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SyncMyCal : Synchronize Google calendar and Outlook

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If you are like me using Outlook for the official stuffs and Google Calendar for scheduling personal appointments, you might want to look into SyncMyCal.

SyncMyCal

SyncMyCal makes this whole process a lot simpler by adding a toolbar into your Outlook

application that has the one click ability to synchronize your calendars. You can either choose which calendar you want to synchronize or if you want to do two way updates. A free Lite version with unlimited events with seven day date range synchronization and a Pro version for $25 with no limitations on sync dates. SyncMyCal can be used as a great tool for group collaboration too. Team calendars can be created and shared in Google, and team members can download events from a central Google Calendar version.

Via: Web Workers Daily

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January 24th, 2007 at 10:10 am

The Guide to Online Education : Free eBook from eLearners

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From eLearners.com The Guide to Online Education in .PDF format. [Download]

As eLearners enters its eighth year of existence, we have compiled personal experience, industry research, internal emails, and collective knowledge to create the definitive guide to online education.

Via: elearningpost

footnote: I haven’t read it yet.

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January 24th, 2007 at 10:09 am

We need a new breed of RSS reader

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I started with FeedDemon as my RSS reader application; it is a cool desktop based reader, and still the best of the lot I believe. But when I started working with 3 different PC at the same time; desktop based applications became too restrictive for me. So I switched to Bloglines. It was fine and nice at that time – but became stagnant at a point, almost no development in last year (apart from the small upgrade on the left panel, Bloglines is seriously loosing the battle with Google RSS reader). I am still with you Bloglines, although many already left the boat. But please don’t put my loyalty under an acid test – DO something!

FeedDemon

Bloglines

Now, does Google reader answer all of our problems?

RSS readers are great! Without RSS readers, it is impossible to keep track of 165+ blogs I NEED to read daily! But there is a huge problem with the RSS reader based reading habit. While I am reading a blog entry within my cozy atmosphere of RSS reader, not very often I go to the post and drop a comment. And I believe this is not only me – almost everyone is having the same type of problem. Thanks to Trackback and Pingback – still we can get some conversations rolling. But is it really a conversation? Do we go back to check the response after posting a comment? Do we subscribe to the comment feed? Normally I don’t.

What can we do to solve this?

Can’t we have a small comment box under every post in our reader? Is it very difficult (technically)? It can be done in the reader level – or even the feed provider level (like FeedBurner add those footer links below the posts). Also – when I post a comment, automatically that particular ‘thread’ can be ‘subscribed’ for me, so for any further response, I can get a ping!

What’s in your wish-list for the next generation of RSS readers?

UPDATE 27th Jan: Bloglines started a forum. You can submit your grudges complains there now ;-)

Written by anol

January 21st, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Tony Buzan on Mind Mapping

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Maximise the Power of Your Brain – Tony Buzan MIND MAPPING : an YouTube video

In this 5-minute video clip, Tony clearly explains why mind maps have curved branches, the importance of only placing one word on each branch, and the power and impact of using color and images in your maps. Great stuff!

Via : Jack Vinson

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January 21st, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Need help!

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I was checking through SoulSoup visitor stats and found a referral link from a SAP newsletter in Dutch (HTML Version , PDF version). Which seems to be an interview of Anol Bhattacharya (ya that’s me!). I know that I go a bit high on caffeine overdose sometimes – but really I can’t recall any interview with anyone from SAP! So I am utterly confused! Altavista Babel Fish Translation isn’t helping much, Google is not providing Dutch to English translation. Anyone out there who can translate the gist of this for me? Just to make sure they didn’t write anything weird out there. Please, help!

UPDATE: Thanks to Rene Meijer and my old blogger buddy Bengt , got a translation – Rene said :

The article is about training and learning for employees. Your tips (apparently):
- Define the business needs first, then the learning and rosters
- Make sure the learning enviroment is adequate and technically compatible with the learning aims
- Avoid static and standard materials.

I tried out http://worldbridges.net/ suggested by Bengt – it’s almost the same.
Okie – seems like they picked up few things from my “(My) 7 guidelines for effective corporate e Learning” and formated in a question-answer format! Phew – that’s a relief!
Thanks a ton guys! :)

Update #2: My another blogger friend Wilfred Rubens provided the complete translation! Thanks Wilfred – sorry for late moderation of the comment!

Hi Anol,

I do not write English fluently. But here is my translation. Keep me posted about how SAP quoted you. Best regards from the Netherlands and keep up the good work.

Bhattacharya: Belangrijk is hier: statische leermiddelen zijn ’out’, net als standaard leermiddelen. Werknemers hebben tegenwoordig geen mogelijkheid om vijf uur lang in een virtuele lezing te zitten. Ook hier bieden software en webtechnologie alle mogelijkheden om de les flexibeler te organiseren.

Educating employees can lead to competitive advantages, but it also cost a lot of time. Therefore education does not demand for more working hours, but flexible working hours. E-learning can be an outcome for a company. Three questions for Anol Bhattacharya. He is specialist on the field of e-learning, who has a surprising weblog called soulsoup.

Know How: Which aspects of e-learning should employers take into account, in the first place.
Bhattacharya: Businesses do not only focus on traditional education, it is all aboutb the business. Therefore: firstly you have to define business requirements. Then you can plan and organise learning, which is often the case.

Know How: What is the next step?
Bhattacharya: Learning is a social process. So the environment a company offers to its employees should fit. The technological environment should match with the aims of learning.

Know How: What kind of tools for learning are the best to use.
Bhattacharya: It is important to realise that static tools for learning are oot of date, just like standard tools for learning. Nowadays employees do not have the opportunity to attend a virtual lecture which lasts five hours.
Software and webtechnologie offer the opportunity to organise a lesson in a more flexible way.

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January 19th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

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