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  • robmansfield 4:40 pm on January 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: intranet, SharePoint   

    10 Best Intranets 

    intranet-sharepoint-trend1Jakob Nielsen has created his “10 Best Intranets of 2009” list along with a good analysis of the trends he is seeing in the space.  This extract of a much larger 473 page report gives some interesting highlights that anyone looking to roll out an enterprise intranet solution should read.

    According to the article, empowering collaboration and providing social networking tools for the corporate user base seem to be gaining momentum.  While there are many in the industry who feel that enabling a workforce with FaceBook-like functionality is counter productive I would argue the opposite.  If used properly, social tools can provide the foundation for knowledge share and become a tremendous asset for productivity.  Also, by looking the other way when it comes to this trend companies are ignoring that fact that if they don’t provide a secure, managed platform the user community will eventually create their own.

    Another interesting call out from Mr. Nielsen’s report is the apperant consolidation of technology being used with SharePoint becoming more and more dominant in the space.  In fact, the article points out “fully half the winning intranets used SharePoint”.

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  • robmansfield 11:08 am on January 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, health, Steve Jobs   

    Apple CEO calms health speculation 

    Steve JobsAs you may know, there has been a lot of speculation recently around Steve Jobs’ health.  In fact, Mr. Jobs condition has has been an ongoing discussion point in the media and online ever since his 2004 surgery for pancreatic cancer.  Over the past year the obvious weight loss has brought the topic to a boil and a few weeks ago it was announced that the co-founder would not deliver the keynote address at this weeks MacWorld conference.  Mr. Jobs has presented at the conference since returning to the company in 1997.

    During this same period of time the chatter regarding the potential life threatening condition of the Apple CEO has had some very real effects on the company including a suffering stock price.   Many attribute the visionary successes that Apple has experienced with products like the iPod and iPhone to Mr. Jobs himself.

    Well, today Steve Jobs posted an open letter to ease peoples concerns which cites a “hormone imbalance” as the root cause for the weight loss.  He goes on to say that he has mapped a road to recovery with his doctors.

    Good to hear that things are looking up for the charismatic Jobs.  We need his genius around to continue to develop and inspire.

     
  • robmansfield 1:24 pm on January 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: browsers, FireFox, , Internet Explorer   

    FireFox sustains 20% worldwide 

    Just read an interesting article from NetApplications that puts FireFox at above 20% and Internet Explorer slightly below 70%.  Not a surprise with FireFox 3 being lightning fast and all the great plug-ins the browser offers.  For the details click here.

     
  • robmansfield 10:33 pm on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2008, best, , Hulu.com, ,   

    My web favorites of 2008 

    Well, it is January 2009 and so I thought I would share some of my personal favorites from the web for 2008.  Here goes:

    1. Twitter – While I actually started using Twitter in early 2007 I really didn’t “get it” until this past summer.  It has now officially taken over as my online “crack” which I need to check in on at least 5 times daily.  Still very much for the techy crowd but I predict that changes in 2009.
    2. Mint – This online personal finance tool is perfect keeping tabs on your money, tracking a budget and seeing all your investments in one place.
    3. Google Reader – This handy tool is perfect for consolidating multiple content sources into a single, easy to manage feed.
    4. FaceBook – Not much needs to be said here.
    5. Hulu – This video streaming site offers high-resolution TV shows and movies.  Their library includes FOX, NBC, Comedy Central, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and many more.

    While there are plenty of others that deserve honorable mention these five are constants that I have added to my regular online routine.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know whats on your list.

     
    • Mamapajama 2:17 pm on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot to give props to BlipFM (www.blipfm.com) … or maybe that’s #6.

  • robmansfield 8:42 pm on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook jumps the shark 

    At first Facebook was truly an amazing experience in connecting with the people from my past as well as keeping up with those who I would still consider friends today.  Being a busy guy with two kids and a corporate job it is tough to do the socializing I once did.  Of course, checking the latest status posts and family pictures via FaceBook a few times a week (okay, few times a day) is no replacement for real human contact but it is better than nothing.

    So it is with great sadness that today is the day I proclaim that Facebook has jumped the shark. If your not familiar with the term “jump the shark” look no further than UrbanDictionary.com which defines it as “a term to describe a moment when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity.” Of course, the term originates from the classic TV show Happy Days which despite it legions of fans hung around a little longer than it’s shelf life and eventually became a bit of a joke (see video below).

    Anyway, back to the point.  As if it were not bad enough that that my FB experience has become a mix of

    • certain folks who give the details of every moment of their lives (do you really need to announce that your going the bed????)
    • others who feel that they need to post witty/insightful/wise/funny updates which probably took a good portion of their day to refine prior to posting
    • scanned pictures from 15+ years ago to allow others to share in high school nostalgia

    But today was the day I casually checked my email account to find a FB friend request from a friend of my mother!  My mom! Her friend is 78 years old!

    Don’t get me wrong.  I am not prejudice to the elderly.  This particular woman is a close family friend and extremely cool regardless of her age.  But I can’t help feeling like a line has been crossed.  Social media and for that matter the internet are a part of my generation and more specifically my own existence.  I make my living as a technical director for an online retailer.  I spent my early 20’s riding the dot com wave.  How is it that someone born before World War II is sending me friend requests????

    I guess I need to remember that this website began as a way for Harvard coeds to get to know each other and has expanded into every corner of society.  I know how pissed the college crowd was when FB lost it’s cred and went “mainstream” by opening up to others.  I guess I am going through a similar experience.  Am I going to stop visiting the site on a regular basis?  Of course not.  But as one of the earlier adopters of social media it is starting to feel like Facebook and others in it’s genre are getting a little less “special”.

    Oh well, you can’t fight progress.

     
  • robmansfield 8:38 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , marketing   

    Add this one to my holiday shopping list 

    flame-2tNothing says romance and passion like the smell of flame broiled meat which is why Burger King has released their own line of perfume and launched http://www.firemeetsdesire.com.  From what I can tell this latest ad campaign is a followup to the 2004 online hit Subservient Chicken.

    Slightly creepy but good to see them continuing to try new marketing ideas.

     
    • Big Mama 10:32 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t tell if I’m turned on or just hungry.

  • robmansfield 10:36 am on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DNS, Virus   

    The (almost) end of the internet 

    DNS

    Picked up Wired magazine while traveling last week and flipped to this story.  At first it seemed like just another story about a coder who gets his kicks exposing flaws but as I read on it was clear the potential impact of what he had found.  I am not going to give away the plot (trust me, read this article) but it is fair to say he stumbled upon a major issue in the core of DNS technology.

    Great reminder on how “new” and vulnerable the internet is.

    Wired Article

     
  • robmansfield 8:34 pm on August 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google, search engine   

    Site of the week – Very cool search engine 

    I stumbled upon an amazingly simple but useful search engine earlier today called SearchMe. Like all the others you simply type a search term into a simple text field and hit “search” but what makes this site unique is the way the results are presented. The web pages in the results are actually displayed for you to browse in a very slick horizontal “preview” scroll. Basically, they are doing a screen shot of each results page and then serving it to the user as a FLASH tool. This is huge for someone like me who is constantly frustrated when searching on Google by the endless list of results I have to click through to get to one that fits my need.

    The site even highlights the term you typed within the site screen shot so you can see why it was chosen. Also, they have the concept of “stacks” which is a way to categorize and save your favorite sites.

    While the site has it’s issues (compared to Google the search results were not so great) I have to say I am impressed. Maybe I am just a visual person but I find it so much more intuitive and easy to use than the bigger engines. I am sure Google is not shaking in their boots but they should definitely take notice.

     
  • robmansfield 10:14 pm on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting into Twitter 

    I first heard about Twitter almost two years ago at a MicroSoft conference in Las Vegas. At the time I wrote it off as just one of the many “killer apps” that were being shopped around. Why should I care about a site that seemed to be nothing more than a web based message board where the only topic is what I am up to? So it came and went from my radar pretty fast.

    But then recently it reappeared seemingly everywhere all at once. Folks were mentioning it in conversation when they needed to reference an example of web 2.0. Coworkers were updating their Twitter status on their BlackBerry in an attempt to fight boredom during a meeting. And it has been a constant conversation piece on Diggnation podcasts (one of my favorite podcasts and a must if your into technology, pop culture or off beat news).

    Despite all the exposure I am not sure how Twitter seemed to make sense for me now and why I have adopted it as my digital journal. Maybe I have given up trying to stay in touch with people through conventional means like conversation over dinner. The best way to know what I did last weekend is to check Facebook and if your one of those rare individuals who cares what I am up to in real time, follow me on Twitter.

    Don’t get me wrong, Twitter is not for everyone. First of all you have to be comfortable with mobile web (the point of it is to add content “on the go”, not just when you sit in front of a computer). Also, lets face it, you need to be a little full of yourself to constantly be writing updates on what your doing at that moment and thinking it is important enough that others are anxiously waiting to read it. Regardless, I have to say I am hooked.

     
  • robmansfield 1:15 pm on July 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Starbucks, store closing   

    Starbucks = less Venti 

    I am hoping this means all those busy intersections with a choice of 3 Starbucks within 100 yards of each other will be coming to an end soon.

    On the flip side, as someone who doesn’t sleep as much as he should (father of two kids with a busy career) Starbucks has become my daily crack fix. I am comfortable saying “Grande 3 pump Soy Chai Latte” to the 19 year old at the counter with a nose piercing followed up by forking over $5.

    While I am pretty sure their drinks will be the cigarettes of my generation (“We had no idea they were killing us”) I can’t help but feel a little sad that things are not going so well for them.

    Well, at least they aren’t closing the store by me.

    Click here for the official list.

     
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