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YouTube Goes Google

YouTube has been acquired by Google. What does this mean? Well, I’m thinking a few things. Let’s get the wheel going here.

  1. Google plans to take over the Internet’s video uploading and video blogging services. We all know YouTube was doing way better than Google Video. Now that they have YouTube, they’ll gain control of the video uploading/blogging market.
  2. Google paid a hefty sum of 1.65 billion dollars for YouTube. I think that’s a lot of money to be paying, and especially since I think it’s such a big gamble. I’m not so sure they should have done this. Of course they might want full control of the video market. Is it worth the price? I’m not so sure on that one.
  3. YouTube has been delaying paying for copyright infringements. They haven’t. Google will probably end up paying it with this acquisition.
  4. Don’t expect stock to jump up. Why, because I don’t think YouTube is really that valuable and with Google Video it can’t possibly improve it that much and I don’t think YouTube is really worth that much to investors.
  5. This could look bad for Google. The price tag was way too high and they already had Google Video so other than gaining almost total control everything pretty much stays the same. Bad look means investors must sell their stock.

I’m not so sure about how good this whole thing is. Everyone is just going to have to wait and see how it goes.

Cheers,

gamehawk

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OpenOffice.org 2.0

Oh, I love OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Commonly know by the acronym OOo), an open source Office Suite based off StarOffice by Sun Microsystems who helps develop the program.  I love this program, it has ease of use, great functionality, and cool features.  Microsoft should watch out, because if given a chance by consumers, this freeware solution which is already being used by many coders, could in fact compete with Microsoft’s Office Microsoft Office suite.  In fact OpenOffice.org is better than the MS Office Suite, minus the set of scanning utilities that I really like.  The abilities to import and export from different formats make this a must have for any developer.  This is definitley my choice for an office suite, and who knows maybe I’ll look at the source code at some point too.

On a side note, WordPress is annoying me, I had to re-type this article except for the first word and last three words.  I don’t know what’s up.  I think you might have to press View Site directly afterwards, but it’s just a hunch.  Oh well, the article is better now anyways.

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Google’s Messaging

I was quite surprised today when I opened up my trusty RSS Reader, and found out that Google, the company you can’t stop hearing about, has a real problem when it comes to their Google Talk.  I’m not into really any instant messaging, but it astounds me that this marketing giant hasn’t leaped more in terms of their messenger.  Take a look here at Techcrunch.  With holding only 1% of the market in instant messengers, they are allowing an extra advantage to those companies who Google must try to overthrow in their evil scheme.

One recent thing that I’ve liked at Google, other than their RSS reader, is their 3D Modeling software.  Google SketchUp is a great program, that allows 3D modeling of buildings and landscapes with ease.  I was even able to make some objects.  It’s really easy to learn, and has an interactive tutorial.  Just dragging and dropping.  That was the old version, and I’m betting there is some cool stuff they’ve added since.  I haven’t used it in a while since they force you download the update, but I’m downloading it now.  You should too.  It’s a great program, that could compete with AutoCad, and is compaitable with Google Earth.  You can import your models into Google Earth, create them for fun, upload to Google’s model browser type thing, and maybe even do a little landscaping business where you rent yourself out to model an idea.  Show people what their home might look like afterwards.  If this program keeps improving, it could be a contender to compete with AutoCAD or any of the CAD programs.   That’s all for today!  Check back soon!

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Got Google?

Microsoft has a problem, Google. What’s going wrong? Microsoft is losing its grip on things. It tries to stay up-to-date, and it might in terms of technology, but not in turns of popularity. Coders are going towards open source, and the only ones that are staying offline are those hard-core Microsoft junkies. Microsoft is being way too overprotective. Back in the old days, in the generation off early home computing when Apple and Microsoft were making their own entrances, Apple made a giant mistake. They didn’t educate people on how to make software for their system, and were overprotective of their development kits (or making documents and spreading SDKs). They left it up too the coders to figure it out. Microsoft was very unprotective (by old computing standards), and shared how to make programs. Now though, you can’t just share how to make programs. You need to to do a Google, be open source, free, reliable, and techie friendly, plus you can’t just look like another frowned upon Yahoo!. You have to appeal to the coders, not the home users. Why? The coders are the people who will make changes and strives that end up driving home users in the good directions. So you have to beef things up for the coders, or else you’ll end up losing. Losing in this battle of the computer companies Google will win, and Microsoft annd other big time companies need to shape up- or ship out.

In other news, I decided not to use the MORE tag. A lot of RSS Readers don’t know the full article isn’t always in what they got. Sometimes the more tag won’t show. People in their browsers even miss it sometimes, besides I know how much I love being able to read in my RSS reader and don’t always like having to expand the article. So, I’m being nice (not to mention going with my own preference). Another complaint is this, it’s horribly annoying and its happened twice. I hit

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Apple’s Dilemma

I have a problem with Apple, I just had to say it. They got so many issues, and they’re total control freaks. I mean think, if Steve Jobs had shared how to code with developers, developed some SDK’s, or told them exactly how to do it, they’d be on top of the world. They’re such a small portion of the market, and come on if it wasn’t for the iPod who would care? No one. Quite frankly iPods are a total rip, they make you convert to their format, run the .app on their hardware, make you buy from their online store (a few other places can sell but most people get their goods from iTunes store), and use their program (iTunes). It’s a total rip. If I want to put MP3’s on an iPod let me do it (not that I own an iPod). Sure they have a community the size of cruise ship, and a homebrew scene, but who said you couldn’t do that with other MP3 players? Just because no one has found a way to do it doesn’t mean you can’t, their are less people trying to exploit specific MP3 players anyhow. Get something robust, that doesn’t make you take hours to convert a few hundred songs. Who wants to spend a ton of money (buying) or a ton of time (converting) songs? Might as well get something that you have more control of, there’s great alternatives to iPods, and if you have a ton of MP3s hanging around you won’t want to convert. Back to Macs, they have a sexy interface, some cool built in apps, and are cool for multimedia. Now the downsides, there isn’t a ton of software, you can’t code for it very easily, it’s not good for a gamer, and you could buy a Windows PC with professional grade multimedia software for the price you spend on the Mac. To me, the only way to go is Windows or Linux. With all the customization, software, and ability to do more with your desktop (look at the market, and Linux supports much of the same things Window’s does), there’s no better choice.

For those who didn’t want to read all of it: GET WINDOWS, GET LINUX, BUT PLEASE, NO MACS.

Cheers,

gamehawk

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