Mar 31, 2011
The coolest thing i always liked about the ‘Like’ button was that it was a master stroke by Facebook in terms of ‘Light Communication’. I know a lot of people who would never comment on anything on facebook but they use the ‘Like’ button pretty often.
Today Google has come out with its new +1 product, which is pretty much like the Facebook Like button. Data from this product will provide Google with a tremendous amount of data to analyse the quality of sites as well as keep a track on the tastes of its users. Though the company says that the data will not be used to influence its search results, but this could be a major step towards building a great semantic search engine where the user’s taste will come to play a major role in the search results returned.
Some relevant link here:
Feb 5, 2010
Recently Ars Technica published a good article about Google being awarded a Software Patent (by USPTO) that covers the principle of distributed MapReduce.
The importance of this event lies in the fact that many of todays leading software companies use MapReduce based projects. It is slightly scary for these players especially the users of the Hadoop and the CouchDb projects Read more…
Feb 3, 2010
Today I got an email from Google (as a google apps admin) saying that over the course of 2010 they we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0. The same is also communicated at their blog.
Email from Google
Also when opening Facebook from IE7 browser I got a box on the top suggesting me to upgrade to IE8. Earlier last year similar phase out warnings had started to appear on YouTube as well.
Jan 22, 2010
Go is the new, open sourced programming language released by ‘Go’ogle recently. The language is intended for the programmers familiar with C or C++ and like these languages its goal is to serve as a system language. Compiled Go code runs at close to the speed of C and its compilation happens almost instantly.
It still seems to in the under construction phase though, still evolving, and not yet redy for production environments. As Ars Technica mentions the ecosystem around the programming language is still a work in progress (ie. IDE integration and the libraries ).
The creators of the language say that it’s not intended for beginners, but it’s also not terribly difficult to learn. It’s object-oriented and boasts features like true closures and reflection.
This one is another resultant of the 20% time project time that Google is famous for.
Infoq has put together a primer for the language here.
Go’s own tutorial page is here.