Macworld 2008 Keynote Thoughts

Steve Jobs has wrapped up his keynote for this years Macworld. Here are my thoughts on the announcements that he made. This are really just prelimiary though, on the go as the keynote progressed.

The Time Capsule looks really cool. Since I need a new router anyways, and I’m always saying I need to back up more often, it might be a good idea to get one. The cost does seem high at first though.

The new iPhone software: I’m sure people that with iPhones will be happy. Doesn’t really do that much for me right now. Glad to see that they finally will be releasing an SDK though. Applying the same upgrades to the touch is cool, but charging people for them is not.

iTunes Movie rentals: Not a big surprise everyone was expecting that. I wonder when availability outside of the U.S will come? I like the price point though.

Apple TV: Doesn’t need a computer anymore. This is great news that will boost the number of units sold. A new user interface as well, always appreciated. All in all the Apple TV looks great. I kinda want one now, but it makes no practical sense for me.

Macbook Air: The worlds thinnest laptop…. amazing.. fits in a manilla envelope! No optical drive, that might be annoying. The remote disc option is really only any good if you have several laptops. Personally I need an optical drive, I still rip a lot of CDs and DVDs. I’m not ready to do all my shopping via Apple. Sealed case means no user-swapping batteries. I know the internet is not going to like that.

I love Merlin’s comments on this weeks Macbreak weekly. Nobody knows anything about what is going to be released ahead of time, its just a bunch of speculation. However everyone does it so they don’t lose their job. Well the speculation is over and I personally like what I’ve seen! In a few days I’ll discuss in more depth my complete reaction.

The Continuing Saga of Syncing Word Docs and Google Docs

Ok, this is starting to get really interesting. Originally I wrote a wish about syncing word and Google docs.

Then in this post I discovered a bit of a solution regarding uploading in bulk to Google.

I just discovered a post on TechChruch that completely solves the whole problem. An application called DocSyncer that will automatically upload all your hard drive based documents to Google. They claim its a small application that runs in the background. While I am never a fan of more things running in the background this is pretty cool.

Right now its just in beta and currently only available to windows users, but we’re on the right track!

Sync Word and Google Docs: A Solution

So a while back I posted a query about syncing all the documents stored on my hard drive with Google documents online. While browsing around Google Docs I was able to find a bit of a solution.

If you go to upload a file and browse a littleĀ  further down the page, you’ll see the option to email-in documents and files. Using your unique email address you can send an email with all the documents you want uploaded as attachments.

I’ve tried it out and it works great.

Sync Word and Google Docs

Does anyone know of a way to sync Microsoft word files stored on my computer and Google Docs?

I’m thinking it would be really really handy to be able to access all my documents from any computer.

The storage space on Google should be more then enough for .doc files too.

Edit: Check out here for the solution I’ve found!

Automatic Profile Generator

Its been a few days since my last post, as well as a long period of nothing but Facebook and Twitter talk. I’m moving away from those topics today.

I recently had (what I consider) a very useful idea. So many sites these days ask their users to fill out a small profile describing themselves, or to say whatever they’d like. I’m sure everyone’s seen them on social networking sites. Its tedious to constantly come up with something to fill it with, I would prefer I had something prewritten that I could just dump in.

I know I could just type up a Word document with a profile and save that on my harddrive and just pull it up everytime I need a profile, but I want an easier way to create a profile and something I can access anywhere

What I need is a website that automatically generates profiles.

The user answers a series of questions and a profile is created based on their answers. Creating an account would allow their profile to be saved and accessed or modified any time they want. Multiple profiles could also be created for different sites, just changed the type of questions asked

I have no idea how this could be accomplished, or even the first step in getting itdone. If anyone has any further ideas, knows how to get the practical ball rolling or better yet has heard of such a service, let me know. I think this idea really has potential.