Jun 22

Google Voice No Longer Invitation Only.

Google now allows anyone in the United States to create a Google Voice account – no invitation required. Google Voice gives you the ability to have one telephone number that rings all your phones. You get free text messages and calls in the U.S. and Canada. The voice mail feature allows you to transcribe messages, and you can access it just like you would access your e-mail. Up until now you could only access the service if you were invited, but now you can create an account any time.

I have been using it for over a year, and it is pretty good – and free. I like the features it offers, and having one number ring all your phones is pretty awesome. I recommend you give it a try. You’ll like it.

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Apr 24

Cisco releases 64bit VPN client.

Cisco has finally released a 64bit version of their IPSEC client.

I used to always use the Cisco VPN client to  establish a VPN connection to my business network. I stopped using it when I upgraded my main laptop to Windows Vista x64 back in 2006. The client back then wasn’t compatible with a 64 bit operating system, and Cisco didn’t have plans to develop a compatible version.

I always liked the Cisco VPN client, but I was forced to look for an alternative. I refused to change my operating system choice just for one application. Every other application I used back then was able to run on the 64 bit platform. I could have probably used the 32 bit version of Vista instead with no problems, but that’s just  the way I am sometimes – stubborn ;) .

I ended up just changing VPN clients.  I don’t use IPSEC anymore, and I use the native Windows 7 client to establish the VPN connection to my network. I like the way Windows 7 is working for me in that respect.  It is easy and seamless. I won’t use the Cisco client at this point, but it is good to know that Cisco has finally decided to release the client.

And who knows – I am always changing stuff around. I could end up using it again.

The following link takes you to the release notes for the client – http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/cisco_vpn_client/vpn_client5007/release/notes/vpnclient5007.html

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Mar 08

BBC Global Poll finds that four in five people regard Internet access as a fundamental right.

A poll conducted by international polling firm GlobeScan for BBC World Services between November ’09 and February ’10 found that almost 80% of people interviewed see Internet Access as their fundamental right.

You can read the results in detail by clicking the following link – news.bbc.co.uk (.pdf file)

From the article:

GlobeScan Chairman Doug Miller commented: “Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the internet as their fundamental right. They think the web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”

There’s nothing surprising about these findings in my opinion. I share those beliefs, and I think the internet has allowed us to grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible with out it. It has shaped our society and cultures in ways we cannot possible imagine.

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Mar 06

Apple unveils iPad’s release date.

Apple will release the iPad on April 3rd 2010.
I still have mixed feelings about Apple’s new device. It looks sexy, but I don’t know if I can justify the price. I already have an iPhone, and the only thing that interests me about the iPad at this point is its ability to function as an eBook reader.
People that have met me know that I  like to read a lot. When the first eBook readers were released I started getting interested, but I couldn’t make the switch quite yet. Call me old school, but I like to touch the pages of a book, and I enjoy the smell of a new book.
The more I look at the eBook readers, the more I want them. I imagine having all my collection in one small device that fits in my messenger bag.
I may end up making the switch after all, but I don’t think the iPad will be my eBook reader of choice. The Nook seems like a better option at this point. I want to wait a little bit longer though. New technologies come out often, and as far as eBook readers are concerned, there seem to be quite a few that will come out in the upcoming months. New eBook readers with exiting new features that may end up convincing me to finally make the switch.

Looking at the iPad just as an eBook reader isn’t probably fair. According to Apple, it can do a lot more. There are other devices that can do just the same for half the price though.

Well that’s enough for today’s personal rant.

What are your thoughts on the Apple iPad?

For more information about the iPad check out Apple’s official website

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