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David Tan
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It is about time patent trolls be taken to task and put in their place. Unfortunately the Patent system still needs to be fixed before cases like this become history. Thank goodness for organizations like Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while -- the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has
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Many small businesses equate online storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive to a in-house file service. But these services go far beyond just shared file storage and small businesses are missing out.
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Confusing licensing by Microsoft mars an otherwise great change and update for Office for the iPad
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Don't you just love it when the district attorney starts telling technology companies what features they should or should not switch on. Maybe Apple should respond by calling on the district attorney to prosecute or drop particular cases. Just what was he thinking.


San Francisco district attorney calls on Apple to enable Activation Lock by default on all iPhones

http://9to5mac.com/2013/12/18/san-francisco-district-attorney-calls-on-apple-to-enable-activation-lock-by-default-on-all-iphones/
When Apple debuted iOS 7 earlier this year, one of the many new features covered at the keynote event was Activation Lock. The feature is an addition to the existing Find My iPhone system that help...
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I wonder whether the Tech press is too fixated on Apple vs Microsoft vs Google office suite of applications. could it be that the use of these applications is slowly being eroded by more appropriate tools on a variety of devices including mobile phones and tablets which help get work done.
 
How Much Real Work Is Done Using Spreadsheets and Word Processing

We have come a long way in terms of the computing devices and the applications that we use today. The price of software for personal use is almost negligible these days compared to 5 years ago. In some ways I question whether we use word processors and spreadsheets as extensively as we used to before.

It used to be that we would create lists for activities, To DO Lists and a whole host of other things besides actually writing reports with word processors and spreadsheets simply because there were not simple viable alternatives. But today sending documents for this purpose is not only old school but terribly inefficient.

I suspect that the next generation of workers, many of whom are already in the workplace will turn to other tools such which are more suited to collaboration and coordinating activities and work leaving word processing and spreadsheets for the more "formal" work of reports and hard core number crunching.

Businesses will no doubt continue to be bastions of Microsoft Office and reasonably so but small businesses should take the opportunities available now to consider what personal productivity tools they provide their employees which are more often than naught cheaper and more effective.

The simple fact of the matter is individuals will use what makes sense to them regardless of what is the formal approved applications. This is especially so in a world where more and more people are using tablets in everyday life.

#productivity #wordprocessing #spreadsheets #collaboration
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How Much Real Work Is Done Using Spreadsheets and Word Processing

We have come a long way in terms of the computing devices and the applications that we use today. The price of software for personal use is almost negligible these days compared to 5 years ago. In some ways I question whether we use word processors and spreadsheets as extensively as we used to before.

It used to be that we would create lists for activities, To DO Lists and a whole host of other things besides actually writing reports with word processors and spreadsheets simply because there were not simple viable alternatives. But today sending documents for this purpose is not only old school but terribly inefficient.

I suspect that the next generation of workers, many of whom are already in the workplace will turn to other tools such which are more suited to collaboration and coordinating activities and work leaving word processing and spreadsheets for the more "formal" work of reports and hard core number crunching.

Businesses will no doubt continue to be bastions of Microsoft Office and reasonably so but small businesses should take the opportunities available now to consider what personal productivity tools they provide their employees which are more often than naught cheaper and more effective.

The simple fact of the matter is individuals will use what makes sense to them regardless of what is the formal approved applications. This is especially so in a world where more and more people are using tablets in everyday life.

#productivity #wordprocessing #spreadsheets #collaboration
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We help companies move their spreadsheets and workflows into #podio  which is like an enterprise network system for the rest of us. It allows people such better collaboration and increased productivity. Here's a post I did outlining how a Doctor could speed up his workflow by cutting down on the number of tools that he used. http://podioangel.com/time-management/podio-busts-workflow-roadblocks/
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Hyperbole and counter claims aside, this move by Apple is a welcome move. The truth of the matter is that there a many perfectly viable alternatives today on all platforms for wordprocessing, spreadsheets and presentations and different options for working together collaboratively on documents.

Office is the standout due to its breadth and depth of functionality but iWork, Quickoffice and there are many others that do a perfectly adequate job depending on what you are using it for.

For someone writing short documents on their own any of the offerings will do a good job. Google and now Apple may be slightly better for simultaneous editing of the same document by several people at the same time but this is not exactly a common use.

What matters the end of the day is what you are comfortable using and does it work for you. Getting it free with your hardware purchase helps too but only if it does what you need it to do


Microsoft fires back at Apple: iWork is ‘watered down,’ and the iPad isn’t a ‘work’ machine

http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/23/microsoft-fires-back-at-apple-iwork-is-watered-down-and-the-ipad-isnt-a-work-machine/
Apple's full-frontal assault on Microsoft yesterday didn't go unnoticed by the folks in Redmond. During its iPad event yesterday, Apple went out of its way to not only attack devices like the Surfa...
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Many small businesses equate online storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive to a in-house file service. But these services go far beyond just shared file storage and small businesses are missing out.
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If you are like me, you might find handwriting faster than typing. Handwriting apps have come a long way and it might be time to have a look at their upgraded capabilities now. 
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Just be aware of Bitcoin. While any currency is open to such abuse it shows the need to be diligent about any currency so being fully informed is always essential

#bitcoin


What arrests say about the future of bitcoin

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/27/arrest-shrem-future-bitcoin/
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Tablets have been labelled "consumption devices" which is a terrible misnomer. This is more a marketing label than anything else
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I cannot agree more
 
"Rather than merely focus on transactions, businesses must focus on creating a meaningful and shareable customer experience first." #wtf

Via Gary Samuels
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Help organisations safely navigate the valley of confusion of ERP, CRM and social media
Employment
  • Pragnamix Pty Ltd
    Principal, 2011 - present
  • MYOB
    Project Services Manager, 2002 - 2011
  • CA Inc.
    Vice President, Business Applications, 1994 - 2002
  • ASK Computer Systems
    National Services Manager, 1989 - 1994
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
    Senior Consultant, 1988 - 1989
  • The Franklin Mint
    IT Manager, 1986 - 1988
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Senior Consultant, 1982 - 1986
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Melbourne, Australia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Birmingham, UK - Taiping, Malaysia - Penang, Malaysia
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30 years of experience of solving business problems in the IT industry and still going strong
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Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in the UK in audit and management consulting before straying into IT working for Computer Sciences Corporation, Computer Associates and MYOB before striking out as an independent freelance consultant
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Survived more big and small implementations and consulting assignments covering a wide variety of areas and businesses
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  • University of Birmingham
    Commerce (Accounting), 1976 - 1979
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales
    Accounting, 1979 - 1982
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