Rope-A-Dope, Indeed


Sometimes you want so badly to say “I told you so!” after months of getting kicked in the ass, that you do so without really looking into what you’re writing about. Or even thinking, really.

Such is the predicament Dan Lyons finds himself in today.

The artist formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs wrote the following this morning immediately after hearing about Google buying Motorola:

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“Consumers want to know that when they upload a video or change their Facebook status that they are not contributing to global warming or future Fukushimas.”

Apple named ‘least green’ tech company | Environment |

» I consider myself a pretty green guy (not tree hugger or anything though), but I’ve never once thought this and I am sure hardly anyone really ever does.

I think this quote is also worth highlighting:

The use of IT often reduces environmental impacts. When we compared greenhouse gas emissions for downloading music to buying it on a CD, for example, we found downloads reduced emissions 40-80%.

According to GreenPeace, you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t apparently. If some of these companies sold tons of discs they wouldn’t be on this list yet would actually contribute more to polluting the environment.

I find it ironic that Apple is always on wrong end of these reports, even though they have the most minimal package of items I buy and they are primarily responsible for the conversion from CD to digital download.

“Anecdotally, my personal search results have also been noticeably worse lately. As part of Christmas shopping for my wife, I searched for ‘iPhone 4 case’ in Google. I had to give up completely on the first two pages of search results as utterly useless, and searched Amazon instead.”

Google faces its next big challenge: ridding itself of the spammers it created | Technology |

You know, I have seen the same problem but just didn’t realize it. Especially when it comes to shopping, Google does such a poor job that I’ll hit specific web sites like Amazon instead.

This is not a good sign for them.

“Google needs to become a tight ship where products are not pushed out of the door without really careful examination of their value both to the company and to customers.”

Google shuffle: why Eric Schmidt had to be pushed from the top | Technology |

This is exactly the problem that I have had with Google’s products.

So the Android crusaders will be circling us in 2011, swinging their $85 smartswords to demand our capitulation in a rapture of inevitability. Inevitable like Knoll, Orkut, Froogle, Lively, Health, NoteBook, SideWiki, Answers, Wave, Buzz, Nexus…like an army of 41 shades of blue. No matter. Resistance is futile.

Curiously, even the most successful Android hardware manufacturers like Samsung and HTC are hedging their bets on Google’s mobile platform either with their own OS (Bada) or Microsoft’s (WP7). Why would experienced OEMs hedge their bets on Android if it were so open, so free and so benevolent? Let’s hope they too have seen the “One OS, Many Partners” movie and still remember the OEM extras with un-speaking roles in the “Razor Thin Margins” and “Race to the Bottom” scenes…when everything exploded.

The Unbearable Inevitability of Being Android, 1995 « counternotions

Such a great post that I wanted to highlight 2 quotes. This one highlights what I’ve at least thought many times: Just because Google makes it, doesn’t make it successful.

I’ve previously mentioned that Samsung is planning on releasing more WP7 phones next year than Android. If Android is so much better, why are they doing that? It’s because these hardware vendors aren’t sold on Android. In actuality, Android was the good-enough OS to compete with the runaway success of the iPhone. That is the only reason why Android has been so embraced.

“To maintain that dominance the “Don’t Be Evil” company has been willing to go into business in China despite all evidence of rampant human rights violations, get into bed with the worst phone carrier to rape net neutrality, let its “walled backlot” search become a cesspool of SEO swindlers, collect unauthorized data via illegal WiFi mapping all over the globe, risk exposing private email account data in hopes of capturing social graph info by default, favor its own properties in search results in surreptitious ways and so on.”

Even if Google TV one day becomes more refined, the central problem remains: on the Web, videos routinely freeze, stutter, take forever to load or show “missing plug-in” error messages. We’re used to that. We have low expectations — on the Web.

But do we really want to pay hundreds of dollars to bring this sort of flakiness to our TV sets?

Google TV’s Chaotic Interface - David Pogue -

With all of the various content owners blocking GoogleTV, and with what sounds like serious usability problems, I find it hard to believe that the current version of the GoogleTV will be a success.

Still, I really hope that it spurs Apple into introducing an AppleTV store sooner than later.

“[When] we roll[ed] out Google Finance, we did put the Google link first. It seems only fair right, we do all the work for the search page and all these other things, so we do put it first… That has actually been our policy, since then, because of Finance. So for Google Maps again, it’s the first link.”

Hard-Coding Bias in Google “Algorithmic” Search Results

A very interesting read… I’ve long thought that Google placed their own results ahead of others. I didn’t realize that they claimed otherwise and how much of an impact it has.