This is my first post of the new year 2008, and this is my first post written on a Mac! Yes, you’ve read well: during the last year I’ve worked hard to explore all the paths that would make possible to me "reinvent" the way of doing business (where for "business" I mean IT, obviously!), and I came to this choice after a long and heavy work in the new (for me) Unix field.
I’d like to explain as soon as possible the reasons which made me follow this path of innovation, but this subject is too important to be told about in this informal blog. I’ll surely write about Microsoft’s fall in a few posts on my official corporate blog.
As now, I can only say that the "Leopard" operating system from Apple looks like a good candidate to support a lot of small-to-middle sized businesses in my Country, where the Open Directory system seems to be able to accomplish the basic functions needed by them in a more cost-effective and reliable way than the new Windows Longhorn platform can.
I’m at the beginning of my evaluation, but I feel that there will be a lot of work in the next months, mainly adapting my "engineeringÂ habits" to the new Apple’s platform. :S
I’m writing using the Qumana offline blog editor on my new black Intel-based MacBook … so everything I’ve written so far was only to test this tool! 😉 If you wish to know something more about this work, please go to my official blog and wait until I’ll have the time to write down some no-nonsense words about that!
A log time has past since my last post on my corporate weblog, mainly because I’ve spent a lot of time to working on several tasks, both internally and externally to my company. During these months I’ve collected a lot of drafts about many arguments, mainly related to new business experiences, and I wish to publish them as soon as possible, hoping to have some time to spend on it during the next month. See you later! 🙂
After I spent some hours yesterday night to get some information from the Net, I downloaded the latest version of the blogging software from Microsoft. Currently I post in this personal weblog only by using the web interface provided by the WordPress engine, while I use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to write down the articles I publish on my corporate blog.
Whereas I’ve already tested some blogging tools like the Zoundry Blog Writer, I choose to use Microsoft Word because of the need to send all posts to a person who checks the language before publishing. Moreover, I’ve told that the Microsoft tool for blogging, almost in its beta release, was something ugly to use and badly integrated with the most of blogging engines.
Yesterday night I read a good review of the latest revision of Windows Live Writer, so I decided to have a try with it, and I realized it is the best blog writer I’ve ever tested since I began to writing and publishing articles in that way! Despite of its beta revision status, it looks like a fully functional and perfectly integrated tool, both with the WordPress and the Community Server engines. Saving local drafts in the user’s personal documents folder is a great feature for persons like me that have it redirected on a server share, since I can start writing a post on a PC and complete it on another.
The only thing I wish, and I think Microsoft will do so, is to get the blogging feature of Live Writer integrated with other writing tools (maybe in the Office System), to make even more simple to edit, print, save and share blog posts, as we do with any other Office document.