More on Google, Yahoo

September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

The success of Google is as a result of two critical factors: innovation and simplicity. The company’s business strategy is not one of the status quo. Google always seeks to improve upon its technology and to expand the scope of its business. Over the years, Google has experimented with many different things—Google Maps, Blog Search, Google Street to name a few. Not all of the company’s experimental projects become huge hits, but all of them add to the user’s experience leading him or her closer than ever to the knowledge he seeks. Case in point, users can now utilize Google Search as a web calculator. One can enter a simple calculation into the search box and Google will compute the result. Furthermore, most of the premium features are available free of charge. This is an ingenious business decision and a tremendous PR move. Honestly, who wouldn’t want free stuff?

To Yahoo’s credit, the company has worked very hard to improve its search engine’s technologies. Unfortunately, Yahoo always seems to be one or two steps behind its rival. It is almost as though Yahoo is simply reacting to Google instead of having a clear strategic path.


Super Brain Challenge

July 5, 2009 § 16 Comments

A while back, I had a conversation with an old classmate who has been working for the chipmaker Intel. During our conversation, we talked extensively about the latest innovation in the world of chip making – the Intel Core Duo. I was thoroughly impressed by the chip’s specifications; the Core Duo greatly enhances computational performance and boosts the computer’s multitasking capability by twofold. This new technology made me thinking. If we could come up with technology to improve the computer’s multitasking, surely we can come up with ways to enhance the multitasking level of the human brain.

The following is a simple brain training exercise that I think you will come to like.


1) To perform this exercise, you will need a piece of paper and two markers (or pencils.)
2) Draw a square with your left hand & a circle with your right hand. Do the two tasks simultaneously. No pausing or alternating.
3) Keep doing the same step until you are able to draw perfect square and circle.
4) Once you master the technique, do the same thing again but with both eyes closed.

Additional exercise: Work with more complex shapes.

This brain training exercise can either be a cakewalk or an impossible challenge. It all depends on how sharp your brain is, at the moment of the exercise. Try it at different times. Tell me what you think.

[Simon N.]


In Focus: Japan’s Green Olympics

June 28, 2009 § 8 Comments


In its bid for the 2016 Summer Games, the land of the rising sun unveils an ambitious plan to actualize history’s first Green Olympics. Designed by the famed Tadao Ando, the proposed Olympics stadium is an attempt to recreate Nature’s harmony.

The architecture is intended to be one with nature, literally. The giant solar roof will allow the stadium to operate mostly on solar power. The stadium will be surrounded by thousands of trees and greenery making it truly one with nature. As the planned structure is adjacent to Tokyo Bay, stadium spectators will be able to enjoy melodic waves and pleasant sea breezes in addition to friendly competitions between the world’s greatest athletes.

Chicago is likely to win the right to host the 2016 Games, but Tokyo should be given an award for its creative vision. More images can be found at the official site of Tokyo 2016.

[Simon N.]


Technology: Don Quixote’s Dream

June 14, 2009 § 2 Comments


I believe the future of green energy lies in the development of micro wind turbines. These turbines require very little wind to generate energy and work well in an urban setting. As the technology becomes more advanced, micro wind turbines can be used to power small systems such as traffic lights. Just imagine having small wind turbines installed at every traffic intersection. Aesthetically, it would be quite an eye-pleasing experience. I do reckon that the cost and the noise generated by these turbines could be a problem.

[Simon N.]

Technology: Project Natal

June 2, 2009 § 6 Comments

If you are anti-social and are in need an imaginary friend, this is something you should definitely look into. Otherwise, it is wise to stay away from this technology.

Technology: Virtual Samurai

May 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

Watching this makes me wanting to chop some wood.

Credits: NintenDaan

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