I've been wanting a SSD for weeks now. I think hard drive speed is why Windows XP is running so slow for me (via VMWare on my Mac).
Downside is I've got a 320 Gb hard drive so need something somewhat comparable. Bigger SSDs are still not cheap! Saw the 250 Gb ones on Amazon for about $600. Almost bought it yesterday, but decided to wait until after my next trip..
Google was such a massive success that any search startup with a chance of being a "Google killer", or even just a worthy competitor, seems to be finding investors.
If 1% share is a billion dollars in annual revenue, there's some real opportunity there.
I think everyone is investing in search by looking in their rear-view mirror. I doubt the real "Google killer" will be a "text box entry leading to a list of links" search engine of the same nature as Google.
Isn't it a bit more "all or nothing" when it comes to market share and revenues though? I mean you can't just say you've got 100th of the audience of Google and thereby generate 100th of their revenues because of the way advertisers work - they'd probably still go to Google as they have 99% of the audience. Unless you were going for a niche market. Does that make sense?
Sure, why would they ever want extra hits from search engines (not just google remember, no other search engine can see this properly either). Why would they want extra traffic, surely they want to keep this a big a secret as possible??
The fact is that the people who did this have no idea, sure they can create fancy flash, but they are ignorant of almost everything else about the web.
A good friend of mine is the same way. He is a brilliant brilliant investor worth many many many times what I will likely ever make in my lifetime, yet his office consists of a desk, 1 other employee (his accountant), and a computer from the 90s that he uses to play solitaire.
I offered to get him a new one, but he declined because the one he has does everything he needs.
My first reaction was horror, but after having thought about it a while, it makes sense. The guy has been doing this since before I was ever a thought in my parents head, and he is very successful, why change?
I love the idea of a printed letter API (like what postful.com has) as a solution to send automated letters to people. First one that comes to mind is to send a letter to someone if they do a chargeback or their credit card was declined.
I look forward to implementing something like this!