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So I went to the dentists today for a deep cleaning. Let me start by saying that dentists are the devil. I’m convinced that they get joy out of causing their patients pain.

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Nexus One

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you heard of the nexus one?
It’s google’s new phone. Click the link below to get a 3D tour of it.

3D tour of the nexus one.

Also get digital radio on your phone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–Forget about the Google Phone already: the Nexus One is merely a blip on Google’s long-term strategy for the rise of mobile computing.

One could be forgiven for assuming Google was about to knock over the smartphone market–two and a half years after Apple did just that–with one quick blow going into Tuesday’s Android event with a phone designed by Google and sold at retail by Google. After all, that’s what the Internet said would happen leading up to the event.

But what actually emerged from Building 43 on Tuesday is just another Android phone: a nice one, to be sure, but one featuring hardware designed completely by smartphone maker HTC and software features that will soon be available to other Android phones with advanced hardware, like the Droid. The real story is perhaps less sexy than a sleek iPhone killer that so many techies would love to see compete with Apple, but it’s a sign that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has learned his lessons about competition over a lifetime in the tech industry.

What Google is trying to do is gradually reel in Apple over a period of years by emphasizing open phones with open application stores sold through a variety of channels running an open-source operating system. And, for good measure, it’s also trying to do nothing less than reinvent the way mobile phones are sold in the U.S.

In order to do that, Google is going to have to do two things. It will need to show that consumers are willing to embrace a distribution channel for smartphones that is not controlled by wireless carriers, who will never give up their gatekeeper role over access and pricing of these phones if they are not forced to do so by customer demand. And it will have to continue to create compelling mobile software that serves as a check on the iPhone.

Google is certainly proud of the Nexus One. But it didn’t build the phone, which, in any event, is at best a modest improvement on the current generation of Android phones.

According to a source familiar with the process, the Nexus One was designed by employees of One & Co., a San Francisco design firm acquired in 2008 by HTC. Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering for Android at Google and leader of the project, later told GigaOm that “there are no hardware or industrial designers on my team.” Leading up to Tuesday’s event, widespread reports claimed that Google had designed the Nexus One by itself, and while the company may have specified hardware requirements to go with its software, that’s not the same as designing the phone.

So while Google is not making its own hardware, as Rubin maintained back in October, it will eventually be doing the second thing he claimed Google wasn’t doing that day: competing with companies it formerly considered customers.

With T-Mobile and Verizon on board for the Nexus One launch, all appears rosy between Google and those partners, who even though Android was a free product were essentially the end customers of that software up to this point. But make no mistake: Google’s ultimate goal is to create a business plan where top-notch Android phones are created by companies like Motorola and HTC and then sold through a virtual mall of sorts where carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon have to compete for your business.

Indeed, in the same report referenced above, Om Malik’s sources claim that behind the scenes, Motorola and Verizon are annoyed as they were expected to be leading up to the launch of the Nexus One. That’s because Google’s plans for the Nexus One and future Nexus One phones involve cutting out the heart of the smartphone market.

At the moment, the carriers cut three-way deals with the phone makers and operating system vendor to sell phones exclusively on their network, hoping to get the best phones on the market as to entice as many people as possible to sign up for two-year contracts with data service. What Google is proposing is a business model in which you pick a phone and then separately pick a carrier, all without having to leave your house.

In other words, it would be like buying a PC. Comcast doesn’t have an exclusive deal with Dell where if you want one of their PCs, you have to get it from Comcast and lock yourself into a two-year cable modem package. It means wireless carriers would have to compete on pricing and the quality of their networks rather than exclusive deals for hot phones.

Google argues this is what caused the PC-based Internet to flourish, and if the mobile Internet is to do the same thing, it needs someone to break the logjam of carriers, phone makers, and software providers.

But will it work? After all, at the moment Google is sort of doing exactly what decries: it’s offering an excellent phone through an exclusive channel tied to a single carrier. Later this spring the Nexus One will be available on Verizon’s network, but it’s harder to sell unlocked CDMA phones (Verizon’s technology) because they don’t use removable SIM cards found in phones based on the GSM family of standards. So that phone might well be tied to a two-year Verizon contract, and Verizon confirmed Tuesday that it won’t be sold anywhere other than Google’s store.

But Rubin said during a question-and-answer session following Tuesday’s event that Google has to be in the game before it can start shaking up the market. He linked the potential for this type of strategy to the same revolution that took place in retailing, with companies like Amazon.com proving that people were willing to buy products over the Internet without checking them out in stores first. That allowed companies like Amazon to eliminate the overhead associated with maintaining a physical retail store and consumers to have more flexibility with their spending.

In a way, the strategy behind the Nexus One is very Googly: launch early and iterate constantly. Schmidt’s previous gigs at Novell and Sun Microsystems showed him what could happen when innovative companies were slowly subsumed by determined competitors with deep pockets (Novell versus Microsoft) and open software married to cheap hardware (Sun versus Linux). This time, he’s marrying both in an attempt to remake mobile computing in Google’s image by taking on Apple and the wireless carriers.

Don’t expect Google to sell a ton of Nexus One phones in 2010. Rubin told GigaOm he thinks the company can sell 150,000 this year, which is a fraction of the 1.8 billlion smartphones that Pyramid Research recently said it expects will be sold over the next five years.

The upside for Google is that even if this strategy doesn’t work, the mobile Internet will still carry advertising.

.Originally posted at Relevant Results

Government Control

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok my post today is about how much control the government has and how much is to much. I don’t use drugs but I’m a believer that the government shouldn’t dictate what people put into their own bodies. I’ve got some videos on steroids just for an example in this post. If the government can continue get more and more control over what we say and do as American citizens then what’s stopping them from taking away all freedom? Just because something is bad for an individual does that mean that our government should outlaw it? What about sports? people get hurt in sports all the time why doesn’t the government outlaw them? How about alcohol and tobacco? Sure the government puts restrictions on who can buy them but they don’t completely outlaw them. The reason for this is GREED and wanting more power. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t America started because England was to greedy and wanted to much control over peoples lives? Is that what it’s going to take to make our government realize what they are doing? Now I’m not saying that we need a revolutionary war here, but I am saying that we need to let our political officials know what we want and stop them from having so much control over us.


ABC NEWS on steroids in america – http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7544754

It is Politics As Usual – A Book Review on Taking Sides

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment

How much do you know about world politics? Geopolitics can be one of the most interesting subjects, and if you’d like to learn more, perhaps you need to dive into the challenges of our time, and understand all sides of the debate. I believe that’s the best way to approach it, and if you agree, there’s a very good book I’d like to recommend to you, the name of the book is;

“Taking Sides – Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics” by John T. Rourke.

In this book the author asks some pretty tough questions, about some of the most challenging and problematic issues of our time. Each chapter adds to the chaos and controversy of world events in our present period. And there are many questions, which perhaps have no answer, however are debated by scholars and academics alike. In fact, one of the tough questions is frequented by those that write articles in foreign affairs, the economist, and in letters to the Washington Post and New York Times.

“Is the Capitalist model for Third World development destructive?”

This is a very tough question, and one that is always discussed at the Davos World Economic Conference. But there are more comments, questions, and concerns in this book for instance;

“Is economic globalism a positive trend?”

The international monetary fund or IMF suggests that globalism should serve all, but countries and corporations often exploit the labor. Everyone benefits if we are all on the same page, even if it undermines their national sovereignty temporarily. The debaters also discuss international cooperation and choice in trade. And they discuss issues of global governance, and if it is right if it is forced? One debater suggests that the European Union is in danger of a revolution of culture and economics, however the academics of Europe have an answer for that as well.

If you want to get at the heart of the debate of the new world order, how to run the United Nations, a global currency, or a global trade free market place, there is probably no better book to start out with to hear all the different sides of the chaos and controversy surrounding these topics. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes in smart dialogue.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lance_Winslow

Java Game Development.

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m adding a video series I found useful. Java Game Development is a new page I added at the top right corner under PAGES. The video’s will teach you how to develop java games for the pc or internet. I know this isn’t my usual type post but as the title already states this blog is for talking about whatever I want to talk about. I’m also currently working on developing apps for android phones. So if anyone would be interested in helping me I would be happy to know what type of apps people would be interested in seeing.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Merry Christmas to all my readers and their families.

Greatest song ever.

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment