I was surprised to read the news that the University of Nebraska are moving their email system from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud. When I saw Microsoft paid $250,000.00USD to get Nebraska to choose Office 365 instead of Google Apps for Education, it all became clear. Nebraska took the money and followed the bribe.
There’s nothing more disappointing than the realization that a soft promise is not a hard fact and that eagerness does not equal integrity. Such is the case of the ever-widening hardship that Google Apps are not ready for prime time success because there are too many innate technical blunders that instantly hamstring any promise of safe data in the cloud. For the past three days I’ve been having horrible Google Apps Calendar misfires — yet checking the official Google Apps Status Dashboard this morning reveals no trouble with the Calendar — even though it isn’t working.
Google are making many surprise moves early in 2009 and I love them all. The latest Google gift is the ability to use Google Gears to work offline with Gmail and your Google Calendar.
Google Gears worked up offline access for Docs last year and now, as you can see below on my Mac Desktop, I have direct access my mail, sked and workload 24/7/365 and I could not be happier.
Wordle is a fascinating online service that takes a bunch of text, or an RSS feed, and then mashes it all together to create a word cloud of ideas. Here’s the Wordle mash for the Urban Semiotic Atom feed. It’s wild to see the words that pop out at you and, reading it semiotically to form sentences out of the cloud, I see “Twitter new know stream.” and “American religion good people.” What semoitic sentences does your mind form in the following pareidoliac clouds?