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Get your head in the cloud with Google AppsAugust 30th, 2011

Google apps - real mobility

Real Mobility.

The ‘Cloud’ is the buzz word in technology circles right now, but how can it really help me and my business in our daily activities?

Our e-life revolves around communication, content and collaboration. In the past, most of the tools/data related to these activities were hosted on a single computer,whereas now you have multiple electronic handles, and synchronization can turn into a nightmare: there is always missing data, because it is hosted êlsewhere.

Google Apps solves this problem simply..

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Google Chrome OS: All Quiet on the Western FrontFebruary 23rd, 2010

Google Chrome logoYou can always count on Google for creating a buzz  on the internet with its innovative applications, such as Google Wave for example.   In November, Google  released its first preview of its new operating system: Google Chrome OS.

Google said that this new operating system targets  netbooks that use on-line applications only, without local storage support. The entire system is stored on SDD disks – and nothing else.

That said, I wanted to see for myself what could be this new Google concept. So I downloaded the Chrome OS VMWare image (also available for Sun’s VirtualBox) from engadget web site and ran it on my PC.

Chrome OS screenshot

Actually, Chrome OS is built on a Linux kernel with an enhanced Chrome browser as the user interface. Only on-line and some off-line (based on HTML 5 off-line access features) applications can be used. Chrome OS does not handle local storage systems such as hard drives or USB keys. So, no way to use your netbook as a video or music player, except for on-line resources (YouTube, Deezer, …).

This new Google operating system left me skeptical. This OS is based on a linux kernel but restricted by Google specifications. I do not think I would ever pay for a netbook that will only work if I can access the internet, on which I cannot store my music and video library, without any way to store my files on a local device or handle external devices (at the time being, Google has not announced any solution to handle printers for instance :( ). It reminds me of the  Sun’s Network PC concept,  a comeback of  the old passive terminal, applied to the Cloud. Google seems to target the iPad-like devices, but the restrictions are so drastic that I think that Apple can sleep on both ears ;)

But we will see, as Google always surprises us …


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Written by Jacques Desmazières

February 23rd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Google Waves: the definitive collaboration tool ?February 4th, 2010

Google Wave logoUntil I looked at this Google wave podcast, I have to confess that, in my mind, Google was no more than a cool web application editor, adding innovation to existing concepts. But with regards to Google Wave technology, I definitely changed my mind and I now think Google is imagining the next generation of applications (and not only web applications).

Google Wave concept is to federate in a single application features of several domains such as email, chat, syndication, blog, collaboration and much more.

To describe Wave in a few words, I would say that Wave is a “real time” communication application, where collaboration is the core concept. You can use Wave like email, as the waves are persistent do not need on-line participants, but you can also use it like a chat, concurrently editing a wave with other participants. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, as Google tried to federate the best-of-breed of (Google) web applications.

But the reason why I think that Wave is the definite revolution in communication and collaboration is that it is more group_reportthan just an application. Wave is built on an open protocol, really similar to the main concept of email protocols, allowing Wave servers to communicate with each other. Wave is open source, and you can have your own wave server, opened or not onto the internet, and I think this is a key feature for companies that want to host all of their IT resources or use Wave only in their Intranet with securtiy and confidentiality concerns.
And finally, like Google Maps, Google Waves provides a Wave API allowing you to embed Wave components in web applications  to implement, customize and extend Wave client and server. Actually Wave as been built as an integration platform around a collaboration platform.

The only drawback I see  is that as a user, you need to change your way of communicating and collaborating. This may take some time, but not always, if the concept is really good and matches with the ways users actually think and act (just think of Apple with the iPhone …) .

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When the best is enemy of the goodSeptember 22nd, 2009

(from “Le meilleur est l’ennemi du bien” – Voltaire)

If you use the  internet as much as we do, you probably use google and you probably find https security problems quite scary.

If by any chance, like me, you look for “edu” on google :

with Firefox 3.5 or greater and when the first result as below is “” (this may change in the future or depending on your google’s history searches) this is what happens :

google certificate error

And this come a bit as a shock. At least it did for me. What ? A certificate problem with google ?

Everytime you try, same problem.

Well, funnily enough, this problem should happen very very rarely. The reason is that Google engineers have probably realized that most of the time when a user is searching for something with google, he/she will click on the first result.

On the other hand, Mozilla has implemented a new “prefetch” mechanism in Firefox 3.5. This is derived from the old “internet accelerators” when some developers thought it was good to have a program “clicking” for you on links to prefetch the pages in order for the user to have it already in its browser cache before he made his choice on which one he wanted to click on. (Supposedly useful when … you had a low-bandwidth connection).

This time it’s better organised : it is the webmaster of the site the user is visiting who decides (or not) to put special tags in his html to enable this feature, for example :

<link rel="prefetch" href="/images/big.jpeg">

will prefetch the big family poster… when you are still looking at the article and the picture thumbnail for the moment.

So when you use  Google with Firefox (latest version), the first link on the results list is automatically prefetched.

In the case shown above,  the browser tried to pre-fetch the “mailedu” https link, which sadly had a problem with its certificate… and made it look like Google had the problem.

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Guillaume Arluison

Written by Guillaume Arluison

September 22nd, 2009 at 11:49 am