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Net Neutrality, Not American May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Search, Web 2.0.

When Tim Berners-Lee started off with a French net neutrality example I knew his essay was in jeopardy. As the inventor of the internet (Sorry Gore) and working for Google, he definitely has a horse in this race however Net Neutrality is simply Not Free Market, Not Market Based and Not American.

If I make an investment in the future, take a risk, deploy capital, and build something better I should be able to charge a market rate for that product. RBOCs are not a great poster child for this debate because they were derived from a government created monopoly.

That was then, this is now.

If Comcast or SBC wants to charge Google, Yahoo or MSN more for streaming video or whathaveya they should be able to. Consumers will be able to switch providers if their current provider is too slow rendering their favorite sites.

The Market will Take Care of This.

Notice how quiet the big web — networking vendors are of course totally against any sort of net neutrality- companies have been regarding this. They don't want net neutrality because they think it will lock out start ups (thus keeping them at the top) and it could. However I think the SBCs of the world are more interested in Google, Yahoo and MSN at this point.

Life is not fair.

It never will be. However, consumers will have choices on their service provider and that should keep the Backbone companies honest. We will see. Socializing bandwidth will never be the answer. It doesn't promote innovation, and innovation is why we have the internet.


Long Tail – Proof Positive May 16, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, Web 2.0.
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A recent study by Roger Magoulas and Ben Lorica of O’Reilly Research
provided strong data to support the assertion that online access drives
usage of content that is generally not available in print. We compared
sales reported through Nielsen Bookscan for the fourth quarter of 2005 with access logs from both O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online service and from Google Book Search. The result provides compelling support for Chris Anderson’s “long tail” theory.

Read the Whole thing…

Now how do we stop thinking about dumb Ajax-y websites and really take advantage of this????

Microsoft adCenter – Hmmm chicken or egg? May 4, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Google, Microsoft, Search, SEM.
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Gates crackin a good one

All that's missing is pageviews….

Google OneBox (Leverage, Leverage, Leverage) April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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When I was an college marketing intern at Microsoft in the 90s. They overused one term, i hadn’t heard or used (before then) since Finance class. LEVERAGE.

LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. Every decision from corporate. Every Speech, Billg made. Every sales approach was (and of course is to this day) based on institutional LEVERAGE.

Who is taking that very Microsoft-ian approach now?


Who else could utilize their BRAND (not technology, I think Yahoo and MSN have comparable algos) and Goodwill to create OneBox.

MSFT couldn’t because they overtly compete with and want to OWN many/all of these product lines. Yahoo didn’t, because it is too consumer focused. Nope.

Google LEVERAGED Brand and Skills into a strong Enterprise Offering. Dont think they wont mash/build/integrate/LEVERAGE further up into the value chain.

Riya….Definitely Run on an idle PC or at night March 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I guess I didn’t read the instructions (what’s new) but the Riya uploader distributes much of the photo processing to the user PC (which makes sense economically). For the first two days I was running it on an idle PC with Outlook, Google Desktop, Firefox, AntiVirus…basically all kinds of crap.

WELL, this AM, I powered down all processes except Riya and it is uploading twice as fast. This is a 2.5 yo machine (1.99 GHz Athlon) and we are now uploading 200 5-7MegaPix pics per hour up from 100 before I cleared the system tray.

CL2: Arghhh, Another Google Product I am gonna HAVE to use!!! March 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Why are they doing exactly what needs to be done with Calendaring????

CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes
now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, subscription feeds for
integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation,
search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more.

It’s also clear from the event creation functionality that Google is
is going to attempt to aggregate events like eventful and zvents do
now. If they combine their event creation feature with a web crawl and
parsing of event data (exactly what zvents does), they will be able to
create a very large events database. From the CL2 Trusted Tester

More Importantly, why is MSFT & Yahoo not???
Sure there are many start ups out there like Airset, zvents,  30 Boxes many many more….but why use a calendaring apps without email integration? Makes No Sense.

This will be THE tool that gets everyone in my family on Gmail…buh bye Outlook and Hotmail, & Yahoo. The functionality combined with Gmail integration is too much to resist.

Update: Paul Kedrosky says March 15th Release

Google Analysts Day! No Guidance Given March 2, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search.
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Google Analysts day took place today to a packed house of Wall Street Analysts wondering ” How the heck are these guys so much richer than me?” Computer Science? Doh!

In a nutshell: Advertising has been veddy veddy good to us and this should continue.

“Is Madison Avenue about to get Googled?” March 1, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Google, Search, SEM, SEO.
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The leader of a new group within Publicis says no.

Rishad Tobaccowala a top executive in the media-buying division of Publicis,says in a eat my words quote:

“I think Google has overextended, like Napoleon opening up a Russian
front,” he said last week in an interview in London. “I think they are
a very amazing company that will take over nothing.”

I think Rishad and his ilk are about to see Google (or yahoo or MSN or ReachWest) take something from them they didn’t even know was up for grabs…..can’t even imagine…Marketing and Ecomm group managers in top corporations are sooo much more sophisticated than these firm give them credit.

They don’t need to be hand held.

They don’t need the floor to ceiling ocean views

They don’t need the cynicism and holier than thou attitude…

They don’t need the mark ups…

They NEED CRYSTAL CLEAR ROI ….new media firms are giving that to them…. Buh bye, Rishad.

Google prepares for Singularity…its Early February 25, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Google, Search, Singularity.
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Google has expanded its print ad test – dubbed Publication Ads – to the tune of 30 new magazines, writes Mediaweek.

As a Singularity enthusiast, I understand where Google is going with this, business models should be focused on 5-10 years in the future…HOWEVER,  are we a little EARLY. There is no EPaper yet. If I look at these mags, I am not going to get the the AdSense magiv ad serving technology. I am probably going to receive look at a 1and1.com advertisement. Not sure Google is owning that attention the same way they do on-line.

If a Brrreeeport falls late in the forest…. February 17, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Search.
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Will anyone ping it???

Marissa Ann Mayer – Constraint Vital for Creativity February 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Google, Search, Words to Live By.
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Henry Ford once said, “If I’d listened to customers, I’d have given them a faster horse.”

That great quote comes in a Business Week article from Marissa Ann Mayer, Google’s VP of Search Products and User Experience and now every Computer Science nerd’s Bo Derrick (do I date myself?).

Marissa Ann Mayer

Posters are probably being created as I type this from Stanford to MIT to ITI. 😉
Great Article about how constraints are vital to creativity. Read It.

MSN Incentivized Search – Didn’t IWON already try this? SECRET Keywords Included. February 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Google, Microsoft, Search.
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Looks like MSN is taking the famed IWon.com road to riches!

It is a fine idea and I will definitely try my *luck* now that I know what the keywords are to search. Thanks Oilman!

Google’s Gmail gives MSFT Heartburn…TUMS won’t help February 11, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, Web 2.0.
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Gmail & Gtalk I have been reading some dismissive remarks on Blogs about this new Gmail for Enterprise Email Service…Mostly these center around the flat hierachical file system, no calendaring and privacy issues.
I think super technical folks miss the point when they say that GMail is Outlook lite and will never make it into the Enterprise. I have worked for and consulted for some of the largest (IBM) and most advanced (MSFT) tech companies in the world and 99.99% of the users do not need (nor use) anything more than a “flat hierarchial e-mail service”.
Calendaring is coming to GMail and I am sure it will be a lot different (and flexible think:adhoc Groups) than what is currently available (or even coming in Outlook 12 because of Server Licensing revenues) to Exchange based users…

Gtalk is getting implemented now.

How hard is it going to be to build a CRM, SFA, what-have-ya system on this “Platform”???

Not Very.

MSFT is not doomed by any means, but profit margins are abuot to Shrink in the SoHo Space

As Far as Business Privacy Goes…um, I don’t think there is such a thing.

if you use IE, run as fast as you can and grab IE7 January 31, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Search.
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IE7 beta 2 was just released and it is a winner. FAST, Stable, some sort of ‘feed’ discovery button that I am guessing Winer won’t be happy with but may get a few more users to subscribe to RSS feeds. Maybe not.

It also has some really cool Memory usage technology that reduces overall PC Memory usage when minimized. 130 Megs of memory when up, dropped down to less than 15 megs when minimized. I LIKE THAT.

It presents Gmail a *little* incorrectly (probably a MS feature:-)

Otherwise IE7 beta 2 is a Well Overdue Update. Nothing Earth Shattering but waaaaay better that IE6.

I will keep updating over the next few days of use

I will continue using Firefox because of Performancing 1.1 Get it Performancing if you like to blog and you don’t have it! ASAP.

UPDATE 1: The Newsreader(which is in the Favorites area) has some *promise*. Of course there should be some kind of integration between browsing and web page RSS feeds. This is an obvious presentation that kind of reminds of Usenet views in the old Netscape Navigator. It needs to forget feeds after you see them.

 Update 2: OK, Mozilla better get busy. This browser is Very Nice. IE doesn’t choke on java applets anymore. It loads into memory 2-3x faster Firefox 1.5. It has some cool Ajax-y touches like Quick Tabs (which isn’t quick) that window panes your tabbed pages in one window which is pretty cool….I can see maximizing the window, Quick Tabbing it with Video, Email, Meebo running at once. ESpecially with a second monitor. Second cool Ajax-y thing is a page magnifier in the bottom right hand corner which will magnify (or shrink) Everything in the window . Pretty cool if your eyesight is off or you want to look at some pr0n and all you have access to is thumbnails. This browser is growing on me.

Sellout.com ??? January 31, 2006

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Andy Kessler nails it. If China ever does open up, won’t

” a billion soon-to-be-online Chinese will forever associate Google with lame and censored search results?”

I think so.

update: I hope you guys acted like Google and sold out during market hours. Ouch.

Symbol: GOOG
Last Trade: 359.98 4:58PM ET
After Hours Change: Down 72.6801 (16.80%)
Today’s Change: Down 66.84 (15.66%)
Bid: 359.60
Ask: 360.00

It’ll be back…it was just a bit ahead of itself.

Firefox 1.5 vs IE w/ MSN Toolbar (Tabs) January 30, 2006

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Well I have been giving IE6 a chance now that I loaded the MSN toolbar with tabs and after 2 weeks of testing I have come to the opinion that: IE 6 w/ MSN tabbed browsing BLOWS CHUNKS. This has got to be the slowest browsing experience on earth. If you have more than a couple tabs open, it start choking everytime to swith back and forth. IE 6 users, Why o Why have you not switch to Firefox? Do it Now for you sanity.

360: Firefox 1.5
180: IE 6 w/ MSN toolbar and tabbed browsing

James Frey : “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Oprah” January 29, 2006

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I was out at Typhoon Friday night having some cocktails and shooting the breeze when I decided to bring up Thursdays Oprah. A show where Oprah loses it, puts on one of the most ungenuine personas ever, and bullys James Frey like only a billionaire with low self esteem can.

It was a mixed crowd –equally women and men- but, (to a person) EVERYONE felt Oprah was completely and utterly out of line in her attack. Everyone at the table thought it was completely scripted and most had lost significant respect for the worlds most popular talk show host. Everyone (I keep using that word) agreed that the book was about addiction and recovery. Fabricated jail stays or the *method* (highly innapropriate when the tradgedy is the death – You owe an apology for that Oprah) of suicide had no effect on the story.

Lastly the panel of suckups Oprah’s producers had assembled (Never know when your next book may need a boost, Frank?) were in such utter awe of BigO they probably would have all agreed (and held him down) if Oprah decided to beat Frey with a high heel.

In the End, James Frey’s books sales have actually increased since the show and the movies is being coproduced by Brad Pitt.

This brings me to my first installment of pov360’s “360 or 180” which is my version of Wired/Tired, Hot/Not, Winner/Losers for the Week.

360: James Frey
180: Oprah Winfrey

360: Google
180: Google is Evil