Flock – all it’s cracked up to be?

Well, here we are – blogging from Flock to see what it’s all about, and if it’s any good….

I have to say that I like it so far – the Flickr integration and the auto-detection of my blog settings are superb – as for what it’s like as a browser? I dunno yet – I found this feature and had to try it!!

Flickr Photo

I can drag photo’s into the post from my flickr accout – or anyone elses!! It’s just easy – as it should be….. blogging made simple – no finding links to photo’s, just drag and drop – even my Mum could use this!!


Kahuna – a-go-go!!

well, it finally happened! I got a mail from Omar last night, my account has been moved over to one of the Kahuna servers!! I’ve only had time for a very brief look – but so far, I’m VERY impressed!

The look and feel is really good – it’s clean and intuative – and the drag and drop functionality gives it the edge over GMail – on the “ease of organisation” side of things anyway…..

I’ll post more and in more detail once I’ve played some more – for now I just need to get some mail to it!!


Kahuna Beta opened up to more users

According to Omar Shahine (and numerous other sources), the “Mail Beta” or Kahuna (to use its’ codename) is being opened up to more users, and you can sign up here

Best estimates are that 200,000 people will get invites to the new system – so get your name down fast!!

As for my invite, well I heard back from Imran Qureshi today about it:

Unfortunately your account was on one of our old clusters so it will take some time to move it to the new ones that are kahuna enabled.
It should be a couple more weeks.
I’m sorry

So it looks like I might have to wait a bit longer…… bummer πŸ™


Google Office?

Well, it’s all a bit vague at the moment, with no links to anything substantial – but if the Inquirer and the Brisbane Courier Mail (talk about bizzare places to get a scoop!) are to be believed, then the Sun Google partnership announced earlier this week is bigger than they initially admitted…

According to the Inquirer:

GOOGLE has confirmed that it will launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online and take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets.
Under the deal, Google will allow web users to access Sun’s OpenOffice from a toolbar.

The Courier Mail describes it thus:

Search engine Google has declared war on Microsoft, announcing plans to launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online.

It then goes on to mention the details of the original deal:

Google has joined forces with US-based technology giant Sun Microsystems to allow web users to access Sun’s OpenOffice from any personal computer.
Sun will offer Google’s search toolbar with downloads of its free Java software, which now powers more than 2.5 billion gadgets around the globe, including 700 million PCs.

but there’s no links to < quote > yesterday’s announcement < /quote > to be found in the article…… suffice to say, I remain sceptical – but hopeful…..

Just imagine, online office – storage integrated with your GMail account, throw in the option to privately archive your gtalk conversations into that said-same storage, and then make it all searchable (voice recognition anyone?) – superb…. but the privacy issues need to be addressed before people will really go for it I suspect.