Archive for the ‘Google’ category

Pryor Oklahoma and Server Farm

May 3, 2007

Well, it’s now officially announced by our Governor, Brad Henry… Google’s coming to town!

Over the next couple of years they’ll add 200 jobs to an 800 acre facility. 1 head per 4 acres of heavy metal. That’s gotta be some intense training and HIGHLY competent people. Well, Tulsa’s got the talent, that’s for sure and I’m thinking there are a TON of people on the coast could come here with all their California cash and make a killing in real estate. (hint, hint)

Pryor’s just outside of Tulsa. A really short drive. Nothing to do in Pryor except work, sleep and eat. Unless you call the Super Wal*Mart entertainment (some will). Tulsa’s the next metro area. Fort Smith’s not too far and Fayetteville’s fairly close too.

Now all we need is Amazon to park some of their S3 facility here and we’re good to go! 🙂

Google’s Coming to Oklahoma!?

April 12, 2007

Cool! Finally the big dogs are acknowledging the value proposition the hearltand has in store.

Google Maps Mashup + Books

January 26, 2007

Macworld’s posted an article that has shot my antennae way high…

They’re mashing their Google maps together with their Google Books program in such a way that “places mentioned in this book” are readily apparent. There’s so much to like about this approach. My day job has me immersed in the worlds of GIS, Vertical Search and publishing… all geared to the highly visual and map-centric minded Geologist. It’s a super fun intersection of technology and specialists. These folks think in geography and maps and four dimensions (the X, Y and Z over time) AND are constantly trying to evaluate sources of information by way of search applications.

So, to have the ability to illustrate all the places a book mentions is just way too good to pass up. Flitting over to learn more about Google’s new APIs. Will post more as I have something to show for the effort.

“Search in it’s early days.” !?

November 21, 2006

Mr. Pell who is CEO of Powerset posts on the 19th an entry chockablock full of tidbits waiting to be spoiled.

For instance,

…It is often said that the rival that will overthrow Google is only a click away. Monier is sceptical. “It’s very difficult to innovate on the scale that we do,” he said. “You need a really radical idea, and need to execute it well.”

If I was Google I wouldn’t take such a publicly dismissive attitude. Search isn’t so hard. Innovation isn’t so hard. SCALE… now that IS hard! And it’s something any successful destination on the web is going to have to address early in their lifetime. But for a wicked smart person such as Mr. Norvig to be so cavalier as to dismiss the agreggate power of their competitors… After all, what little upstart in a garage turned the industry on its ear? Google. And they weren’t exactly a gargantuan entity at the time. No, I think Mr. Norvig’s a bit “off” on that one and should stick to his thing.

I’ll set another one up:

“We are at the very beginning of search,” said Norvig. He said his colleagues were “disappointed” that most searches still start by typing a couple of words into a box on a web page.

OK, Mr. Norvig… we’re at the dawn of the internet (and whatever progeny it’s going to cast off). Imagine 250 years out (assuming we don’t destroy ourselves). Today’s “internet” is going to be infantile in comparison. Heck, imagine 50 years out! I would LOVE to see what Mr. Norvig thinks is a good search… I would LOVE to see the something that doesn’t dissappoint he and his “colleagues”.

I guess my point is this… until the database of intentions is so good that it can read our minds well before we can think to even type our desire… well, today’s search is probably good enough to last a long while. And, Google in my estimation has a lock on the opportunity to fulfill most search requests. NOT because they’re that much better than Powerset or Inktomi or Yahoo or MSN or Autonomy or Verity but because they have brand recognition and a CLEARLY recognizable identity (unlike some of the be-all-end-all’s above). I go to Google for two reasons – they’re integrated into my browser (Safari) and their searching tool is simple and uncluttered.

Today, they are the go-to supplier for “results” that are good enough to satisfy most consumers of web site data. They’re good at it. But, if Mr. Norvig has an angle on just how bad a product search is right now… I’d love to know how much better search results could be. To be sure, we all iterate our products. I sense either Google’s about to unleash something so spectactularly better on us or they’re wringing their mitts in anticipation of someone else doing the same to them as they did to Yahoo a few years ago.

Do The Engines Suck? Or Just the Searches?

October 12, 2006

Battelle’s book, “The Search” has this nifty little bit about intent.

The engine that can anticipate my intent (somehow, someway) will win huge. Until then… search results are going to be largely hit and miss. (more…)

Google Image Labeler

September 7, 2006

Google Image Labeler

As Matt Cutts says… BIG time sink. Fun. But, don’t go there!

An Enemy of My Enemy Might Be My New Board Member

August 30, 2006

I’m a firm believer in stacking your board with insanely strong contributors. Gore’s a great choice. Anderson’s a great choice. Jobs… well, nothing need further be said there. Schmidt… Awesome.

But, there’s this sense that something big is looming. And, there’s always going to be something big looming. If you’re an Apple or a Google (or a Microsoft) if you don’t have something big ahead… you’re toast.

Look, I bought a position in Apple in the past two weeks. I’m following them like a HAWK now that I have skin at play. And the board looks like this:

Bill Campell:
OPSWARE, Director

Millard Drexler
THE GAP, Chairman

Stephen Paul Jobs:
DISNEY, Director
THE GAP, Director

Arthur Levinson, Ph. D.:
GOOGLE, Director

Fred Anderson:
EBAY INC, Director

Jerome B York:
GEN MOTORS, Director

Albert Gore, Jr.

Now, add Dr. Eric Schmidt

To think these folks don’t bring shortcuts into the other companies they’re directors/executives at is goofy (sorry, Disney). But, it is! Because THEY DO! They’re so well connected into the fabric it would be foolish not to harness their networks. Now, I’m not entirely sure if Mr. Jobs is still on The Gap BoD. At one time he was. I’m leaving it in until I find out otherwise.

I also think that the “gang up” boardroom tactics aren’t necessarily bad either. Why the heck not!? If you have a common strategic foe… build some corporate girth/alliances to take on the opponent. By all means! I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Mr. Jobs and Dr. Schmidt compare notes and intel on Redmond. That would be a hoot.

“Well, Steve they’re doing THIS well. But here’s where we see opportunities.” Stare… “Uh huh… So, where’re Sergey and Larry on this? We were supposed to get three for the price of one.” “Hammocks. They’re still in their hammocks.”

Stories which might be helpful/interesting perspective:
Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing: Google CEO joins Apple board – is there more to this?

Silicon Beat: Apple and Google alliance — makes sense given culture, goals

Google Moves Into Enterprise Apps

August 27, 2006

Well, it’s official… Google’s now offering email, calendaring, messaging and site hosting for companies. Looks to be called Google Apps.

Apparently they’re announcing this tomorrow. But, I just signed up, confirmed participation (approved) and am betting that early tomorrow morning there won’t be any slots left (if gmail and analytics are any indicator).

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Google Analytics Codes FOUND!

May 27, 2006

I have finally found an angle on the Google Analytics activation codes I’ve been hunting for for so long… (more…)

Google, MetaCarta and The Enterprise

May 17, 2006

This is a HUGE deal! HUGE!!

If you’re into GIS or map-based search this is indispensable and worth every ounce of your attention.

I think Google’s getting the better end of the deal here to be honest. The folks at MetaCarta are absolutely top-shelf talent (not that Google’s aren’t, ok?). But, Cambridge is a far better place because of what’s going on with this powerhouse of a company and the people in it.

Watch them closely. They’re destined for greatness!