Know Your Chemicals!

Have a need for identifying chemicals? Toxic torts and environmental exposures come to my mind. Common Chemistry is a database of chemicals offered by Chemical Abstracts Service (“CAS”) that includes information for more than 8,000 chemical compounds.  Searches yield  a list of matching compounds and registry numbers. A click on that number will bring you to the chemical structure and a list of synonyms for the compound and, in some cases, a Wikipedia entry on the substance.

Hat tip to ResearchBuzz

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More "Twitter" for Business: Obayoo

Another entrant in the professional micro-blogging field is offering its service for free: Obayoo is free over SaaS and available through the company e-mail address.

Twitter, in theory, sounds great for professional application but in practice generates too much noise to be an effective internal communications tool.  Tools like Obayoo limit the traffic and, accordingly, the noise, while still affording users the ability to provide real-time updates and engage in quick and timely comunication in micro-blog format. Obayoo also offers security that Twitter cannot ensure. Nonetheless, like Yammer, one of Obayoo’s competitors, contractors and clients can be invited into the mix and “share” what is happening at any given moment, so the system is not completely “closed.”

Obayoo provides some additional goods, such as user profiles and organization charts,file and media sharing and metrics. At its price-point (free), Obayoo offers excellent ease and added features, making it well worth the try in your firm or organization.

Hat tip to Read Write Web.

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More “Twitter” for Business: Obayoo

Another entrant in the professional micro-blogging field is offering its service for free: Obayoo is free over SaaS and available through the company e-mail address.

Twitter, in theory, sounds great for professional application but in practice generates too much noise to be an effective internal communications tool.  Tools like Obayoo limit the traffic and, accordingly, the noise, while still affording users the ability to provide real-time updates and engage in quick and timely comunication in micro-blog format. Obayoo also offers security that Twitter cannot ensure. Nonetheless, like Yammer, one of Obayoo’s competitors, contractors and clients can be invited into the mix and “share” what is happening at any given moment, so the system is not completely “closed.”

Obayoo provides some additional goods, such as user profiles and organization charts,file and media sharing and metrics. At its price-point (free), Obayoo offers excellent ease and added features, making it well worth the try in your firm or organization.

Hat tip to Read Write Web.

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How To Stay Connected In A Disconnected Work Place

Everyone wants to work from home. I know I fully appreciate the opportunity to do so. But working from home or working across the country from your co-workers and collaborators raises novel challenges. Humans are social animals with a strong need to connect, both professionally and socially. How can these connections be maintained, nurtured and expanded when the only other being sharing your office is the pet hamster?

Gina Trapani has some suggestions at the Harvard Business blog in her article entitled Master The Art of Working Remotely. The article does not focus on how to set up your office, how to get your work done or how to print and fax documents. Her focus is THE focus: how to maintain the human connections necessary for getting the job done. Trapani provides advice on how to make the most of the lines of communication available to the remote worker: email; messaging and text-based chat; on-line collaboration tools; and, voice and video chat. The idea is not simply to remind others of your existence, but to fully leverage the benefits of the various media and preserve the record in ways that are unavailable in the traditional Office Space set-up.

I would add a few additional tools to her list. Social media can bridge connections between co-workers and collaborators provided its use is targeted to a professional connection. Microblogging offers a means for one-way updates regarding status, results  and whereabouts, while social sites offer fora for communicating in more general, professional terms with other, similarly-situated workers.

It all boils down to keeping the “human” in the “human interaction” with gentle reminders to others of your existence and value to the task at hand.

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Early Summer Cleaning – Mac-Style

Since I highlighted the Windows version of this Lifehacker list of essential free downloads, I think it only fair that I also include the companion list for Macs, even if I am not personally a Mac user. I will cop to being a Mac wannabe, though, and that counts for something.

There is definitely overlap between the Windows and Mac list, including Firefox and iTunes. There are also plenty of other offerings addressing productivity, communication, utilities, multimedia, and file backup/syncing.

Enjoy the free!

From Lifehacker.

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