Making a Mockery

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My New Site

I redesigned my blog and its not here

Please redirect your bookmarks...


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Friday, September 05, 2008

My Latest Projects

Over the summer I have been so busy with so many projects that a lot of my pet projects have suffered. I wish I could spend a couple of hours each day blogging, taking photos or just organizing my ideas. It seems to never happen though. I have been doing a lot of web work lately however.  I thought I would shamelessly plug my projects.

The Jon Dansie Band
The Jon Dansie band is “All Original” Blues based Classic Rock band. Jon Dansie is also my guitar teacher. Jon is one of the coolest people I know. He is Mr. Positive and music is his life. I love that every Friday I get to go and spend some time learning and playing guitar. Over the last 2 years Jon and I have become good friends and I am happy I could build him a website for his band.

Utah-NENA is the Utah Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association.

Partyland is a party supply and rental store that is quickly growing across Utah. After several years of trying we finally convinced them to redo their website. The new site is almost complete and you can see it here.

The Acoustic Musician
My next project is to help out the website of a small music store called The Acoustic Musician. The store is run and owned by Mike Taylor.  The store specializes in Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Banjos  both Resonator Banjos and  Open-back Banjo and Mandolins. The store has regular weekly jam sessions where everyone is invited no matter your skill level. The store also offers lessons.  My favorite part about the store is the fact that the owner and his employees are regular down to earth guys who love to play music. If you are looking for an instrument to purchase, have repaired or just need some advice I recommend visiting The Acoustic Musician at. 
9437 South Union Square Sandy, Utah or call them Toll Free: 866.751.6040  or local phone: 801.748.2616

I must also pimp and Brannon Carter… Saleman, Project manager and friend.

Webnovate is a Utah Web Design firm that specializes in Web Design, SEM (Search Engine Marketing), and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)! Our team consists of creative graphic designers, talented web programmers, exceptional web hosting servers, and remarkable project managers.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Google Chrome...

Google stuns the world and releases its own web browser called Chrome.

Why would Google enter the fray that has been one of the little darlings of Microsoft?

Google has grown up to become the dragon slayer. It has done what other companies only dreamed of and that is put a serious nick in the beast. Netscape failed.. Apple hasn’t done it. Linux hasn’t done it. IBM couldn’t do it. Google has grown up to be a formidable force.

Google’s core business has been search. Selling Search as in AdWords, Buying Search as in AdSense. Google has been a true hi-tech company since day one. The founders have understood that information is a key to our lives. The brilliance of Google is to attract the best and the brightest. Google then created a method of innovation by allowing its employees to use part of their day to pursue their pet projects. Enter the next phase of Google.

Google expanded to mapping Google Earth and Google Maps and making rival Mapqwest look antiquated. I think from day one the founders of Google have had an eye on the prize, Microsoft. All the while as Google advanced technology it has been meddling with Microsoft by cutting inroads into different portions of Microsoft’s business. . And then the shot heard round the world… Google Docs comes online pushing into the Microsoft inner sanctum stream of profit. What a free albeit with ads legitimate Office platform? Microsoft has been caught off guard by thinking they could continue growing by keeping all the apps tied closely with the Windows Operating system. The past 20 years of anti-trust litigation has taken a toll on Windows and what possible may be the chink in the armor of Bill Gates’ juggernaut; for Microsoft was once a Google where the stock had no downside. Google has the vision to be a focused company that embraces new technology. Google is not Windows centric, Mac centric or even Linux centric and its not even device centric but user centric. This means that Google has made itself a universal application for computers, thin clients, PDA’s, Mobile Devices etc. If Google can keep the user the focus then it will be successful.

All of Google’s forays into different areas of the end user experience have been a method to build and nurture the core business of search engine. Knowledge is power according to Sir Francis Baconin Religious Meditations, Of Heresies 1597. What better way to learn the habits of search then by creating a network of metric gathering methods. Learn about the people you serve through surveillance. Google uses its search engine to gather metrics about searching habits of people. Later they invested in Urchin software, a company who developed a very good website metrics system and creates Google Analytics as metric gathering piece gathering information from the web server side of the internet. These tools are free and are used to help refine the core business of Google that being of course data search.

In recent years Google has supported Firefox and the Mozilla group. Google understands that competition is good for the consumer especially if you believe the PR that Google is spinning. I think this is true but that said Google is also being self-serving. Google is looking out and beyond what the likes of Apple and Microsoft are seeing. It sees a future with a variety of devices that need content everything from mobile devices like phones, pdas and gps units to computers and cars etc. The Google business model is simple but yet has many facets including the management of mountains of data public and private. Google has invented something that is very important: finding the gems in the large massive rocks of data flowing around in the digital universe.

Now if Google’s launch of Chrome goes well it shall be an exciting day for web browsing for competition brings out the best products. I will review Chrome in the next few weeks but if it can deliver on one of its promises of only crashing a tab and not the whole browser I will be truly impressed.

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