Sometimes, it’s interesting to dig a bit deeper in the Net to understand that things did not go the way we all supposed… I’m still missing Wave, it has been a revolution aborted in the initial stage. But it had all the potentiality to truly innovate the super-old email standard. I’m still disappointed about its premature disappear.
Admittedly, there is something joyful in opening #google in the morning and discover a little game waiting for you…
This is to celebrate the 15 years of life of the popular search engine (which in passing is a very limiting definition, considering what Google has achieved till now).
Too many professional realities try to give you an image of seriousness and reliability (which is absolutely good, in itself) without indulge in any aspect connected with the discover, or the sense of wonder. I agree, this is only a little game, not intended to raise complex questions – no doubt on it. Nevertheless…
You always have to feed your sheer vision of the world 😉
I’m definitively a fan of Chrome browser.
To tell you all the truth, every now and then I’ll try to switch to Safari, which seems to me a bit faster in loading the pages – at least on my not-too-recent MacBook. Anyway, it happens always the same: in a few hours (or minutes, depending on my mood and on what I’m doing) I close Safari and reopen Chrome. In Chrome, I feel at home. Safari seems to me a bit too “serious” (if you know what I mean); but the real problem of that otherwise excellent browser is that the choice of available extension is still really poor (when compared to Chrome and – of course – to Firefox). There are some tools that I need almost everyday, that are still missing in Safari: one for all, the HootSuite Hotlet.
Ah, yes. Another think I adore in Chrome is that it comes bundled with a “multi user system”. Which I find extremely useful in a variety of situations. It’s very comfortable when developing websites, or updating your blog (you can easily see how a given website do appear when you’re not logged in, for example). It’s very comfortable when you want let your wife check its emails on your computer, without the hassle of having to logout/login with her username and password. And surely, in another number of situations that I still can’t imagine!
Now the latest update of Chrome (29.0.1547.76 at the moment writing) bring me even more excitement, I have to say. First, I have now a direct shortcut to post on Google Plus. Which is fine, because I have just took the decision to wake up my G+ account (that was sleeping while I was wasting time in Facebook) using it for my posts in English (or I should better say, for that imaginary language that I hope can resemble English in some way). Second, the interface is now much more polished (even more minimalistic, one can say), because the applications are normally hided, even if are just at a distance of one click.
Feels that I’m rather a not-too-orthodox Apple fan. Really Apple fans use Safari, no doubt.
Ok, as a simple browser, Safari probably work better. I do recognize it.
But the fact is, Chrome is more funny.
I was somewhat pushed into this, from personal “ruminations” after a diffused dibate that took place in my Observatory in several occasion, where my position (with an interestingly wide spread of different approaches) is now shared among a good number of other researchers.
Since its first apparence, Gmail was rightly considered as “innovative” for a good number of reasons, ranging from the more technical aspects (for example, the interface carachterized by a judicious use of AIAX and other emerging technologies) to end on the more social aspects (the pecuiliar conversational model, etc…). As a consequence, the choice of talking about Gmail, far from being reductive and restricted to a particular brand or service, can easily became (in my humble opinion) an occasion to talk about the “modern web” in a variety of its more aspects.
These posts came as an (imperfect) traslation of a series of little messages I am writing in italian in another blog. Instead of making a long post here (with a long series of grammatical errors… since English is not my first language!) I have choosen a different approach, i.e., to breack up the list of reason in a series of little “pills” to be hosted (also) on my compainion blog signal2noise (s2n). This also with the aim to explore a little bit a form of expression expecially suitable for Posterous platform (yes, I’m addicted to web techology and services, no doubt!)
Well, at this point, I’d say that the scenario is well defined. Next post will deal with a first “motivation” for my adoption of Gmail. In passing, if you like the idea and want to add your two cents, just drop a message to firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
- an investment,
- some assets,
- products to sell, and
- customers to sell them to.
- Their protocols and their applications are not their products, those are their investments.
- We are not their customers. We are their assets.
- Data-mining, eyeball time, internet syndication: those are their products, the ones that they sell to increase their stellar share value and their business. Data-mining in particular is one of the most sought and profitable products to sell.
- their applications are the products, the one that they sell, and
- we are their customers (in the specific case of MS office business model, of course)
I recently installed Chrome on my Mac, and I have to say that it starts really fast (detectably faster than Firefox, for sure…) I still can’t adopt it as main browser, since I’m too addicted to Firefox extensions (and at the moment nothing can beat the wonderful extensions system of that browser).
However, extensions are growing also for Chrome. Let’s wait and see. If I’d have a good extensions for blog posting, as Scribfire, just to start… 😉