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Every year in Feb. there is an event in California called Demo. This event is where startups get to pitch their products to venture capitalists. the catch is they have exactly 6 minutes to do the presentation. There are always lots of great products but the pen from LiveScribe blew me away. Watch this video to see what I mean.

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Meebo is an online Instant Messenger application that allows you to run the application from within your browser. This is perfect for those times when you are traveling and need to use an Internet Cafe, or a locked down PC at work that does not allow you to install applications. I wrote about Meebo previoiusly.

To further integrate Meebo into your browser, Meebo has just released a Firefox extension. This adds a pane to the right side of your browser and lists all of your buddies online. You can also ‘disconnect’ the pane and have it work as if it were a stand alone application.

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Microsoft released a patch for Windows to update the dates for Daylight Savings Time (DST) in Windows for North America in 2007. Previously we “sprung forward” on the first Sunday in April and “fell back” on the last Sunday in October. Daylight Savings Time changes to March 11 and November 4 in 2007. The reason behind this extension is to reduce the amount of electricity used. This impacts everyone running Windows. Most of us have the automatic updates turned on. However, many don’t realize that the automatic updates are only for the critical security and bug patches. There are also optional software and Office upgrades on the Windows Update Site. You must go to the site and manually download the optional updates, as the daylight savings time patch is one of those updates.

UPDATE Links: Microsoft’s Preparing for DST changes in 2007.

Microsoft Windows Patches for DST changes.

 RIM Blackberry Patches for DST changes.

 DSTpatch.com with more DST patches.

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I posted about this previously, but I can’t say enough good things about 2Go’s Syncit product. This is an application that resides in your system toolbar. Every time you make a change to your favorites in your browser, it syncs with their server. Then on every computer have have their syncit tool loaded, you will have your favorites synchronized.

Now, I know there are several other products out there that do the same thing. There is Foxmarks and Bookmarks Synchronizer, which are both extensions for Firefox. There is also Googles browser sync and their toolbar favorites sync. But, if you use Firefox and home and your company has standarized on IE, then you would have to use 2 different utilities to synchronize.

2Go’s product works with all of these:

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IE, Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox and Opera.

The greatest thing about this software is that it just works. I have used it for years. The other feature it has it that it backs up your favorites and will keep deletions for 30 days in a separate folder. So when you wake up one day and find out that you accidentally erased your Favorites folder. You can go to the website and take the deletions out of the recycle bin and you’re ready to go. So if you have multiple computers, you can’t go wrong with this product.

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In my ongoing quest for the Holy Grail of ToDo lists, I found a site that could just about be the right one. The site is called Stikkit. If you watch the demo you can see the amazing functionality of this software. For example. If you type lunch with Dave tomorrow at 12. It will add this appointment in your online calendar. If you say to copy Ted, Dave and Fran on the note, it will attach the note and email it to them. There are far too many features to list them all. They are on a fast track to add more features. Have a look at the screencasts for demonstrations.

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This past week Microsoft released a patch for Windows to update the dates for Daylight Savings Time (DST) in Windows for North America in 2007. Previously we “sprung forward” on the first Sunday in April and “fell back” on the last Sunday in October. Daylight Savings Time changes to March 11 and November 4 in 2007. The reason behind this extension is to reduce the amount of electricity used.

This impacts everyone running Windows. Most of us have the automatic updates turned on. However, many don’t realize that the automatic updates are only for the critical security and bug patches. There are also optional software and Office upgrades on the Windows Update Site. You must go to the site and manually download the optional updates, as the daylight savings time patch is one of those updates.

UPDATE Links:

Microsoft’s Preparing for DST changes in 2007.

Microsoft Windows Patches for DST changes.

RIM Blackberry Patches for DST changes.

DSTpatch.com with more DST patches.

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When I travel one of the more important features of the hotel I choose to stay at is whether they have good gym. I have stayed at some hotels that say they have a gym. Only to find out, once I got there, that they converted a meeting room into a gym by adding a couple of treadmills and some dumbbells.

Now there is a web site that can help with, not only the hotel selection, but also running routes, local gyms and their policies on guests and healthy places to eat. It is Athletic Minded Traveler.

 The site has reviews of several cities, including the main Canadian ones. If you check now, they have a free preview for Toronto. There is a charge for the service. It is $20 a year or $3 a month. But if you don’t want to put your fitness schedule on hold while you travel, it is worth it.

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A few months ago my company brought in a consultant to teach speed reading. Our CEO is a big believer in it. Now I had heard about people reading a book in a couple of hours. I had seen people passing their finger over pages and saying they were reading a page every 10 seconds. I had always been skeptical, or passed it off as they were savants who had a special trait for speed reading.

But now I am a believer. The trainer took us through a number of exercises to show us that we read slow, basically because we were taught to read slow. No one is ever taught to speed read. It is fascinating to see how both your reading speed and comprehension can increase. The course lasted about 6 hours. In the last 2 hours of the course, I read the Old Man and the Sea from cover to cover and got about half way through the biography of Lance Armstrong.

There are a couple of tools that you can use to help increase your reading speed.

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Zap Reader

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