Monthly Archive: November 2009

Photo Gallery: H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic in Sunnyvale

I spent the morning in line for Flu Shots at the Valley Health Center in Sunnyvale where Santa Clara County had one of their free Flu Shot Clinics. Reportedly the main target group of such Clinics are residents that “do not have insurance or any other way of getting the vaccine” (quote from KTVU). For the limited sample size of people that were in line with me that didn’t seem to be the case. We had three people working on Laptops next to each other and I would guess there is a strong correlation between owning a MacBook Pro and having medical insurance.

Sunnyvale Police and Santa Clara County Deputies (about 15 of them) where out in force to manage the crowd that was well north of a thousand. From what I could tell,  people that came early (i.e. before 9am) and did get shots, even if they were not in a priority group.

For more, see the H1N1 Flu Clinic Photo Gallery.

Trying out Google Wave

Google-Wave-logoThanks to an invite from Garrett I gave Google Wave a spin today. There definitely is a lot of demand for something like Wave. Today my number one workflow and productivity app is email. I spend about 2 hours on it per day (according to RescueTime) and this doesn’t even count usage of it on the iPhone. Given how central it is for my productivity, it is pathetic how little it has improved over the past decade. Other than better embedding of media (images, PDF) and more reliable IMAP synchronization there really isn’t much of a difference between my mail client today and what I was using in 1999.

There are a number of alternatives to email for collaboration and communication, but none of them quite work yet. IM is real-time (good) but functionality is very limited (it lacks open APIs, no forwarding or other routing, no rich media). The social networks have built-in messaging, but the user interface is terrible. Wiki’s and Google Docs are great for collaboration, but have no messaging component.