2010 was an eventful year. From devastating events, such as the Haiti earthquake to the Gulf oil spill. Technology moves forward from the iPad to the LHC. Heroes rose, and heroes fell. Times are changing and it’s sometimes can be difficult to keep up.
For myself, 2010 was a very interesting year. A lot of things have changed, yet some things still remain the same. A year with many firsts and great accomplishments. Yet as another year passes by, I long for what the future may hold even if but a distant hope. A hope that drives me forward even through hardships and failures. I don’t know what surprises 2011 has in store, but I plan to keep on trying. Not to give up, but continue on towards that hope of the future.
I’m sure most of you have used Google at some point or another. I personally use it every day, and my job would become quite difficult without Google. As you may or may not know, Google Chrome was released a little over a year ago; Google’s stab at an internet browser. It’s advertised to be fast and small.
More recently, Google has announced Google Chrome OS. Based on Linux, Chrome OS is designed for the internet, and the below video explains that concept in more detail. It’s hard to argue that the internet hasn’t taken a major spotlight on our PCs, but it’s even harder to predict whether or not a desktop os can truly survive when built around the internet. Take a look below at things to come from Google.
Google is starting an ad campaign (as seen above) to help push more downloads of Google Chrome. It’s a fast, streamlined browser and provides a nice alternative to Safari and Firefox. As a web developer, I don’t really care what browser you use as long as you use one that is helping to push standards compliance. If you want to try something new and difference, download Google Chrome today.
I’ve updated scurker.com again slightly. All “www.scurker.com” will now redirect simply to “scurker.com” as the www is quite redundant. The front page and navigation has been updated slightly to be more interesting. While I’m not completely satisfied with it, it believe it looks better than it has before.
If you haven’t tried out my google maps tsp application recently, I suggest you check it out again. A lot of stuff has changed since my last post. I think I’ve worked out a majority of the bugs and issues, but any feedback is certainly appreciated.
I am aware of the various IE bugs that still exist, but I need to do further research to determine a fix to the problem.
I have been working on a Google maps application for a while, and am finally releasing my first “public” beta of the map. The project’s goal was attempt to tackle the traveling salesman problem (shortest path between all points) with a real pratical application. View my Google Maps Fun page to view more details on the application.
Please, if you use it and like it, let me know! Any bugs/requests can be directed in the comments as well.
What is domain tasting? Registrars are allowed to register a domain at no cost for up to 5 days to get a “taste” of a domain to see if it meets their traffic needs.
Why is this a problem? There are two key issues at hand. The first being that a domain can essentially be “held hostage” for that 5 day period to see if the traffic is significant enough to “domain squat“. The other issue as is the case with Network Solutions a registrar has the capability to lock up the domain for 5 days after a search has been made, at no charge, which limits you from purchasing it within that period, if they themselves do not snatch it up.
Hopefully, this step by Google will help prevent the first instance of domain squatters by limiting the amount of income they would be able to make from text ads.
Found a little something on Google Maps today. If you ever need directions from Birmingham, Alabama to Birmingham, England, it’s easy! The instructions are pretty simple. Just drive north until you reach Boston. Ditch the car, and swim 3,462 miles across the Atlantic Ocean until you reach the English channel, then jump ashore and drive to Birmingham, England. According to Google, it should only take 30 days, and 3 hours to make the trip. It’s that simple!