Thursday, December 14, 2006

At the Risk of Being a Sensationalist

Aaron Swartz posted this article about Google yesterday. He didn't get a too happy response from one Google employee that seems to have been offended.

Aside from aggravating Google employees, the post does highlight one thing with which I agree. Whether you agree or disagree with Aaron that Google is making infants out of employees, Aaron is correct that Google needs to innovate more to keep up with the growing tech market. This is doubly true as China and other countries are finally stepping into the tech market. Competition can only get more stiff.

That said, I am a Google fan, and they are doing some cool stuff with feeds, collaborative projects like Writely, Blogger Beta, and other web 2.0 stuff (I know, "web 2.0" is cliche) .

I also think they could do with a little less secrecy. Maybe making the company more open would expose some of the sausage making Aaron talks abut, and lead to some really cool stuff from people getting inspired at the simple mechanics of it.


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The Reason Ikea is Cheap

If anyone sees Jules soon, gently make fun of her for weighing too much. Don't worry, I'm not a pig, it's just that last night, she sat on our SUPER CHEAP Ikea chair, and it split in four places.

Jules is fine (my girlfriend, for those of you that don't know her personally), but the chair had to be scrapped. The funniest part about it is that Jules only weighs about a buck. If Jules can't sit on it, I don't know who can! Heres' a piece of the next one in line for the garbage heap. There's a reason the whole set was only $100.

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That's a Wrap, Folks!

Thank God, my finals are FINALLY OVER!!! My hand has shriveled into a crammed, gnarled mangle of its former self, shooting agonizing pain through my arm with every keystroke.

I immediately sold my books after running, arms flailing widely, from Dwight Bentel Hall. $15 for one book - not bad for a $50 investment three months ago, right? Sheesh. You can hardly get a decent 12-pack to celebrate with that kind of dough.

I'm playing Louie-Louie now... Christmas has come. Now it's time for a cyber Christmas. I'll be putting up a lot more content on my site, and coding away to make it more interactive.

The bright spot; a new media club next semester and lots of eggnog right now. Hoot.

P.S. Yes, the pic links to Jess Drnek's blog... and yes, I'm trying to blatantly shame her into blogging. Hehe.

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