Rubbing shoulders with TED. Free SMS through browser. Google and Outlook finally in sync?

by David Spark on March 8, 2007

The biggest visionary conference every year started yesterday in Monterey. The TED Conference is a 1000 member, invitation only, event. It’s the one time geeks, celebrities, and politicians rub shoulders. Good luck holding a conversation with anyone when Forest Whittaker, Meg Ryan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all walking the aisles with NAME TAGS! Scheduled to speak today are Bill Clinton and musician Paul Simon. Saturday will be Richard Branson and They Might Be Giants. Don’t worry if you couldn’t go this year. You won’t be able to go next year either. They’ve already sold out all the tickets at $6000 a head for the 2008 conference.

Not to worry. Many of the speeches from previous conferences are up online now. And in one week they will begin posting video of the sessions from this year.

And on a completely different note, I’ve got a couple of great tips on two extremely useful tools. First is a site to send free SMS messages from your Web browser. It’s called GizmoSMS. This is just one of many programs that can do this.

But the true Holy Grail tool for geeks is an application that can sync your Outlook Calendar with your Google Calendar. I haven’t tested it out yet, but gSyncit is available to do just that and it’s all over the Web. People’s demand to sync these two calendars is huge.

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