Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Google Is Evil Or Will Be

Google always said don't be evil. But I always knew it'll be a matter of time before they do.

First, they sold out those lil' chinese people by filtering chinese searhc results.

Second, they're handing over all private data of every user to the govenrment with a simple subpeona (not even a warrant).

What information does Google hold... every search term entered by date, IP and associated Google login. 2GB of email, text extract of all files on user's PC running Google Desktop.

What does Google Privacy Policy say? Its changing all the time, but what remains unchanged is they'll be pooling all the information they collect on you from all of their various services. Moreover, they may keep this information indefinitely, and give this information to whomever they wish. All that's required is for Google to
have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Google, its users or the public.

It's amazing how a vague privacy policy, a minimalist browser interface, and an unconventional corporate culture have convinced so many that Google is different on issues that matter.

After 180 days in the US, all data lose their status as a protected communication under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and become just another database record. This means that a subpoena instead of a warrant is all that's needed to force Google to produce a copy. Other countries may even lack this basic protection, and Google's databases are distributed all over the world. Since the Patriot Act was passed, it's unclear whether this ECPA protection is worth much anymore in the U.S., or whether it even applies to email that originates from non-citizens in other countries.

Google is evil. :(

Open Word Document Without Word

A friend of mine wanted to open a word document but couldn't. Apparently he doesn't have Microsoft Word. The horror. The horror...

I figured out a work around. You can email the word document to your gmail account. Then when you open the email, gmail will give you the option to either download it or view as HTML. Good ol' gmail. :)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Microsoft Oragami Project

Microsoft put up their Microsoft Oragami Project about 2 weeks ago with words it will release on March 9, 2006. The website plays a flash movie, saying "I am everywhere you are and never in the way... what am I? Find out March 9, 2006". The suspense for the last 2 weeks set the blogging world on fire. Its a perfect viral marketting.

Some says it will be a mp3 player to compete with iPod. Other says it will be a portable x-box 360. Yet other says it will be small tablet pc with wifi and mobile phone and everything changing the world of portable PC. No one knows what and Microsoft's not telling.

My guess, it will be all of the above. A device with phone, wifi, camera, mp3 player plus gaming device and most importantly GPS. After all, thats what oragami implies, transforming an object into something else.