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Archive for September Sunday, 2009

The Miniature Earth

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

A clever and interesting video.

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Do you like it ?

Were you surprised by some numbers or statitics ? Which ones ? Why ?

(singing : Gary Jules “Mad World”)

Unemployed Koreans Quietly Turn to Manual Labor

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

More about it here

Google Plans a PC Operating System

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs that is tied to its Chrome Web browser.

The software, called the Google Chrome Operating System, is initially intended for use in the tiny, low-cost portable computers known as netbooks, which have been selling quickly even as demand for other PCs has plummeted. Google said it believed the software would also be able to power full-size PCs. The move is likely to sharpen the already intense competition between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system controls the basic functions of the vast majority of personal computers.

“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS,” said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director, in a post on a company blog. “We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.”

The company likely saw netbooks as a unique opportunity to challenge Microsoft, said Larry Augustin, a prominent Silicon Valley investor who serves on the board of a number of open-source software companies.

But while Google has deep pockets and a vast reach, it is in for a difficult battle when it comes to challenging Microsoft in the operating system market. Many companies have tried this over the years, with little success.

Google’s plans for the new operating system fit its Internet-centric vision of computing. Google believes that software delivered over the Web will play an increasingly central role, replacing software programs that run on the desktop. In that world, applications run directly inside an Internet browser, rather than atop an operating system, the standard software that controls most of the operations of a PC.

That vision challenges not only Microsoft’s lucrative Windows business but also its applications business, which is built largely on selling software than runs on PCs. Google said Chrome OS will have a minimalist user interface, leaving most space on the screen to applications.

“All Web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite Web technologies,” the company said.

Google had planned to unveil the project on Wednesday but moved up the announcement after receiving inquiries from The New York Times, which reported the company’s plans on its Web site late Tuesday. Ars Technica, a technology news site, also reported the outlines of Google’s plan late Tuesday.

Google released Chrome last year, describing it as not only a Web browser but also a tool to let users interact with powerful Web programs like Gmail, Google Docs and online applications created by other companies. Since then, Google has been adding features to Chrome, like the ability to run such applications even when a user is not connected to the Internet.

Google said Tuesday night that it still had work to do to develop a full-fledged operating system. In a recent interview, Marc Andreessen, who created the first commercial Web browser and co-founded Netscape, said Chrome itself was already well along that path.

“Chrome is basically a modern operating system,” Mr. Andreessen said.

To combat these efforts, Microsoft began offering its older Windows XP operating system for use on netbooks at a low price. In addition, the company has vowed that its upcoming Windows 7 software, due out this fall, will run well on the tiny laptops, which have stood out as the brightest part of the PC market during the global economic downturn. Microsoft’s current Vista operating system is designed for more powerful machines.

children see, children do

Sunday, September 6th, 2009
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They’re Old Enough to Text. Now What?

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

 

 

When I was a little girl, I had to walk over to a friend’s house if I had something to tell him. Or I could write him a letter. With a pen.

O.K., that’s a slight exaggeration (there were phones, after all). But children today have a plethora of high-tech gadgets they can use to phone and — more commonly — text with one another. The question most parents have is what type of texting gadget is appropriate for which age group.

Some parents have a very simple answer to this query: None. Cellphones and smartphones are for grown-ups only.

What do you think ?

Cranberries reform ends lingering

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Hits like Linger, Dreams and Zombie made them one of the most successful Irish bands of the ’90s, with success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Now, Limerick band The Cranberries are to reform after a six-year hiatus.

In a statement on their website on Friday, the group said they would be both touring and recording new material.

They said they “couldn’t be happier to announce the news”.

Dates in North America are expected before the end of the year, with concerts in Ireland and the rest of Europe to follow in 2010.

Before their break in 2003, the band had become one of the biggest Irish bands of recent times.

Their debut album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and its follow-up No Need to Argue were multi-million selling records.

The announcement coincides with the release of new material by lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

She said on the band’s website: “I’ve decided to reunite with my former band members in The Cranberries and we will be writing new songs and performing tracks off my new album as well as our greatest hits during the shows. I’d love to see you out there.”

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Did you know them ?

Do you like their songs ?

Which one is your favourite ?

As Banks Repay Bailout Money, U.S. Sees a Profit

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Nearly a year after the federal rescue of the nation’s biggest banks, taxpayers have begun seeing profits from the hundreds of billions of dollars in aid that many critics thought might never be seen again.

The profits, collected from eight of the biggest banks that have fully repaid their obligations to the government, come to about $4 billion, or the equivalent of about 15 percent annually, according to calculations compiled for The New York Times.

These early returns are by no means a full accounting of the huge financial rescue undertaken by the federal government last year to stabilize teetering banks and other companies.

Read more about this issue in the New York Times

Social Media Addicts Association Meeting

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Are you a Facebook addict ?

Well, you’re not the only one   😉

Watch this funny video !

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