Thursday, March 27, 2008

Buzzsaw Baby Picture (circa May 2000)

From May 0f 2000. Buzzsaw was still a dot com, not under Autodesk at the time.

Some interesting bits:

  • Carl Bass was the CEO of Buzzsaw at the time.
  • Many of us were using dialup internet access, so uploading/downloading to/from Buzzsaw wasn't a lot of fun.
  • There were tons of "Collaboration" tools/companies bursting onto the scene (many of them are now gone). You couldn't throw a rock at a trade show without hitting a collaboration booth.
  • There was free training on Thursdays at 1pm (this still occurs each and every Thursday)
  • You'll see the link showing the second round of Venture Funding of $75M.....this funding link also reveals the Buzzsaw Launch date of November 1, 1999.
  • There was a free "Basic Plan" for Buzzsaw......I think it was for 25 or 50 members with 500MB storage (don't quote me on those numbers)
  • The idea of a site webcam was promoted on the homepage

The links are slow......but many of them still work.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Controlling Emails generated by Buzzsaw

Buzzsaw gives administrators the ability to disable most email notifications. Have you made a change to a group in Buzzsaw and want to permanently disable the email that goes out to the newly added group member? Do you really need that email telling you that you just added a new member to your Buzzsaw site?

So you've added a member to a group.......and send the email out letting the member know that they've been added to this group. The reality is, most of the time the member doesn't need to know that they've been added to a group. Then the email or phone call comes in, "I got this email telling me that I've been added to a group named group name here, what does this mean?" And the answer is usually, "Nothing to worry about, just disregard that email" It's one thing for Buzzsaw asked if you want to these notifications to go out. (see below).

Note the "In the future, do not show options when changing member properties". Checking this box can stop the dialog from appearing.

Alternatively, you can turn some notifications off and leave others on

Do this:
  1. Tools
  2. Preferences
  3. Email Tab
  4. Deselect the emails that you don't want going out