Google’s Assault on Windows

Posted on Sep 2 by ack.
Categories: google, online, web 2.0.

Google Chrome
Google launched today its latest attack on the evil empire that is Microsoft. Google Chrome is a web browser up against IE, Firefox and Safari. Chrome is the much talked about Google Operating System, utilizing Google Gears.

The main idea for this browser is speed and offline integration with Google’s cloud, allowing offline access to Google Reader or Gmail. From a memory hog standpoint, Chrome seems to hold up better against Firefox 3. Memory issues and leaks are one of my biggest issues with FF. One of the best examples of Chrome/Google Gears is the Myspace power messaging using Gears, allowing for sorting and searching of your Myspace messages using your computer, instead of always requesting the server. The end result are response times that are more like a computer application instead of a webpage. From a web surfing perspective, Chrome is very very fast.

Some other features of Chrome (from CrunchBase):

  • Tabbed browsing where each tab gets its own process, leading to faster and more stable browsing. If one tab crashes, the whole browser doesn’t go down with it
  • A distinct user interface that places tabs on top of the browser window instead of right below the address bar
  • An “incognito” mode that lets you browse the web in complete privacy because it doesn’t record any of your activity
  • A new JavaScript engine built from the ground up for speed
  • Malware and phishing lists that automatically update themselves and warn you of bad websites
  • A default homepage that displays your most commonly used sites and other personalized information

I’m looking forward to testing it out, but will be hard pressed to give up Firefox with its ad blocking, mouse gestures and other handy add-ons.

Google Hosted App vs. Gmail

Posted on Feb 21 by ack.
Categories: google, web 2.0.

I switched over to Gmail from Yahoo Mail years ago and I moved to a Google Hosted App soon after. I have been using it for quite some time but I am thinking it may be time to switch back to Gmail.

  • Both are pretty much the same technology and interface
  • To use Google Reader I need to use my Gmail Google Account
  • I can’t import my contacts into any web service since most only offer Gmail/YMail/Hotmail options
  • Gmail gets new features before Hosted
  • Hosted is handy to create sub-accounts for my domain but I don’t tend to use this

Granted, I don’t know of any way to merge my two accounts and it’s always a pain to have archives floating in different places. Something to look into.

Tech Logo Evolution

Posted on Feb 7 by ack.
Categories: apple, google, usability.

Tech logo evolution
A great post from Neatorama on the evolution of some tech companies logos, with an interesting history of them. As you can see by the image, Apple is included, as is Google, IBM, and others.

Rumor has it that the bite on the Apple logo was a nod to Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Janoff, however, said in an interview that though he was mindful of the “byte/bite” pun (Apple’s slogan back then: “Byte into an Apple”), he designed the logo as such to “prevent the apple from looking like a cherry tomato.” (Source)

In 1998, supposedly at the insistence of Jobs, who had just returned to the company, Apple replaced the rainbow logo (“the most expensive bloody logo ever designed” said Apple President Mike Scott) with a modern-looking, monochrome logo.

Thanks to TechCrunch.


Posted on Feb 1 by ack.
Categories: google, online, web 2.0.

It’s not surprising that someone bought Yahoo, they are in a mess and are in desperate need of it… but Microsoft? Wow. It makes sense for them to combine to fight Google but I’m still shocked, mostly because of what both MS and Yahoo used to be in search and how they have dropped off the radar.

Got the news first from Fred. Stories on Marketwatch and WSJ.

Google Docs Presentations

Posted on Sep 19 by ack.
Categories: google, web 2.0.

Finally Google Docs is complete and now includes Presentations, and covers all the major apps of MS Office.

I tested it out with a PPT file and it uploaded great, and allows for centralized sharing and collaborating.

A pitchy video:

Google Reader Search

Posted on Sep 6 by ack.
Categories: google, usability, web 2.0.

Reader Search
Looks like Google Reader has finally added search, a long overdue feature. Always surprised me that a Google product didn’t have search. Now if I only knew when it will show for me…

Thanks to Matt.

[Update] 5 minutes after my post it is now included.


Posted on Aug 27 by ack.
Categories: google, hardware.

gPhoneAs mentioned on CrunchGear, looks like Google’s gPhone has been “confirmed” for Q1 2008.

With its own Google maps, integration with Gmail and gCal, as well as Google Talk. Should be interesting if its data only and no voice plan.


Posted on Apr 16 by ack.
Categories: b2b, google.

As a follow-up to my DoubleSoft post, looks like Google beat out Microsoft for Doubleclick. Looks like Real Media Open AdStream just got a bigger competitor. You have to wonder how serious Microsoft is about getting back in the game. It’s not like they don’t have a sizable war chest, but I guess it comes down to their ability to make money on a deal, and I’m sure Google has a higher threshold.

I am not concerned yet over the size of Google. I have not seen the predatory practices that I saw from Microsoft, that created my great dislike for their monopoly. More power to Google and Apple.

Hoboken Sealevel

Posted on Mar 27 by ack.
Categories: google, hoboken.

So with all the global warming talk, Flood Maps makes it interesting to play around with sea level changes to see what impact a rise would have.

Above is Hoboken with a 1 meter sea level rise, based on NASA data. Not too much of a change except a few spots to the north filling up. But at 5 meters Hoboken is an island.

Hoboken with 5 meters of sea rise:

Hoboken with 10 meters of sea rise:

Personalized Google Themes

Posted on Mar 21 by ack.
Categories: google, web 2.0.

I wasn’t going to post on this, since I didn’t see it as too big a deal. Google just added a few Themes to their Personalized Google page.

At first blush I was thinking it was a nice touch, a little bit of eye candy, so I added the Beach Theme to my IG page. But I could notice subtle changes in the header graphic and couldn’t put my finger on them until I actually paid attention.

The graphic changes based on what time of day it is!

Classic Google, a nice understated effect that adds to the enjoyment of a webpage. I just think this is a nice nifty touch.

I would suggest a change though

  • Set time based on users timezone – looks to be Pacific time right now