Robert Scoble slaps Microsoft

The Scobleizer got famous as the “Microsoft tech evangelist”.

He was the human face of the inhuman company.

Scoble has defended Microsoft as much as anyone on the internet. A lot of his friends work there.

But this time, he is calling a spade a spade:

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Microsoft executives are bragging to MVPs that “we’re in it to win.”

I don’t think Microsoft is. The words are empty. Microsoft’s Internet execution sucks (on whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks …

Microsoft isn’t going away. Don’t get me wrong. They have record profits, record sales, all that. But on the Internet? Come on. This isn’t winning. Microsoft: stop the talk.

Ship a better search, a better advertising system than Google, a better hosting service than Amazon, a better cross-platform Web development ecosystem than Adobe, and get some services out there that are innovative (where’s the video RSS reader? Blog search? Something like Yahoo’s Pipes? A real blog service? A way to look up people?) That’s how you win.

This isn’t Netscape you’re talking trash to, Steve. Have you really studied Google? It doesn’t sound like you have.

Again, Microsofties, you’d be better served not to talk trash until you have something YOU CAN SHIP!

Microsoft tells MVPs “we’re in it to win” — Really? « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger

Fact is Microsoft does very few things well. Especially on the internet.

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best on-line news site?

I check Google News, Newsvine and Digg almost every day.

Of the three, Google News is the most useful for me.

Here’s a video comparing those three. And concluding that Newsvine is the best. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

There are others — Netscape for example — and Slashdot — but they mostly duplicate one of the three I already use:

Google News
Newsvine
Digg

These days, however, I mostly get my information from blogs and podcasts. Then use the news sites or Wikipedia for confirmation.

Toward a Better Digg – TechCrunch

Have You Seen CNN Lately?

Google will rule

Bill is a poobah at computer services, University of Saskatchewan. Google approached him with some very enticing proposals. They offered to host the University email, for example. Bill feels Google plans to take over the Universe.

He’s not the only one.

And Google can do it.

Google controls more network fiber than any other organization. This is not to say that Google OWNS all that fiber, just that they control it through agreements with network operators. …

It is becoming very obvious what will happen over the next two to three years. More and more of us will be downloading movies and television shows over the net and with that our usage patterns will change.

Instead of using 1-3 gigabytes per month, as most broadband Internet users have in recent years, we’ll go to 1-3 gigabytes per DAY — a 30X increase that will place a huge backbone burden on ISPs. Those ISPs will be faced with the option of increasing their backbone connections by 30X, which would kill all profits, OR they could accept a peering arrangement with the local Google data center.

Seeing Google as their only alternative to bankruptcy, the ISPs will all sign on, and in doing so will transfer most of their subscriber value to Google, which will act as a huge proxy server for the Internet. We won’t know if we’re accessing the Internet or Google and for all practical purposes it won’t matter. Google will become our phone company, our cable company, our stereo system and our digital video recorder.

Soon we won’t be able to live without Google, which will have marginalized the ISPs and assumed most of the market capitalization of all the service providers it has undermined — about $1 trillion in all — which places today’s $500 Google share price about eight times too low.

It’s a grand plan, but can Google pull it off?

Yes they can.

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . When Being a Verb is Not Enough | PBS

Thanks Warrren.

what does Google pay bloggers?

Not enough.

Unfortunately Google has very little competition from Yahoo, Microsoft … or anyone else.

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An interesting tidbit from Guy Kawasaki’s wrap-up of his first full year blogging. … Note that his blog has been consistently between the 35th and 45th most popular in the world, according to Technorati. Here are some of his stats:

* 2,436,117 page views for an average of approximately 6,200/day. 21,000 people receive RSS feeds via Feedburner and 1,457 receive emails via FeedBlitz.

So just to review, that’s:

A best-selling author and genuine tech celebrity writing a thoughtful essay nearly every workday on a top-50 blog for an audience of around 30,000 people/day.

And the pay for that is about $280 a month. If Guy can get Google to write a check at all.

The Long Tail: Don’t quit your day job

best interview of 2006 – Eric Schmidt

(If this post looks too long, boring and geeky, instead listen to the 10min audiocast.) If it won’t play on your computer, you can hear the superb interview by clicking a link at it at the bottom of this page.

Not everyone agrees, but for me Eric Schmidt is the person best placed to predict the future of the internet.

He’s the CEO of Google. On the Apple Board of Directors. And capable of almost anything.

From his article in Economist:

Eric.jpgThe internet is much more than a technology—it’s a completely different way of organising our lives. But its success is built on technological superiority: protocols and open standards that are ingenious in their simplicity. Time after time they have trounced rival telecommunications standards that made perfect commercial sense to companies but no practical sense to consumers. …

But what’s surprising is that so many companies are still betting against the net, trying to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. The past few years have taught us that business models based on controlling consumers or content don’t work. Betting against the net is foolish because you’re betting against human ingenuity and creativity.

Of course this new technology raises profound challenges for many established companies. Skype, an internet telephony business (voice over IP), is as disruptive to the economics of the telecommunications industry as China has been to the global manufacturing sector. But that disruption is only going to intensify.

In 2007 we’ll witness the increasing dominance of open internet standards. As web access via mobile phones grows, these standards will sweep aside the proprietary protocols promoted by individual companies striving for technical monopoly. Today’s desktop software will be overtaken by internet-based services that enable users to choose the document formats, search tools and editing capability that best suit their needs.

The fastest-growing parts of the internet all involve direct human interaction. Think about the blogging phenomenon and social networking sites like MySpace in America, Bebo in Britain, Orkut in Brazil, CyWorld in Korea and Mixi in Japan. In 2007 the virtual communities so prevalent in Asia and among students will become mainstream. Political pundits may claim that society is becoming atomised, but online communities are thriving and growing. The internet is helping to satisfy our most fundamental human needs—our desire for knowledge, communication and a sense of belonging.

Trend is not destiny, of course. But as a no-nonsense sports writer once wrote during the depth of America’s Depression, “The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong—but that’s the way to bet.” We’re betting on the internet because we believe that there’s a bull market in imagination online.

The World In 2007 | Dont bet against the internet

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

Picasa

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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