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Google Does it Again

Google announced today on CNN that they will be giving away $10 million to an idea that will change the world to celebrate their 10th anniversary.  The project is called Project10 to the 100, another play on numbers as Google’s name is.

The project’s slogan is “May Those Who Help The Most Win” and the basic idea is to come up with a new innovative idea that will change the world for the better.  They referenced Google News being created by a Google engineer after the September 11th attacks and the Hippo Water Roller, which has improved water transportation in countries like Africa that do not have a running water supply.  Their opening video explains it all.

I’m turning the wheels in my brain trying to think of an idea.  Anyone want to work together?  Good luck to all!

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09 2008

Corporate Networks Not Necessarily Web 2.0 Compliant

Today, I decided to update my iGoogle start page to include a Google Gadget for a “To Do” or “Task List.” I occasionally use the “Task List” with Microsoft Outlook, but I would rather have the ability to log in from anywhere in the world to see my list.

This was not as simple as I thought due to the nature of corporate proxies blocking various content.  I still don’t quite understand the nature for blocking certain sites.  I generally feel as a professional that we should be allowed to use any tool that helps us get our jobs done.

I use two different corporate networks during the day.  The first one shown below is how my iGoogle page looks from Company 1.  The problem here is Google Gadget images are routed through an anonymizer proxy that is blocked.  This makes the majority of the Gadget’s with images almost completely useless.  At least Company 1 does not block Gmail and Calender.

iGoogle Company 1

Company 2 looks much better as they do not block the anonymizer proxy that displays pictures for Google Gadgets.  However, they do block Google Calender, Gmail and Woot!.  They do not block the anoynmizer that displays the Woot! images for the Google Gadget, but I can not click on the link to follow it over to their site.

iGoogle Company 2

As far as the “To Do” lists go, I added the top 5 lists that came up in the search.  After playing around with them, I prefer using the list that was developed by Google.  It’s simple easy to use interface that does the trick.  The list from Lab Pixies doesn’t work well on Company 1’s network and only allows 7 items on the fancy yellow pad.  The third most popular list allows drag and drop sorting of items, but puts long list items in a scroll box.  The 4th one is just a sticky notepad, which I might keep for quick notes.  The final one called MyListy is the most fancy with a myriad of features that work quite nicely.  However, I just want to keep things simple and do not need a tabbed “To Do” list so the Google one wins for now!

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09 2008

Just received from XM Radio

The big record companies are pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would prevent XM listeners like you from having access to more music choices and new technologies. If these powerful special interests get their way, it will be much tougher for satellite radio to keep bringing you the unique and innovative artists you find on XM.

Let me explain: With 69 commercial-free digital music channels, XM provides an outlet for recording artists of virtually every musical style and genre.

XM has been a good friend to the music industry and, more importantly, to artists and songwriters. XM helps listeners discover new artists and rediscover forgotten favorites, stimulating CD and concert ticket sales.

We make sure artists and songwriters are fairly compensated for their music: XM pays a portion of your subscription fee to them and their record labels for the music you hear. Satellite radio has already paid tens of millions of dollars in royalties — and over the coming years it could pay hundreds of millions more. By contrast, conventional AM and FM radio stations pay nothing to recording artists or their record labels.

    In fact, satellite radio, including XM, is now the largest payer of digital performance royalties to artists and record labels in the country.

But the big record labels want more — a lot more — and are trying to use Congress to stand in the way of the future. They are pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would prevent XM listeners like you from being able to use our new radios. These radios allow XM subscribers to record music they hear on XM for personal use so you can listen later – in the same way TiVo allows you to record TV shows for later viewing.

This could mean fewer music choices and less new technology for you in years to come. Those who stand in the way of progress never prevail and they won’t this time, if you and the other 6.5 million members of the XM Nation act today.

Again, I hope you will click here to contact Congress and learn more about this issue.

Thank you for being a part of the XM Nation. With your support, XM Satellite Radio will continue to bring you the highest quality music, talk, sports, news and innovation.

Best Wishes,

Hugh Panero
CEO of XM Satellite Radio

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06 2006

Google Summer of Code

The Google Summer of Code program has started up again and is taking applications until May 8, 2006. It’s the second year the program has run and it seems to be a very effective way to get more help on many Open Source projects. They even pay $4500! I just wish I had more programming experience and could actually contribute.

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05 2006

Gmail, one year of use…

Gmail has changed the way I use email over the past year. I used to not check my email for days and sometimes even weeks. This was due to the fact that OSU‘s webmail only allowed 15mbs of storage and no spam filtering (I do believe they have finally impemented a spam filter as of writing this)! I would spend the majority of my email time sorting through spam and trying to delete my email so I would not go over my quota when a team member wanted to send me a file.

Now, I check my email many many times a day. It has almost become a routine.

Pros of Gmail

  • search
  • no deleting!
  • conversations are stored in a message format
  • checking email from my cellular phone
  • files are available from anywhere when I need them
  • able to spoof the from address for other email addresses

Things that could still be improved

  • Implementing Google Talk to link with AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc would make it more useful as many people I know do not use Google Talk
  • The implementation of Talk into Gmail seemed to have slowed down the overall page load time for Gmail
  • When I hit reply from an email sent to my other email addresses and forwarded to Gmail… I want the address it was sent to to show up.

Does anyone know if Google is ever going to offer an email server, like the Google Appliance? It would be awesome to be able to run the gmail interface within a large company, but have the email addresses be

If anyone would like an activation code, please leave a comment!

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03 2006