Google Indexes the World
The latest announcement from Google could cause me to forever stop making fun
of the search giant and bow down in honor. Google is already the world’s
best search engine. Just to check, I went back to my old favorite AltaVista,
which when I search on myself comes up with a lame selection of results, while
Google strokes my ego with thousands of pages.
Just for giggles, do a Google search on Doug Barney and look under “groups.”
Let me know if the first result is true at [email protected].
Anyway, the world’s best search engine wants us all to upload
our favorite bits of data so it can be indexed and found by folks all over
the world -- without us all having to build Web sites. Many believe this will
lead to an explosion in classified ads, dethroning Craigslist (ask me about
the sweet deal I got on a ’79 Sportster last night from Craigs).
This is exactly what Google should be doing, inventing things no one has thought
of. Now people addicted to eBay and Craigslist will have a whole new way to
waste their time and blow their kid’s college money. Thanks Google!
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Long time Sniffer rival Network Instruments has a new
version of its Observer tool and a new mission -- to easily hunt down problems
with Voice over IP. In addition to a host of new network analysis features and
64-bit support, the company has a new VoIP analysis tool. Instead of seeing
a whole bunch of meaningless voice analyzer data, network pros will see voice
activity represented just like any other kind of data, and can more easily see
where problems lie.
Office 12 Beta
How do you know if you’re in Microsoft’s good graces? You receive
for Office 12. Dubbed a “Technical Beta,” the software is only
going to select customers and partners. All you lowlifes will have to wait ‘til
spring to get your grubby paws on the more general beta. That’s the beta
they’ll give to just about anyone.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.