the Google Apps Training Nerd

I think mostly about two things: Tacos, and Google Apps. Deal with it. (And ideally, learn cool stuff from my site :D ) Full disclosure: I do not work Google or any taquerias.
twitter: @googleappsnerd
Who I Follow

Google’s pre-installed app experience still leaves something to be desired.

"There is also a variety of Verizon crapware installed on the device, most of which you will probably never touch. There are a couple of nice bits of software loaded on as well though, like a full version of Zumocast, for playing content from your computer, the Kindle app, VZ Navigator and pretty much every Google app known to man."


(via Review: The Droid Bionic is the Lee Majors of Android phones: Better, stronger, faster. - Gadgets)

He also plugged Google’s productivity suite, Google Apps, which he says has 40 million users, and 5,000 firms are joining per day.

Animation in Google Docs presentation, like animation in Microsoft Powerpoint, should be use with extreme caution. Still, if you must, here is a short screencast with instructions.

Google Docs presentation currently offers limited animation effects, though there are non-effect ways to achieve animation.

Hard not to think of Google’s “real person” struggle at the moment. Just watched Strataconf web event about this.

When you add in the fact that real person or not, most people have two accounts with Google (a work Google Apps one, with their job’s domain name, and a person one), the identity becomes even more complicated.


“There’s no strong consensus about what “online identity” is or is not, but there’s no strong consensus about what “offline identity” or quite simply “identity” is or is not, either. The web, unsurprisingly, isn’t much different from everything else.”

Used part of my JFK -> SFO flight tonight to get out a few thoughts on online identity. (via cacioppo)

Consumerization in full effect. One could fairly argue that this is Appleization. But consumer web apps have similarly enterprise suites.


How Tablets Looked Before and After the iPad

Since Apple introduced the iPad in January of 2010, the rest of its competition has been trying desperately to play catch-up. If you’re curious, here’s how tablet design looked before and after the iPad was introduced. As you can see it’s pretty self-explanatory. Apple innovated, everyone else reiterated.

(via: iDownloadBlog)

(via thenextweb)

A big cultural (though non-technical) speedbump on the way to Google Apps adoption as well.


Federal Push for ‘Cloud’ Technology Faces Skepticism

Before cost-cutting became fashionable in Washington, Vivek Kundra, the White House’s chief information officer, was working to shrink the federal government’s enormous budget for information technology.

But even as Mr. Kundra returns to academia after a two-and-a-half-year run, his vision for a leaner and more Internet-centric future for government is being met with caution by at least a few of the technology chiefs at the federal agencies that now have to carry it out.

Google is rarely in the “one thing well” camp. But in this case, they are. Well done. Emphasis on automatically selected. That will save some clicks! 


Google URL Shortener - After shortening a link the shortened link is automatically selected.

/via Loic

(via journo-geekery)

More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

Google sure seems to operate this way. But Apple? Not that either is the end-all be-all example. But the jury seems out.

Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating the World -

(via smarterplanet)

I think that all of the most successful companies of the next 20 years will be software-driven, and will act like software companies, not like energy, media, or finance companies of the last economic era.

(via stoweboyd)

(via stoweboyd)

Because you’re not “betting everything.”

Even if they’re not personal assets (because they’re owned by wor, or school), many people have more than one Internet-enabled device in their life. And yes, probably one is a traditional PC (or Mac). But there’s less and less pressure for that second (phone? tablet?) to be a traditional PC.  Even the short-lived netbook blip demonstrated that people had hunger for an ‘extra,’ minimal device (many not running Windows but instead OEM Linux).


We spend a lot of time talking about the death of the PC, but Microsoft is always happy to offer a well-reasoned rebuttal.

“If you have money for just one device to send your kid to college with, it’s going to be a MacBook or a PC laptop,” said Microsoft director of corporate communications Frank Shaw, in a conversation with CNNMoney in late June.

Shaw noted that PCs offer storage, processing power and networking. But networking has always been the “weak sister,” he said, pointing to the iPhone’s connectivity problems as a recent example. 

“So why bet everything [emphases added -ed] on the weakest link?” he asked of people predicting the death of the PC. Most PCs dwarf the processing power and storage capabilities of tablets like the iPad.

Do you agree with Microsoft? -David

Gorgeous. Yes, Google colors. Perfect for a training room. (And yes, I appreciate the “nonsensical infographic” critique.)


20x200 SUMMERSTOCK Stop making sense! Today’s featured prints: “Nonsensical Infographic No. 1” +  “Nonsensical Infographic No. 2”  by Chad Hagen. Get the $50 14x11s for $30, now till 8 pm or sold out! Or, take $20 the framed versions. This is Day 5 of our 15 Days of Deals—check in with us tomorrow and save on work from a different artist.