Friday Blurbs…. April 9th, 2010

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Search Numbers – The March U.S. search share numbers are out.  During march Google dropped nearly half a point to 65% which is unusual as it generally goes up! However, physician Yahoo  gained a tenth of a point, recipe which is not significant and Bing continues to slowly gain higher number with 2 tenths increase to 11.7%.  However, according to BusinessInsider.com “Bing is buying a lot of this share through toolbar and other traffic deals.”

It’s All About Perspective -The folks over at Business Pundit Have come up with what I think is a very accurate and unique chart that shows how we view ourselves, and how we view others with our the Corporate World. Problem is they left out HR!

Frankenstein’s TIVOFrom Engadget – Get ready for an acute case of DVR inadequacy courtesy of SnapStream, which has pieced together what it’s calling the world’s largest DVR, and we’re inclined to believe them. Run a coax in the back and, with a fully configured unit, you can record a whopping 50 channels simultaneously onto over 100TB of storage. The trick is it’s actually five separate rack-mounted SnapStream DVRs that all join together to share storage, work across tuners, and to fight the evil King Zarkon from the planet Doom — or at least to record all the Voltron reruns ever aired, ever. No word on the cost of a fully-configured rack, but given the size of that thing (check out the door in the background for comparison) we’re thinking it might not fit in our entertainment center anyway.

Don’t even think about it – According tot he Irish Times, THE BRITISH government has forced through the controversial digital economy Bill , which it won by 189 votes to 47. One of the major clauses of the new law, allows the secretary of state for business to order the blocking of “a location on the internet which the court is satisfied has been, is being or is likely to be used for or in connection with an activity that infringes copyright”. Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for culture, media and sport, protested that the clause was too wide-ranging. “It could apply to Google,” he complained, adding that its inclusion of the phrase “likely to be used” meant that a site could be blocked on its assumed intentions rather than its actions.

How we Spend your Money! –  Not sure how many of you have seen the Federal Giverments IT Dash Board, but if you haven’t you might want to take a look.  According toe the Givernment “The IT Dashboard provides the public with an online window into the details of Federal information technology investments and provides users with the ability to track the progress of investments over time.” The site first went on line in June 2009, and has received over 86 million hits since coming on line.  I wonder how many of those are Giverment employees trying to figure out how much money they have to spend to keep up with the other agencies?

Martin Swinney

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