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Google Nears Yahoo

October 22, 2004 12:00 PM

With help from its earning's announcement last night, Google seems poised to overtake Yahoo's market cap in short order. The gap is hairline thin as I write this.

It's hard to imagine that a company of such humble beginnings could surpass Yahoo! in such a short time. But then again that statement alone is astonishing in its own right.

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Goodyear Making Good

October 1, 2004 10:36 AM

Recently Tracey Schelmetic wrote about her satisfying experience with Geico. So when I had a great customer service from another company (this one involves cars too), I thought I'd share the story.

Late August on a trip from Connecticut to Virginia my car broke down in the center lane of the Jersey turnpike. The alternator had died and the battery had little juice left to keep the car going.

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Hotmail Keeps the Promise

September 24, 2004 4:13 PM

Just logged in to my Hotmail account and noticed the storage meter reads 250 MB. It's good to see them keeping the promise they made a few months ago after Google introduced their 1 gigger email service and Yahoo! followed suit with their 200 meg upgrade.

I was beginning to think that Hotmail might renege on their promise. Glad my suspicion was disproved. Bring on the spam.

Hotmail Keeping the Promise

September 24, 2004 2:56 PM

Just logged in to my Hotmail account and noticed the storage meter reads 250 MB. It's good to see them keeping the promise they made a few months ago after Google introduced their 1 gigger email service and Yahoo! followed suit with their 200 meg upgrade.

I was beginning to think that Hotmail might renege on their promise. Glad my suspicion was disproved. Bring on the spam.

In the beginning there was Internic, the quasi-government outfit tasked with assigning domain names, numbers, etc. Anyone who wanted a domain name could get one for free just by applying.

Soon the Web turned popular and Internic began charging annual fees for the domain names. It eventually morphed into Network Solutions Inc. or NSI (a for-profit registrar later purchased by Verisign).

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The City of WiFi Love

September 2, 2004 10:50 AM | 1 Comment

Becoming the largest WiFi hotspot in the world is no small task but that is exactly what Philadelphia is aiming for.

The plan currently under development by the city of Philadelphia would uniformly cover the entire city (135 square miles), and best of all would be available to the residents for free or a small fee. The projected budget for this ambitious project is a mere $10 million, and it would involve installing a large number of WiFi transmitters in and around the city.

It remains to be seen whether this project comes to a successful conclusion, and how it is received by the residents.

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E-commerce, Political Style

August 12, 2004 2:41 PM | 1 Comment

Imagine my surprise when I went surfing on msnbc.com today at lunch time and I saw this banner:



I have seen political banners before but this was probably the most blunt one I have seen to date. The banner itself was enticing enough to persuade me to click. And I was immediately ushered to the Democratic party's donation page. No preambles and no information, just a simple donation form waiting for me to enter my credit card information.

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To all those frequent flyers out there, you have my sympathy. These days traveling by air is nothing short of a nightmare. This is specially true if your trip calls for a connecting flight. About the only thing these flights don't do is connecting.

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Penguin in Your Notebook

August 4, 2004 2:28 PM

One could call it a historic moment. Hewlett-Packard today announced the shipment of one of their notebook lines with a Linux variant known as SuSE. SuSE was acquired by Novell about a year ago. After watching its fortunes disappear into thin air, mainly due to competition from microsoft on the server side, Novell is now trying to muscle in its way into the desktop market but I wonder if laptops are ideal vehicles to go about this.

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A week ago one of our salespeople approached me with a simple question. Some of the people in his client company were unable to browse to our company’s Web site. He was rather embarrassed at the prospect that our company’s Web site (and by extension, our company) could be viewed as shaky and unreliable.

While I am biased, I believe our Web site is highly reliable and it operates as flawlessly as they come.

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Developer Dilemma

July 27, 2004 1:59 PM | 2 Comments

One of my chief passions in life is programming, and some of my best times at work is spent working on software projects. Unfortunately a good part of my day is spent managing and trouble-shooting various servers and technologies at work, so it’s difficult to find a sufficient block of time to immerse myself in development work.

So what’s a developer to do? Switch to faster and more productive platforms to get the job done.

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MSFT – From Growth to Income

July 22, 2004 11:12 AM

Microsoft is a classic example of a company that has gone through the stages of its business life perfectly, and it has done that in a super-accelerated pace.

Think about it. Microsoft started its life as a tiny company, a glimmer in its founders’ eyes. As it gathered momentum, it turned into a speculative public company, then it became an aggressive growth company, followed by a plain growth one.

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The Three IM Musketeers

July 16, 2004 10:14 AM | 1 Comment

I have been an MSN Messenger user since I started using IM (Instant Messaging). Being somewhat of a luddite (I have been accused of that several times), it took me a while to warm up to IM and since I was a Hotmail user, MSN Messenger was a no-brainer path. But in those early days ICQ was all the rage, so there weren’t too many people to IM to with MSN. I installed it on my home pc and coaxed my wife to chat with me at work.

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Going Back to Basics

July 15, 2004 9:44 AM

Sometimes it’s great to see Web sites go out of their way to make themselves appealing with sexy graphics and nifty multi-media. Yes, we are visual creatures and perhaps no sense is as much under assault than our visual sense on a daily basis.

However, as the novelty wears off, it’s refreshing to see that some sites go for simplicity and clarity. Google and Ebay have relatively simple and clean sites and perhaps that has contributed even more to their popularity.

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RegFD Snags Siebel

June 30, 2004 5:28 PM | 2 Comments

It’s hard to imagine a company, much less a large and reputable one, breaking any obvious SEC laws these days. After witnessing so many companies and executives disgraced in public, you’d reckon that companies would go above and beyond their means to keep integrity at the top of their priority list.

But oh no, in the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and corporate memories seem to always have acute Alzheimer's. Such is the recent case of Siebel Systems who has gotten itself in a bit of hot water by allegedly breaking the SEC’s RegFD.

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