Personal Web Proxy: Agent Frank

Agent Frank wants to learn about the user, observe preferences and habits, and become capable of automating many of the tedious tasks infovores face. Eventually, this will come to involve various forms of machine learning and analysis, & etc.

Note to self: Check this out when you get a chance.

Switch this…

Patrick from TechTV tries the “Switch

“The biggest problem with switching isn’t the Mac or OS X. It’s when you have to deal with the Windows-centric parts of the world. If you can avoid them (most folks don’t need compatibility with odd applications in the office), you could be all set right out of the box with your Mac.”

The Slashdot thread about the article is also interesting

Office, InfoPath, Exchange, BizTalk, SharePoint … Oh my!

Everything is coming up XML for Microsoft this year

I don’t know about you, but I think the hype machine out west has me under a spell, because I am starting to feel giddy when I think of the future business user of Office 2003 creating InfoPath docs that are passed around by Exchange, integrated into the enterprise workflow via BizTalk and spit out into digestible chunks to SharePoint.

Oh, the productivity ;-)

NewsGator 1.0 released

Greg Reinacker has released NewsGator — .Net-based RSS news aggregator for Outlook.

Congratulations Greg! I’ve been using NewsGator since the early betas and my favorite feature has always been its tight integration with Outlook.

However IMHO, it would make the experience complete if you could also post to a blog via the MetaWeblog API or some-such.

Digital Rights Management in Office 11

Dubbed ‘Information Rights Management’ in the upcoming Office relesae, which is described as a ” … persistent file-level technology from Microsoft that allows the user to specify permission for who can access and use documents or e-mail messages, and helps prevent sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copied by unauthorized individuals…”
(via Microsoft Watch and Slashdot)

Google buys Blogger

Dan Gillmor: “Google … has purchased Pyra Labs, a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals.”

I’m sure this is going to be interesting.