Daily Archives: December 7, 2007

Great list of Office 2.0 apps

Ismael Ghalimi has a wonderful list of Office 2.0 apps that he’s using in his daily work (Office 2.0 are apps that you use to improve your work and which go beyond the standard Microsoft Excel/Word/Powerpoint apps that don’t let you easily collaborate with others). Does anyone else have a list that is better? How many apps/categories on this list do YOU use?

By the way, on Monday morning Microsoft will announce something pretty cool in this area, which is why I’m interested all of a sudden.

One thing I’m seeing missing on Ismael’s list is wiki tools/services. Wetpaint is a good example there and they are announcing something soon for Enterprise users as well. Lots of movement in this space, which makes a list like this even more valuable! Thanks Ismael!

Can we have common sense in copyright laws?

Jeremy Toeman asks for common sense in copyright laws and warns his congresscritter against the PRO IP act: “Common sense tells me that the maximum penalty for transmitting an MP3 file should not be over 1000-fold the maximum penalty of shoplifting a CD from a store.”

We aren’t going to have common sense in this, sorry. The political system is jiggered by those who have money and can pay for lobbyists, etc.

It’s sad that our industries and our politicians don’t listen to common sense like that espoused in Jeremy Toeman’s letter to Nancy Pelosi.

I totally support Jeremy’s position on this. PRO IP is a bad idea and is NOT pro user. We won’t get more innovations out of the industry with bills like this.

It’s too bad the music and movie industries aren’t looking for ways to help us enjoy their products better. It’s totally ridiculous that the industry hasn’t found a way for me to pay for content ONCE and enjoy that on every single device I want to.

I guess if the industry were willing to be pro-user far more often than it does then it might have my support when it asks for more copyright protections.

But, I’m a realist. I know that laws like these will continue to get enacted because of the sheer force of so much money being thrown around. Who stands up for the users? Thank you Jeremy Toeman for doing so.