Where's Waldo?

In the mid 80’s “Where’s Wally?” (Waldo here in the US and Canada) was published. In the early 90’s Waldo-mania swept the US as a pop culture sensation. My guess is that has died down over time, yet I do hear references to it on...

Will Google Find Appiness?

In the past, I've commented on Google and their mastery of search engine technology. Yes, there are folks out there that get angry anytime an entity or product gains enormous market share, but all said, Google has been and currently...

Will The Next Google Please Stand Up?

These are very exciting times in technology--whether you make it your livelihood or you simply enjoy all that it has to offer. We see our world more connected than ever. Social circles expand and contract in ways never thought...

Google Search still can’t find some needles in the haystack

Google has a mission to categorize the Web – searching deep into the unknown trenches and finding that one comment you made on a forum in 2004. Post on a blog, and they know it – via Web crawlers that work better than any other...

Facebook decides not to suck life out of users

If you logged into your Facebook account this morning, you know that the social net has caved into pressure from users who demanded a reversal in the new terms of use. Facebook set off a firestorm on this one. I knew this was a...

Google PowerMeter: Too ambitious?

Google PowerMeter is a new project intended to help average consumers understand electrical usage in their home. I asked Google about the planned roll-out and they said there is just a handful (about 50) of Google employees using...

Google versus Yahoo: Who will win?

In 2009, two monoliths of search will combat in the most public forum of all: the Internet. (If you think the Web is not that public, then you have not visiting the MySpace page of the average teen recently.) I've been covering both...

Quantity, not quality, rules the Web these days

So the Web has been around for most of my working life. In the early days, back when Times New Roman was the only font that worked well for a site design, everyone was enamored by the idea of the Web, and anyone could write whatever...

The real impact of social media: almost zero

A new report just flashed across my Gmail account in a split second flurry of inconsequential data which I promptly deleted. The claim: that social media helped elect our current president. It lasted there long enough to make me...

Seven mistakes for Google to avoid in 2009

This year is either going to be an amazing year for tech or it will fall off a cliff like every other industry. I wrote about how Google has recently shut down some superfluous projects, a sign of some belt-tightening and probably...

Google kills several projects, looks to future

Yesterday, Google announced they were "laying off" several low-level projects and one Web app they had purchased in 2005. There are a few interesting twists to this story, but I tend to agree with Larry Dignan that it is not a sign...

Palm Pre first real Android competition

At CES last week, Palm announced the new Pre smartphone and the Web OS. For Google Android developers, the announcement might not seem too major. After all, the G1 is a popular phone and more devices that use Android are in the...

Is the Google brand bigger than its leadership?

With new reports on the health of Steve Jobs appearing today (he has a hormone imbalance that has caused weight loss), it got me thinking about whether Google is so dependent on its leadership. (Oddly, the report on Jobs sparked a...

Top 10 technology gaffes of 2008

With the new year rolling in, a few companies will be happy to forget some of their worst moments of 2008. Since this is a Google blog, we have to include Google in this list. Otherwise, any tech company is fair game. Read on to find...

Chrome Wars: Google is eyeing the corporate desktop

Don't think for a minute that Google is not eyeing the corporate desktop. They have a consumer bent to most of their apps, but a long-term corporate ambition. The latest indication: just try using Internet Explorer 7 to access your...

10 ways Google can attract the enterprise

Microsoft's domination in business continues unabated. The only chink in their armor is Linux, which is slowly encroaching on their market share. Google has a long way to go before a company like Wal-Mart is ready to run their data...

Google Chrome 1.0 is no enterprise browser

Enterprise users take note: the Google Chrome browser is now in “release” mode at version 1.0. In theory, this would make it more stable for mass deployment, but a few obvious omissions make it a questionable choice as a default...

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