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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What's wrong with Google?

I know of people who refuse to use Google's stuff. One of these is my uncle. Though I do respect their choice, I wonder about it. I have Google Earth, Google Chrome, Use Google's GMail, Look forward to Google Wave, and use Picasa, which is also Google stuff. I like them all. They are great tools. Oh, not to mention Blogger which is owned by Google. And Youtube come to think of it. One thing I've heard about it is that they dislike a konglomerite. Well, whats wrong with centralizing a bunch of internet services? I'll never understand. All I know is that Google rocks.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Coding tools.

On facebook, I had a chat with a friend who uses Adobe DreamWorks for his coding needs. I told him that I used Windows Notepad until reacently , when I got an upgrade that makes it color code my tags, and open multiple documents in tabs, this program being "Notepad ++".

Technically, all you need is a decent document editor that will save in any format. However, using this method, you have to memorize the codeing standards, which are always changning. Where with a WYSIWYG tool such as DreamWorks (From now on DW) saves time and is "easier" to use.

NOTEPAD: The memorizing code method.

The advantage to this method, it that you KNOW the code and whats under the hood. You can costomize your code, you know where things are, how it works, EVERYTHING. The disadvantage is that you spend a lot of time learning the code, and actually making the site. Also, things tend to look harsher with a rough code look, of nothing but text and tables.

DW: A WYSIWYG editor method.

The advantage of this method is that you don't need to learn a bunch of code, or get into the nitty gritty of your site. You cna costomize your site based off how it will look.

The disadvantage is that you are limited in what you can do, as you only work with looks, not funcionallity.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Google Wave

The Google I/O team has out done themselves. They decided to figure out what E-mail would be like if it were invented today. Thus Google Wave, a clever mix of E-mail, IM, Photosharing, EtC.

Their spell checker, named "Spelly" is a server side app that takes the context of the misspelled word, and corrects it accordingly. I.E. "Icland is and Icland." becomes "Iceland is an island."

Their bots, named "Tweety" and "Bloggy" will automatically post you Wave as a post on your Twitter or Blog, respectivly.

In a work enviroment, if there is a document that needs done by a team, one person makes a draft, sends it out, everybody edits it, send it back, it gets recompiled, and they do it again and again until it's done in a few weeks. In wave, the draft cna be posted, and then EVERYBODY on the team can edit it at the same time, talk about why they are doing what they are doing, and continue the editing REALTIME. No more recompiling, no more waiting for the transit.

For fun and work, Google Wave will revolutionize the idea of Email.