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Central Desktop adds simultaneous edits for Office docs

By Juan Carlos Perez May 4, 2010 07:18 PM ET

IDG News Service – Central Desktop’s hosted collaboration suite will gain a new component next month designed to let multiple users simultaneously work on the same Microsoft Office documents.

Called Central Desktop for Office, the new tool will allow users to collaborate on Word, PowerPoint and Excel files while the Central Desktop platform keeps track of the changes and additions made by the different users.

This becomes possible because the files reside on a Central Desktop server and not on any particular user’s PC hard drive, said Central Desktop CEO and co-founder Isaac Garcia.

Central Desktop for Office places a new toolbar within the interface of the Office applications, so that end-users can create and call up documents without leaving the Microsoft suite.

Until now, Central Desktop, which bills its suite as a low-cost, hosted option to Microsoft’s SharePoint, has required that its users download Office documents from Central Desktop servers and work on their PCs.

For more on Central Desktop, read the full article at

TR Dojo: Five dumb mistakes IT pros make in the field

Bill Detwiler: No matter how technically proficient you are, even the sharpest IT consultant or support pro is going to make a mistake every now and then. Most mistakes are recoverable, but you definitely want to avoid ones that could lose you clients and customers.

I’m Bill Detwiler, and on this episode of TR Dojo, I’ll go over five of the worst mistakes IT pros can make in the field and give you some advice on how to avoid them.

The first mistake you should avoid is rushing blindly into an upgrade. As an IT pro, you’ve probably handled lots of upgrades, but no matter how good your track record has been, the unforeseen consequence of a software change is one of the most common culprits of client dissatisfaction.

It’s the nature of complicated systems and software that one small change can break some crucial feature or functionality that your users depend on. How many times have you upgraded Windows XP to SP3 (including IE8) only to find out after the fact that something in the upgrade has broken a feature your users need to do their job? Before performing any upgrade, you must make sure that all the client’s critical applications will work with the new software.

Watch the TR Dojo Video at TechRepublic

Google exec confirms Jobs’ claim that HTML5 is ready for some uses

By Joab Jackson

April 30, 2010 04:19 PM E

IDG News Service – Despite concerns that it is far from being finished, HTML5 is ready for use, at least for most platforms and for most duties, asserted a Google developer.

“Depending on who you ask, HTML5 is already ready, or it won’t be ready until 2022,” said Google developer advocate Mark Pilgrim at the WWW2010 conference, being held this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The answer is both, depending on what your definition of ‘ready’ is.”

Of course, with Steve Jobs’ directive that Web developers use HTML5, instead of Adobe Flash, for rendering Web pages and RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) viewable on the iPad, the question of HTML5’s readiness for duty has been an urgent one.

And not everyone is convinced of the technology’s maturity.

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Symantec Will Centralize Encryption with Acquisitions

Mark Long, – Fri Apr 30, 2:44 pm ET

Symantec said Thursday it will pay $370 million in cash to acquire encryption technology providers PGP and GuardianEdge Technologies, with the deals expected to close during the company’s June quarter. Symantec sees its acquisition of standards-based encryption capabilities from the two firms as a natural extension of its strategy for securing and managing information on any device — across both the enterprise and consumer segments as well as in the cloud, said Symantec CEO Enrique Salem.

“With PGP and GuardianEdge’s encryption solutions for full-disk, removable media, e-mail, file, folder and smartphones, Symantec will have the broadest set of integrated data-protection capabilities,” Salem said. “We will be able to address the encryption needs of all customer segments from the largest enterprises and governments to small businesses and individuals.”

Expanded Opportunities

Together, PGP and GuardianEdge are expected to significantly expand the addressable security market that Symantec can serve, Salem told investors during a Thursday conference call. “State and national governments are enacting more stringent mandates, driving the need to encrypt sensitive information and protect an individual’s privacy,” Salem said. “Also, the increased costs and frequency of data breaches are driving the adoption of encryption as companies strive to mitigate risk and protect their critical information from cybercriminals.”

Read the full article at Yahoo! News

Google Docs gets better — but is it ready to take on Office?

The new version adds collaboration tools and drawing software, but drops the ability to work offline.

By Preston Gralla – April 22, 2010 12:25 PM ET

Computerworld – The new version of Google Docs sports considerable collaboration tools, as well as improved editing and formatting, a faster, more useful spreadsheet and new collaborative drawing software. It’s a worthwhile upgrade to the Web-based office suite, especially for those to whom collaboration is of vital importance. But because it no longer allows offline access to documents (for now), and because it’s still not as powerful as Microsoft Office, it’s not likely to knock Office off of its throne as king of the productivity suites.

It’s likely no coincidence that this major update to Google Docs arrives just before Microsoft finalizes Office 2010. Based on what I saw when I reviewed the beta of Office 2010, this new version of Google Docs is far superior to the Web-based version of Office. Those who want to work collaboratively with colleagues on documents online will want to use Google Docs, while those who want the most powerful office productivity suite will stay with Office.


The ROI of social media

Juan Santana – Panda Security
There is significant discussion on the Net about the value of companies deploying marketing and communications strategies through social media, and the consequent ROI. There are many interesting posts and discussions about how to measure the effectiveness of company staff dedicating part of their time to social networks. If I’m honest, I couldn’t claim to know at present what the ROI is, at least in strictly economic terms.

In the context of human relations developed through online social communities and networks, there is a valuable reflection by Gaby Castellanos (in Spanish), who argues that ROI is not a suitable metric for evaluating feelings, fans or emotions. Nor how the brand loyalty created through day-to-day work can, over time, result in more sales. Does getting a new ‘follower’ always lead to a new sale? I doubt it, and at Panda Security we don’t analyze it in that way.

Read more at Panda Insight’s web page.

10 MORE outstanding Firefox extensions

  • Date: April 22nd, 2010
  • Author: Jack Wallen

  • It’s been a while since we last took a look at worthwhile Firefox extensions. Well, it’s time again. But now, Firefox has added collections to the mix. Extension collections are exactly what they sound like — collections of related extensions. In this list, we have a few worthwhile collections (since they’re new, there aren’t many) as well as some stand-alone extensions.

    1: Reference Desk
    Reference Desk is good for students or anyone who needs to research information. It installs: DeeperWeb (navigate through Google search results using tag-cloud technique), SimilarWeb (find related sites), Converter (unit, time zone, and currency converter), Merriam-Webster (dictionary), Wired-Marker (highlighter), ScrapBook (save and organize sites), Reframe It (connect and share your thoughts online), and Read It Later (save sites for later reading).

    2: Web Developers Toolbox
    Web Developers Toolbox will help speed up your development process with extensions for troubleshooting, editing, and debugging Web projects. This collection includes Test Pilot (test Firefox features), Pixlr Grabber (Screen grabs), iMacros for Firefox (macro recorder/player), Stylish (install themes for just about any site that is theme-able), Colorzilla (advanced eyedropper), ShowIP (show the IP address of the current page), Greasemonkey (customize the way a Web page displays), FireFTP (cross-platform FTP client), Web Developer (menu and toolbar with Web developer tools), Firebug (edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript), and FoxyProxy Standard (proxy management tool).

    To read the full list, and access the downloadable PDF, visit

    10 Linux rescue tools for recovering Linux, Windows, or Mac machines

    Date: April 14th, 2010 – Author: Jack Wallen

    When you’re dealing with a system that won’t boot, you need a robust and dependable recovery tool. Here are a few Linux tools that might save the day.

    Our consulting firm has had a rash of problems recently that required the help of Linux rescue tools. From corrupt partition tables to severely infected machines, Linux tools come in handy when the host system won’t boot. But because of the plethora of tools available, it’s sometimes tough to sift through the cruft and find the ones that are usable. So I decided to highlight some of the better tools. I hope one or two of them will find their way to your toolkit.

    Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

    Read the list at

    Video: Troubleshoot Windows blue screen of death (BSOD) with WinDbg

  • Date: April 19th, 2010
  • Author: Bill Detwiler
  • Few things are more infamous in the Windows world than the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. They can strike without warning. And, troubleshooting them is often a combination of knowledge, skill, and lots of trial and error. During this TR Dojo episode, I show you a slightly more methodical blue screen troubleshooting approach using Microsoft’s own WinDbg debugger tool.

    Video: Troubleshoot Windows blue screen of death (BSOD) with WinDbg