People often ask me what's on my mind, what I'm working on, and what's "new and exciting." Since I'm not big on social media, this is how I share these things a few times a year.
Favorite Chrome Feature. I’ve been using the Chome web browser for about 10 years now. Before that, it was Firefox, and before that, I used Netscape Navigator (yes, I was using Netscape even in the 1990’s dial-up days). There’s a lot I like about Chrome, but my new favorite feature is the ability to share pages between devices. For example, if I’m looking at a webpage on my iPhone (using Chrome, not Safari), I can click a button to automatically open that page on my computer. If I’m not at my computer, it will open the next time I get there. Or, at the end of a workday, I can send pages open on my computer to my phone to read later. Here’s how to do it.
Sorry Microsoft, despite Windows asking me at least once a week to make Edge my default browser, I’m not looking to change. You’ve got me for Windows and Office 365, please be happy with that.
Who still calls it DaaS? Most of us are so happy to be out of our homes and back in the office. We all learned that Zoom is great, up to a point. However, for professional services, it seems like “being in the office 5 days a week” may never come back. Cloud desktops (also known as DaaS), such as our Boxtop platform, which we launched in 2015, have proven to be a critical technology to support this hybrid environment we all live in, as Forbes points out in Five Cloud Solutions To Support The Hybrid Work Culture. If you’re still wondering what Desktop as a Service is, check out this explanation.
Where have you been all my life? My thumbs are huge fans of the iPhone’s text replacement feature, allowing me to type a few letters and trigger a full sentence of text, and my fingers always wished for the same feature in Windows. I recently found Beeftext, which makes this possible! I’ve set up 6 shortcuts so far, (such as typing @meet to automatically insert book a time on my calendar at https://app.hubspot.com/meetings/mtabush) and it works across all Windows apps. Installation takes 2 minutes, and it's super easy to learn. Best of all, it’s free!
When it comes to VR… If you haven’t yet tried a VR headset, it’s very cool. On my son’s Oculus headset, I tried Job Simulator (cool, but I much prefer my real life job) and Ping Pong (very cool and realistic, and I don’t have space for an actual ping pong table). The problem is that it seems that kids games are where VR sort of starts and stops. Facebook was hoping to create a “metaverse” as a replacement for real-life interactions, but it sounds like they threw a huge party and nobody showed up. (And yes, I still call Zuck’s company Facebook, just like Larry and Sergey’s company will always be Google to me)
Thanks for reading.