Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Measurement Lab is a new open tool introduced by Google use to measure such things as connection speeds, ISP blocking/throttling, and run diagnostics. Google is really backing this, and the people at Bell in Canada won't be too happy: Google is providing researchers with 36 servers in 12 locations in the US and Europe to develop tools to be used in M-lab. Right now, if you visit the website there are just three tools available to users, but it is a very good start to providing valuable information to researchers and internet users. Since cloud computing is growing rapidly, internet speeds/connection will be of a major concern, and these tools available at M-lab will provide great support to the growth of the cloud.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
As reported by blogoscoped, there are indications that a GDrive (Google Drive) may be coming in 2009. Apparently, the Mac version of Picasa, which was recently released, has a "Google Web Drive" option. Here is a screenshot:
Also, Todd Jackson, who is Gmail's product manager, said the following in a CNET interview:
We know people’s file sizes are getting bigger. They want to share their files, keep them in the cloud, and not worry about which computer they’re on. Google wants to be solving these problems
So it seems that Gmail is very concerned about file sizes. Just in case you were wondering, the GDrive would be a cloud storage device, so files could be accessed from anywhere. If this is released, it is going to be big, can you imagine having your music collection available from anywhere? We wouldn't need an iPod, all we would need is a device with an internet connection. Also, if this is released, will Google still push it's cloud computing software such as Google Docs? If the files are available in the cloud, than all that is needed is the software to run it. Anyways, 2009 looks to be a very interesting year on the Google front.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
- Dodgeball is gone
- Google Mashup editor is gone
- Google Catalog search is gone
- Jaiku is gone
- 100 full time jobs at Google are gone
- No more maintenance on Google Notebook, and no more new accounts.
Except for the jobs being lost, I think that this is actually a good thing. Google releases a lot of products, and quite a few of them fail (i.e., Lively) and some should be released with more refinement (i.e., Chrome). Maybe Google will become more selective in product releases and require them to be more finished. It's as if baby Google has grown into adult Google, hopefully they don't grow into an adult Microsoft.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
There was a study released today that Software as a Service apps (SAAS) will increase grow tremendously with a large amount in the Asia Pacific region and more than half of all developers are planning on working on SAAS apps. This is not much of a surprise, as the economy is really sucking these days and money has to be saved, this will work well for apps that are free/low cost such as Google Apps. I work in an education setting, and I know that universities across the country (Canada) are looking to save money, and SAAS is a definite way to do this. Recession times will help SAAS succeed.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
- iPhone: This phone looked amazing, but since I already had a contract with Telus, and this is only available with Rogers up here in Canada, it would have cost me a lot of money to get this phone. I also heard of monthly bill horror stories, and Rogers service for cellphones is only good for the larger centers in Newfoundland, St. John's and Corner Brook. Since I am from a very small community, Robinson's, the iPhone wouldn't work there.
- Samsung Instinct: This phone looked really nice, similar features to the LG Dare, and just a bit more expensive than the Dare, $399 vs. $349.
- LG Dare: I decided to go with this phone because of its smaller size than the instinct, better camera (3.2 MP vs. 2.0 MP), cheaper price, and just an overall better look and feel.
Friday, 2 January 2009
Preliminary figures released by Net Applications show that Chrome's market share increased from 0.83% in November to 1.04% in December. FireFox increased from 20.78% to 21.34%, Safari increased to 7.93% to 7.13%, and IE fell to 68.15% from 69.77% (in Feb. 2008, this number was 74.88%), that's a decrease of 1.52%. Net Applications noted that results may not be accurate because of a lower amount of workplace internet usage, browsers such as FF and Safari have a higher proportion of home usage. I think that these numbers are showing that users are finally realizing there are excellent alternatives to IE, hopefully one of these will come prepackaged with Windows and more people will realize that IE is a terrible (and slow) browser.