Portable Computing, Peanut Butter or Chocolate?

The Nokia Booklet (stands out better in the search results than “netbook”) is not the first time Nokia has entered the PC market but it’s announcement took many people by surprise.

As the lines between what is a laptop and what is a smartphone blur, it’s fascinating to see how a PC companies like Apple and Dell and a phone company like Nokia define this new form.

Like the old Reeses commercial from the 70’s, do you like your 3G, GPS, and 12 hour battery in  your laptop or do you like a full-featured browser with flash support and xterminal on your phone?

Either way, it’s delicious!

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Silicon Valley visits Helsinki

If you’re interested in the Social Web and are in Southern Finland at the end of September here are two events that are very much worth catching.

Chris Messina and Jyri Engeström will be in Helsinki first for an all day crash course on the social web which will run from the basics in the morning to more specifics around how to design for the social web with hands-on guidance. For anyone looking to get started, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start from two guys that are in the thick of it.

On October 1st and 2nd they will be giving talks as part of the Mindtrek conference in Tampere.

Fisher-Price Snuffs Out View-Master

View-Master

Fisher-Price, the toy company that used to market them, has just eliminated almost all the View-Master titles that have been a staple of young lives for almost 70 years.

The Economist

Rumor has it that Microsoft will license the rights to the View-Master and use them as a new and innovative distribution channel for their PowerPoint slideshows which will be made available with a special relationship with Kodak.

Positioned as a low cost alternative to Apple’s iPod, the co-branded Microsoft Slide-Master© will be sold via Microsoft enterprise sales and partners as a no-nonsense business tool as an ideal tool to distribute training material.

“In these lean times, it’s important to keep our costs down but continue to deliver,” said the head of HR Training at a major consulting firm.

Microsoft will make available a special print format template that, once installed, will allow you to save your slideshows in the View-Master format and upload them to the Kodak Gallery online store which will print out the reels and ship them overnight.