I believe it's meant to keep out spammers. If they revoke your account for uploading a spammy/malware app, you'll have to think twice before spending $25 on a new account. Also, I think it helps Google identify you as a real person.
mbeteta writes: "BM has developed a new video game for businesses. The video game is a 3-D educational simulator called Innov8, and was designed to help tech managers better understand the roles of businesspeople in an organization. Players go into a virtual business unit to test their skills at ventures such as redesigning a call center, opening a brokerage account, or processing an insurance claim."
untouchableForce writes: "Geekzone reports that Google has (finally) released their Google Desktop application for Linux. The popular search software now runs on the three most popular operating systems Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. You may download Google Desktop for all three of the OSes at their website.
Utilizing this utility, some well thought out samba shares, and some custom code, is it possible that this could provide a cheaper alternative to the Google Search Appliance"
An anonymous reader writes: The NYC tech scene is alive and well. Here's the beginning of a list of resources for tech entrepreneurs in the Big Apple. Check it out — and help by adding your experiences to the mix: http://www.mixedink.com/blog/?p=7.
from the Q-36-explosive-space-modulator dept.
ntmokey writes "When China tested a missile on its own satellite in January, the nation's aggressive statement immediately raised eyebrows among the world's other space-faring nations. Popular Mechanics looks at the implications of a conflict in space — including debris that could render space unusable for decades — and examines the United States' own space arsenal."
warrior_s writes: Thats right, Now it DOES run on Linux. Google Desktop is now being offered for Linux.
Google Desktop for Linux was written natively and uses Google's own desktop search algorithms, not existing Linux search applications such as Beagle, a company representative said. Only computers with x86 processors can use the software. It supports the Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, Novell SUSE 10.1 and Red Flag 5 versions of Linux, and uses either the KDE and GNOME graphical user interfaces. Here is the scoop from builderau and cnet
mytrip writes: "Google was set to launch late on Wednesday a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux in a sign of encouragement by the search giant for Linux on the desktop.
Google Desktop allows people to search the Web while also searching the full text of all the information on their computer, including Gmail and their Web search history. Because the index is stored locally on the computer, users can access Gmail and Web history while offline."
An anonymous reader writes: ActiveScaffold is a plugin and a model-based "smart" UI systems for Ruby on Rails, that can dramatically simplify the creation and maintenance of your Ruby on Rails application. Instead of having to create pages by hand that display your models, ActiveScaffold will introspect your ActiveRecord models and dynamically generate a CRUD (create, read, update, delete) user interface for managing those objects. Its fast, easy, and sweet.
Stony Stevenson writes: In an effort to inject Microsoft's latest slogan from hell ("People-ready business") into popular usage (and no doubt raise its Google page rank), Microsoft asked a passel of A List Bloggers to excrete blurbs on what this meaningless phrase means to them. Michael Arrington, Om Malik, Fred Wilson, Richard MacManus and a handful of others happily agreed to churn out some mush for Microsoft, which it later used in banner ads.
But what it really meant to these guys was income. Redmond paid the bloggers for every user who clicked through to the PRB microsite. And that caused other bloggers, lead by Gawker chief Nick Denton, to rightfully question their ethics. A spitball war has been raging ever since.
PC worlds Harry McCracken details the sordid affair here, while this article looks at Microsoft's slogan woes.
From the article: "A big part of the problem is that "people-ready business" is such a lame slogan. (The full version — "Dynamic IT for the people-ready business" — is even worse.) Simply using it in a sentence makes you sound like an idiot.Why not simply say "Clueless corporate clones struggling desperately to look hip"? That would at least have the benefit of accuracy."