Monthly Archives: October 2008

ipint

Otherwise my first impression with an ipodtouch; I managed to spend a couple of hours on my new ipod touch today. I have loaded my music and selected a few applications. Scott Wilson showed me iPint on his iphone, so I had to go and get that, I’ll show you why.

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Sun M9000, the fastest SAP platform

Back in Brussels for a NESSI meeting, the SAP delegate is new and points me to Sun’s M9000 SAP Benchmark results which puts Sun at No. 1 again, although for how long who knows. There’s no doubt that the SPARC 64 CPU is great and that the M-Series systems are mighty systems. On a slightly more measured, and affordable note, Joerg Moellenkamp wrote about SAP Benchmarks on the X4600 yesterday.

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Smoking in public (in Amsterdam)

It seems that the Dutch have adopted the European/west coast habit of banning cigarettes in public spaces, which now includes bars, restaurants, offices and shops. Of course there’s a complication in the Netherlands. If your cigarettes contains cannabis you must smoke it indoors, otherwise, if they only contain tobacco you have to go outside.

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Beyond Concalls

I have been looking at ways of making virtual meetings easier, more effective and fun. As part of that I have looked again at secondlife, and one of my new correspondents pointed me at “The future is virtually here”. This, despite being published last August, and while containing two fun stories about EVE Online, tries too hard in my mind to use language which proves the author’s Yoof credentials. Also quoting IBM and World of Warcraft as the exemplar’s of using virtual worlds is, to my mind lazy. Many (or was it several) companies use secondlife as a virtual store front, although I admit that IBM’s virtual data centre, (see also my blog report on the IBM virtual data center) is a quite a cute toy, but a number of people are on the trail of WoW, and its monthly subscription is high for school students. The killer app. for virtual worlds seems to be training.

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