Posted on October 13, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Today is celebrated in the United States as Columbus Day. I happened to notice that my search engine of choice, at www.Live.com [ed. note: relaunched Bing as of Spring 2009], has a striking image (courtesy of Bettman Corbis archives), as you can see to the left.
As always with the new (improved!) Live Search, there are several hover spots on the page, with pop-up queries about the holiday, “sailing lessons,” Columbus’s trip to the Bahamas, and “the caravel,’ which turns out to be “a small, highly maneuverable, two- or three-masted lateen-rigged ship, created by the Portuguese and used also by them and by the Spanish for long voyages of exploration.”
Filed under: Microsoft, Society, Technology | Tagged: caravel, Christopher Columbus, Columbus, Columbus Day, conservative, exploration, explorer, explorers, Google, history, holiday, holidays, images, liberal, Live Search, Microsoft, photograph, photography, political, political correctness, search, search engines, Spain, Spanish, Technology | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 31, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Oh, am I happy. Here’s where I’ll be, every day, for at least some little period of time: xRank on Politicians.
Every pollster and political consultant will like this – and okay, just plain political junkies anywhere, in this heightened political campaign year. Politicians themselves will also want to check out their up/down arrow (Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was hot “with a bullet” for a while because of the Obama VP rumors, but he’s falling now; John Edwards love-child stories are hot-hot-hot! right now). Check it out yourself.
xRank has been live for a while with celebrities’ names – but who cared about that? Politicians – ah, good stuff. Maybe we’ll give geeks their Andy Warhol moment and add technologists soon
Filed under: Technology | Tagged: Andy Warhol, campaign, campaign 2008, celebrities, celebrity, culture, Google, Google News, hot, John Edwards, Live, Live Search, McCain, Microsoft, news, Obama, political campaigns, political consultant, politics, poll, polling, polls, pollsters, pop culture, search, search engine, search engines, semantic search, semantic web, Tim Kaine, windows live | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 31, 2008 by lewisshepherd
FACT: Federal Times, which was first to break the story, is reporting this afternoon that “IBM has been indefinitely suspended from doing business with federal agencies, according to a General Services Administration Web site.”
ANALYSIS: People accuse me of being too cynical.
I admit, I am something of the opposite of the great line from This is Spinal Tap, when the David St. Hubbins character says, in the random interview clips at the end of the movie, “I believe virtually everything I read, … and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human, than someone who doesn’t believe anything.”
I do have trouble believing things I hear and read from most mainstream sources at first blush.
Filed under: Government, Society, Technology | Tagged: AP, blogging, blogs, business, business news, Center for the Business of Government, contracting, David St. Hubbins, federal government, General Services Administration, government contractors, Government Executive, GSA, IBM, journalism, journalists, Live Search, marketing, media, news, newspaper, newspapers, PR, press, public relations, reporters, research, RSS, Spinal tap, Washington Post | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 6, 2008 by lewisshepherd
I try to keep my cellphone on “vibrate” during meetings; no one needs to know my taste in ringtones. But more importantly, I keep it on so that I can use the browser and web search ability, which I wind up doing almost as often as I check my email.
Yesterday was a good example of the utility of ever-handy web search. My group and I had brought together an international group of government officials to visit Microsoft Research’s annual TechFest. Tuesday was the “Public Day” with the media and outsiders allowed, so we spent that day at the Microsoft Convention Center with Craig Mundie, Rick Rashid, and a hundred others, but Wednesday morning we offered a series of side briefings for the group at Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center, on topics of interest to large government and defense agencies. Topic one was data centers.
Filed under: Government, innovation, Microsoft, R&D, Technology | Tagged: cellphone, Chicago, Computerworld, Craig Mundie, data centers, DIA, Government, innovation, IT, IT architecture, James Hamilton, Live Search, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, mobile, R&D, research, Rick Rashid, search engines, servers, Sun, tech, TechFest, Technology, white papers | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 1, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Everyone in the blogosphere will light up today on the topic, so not much needs to be said, but I’m glad that at last I can break out the exclamation mark and call my company: Microsoft!
Regarding the purchase of Yahoo!, Dennis Kneale, CNBC’s Business News Media and Technology Editor, had the most vivid word-picture early this morning on the air: “The one guy in America who can’t eat breakfast this morning without feeling sick to his stomach is the Google CEO, Eric Schmidt,” referring to Google’s previous attempts to snag Yahoo!.
I’ve been one of the 400 million users who have a Yahoo! account, for years, with lots of personalized interests and preferences willingly shared in exchange for great user experience like the pioneering MyYahoo portal, which I still like and use, though I also have a tricked-out iGoogle site (eight tabs worth) and now a pretty robust Live Search, Online Live Workspace, and Live Spaces environment. Imagine the experience and gutsy experimentation that’s coming to Microsoft(!), joining up again with former Yahoo himself Gary Flake (now head of Microsoft’s Live Labs)… it’s pretty exciting.
Keeping score will have to be a longterm effort, of course – start here.
Filed under: Microsoft, Society, Technology | Tagged: CNBC, Gary Flake, Google, iGoogle, Live Labs, Live Search, Live Spaces, Microsoft, Microsoft Live, MyYahoo, Yahoo | 2 Comments »