Google Wave. The Company that perfected email just killed it.
I had a bunch of things bouncing around in my head yesterday, but I didn't have time to get them down, so we'll have some extras today. First up, from the TV show (www.topgear.com). Not new, but it doesn't get old.
Enter NuevaSync (www.nuevasync.com). The program acts as a Microsoft Exchange Server for your calendar and contacts. You sign up at nuevasync.com and give the site access to select parts of your Google account. Then, on the iPhone, you add a new Exchange account, enter your nuevasync sign on information and put in the website as a server - voila.
Here are detailed instructions on how to perform this function. Ironically, they are not on the nuevasync site. NuevaSync is a great product with lowsy instructions; still, that's better than great instructions with a lowsy product.
Here is the direct Staples link.
Oh, and he's being replaced by Jon Gruden, fmr. head coach of the Tamba Bay Bucks. A man lovingly known as "Chucky" from doll horror fame.
And a final sports thought....maybe jockeys do have an effect. Mine that Bird won the Derby at 50:1. A few weeks later, Alexandra won the Preakness - the first filly either ever or in a long time. Both were ridden by the same jockey.
And, in case you were wondering, yes, 'nomenclatorial' is a word.
[HT to McCloskey for the idea]
- 1 all out system crash severe enough to require a restart into chkdsk (a program that goes through and automatically verifies the integrity of the disk). The computer equivalent of, "Holy crap! Ok. Ok. First thing - did I break anything?"
- Apparently copying 70GB or so from one USB 2.0 drive to another can take 1 day. And you have to babysit it.
- What in the name of all that is holy could make IE decide that, when I clicked on a link on the Wall Street Journal site, what I meant was, "Please open that in a new window, and then do it again and again and again and again..."
There's a little dose of reality for those of you who believe that I might know more than you do about computers. I still have the same anomalies.
Wisconsin cops wanted to track a suspected stalker, so they attached GPS to his car while it was parked in his driveway and recorded it for five weeks. Thing is, they didn't have a warrant. The defendant cried foul under the Fourth Amendment (search & seizure), but the court (and the court of appeals) thought otherwise. The 3-judge panel unanimously held that police didn't need a warrant to obtain what they could have otherwise obtained by public suveillance. You only need a warrant to enter a location where the suspect would have an expectation of privacy, such as a home or office. To their credit, the jurists were uncomfortable with this result and requested that lawmakers consider limiting the practice. After all, police can slap hundreds of these bugs on trains, planes, and automobiles and track them all at one terminal, greatly increasing their surveillance capacity. Sure, it makes catching bad guys a cinch, but it also has a bit of that detached, big-brother quality that makes us all a wee bit uncomfortable. (Not Justice Scalia, of course).
The ironies of this story are not lost on me. First, defendant here complained that the police should not be allowed to do to him what he was doing to the woman he was stalking, and, second, how is it illegal for a private citizen to track another's movements in public when police can do exactly the same thing without a warrant? (The second point is actually moot; stalking usually requires that the party have intent to cause alarm and does, in fact, cause alarm - from CT).
But that doesn't interest me as much as the hardware problem. How do you store this much data? On what? Where? The answer is thousands upon thousands of "commodity servers" - basically the same low-cost desktops you and I use strung together to operate as a single server. Google developed the Google File System to store files across these servers, taking into account the need for data to be close to users across the globe to reduce access time and the need for redundancy as hundreds of computers drop off line each day. (There are over 20 huge Google data centers around the world. They are top secret.) On top of the file system is the database that stores the pageranks. That too, is absolutely huge. So huge that its name, "BigTable" doesn't seem to capture it.
Google also has an affinity for fun names. If two users/servers/etc. try to access the same file, the system needs a locking mechanism so that the two users don't edit the file independently with one saving its version only to have it overwritten soon after by the others. At Google, this is called the "Chubby".
I know this is really high level, but I think any more would cause people's eyes to glaze over.
What I care about is her decision to come to Washington and decry the ills of gay marriage. Before any of the photo scandals, I was tired of being preached at about moral values by a single chick seeking TV time on the basis of her sex appeal. Yeah, gay marriage goes against God's intentions, but so do premarital sex, immodest dress, and, for that matter, a lot of modern women's' rights. Any plans to come to Washington and credibly argue for those causes, Ms. Prejean?
There is a long argument we could have about whether such operations should be legally permitted. It is the ultimate free enterprise on the one hand; on the other hand, you're lending to the people who can least afford it money at rates well above (like 1000% above) the norm.
I was disappointed to see Magic in these ads because his other work, the Magic Johnson Foundation, Magic Johnson Theaters, and investments in local food service restaurants, etc., were all efforts to bring quality goods and services to black and other minority communities. This does the opposite - taking a money out of those communities. If there is any ideology to Johnson's business, I thought this would conflict with it. Magic isn't commenting...but I sure hope he does. The rest of his brands rely on that sterling image.
- Select "Profiles" from the home screen
- Scroll down to "Advanced" - which isn't intuitive -
- Select the profile you want to edit
- Select the ring tone option
- Scroll to find the ring tone.
Five steps just to select a ring tone. The funny thing is that my first change would be to make "Ring/Vibrate" part of the "Settings" menu, which would serve to bury it one step deeper. Still, having "Profiles," whatever THAT means, separate from "Settings" makes little sense. Indeed, I didn't remember it when I was asked. I had to pull out my own BB and scroll around.
Another thing iPhone does better.