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A Wave of fresh air for email

Yesterday Google presented what it seems to be a new killer application or, at least, “what email would look like if it were invented today”.

It’s called Google Wave as it brings a total restyling of the oldest, and most used of the Internet applications: the email.

I know many people think email is old-fashioned but still it is the tool we all are using, at least for our job, and we need it to be different to work better.

What are Wave’s main features?

  • interoperability between email and instant Messaging,
  • possibility to work synchronously with different people,
  • Wiki features embedded,
  • integration of the Contact list, mapping features, event planning,
  • future adoption of more advanced options, and
  • all the benefit of using Gmail as email engine.

I see much future in the organization I work for for such a tool!

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This morning I had the chance to observe something incredible: thousands and thousands of messages on twitter about the Gfail that’s to say the fail of Gmail’s servers.

It was incredible to see, using twitterfall, the ways people reacted to this event. When I came back after lunch, there were over 8.000 messages in line about the topic. You can read some comments I ReTwittered. Every human feeling was there: form incredulity to anger, from pain to discomfort, from unconsciousness to happiness!

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Two open questions on our dependencies after this event:

  • first of all: how much do we depend on this or that service provider and how much power do “monopolies” have in the ICT society?
  • second: how much do we rely on email for our communication and business?

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Mobile and desktop PC: today married

Pc and mobile phone can easily go together. Take your desktop pc, add a small Bluetooth USB adapter (with a laptop you don’t need it), download the software from the site of the mobile phone company (if you have a Nokia as I have, you find it here), get the two devices connected!

At this step you can start synchronizing data in the two devices. You have two options: an easy way if you just prefer to manage the mobile phone on the big screen and comfortable keyboard of your PC; or  in a more sophisticate way, if you want to move up and down different kind of files.

Let’s see them:

– if you stored on the phone images got in the field, voice interviews made during meetings, videos recorded while visiting sites of interest, data collected in the field, etc., then, whenever in front of the desktop, switch on the Bluetooth connection (or you plug-in your connecting cable) and move the items from the phone to the hard disk of the pc. Once everything is there, you can start sharing the material with people who were not in the field;

Gphone – on the other side, you can think about connecting the mobile to the Internet and distribute your material directly from the phone. To do that you need some software on your phone. Skype for mobileSome example? You want to access your mail box on Gmail? Today you can with the Gmail application. You want to verify if the stock of products created by artisans you support have been sold already? Download the eBay client from here. You need to chat and exchange files with partners? Use the Skype client for mobile devices. You want to verify your colleagues’ willingness for a meeting next Tuesday? Connect to the office common calendar and book the afternoon or check with the GMaps application where the meeting is.

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