This week started slowly, but turned out really interesting (June 23-30 2008):
- Working at Google vs. Microsoft:
I left [Google] because Microsoft turned out to be the right place for me. [...] I like engineering, but I love the business aspects no less.
[...] the culture at Google values 'coolness' tremendously, and the quality of service not as much.
In other words, Google is for geeks and Microsoft for nerds.
- The next version of Windows, code name "Windows 7", seems to build on the same core architecture as Windows Vista, which is a problem according to Randall Stross of the NY Times, since: "[Windows] has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware".
- A recent study challenges the Long Tail theory and suggests that the real money is in the head, writes Matt Asay. The study may have some flaws though.
- More news on the problems webmasters are facing with the antivirus software AVG 8.0. The pre-scanning of the links from a web search, that the software does, is now even more difficult to distinguish from a real user, writes the Register. I'm still using AVG 7, and it seems to continue to update its database, despite the updating was supposed to end June 25th. The annoying upgrade messages have also stopped.
- NoiseRiver, a FriendFeed filtering service reviewed by Louis Gray.
- Top-level domains are finally set free, and will soon (in 2009) be available for registration by anyone that can present a business plan, writes the BBC. However, the cost will be high, probably around $100.000.
- Twitter died June 27th, according to Dave Winer: "So the conversation moves to FriendFeed. True, I am ignoring the flow I have on Twitter. Easy come easy go. The flow there is pointless."
- This week's bonus video, a perfect elevator pitch delivered by 15-year-old Daniel Brusilovsky for his startup Teens in Tech.