One of the most incredible pieces of software developed in the past few years in Google Street View. The notion that you can use your computer to see what a neighborhood looks like is literally magic. What’s more, you can virtually drive through the neighborhood, experiencing it like a local. I mean, a person had… Continue reading Google Maps: Confusing Time & Place
I was playing around with the Google Maps API’s Autocomplete today. This is the feature that lets you type something like “Vancouver” and turn it into the corresponding city. As you type each letter, it guesses what place you’re looking for. Google, being Google, has put a remarkable amount of intelligence into making this work.… Continue reading Algorithms Without Feeling
There’s a popular meme going around right now on the Internet about how Google is in trouble. Much has been written (read the links within that last link) about how Google’s search quality is declining and it’s launched a slew of unsuccessful products (Wave, Buzz, TV). They’ve also got a new CEO and seem to… Continue reading The Google is Doomed Meme (or How to Beat Facebook)
You may or may not know, but Google tests hundreds of different versions of their search service every day. They’ve turned their users into a giant set of unwitting testers who are constantly providing them feedback on how to improve their product. This unparalleled ability to conduct tests is one of the skills that makes… Continue reading A Glimpse of Google’s Future?
I was too young to appreciate the beautifully-lucid-yet-logically-untenable propaganda dreamed up by apparatchiks in the Soviet Union, but, fortunately, China is the new Russia. Check out some quotes from the China Global Times’ response to the U.S. asking for freedom of info on the web: The hard fact that Clinton has failed to highlight in… Continue reading Can Someone Please Explain This To Me?