It’s sugar babe…

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While building our sales team we did a research of which software to use to efficiently organize our customer relationship management. I gave sugar a shot back in 2004 and must say, it has developed dramatically. The interface is very easy to use and based on AJAX, you can build your own overviews with drag’n drop. We tested Salesforce as well, but it came with much too much features for our needs. So sugar is the way to go for us, and being installed on our internal webserver, even our external sales team uses it through VPN (btw: organizing users in groups is the best feature!)

last.fm and the future of personal computing

It’s been some weeks now, since I really got into last.fm – I think it was around the time I installed all the airtunes stuff (by the way: just found amua which is an alternative player for last.fm – it’s a kind of proxy for the last.fm webservice and uses itunes for playback which means, that now last.fm streams to airtunes through the whole flat 😉 ) . It’s great to have your personal music profile there, always automatically being served with new stuff you like. Today i stumbled upon an article on Nicholas Carr’s blog (via Robert), which deals with the idea of Apple and Google merging their core competences: Apple building new slick „alwyas-online“ devices, and Google being responsible for the web back-end. And Eric Schmidt being on the board of Apple this indeed could be a real thign going on at this time. The major point behind it is having all your data on the web, always accessible via some device. this of course has major security an performance issues, but Google with their super-computers could be the one dealing with it (in fact in some ways they already do with their office- and email apps they are offering.) And I really like the idea – in fact this is already happening with services like last.fm: as long as I’m online, and I am actually the whole day in office and with WLAN at home, I have the last.fm player playing my music – basically no need for an itunes library anymore though I need it for syncing the ipod – but I think you get the idea. Having data centralized and always accessible could be the future of personal computing – the main thread will be, as noted, availability, security and performance. This is why I believe in p2p based structures in the future. Let all your devices be able to share their small amount of hard-space they have and you build the scaling, resistant and perfect performing backend for the future. It’s failsafe, even if certain structures are down. This is the centralized model, Google and Apple might build, decentralized. For that one thing seems to come clear: availability and bandwith will be the currency of tomorrow: „if you’ve got bandwith you can share with me, I’m willing to „pay“ (say „give“) you something. For that „currency“ I’m giving you, you are able to get other things like a movie-download or three songs on itunes. It’s so much fun digging into this, cause it’s going to change the game, and with a very very small part, we take place in it… 😉

last.fm and the future of personal computing

It’s been some weeks now, since I really got into last.fm – I think it was around the time I installed all the airtunes stuff (by the way: just found amua which is an alternative player for last.fm – it’s a kind of proxy for the last.fm webservice and uses itunes for playback which means, that now last.fm streams to airtunes through the whole flat 😉 ) . It’s great to have your personal music profile there, always automatically being served with new stuff you like. Today i stumbled upon an article on Nicholas Carr’s blog (via Robert), which deals with the idea of Apple and Google merging their core competences: Apple building new slick „alwyas-online“ devices, and Google being responsible for the web back-end. And Eric Schmidt being on the board of Apple this indeed could be a real thing going on at this time. The major point behind it is having all your data on the web, always accessible via some device. This of course has major security an performance issues, but Google with their super-computers could be the one dealing with it (in fact in some ways they already do with their office- and email apps they are offering.) And I really like the idea – in fact this is already happening with services like last.fm: as long as I’m online, and I am actually the whole day in office and with WLAN at home, I have the last.fm player playing my music – basically no need for an itunes library anymore though I need it for syncing the ipod – you get the point. Having data centralized and always available could be the future of personal computing – the main thread will be, as noted, availability, security and performance. This is why I believe in p2p based structures in the future. Let all your devices be able to share their small amount of hard-space they have and you build the scaling, resistant and perfect performing backend for the future. It’s failsafe, even if certain structures are down. This is the centralized model, Google and Apple might build, decentralized. For that one thing seems to come clear: availability and bandwith will be the currency of tomorrow: „if you’ve got bandwith you can share with me, I’m willing to „pay“ (say „give“) you something. For that „currency“ I’m giving you, you are able to get other things like a movie-download or three songs on itunes. It’s so much fun digging into this, cause it’s going to change the game, and with a very very small part, we take place in it… 😉

Airtunes in existing WLAN

Did I ever tell you how much I love Apple? It’s not only the design, but the simplicity…

We live in a maisonette having my old iBook with an external HD as music server on the upper level: our goal was to bring the music down to the kitchen. That for we bought an Airport Express (with the possibility to plug active speakers in) – though the guys at Gravis told me, Airport Express is not able to integrate itself into an existing WLAN. Well, guys: it’s that simple:

1) connect to your Airport Express through a cable

2) start the airport admin (not the assistant)

3) choose „connect with existing network“

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4) enter name of your network (if it’s a hidden SSID just type the correct name in the field

5) Click on „security“ and enter the right passphrase

6) Click on the „music“ tab and give your airtunes a nice name: „kitchen“

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8) Safe everything back to your Airport Express – and wait for a restart. Unplug your cable to the AE. A green LED means it’s connected correctly to the WLAN.

9) chose the destination in iTunes, where your music shall go to – it’s even possible to enter more than one output (Kitchen, Computer, bathroom,…)

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P.s.: We bought the JBL spot’s: marveless design and hell, what a brilliant sound. In my opinion better than the soundsticks from h&k