Category Archives: Software

Google’s Privacy Policy Changes

There is a lot of talk going on currently about Google’s changes in their privacy agreement. I am like most people and just click the agree button and go on with my day. This one though I ended up reading just because there was so much talk about it in the media.

The jist of the agreement is that your account credentials now work with all google services and they all share the same personal data on you as well as their privacy policy. There are some exceptions due to regulations on financial data, but its only a couple of sites.

People are offended by google using this data to present you with ads targeted at you. I personally see this as being a good thing. If I am looking for something, I want to see what I am looking for. Google allegedly can also learn your tastes so searching for a shirt will send you to Nordstrom and not Old Navy (if you’re like me).

The way I see it, Google is using data collected on you to provide a better and more relevant experience.

Free Microsoft Office (online)

Many friends and family have heard me talk about how wonderful the Google system is. The short of the google system is: sign up for Gmail and you have access to nearly every product offered by google. For me, it made sense because of the number of computers I use in different locations. It also means that I can get on any computer in the world and access my documents without having to install anything or find a license key. It works wonderfully for me and many of my friends. I have run into an issue though: sometimes with larger files sent to me, or with files that depend on macros or excel specific commands I end up needing to fire up excel.

Now I have a two part solution. Listen up Uncle Tom!

Microsoft introduced the Skydrive as part of their Live online service. If you already have a Hotmail or e-mail address, you are almost there. Skydrive gives users 25Gb of storage. You can use it for anything, and get to it from anywhere!

Here is where it gets really cool: when you login to your account, you will see a new tab for “Office.” Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note are all there for free with 25Gb of space to store all of your files. If you use MS Office 2010, it will sync your files too and check for changes.