Category: google

  • Facebook: No ‘definite plans’ to ARM data centers • The Register

    After Facebook’s presentation at the Open Compute Day, I got to thinking more about other competitors in the market for the low energy consumption data center. And while everyone including Google remain loyal to Intel, the smaller upstarts have an opportunity to raise their marginal return if they choose wisely. I say this in part due to the folks like Seamicro and Tilera and ARM who are attempting to provide equal compute cycles per core, while running back the voltage and amperage required for each tick-tock of the CPU clock. Experts in the field of Electronics Engineering claim serial processors will always carry the day, but what price progress if we hold onto Amdahl’s Law for too long?

  • Showcase Your Skills & Analyze Which Skills Are Trending With LinkedIn’s New Tool

    Apart from making friends/connections and advertising your skills and interests, LinkedIn collects data on all the traffic through their pages. What better way to see what jobs skills are popular and being consumed by potential employers within the LinkedIn Universe. Better than job numbers that’s for sure.

  • Big Web Operations Turn to Tiny Chips – NYTimes.com

    Stephen O’Grady, a founder at the technology analyst company RedMonk, said the technology industry often has swung back and forth between more standard computing systems and specialized gear. via Big Web Operations Turn to Tiny Chips – NYTimes.com. A little tip of the hat to Andrew Feldman, CEO of SeaMicro the startup company that announced […]

  • Augmented Reality intersects with GPS Navigation

    App Stores are all the rage only because they seem to foster a “competitive advantage” by reining in the add-ons people make for your devices. As the manufacturer of said device, you can open up the platform slightly and make some big gains in the marketplace. GPS personal navigation devices (PND) have been a cul-de-sac when it comes to third party developers. Proprietary OSes and data formats were designed to keep reverse engineers constantly on their toes and keep competitors from cloning functionality very quickly. TomTom innovated quickly in a market dominated by a fairly slow, conservative Garmin. Now that App Stores are the next frontier, what is TomTom going to do?

  • Google Chrome bookmark sync

    Anyone who downloaded and installed the old Google Browser sync plug-in for Mozilla back in the day enjoyed a wonderful cross-platform way of keeping bookmarks up to date on all the computers they use. I have seen Browser Sync come, then go. Now Google has a web browser, Chrome which has at long last restored the old functionality of Browser Sync.

  • Some people are finding Google Wave useful

    I’m not hating on Google Wave, far from it. But I’m curious how much people are adopting it for the day-to-day communications they are doing at work. What about YOU?

  • Google Shrinks Another Market (and I’m not talkin’ DNS)

    Now that Droid has hit the market and the mobile Google OS is strutting its stuff, when are we going to see the benefits of an AppStore like Universe? Early wins are going to be critical, so maybe turn-by-turn navigation is an early win?!

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave | EDUCAUSE

    What is it that Google Wave might accomplish that other web apps like Facebook/Twitter and god forbid Sharepoint don’t already do? It all depends on your workflow. Google Waves might fit or might fit not, it just depends on how quickly you adjust to the interface.

  • Tom’s Hardware – Google Invites Users to Test Wave

    Waves is slowly creeping out into the daylight, and a bigger group of users will be hammering on it soon. I hope to be one of those people, we’ll soon see.

  • Email is crap: The past is yours, the future’s mine!

    Human-Machine Interaction is one of those multi-disciplinary fields that tries to adapt things to the way people work. Whether that’s User Interfaces or physical knobs and levers or design metaphors, the goal is to make the thing more useful. When a command-line interface was the only way to make a desktop computer do useful things, the appeal was limited. Adding a graphical interface to the computer begged the question how do we structure things so people don’t need months of training to use it? Xerox PARC adopted a Desktop metaphor for the graphical environment. Things were structured like your office, with a desk, trashcan, filing cabinets. Email similarly is structured in a format that allowed people to use it without too much training, but it carries with it some legacy design decisions that benefited limitations of the earlier Internet age. Time to shift metaphors I’m afraid.