Google, 10 years in: big, friendly giant or a greedy Goliath?

Google, 10 years in: big, friendly giant or a greedy Goliath?

Every day, all over the world, millions of us use Google. Founded 10 years ago by two students, it is now so powerful that it threatens to swallow up all other media while global leaders queue for its blessing. But just as we seek knowledge from Google, so Google gleans secrets from us. Has the cool baby grown up into a sinister corporate threat to privacy? David Smith reports

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Comcast to cap online use

The cap will be set at 250gb. If you go over that, you get a courtesy call from Comcast as a first warning. The second time that you go over, your account will be immediately suspended for an entire calendar year. People that watch movies or video’s online are going to be hit hard because you can go over your daily limit in minutes.

And don’t forget that companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are offering online (cloud) storage. Some applications such as Google’s are online and would be completely inaccessible to small business’s or home offices.

Plus there are X-box, Playstation, Nintendo and many other consumer boxes that require the internet to access online games, calenders, address books, and even clocks.

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Comcast to cap monthly consumer broadband

Comcast notes that the median usage for most residential customers falls somewhere between 2GB and 3GB, a number that is regularly broken within a matter of hours and sometimes minutes by customers taking advantage of streaming HD video and online backup services. The company breaks down basic usage numbers similar to what’s seen on the marketing materials on a consumer hard drive:

* Send 50 million e-mails (at 0.05KB/e-mail)

* Download 62,500 songs (at 4MB/song)

* Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2GB/movie)

* Upload 25,000 high-resolution digital photos (at 10MB/photo)

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The iPhone is Apple’s solution to the Enterprise,

Even though most every one agrees when it comes to Apple and Enterprise, the iPhone is helping Apple reach into Enterprise. Apple had only had 1% in Oct. 2006 and jumped to 4.5 just 9 months later. It is no coincidence that the iPhone was announced in Jan. 2007 and started shipping that summer.

This is significant because Enterprise adoption of Mac’s had been at a stand still.

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The surprising findings come in a report Forrester Research released today. The long-winded title: “Corporate Desktop Operating System Trends, Q4 2007 Through Q2 2008: Windows Vista Deployments Are Finally Ramping Up, While Mac Continues Its Slow March on the Enterprise.” The analyst firm monthly surveyed more than 50,000 enterprise end users from 2,500 organizations to compile the operating system trends.

Enterprise OS Adoption
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Using Windows online is like surfing a virtual minefield

Windows is a Minefield on the Internet

I installed Windows onto a fresh Parallels partition. Spent five hours going to ABCNews, FoxNews, Facebook, Google, Netflix and YouTube.

I ran Norton and found 6 virus’, 512 tracking cookies and 3 attempts to access’ my computer from an unauthorized/malicious web site.

Why do Windows users put up with that?

Mac Virus’

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I am familiar, of course, with the theory that Macs have such a small market share, ergo, virus writers don’t bother with them. But I don’t think that’s right. Fact of the matter is, me and my fellow Mac users are so damn cocky about being virus proof, that virus writers by all rights should be working overtime just to take us down a peg. C’mon, I know you coders out there are just beside yourself in frustration that you can’t zap that smarmy Justin Long with some kind of crippling CPU tumour. You’re just dying to yell “Virus-free this, fucko!” as you send the command that will give you the power to make him cluck like a chicken while PC stands there staring with his mouth open! -)
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Bill Gates famous quote to Focus Magazine, “The reason we come up with new versions is not to fix bugs.”

This article was written back in 1995 but has been a cornerstone of the Microsoft OS business model ever since.
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Bill Gates Defined the Software Market with New, not Better.
As the founder of a marketing-driven rather than engineering-driven software company, Bill Gates recognized the shortcut of selling new over better early on. Back in 1995, Gates explained to Focus magazine why his company cared more about adding new features than refactoring code to fix bugs.
“The reason we come up with new versions is not to fix bugs,” Gates said. “It’s absolutely not. It’s the stupidest reason to buy a new version I ever heard. When we do a new version we put in lots of new things that people are asking for. And so, in no sense, is stability a reason to move to a new version. It’s never a reason.”
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Why do I need to know HTML to comment on a Web Site?

WordPress has shown how powerful a website can be as far as using a text editor online. Some websites make you have to know html codes like *</p>* or other HTML commands just to post to a topic on the website or to make a comment about a website that shows up in a site like Facebook or Myspace. If you don’t know HTML, your sentences get mixed into one paragraph because you didn’t use the paragraph command or the website that you want to share with someone does not show up as a clickable link when veiwed on other websites unless you use http:// and know the excact web address. shows up as text instead of a link like this

These functions are availble in WordPress and are even included as add-ons to websites. Why do I have to download a certain application or add-on for this functionality? If a small developer can write application for Facebook called “Advance Wall”, why can IE or Safari have this

Developer of ‘Advanced Wall”
Phil Gibbons
Chicago, IL