Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Addicted to Google

I'm sitting here, writing this using Google Browser 'Chrome', posting this blog on Blogger (another google product).  The video that inspired me to write this, see below, was on YouTube (yup, google again).  Here is my current list of Google products that I use:
  • Google Reader - my source for all news, blogs and updates from around the web.  There are about 100 RSS feeds that I follow each day.
  • Gmail - free email with a great interface, search and archive feature.
  • YouTube - video
  • Chrome - fast friendly browser
  • iGoogle homepage - a homepage that you customize with widgets that bring in the information that you want to see from my inbox to my news feeds to my twitter.
  • Google Docs - word processors and spreadsheets that are stored online that you can share.
  • Blogger - blog posting software
If you haven't tried any of these products I'd recommend giving them a whirl.  Like everything from Google, they are well designed, intuitive and very reliable.  I've put links to all the products above to take you to the site where an account can be created.  One pet peeve that I have when using web-based tools is all the different passwords that you have to remember.  All google products use the same username and password.  To activate that, start with a gmail account.

That being said there are concerns with have such a reliance with online, web-based tools.  I just watched a video on CBC's QTV with host Jian Ghomeshi.  He has a fascinating interview with journalist and author Randall Stross.

Let me know what you think?  Am I too paranoid?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't vote!

Voting is and incredably important action for all citizens of a democracy yet it is stunning how many people still don't vote.  One argument that I hear is that one vote doesn't matter when there are million of people.  Just think of how few votes separated George Bush and Al Gore eight years ago in Florida.

YES - voting matters.

Here is an excellent video produced by Leonardo DeCaprio to encourage young people to vote.  Thanks and please vote.

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