Jan 22, 2011
Earlier this month, Google announced that it will drop support for the popular H.264 video codec from it’s Chrome browser. Being the web geek that I am, I’ve researched and thought about and wrestled with this issue to the detriment of my productivity.
And after all that I have come to the following conclusion: Google is at it again. And by ‘it’ I mean being two-faced liars who have lost my trust.
For background on this issue, see these 2 excellent articles:
I want to believe that Google’s decision was motivated by the desire to help advance adoption of HTML5 video, which would make publishing video on the web so much easier. I really wish that Google is sincere in it’s claim of wanting to build an open web by promoting WebM, their open source video codec.
Dec 14, 2010
I’m really loving Google’s new TeachParentsTech.org website. You can use it to send your loved ones instructional videos on computer and internet stuff.
My fave so far is the one above where the Asian dude explains how to spot phishing emails. He even winks at you halfway through!
Watch all the videos here – teachparentstech.org/watch
Aug 14, 2010
Lately I’ve been telling many of my friends to be very careful about Facebook because they don’t take our privacy seriously. This past week another company joins that list – Google. In addition to privacy, their business practices also make me highly suspicious of them.
Google’s recent actions have made me stop trusting them. I admit, these are very geek reasons that many of my friends won’t understand, but they’ve made me seriously reconsider my relationship to Google and how much I should support them.
Here’s the short version. They’re a great company but they hide behind their unoficial motto of “Don’t be evil” when they are clearly happy to be a little evil. I hate it that they’re two-faced, because I can’t trust people that are two-faced.
So now, if you’ve got a little time to listen to me rant, here’s why I stopped trusting Google: Continue Reading
Jan 22, 2010
2010 kicked off with a very interesting high-stakes drama unfolding between Google and China. The situation has now blown up and got the US government involved. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a speech on Internet Freedom which basically outlined a new foreign policy for USA and extended it to the internet.
In a nutshell, the US wants to help ensure the freedom of the internet to everyone, all over the world, especially in countries like Iran and China. Erick Schonfeld in Techcrunch says it best:
Apparently, it is now the U.S. government’s foreign policy to protect and promote these freedoms throughout the information “commons” which extend beyond our physical borders. It is also U.S. foreign policy to encourage corporations, particularly those in the technology industry, to protect these freedoms.
I’d highly encourage reading the Techcrunch article which does a great job of explaining Clinton’s speech – Hillary Clinton Extends Foreign Policy To The Internet And Wants Your Help. For background on how this all came about, check out CNET News’ roundup (Google’s challenge in China), especially this video that summarises everything - Video: China’s attack on Google explained.
I’m really not a fan of politics and international relations. However this seems like a really big development that may impact the internet throughout the world, and not just in China and USA.
This also smacks of USA being the world’s sherrif, but I ask myself who else could or would even try to protect the internet. And on the other hand is China – the world’s largest country and possibly the most powerful – is censoring the media and the internet like nobody’s business. If our silly politicians here try to censor the internet we would be up in arms right?
I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I definitely don’t want the internet to be censored or for there to be a Chinese internet and an English internet. What do you think?
Photo Credit: Flickr/ U.S. State Dept
Jul 2, 2008
Adobe is making Flash searchable.. but only to Google and Yahoo. Link
Jul 15, 2007
Neowave, the company behind behind the webShaper shopping cart software, has posted a piece of link-bait on their blog. Their incentive–Google goodies. As a side objective, it looks this is also some free research for the marketing boys.
Well, I’m happy to help in your research and I definitely would like Google goodies. So here are my answers to your questions:
1) Do you shop online? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I do shop online. I do it mainly because I can’t buy the products here, or have no other alternative. E.g. I’ve bought Flickr subscriptions, Jinx t-shirts and a DVD from Amazon.com.
2) What are your preferred payment methods for online shopping? (credit card, debit card, bank card, online banking, cheque etc) List 3 in accordance to preferences.
My favourite method would be PayPal actually because I don’t have to give my credit card number to the merchant. Plus because I can’t withdraw money I’ve earned elsewhere from PayPal easily, I need to use it up. No 2 would be credit card because I am protected by the credit card company. I only use these methods for buying online. I don’t like online banking because the merchant may take my money and run and I’m not protected like with credit cards.
3) Do you use search for product pricing and information before you buy instore? Which search engine you use the most?
Yes, always! I look up reviews on CNET and Amazon. I only use Google and so that’s why I want those goodies. It would be even better if the phone in the picture is included…
Oh yes, must not forget to contribute to Neowave’s Google Juice – SEO Shopping Cart
P.S. Guys, its difficult to leave a comment if its only registered users and you don’t let us register.
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Apr 15, 2007
Google acquires DoubleClick. From the official blog post:
This new partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for us at Google to broaden and deepen our inventory of available ads and to better serve both our publishers and users. Together, Google and DoubleClick will empower agencies, advertisers, and publishers to collaborate more efficiently and effectively, which will, in turn, provide a better experience for our users.
Wonder if I can buy DoubleClick space through Google AdSense now.
Apr 1, 2007
Google once again outdoes its rivals by unveiling two fantastic new products today. First up is Google TiSP (Beta), a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will revolutionise broadband for the masses.
The free service also comes with the Google Toolbar to provide nutritional and diet recommendations to improve users’ health. How does TiSP know what to recommend? And how do they provide the service for free?
To offset the cost of providing the TiSP service, we use information gathered by discreet DNA sequencing of your personal bodily output to display online ads that are contextually relevant to your culinary preferences, current health status and likelihood of developing particular medical conditions going forward.
Their second product announcement is Gmail Paper, a simple way to archive your gigabytes of email in paper format. To archive your mail as Gmail Paper, simply click the Paper Archive button and Google will print and mail your email to you for free. How do they do it for free?
The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica.
What will those Google boys think of next? I don’t see Yahoo! or Windows Live launching anything today. I’d be holed up in my boardroom plotting how to outdo Google if I was Yahoo! or Microsoft. Once again, a fantastic job for Google and congrats on launching these products on such an auspicious day – 1 April.
Mar 20, 2007
I love these Google guys:
Google has signed deals to supply software to students and government workers in two East African nations, in a bid to put them on the technical footing of more developed countries.
Much love Sergey and Larry (source)