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Advent Times in Germany, Europe

While working concentrated for a last release (no, not just another 1.0.x update for DEVONthink To Go)  before Christmas, we here in Europe also take some time off to enjoy the great advent weeks where the streets are beautifully illuminated and most towns and cities open their Christmas markets. Like ours here in Ludwigsburg, Germany: I love the smell of hot spiced wine, roasted chestnuts, and stands selling large varieties of spices from all of the world. And I love...

Thank You for Helping Us Help

In January DEVONtechnologies has joined the efforts of many independent software companies to help the victims of the earthquake that destroyed most of Haiti’s infrastructure on January 12, 2010, and made tens of thousands of people homeless. This week we have received a letter from Doctors Without Frontiers that I would like to share with you as it were the software licenses you purchased in January that enabled us to help. Thank you!

First Day on the Balcony and a New Beta

Today I it was for the very first time this year warm and sunny enough for me to work on the balcony — the one balcony that gave this blog its name. People are sitting outside and are having a cup of coffee on my hometown’s market square. That’s how I should be! Sun always makes me smile and so I decided that today was the day to post a second beta of our forthcoming iPhone and iPad application (see...

Our AI is Good, But …

As you may know our support hero Bill DeVille lives in Brown County, Indiana, USA. On his numerous tours he likes to takes photographs. And this one I just had to post. Seems no matter how good our AI core will become, we have lost the game before it started 😉

Help the Victims of the Haiti Earthquake

This Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010, Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, was struck by a catastrophic-scale earthquake. The International Red Cross reports that as many as 3 million people are affected by the quake; tens of thousands of people have been killed, likely up to 100,000 or more. We will donate 20 percent of all January, 2010, revenues to Doctors Without Borders and would like to strongly encourage you to join in and donate to international disaster...

Of MacJournal and a tractor-drawn trailer

Yesterday, Mariner Software published a, hmm, well, … interesting comparison chart for Mariner’s MacJournal and DEVONthink on their Facebook wall. Have a look here. We greatly welcome this idea because it helps customers decide which application is better for their individual needs. However — while Mariner mentions most of MacJournal’s features they miss a least a hundred of DEVONthink’s — just like a farmer who tells you that his tractor-drawn trailer loads a lot more hay than a Ferrari. Which...

One hour for Earth

Global warming might not be easy to stop but if you want to send a personal signal that you care, consider joining Earth Hour and switch off your lights for one hour this Saturday to cast your vote. This project is supported by the United Nations, the European Union, the UEFA, the Olympic Commitee, and many more.

Most disturbing

This morning a 17 year old boy killed ten pupils, three teachers, and three other people in his former school in Winnenden, less than 25 kilometers from where I live and work, north of Stuttgart, Germany. Me, my wife, and our children are spending this evening disturbed, watching the news and talking about the unbelievable.

del.icio.us tagging spam

It seems that every idea, so great it may be, must be abused eventually. Now the time has come for del.icio.us‘s social bookmarking service. While this phenomenon was a) predictable — every ‘social’ service attracts the evil-does by nature — it b) did not hit us so far. But now, with increasing frequency, unrelated pages are tagged with ‘devonthink’ and I have little idea what we can do about it. I will need to do some research. But the amount...

Discussion: Your documents, up in the clouds?

There’s a lot of discussion about ‘cloud computing’ and storing your data ‘in the clouds’. Some new applications are based on this paradigm and are either built ‘in the cloud’ or use a servers cluster for synchronizing multiple clients and for giving web access to your data. While we clearly see the necessity for synchronizing a database between two or more Macs and maybe iPhones, we’re still unsure about what implications full web access to your documents has. My top...