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Alexander Falk's Blog While trying out the Yahoo Mail Beta (in combination with the new Yahoo Mash Beta), I imported my address book from GMail into Yahoo Mail today - and was HORRIFIED when Yahoo proclaimed that it was now going to spam all my contacts and tell them about my "new" Yahoo e-mail address. What on earth do they think they are doing? The system never asked me for permission to notify my contacts!!! And why would it do such a thing in the first place, when all I wanted to do was import my address book?! If you got a message from Yahoo today that asks you to update your address book because I switched e-mail addresses from gmail.com to yahoo.com - please accept my sincerest apologies and ignore that message! ... (more)

XML IDEs vs Classic IDEs: Competition or Synergy

During the past few months I've seen several discussions on the validity of the term XML developer. Does this breed of developer exist in today's computing industry? Has XML matured to a stage that it warrants job descriptions for developers who specialize in XML programming? Is there an independent category of programming that relates primarily to XML? For example, recent articles in XML-Journal (Vol. 3, issue 3) have sparked a discussion in the community that orbits around the needs of the XML developer - a new breed of developer whose scope of work encompasses a multitude of ... (more)

iPhone SDK and Apple Finally Listening

The XML Aficionado Blog Apple Computer's Steve Jobs just announced that Apple would (finally!) provide an iPhone SDK to 3rd party developers in order to enable them to create native applications for the iPhone (and, incidentally, also for the iPod touch). While the actual SDK won't ship until February 2008, this announcement is a monumental shift in strategy for Apple, who has thus far tried to control the applications available for the iPhone and limit 3rd party developers to Web 2.0 apps running in the Safari browser. The story leading to this announcement is also a great example... (more)

Which One Is Better, iPhone or the Windows Smartphone?

Which one is "better" - the iPhone or the Windows Smartphone? That's the question that many gadget-loving road warriors and cell-phone geeks are asking these days... Here is my personal take: I've been a big proponent of smartphone technology for a long time, and have been chasing the "perfect smartphone" for a while. Specifically, I've been hooked on using Windows Smartphone devices, because of the seamless integration with Outlook and the resulting automatic synchronization of all my contacts, calendar entries, tasks, notes, and e-mail over the air. And my favorite Smartphone s... (more)

Facebook Isn't Just For Kids Anymore

Alexander Falk's Blog Social networking sites have taken off over the last few years, and for a long time there seemed to be a clear divide: Doostang, Ecademy, LinkedIn, and Xing for business networking vs. Facebook, Friendster, and MySpace for kids (be it high-school or college). Plus every network had their own particular and sometimes even unique focus (e.g. Musicians on MySpace, Harvard and MIT grads on Doostang, and lots of Europeans on Xing). But things are not so simple anymore. As Facebook grows in popularity amongst "business types" due to several unique features that se... (more)