The Google Blitzkrieg is GO

The executive summary?

Simultaneous attacks by Google on Verizon, Oracle, Microsoft, Facebook (and by extension MySpace and Rupert Murdoch),  AOL, and corporate IT departments everywhere.

Unscathed?  Content providers – especially old media.  After all, its all powered by the advertising that accompanies content.  Old Media still has the best content generation talent locked up.  Its the outdated infrastructure that profits by that content that is threatened.

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . The Future is Cloudy | PBS

Here is what’s significant about Google putting code into MySQL: they haven’t done it before. Google has been a MySQL user from almost the very beginning, customizing the database in myriad ways to support Google’s widely dispersed architecture with hundreds of thousands of servers. Google has felt no need previously to contribute code to MySQL. So what changed? While Google has long been able to mess with the MySQL code in ITS machines, it hasn’t been able to mess with the code in YOUR machine and now it wants to do exactly that.

Google Phone Plan Draws Interest – WSJ.com

Within two weeks, Google is expected to announce new software and services that handset makers could use to build customized Google-powered phones. The company needs wireless operators to sign on to the project in order to get its mobile devices in front of consumers by the middle of next year. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, and Sprint Nextel are both in advanced discussions with Google, the people familiar with the talks said.

Official Gmail Blog: Code changes to prepare Gmail for the future

So recently the Gmail team has been working on a structural code change that we’ll be rolling out to Firefox 2 and IE 7 users over the coming weeks (with other browsers to follow). You won’t notice too many differences to start with, but we’re using a new model that enables us to iterate faster and share components (we now use the same rich text editor as Groups and Page Creator, and the Contact Manager can be seen in several Google apps). A few other things you will notice are some new keyboard shortcuts and the ability to bookmark specific messages and email searches.

We have also been fanatical about speed.

Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday

The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go live on Thursday), goes well beyond what we’ve previously reported. It is a set of common APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called “hosts”) that choose to participate.

Google to Connect to Other IM Networks Using Jabber Transports

After looking at the code of the recently launched Gmail 2.0, it seems that Gmail team actually listens to feedback, because they’ll implement some of the popular suggestions:

* colors for labels

* detaching messages from a conversation

* Jabber transports (these could be used to chat with people from other IM networks, like Yahoo, MSN, AIM). You could already use these transports to connect Google Talk with other IM networks, but you have to use a third-party server and another IM client to configure the transports. Being able to chat with people from other networks, which are much more popular than Google Talk, will make Google’s instant messenger more useful.

Published in: on October 31, 2007 at 11:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Web 2.0 Threatens IT Departments

Not a security threat…it threatens to make them irrelevant.  I’ve pulled out some of the best quotes.

Growing Pains: Can Web 2.0 Evolve Into An Enterprise Technology? — Web 2.0 — InformationWeek

Forget outsourcing. the real threat to IT pros could be Web 2.0. … “We’ve cut IT staff by 20%, and we’re providing a whole lot more in
terms of IT services,” says Ken Harris, CIO at nutritional products
manufacturer Shaklee.

Fewer than 30% of respondents in our online poll have enterprise IM
servers such as Lotus SameTime. Actual use is likely a lot lower, as
staff in many companies ignore the officially sanctioned software and
install their own.

Loss of IT control is a consistent theme as Web 2.0 penetrates
business….Cutting out the middleman–that’s the IT department–can be
a great way of aligning business and technology.

Published in: on October 31, 2007 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

The “Generic PC” icon in Leopard

I don’t have Leopard yet … the IT guys think 10.5.1 will be a good, safe install compared to the initial release.

They may be used to initial Windows releases from Microsoft. 

This showed up in a discussion of icon changes in the big Leopard review at Ars.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review: Page 16

Apple was even nice enough to include an icon for (to quote the file name) a “generic PC.”

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 4:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Google’s Maka-Maka

I’m not sure what “Maka-Maka” means, but from context, I gather it will make waves for Facebook.

Maybe Facebook had to drink the Microsoft KoolAid, if they expected to survive until an IPO.

Google’s Response to Facebook: “Maka-Maka”

The bigger vision is to combine all of Google’s apps and services through Maka-Maka. Google already has so much data on you, depending on how many Google apps you already use. It just needs to bring everything together. Your contacts are in Gmail. Your feeds are in Google Reader. Your IM buddy list is in Gtalk. Your upcoming events are in Google Calendar. Your widgets are in iGoogle. And don’t forget about your search history. Overtime, Google will connect all of these together in different ways, along with data about you from other social services across the Web, and give developers access to the social layer tying all of these apps together underneath. The real killer app for Google is not to turn Orkut into a Facebook clone. It is to turn every Google app into a social application without you even noticing that you’ve joined yet another social network.

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 3:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hints Surface about GMail Update

The Next Version of Gmail Will Be Faster

* a new contact manager that will be shared with other Google apps (Google Docs, Google Calendar etc.)

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 2:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

The True Cost of In-House email.

What if it was the fox’s job to get an accurate chicken count to the farmer?

This article is pretty even-handed about looking at the current state of affairs, and GMail gets a nod.

» What’s the true cost of running email in-house? | Software as Services | ZDNet.com

“Amazingly, every company we talk to has a TCO for their messaging system that is far below the industry average, and uptime that is far above the industry average! I don’t mean to poke fun, but it’s become blatantly obvious to me that most companies do not understand the true, hard costs of their messaging systems, nor do they accurately measure their downtime. We assist companies in calculating these numbers, and they are often shocked by what they discover.”

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

And you wanted them to learn to write?

How duller than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a blogless child.

Parent Trap | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aftab says many teens still don’t get it, that their posts on networking and blogging sites aren’t private.

“I always warn kids never to post anything that parents, principal, predators can’t see. Now, I have to warn them not to post anything that their parents’ boss or anybody in their neighborhood shouldn’t be seeing either,” Attab said.

Sgt. Corey MacDonald agrees. He tours the country speaking about internet safety, and says police and employers are watching. They look for, and find, all kinds of dirt.

“Whether we’re talking about dad’s work secrets or problems between mom and dad with their relationship,” Sgt. MacDonald said.

We asked him to show us just how easy it is to find incriminating posts. It didn’t take long.

“Not only do I have to live with my nagging mom, my dad does drugs. This person, Tara, says her parents are lazy alcoholics,” reads Sgt. MacDonald.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 7:25 pm  Comments (1)  

Verizon drops 700MHz Suit

Are they dropping out of the bidding, or do they have a cheaper way of changing the rules?

» Verizon drop suit to change spectrum auction roles | ZDNet Government | ZDNet.com

Verizon had been very, very unhappy about the FCC’s open access rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. In September, the wireless carrier sued the FCC to block the rules, saying vaguely that the rules “arbitrary, capricious [and] unsupported by substantial evidence.”

Today, Verizon gave up the fight, Dow Jones/AP reports.


Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 7:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

OK…I’ll settle for a Grey Wire

Clearly, the FaceTime Survey of 700 US employees and IT managers returned a pretty accurate portrait of reality.

IT managers caught in employees’ illicit networks | The Register

Illicit workplace “greynets” are enjoying enormous growth, with staff embracing the concept while BOFHs are left playing whac-a-mole.

More worrying for the BOFH is that 36 per cent of employees believe they have the right to install any application they like on their desktop computer, regardless of IT department approval.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google’s Search Research

In depth interview with Google’s VP of Search Products gives a lot of insight into how Google is taking care of their bread and butter.

Google wants your phonemes | InfoWorld | News | 2007-10-23 | By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

The speech recognition experts that we have say: If you want us to build a really robust speech model, we need a lot of phonemes, which is a syllable as spoken by a particular voice with a particular intonation. So we need a lot of people talking, saying things so that we can ultimately train off of that. … So 1-800-GOOG-411 is about that: Getting a bunch of different speech samples so that when you call up or we’re trying to get the voice out of video, we can do it with high accuracy.

Published in: on October 24, 2007 at 6:45 pm  Comments (1)