Times are tough and replacing equipment is not something you want to have to worry about. Here’s an excellent tip for any company that’s ever gone through the head-aches associated with having a corporate mobile device, notebook etc… lost or stolen – Yougetitback.com. The sales pitch… Yougetitback protects and helps recover mobile devices—such as phones, PDAs, cameras, iPods and laptops—while preserving the sensitive information they may contain. The company’s premium service will even replace the device, if it is not recovered. See more here
Archives for March 6, 2009
A little off-topic Friday fun here (ya I know its not “geo” related but please so hold your comments ;0) I was interested to notice today in a tweet from @EV that he is apparently at the White House as I write this. What’s interesting about this is that @ev is actually Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter. According to his Twitter stream, Evan is indeed in DC today with others and apparently the reason is to discuss the economy – from a Tweet on Thursday March 5 “Going to the White House tomorrow for a meeting about the economy (which must mean they’re *really* out of ideas). What should I tell them?” Interesting to see that President Obama is keeping with his Web2.0 style of brainstorming and incorporating feedback from industry leaders – what’s real interesting though is that Twitter to date still has no apparent business/revenue model – although I’m sure their valuation is rising at a rate faster than the national unemployment figures! What’s struck me as a bit ironic about all this though was the following when I saw Evan’s Tweet, then I clicked through to see his profile and stream and received the familiar “something is technically wrong” error message… too weird! Let’s all hope Evan and the crew at the white house can come up with some innovative ideas.
Once again, a Friday release of my 7 cool / useful things… several techy / geeky resources that I’m pleased to share:
My 7 Cool Things Of The Day – SimulTravel, Basic Print, LifeAssist, Wertago, Twellow, and Montana GIS
- iPhone App of the day – SimulTravel for iPhone – The new Simultravel GPS iPhone application locates hotels within the desired area, displays pricing information, and enables instant conversation with a live travel agent at the tap of a screen. Available for just 99 cents.
- Blackberry app of the day – Cortado Basic Print – the app establishes a bridge between BlackBerry smartphones and Bluetoothr enabled photo printers.
- S60 App of the day – LifeAssist, an innovative “Man Down” tracking application. Complete with GPS tracking, motion tracking, elementary signs-of-life check, biofeedback, remote camera activation, battery monitoring, and a voice-based interface.
- Google G1 (Android) App of the day – Wertago is a clever mobile application for nightlifers wanting to get up-to-the-second information about what venues are hot, share content and influence the social scene and view details on a map
- Tweet of the day – From conservative Twitterer @ rmaynard: News: Obama declares that the $700+Billion Stimulus Plan saved 25 jobs in Columbus, OH. That’s $28B per job saved, yeah!!!
- Twitter Add-on of the day – Twellow is a tool designed to help you connect with people that interest you. Simply key in a search term, then browse the results. Twitter users are presented to you based on you search term.
- Free GIS Data Pick of the day – Montana GIS Clearinghouse. Select data from a list of available GIS data layers or simply bundle up data using the bundler application.
Finally, my #followfriday Tweet that went out today: Just a few followers I’d like to say cheers to on #followfriday @WOMWorldNokia @fastcompany @nokconv @ourfounder @TheSteve0 @biz @mike_elgan
A reminder about a cool event for anyone interested in KML, hacking with Google’s Mapping APIs etc… Google IO Developer Conference. About the event… For two days in May, thousands of web developers will come together to learn how to develop web applications with Google and open technologies. Learn from product experts about Android, App Engine, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, AJAX APIs and more. Engage with a community of excited developers just like you. Save the date, May 27-28, 2009, San Fran – See http://code.google.com/events/io
Indeed times are tough and its almost getting “old” hearing about more layoffs every day. On the upside though, its interesting to see those that are innovating in these difficult time – and yes indeed, when times are tough there are opportunities aboud, particularly for those creating solutions and services that help business be more efficient and more thrifty. Just this AM I ran into a great article in the very informative CObusiness magazine (full of great business tips). The article provides details of a green solution enabling businesses to locate used office furniture and supplies – enter FACILITYcycle.com. Users of the resource can search for furniture or place an ad to get rid of their surplus furniture. There’s also helpful hints on recycling and on donating to charities.