Accountancy is a very respectable profession. There’s millions of the guys, all diligently working away like beaver to ensure every penny is accounted for. They keep business moving day-to-day, advise the board of directors and help us with our taxes. We love you guys. So all accountants, you can look away now.
Here’s the problem with accountants: They bore me. Imagine being visited by your child-self and having to explain why you spend all day staring at spreadsheets and not fighting fires, flying jet fighters, arresting bad guys, breaking world records or anything remotely cool. They also charge a killing.
Luckily for small and medium sized businesses, software has taken a large proportion of work from accountants and bookmakers. We still need them to have a look over accounts from time to time, but these days, the process can be largely automated. Wave Accounting is one such application that helps users keep track of their business transactions. But does it match up to what we should expect of accounting software? Better yet, can it help you get by without relying on your accountant so much?
Today Google announced they’re pulling the plug on Google Wave, a real-time communication app some viewed as the next generation “email” service. Google won’t be shutting it down completely but will cease further development “as a standalone product”.
Announced May 27, 2009, Google Wave built quite a wave of hype (excuse the pun) through its public launch nearly a year later, May 19, 2010. The technology clearly had incredible potential and techies were steaming with excitement over its possibilities, yet here we are, witnessing its death.
Could Google Wave have been saved? Better yet, could it still be saved?
The hubbub over Google Wave has greatly abated, but there are still many people patiently (or impatiently) waiting to get a chance to try this tool out. Especially those who suffer from overcrowded inboxes.
Whether you just want to give it a try or have a project to collaborate on, here’s your chance to get a belated invite — we’re giving away 10 today.
If you’re starting to tire of the Wave, not to worry. This will be our last post on the subject for a while.
So far we’ve looked at the basics of the application, toured through the interface, discussed what to do once you get your invite and even looked at a few good resources to read if you’re still waiting.
Today I’m sharing a list of the extensions and gadgets available for Wave that caught my attention.
Hopefully yesterday’s review of Google Wave was helpful to those of you still waiting to get access to this new tool.
If not, here’s a round up of good resources for getting your fill and knowing what to expect when you finally get an invite. Some of these are opinions, some are factual, but I think all are helpful in getting a grasp of what to expect.
If I’m wrong, feel free to tell me in the comments.
A lot of fuss has been made about the fact that email was originally designed 40 year ago, that it no longer works in our fast paced world, and that we need a change. It’s funny — go back just a couple hundred years ago and most people would have considered a 40 year old technology to be very modern. But the twentieth century obliterated that mentality.
And now, here we are. Yes, sometimes communication is hard. Sometimes it is scattered. And sometimes it’s easier to use a tool other than email. Now Google is doing their best to fix the problem and Google Wave is their attempt to do just that. But can it change the way we communicate online?
Only time will tell, but for now we can look at the application itself and see what it’s made of. (more…)