Monday, January 12, 2009


Google Scales Back Further

The genius idea of 20% of staff's time being spent on private side projects has been scaled back (Google talk for scrapped perhaps):

In addition to bonus cuts this year, Google has scaled back on the 20-percent-time projects Googlers enjoyed as a break from official duties to innovate in some peripheral area. These projects paid off sometimes—Gmail, for example—but Marissa Mayer once noted that these side products had an 80 percent fail rate.

Maybe corporate Google is unaware of how much people prefer to use Google because of their creative genius. Services like Gmail might not make much money, but they keep Google in my life just that little bit more.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Web 3.0 - Personal Operating System

It has been tried by many, and the time is not far off when someone will get it right. Think iGoogle on steroids.

One page that you will really want to use as your browser home page. It will do everything that could possibly be personal.

- email, including "one-off" accounts to thwart spammy companies
- backup management, connecting with an online service
- file uploads, mostly this would be photos and videos, straight to their online home
- music downloads
- your blog
- RSS feeds
- bookmarks (shared or not)

Basically, a portal to your online world, but covers everything. The page would look a bit like a Windows desktop, with icons, widgets and a cascading menu. Or it could be a series of tabs along the top of the page.

Google, Apple & Microsoft will each have one, and it might only work on their particular browser. But the widgets and applications won't be service dependent

Google's will have the best look and features, but will be constantly updated and will stay in beta. Apple's will have no bugs, and Microsoft's will be the only one with ads.


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