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Grunt 2.0: enabling the humble worker

stressed_outThis is a topic that has touched me and a number of people I know at various workplaces. Big businesses out there seem to be slowly adopting to the 2.0 view of internet empowered reality of ours. They seem to be deploying wiki, blogging, social bookmarking, twittering and other trendy tools of the day to supposedly empower their busy employees. The blogs allow the workers to air their experiences, views and concerns on things that matter to them as corporate citizens. The wikis allow folks in the know to disseminate knowlege. Messaging allows them to keep in touch. Some of these businesses have huge intranet content infrastructure with all kind of very useful and not so useful information. They have spent lot of time and energy deploying these huge information management systems. Some of the more innovative ones are also tapping into the crowd sourcing model of picking their employees brains for the next great innovation. All these has led to a very rich pool of  valuable information for the entire organization. But information is only as good as how usable and accessible they are to get some real work done.

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Nokia 500 Personal Navigation Device

n500I have been using a Garmin Nuvi 370 for a while and I have my gripes about it. But I am not quite ready to shell out another big chunk of change for one more overpriced Garmin. I have been a S60 user for a long time. Therefore ever since Nokia started putting its Nokia Maps on some of the S60 devices I have wanted to try out this technology on a real GPS device. For me a phone GPS does not yet do the job unless I am walking around some downtown. So I was mildly interested in checking it out when Nokia announced the 500 device last year. There was the 330 before that. But it used Route 66 software. The 500 uses the same Nokia Maps technology that is on their S60 devices and it had arrived in the form of Smart2Go via the Gate5 acquisition.

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The case for ad-hoc usability of GPS units?

Have been using my Garmin Nuvi 370 for more than a year now. Of course within a few months after I bought it the price dropped by almost half. One of things that made me choose it over the widescreen models that were available at that time is the fact that it has both North American and European maps. But I am yet to use it in Europe and probably never will! It is a decent GPS unit with a set of reallly useful features. But I keep having some serious usability issues.

My gripes are not probably specific to 370. It probably applies to most units that are out there. If some other GPS units can deal with the following issues better, I would love to know about them.

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