Friday, April 18, 2008

I'll Fiiiiiind Yoooou

So there is a new helper on the market at your local grocery store and pharmacy. A computer that tells you exactly which isle and on which shelf certain items that you're looking for reside. This seems like a great idea. I have often wondered why there wasn't a more efficient way of finding things at the grocery store. Scanning through 20 signs with vague descriptions while walking across the entire store is no way to find things, and anyone that doesn't frequent grocery stores will probably agree with me.

I DO, however, have a problem with the character they chose to saddle right above the search screen. Is that really the best they could come up with? That cold, dead stare watching me type is not an appealing thought. I don't go to that guy for finding things in a store. If I want to be molested, I go to that guy. If I want a painting for my wall to poke out the eyes and watch my dinner guests, I look that guy up. If I want my soul sucked out via my eyeballs, he's my guy. I just think that they should have maybe run him through a few test shoppers first, and when they had a few cleanups on isle 9 from people dumping themselves, they'd work on a new character.

P.S. Read this article, his name is Evincii. Looks a lot like Evil to me...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Online Wordprocessing and Future Web Apps

I tend to be very interested in the goings on of Google and particularly their applications like Google Docs that replace costly Microsoft products at no cost to me. So when I was reading this article by the Washington Post, I was struck by a statement that the author made in regards to Google Docs becoming a threat to Microsoft's productivity software dominance.
"Current fans of Google Docs will surely appreciate this new feature, but I still have a hard time seeing how a Web-based application could ever replace traditional word processing software for serious business computing."
Really? Ever? I imagine a journalist 60 some years ago saying,
"I still have a hard time seeing how a computer-based application could ever replace traditional typewriting for serious business typography."
It just seems like one of those statements that journalists quickly make that goes down in history as an "oh man were they ever wrong". I think that it's pretty clear that the internet is not a fad, and more applications are moving to it, and more than likely our entire operating systems will one day be on a server somewhere that we just access via a dummy laptop that's little more than a window to that OS. Now maybe that's looking a little far down the road, but to say you don't believe Word Processing will EVER be Web-based seems a little narrow minded.