80 Percenter

Looks like a book I'll have to add, Let My People Go Surfing, to my shelf.

I’ve always thought of myself as an 80 percenter. I like to throw myself passionately into a sport or activity until I reach 80 percent proficiency level. To go beyond that requires an obsession and degree of specialization that doesn’t appeal to me.

(Via 80 Percenter.)

Google Spreadsheet Update

Google Spreadsheets LogoThe Google Spreadsheet team has added some new features to the online tool. Chief among them is the integration with Gmail and Calendar address books so that one collaborate more easily when sharing spread sheets. Google Spreadsheet now allows the author to share that spreadsheet publicly. Previously one was able to share a spreadsheet only by private invitation.

Another key feature is support for two popular formats, Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) and Open Document Format (.ods). This support is a great help to those like me who do not use Microsoft Office for document creation and those who prefer not to share editable document formats.

Web 2.0 again

After discovering the ITRedux web site I decided to try out a few of the apps recommended on the site. I liked iRows and was quite impressed with it especially when I found out it could handle chart and graphs! The features are fairly basic but useable. One problem for me was when I imported Excel work books with multiple sheets and graphs. iRows chose to break the worksheets out into multiple workbooks and I lost the linkage between the sheets. I have not fully tested Zohosheet.

I had already tested Writely, which I like a lot, so I tested Zohowriter. I had no problem importing existing Word documents but I feel that Writely does a better job of emulating a real word processor.

I also tested Thumbtack, an online presentation system. There is no current ability to import Powerpoint slides. Slides must be created from scratch and there is not way to include graphs from a spreadsheet although one can import images.

I look forward to using these tools on a daily basis and see what works and what does not.