AgeRank – That Other Google Algorithm

Really, is anyone else surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner? I’m 41 years old and after my last visit to the Googleplex I felt like applying for an AARP card, it was difficult to point out anyone my age walking around that campus.

A state appeals court reinstated a fired manager’s age-discrimination suit against Google Inc. today, saying a jury should hear his evidence that a supervisor told him his ideas were "too old to matter" and that the giant search engine company gave its older employees lower ratings and lesser bonuses.


Gen. Peter Pace

I sat next to 5 young soldiers on my flight home today. I was flying home, they were flying to Hawaii for R&R before deploying to Iraq. To say they were impressive young men would be an understatement, and I thought of them when I watched the video of Gen. Peter Pace’s farewell speech.

Pace is retiring after 40 years of military service and the entire video is worth watching (especially if you watched Ken Burns’ The War recently, Pace makes a comment about a Marine unit that served in the Pacific). The last 10 seconds of the video are perhaps the most poignant.

Techmeme is a Nice Swimming Pool on a Hot Day

Winer is saying that Techmeme is a cesspool, I disagree. While it is obvious that people say stupid shit to get attention on Techmeme, isn’t it true that just kind of happens all over the place?

I’ve written on more than one occasion that I’m a fan of Gabe’s work, and that comes from having watched him over the years and realizing two things about him, the first being that his ego is limited to the technical aspects of techmeme, which is not uncommon. Secondly, he is intellectually honest about his work and that is a rare thing.

I know Gabe sometimes edits stuff like this off of TechMeme to keep it stocked with real news. He probably isn’t doing that here since Techmeme is part of the story and he’d be criticized. But here’s one vote to get this kind of nonsense off the site.

PS- I thought about tinyurl’ing the link to the post, but Arrington is right, that’s just childish.

PPS- The Web 3.0 name gaming is bullshit, but it’s not gonna stick so I won’t waste any cycles writing about it. Hah, my web 3.0 meme is going to center on ignoring things that are ridiculous on their face!


Accidental Awesomeness

Props to Coté for a coining a great term. His post on TechEd ’07 CommunityDay is interesting on a couple of levels, this caught my attention:

For me, the most interesting aspect of the sessions was the hunger the audience generally had to get the code. For example, Thomas Jung demo’d a way to build Flex applications in the SAP editor [I’ve forgotten the name], doing away with the need to use FlexBuilder. Audience members kept asking him when SAP would release and where they could get it, and does it come in JSP flavor? The answer was that Thomas had worked on this after hours, that it was his code, and soon to up on Google Code as an open source offering.

I am hoping we see more of this, the unchaining of smart people hidden behind firewalls is nothing but goodness not just for the tech industry but for people everywhere. Open source means has ripple effects, the ripples that travel the farthest are the ones that begin with people doing things they are passionate about because it seems like a good thing to do rather than someone telling them to do it.

BTW, Coté wonders about SAP and Adobe, suggesting that their closeness is something more than just a good working partnership. These two companies have been close for years, and arguably SAP was the most important partner that Adobe had when they wanted to get into enterprise IT shops, much like SAP did more for Microsoft than any other company to legitmize SQL Server as a "real database". I wouldn’t read too much into the Apollo development work, we heard Vishal Sikka say without hesitation that they will work with Silverlight as well.

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The Best To-Do List in the Universe

I love the idea of online to-do lists but readily admit that the idea of to-do lists almost always exceeds the reality of online to-do lists. With the plethora of technology available to us today it’s almost hard to imagine that a pencil and a scrap of paper still make a more effective task list.

Nonetheless I still try out practically every service I find in the hope that something will click.

When I came across Remember the Milk I almost laughed out loud at the title, but if I were to laugh today it would be a laugh of joy because this is an impressive service that not only is effective but also fun to use.

Aside from a really nicely designed UI that is efficient in use, in other words the feature layout encourages you to take full advantage of the service, there are some really clever integrations with other services, like adding tasks via Twitter and mapping tasks on a Google map (okay, that’s probably not so clever anymore but it’s still useful). One wish list (now there’s an idea for a new service) would be integration with Google Contacts.

Also, the service takes advantage of Google Gears to enable an offline mode.

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