Sep 08 2017

So I read the Google manifesto…

Category: English posts,TechnicalIuliana @ 12:12

Before going on vacation the Google scandal of the 10-page “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” document was just starting. A guy at Google created this document in which he criticised the politically correct Google environment and the discrimination happening in the name of the political correctness. And that manifesto made it to the internet. I was preparing for a vacation like no other, in which I was to detach myself completely from my working environment and from the passion that I dedicated myself to for the last 16 years of my life. So I postponed reading the Google manifesto until getting back.

I read the document on the plane on my way back and I realised there is a lot of blogging material in there. Because here we are in the time where political correctness dictates which people are allowed to speak their minds out loud and which are not, unless they want to risk being fired.
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Mar 02 2010

How do you decide who to use and who to trust?

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 14:11

Following the latest article on the subject of antitrust warfare, I remembered yesterday’s argument with one of my co-workers.

This coleague of mine is a big open-source adept, anti-capitalist and of course, Microsoft hater. The whole argument started from the fact that I included in one of my web-project, a line in the footer which said “Optimized for Internet Explorer 7+” because I didn’t bother to make the web-site look fancy on Firefox, all the while it was looking perfect on Internet Explorer (and people say FF is “compliant”… heh). He was bothered by the fact that I was endorsing the use of a proprietary, closed-source browser, and believed I shouldn’t do that. I retorted that I’m not the only one doing it, and that there are even more “evil” ways to endorse something, like for example, denying access to a website if you have a certain browser (for the record, try going here, using Internet Explorer). His argument was along the lines of “why support the big guy that already has the majority of the market share?”. I can agree with that, to some extent. Then again, let’s say I support Firefox, and somehow, it gets to be number one. Should I stop supporting Firefox and go back to supporting Internet Explorer? Not doing it would mean hypocrisy.

This is the eternal problem. Every service provider, when he’s small and puny, values the client and is very friendly. That’s the rule of thumb for creating the clientelle and grow. Growth means profit. Profit is good. That’s how Google got where it is now. But with great power comes great responsibility, right? Google is now at such a level that it can simply dismiss client complaints (me and alot other GMail users waited 8 months in order to be able to open attachments in some particular e-mail messages) and thinks that it can make all the rules for us to follow. It’s sliding to the dark side.

My coleague doesn’t want to use Microsoft products, because Microsoft is evil. Good for him! Now that he realises Google is becoming an evil empire too, his feelings are likewise. So I ask him: “You don’t use Microsoft products… Are you going to stop using Google services too?” After a slight hesitation, he answered “Yes!”

I disagree with this kind of behavior. Then again, I am a capitalist. I care about my own share, and don’t mind other players as long as they don’t affect my share. In other words, I don’t mind using MS Windows Server or Google Docs, as long as they help my purpose. His punchline was “Ok, give the ones with lots of money even more money! That’s how you capitalists work!” Yes, I totally agree! That’s how capitalism works! That’s how the world works! (and that’s why dudes like this still haven’t found their way to moneyland). And as long as it helps me achieve my goals, I don’t mind using anyone’s services… even if I’m a hater.

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Mar 02 2010

When titans clash

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 13:47

There’s new hype around. Google and Microsoft are taking it on.

There was a time, before Google became a big boy, when Microsoft was seen as the big bad wolf. Microsoft was the evil empire who threatened to kill or conquer ever other small competitor, just like it did with Netscape. In the early 2000’s, a new savior came. It was named… Google. It provided free quality services and it was customer-oriented. It was a godsend, but in time, it grew. The more it grew, the greedier it became. By 2005, Google was already starting to be frowned upon by some of its former followers. By providing the quality services it does (Google search, GMail, Picasa, Docs), it became an important player and in some way, it was doing the same thing Microsoft was doing back in the ‘90s.

Then, inthe late 2000’s, Google went enterprise, and the shit hit the fan. The rules changed. The players changed. Everything changed. That’s when Google started to be seen as ‘hostile’ by competitors, but most importantly, Microsoft. But Microsoft has experience in this league. Google does not. That’s why Microsoft has the edge here. In the enterprise league, the weapon of choice is not the customer, but the law-court. Google is still considering itself the “good old samaritan”, or at least, that’s what it wants us to believe, which is wrong. If it wants to survive the “enterprise league”, google has to change attitude and get dirty. Yes, like it’s written all over, Google must become the new Microsoft. You can’t get big if you’re not getting dirty. This is a rule of thumb.

Seeking $335,000 in unpaid advertising bills, Google Inc. filed suit against a small Internet site in Ohio in October. The complaint was so routine it was just two sentences long.

Google never expected the response it got. Last month, the small Internet site countered with a 24-page antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the search-engine giant of a litany of monopolistic abuses.

But what really caught Google’s attention was the Internet site’s legal counsel: It was (Cadwalader’s) Charles “Rick” Rule, long the chief outside counsel on competition issues for Google archrival Microsoft Corp.

 

This is where Microsoft’s experience comes in hand. Microsoft learned from its former law-suits and realised that an effective way of fighting is through “the enterprise client”. Is it working? Yes. Is google going to be able to adapt to this climate? It is, but it will have to drop the “virgin Mary” look and act as the big evil corporation it is.

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Feb 04 2010

In your face, Apple!

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 9:50

While Apple has been whining like a crybaby about Google taking over the smartphone area, Google has not been quite pleased by the moans of its rival. This is why, Google decided yesterday to give a valid reason to Apple to call Google “evil”. More exactly, Google added a new feature to the Nexus One through an update. What feature, you ask? the Apple-style “Multi-touch zooming”.

Why is this a slap in the face for Apple? Well, for starters, Apple holds a patent for this kind of feature. That’s why noone else has been using it… until now. That of course, means that Apple can now sue Google over the infringement of the above-mentioned patent.

It seems that Google wants to show its sharp teeth to Apple and send a clear message: “We can be evil, and we can afford to be evil!”

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Jan 21 2010

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 12:09

Tango in 3 has always been a tricky situation.

Take Apple, Google and Microsoft, for instance. They’re all rivals with eachother in some markets. But lately, the stances have changed somewhat.

In the not-so-distant past, Apple competed with Microsoft on the smartphone OS market. Google was absent here, so Apple used to team with Google to use its search engine as the default on their iPhones. iPhone vs Windows Mobile however is not something threatening for Apple nowadays, but something else is: Nexus One. This caused a very unexpected turn of events. Apple sees now a real threat in Google, so it is thinking that “if Google and Microsoft are enemies…” (and they are, on several markets), “… then the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

However, Apple should also take the “customer” factor into account. The number of Google search users overwhelms Microsoft Bing’s users by far. And usually this is not caused by the fact that Google Search is better than Bing, but because they have this doctrine written into their subconcious that “Microsoft is evil, and Google is not.” All these Google users might find as unnerving a sudden change from their favorite search engine to one that they’re actually despising. This could actually make matters worse for Apple, causing a mass move from the iPhone to the Nexus One.

Do you own an iPhone? How would you perceive a change from Google Search to Bing on it?

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Jan 16 2010

Chinese tango

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 17:31

In late december 2009, an attack compromised the GMail inboxes of several human rights advocates and leaders of anticomunist parties. This is just the latest of the series of cyberattacks that have targetted over 20 companies which operate in China in the past 6 months. VeriSign, a company specialized in computer security, traced this attack back to the chinese government. This is the second one, after the one in July 2009 which was justified by the chinese government as a move against “pornography endorsement by Google”.

Google has first stated that they will boycott the chinese government by shutting down google.cn, but lately, seeing that the closure of google.cn doesn’t raise any reactions from the authorities, it has stated that they will let google.cn operate, but they will lift all censorship on it. This move has created reactions and the chinese government doesn’t seem pleased by the decision.

On the other hand, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that “There are attacks every day. I don’t think there was anything unusual, so I don’t understand. […] I don’t understand how that helps anything. I don’t understand how that helps us and I don’t understand how that helps China.” Not surprisingly, since Microsoft has alot of hopes put into China, and unlike Google, it might even get some “compensation” in order to close their eyes in regards of the recent attacks.

Fanboys of both Microsoft and Google are fighting and blaming eachoter for the attack, since the GMail inboxes were hacked using an exploit in Internet Explorer. In my opinion, both are to blame. The only difference here is how they reacted, and Google might have just made things worse for its users by making an open threat to the chinese government. This should prove interesting to follow.

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Jan 12 2010

G-Drive… storage from Google

Category: English posts,TechnicalRpx @ 22:24

Google has announced earlier today that they are lifting the limitations from Google Docs, so that any file type may be uploaded there. This is a welcomed move from google especially since they have lowered their storage prices some time ago. Google Docs will come with 1GB of free storage capacity and will be extendable to use additional space shared amongst GMail and Picasa. But still, there is an issue I don’t understand: Why impose the 250MB / file limit? For someone who wants to use Google Docs as a backup solution, this is unacceptable. I guess this is the one reason for which people will continue to stick with Amazon S3.

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