Google's Valentine's Day Doodle: heart warming revenue generation

The genius of Google's doodle dalliance is the way it creates so much free publicity, drives traffic, and pushes you to what is essentially a lead generation campaign for a Google ad partner. Does Google really need the free marketing for its home page?

Lithium buys Klout: a tale of fish-balls and cat-cheese

You have a company that really doesn't have a business model, it has a cool name, and panders to the vanity of the kind of people who like to promote themselves incessantly. What would you do? Sell it for a $100 million in play money, that's what.

Microsoft picks insider as Super Admin for company

Satya Nadella, a 22 year veteran of the company, was picked as the CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. Nadella runs the cloud and enterprise software and services side of Microsoft's business. Could this signal the jettisoning of Bing and Xbox?

Gmail to users: Suck it, We're Down!

Gmail is down worldwide. It is the White Screen of Death (WSOD) and out-does Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in terms of annoyance and impact on the peoples of the world. Google is not doing evil, just doing ticking-off. Come back AOL, you never let us down.

Will an erasable Internet kill Google?

In 2013, a small app called Snapchat put the fear of god into Google and, for that matter, government spooks.

Will Facebook video ads turn off users?

Facebook recently unveiled a new feature for advertisers: video ads that autoplay in select users' News Feeds. It started with ads for the teen dystopia movie Divergent. But, users are not as happy as advertisers. 

Apple tells developers, use iOS 7 or else!

Imagine what would happen if Microsoft told all of its developers to use Windows 8 only. There'd be an eruption. 

Yahoo staff showin' Marissa the love

It seems that the people at the search engine outfit Yahoo do not like being told to "eat their own dog food". Yup, they prefer Outlook to Yahoo Mail, which is about as damning as eating poop over Marissa Mayer's baked goods (that's not a euphemism, she actually likes to bake stuff).

Did Microsoft make an Excel mistake on its own ad?

AppleInsider caused a titter amongst Apple fanboys when it pointed out that Microsoft appears to have made a calculation error in a billboard advert.

Ubuntu CEO says sorry to "Open Source Tea Party"

  Ubuntu's CEO Mark Shuttleworth has penned a couple of apologies to his critics in the open sauce community.

Did Netflix Finally Kill the Video Store?

I was surprised to read the news that the last Blockbuster stores were finally closing. I was only surprised because I was under the impression that except for a few stray stores here and there that Blockbuster had been completely done for some time.

Why you must upgrade to Windows 8.1

Microsoft's long gestating Windows 8.1 upgrade is now available for download. Designed to address the concerns of whiners and haters alike, it seems like it is one of those upgrades that is a must have now thing. And, it won't hurt one bit if it takes away the bad taste of Windows 8.

Microsoft releases IE 11; should have given up at IE 7

Chrome is winning the browser wars. It's doing it in a frightening way. We are all Google's bitches and there is no way to get around it. This update to a browser, that most Web app developers think of as a joke, just keeps the sad going for Microsoft. IT departments everywhere continue to experience job security as long as Redmond keeps giving them crap to install.

Google adds dictionary function to search AND Ngram Views

Type in a word and a dictionary definition on top of the search results or adjacent to it. I love this feature because it kills all those spammy dictionary websites like, Mirriam-Webster (that's right you two. I said it. You are spammy).   Why don't we all just give up and let Google do everything for us:   Google, bring me the head of Alfred Garcia Google, explain women to me

Steve Ballmer push-retiring from Microsoft within 12 months

Still worth $15 billion and unlikely to need the support of AARP in his dotage, nevertheless, Steve Ballmer leaving is worth billions in stock price uptick to Microsoft. That's got to hurt. Why? Only a billionaire could tell you why he would care, but clearly, it ain't something that Ballmer was chomping at the bit to do.  

Google has 5 minute outage: Internet traffic drops 40%

Between 23:52 and 23:57 BST on 16th August Google went down. The results put the fear of Google into every webmaster's heart.     GoSqaured, a company that has its own analytics platform, had noted in its Engineering Blog:  

Syrian Pro-Assad supporters hack major media outlets using Outbrain

The Washington Post, Time, and CNN are not only forced to use Outbrain like the rest of us traffic desperate sites, but they have also been unceremoniously attacked by people who still find time to commit massacres between keystrokes. Sad state of journalism in this country grows worse.  

Windows 8.1 will be released 4 am October 17th Redmond time

That's midnight in New Zealand where Microsoft is hoping to piggy back off of the love of the world for Hobbits to polish this turd. We can't think of any other reason. Can you?   Brandon LeBlanc, on the official Windows Blog, went all ecstatic and cheerleadery to get us to mark our calendars:  

Microsoft Outlook and other services experiencing downtime

Poor Microsoft. They can't get a break. Now, it seems, that Outlook users are suffering some downtimes. They are not just down because they are still on Microsoft products and can't get a Gmail account. No, they are, literally, down. You can check out the live updates here. The latest message is:

Is Rails losing its sex appeal

Ben Sigelman is a cool programmer and a great blogger. He thinks nobody should use Rails for anything, ever. Kick the hornets' nest baby, kick it!