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March 10, 2006

Google Up and Down

In a matter of a few hours I was faced with news, errors, and my first-time usage of services of a single quite big company, Google. Here is a short account of a day with lots of googlism.

Due to my kids wake up time (they get asleep again faster than I do) I was up early this morning. I checked my blog and saw it was very slow. "Odd", I though, "the site is usually quite fast". Minutes later I saw on delphifeeds.com a post by Dennis Gurock on the problems at Google Analytics. As many others have probably done, I've removed the troublesome JavaScript file inclusion and the site was fast again. Many posts (including this one) can help fixing the problem, but I decided on don't really to run Analytics on this site and should go back learning how to use AWStats instead. The more interconnected our web sites become and the more we increase the points of failure. Lesson learned.

I kept looking around and saw some interesting announcements about a forthcoming Google CL2 Calendar. Intriguinig. I also notice that Google has bought Upstartle (see also this link), the makers of Writely, an astonishing site that allows two people to edit the same online text document at the same time. If you need collaboration, including remote collaboration, the concept is impressive, indeed. Let's see what Google makes if it. Google Office?

Finally, I've created an account on Google Video as I plan creating some Delphi training videos (some for free, some for a fee) and upload them to their service. Seems a nice site so far... I'll keep you posted.

Update

I've found tons of blog posts about the subjects I've touched here... Anders Bylund on arstechnica tels more about CL2, while Eric Bangeman on the same site discusses Writely acquisition. Actually, this has hit major news, something I did not suspect when I blogged, as this is for sure not a well known site. Anything Google does, it is news. (Why don't we spread the rumor they want to buy Delphi? Danny, can you help us? This will make the news!)





 

4 Comments

Google Up and Down 

"an astonishing site that allows two people to edit 
the same online text document"

Marco, it's what videogame players have been doing 
for years. "Collaborative computing", what you do on 
your machine is reflected on other people machines 
too.

What's so complex in modifying a memory buffer in 
two? Ok, I admit that doing it in Javascript and 
HTML is far more complex than doing it with any good 
and sensinble programming language.

I continue to be very worried. Computer are becoming 
multicore, 64 bits, lots of RAM and disk gigabytes, 
should we use them just to reload html pages? <g>
Comment by on March 11, 16:31

Google Up and Down 

Hi Marco,

we are also using AWStats besides Google Analytics and
AWStats is perfect for general traffic analysis, so I
can recommend it. The only thing Google Analytics does
better is tracking conversion rates like sales and
trial downloads.

Regards,
Dennis
Comment by Dennis [http://software.gurock.com/] on March 12, 21:17

Google Up and Down 

/* Anything Google does, it is news. (Why don't we 
spread the rumor they want to buy Delphi? Danny, can 
you help us? This will make the news!) */

Indeed...Imagine the senario that Google buys the 
IDEs, i think this will change dramatically the 
software development market and will be maybe the 
most serious threat to Microsoft.

Do we have hopes ?

Comment by objectref on March 13, 15:24

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"Do we have hopes ?"

I don't think so. But that would be a dream anyway.
Comment by on March 14, 19:37


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