Playing with Google Glass

Don’t know how many folks know, but I got a google glass recently and only now have had some time to start playing with it. There were a few challenges but I finally got Glass ’talking’ to my Windows 8.1 machine and can now replicate the glass display (that is a post for another time, but it did take me some hit and try to figure out what I was doing wrong)....

March 26, 2014 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Google Logic

I came across this very interesting article in the guardian called “ Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does ”. This is a fascinating insight and a lot of it makes sense to me. What was also interesting to understand a little more on how the mindset is very different from the other corporates and technology leaders out there. Especially interesting the self-righteous view one perceives that Google has of themselves....

July 10, 2013 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

On Google

So, what kind of a company do you think Google is? I guess the obvious answer – it is a search company. I would beg to differ and say it is on the contrary a data mining company. They make their money from AdSense and the Click-thru and sure, the search was the initial pull but now it is the data mining which pulls in the $$$’s. In some respects it is a one-trick pony, albeit a pretty good trick....

June 17, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Google Street View in UK

After legal and environmental issues, finally Google has launched street view for UK ! There are 25 cities covered only at this point; I know both London and Oxford are covered. You can check out the Computing Lab at Oxford (where I study) or Avanade’s offices in London (where I work). {via Mark }

March 19, 2009 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Is Cloud Computing workable?

I think this post brings up some interesting aspects of cloud computing and the scenarios within which you should look at to use this. If you are an enterprise then this might be more of a moot point – but the fact is one cannot take things for granted. It is quite timely as I was thinking of syncing up Meenakshi’s calendar from Outlook to Google. Her laptop had crashed and she was without her calendar – interestingly she missed not having access to her calendar more than her emails – but that is another post for another day)....

October 21, 2008 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Chrome? Nah, I’ll pass

You must have heard of Chrome by now – the brand spanking new browser from Google. If you think it was the best thing since sliced bread you need to wake up and smell the fish. For me the main deal breaker is the EULA they have for Chrome. As per the EULA anything you use to upload, browse, etc using Chrome you are giving Google the right a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services....

September 3, 2008 · 4 min · Amit Bahree

What is Google trying to tell me?

I was signing up for Google apps just to see what the fuss is all about and could not think of a domain and thought to give geek.com a try. Of course I knew it is not available, but I am quite offended by what Google thinks of Geeks - especially the whole damn company was formed and staffed by geeks.

December 21, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Google Mapplets

Google Mapplets are “mini applications” you write which can be embedded within Google Maps. Google has a special “preview” version of the maps where you can test this out. To help you write mapplets (e.g. a random weather map ) google also has the Mashup Editor ( reviewed by Lachlan ) which is similar to Yahoo Pipes ....

August 25, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Google Papers

Got time to kill (maybe you have a 4 hour commute like I recently started) and want to tickle that brain of yours? Still reading, then check out Google Papers . Of course some of the papers have been quite publicized such as the failure trends for HDDs. But there are many more interesting ones such as the High-efficiency power supplies for home computers and servers  or MapReduce, an abstraction for large-scale computation which essentially is a programming model for generating and processing large data sets with many terabytes of data and thousands of machines....

August 11, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Manzana - .NET API for iPhone

Google (of all the people) have released Manzana a .NET API for interacting with the iPhone. Below is what they had to say and you can see a screenshot here . I of course don’t have a iPhone to try it out. “Simple and powerful .NET library that lets you read/write files from/to the iPhone, list directory contents and other file and directory related functions....

July 20, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree