Saturday, December 10, 2005

Google, the Software Company

With all the hype around Google, I had begun to think of it as some mysterious, weird place. The blog from ex-Googlers pretty much shows it is just another software company. One that's doing really really well. Microsoft couldn't have been very different when it started.

An Awesome Day In the Bay Area

It was a gorgeous day today - sunny, warm, perfect. It 's still quite nice and there's no need to wear a sweater.

I've noticed that the desis (me included) are always a day or two behind in dressing for the weather. All the desis are in sweaters today, for example, even though it's not cold at all. I always marvel at my Caucasian co-workers who come equipped with the right type of sweater or waterproof when they arrive at the office. They must check the weather religiously before they dress in the morning.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Kumble to lead India?

Anil Kumble, an engineer by training, is supposedly the most cerebral active cricketer in India. Since Dravid, Sehwag and Kaif all seem to be down with various ailments, Kumble might take over. That would be cool.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Map Market Hotter Than Ever

Yahoo and Microsoft have announced their betas for their mapping tools. It seems like Yahoo is using Flash while Microsoft is using Ajax and ActiveX. Yahoo's version is less buggy than Microsoft's, but Microsoft's has some very cool features - like the 3D models of cities (bird's eye view). I haven't used Google Earth for a while, but this might be the same functionality, except that it works nicely in the browser.

Finally it seems like Microsoft is waking up and taking Google on its own turf. Expect fireworks, once Microsoft comes out with v2.0 of its software.

If the Microsoft maps live up to their promise, they could even drive traffic to its search engine.

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