Monthly Archives: February 2005

Four Days on Rails

Four Days on Rails.

Four Days on Rails is a 40 page introduction to useful Rails techniques and where to go on the web for more information.

Rails
is well documented on-line; in fact, possibly too well documented for
beginners, with over 30,000 words of on-line documentation in the
format of a reference manual. What's missing is a roadmap (railmap?)
pointing to the key pages that you need to know to get up and running
in Rails development…Four Days on Rails is designed to fill that gap.

[SIGNAL VS. NOISE]

Protect your site from Google's new toolbar [updated]

Protect your site from Google's new toolbar [updated].
To the delight of gadget freaks and the consternation of some
designers, Google's new Autolink feature sticks links on your site that
you didn't put there. You can't fight City Hall, but if it freaks you
out to have anyone (even nice Google) sticking links on your site, you
can turn them off with a simple downloadable JavaScript file. [Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report]

As Logan grows, a race to train screeners begins

As Logan grows, a race to train screeners begins.
CHELSEA — Logan International Airport opens a rebuilt Terminal A in
two weeks, offering millions of passengers a glittering gateway to the
world from the former home of Eastern Airlines. It will also create
fresh personnel demands on the Transportation Security Administration,
which is losing about 25 percent of its employees each year while
laboring to keep its airport checkpoints staffed across the country.
… [Boston Globe — Front Page]

Microsoft to disable product activation over Net

Microsoft to disable product activation over Net.
Customers who find themselves reinstalling Windows XP should be ready
for a headache: Microsoft will no longer support activating the product
over the Internet.
Intended to curtail the stealing and selling of certificates of
authenticity, the new security measure will start at the end of this
month. At first, it will be limited to the Windows XP software
preinstalled on systems shipped by the top 20 PC sellers. [Meerkat: An Open Wire Service]

E-meetings Becoming More Mainstream

E-meetings Becoming More Mainstream.

This week's issue of ComputerWorld has
an excellent feature story on how e-meeting systems have evolved to
save companies time and money by reducing travel expenses. One of the
companies featured in the story is Groove customer Steelcase Inc., the
global office furniture company.

Florent Burion, international
CRM team leader at Steelcase, says that the Groove meeting tool is
especially popular. “We have been using the meetings tool extensively,
and everywhere it has been used, we have definitely noticed an increase
in productivity and alignment of teams,” Burion says. “In the Groove
satisfaction survey we are conducting at the moment, the meetings tool
is among the most-often-used tools and rated highly in terms of
usefulness.”

Peter O'Kelly, an industry analyst for the Burton
Group, comments that we're just now arriving at the point where
e-meetings are “getting on the mainstream radar.” He adds that as the
software and interfaces have become more sophisticated, it has become
easier for people to start using tools effectively.

The Groove meetings tool is especially popular, and easy to use. This Quick Reference Guide is
a good resource for learning more about the tool, and how you can
utilize it to prepare for, manage, and track action items from your
meetings. The key to the Groove meetings tool is that it's not just for
managing the real-time meeting. You can utilize the tool to prepare for
your meeting in advance, hold your meeting in Groove, and then post
minutes and action items from each meeting. Team members who can't
attend can access the meeting notes later, understand what occurred by
reading the meeting minutes and also see if any action items have been
assigned to them.

You can evaluate the effectiveness of the meeting and other Groove tools by downloading our 60-day Trial Edition.   [Groove.net Weblog]