Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Google+ Hype

Yesterday Google unveiled their new social networking "extension" that's still in alpha (or as they say "field testing") called Google+. I took the chance to sign up for it here.

As my coworker pointed out to me earlier there has been a lot of hype over this new social network in the media but very little skepticism. Do people hate facebook that much or do they just enjoy someone taking stabs at them? News Corp. just sold Myspace for $30 million as MSNBC reports which spells the end for the closest social competitor. I guess people are applauding the entry of a new competitor?

xkcd sums it up nicely:

Then again maybe media firms don't want to piss off Google? Can you say a drop in PageRank? - Oops I guess I'm screwed.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Unstable-ness of Chrome OS

The more I use Google's Chromebook the more I realize how unstable Chrome OS is.

I’m one of the recipients of Google’s CR48 Pilot program which was their Beta program, so the hardware I’m using isn’t the same as what's for sale today. Before I bash the OS I’d like to say the unstable-ness of the Chrome OS could be the result of the low hardware capabilities aka not enough processing power and/or memory.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: The Comeback (Kindle) by Gary Shapiro

This is my review of The Comeback (Kindle version) by Gary Shapiro with a foreword by Mark Cuban:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mobile version of My Technology Fetish

I'm happy to announce the release of a new mobile version of My Technology Fetish. The new format is part of a blogger update that offers simplified browsing for mobile browsers. Looks pretty good on the iPhone and there's even an option to switch back to the full version of the site.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Apple Updates and Star Wars Kinect

Today at the WWDC, Apple unveiled iOS 5 with two hundred or so improvements to it's mobile operating system: an improved Camera, better notifications and my favorite: the ability to go PC-Free. I haven't sync'd my iPhone 4 to a computer in 6+months; the only reason to do so is to sync music and backup the device. Now all that has changed.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Windows 8 Demo at D9

I've seen a few videos now crop up on Windows 8. There is no beta or release candidate available so if you want to learn more about Windows 8 you've got to rely on the few videos floating around. This video is from the D9 conference in Ranchos Palos Verde.



You can see from the video it looks like Windows 8 is really Windows Phone 7 + Windows 7. You get the tile overlay of Windows Phone 7 in place of the Windows 7's sidebar and start screen and you can also switch to the Windows 7 interface for regular use. The touch gestures look pretty nice and resemble the PlayBook.

It seems weird Microsoft would combine all these features instead of separating the desktop and tablet OS's but I guess this will make sure Windows stays relevant in an increasingly touch / mobile world.

Marc Andreessen Highlights from D9

This is a very good video from the D9 conference, being held in Rancho Palos Verdes, with Marc Andreessen talking about a range of things including the new browser wars, funding startup companies and where he sees the future of the web.



Walt Mossberg also hammers Marc Andreessen who runs the VC firm Andreesseen Horowitz with his partner Ben Horowitz over whether the market for technology companies is in a bubble and/or on it's way towards a bust.