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Cool Screenshot – Happy New Year and Resolution!

January 5th, 2010 1 comment
gadgetmeter newyears Cool Screenshot   Happy New Year and Resolution!

Captured at 1/1 11:11

Happy New Year to everyone from the folks at GadgetMETER. GadgetMETER is now officially 1 year old and I am proud of what we’ve accomplished in that time.

One of my New Years resolution consists of simplifying my online and offline lifestyle.

  • Get rid of junk in my house I haven’t used in years
  • Eat less or no meat.
  • Reduced the number of RSS subscriptions.
  • Deactivated my Facebook account. (I’ll talk more about this later).
  • Discovered http://mnmlist.com and http://minimalmac.com. These are two great websites if you feel you are too distracted with todays bombardment of information.
  • Run a 10k
  • Enrolled at UPenn for Graduate School.
  • De clutter my MacBook desktop and menu bar

Now, if you are wondering how this screenshot is appropriate for this post. Well, I just happen to look at my iPhone at exactly 1/1 11:11pm so I quickly captured it. The background is a picture of Monica Belluci on my jail broken iPhone. Pretty cool huh? It must be a sign because I see it as a way to reset our tech lifestyle and look back at what’s really important: family, friend (true friends, not the persons you don’t know on your Facebook), health, and the environment. Today, we have way too many distractions in our life that really clouds our judgetment on what’s really important. Let’s take time to get rid of online and offline baggage and welcome the New Year!

So I propose this New Years Challenge for you.

  • Go take a walk.
  • Meet with a friend for coffee.
  • Enough with Twitter already. It’s really just for celebrities!
  • Delete contacts on Facebook you don’t ever engage with. Heck, deactivate your Facebook account like I did!
  • Delete LinkedIn. Who really uses this anyway?
  • Stop texting while having lunch or dinner with someone. Enjoy the moment.
  • Volunteer at a community center or shelter.
  • Donate to a charity: time, money, clothes, food. It can be anything.
  • Read a long form book.
  • Go camping or hiking.
  • Call up a friend. No texting!

Want a Google Wave Invite? We have some!

December 1st, 2009 No comments
google wave invite Want a Google Wave Invite? We have some!

Google Wave Invite

Google Wave is a hot topic now. It is Google’s ambitious project for next generation unified real-time communication and collaboration tool. I finally got my invite and can now invite up to 8 others. I’m giving them away so if anyone is interested contact me through the web form. It even works on the iPhone!

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Why Yahoo had to do something drastic

August 8th, 2009 No comments

Much has been made of the Yahoo/Bing union.  Say what you want about why Yahoo needed to do it and how Microsoft is benefiting from the added eyeballs, yada-yada-yada.  Here’s a really simple graphical example of how far behind Yahoo is relative to Google and Bing.

Here’s a simple query I entered into Google.

 Why Yahoo had to do something drastic

Note that, even though Google didn’t find anything relevant search-wise, it very kindly pointed me to the UPS website’s tracking functionality.  Here’s the same query in Bing.

 Why Yahoo had to do something drastic

Again, note the link to UPS.  And Yahoo?  Here’s Yahoo’s result.

yahoo 600x240 Why Yahoo had to do something drastic

Fail fail fail.  If Yahoo can’t keep up, they need to get out.

EDITORIAL – Google’s expanding (evil?) empire

July 8th, 2009 4 comments

g evil EDITORIAL   Googles expanding (evil?) empire(Thanks to Parallel Divergence for the image!)

Google’s been on quite the update frenzy of late.  First they remove the beta label from a slew of their cloud apps, then they go and announce that they’re going where few have dared to tread and attempt to release a complete OS.  All within the course of two days!

Let me preface all my commentary by saying that I am a Googler.  They own my a**.  I live in Gmail.  My life is managed completely through GCal.  I have two sites I manage that are drivien by GApps.  I am moving more and more of my files into GDocs.  I now get 99% of my daily news and information via GReader.  I have a Google Voice number.  Most of my web surfing outside of work is done on Chrome.  I am so Googled, I may have their logo tattooed on my back.  Suffice it to say that I use their products to the point where they are indistinguishable parts of my life.  So I would be a natural for their OS right?

Well, not exactly.  What disturbs me about all this is that Google seems to be heading right where Microsoft was a few years ago.  At what point does Google become a defacto monopoly?  They already own something like 2/3 of all the world’s search.  I know their growth is slowing and they are looking for more ways to embed themselves into the fabric of our lives (especially our corporate lives).  And I totally agree with the arguments that Google’s various apps (mail especially) have been out of beta for the past year or longer, and that they only kept the beta tag so that the techies could claim to be using an “advanced” product.  Now that that tag is starting to hurt them in the enterprise sales market, they removed it from a bunch of apps that are at various stages of development.  Gmail is one thing but Google Voice?  C’mon – they only just started taking new requests for numbers.  If they followed the same approach with the GrandCentral acquisition that they did with all their other acquisitions, then they basically re-architected the whole thing to fit Google.  You can’t tell me they did that in a year to the point where it can be considered reliable from an enterprise perspective.

And that’s the key issue – there is no announced standard by which Google is declaring a technology as being out of beta.  Does the fact that Gmail is no longer in beta mean that my uptime guarantee is higher?  Or am I still at the “reasonable effort” level of service?  Many companies just won’t hand over critical infrastructure to Google (or any other outsourcer) for less than 99.999% uptime guarantees, and many cloud-based services just aren’t there.  And email, while vital, isn’t yet on the same level as phone service.  Can you imagine trying to dial a number and not being able to?  We can’t because (short of natural disaster or emergency), when we pick up a phone, we get a tone.  It’s so ingrained in us that we just assume it to be the truth.  Google’s not there yet.

At least with their OS ambitions, they are starting small.  A lightweight, web-centric OS is perfect for netbooks.  Even with XP, a netbook will get sloggy – so a super version of Chrome could do wonders for speed and performance of these primary cloud-focused products.  But what’s going to kill the G-OS (and most other web-centric OS’s) is that people don’t like being limited.  When they go to a web site, no matter what the platform, they want it to work.  When they get an application, they want to be able to use it.  Most users don’t want to think “is X compatible with Y”, which apparently is such a foreign concept to product designers and techies that to this day it continues to boggle them when people complain that stuff won’t work together.  The only company that’s really gotten the closest to “getting” this is Apple, and, with the release of the iPhone 3GS, we’ll see how long that singlemindedness lasts.  It’s very possible we’ll start seeing apps that focus exclusively on the 3GS because of its faster performance and enhanced graphics capability.  At that point, fragmentation can’t be too far behind.

So am I looking forward to the G-OS?  Yes, but I have my doubts as to its reception and success in the market.  And with each expansion of Google’s scope, I become more convinced that they will become our defacto overlords.  At least I’ll have identified myself to them as a loyal minion.

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Google Custom Search

April 23rd, 2009 No comments

We are excited to let you know that we have finally implemented Google Custom Search to provide you with a better user experience. It took us a few tries but we happily made it!

You won’t see much difference in the user interface but our search results are now indexed by Google rather than WordPress (the wonderful blog platform we use).

Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

To see how to you can incorporate Google Custom Search on your site, visit http://www.zparacha.com/how-to-incorporate-google-custom-search-engine-with-adsense-into-your-wordpress-blog. They did a great job explaining it.

Cheers!
Your folks at GadgetMETER

just created a twitter account…

March 24th, 2009 No comments

We tried hard not to but just aren’t strong enough. We too fell into the trap of signing up for Twitter. It’s a nice experiment and since we are a tech blog, we should be on this other crazy and attention deficit friendly platform.

Our blog posts will automatically create a post on Twitter.

Follow us here http://www.twitter.com/GadgetMETER

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Hello everyone!

January 16th, 2009 No comments

We just launched our blog focusing on the coolest gadgets and technologies. I recently attended CES 2009 and will write more about that soon. Cheers!

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