Google Remains The King Of Search

ComScore has released their latest statitics for the month of November, 2008 and Google remains the king of all search engines. This is not a major surprise, but what is surprising is that Microsoft still remains in the number 3 position at a lowly 8.5% of all searches. Even though Microsoft has adpoted a pay program, people are still remaining loyal Google users.

RESTON, VA, December 19, 2008 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In November 2008, Americans conducted 12.3 billion core searches, a 3-percent decline versus October, which can primarily be attributed to November having one fewer days in the month.

November 2008 U.S. Core Search Rankings

Google Sites led the U.S. core search market in November with 63.5 percent of the searches conducted, up 0.4 percentage points from October, followed by Yahoo! Sites (20.4 percent), Microsoft Sites (8.3 percent), Ask Network (4.0 percent), and AOL LLC (3.8 percent).”

What is also interesting is that even if Microsoft were to buy Yahoo, which they may or may not still do, adding Yahoo and Microsoft seraches together would only amount to 29% of all Internet searches. So what makes Google continue to be the leader?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


Demand The Debate 2008

There is now a site setup in which you can sign a petition to demand that the political canidates running for President of the United States of America, debate this cominf Friday, September 26, 2008 in Mississippi as previously scheduled.  The web site states:

Demand that Senators Obama and McCain both show up in Mississippi on Friday night and debate for 
the American people.  In this time of crisis, we need to hear from our leaders, not let them hide 
in Washington.  Now more than ever, we need an open dialogue with our leaders.

I demand the debate!


Asus Eee PC To Offer 3.75G Internet Access

The folks over at Asus aka AsusTek Computer Inc., state that their Eee PC models will feature 3.75G Intenet Access capabilities to further enhance their netbook PC’s. Asus is taking the lead in netbooks, since first introducing the new models this year. Netbooks are light weight mini-laptops designed for the frequent traveler who wants a lighter laptop to lug around to bsuiness meetings or through airports.

In addition, the Eee PC’s also offer solid state hard disks and in addtion, Asus provides additional free online storage space. Asus in their press release states that:

Taipei, Taiwan, September 24, 2008 – ASUS today announced that it will be adding 3.75G connectivity* to its hugely-popular series of Eee PC™ netbooks, enabling convenient and high-speed access to the Internet anytime, anywhere. The inclusion of 3.75G is a perfect addition to the Eee PC’s™ existing set of travel-friendly features such as its high portability, shockproof data storage and all-day battery life—strengthening its reputation as the ultimate solution for computing on the go.

With 3.75G, the Eee PC™ will be able to deliver on its promise of borderless one-day computing better than ever before. No longer bound to Internet hotspots, 3.75G-equipped Eee PC™ users will be able to enjoy low latency mobile broadband Internet access at high downlink and uplink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and 2 Mbps** respectively, regardless of where they are—ensuring a seamless connected experience on the go. The Eee PC’s™ 7.5-hour battery life*** provides more than ample power to keep it up and running during extended outdoor excursions.

Frequent travelers will particularly welcome the timely addition of 3.75G support, which comes as service providers around the globe are ramping up their adoption of 3.75G High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA). This means that they will be assured of a reliable, high-speed mode of Internet access in many destinations around the world.

Asus also states that this new feature will be added in October, 2008 and beyond.

Comments welcome.


Android Rumor Now Is September 16, 2008 – Maybe

Hot off the presses. Android may arrive on September 16 [?], 2008. That is the latest rumor making the rounds on the Internet. But is it true? Your guess is as good as mine. This is one of those ‘reliable sources’ rumors that no one identifies to confirm the validity of the rumor. Also included in the article are some pricing, which may also be pure guess work. The article states the following:

Scare you? Good, well during the presale of the G1, T-mobile customers can pick up the phone for $150. This is where it gets interesting, we’re not seeing any prices for new activations during the presale, so this could mean that only current T-mobile customers can pick up the G1 during the presale. Other customers interasted in the G1 may have to wait until beginning/mid October before a national public launch. Many users have seen the recent video circulating the next claiming to be the HTC Dream (AKA G1), and have been complaining about the ugly white color. Well we have good news for you too, as the G1 will be released in black, white, and brown. Being 3G enabled, the HTC manufactured G1 will unfortunately require its own data plan from T-mobile, which we expect to be more expensive then current data plans. Interastingly enough (maybe not so much knowing Google) users will be required to have a Google Gmail account for the phone to work. So far expected specs include 3G, a 5″ long by 3″ wide touch screen, and a slide out Qwerty keypad, and no mention of UMA or Wifi. We’re really excited for this all-too-secret device to hit T-mobile’s lineup. Stay tuned to TmoNews for more information coming soon!

Update: The HTC Dream (G1) will have a 3.0 megapixel camera. The presale will last 1 week, and be for existing customers only. Employees are not included in the presale, sorry! Presale begins Wednesday, September 17th, and 3G will be a large aspect of this device. Use your imagination.

I think that one statement says it all: Use your imagination. That is exactly what it is. But one can hope this rumor is true since many of us have been patiently waiting for a Google device for a long time.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


Who’s Got The Gold?

Google has setup a web site to monitor the medal count at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In addition Google offers a gadget that can also be added to their personal homepage, if you use this feature. Plus you can get this information on your mobilt device as well. Over at Google they say:

Keep track of your favorite events with iGoogle.

 Check event schedules, track the medal count, and get up-to-the-minute news – right on your Google homepage.

Go to on your mobile phone for updates on the go.

In addition Google also provides a world map which includes the gold medal count by country. Enjoy.

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'Teens In Tech' Coming In July 2008 – Perverts Paradise?

Starting next month, July 2008, there will be a new site on the Internet which is going to dedicate itself to the teenage crowd. Called ‘Teen In Tech’ the site is being run by a 15 year old who is the CEO of the new company. This new crop of web people are called ‘teentrepreneu’ and you can bet that the venture capitalist crowd are listening to them. According to their blog it states:

Teens in Tech is planning on launching this July. We are putting the finishing touches on our service now and can’t wait to launch to the public! Teens in Tech is committed to create the best possible community for teenagers looking to become involved in technology, be it through blogging, podcasting, or any form of new media. We can’t wait to see you checking out our service soon!

Well this sounds like a great idea. But the Dad in me says that this site could also be a great fishing spot for the perverts, sexual deviants, child molesting folks that unfortunately live amongst us. It is sad we need to view this as such, and it makes one wonder what safe guards, if any, will be in place when this site opens.

But what do you think? Am I be overly cautious in my assessment?

Comments welcome.

PS I saw this over at FoxNews about a teen being missing after possibly meeting someone on MySpace.

Teen In Tech Blog


Got a ticket? Get a Free Headset!

Do you live in a state which bans cell phone use while driving? Have you been busted by the cops for breaking the law? Well you might just qualify for a free head seat. Here’s how:

If you were cited for driving without a cell phone headset we’ll send you one for FREE. Here’s how…

If you have been cited under one of the growing number of laws requiring the use of a headset while driving, we want to give you a FREE headset. To get started, simply fill out the information below and click continue. Limited time offer – we reserve the right to limit quantities without notice. Good for citations dated after July 1, 2008.

Here is where to get the free headset.


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Firefox 3 Download Day 2008 – Don't Do It!

I have been using Firefox before many of you found it fashionable to jump on board. I have used every version of the now popular browser, having suffered through more bugs and fixes than I care to recall. I am a Firefox loyalist and will be so until the software is pried away from my dying hands. But I find it hard to jump on the Download Day 2008, in which Firefox 3 is trying to set a download record. My questions is why?

Is there some underlying reason that the folks at Mozilla believe that setting a download record is going to bring millions of converts to Firefox 3? How about this. Can Mozilla guarantee that there will be sufficient servers available to handle millions of download requests at once? Is this going to be another one of those frustrating experiences when people can’t connect to the servers and their request is rejected?

IMHO I believe that trying a scheme such as this is going to either frustrate downloaders or suck more bandwidth slowing down the entire system, which could have undesirable consequences.

But what do you think? Is this a good idea or a time and bandwidth waster?

Comments welcome.


Samsung Announces 256 GB SSD Drive

Samsung is once again leading the way to large SSD drives, this time announcing a 256 GB drive. According to sources, the new drives should become available during the 4th quarter of 2008. Smasung estimates that the drives should have a life expentency of 1 million hours. It is also stated:

 Through major advancements in proprietary controller technology, Samsung’s new MLC 256GB SSD, besides being comparable in speed to an SLC-based SSD, also boasts reliability equal to that of SLC SSDs, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) of one million hours, while costing considerably less.

Power consumption is also exceptionally low at 0.9 watts in active mode.

In addition, the drive offers a sophisticated data encryption process that prevents data stored on the SSD from being accessed in an unauthorized manner, even after the SSD is removed from the PC. Overall, the number of computing units in which SSDs are being offered is expected to increase dramatically once Samsung’s previously announced 128GB SSD and the new 256GB SSD are launched. At present, Samsung is actively involved in high-capacity SSD design-in activities for all of the top PC and server manufacturers from the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

SSD drives promise to change the way we compute by providing a more reliable storage in which there are no moveable parts to waer out. Hopefully with the new SSD drives hard drivec rashes will become a thing of the past.

Comments welcome.

Source  [.pdf format]

Dell To Offer XP Until 2011 – Rumor?

After reading further about what Steve Ballmer said to the MVP’s in Redmond on April 17, 2008, this rumor could be more fact than fiction. Mr. Ballmer stated:

In the meantime, we have some customers, a lot of customers using Vista, a lot of customers, and we have a lot of customers that are choosing to stay with Windows XP, and as long as those are both important options, we will be sensitive, and we will listen, and we will hear that. I got a piece of mail from a customer the other day that talked about not being able to get XP anymore, and we responded, XP is still available. And I know we’re going to continue to get feedback from people on how long XP should be available. We’ve got some opinions on that. We’ve expressed our views, but certainly with this crowd, [email protected] I’m always interested in hearing from you on these and other issues.

It makes sense that Microsoft may just allow XP to live on. The rumor that Dell may continue to offer Windows XP until 2011 springs from a blog posting over at Sunbelt Blog which states:

        We just got this in from a credible source:

I have just been advised by my Dell representative that Dell will be offering XP on Optiplex and Latitude computers through 2011 at no extra cost. Vista media will be available for those who think they might want to install it later on. Vostro computer orders will have the same option at a $50.00 premium.

Note: this means that there will be an extended period of review available for Windows 7 before we have to commit to it.

She told me that the reps are thrilled to be able to respond to the increasing expressions of concern from customers regarding the June 30 cut-off XP date publicized by Microsoft. She also told me that, of the more than 100 customers she has, only one is ordering Vista computers…

Anyone have any confirmation on this rumor? If it’s true, it’s really good news…

Alex Eckelberry

Well Alex, I can’t confirm whether this rumor is true. But like your self, if it is true, I feel it is really good news as well.

Full Sunbelt blog entry is here.

Full press release is here.

[tags]dell, windows, xp, june, 2008, extend, 2011, representative, rumor, ballmer, mirosoft,  [/tags]

Scot Finnie Concludes Firewall Testing – And The Winner Is?

After a year and a half of testing, Scot Finnie has finally concluded which is the best of the best when it comes to firewall protection. Needless to say it wasn’t the built in firewall supplied by Microsoft. :-) But before we discover who Scot has given the honor to, I want to commend Scott for his tenacity is staying in for the long haul. A long haul that has included email battles between himself and executives at Comodo when Scot criticized their product.

Scot’s winner for firewall of 2008 is given to Online Armour. Scot states:

There are many reasons why I’ve selected Online Armor
(OA) as the best software firewall for Windows users; the rest of this
story delivers the details. But boiled down to a single thought, the
most important reason is this: Online Armor offers the best blend of a
high degree of protection with a high level of usability.

That may sound simplistic, but in this software category such a balance
is the toughest thing for a software development company to achieve.
It’s very easy to throw up a blizzard of pop-up user-prompts. You can
make your system so secure that you’ll never want to use it again. It’s
also easy to dumb down the security so much that you’ll rarely, if
ever, see a pop up — and in the process, render the firewall
ineffective. The trick is to offer solid protection with minimal user
interruptions. OA 2.1 is the only firewall software I’ve tested that
delivers a near-perfect balance.

That pretty much states Scot’s feeling about which is the best of the best. He than goes on to say that Comodo is a very fine product as well. :-)

I have been using Comodo 3 the free edition for well over a month. Though it does have some overly protective pop ups, it is not so offensive as to cause me to stop using it. I haven’t full explored OA but will be taking a look at it.

You can read Scot’s newsletter from here.

See what you think and share your opinion. What software do you think is the best firewall?

Comments welcome.

[tags]firewall, best, 2008, online armour, comodo, test, pop ups, protection, [/tags]

Linspire Changes CNR Policy

For those of you who use Linspire, Freespire or Ubuntu versions of Linux, you should be aware of changes that are happening on the CNR website.  Effective March 10th, 2008 only the following versions will be updated – Freespire 2.0. Linspire 6.0 and Ubuntu versions 7.04 and 7.10. In the alert from Linspire it further states:

We know you will have a number of questions regarding the new CNR Service and we will try to address them here:

1. When is the legacy CNR Warehouse closing?
The legacy CNR Warehouse will be closing on March 10th, 2008 at midnight.

2. Why is the legacy CNR Warehouse closing?
The version of PHP on is being updated and doesn’t warrant the effort required to modify the legacy CNR Warehouse, when the effort can be better used in support of an improved The ultimate goal is to give you a better user experience at

3. Will my Linux operating system work with the NEW CNR Service?
The new CNR Service currently supports the following Linux distributions:
Freespire 2.0,  Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10.

4. What will happen to all my software that I have installed with the legacy CNR Warehouse?
Your CNB software will show up under your new CNR Account however, you will have to re-install them and unfortunately, if you had a CNB that is no longer supported on the new, you will not be able to retrieve it. This will affect only a handful of software. We are currently working on discounted upgrades to make the transition smoother and will let you know as soon as they are available.

This may be a good time to upgrade your linux distribution to the latest version.

Comments welcome.

Full Linspire article is here.

[tags] linspire, freespire, ubuntu, cnr, update, changes, march 10,2008, [/tags]

Google Phone – End Of 2008

Both Samsung and LG and ramping up their efforts to bring us a Google by the end of 2008, so reports The Korean Times in their article. It is also noted that the Google phone based on Android may debut though in early 2009. The article states:

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will unveil phones based on Google’s Android mobile phone software platform by the end of this year in the United States.

“We have been talking with Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 U.S. mobile wireless operator, for the development of the `Google Phone’ with the launching slated for later this year,’’ a Samsung spokesperson said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Google showcased a prototype of “Google Phone’’ at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Unlike rival operating systems from Microsoft and the Nokia-owned Symbian, Google’s Android Operating System is based on an open-source code.

A group of 30 mobile operators said they would support Google’s operating system as Google virtually promised to provide the new operating system for free.

The Android-based phones will compete with Apple’s iPhone in the world’s biggest consumer electronics market.

LG Electronics, which has been aggressively selling touch-screen phones in the U.S. to catch up with No. 4 Sony Ericsson, also plans to start providing a phone equipped with the Android system later this year.

“We have been in talks with several wireless operators in the U.S. including the regional No. 4 Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile,’’ an LG spokesperson said.

After much speculation during the past few years, it now appears that there really, really is going to be a Google phone after all. :-)

Comments welcome.

Complete article is here.

[tags] google, phone, samsung, lg, android,2008, 2009, us, [/tags]