Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Internet mad science.

Google labs is definitely an interesting place to get lost in for a while. The problem is, which has already been discussed a bit, is that so much of these are still in the beta stage that they really aren't very usable. For example, when I first saw Google Ride Finder, I thought it was a great idea. Sadly, it only lists Yellow Cab, which is fine I suppose. If I had a web enabled phone, then we would have something. But is rare when I am sitting at my computer wondering where a cab is.
I did like Google Suggest. It is extremely helpful for people like my self who are poor at spelling.
I found Google Trends to be really confusing and not necessarily helpful. It was interesting to play with and I'm a big fan a graphs. I'm not sure how well the service works, though, since some of the searches I preformed seemed like they would return more hits.
Google Mars will no doubt be useful for my next extra-planetary excursion.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Word-lite (or Diet Word with a touch of lemon).

I really like the idea of having this online software available. Obviously, it will make collaborating with others much more convenient and expeditious. However, if one is without an Internet connection, it makes it a bit difficult to do ones work and/or collaborate. On the other hand, wireless access is become more and more prevalent. My mother was in the hospital last week and I happened to have my laptop with. I turned on the wireless and lo and behold I had a signal! For free! I'm not sure how wireless access can aid in convalescence, but it sure was nice to check my email.

I think that I prefer Google over Zoho. Though Zoho seems to have more little more flexibility and whole lot more options, I already have a Google account. Plus, I think more people have a Google account as well. It may have to do a little more investigating, but I think that Google will suffice since it seems the idea behind these products is not to produce complex or elaborate documents but to get information across in an efficient manner.