20 January, 2010

Remove Paragraph Marks / Carriage Returns

I'm sure you've received an email from time to time that you need to save in Word or publish online, and there were carriage returns every line as if it was entered using a typewriter (you remember those). It can be very time consuming to manually delete each Carriage Return on every line. But thanks to a Word Macro, the job is easier. Note that once they are all removed, you still need to re-enter the appropriate paragraph marks.

Create a new Macro and use code:

Sub NameOfMacro()
For Each Xpara In ActiveDocument.Paragraphs
End Sub

After saving, run the macro.

11 January, 2010

2010 Tech Predictions

2009 was a very difficult year for our economy, and many friends and colleagues lost their jobs and/or their homes. While I can't very well predict how our economy will do in 2010, I will try to out due my 1 for 3 predictions of 2009 with my 2010 predictions. In no particular order, here are my 5 top tech predictions for 2010.
  1. With the number of players increasing in the eBook Reader arena, Amazon will adopt the ePub format as a supported file format.
  2. The next version of the iPhone, announced this spring, will be available on Verizon.
  3. Similar to the data loss that occurred for Sidekick users in 2009, a significant data loss or corruption will happen on a Cloud platform. Though hopefully like with the Sidekick data being recovered, even if the data is recovered, it will send a strong message to CIOs and others considering moves to the Cloud.
  4. Depending on the reports you read, the browser war statistics can vary widely. Regardless, Internet Explorer continues to dominate, despite lowering numbers. Using MarketShare as a reference, by the end of 2010, Internet Explorer’s market share will drop below 50%. MarketShare currently reports Internet Explorer to have a 62.69% market share, with Firefox coming in second with a 24.61% market share.
  5. Microsoft will buy Palm and will make a Palm phone with Zune or a Zune phone featuring Palm WebOS.
There are several other predictions that I though about, but never quite got to the formalization stage. For example, there's no lost love for AT&T right now, particularily with their cell phone coverage, but to an extent with their position on net neutrality and their network management too. Likewise Comcast continues to be in the middle of several battles around net neutrality as the same time they're trying to purchase controlling interest in NBC/Universal. Will the FCC be able to step in and protect consumers? Or will they make it worse, or have no say at all? Will congress step in on the net neutrality argument?

Who knows what will happen around the naming space and ICANN? Will we get too many to count top-level domains (TLDs) as planned? And if so, will this really make cyber-squatting worse or perhaps most Internet users wont adopt the new TLDs, and therefore minimizing additional cyber-squatting problems.

There continues to be a lot of buzz about an Apple tablet, while HP and Microsoft have announced a partnership on a slate, which appears to be a competitor in the tablet space. Likewise I think the tablet/slate is going to directly compete the eBook Readers, which is quickly becoming a crowded market.

I think it was Buzz Out Loud that discussed the notion of more devices with built-in, no additional cost, wireless downloads, similar to the Amazon Kindle's Whisper Sync, so no prediction in that area. But perhaps we might see a phone/tablet combo device. In its tablet configuration, you can use the wireless 3G/4G data networks and a blue tooth headset. But the phone/tablet would have a detachable "phone" that could work stand-alone for those times you don't want to carry the larger tablet.

How will social networking continue to evolve over the next 12 months? It seems Facebook and Twitter are both struggling to find a profitable business model. Facebook continues to change its privacy and security settings, while the user interface has gotten much more Twitter-like. YEar end rumors have Twitter being purchased by Facebook, Google, or even Microsoft. In a year from now, will we even care?

Finally, I expect to see continued innovation with green technology, but it's difficult to say what exactly.

Wow, so many fun things to consider, and a few that worry me (predominately net neutrality issues, and of course the economy). Here's to a great 2010!

2009 Tech Predictions Review

I made 3 rather tame (or lame) tech predictions for 2009 -- none with any real relevance. Here's a recap of how I did.
  1. Apple will become less popular.
    Miss. Though a very subjective opinion, here's what happened. Throughout much of 2009 there was a lot of buzz about an Apple Tablet that never materialized, but it kept Apple in the news. Early in the year there was also a lot of buzz about Steve Jobs' health and further whether he would return to Apple or not. Upon his return, as announced, the buzz has died down. Finally, Apple received some spill over from the new Verizon ads that really trashed the AT&T 3G network. To counter some of the Apple buzz, we started seeing several Android phones (finally) ship late in the year. Overall, I don't think the buzz, and therefore popularity, died down as much as expected. On the other hand, clearly Apple was no where near as popular as they had been the two prior years with the iPhone.
  2. TWiT will lose its spot as the top tech podcast.
    Hit. I tried doing a little research on this, but it too is very subjective. But as I figured, I believe Buzz Out Loud (BOL) did pass TWiT as the top tech podcast. At the end of 2008, BOL was really hitting its stride, while TWiT had had too many episodes that rambled on too long. Mind you, I started listening, and really loved TWiT, well before I listened to my first episode of Buzz Out Loud. Early in 2009, Molly Wood had announced she's leaving BOL as a regular host, and I thought that this prediction would miss too. Further, I don't think BOL is the best platform to showcase Nateli Del Conte's talents (ironically, I think Nateli did a great job on TWiT). But to my delight, BOL started rotating through many great regulars and a few guest talents, which has led to a great show.
  3. Nateli Del Conte will move back to the Silicon Valley.
    Miss. Not really a tech prediction per say, but rather a prediction of a tech personality. What can I say, Nateli made a move to NYC that would be difficult for anyone, and she always appeared much more happy when visiting the Bay Area. As I referenced in the prior prediction, I thought early in the year, things got even more difficult for her as she became a regular host on BOL. But with another year past, Nateli has proven that she's very resilient and she's still in NYC. Congratulations Nat!
Well I was 1 of 3 for my 2009 predictions. I have 5 predictions cued up for 2010 -- watch for that post coming soon.