Monday, October 31, 2005

 

The last googler without the iPod


Shuman Ghosemajumder eventually got his own iPod. iPod Mini to be specific. As each and every iPodder he is very happy about his new device and praises Apple design over the design of any other gadget in the Universe.
..overall I was impressed and very happy with my new toy. And did I mention it looks great? I suspect this reason alone fuels the majority of iPod Mini sales. I’m amazed that Apple’s competitors can produce devices which are comparable or superior on nearly every engineering metric, but fall down flat when it comes to making something aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. Has Apple hired all of the world’s best interface designers, leaving other high tech companies with the design sensibilities of 1970's auto manufacturers? Competing products from Sony and Creative resemble a cassette player and a Fisher Price toy respectively. And Dell's Digital Jukebox looks less like a competing product and more like an iPod storage container. Whatever their malfunction is, they need to rectify it soon, because Apple is rapidly becoming the only name in electronics that people associate with beautiful products.

 

Matt, the Iron Blade


Matt Cutts is extremely well prepared for the Halloween! I dream, that someday, I manage to organize a similar thing for myself. And for kids when I have them :)

I decided to have fun for Halloween. This time, my name is Inigo. Hallo! My name is Inigo Montoya. You spam my index. Prepare to die!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

 

Horror stories for feminists

Ellen Spertus noticed an interesting contradiction between theoretically higher chances of marriage for high-IQ men and the practical situation at Google, where "many brilliant men have been unsuccessful at finding partners, while almost all of the women who want to be appear happiliy partnered."

Saturday, October 29, 2005

 

Hard recruiting at Google


At Google, they seem to be really serious about recruiting. Some hardworking enthusiasts can sleep few hours a day, just because the recruiting is of the top importance.
From Christine Davis:
...i've been traveling like crazy lately, and sick before besides. :( i was sick through thursday (of last week), and then left monday to go recruiting on the east coast. that flight was the most, err, interesting flight i bet (hope!) i'll ever had. suffice it to say that my illness hadn't quite passed.
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basically i was recruiting and interviewing from then until mid-day thursday afternoon. at which point we took a cab to t.f. green, and i flew to LAX, getting ready for more recruiting and interviewing on friday (yesterday). on thursday i was up for 21 hours if you adjust for time zones. yikes!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

 

Larry Page riding his Segway


Eric Case posted a photo of Larry Page riding his Segway in the Google premises

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

 

Matt Cutt presents an interesting example of the Google News customization. It is amazing how much you can get from Google News by clicking a few buttons.

That’s the danger of personalized news–you get a great view of the bark on the trees, but you can lose the forest.

But if you want to look at the bark on my trees, click this link to see how I’ve personalized Google News. I’ve got sections for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask Jeeves, plus a section for Search Engine Optimization.

Although for the SEO section, I had to add “-mets -jae” to the query; evidently there’s some baseball pitcher with the name “Seo.” Baseball again, geez; when will people learn that basketball and maybe soccer are where the action is?

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