Social Network Wars

The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects. It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, … Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

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The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects.

It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, design, and features — but the one that owns the majority of users. In other words, if all my friends are using a particular social network, that’s the one I’m going to use, because if I switch to another one, even if it has better service, who am I going to talk to? This is a trend that is also found among e-mail and instant messenger usage. Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

Brittle Machines

by Lauren Nicole Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers. While … Continue reading “Brittle Machines”

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by Lauren Nicole

Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers.

While a lot of people think that this can be a minor setback or inconvenience, they often don’t realize the full impact until an event like this occurs to them. Then, they realize they can’t get to their files! They can’t access their programs, documents, music, movies, and pictures. If the data cannot be salvaged, they lose everything! That is an expensive price to pay for a broken machine.
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Google’s Trading Floor

Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest … Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”

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Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest stores. We use YouTube to find the hottest videos.

Within a relatively, short period of time Google has developed or acquired an unbelievable number of products. Here are some of Google’s more famous products: Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”