Goodbye Google?

page-cannot-be-displayedSo what would happen if Google failed? Has anyone given this any thought? Imagine a world without Google and you will see a starkly different Internet. The loss of YouTube alone would cause the lose of thousands of countless jobs, revenue, taxes for countries, and really great video like cats jumping into fish tanks and countless car chase videos. The ad revenue that is coming from those little pop-ups, insertion commercials for Tide, and the phrase “What’s in Your Wallet? from Capital One, is staggering. Who or what is causing Google to slide into oblivion? You guessed it, Apple. Now I know what you going to say, Android is ten times better than iOS. That’s not what the article is about. Its about castrating search technology. Like in that movie when the good guy is talking crap about how they cheated death and then WHAM!! that tail from the dragon swings around and spears him through the chest. Ensign Google is wearing a Red shirt on the Internet away team and doesn’t know what that means. What is causing this amazing backdoor move? a smoke screen. Exactly the technology integrated into the Safari Browsers. Apple has sold 351,345,000 phones worldwide since Q3 of 2007. That means that the population of the United States either has an iPhone, handed down an iPhone to a child or relative, sold it to someone on eBay or another auction site. Think about that for a second. The whole population of the United States. Wow. Of course these are worldwide numbers, and not everyone in the United States has a phone, but Apple has sold that many. With the number of repair shops and screen fix it sites, even Best Buy fixes glass screens and Radio Shack you can imagine the staying power of the first and latest iPhones that still exist having been fixed or never broke. Now thats not including iPads, iPad minis, iPod Touches, iMacs, MacBooks, and all the windows users that have converted to using the Safari browser to link up their favorites and bookmarks that they have on there iOS devices. The cohesive Apple Universe has grown to staggering proportions and in one technological update of iOS6, Apple threw the Ace of Spades on the proverbial poker table and called Internet autonomy. This one move is causing the lights to slowly, painfully, go out at Google. It’s so slow in fact, it’s giving others competitors with unique forms of data gathering and mining room to move in, and take some thunder away from the once almighty Google. Haters can hate, but data doesn’t lie. As a famous stats guy once said, “In god we trust, all else bring data.”

iPhones have been given a leg up in the battle for phone superiority since day one. Steve Jobs made sure the micro-footprint of the phone didn’t falter performance, or quality. Made with the best parts on the planet, strong frame, aluminum milled parts, the iPhone is considered a great looking albeit premium priced that is valued and retains that value for that matter. It’s the difference between getting a Lexus and a Nissan. Yes, Samsung makes a great phone, but it’s still plastic. The first iPhones were aluminum and ABS plastic. Plastic so strong its used underground for water pressure. Gorilla Glass that exceeds strength testing over any other glass is a mainstay. It was groundbreaking and truly something of a work of art from the minds of Jony and Jobs.

So where is Google going? Well the road signs say down. Apple has configured a way to ignore the revenue system that is at the heart of Google. The only reason Google makes a profit is people pay Google to show the world their ads. With out that revenue stream Google will lose marketshare. If anyone finds out about this, especially large advertisement firms, and companies, then the shift to mobile is clear. What if Apple used its Universe power not to tell you where to find something like Google does, but to actually show you in a way that is available right now on your phone. What would you pay for that? You’re near a restaurant, it’s 6PM, Siri arranged for reservations for your family with timers to hold spots nearby, then tells you. What would you pay for that ease? Not waiting for you to search, but it knows through patterns that you are driving home from work, the house heating warms the house, and preps the lighting for home. Oh that’s already here.

Partner traffic is going dark because Apple is blocking the revenue sharing system that allows clicks to add up. WIthout it, companies will stop investing in Google Ads. This will ripple, and without an intervention, something is going to change. This is also happening now. Brutal wars are on the horizon. Two modern Goliath’s are going to meet on the playground and it’s going to get interesting.

MBA Student For Sale -Part 1

Some translations don't always work!

Some translations don’t always work!

That title made me chuckle. It’s indicative of an MBA students life to anticipate finding a job that is lucrative and sustaining, but is that really the only purpose of an MBA? I think not. An MBA is just another tool in your curriculum vitae of life. It doesn’t just give you the key to the C-Suite, but prepares you for what you need to learn in order to work inside the C-Suite. There is a big difference there if you analyze those two statements. One, its not a master key, its a master degree. Two, you are not ready for the immediate demand that an executive may make look easy. Little do you know that that executive you envy has been knocked around, knocked down, belittled, ridiculed, and even ostracized in front of his peers, employees, and executive staff at one time or another. (Worse if your a Marketing executive) This should not dissuade you from wanting to get to the top as it is paved with many golden rules, and degrees. What an MBA can do is give you the knowledge that is lacking in corporate governance from an ethical and cultural perspective that makes great business thrive. Companies like Mars, Virgin Galactic, and Chipotle know the secret to corporate success by encouraging there staff to better educate themselves. It is still up to the MBA student to use this tool that he or she has spent countless, sleepless hours worrying and studying for.

Harvard is not the best degree in the world. I know many Harvard alums and they all say the same thing. Its Harvard! I say: Yeah, so what? Many people I spoke to in foreign governments around the world, lament about how new Ivy League students don’t have a clue about how business is done outside of America. This is true because many students are looking for a job in a major American metropolitan area, scoring that great gig at large banks and firms. They are not looking to go help a foreign start-up see if they can break into America’s market or help South Korea’s Hyundai thrive in Europe against Mercedes. It’s just not something an American MBA student thinks of. Many talented students are out there, but are not prepared for what lies ahead. Are you ready? Have your traveled to a country to work with companies before your graduated? Did you intern in China, Taiwan, Chile, Brazil, India or any of the other top growing economies in the world? If you didn’t, your not done with learning. It can affect you later on.

Many companies fail to enter foreign markets because they don’t understand the culture in those countries or they fail to partner with companies that already have significant market share there. Send someone that is not experienced to negotiate and you’re going to ruin that first impression. Stay tuned for more!

Windows 8 is just Windows…

Well with all the hoopla that Redmond would have us believe. All the hype, all the screenshots. I must admit they had me fooled. I thought my Windows was gone. Thank you Microsoft, for leaving the Window wide open!! It’s nice to be back home because the Metro

 Windows 8 System Settings

Windows 8 System Settings

(call it what you want) interface is not as productive for the buisness PC user, as it is for a Surface user. It’s certainly not as elegant a solution as OSX’s Launchpad. Microsoft should have given people a choice before forcing a default tablet interface in place of the start menu. I am sure many a CIO cursed Microsoft, but I am here to tell everyone it’s all for not. Yes, you can certainly have back the corporate desktop environment. It’s just being snarky and hidden. Behold! The goodness, pay no attention to the Window behind the mask… move along…move along…these are not the icons you are looking for! I was able to get to the desktop fairly simple because the basic mechanics of Aero’s interface from Windows 7 is still the same. You can access the programs from a start menu. You can install the same Windows enhancements such as Roboform, and browser add-ons. You can even stick your My Computer to your new Start (Metro) interface (see below).

Desktop and Start Menu without the button!

It’s interesting why they didn’t choose to replace all the underpinnings with a more secure model. All your files and command prompts are available for the buggering by viruses. It’s as secure than Windows x.x. My favorite options are adding the normal desktop options to the new Desktop Start page as seen in the screenshots. Now its not only cool that you can now customize your new Windows 8 experience, but you can still access the Control Panel, install IIS 8 maybe, access the Administrator Tools, some very wicked new tools in the Control Panel, and even the Task Manager is cooler. All in all its shaping up to be a great Friday! Take a look at some of the screenshots. To get to this interface, launch the desktop from your Start Page, Open Internet Explorer, In the address field, type C:\Windows\Explorer.exe hit enter, choose Run from the security prompt and you are back in the back office of windows. The corner hotspots still work. It’s all smoke and mirrors magic! Check out more images.

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Bender Gestalt II test

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Buggy getting tested for visual memory and motors kills

… its been awhile

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Time flies when you enjoying the ride.

Wow, the past few months have been a rush of time. Like sticking your head out of the car and feeling the wind blow your worries away. Many things have happened since I last posted on my blog. I bought, then remodeled a home, and I lost weight (15lbs and counting). In the world, a new iPhone was released, Steve Jobs died, all in the same week. iOS 5 was also released.  9/11 was celebrated with the finished Memorial Park in New York, and today October 20, 2011, the Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed. It was with such fanfare that has been going on in the world, as the U.S has struggled along with Europe to contain a rather large financial crisis that seems to be so interlocked its causing a slid of titanic proportions that many are not aware of what is really going on. I will not bore you with Macroeconomics, but lets just say its very bad and the U.S. is unable to push it faster away from their shores. 

On the technology front, I saw today the amazing and sexy Lytro camera. This camera has taken digital cameras and turned it on its ear. The ability to capture an image and refocus any part of the image is an amazing feature not to mention the 11 mega rays of light it captures to create amazing low light photos instantly with no worry about shutter speed or hesitation. At $399 fo the 8GB version you can take approximately 350 images. Check out the amazing gallery of photos  to see for yourself.  I am trying to get my hands on one of these beauties to take it through its paces. This camera can only get bigger, badder, and better as time goes on. Soon, I am sure they will be making seriously long 250mm versions for sports photography.

Many more items are coming to a post soon such as the Squareup Device and what it means for small businesses, Tax time, and maybe a movie review or two… stay tuned… and sorry for being gone for so long…

My daughter and new son-in-law

I present to my friends Ramon & Kera Alba. There were married today!!

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Finished with that!!

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Nervous?? Yes!!!

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Science Fair!!

Darla’s science fair project on salt and floatations

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Happy Halloween 2010

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