Randy Saeks has posted a paper on integrating Open Directory with Google Apps. It’s a nice read and takes a lot of the guessing game out of getting Google Apps to authenticate users based on Open Directory. Many of the steps can also be leveraged to use the GoogleAppsToolkit for LDAP running on other platforms as well.
Open up Google Maps and search for 8 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA. This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen on Google Maps. There was an old picture of the 318 offices, which showed me going over the fence one day when I locked my keys in the office that I thought was funny (because it was me mostly), but this is way better – and it got me to thinking about what else people have come across that Google has captured in action.
Another that my wife mentioned to me is Liam Gallagher, frontman from Oasis, outside his favorite pub (he denies this is him btw). There are also some scantily clad women in Paris, a woman flashing the camera (now taken down) and a guy with his bum hangin’ out of his pants. Then there’s the guy getting carted off to jail (imagine trying to get out of that one) and of course, a guy picking up someone who is reportedly a prostitute.
I guess the take away from all this is that you just shouldn’t do anything in public that you don’t want plastered onto Google Maps. While Street View is called, by some critics, an affront to privacy, I think it’s great. There are a multitude of pictures of men going into strip clubs, people getting into fights and even people taking a crap on the street. Would people behave as badly in public as they often do if they knew there was a very, very small chance that a Google car would happen to be driving by at that very moment and catch them in the act. Not that some of these things I mentioned are behaving badly according to some cultural norms (although I’m pretty sure that dropping a big duke in the street is pretty much globally frowned upon). Which brings up my final point – in an increasingly globalized world, there are just some things (like sun bathing nude – also caught by the cameras) that are perfectly kosher in other societies that, while they may offend, are not OK in other parts of the world. There’s nothing new about it, but every day it gets even closer to real time.
I am one of those weird techies that just likes a phone that works. It seems like the more I do to my phone, the less it works. Therefore, I don’t do much to my phone at all any more. I guess VMware is trying to change that. You see, if I had a bunch of Virtual Machines on my phone then I would have infinitely more games to waste time playing while waiting in line at the bank (OK, so who goes to the bank any more – whatever), I would be able to test code and sites from multiple OS’s and I would be able to hack around with Android while still being able to do an ActiveSync. VMware is jumping right into that VM for mobile device space and I have to say, the app looks and feels pretty nice. Windows Mobile and Android on the same device. VMware is clearly continuing to push the envelope. Now if I could just get Fusion for iPhone I’d be in tip-top shape…
It’s not that it all started with Amazon, but they were certainly the ones to mainstream cloud-based storage. Now, there are a variety of services such as Mozy (with CrashPlan) and BackBlaze from some of the smaller, niche players (both of them support the Mac) to Apple (can you say Mobile Me), Microsoft, Amazon (who now supports Windows Server and SQL Server), Google, Symantec, EMC and others for some of the more major players. According to James Staten of Forrester research, the cloud computing bubble will burst in 2010, if not before. At that point, we’re likely to start seeing far more feature rich applications start getting released and one would hope even the introduction of integration between backup software and various cloud offerings.
The Google Search Engine is probably the top wonder in the Internet world. Why, because it’s just so friggin’ huge! But, also because it involves Google Maps, is integrated with gMail and well, is just a better engine than the other’s.
Wikipedia – and don’t forget specialty wiki’s like http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page or even (as depressing as it may be) the wikia 90210 page.
Social Networks – Facebook, MySpace, Classmates.com and LinkedIn – oh and digg and delicious too… Social networks are today’s iteration of what we thought virtual reality would be. They get better every year, with the exception of New Facebook, which isn’t actually as cool IMO as old Facebook.
Free email – Be it Hotmail (which to me is the original), Gmail or Yahoo mail
E-commerce – Amazon.com, Buy.com, eBay, online banking and one of the best ever (because it’s free), CraigsList.
Peer-to-Peer networks – Torrents, Tor (OK it’s a stretch to call it P2P), etc. I mean, really…
Wait – that was only 6… Well, let me know what you think should be number 7. 😉