Ray Ozzie goes to MSFT

Not too surprising to see Microsoft acquire Groove Networks — Microsoft was an investor in Ray Ozzie’s p2p project — and it makes sense to see Ray ascend to the triumverate of CTOs. Ozzie’s invention of Lotus Notes was hailed, justifiably, as a great leap forward and created the new category of "Groupware."

I hate Lotus Notes. I loathe it. I think, all other things being equal, if I had to chose between working at two companies — one running Notes, the other running Microsoft Exchange — I would go with the Exchange environment every day.

Notes was the ugliest, most user-unfriendly application I’ve ever endured. This is not surprising given Lotus’ brain-dead approach to user-interfaces in the early 90s, when CCMail — it’s evil email client — had icons that were drawn by participants in a split-brain experiment.

Don’t take my word for it. Notes sucks. 

Google News Customization

In my morning crawl of the news sites I see that Google News — the perdurable beta news aggregator — has initiated a customization function.  It seems a little more useful and less inbox-crushing than the old model of email alerts off of keywords. In the end, it’s just an old "My Yahoo" customization tool driven by keywords.




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