The comparison you didn’t know you were waiting for: Motorola Milestone vs Samsung Galaxy S2

A year is a long time in the world of smartphones, so 18 months must be… well, half as long again. I mention this because as I have an 18 month tariff with T-Mobile I was faced with this challenge: upgrade my phone, or get a cheaper deal. It seemed a no-brainer – get a new toy!

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UC and Social Media: Respect the buzzwords?

In a recent article in InformationWeek, David F. Carr asks “Social Media And Unified Communications: Will They Blend?”

I ask: “what are they?”

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UC isn’t just about unifying

There’s a school of thought that unification of a communications solution is best done at the edge, in a client. That a single client (or set of clients for mobile and desktop/laptop devices) providing a consistent look and feel, integration of instant and email messaging, voicemail, video and, of course, voice calling is the way to go. It’s not an unreasonable view, and a unified client can provide a great user experience, but it misses the real advantages of unification of different communications streams.

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Your life in Their hands

The world of electronic communication has changed immensely in recent years, and one aspect that has subtly crept up on us is the move from tools we own to tools we don’t. I’m not talking about cloud services, particularly, I’m referring to the shift from open systems to closed systems. Should you be worried? Read on.

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Self-organisation and Social Networking

Today’s missive comes squarely in the “random thoughts” camp, so if the lack of science offends you then now is the time to tune out. For those more tolerant, I want to discuss how the benefits of self-organising teams can be grasped by truly embracing social networking within an organisation. And how truly embracing social networking requires an organisation to evolve towards a structure of self-organisation.

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Bye Bye Cisco Mail

I wrote just a few days ago that people who see email as legacy and something very different from the core mechanisms of social networking interaction need to look again. Then yesterday I heard that Cisco have decided to kill off their cloud email product, “Cisco Mail”, in which they’ve made considerable investment (the purchase of Postpath alone cost $215M). So, are they not reading my blog? Was I too late with the news?

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BT Blog: The demise of email?

This blog post nicely summarises the hype about social networking, and nicely summarises the increasing resentment towards email. Nicola contends that collaboration tools – presumably BT collaboration tools – signify the end of email except as a formal medium. But I think it misses the point.

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Corporate Spam: It Doesn’t have to be this way!

We all get tonnes of the stuff, filling up our inboxes and keeping us from the more interesting or important emails. Spam. Sometimes we do it to ourselves, allowing an online store we bought from once to keep sending us emails – just in case. These are the messages that the spam filter tends to allow through, but it’s avoidable spam. Thankfully, the helpful folks at Google block most of the unavoidable spam, from the likes of the folks who think I need a performance boost in bed, but they can’t do anything about the third kind: Corporate Spam. And nor, usually, can I.

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Defining Unified Communications

I’m a stickler for definitions, because I grow tired when sucked into a debate about the pros and cons of something when it’s clear that the “something” in question is different in the head of everyone who joins in.

So, I have to admit, the modern communications world is sometimes a wearying place for me.

Nick Jones, Gartner analyst, has an excellent blog and many greats things to share with the world. But I am surprised and, truthfully, disappointed by his stance on Unified Communications.

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The Coming Age of the Agile Workforce

First, an apology. Like all good terms, that of “Agile Workforce” is already used and, I’m sure, already abused. What I’m going to talk about is how the modern environment means that the time is right for a new way of working which is actually a very old one – what might once have been called “jobbing” workers. Read more of this post