Posted 2201 days ago
Another week comes to a close and the weekend looks to be as boring and quiet as the week has been. At least I managed to find a few things in today’s FriendFeed pipeline to share with you.
Should YouTube Ban Violent Videos? :: The Inquistr – JR is running a poll as to whether you think YouTube should ban violent videos or not.
Microsoft fires game test contractor who talked to VentureBeat :: VentureBeat – sorry but this incident doesn’t bode well for people coming forward to bloggers to tell all they know about interesting tech stories.
App disqualified from App Store because it ‘duplicates iTunes functionality’ :: tuaw.com – just another way to show how Apple doesn’t like competition in what it considers to be its exclusive territory.
Google gets serious about blogging, Automattic the target? :: The Inquisitr – if I’m not mistaken I wrote about something along these lines not that long ago .. oh wait that was Yahoo.
Craptails : The 10 worst drink concepts of all time :: Chow – as a one time bartender I cringe at the thought of these ever crossing over the top of a bar.
Posted 2207 days ago
Google is apparently celebrating some sort of 10 year birthday this week while busily counting their millions of dollars they are making everyday from AdSense. Their near ubiquitous ad network that is run at some point by just about every blogger is the dominate player in the ad business and the web. Recently though they have added to this money machine by finally rolling out AdSense for RSS feed handled by Feedburner/Google.
Now like all good card carrying tech bloggers who use AdSense and Feedburner I quickly turned on that feature when it came available. For the most part it has been doing fairly well on both WinExtra and my new blog The Hodson Report. Granted I can’t reveal numbers or the such without having the Google Ad Police showing up at my door but let it suffice that I am fairly pleased.
Well at least up until today when I viewed one of the recent posts in GReader and noticed the ad that was running at the bottom – which you can see in the graphic to the side (click on it for a larger view). Don’t get me wrong I’m not homophobic or the such but that doesn’t mean I want ads about dating services for people of the gay and lesbian lifestyle and save the hate posts – it’s my blog and I should be able to say what I want. you don’t like it you know where the unsubscribe button is.
As much as I like the addition of the RSS advertising medium I think that Google is going to have to either fine tune its advertising algorithm or give blog owners a much better way to do the fine tuning ourselves.
Posted 2208 days ago
After the last couple of days doing what you might call post and category maintenance I am almost feeling brain numb. I still managed to get a few things posted today in various place so it wasn’t a total downer and I also managed to find a few things on the FriendFeed pipeline that you might also find interesting and fun.
Typesites :: diaroogle – an interesting site that dissects the typographical style found on unique and interesting sites.
Evolutionists Flock To Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain :: The Onion – I don’t usually point to Onion stories but this one was so damn funny I couldn’t resist.
You Can Tell a Woman’s Orgasmic Ability By the Way She Walks :: Physorg.com – and to think I went to school all those years and then ended up studing the wrong thing .. damn.
Big data: The next Google :: Nature – an interesting article on future thoughts about Google and where it is headed.
top 6 eco-friendly car designs :: Deputy Dog – out of the six there is only one that I would be caught dead it. why does eco-friendly have to mean frikken ugly.
Posted 2212 days ago
I realize that a lot of diehard Google kool-aid drinkers would suggest that this would be going to heaven instead but this isn’t even close to a theological discussion. This is a discussion on how today Google may have just succeeded in changing the work flow patterns for a hellva lot of people. As much as I might not want to say this and I know the ribbing will start the moment a few people read this post but the fact is that Google has indeed changed the work flow patterns of at least one person – me.
They did this with one simple thing. It was a simple thing that they have been denying rumours of for almost two years now. Google release the first iteration of their Chrome browser and if unlike their other products they keep moving this forward things on the web and the desktop are going to change. Some folks are calling this the Internet Explorer killer or a shot across the bow of Microsoft in a fight for the cloud. The fact is that this – right now – is highly unlikely as the chances of Chrome breaking out of the narrow confines of the tech blogosphere and early adopters is pretty slim.
The browser that could take a real hit though is the current darling of the techies is FireFox. From working with it today I would think that if there is a solid mechanism in place for user scripts and serious work starts on converting FireFox favourites over to Chrome it might spell serious trouble for FireFox. An interesting thought as well is that because Chrome uses the same rendering engine as Safari that browser could improve significantly as more web developers start contributing to Webkit project.
However that isn’t really what I wanted to talk about in this post. As cool as it that Chrome is faster and uses less resources that isn’t where I think the real importance of the project lies. What I do believe is that Chrome is giving us a whole new way to create a usable work flow. It isn’t perfect yet and there are something that people may have to re-learn – just as I have been today – but once they begin to experiment with some of the things that Chrome can do the light might go off.
For the longest time I have been a desktop applications type of person. I never have been able to get my head wrapped around the idea that trying to do everything within the framework of a browser – as we knew them – was a good idea. For me the idea that having to switch between tabs of a program that was slowly consuming more and more resources as it was being used only to be able to maybe cut and paste a paragraph; or use a word processor when instead you wanted to check your email. Productivity from an overview perspective just didn’t make sense when using a browser for all your computing and web needs.
Now I don’t presume to suggest that this is the case for everyone but for my applications for the most part needed to living on the desktop as separate entities. I like all my programs that I use on a daily basis to be robust and responsive and for the most part I never got that from web based applications. Then on top of that having to work in a tabbed environment wasn’t productive for me. I wanted my FeedDemon as a separate application. I wanted my Windows Live Writer as a separate application. I didn’t like the idea of being locked into the tabs of a browser – especially ones that no matter what you did slowly consumed resources.
Google Chrome changed all that.
Not only have they made the browser experience faster they have also made one that doesn’t feed off of your resources like they are a never ending buffet. That though, is only the tip of the iceberg. they have also given you the ability to launch those separate web applications as separate desktop entities. No longer are you tied to the confines of the tabbed interfaces. You can have GMail as a application on your desktop. you can have FriendFeed as a separate work environment on your desktop. It doesn’t matter what is spread out there on your desktop they can all; to a point, talk to each other. click on a link in one of the satellite applications and it will load up in the main browser in a new tab. Want that tab as a one off item on your desktop then grab the tab and pull it over to the desktop area and let go. Voila you now have that as a separate application and when you are done with it you can either pull it back into Chrome or close it out. You can literally create a fluid desktop on the go and without devouring your resources in the process.
Like Chris Messina said today in response to Chrome making its debut – “To put it mildly, things just got a whole lot more exciting.” Once people begin to realize that it isn’t just about the speed or the smooth looks and begin to look at how their work flow can be improved then we might begin to realize just how the desktop has been changed.
My desktop with Chrome & 1 tear off & 2 applications