What’s Google up to?

Google is up to something. In recent months they’ve added Mozilla developers and a MSFT NT engineer to the payroll. Rumors swirl about some calendar app. Well, imagine this. A Linux distro that turns your PC into a node on a Google network, replete with a desktop that runs Windows apps (who better to straighten out Wine than someone who helped design NT) , a Google browser, Google searching capabilty of all of your data, and as a bonus, the ability to Google your fiends PCs. During down time, your screensaver runs some distributed processes from the Google net.

Just a thought.

Tiotha – Windows Shell Replacement For a Networked Environment

Tiotha – Home
Tiotha is a replacement shell for Windows that seeks to simplify limiting available applications by user roll and machine context in an Active Directory environment. Combining a suitable Tiotha configuration with appropriate Group Policies results in a robust, centrally managed, desktop security solution.”

Open-Xchange Get Bug Fixes

freshmeat.net: Project details for OPEN-XCHANGE
Several bugfixes were made, making it possible for this release to be used with the Outlook connector (OXlook), which is also provided in the download section. Better support for Eclipse were implemented along with easier installation and improved performance for heavy concurrent use.

Flash Podcast Browser…

Scripting News: 3/3/2005
Kosso gave me a sneak peek at something very very cool he’s working on. It’s a Flash-based podcast browser. It’s so funny, I was laughing out loud while playing with it. Wowowo!

Do check this out, it is very cool.

Netscape Browser 8.0 Beta Released

BetaNews | Netscape Browser 8.0 Beta Goes Live
America Online’s Netscape team has opened its doors to the public, releasing the first beta of the revived Netscape Web browser. Based upon Firefox, Netscape version 8 focuses on security and user privacy, and supports rendering with both Mozilla’s Gecko and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser engines.

Neat feature: toggle back and forth between Firefox and IE rendering. It really works like 2 browsers in one:)

Real Integrates Into BlackBoard

Products & Services > Digital Media Solutions for the Blackboard Learning System™
The Blackboard Integration Suite from Real and Accordent Technologies enables non-technical users to publish video and audio directly into the Blackboard Learning System. In addition to simplifying the publishing process, the solution fully supports the Helix Server infrastructure and RealVideo 10 and RealAudio 10.

This is not really a surprise. BB has needed to add this sort of functionality for a while.

Teleo Brings SIP to the Desktop

ITworld.com – Skype One-Upped by Teleo
"A software telephone on the laptop ties into your Microsoft software making it a one-click operation to call anyone listed in your laptop. Highlight the name of an e-mail sender who’s in your address book, click to call, and hear that person’s phone ring. See a phone number on a Web site in IE? Click and call. Calls to other Teleo users are encrypted like Skype calls.

The phone number assigned to your laptop accepts incoming calls from any other telephone, something Skype has yet to introduce (their SkypeIn service is still in test mode). When your laptop is off, forward the calls to your cell phone. No modern road warrior/expense account white collar wage slave is without one of the two every hour of the day and night."

Unlike Skype, Teleo is using SIP to power their system. It would be neat if you could route the line to an Asterisk PBX .  Of course, the technology behind this is pretty straight forward and open to anyone if your handy with Linux:)

Podcasting Sports

USATODAY.com – ESPN is networking college basketball tournaments to the maximum
Sam Coutin launched thepodcastnetwork.com this week to offer anybody the chance to create their own sports podcasts. So far, early adapters have been slow to gravitate to sports podcasts “because of the lack of a correlation between sports and geekiness,” Coutin says. Some scientists might dispute that notion.

Just yesterday John and I thought we’d go for a ‘cease & desist’ by doing live streaming webcasts and podcasting of baseball games using a cellphone and the new Astercast technology.