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Google Gadget iLabel-it CD Beta for CD label making released for iGoogle

The company I work for, a manufacturer of labels for laser and inkjet printers including all popular sizes and layouts similar to Avery Labels released a really cool Google Gadget: iLabel-it CD Beta V1 for making simple CD and DVD Labels right from you iGoogle page.

iLabel-it CD  

Quickly and easily create and label your own CD / DVD with iLabel-It-CD. Personalize the title, contents and add the date and then output to a PDF template for  printing. Use product WL-OL1200, 4.5″ CD, same size as Avery® 5824.


Add it to you iGoogle pages here


Countries adopting ODF (OpenDocument Format) Annual Report and Future Outlook

Some Highlights from the

The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) is an organization of governments, academic institutions, associations and industry dedicated to educating policy makers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of ODF. Launched in March 2006, the ODF Alliance now has over 480 member organizations in 53 countries.

Following the trend at the national level, three regional governments – Kerala (a state in southwestern India), Misiones (a province in northeast Argentina), and Paraná (a state in southern Brazil) – adopted policies requiring the use of ODF. The year ended on a high note, with the Netherlands and South Africa officially adopting policies requiring ODF’s use by government agencies, joining ten other countries that had already done so. Norway required the use of ODF for all published, revisable documents on government web sites.

Software support for ODF grew rapidly in 2007 and now includes over 40 applications, with more than a dozen announcements of new or improved support during the months of September and October alone.

“The Open Document Format, as completely open and ISO-standardized format, is an excellent vehicle for exchange of knowledge and information in the globalized age.”
Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier,German Federal Minister Affairs

“I’ll put government data online in universally accessible formats.”
Senator Barack Obama in a speech at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., campus where he revealed his detailed IT plan for a more open.

Announcements of ODF support from major vendors in 2007 included IBM’s Lotus Notes and Symphony, Apple’s TextEdit, and Corel’s WordPerfect Office X3.

With the continued migration of word processing to the Internet, 2007 saw the emergence of several web-based applications for which ODF support has already been implemented or new support is planned, among them Adobe’s Buzzword, Zoho Writer, and ajaxWrite.

Yes adoption is spreading fast: Belguin, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Japan, Malasia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Poland and more countries coming on the ODF train in 2008.

Read the complete 2007 Annual report and the outlook for 2008

Earth of Emergency

Lake Chad Disappearing

Above: Images of disappearing Lake Chad from Earth Observatory.

Today October 21, 2007 the State of Georgia declared a water supply emergency. And then there is Lake Chad in Africa where over 20 million people rely on the lake for water – it is almost on the verge of dissapearing. Finally, “Atlanta Shudders at Prospect of Empty Faucets” while California burns.

There has been a lot of news relating to water drying up in certain areas and flooding in others. Time for action is long overdue, we have to start mobilizing. We should use Iceland’s example of phasing out fossil fuels as an example. New York Times’s magazine article “The Future Is Drying Up” goes into great details.

Less for the Poor

Make Poverty History

From the New York Times (NYT):

Soaring food prices, driven in part by demand for ethanol made from corn, have helped slash the amount of food aid the government buys to its lowest level in a decade, possibly resulting in more hungry people around the world this year.

The United States, the world’s dominant donor, has purchased less than half the amount of food aid this year that it did in 2000, according to new data from the Department of Agriculture. Read more at the NYT.

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