what does Google have against photos? – Picasa

UPDATE: Warren showed me how he uses Picasa for Windows. The desktop app (which is NOT available for Mac) works very well. The only downside is that it takes up a lot of hard disk space.

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originally posted Dec. 23, 2006

I thought they wanted to organize all the world’s information.

Google has a great product in Google Videos. And also bought YouTube. They are by far the biggest player in internet video.

Google is clearly committed to video.

But why is their photography software so lame? Yahoo is killing them with both Flickr and Yahoo photos.

Google’s photo software is called Picasa:

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Find, organise and share your photos.

… a free software download from Google that helps you:

* Locate and organise all the photos on your computer.
* Edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks.
* Share your photos with others through email, prints and on the web: it’s fast, easy and free.

Windows XP only
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP

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Is it XP only? Google has been very confused on this product.

Fact is, Mac users can also store photos on Google though you would not know it from the Picasa home page.

I tried it. And was disappointed.

Flickr had just announced unlimited uploads and storage for photos for US$25 / year.

Picasa gives you only 6Gb for $25 / year.

Warren Long uses both Picasa and Flickr for different things. But between the two, Flickr is far superior.

Free video tutorials on Picasa.

Internet 2007 – predictions

This is by far the best I have seen.

(Amazing that such far-sighted visionaries make so many typos.)

Highlights include:

# Apple keeps its iPod monopoly and increases its OS 5% market share to 5.1%
# Google scores against Microsoft and Yahoo due to its massive marketing data advantage
# Blogs bloom, and prepare for the 2008 election
# Social networks become a place where members make money
# Newspapers open up
# Big ad investments start streaming in
# New Internet focused ad agencies open up
# Viruses and spam become an even bigger hassle
# Yet Digital ID initiates a major change that makes the web more reliable, user and investor friendly

Information Architects Japan » iA Notebook » Internet 2007 Predictions: Digital ID, Google vs Microsoft, growing Web Ad Budgets, Infolution in 2008

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Google blog search

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People search blogs only (rather than all of Google) when they are looking for information more personal, up-to-the-minute and sometimes more relevant.

The BIG blog search engine is Technorati.

A number of competitors are closing the gap. Actually — all simultaneously trying to solve the problem of SPAM blogs appearing in their results.

I got interested when Google first announced a blog search engine. But it was terrible.

But I’m hearing buzz on the blogosphere that Google is improving quickly. After all, they are the best in search, you’d think they’d be the best in blog search.

Give it a try. Look for something very specific, like an unusual name or place or product.

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Live.com as good as Google.com?

Scoble tells that Microsoft Search is close to Google Search in accuracy.

… I just tried a few searches and, indeed, it’s a lot better than it used to be. They’ve significantly closed the gap with Google.

… It’s also fast and the UI is nice. I think it matches Google all the way around on search. …

Now, the problem is, if Microsoft matches Google, who will switch away from Google? I won’t. The trust I’ve built since the late 1990s of searching Google many times a day without a problem is going to be a very hard thing to beat. To get me to switch Microsoft will have to be better than Google.

How about you? Does Microsoft (or Yahoo or Ask) have any hope of getting you to switch your default search engine?

Microsoft’s search a lot better than it used to be « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger

I tried it on the search terms that I know best. Indeed, Live.com is getting better — though it is not nearly as good as Google overall.

The real story is how crappy the Yahoo.com results are in comparison. Do not use Yahoo for search.

Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web

We want everything to “work” whether we are connected to the internet or not.

Monday Adobe introduced their technology called AIR:

But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon when using a mobile device or at an Internet kiosk. Applications will increasingly be built with routine access to all the Web’s information, and a user’s files will be accessible whether at home or traveling.

Looks to me there will be a major fight to see if this technology (based on Adobe FLASH) becomes the standard. Or one of others:

Adobe faces stiff competition from a number of big and small companies with the same idea. …

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Web browser, has created a system known as Prism. Sun Microsystems introduced JavaFX this year, which is also aimed at blurring the Web-desktop line. Google is testing a system called Gears, which is intended to allow some Web services to work on computers that are not connected to the Internet.

Finally, there is Microsoft. It is pushing its competitor to Flash, called Silverlight. Three years ago, Microsoft hired one of Mr. Lynch’s crucial software developers at Macromedia, Brad Becker, to help create it. Mr. Becker was a leading designer of the Flash programming language. …

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Adobe Air web page