Sunday, August 14, 2011

Linkdump: Windows & Apple(s), Google & Paying More

Taking a cue from Second Avenue Saga's recently titled post "Vacation Linkdump", I'm posting a bunch of links with brief descriptions which have been sitting in my "To Be Posted" bookmark folder for a loooong while.

PC World - 23 Years of Wacky Windows Launches - A great amalgamation of videos of Windows launches from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.  Truly history-making and is remarkable seeing how something so simple eventually made all of today's technology possible.

Seattle Times - Precocious 5-year old gives Windows 7 pitch - Continuing with the Windows theme, this kid has been the talk of the town as Microsoft launched one of its most successful TV ads in awhile.  From critic reactions, they're finally getting it right to fight back against Apple's successful 'Mac vs PC' ads.

Personal note - And have you ever seen the classic ad from Apple that told people to "Think different"?  The ad is available for your review here; also see the infamous 1984 Superbowl one showing everyone following Windows and Apple helping break that monotony.  But today, things are different, indeed.  Today, Apple's products look alike.  Basically all white, all in a plastic case.  The same design for mp3 players, the same phones, the same desktops, the same notebooks.  This standardization
seems like a throwback to the very monotony that Apple was trying to break back then.  Wouldn't you rather have more choice in hardware, design, or manufacturer even if it does bring up some more technical issues?  So if you think different, go Microsoft?

SAS - A subway full of apples - No, not the tech company this time, but instead a pretty cool video made by an ad agency for City Harvest which showcases the amount of wasted food overwhelming the subway.  Includes behind-the-scenes video.

Powermat - Just wait till everything has wireless charging built in.  Perhaps we could have it being transmitted through the air too?

Wired - Picture This: Google Chases Bing - I was absolutely impressed when Microsoft released their new image search feature on Bing a few years back.  It featured "infinite scrolling" which would automatically keep loading more images when you reached the bottom; larger image previews which appeared when you hovered over a thumbnail, variable image sizes, and various filtering options.  In July 2010, Google did the same.  What?  I mean, I understand that ideas in technology have to converge eventually, but come on.  Wired gives it a more detailed comparison.

NYTimes - Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers -
"Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege...In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service. "
This essentially violates net neutrality and brings into question whether Google is truly "Don't be evil."

Daily Caller - Congress, companies and states chime in on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger -In similar news involving corporations, I think this merger would just be disastrous for consumers.  Think: why did we pursue anti-trust legislation in the late 19th century with the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?  Because companies were too large and controlled too much of their markets with monopolies.  What the AT&T/T-Mobile merger will create is an oligopoly, where a few providers control the entire market, in turn creating less choice and higher prices for consumers.

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