URL for Google Spreadsheet

6 06 2006

Google Spreadsheets - Logo

It looks like the URL for the new Google Spreadsheet is http://spreadsheet.google.com

If you enter your email address, you can be invited for a Limited Test.

Take a sneak peak at the images on Flickr.

Google Spreadsheets - Sneak Peek
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Relevance

3 06 2006

ReadWriteWeb asks Is there a need for local services for non-language reasons?

Of course there is. Cultural relevance is a key element of communication, and all markets are conversations. Cultural differences in English speaking countries are many and varied. Currencies, media, laws and regulations, political structure, education, religion, cuisine, art, customs, sport, humour, technology, agriculture, climate, resources and military relations are all factors in local culture.

If you restrict the list of English speaking countries to only those with English as an official or first language, you’ve got countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK and the Cayman Islands. Aside from English, these countries do not have that much in common, they all have their own slang and colloquialisms.

Australian cultural references such as the Skyhooks and the tall poppy syndrome will be lost on many people overseas, while cultural stereotypes like BBQ shrimp, Foster’s beer and Crocodile Dundee are more well known. We’re a melting pot, believe in the underdog and have a sense of humour many other cultures do not understand. Even the Aussie BBQ has a different style to the American BBQ.

Canada is bilingual, Ireland has more history than you can shake a stick at, England has a national anthem about their Queen, the USA has the right to bear arms, New Zealand has the haka and the Cayman Islands is famous as a tax haven.

Richard McManus says Remember that one of the cardinal rules of web design is that you must understand what the user wants.

That may be true, but the first rule of Business 2.0 is knowing who your customer is.

While more than one have missed the point, services like gnoos are valuable because they know who their locals are, they know what being local is, not because they hire someone to teach them how to be like a local, they actually are local.

For local consumers who see ads with people wearing the wrong clothes and speaking with the wrong accent, it’s just not cricket. If you want to speak to a local market and have them listen, or build a community, you’d better learn more than the lingo mate.

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New Toys – Nokia N90 & White PSP

1 06 2006

I have two new toys, a Nokia N90 and the new White PSP from Sony.

I’m hoping the beautiful ceramic white surface on the PSP stays in better condition than my white iPod Nano.

Best thing about the N90: great photos
Worst thing about the N90: no vibrate function, shame on you Nokia!

Best thing about the white PSP: it looks amazing

Worst thing about the PSP: game prices

I found the PSP Podcast over on TPN.
Now I just need to find some great PSP hacks and apps, I’m hoping for some PDA functionality, a great RSS reader, GTD app and if I’m really lucky, I’ll find a PSP version of Alpha Centauri.

Anyone tried this mod chip?

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