What's Past Is Prologue
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I'm still reeling from the Van Halen show I attended in Dallas this past weekend.
Yes, I'm dating myself, but so were all the other 40-something metal heads in attendance at Saturday's show at the American Airlines arena.
Oh thank Heavens, we didn't see any spandex. Some things deserve to stay firmly rooted in the 80s.
But not Van Halen. And hey, if you're not a fan, you wouldn't understand. I started listening to those guys when the middle of a song was interrupted by that switchover on the eight-track. If you're under 35, you probably have no idea whatsoever what I'm talking about -- consider yourself lucky.
If you are a fan, check out this dream set list. It was a Van Halen smorgasbord, the boys (including 16-year-old Wolfgang) were in fine form, and it was Eddie Van Halen's birthday, so David Lee Roth put on quite the spectacle and had 16,000 of his closest friends sing Eddie a happy 53rd.
Eddie Van Halen, 53 years old? Oy vey.
Anyhow, the way I see it, if those two can kiss and make up after all these years, I figure there's hope even for Hillobama after the recent nastiness in South Carolina.
But enough politics and rock n roll: Let's talk email.
Google's Matt Cutts offers up "11 Power Tips for Gmail" in this recent blog post, including some how-tos on inserting images into Gmail emails, and the use of text macros (so you don't have to type the same thing over and over again).
Me, I use Thunderbird, but if you're a browser-email practitioner, this could be your day.
If Gmail's too slow for your communication needs, and you need something a little quicker on the draw, Houston native Matt Mullenweg's Automatic has released a new microblogging tool, "Prologue."
The best I can tell, it's a Twitter for groups, complete with RSS feeds and tagging, and, most importantly, privacy controls, so you can keep your microblog group private, invisible to search engines, and even password protectable.
No ETA for a prime time version, but in keeping with the spirit of VH, if it turns into a microblogging enabler of small workgroups that could serve as a mobile collaboration platform, everybody (will) want some.