Archive for the ‘Google’ Category

Google Buzz

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Well here it is Googles latest attempt  to break into the Social market. Possibly one of the few pieces of the internet Google has not had a successful run at. Google Buzz is completely integrated into you Gmail and accessible via your phone assuming you have an Android 2.0 or iPhone. Other phones promised see the support page here.

What sets it apart from facebook and twitter?  Well it supports in-line content like video and images unlike twitter which relays on third parties. Facebook is User/social group centric where Buzz is location centric. Now you can Buzz into the Buzz sphere or keep it private, to you close friends so its smiler to Twitter from that respect.

The first thing that gets me is the fact that I can press the nearby button or enable it on Google maps and just see where the buzz is. I can see the security issues with it though. By the end of the day every site with a security team will have at least one article that outlines the security risks of sharing your Geo-coordinates. The most practical thing about it though is that it propagates your public feeds from your current social network sites.

At the end of the day it don’t matter what they say what matters is user base. With access to your entire email contacts list any one to give it a try will instantly know who else is giving it a try. So what will the word of the people be?   Buzz or not to Buzz?

Google Chrome OS

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Anouncment: here

So google are looking to notch up there OS. They have a success full Mobile OS and now they have there sites on something greater.

Google seems to be after the netbook market. Admittedly the netbook market is a bit on the slow side. Armed with knowledge that netbook users who have suffered to date with painfully slow experiences, Google are going to cut down Linux to a insta boot browser.

It is all well and good for the on the go surfer. Let’s hope they have not forgot that geeks also like to buy netbooks. With that in mind lets see if google let you have access to the main App repo and let us put back some of the things they would have removed to speed it up.

Don’t forget the new Nvidia Ion chips. They will bring netbooks on par with some laptops. Linux as a base OS is great because it lets the Geek in side some off us out. Lets hope google does not lock us in.

Google Desktop on OS X

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I have been using Google Desktop on a PC almost since it was out. It is very fast and beats the nuts of the standard windows XP search. Keeping in mind that you have spotlight why you may ask would u want to use Google desktop. Well speed wise its probably the same it would boil down to a few differences the first is Google cache your files so if u delete a file u can still search it. It has a vast array of plug-ins one of which is Larry’s Any Text File Indexer, it allows you index previously unindexable files in fact it will make Google try and index any file type you like this is specifically relevant to code files. This means all your code can be indexed.