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Google Wave = Social Networking Crack

Friday, 2 October 2009 10:19 by jordan.terrell

At least according to others…

I’ve not received an invitation to Google Wave yet.  But from looking at Robert Scoble and Louis Gray’s blog posts, it may be a bit overhyped and overemphasize real-time communication.  It makes me think of people who watch the stock market real-time – every little fluctuation in a stock price or derivative causes a corresponding fluctuation in their heart rhythm.  Not for me.

I’ve found use for certain social networking sites, but I fall into the camp that doesn’t feel compelled to monitor the goings on of my friends and associates on a daily or even weekly basis.  Some social networking platforms I’ve seen bring the worst out of people and they encourage so much drama.

Google Wave, in some ways, aims to bring many of this social networking paradigms together into a unified platform.  Definitely something I’ll try and may even find use for – but so far, based on what I’ve read and seen – it might be something I group into what I affectionately call: Social Networking Crack.

Google Announces Their New Operating System

Wednesday, 8 July 2009 10:17 by jordan.terrell

Google is trying to trade in on their marginal browser success, Google Chrome, with the announcement that they are going to develop, release, and market a new operating system, Google Chrome OS.

An admirable project to say the least, with touted goals such as security and performance.  This is really the next step in Google’s quest to turn the PC into what really amounts to a thin client to the web.  For some, that will be great.  For those whose focus at a PC is on using the Web for email, twitter, blogs, weather, and local/world news, this may end up being a great platform for them.

As far as applications go – the kind that actually need the raw power of a CPU and GPU – games, image editing, video editing, and software development tools – someone who uses these kinds of applications will likely find this new Google OS…wanting.  At least the first iterations of it.

Personally, I do not subscribe to the “everything on the Internet” approach.  At least not when the Internet platform is composed of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and Silverlight.  Right now this platform can handle only a subset of application demands.  This, on top of the fact that constant Internet connectivity, although improving, is not always a given.  Bandwidth is still an issue for many.  Privacy is another – I refuse to store my documents and other digital assets solely on the Internet.  I may publish them on the Internet, but I’m not about to push my computing platform into the cloud.  For some things, it’s just not feasible. I have HD video recorded that requires terabytes of storage space – where am I going to put that on the cloud?  When am I going to have the time to push that much data through the tiny little straws we call “broadband Internet”?

As I said, the Google OS is an admirable project.  Challenging the status quo with regard computer operating systems will likely result in new ideas and innovations.  That being said – I think Google is a little premature in what they would like to accomplish with this.  That also being said, I’m more than willing to “eat crow” and be proven wrong.

“Steak Restaurants Near Staples Center Los Angeles”

Monday, 20 October 2008 15:31 by jordan.terrell

Amazing!  Three years ago I went to the 2005 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.  One of the nights my manager took me to a really good steak house, and since I’m going again this year I thought I might check it out again.

One small problem – I didn’t remember the name of the place.  I just knew that it was near the Staples Center.  When I searched for it on Google, it was the second one on the list.

More and more I’m amazed at how well Google can shred the text of your search into meaningful information.

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