Google Apps competes with Notes and Exchange

I guess the big news today in the world of technology is that Google is going to start competing in the collaboration arena along with the likes of Microsoft Exchange/Outlook, and IBM Lotus Notes. Google Apps for your Domain currently contains Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Page Creator, and will probably expand to include Google Spreadsheets, and Google Writely (online word processor). My take is that this service could be very valuable depending on how well each of these services are integrated and work seamlessly with each other. My only gripe with these online models is that they need to make synchronization with the desktop and mobile devices more apparent and robust. People cannot live in the online world all the time. That’s my two cents.

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New car! Corolla NOT Prius

We finally did it. We decided to NOT get a Toyota Prius 06, and opted for a much cheaper Toyota Corolla 06. In the end, I think we made the right decision. Based on gas savings, the Corolla gets 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway. The Prius supposedly gives you 60 mpg city / 51 mpg highway. However, the Prius costs about $10,000 more than the Corolla. To breakeven with that difference, it would take about 20 years of gas savings on the Prius to realize the extra $10,000 spent. This assessment was based on the CNET Hybrid Car Fuel Cost Saving Calculator.

Hybrid comparison