The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Google Sites To Be Merged with Google Groups + 9 Other Learnings

10 things I learned from attending the "Google in the Public Sector" session a while ago:
  1. Google Sites and Google Groups are set to merge - yaay!
  2. Google's "secret sauce" involves the number of data centres it has (700-800+)
  3. Google positions its advertising service as another way to connect your content with your audience
  4. Google Earth in a browser is a major aim of Google (ie, Google Earth merging with Google Maps). I think this might be one of those things Google has to wait for web technology to catch-up on
  5. Google Earth is being used (a lot) inside organisations
  6. There is a LOT of interest in Google's offerings
  7. NZ Governments issue of having to store content within NZ geographical boundary is being tackled by Google as a cost/risk exercise
  8. Google plays at the national level
  9. Most people still think Google is just a search page!?
  10. People use Google Apps/Docs because it is soooooooo easy


  1. Interesting post, my comments...
    1. I can't see why Sites and Groups would merge - they cater for different things. Any more details on this?
    2. Wow!
    3. That's a nice way of looking at it.
    4. There's a plugin you can install to enable this already, but I guess they are aiming for something without an additional plugin.
    5. I've seen it used in a lot of government departments.
    6. True dat.
    7. So does that mean Google are weighing up the options of setting up a datacenter in NZ? Hope so.
    8. What does 'national level' mean?
    9. That's true, Gmail must be their second most well known service.
    10. Yes - very easy apart from the initial DNS setup, although I believe if you register the domain through Google it's even easier.

    Good post!

  2. Top comments Stuart.

    1: No more info but I can see exactly how it would all fit.

    2: They "neither confirm nor deny" any number of data centres - these were two numbers used

    7: Nope. Definitely not (in my view). They look to make it so cheap to have it in the cloud that any organisation/government would think twice about sticking with their "have it inside our borders" argument.

    8: National banks, national governments, national organisations - they are focussed on BIG things. Means NZ govt agencies are competing with Asia/Pacific governments for Google attention.


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