Friday, October 16, 2009

First Look at Google Wave

On a boring tuesday morning, I woke up and logged into my gmail,

Whoa !!! A mail reading "We're happy to give you access to Google Wave and are enlisting your help to improve the product" Yes I think I'm feeling lucky today.
I am so very excited :)

What it is not?
Its not any email client or a Gmail integrated with additional features.You wont find any "compose mail" button and dont expect that there is integrated Gtalk.

What it is lets find out?
Its actually a completely new and a revolutionary concept. As they say ... email came some 40 years back ... and if email was invented now, what will it look like ... Yes the answer is Google Wave.

In conventional mail a copy of mail goes to every recipient and the replies from recipients forms a mail thread .. and the whole mail gets cluttered up...see below...

In Google wave there's a common location where wave recipients can see the shared mail... and collaborate in real-time. See below

Hands On
When you login into google wave, you see a default page with 4 blocks, Navigation, Contacts, Inbox and an editing page for new wave.
Here's what it looks like [click to enlarge]

Here I am chatting with a Robot named Eliza...

As our minds are always wired that first we compose a mail; we hit the send button, the person receives it and then sends a reply. The same doesnt happen here. In Google wave the mails are replaced by "wave". We create a new wave and this wave is shared and the person who is invited to see the wave can reply to it.

In simple terms Google wave is a Chat room with plethora of features. You can embedd videos, pictures files .. and a whole lot of other things like google maps, social networking websites -- facebook , twitter and orkut

The best thing about google wave is its speed and flexibility... its superfast response and the speed at which it attaches files is simply superb...

Create a new wave by clicking "new wave"... type your message and click done and wave pops up the "Add participants" module so that you can share it with other people in your contacts.

Abra-ka-dabra... the magic begins here.. when the co-waver is replying to your wave .. you can see what he/she is typing can see other person's cursor,each letter,key-by-key on your screen... its a bit weirdo .. but its awesome ... you can know whats there in your girlfriend mind while she is typing...
However for better you can switch this feature off ... to avoid people knowing whats goin on in your mind ;)

You can do a lot more by adding a YouTube video, Google Map, image, links, or anything that a gadget enables... and its quite simple to do .. unlike attaching files in Gmail .. which takes time to upload ...
Example of attaching google maps [click to enlarge]

Also a remarkable feature in Google wave is its playback feature ... you can see the history .. who has told what .. how did the conversation take place. This is pretty cool for someone who has joined late in the conversation ..

And like Outlook (bad comparison though) it has features to arrange mails in folders, also the tagging feature helps you to keep mails (oops... waves i mean) properly. Searching a wave is also very fast...

Robots in wave

Like in Mozilla which is blessed with several gadgets and extensions.. Wave has Robots , that can be added for more features. There are few robots as follows:
--twave ( for tweets
--maps ( for google maps
--bloggy ( for blogs
--eliza ( a robot to chat with if you dont have friends
--polly ( creates a poll
--stocky ( gets you stock updates

Hits n Misses
Google wave is a great communicating tool, and since its open source it will have a promising future...
Its a revolutionary Google product .. that will definitely change the way we communicate... but it will take time to take-off.. as its not at all conventional ...
It has features that can become a great office tool (email client)... and sharing things at lightining speed ... online discussions, polls and loads of other things..

One thing that is a bit irritating is hitting the DONE button everytime to send msg .. there is no short-cut keys ... well this is still in development phase so these things can be ignored...
Can you believe it .. there is no PRINT button ... (cant believe google missing this)

Whats in for you?

--you will need it if it becomes too cluttery in looking those threaded emails .. and you get too confused in reading those mails "who said what" etc ...
--if you extensively are in need of a planning and discussion tool .. for your project reports etc
--if you use lots of social networking websites and get irritated in logging in each one of them to read your scraps or wall msgs ..
--if you post frequently on blogs
-- and if you want all the pleasures of the world at one single place ....

And dont you worry if you havent received the invite. Its better to wait than to use a developing product..

More updates on next post. Keep watching this space...

Happy Waving :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Which is the best search engine

So it has been over 10 years of google being part of our life. I still remember me using those rickety search engines, which when asked something gave some results that were not even close to what i was looking for. i do remember using Altavista, Lycos and of course Yahoo...

And then a few days back i was just wondering which is the best search engine .
Ah .. i got an idea... why not ask the search engine itself... well who else can beat Google... so let me ask google itself " Which is the best search engine"

Whaaaat !!! Noo.. i didnt expect that ... which is this damn Dogpile search engine.
Hey come on google... are you serious..?

ok, let me ask Yahoo... Come on yahoo.. i know you will give me the right ans(Shhh!! google i mean)...

Ahh !!! whats happening today ... Dogpile??? Never even heard of it..

Bing is the new search engine launched by Microsoft... yes... i think atleast once it microsoft can give the right ans

Its clearly not Google's day today...

Hmmm... ok lets go back to AltaVista

Ok this is the last try ...lycos

I give up ... so every one in this world believes that Dogpile is the best search engine...

But there is one ... the one... search engine that disagrees... and that is..

Whaaaat ... Oh God ..!!!
look where this search engine has ranked itself...

Come on Dogpile you are the Best :) GO FETCH !!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Its a cut-throat out there

It has been only few months when the new kid on the block Wolfram alpha appeared.It gave a complete new dimension of search... and then the over hyped-term "the decision engine" became the marketing strategy for BING.
Well it did perform well.. I used it for a week or so and then I bounced back to my google... I am a loyal consumer you see...

And then I came to know that google has something similar in mind .. giving just precise information back.. Google launched Google Squared... it gives the tabulated results of things you want to compare...

Hmmm.. interesting .. but there is lots of scope for its improvement...

With Bing trying desperately to come one-up with Google, Wolfram the decision engine and then the newbie Collecta has also come up..

Twitter came up to jitter the planet.. and so bing included Tweets too...

But what is google doing ... can they sit quietly ...

Noo.. Say Hello to Google Caffeine.. you can test it on

I am still following it.. will write more about it in next post ..

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Marvellous Wolfram Alpha

The Big Daddy of Google is here : Wolfram|Alpha

I was absolutely stunned by seeing this. Mind it its not just a search engine. If you ask W|A "who are you" it answers " I am a computational knowledge engine"

The goal of W|A is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable. well thats really a huge ambitious project. I salute those scientists and engineers behind this very noble thought.

What makes W|A different from google. Well its just the way they are structured or being more specific W|A answers almost all questions based on data through mathematical computaions, unlike google which largely depends on indexing of the web pages. This surely helps in answering questions which are not already asked on the internet. something as stupid as "mass of earth/ mass of dog"

Some more specific comparisons can be something like "wind speed" W|A calculates the wind speed specific to your location whereas google gives every link related to the keyword 'windspeed'

Well its a great computational engine. Right now it wont be a threat to google, but surely it has lots and lots of potential. Its just a baby in cradle, slowly it will grow and i need to make a relationship with it to better understand it.

It does make homeworks simpler :)

Some funny things that i have found are as follows:

1. Whats your name?

2. where do you stay ?

3. who made you ?

4. do you like your job ?

5. do you speak hindi ?

6. who am i ?

7. how old are you ?

8.are you smart? are you

10.where are you

11.where is god (this is bizzare!!!)

12.raga gandharavam

13. Can you help me?”

14.What will you do?

15.What are you?

16.What do you not like? (this is funny)

17. milky way (i wasnt expecting that)

18. are you dog (ha ha ha )

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Transitions

From the Fairy tales to the real world .... here I come ...