Friday, April 15, 2011

The Google Doodle

The First Google Doodle

       The people of Google are at it again.

 We have another doodle on their website today.

This one commemorates the 122nd birthday of the ever controversial Charlie Chaplin.

Over the years we have seen some really great doodles from Google. There have been doodles in all categories, from funny, sad, patriotic, holiday, and so on. When did the doodle with Google start? It is now called Doodle 4 Google. Let’s take a look through the years and reflect on some of the different doodles.

The Google Doodle got its start in 1998. Over the years the doodle has made searching on the internet more fun and enjoyable for the end user. Nobody realized how popular they would become to the Google search experience. There are some people who anticipate their release and even some who collect them. 

How did the doodle originate? It originated back in 1998. It s concept derived from the founders Larry & Sergey when they played around with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in Nevada. A stick figure drawing was placed behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “ out of the office”.   It was well received by Google users. In the beginning the doodles were only to celebrate largely visible holidays. Now doodles are made for an array of wide events. 

Over time their they have become popular and are in big demand both here in the U.S. and abroad worldwide. There is now a whole team of talented designers who create the doodles. How many Google Doodle’s have been created? There have been over 300 here in the U.S. and over 700 internationally. Who chooses what doodles will be created and how are the events decided? A group of Googlers regularly get together to determine which events and holidays that will receive doodles. The ideas for the doodles come from Googlers and the general public. Is it possible for anyone to submit a Google Doodle idea? Yes it is. You can submit your ideas to   Is there a website that I can visit to see all of the doodles that has been submitted throughout the year’s? The answer to this again would be yes, here is the link:   As always, get out the and enjoy your day.     

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Windows App Store?

         Do you think that this is this some exciting times in the world of technology or what?

          I can’t speak for all, but I sure do think so!

         There are so many different apps to choose from.

         There is of course Apple and the App Store

          Google Android has the Android Marketplace

          Google also has the Chrome store for their Chrome browser and their Chrome OS.

            I know that I for one really enjoy all the many different apps for the many different products. Now rumor has it that Microsoft will unveil the Windows App Store to coincide with the release of Windows 8. It supposedly will be pre built in Windows 8. Now all of us can clearly understand the reason as to why Microsoft keeps fighting Apple over the term “app store”. Apple wants it trademarked. I think that Apple clearly has that right. With the release of the Windows App Store, will we see any cheaper software from Windows?   

      We seem to be hearing about a lot of things from the people up in Redmond these days. I think that they are trying really hard to catch up to all of their competitors who have surpassed them in recent years. The once giant of technology has been knocked down to size in recent years. Below are some leaked screenshots of the Windows app Store. This is however still rumors. I will keep you posted. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. As always, get out there and enjoy your day.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Commodore 64

   Do you remember the Commodore 64?

   Wow, it sure has been a long time since you saw one of these, right?

   It’s been a long time for me as well. It takes me back to the good old days. I know what you are thinking. I was only 13 when the first models came out. Some of you and most of you weren’t even born.

  Shall we go back in time a little? The year was 1982. Ronald Reagan was our President.

  The Commodore 64 debuted in August of 1982 with a price of $595.00.It was equipped with an MOS Technology CPU at 1.053 MGz. It also featured a whopping 64 kilobytes of memory with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM computers of that time. It didn’t have any hard drive, cd player, dvd player. We used floppy drives, printers, or digital tapes. It sold an estimated 17 million units between 1982 and 1984. The reason to much of its success was that it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores.  It was a combination of bad marketing and business deals that brought its demise.

  Now we flash forward to this year and the release of the new Commodore 64. I would have to say that, this is quite an improvement. It features a Dual Core 525 Atom processor, with an NVidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, 2 GB of ram, upgradeable to 4, a 160 GB hard drive, built in WiFi, 5 2.0 USB ports, a DVD slot, that’s upgradeable to BluRay. You can install Windows on it, but comes stock with Linux.

  Do they really think that there is still a market for these? I’m not sure, but their company President and CEO Barry Altman clearly thinks so. It still has the retro exterior and a new and improved interior. What do you think? I would love to hear from you. As always enjoy your day!   



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