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Monday, March 31, 2008
 
GREAT SPLOGS OF THE INTERNET


It was once considered vain to look up one's own name in a search engine, but these days keeping a Google Alert on yourself is considered prudent. At least, in my industry it is. I keep one on "Beutler" and most of the time the results are pretty dull: My latest blog post, articles by the lefty blogger here in town, news stories about the mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska. But every once in awhile, it's more like this:
Rescue divers to practice at Sandusky County quarry
By sandypaul
Sheriff Beutler, who is among the six members of his county’s dive team, said last year’s deaths at Gilboa Quarry were a BLUES CLUES dvd result of diver error, equipment failure, …continue reading.
Wot I no abut Drownings - http://drowning.herhangout.com
Damn you, BLUES CLUES dvd! Damn you!

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Friday, July 20, 2007
 
FREE IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR...

In an article today, Amy Schatz and Kevin Delaney at the Wall Street Journal quote my friend and former colleague Peter Greenberger:
Google's newly hired team leader for political sales, Peter Greenberger, explained how attendees could use online ads and other services from Google to help their candidates win. One Google product could provide details about people who visited a campaign's Web site, such as the approximate area where they lived, Mr. Greenberger explained. "Tremendously valuable info," he said, adding, "It's free. Did I mention it's free? It's free."
That's vintage Greenberger, I tells ya.

P.S. But what is "free" just another word for? I dunno. I guess I was thinking something like "all you need is a Google account." But if you have a better idea, you know where the comment section is.

P.P.S. This whole thing is pretty interesting, but this analysis from CNET makes no senses:
Once the company announces the wireless broadband to the nation, it will immediately announce that Google Phone everyone has been talking about. The Google Phone will work specifically with the Google system (kind of like Skype) and will be free of charge. The only fee to the consumer is the cost of buying the phone, which can be done over the Google checkout system from online retailers or at fine brick-and-mortar retailers nationwide.

As soon as the phone is released, people will be tossing their iPhones, Razrs and every other cell phone into the nearest river. Why pay all that money for a phone when you can have the same kind of service for free?
Sure, you can buy the Google Phone -- I'm sure it will be a good ones. But if the whole point is to offer access for any device, and that deal only lasts 5 years, why would I be chucking my fourth or fifth gen iPhone?

And this:
I'm sure you will see advertising when you start up the phone, but most of the benefits from this system will be earned on the Internet, where people will be lauding the company for all it has done to move the industry forward. In a matter of months, Google would practically control Internet advertising. And by giving people free Internet access on the phones, guess where the default home page will be pointing?
Yeah, I don't see ads on my iPhone. And despite Google's sometimes-moronic attempts to out-Microsoft Redmond, I'll bet you can change the home page.

P.P.P.S. Now that I use WordPress more than blogger, I keep forgetting that Save reverts the post to Draft mode, and only Publish republishes. Post now restored. That said, Blogger certainly has gotten better since I came to prefer WP -- and it only just occurred to me that this whole post has been composed using Google-owned software.

At least it was free!

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Sunday, April 15, 2007
 
BABY EAGLE MASCOT IN THE COAL MINE

You can't tell from here, but apparently interest was sufficient for me to go ahead and upload the video of Screech, the Nationals' baby eagle mascot, dancing atop the dugout.

I really did hear from one individual who was curious to see it, but the real reason I bothered was just to experiment with the Brightcove player:


But if you're a YouTube purist, fear not: I have uploaded it to Skynet-upon-the-Columbia, where you can view it at any time until Google becomes self-aware and launches missiles on our targets in Russia (aren't they our friends now?).

P.S. This post brought to you almost entirely by Google software.

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