Tag Archives: instant messenger

The Lost World of Yahoo

By | November 20, 2008

This piece was written for a commentary on the BBC World Service Business Daily about Jerry Yang’s decision to resign as CEO. Back in the early days of the World Wide Web there was really only one name. Yahoo. You could tell it was big because it was what you’d type in your browser to see if your… Read More »

Phone as Beacon

By | November 28, 2006

The idea that your cellphone may become a beacon of your availability took one small step closer yesterday, although you’d be forgiven for not noticing amid all the post-turkey bloat. The theory is this. Cellphones have gotten smarter, but they still miss one vital ingredient that computer users have had for years: presence. Anyone using an instant messenger,… Read More »

The Message Behind Instant Messaging

By | July 15, 2006

Be careful what you wish for. For nearly a decade I, and a lot of people like me, have been dreaming of the day when we could send an instant message to someone who wasn’t on the network as us. An instant messaging program is one that sits on your computer and allows you to send short text… Read More »

Computer-On-a-Stick

By | July 25, 2005

Here, for those of you still lapping up the whole USB programs off your thumb-drive thing, is FingerGear’s Computer-On-a-Stick: The Computer-On-a-Stick (COS) is a USB Flash Drive featuring its own ultra fast Onboard Operating System with a full suite of Microsoft Office-compatible applications. According to Tom’s Hardware Guide, the drive is 256 MB and has programs taking up… Read More »

Another Skype Rival

By | July 3, 2005

Another Skype wannabe: Gizmo: A free phone for your computer: Gizmo is a Free Phone for Your Computer That makes calling as easy as instant messaging An internet telephone. As simple as an instant messenger. Now you’re talking. Make all your calls from the comfort of your desktop. With Gizmo, it’s point, click, talk. For free. Say goodbye… Read More »