are just a few of the free resources available from Microsoft. With the economy down, knowledge is key and Microsoft is making it affordable to invest in yourself.
Other links to consider:
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Posted on January 8, 2009 by Chris Jenkins
Another flavor of Office Live hosting is Office Live Small Business. This tool was designed to offer small businesses some common benefits of MS Server applications without the cost and headaches associated with network management.
Office Live Small Business offers a free version that includes:
- A professional website hosting solution with 500MB of storage
- An intuitive website design and management system
- Website traffic reporting with statistics, page views, top referrers, and more
- Contact Manager (Limited CRM) that tracks sales opportunities, contact information, and customer interactions
- Business Applications including Document Manager, Project Manager, and Workspaces
Paid upgrades include:
- E-mail hosting solutions with 100 company branded addresses
- E-mail marketing including newsletters, promotions, and updates to customers and prospects
- An e-commerce engine to promote and sell goods
- Keyword advertising
Office Live Small Business offers a good solution for companies or individuals who are familiar with MS Server solutions. They offer deep integration with both MS Windows and MS Office and require very little staff training. I’d still advise looking at one or more competitors like Google Apps for Business before making your final decision.
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