domingo, 25 de julho de 2010

10 Great Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses of Google

10 Great Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses of Google
from Mashable! 

Our fascination with Google — and what it’s like to work there — continues as we take you inside for a look behind the scenes.
We’ve all heard stories about the free food, dog-friendly offices, and wacky decor. And guess what — it’s all true. We’ve carefully curated 10 videos that reveal a glimpse of life at Google, from locations as varied as Australia, Russia and even Wisconsin.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a Googler, these cool clips should give you a little bit of insight…

1. Life at the Googleplex

PopoutThis official Google vid offers a tour of Google HQ (a.k.a. the "Googleplex") in 200 seconds. Most interesting snippet of info? There are more than 200 dogs on campus on any given day. Woof!

2. Google - Best Place to Work 2007

PopoutOffering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Google from an NBC news report's perspective, this clip was shot just after Google had been named America's best place to work by Fortune back in 2007.

3. Google's New Zurich office

PopoutGoogle's Zurich office is up there as one of the top premises in terms of wackiness. Here, Web User Magazinehas a little nose around -- be sure to keep watching to the end for a quick look at the old fashioned library room.

4. Inside Google's New York Office

PopoutThe New York offices look just as sweet as Google's Silicon Valley headquarters. The building in the Big Apple has the second largest footprint of any NYC structure -- so big that the Googlers get round on scooters, leaving them in special scooter "parking bays." Watch out for the LEGO wall and really cool floor map.

5. Inside Google Australia

PopoutThere aren't a lot of revelations in this Aussie clip (the usual colorful offices, look at all the food and oooh, there's a ping pong table) but it goes some way to show that Google manages to keep its wacky office set up even 7,000 miles around the globe.

6. Google Office - Madison, WI

PopoutWhile it's hardly Google's most famous office, the Madison, Wisconsin location adds a good dose of the usual Google zaniness and manages to incorporate some of the building's history into its decor -- truly a unique workspace for all those lucky Googlers.

7. Google Chicago Headquarters Tour

PopoutWGN News gets a tour of Google's premises in the windy city where we find out just how those "Recent Searches" displays in Google's lobbies remain so smut-free.

8. Google's Chicago Games Room

PopoutAnd -- as we didn't see this in the previous tour -- here's a look at the cool game room within the Chicago complex. It's like your dream lounge, but with more geeks.

9. Google in St. Petersburg

PopoutAn insider look at a Google office in Russia transcends any language barriers, although what's with all the soft toys?

10. Google Container Data Center Tour

PopoutGoogle isn't just about the colorful offices and crazy fun. It's also about the million or so servers that keep us Googling. Here Google opens the door to a data center in a somewhat dry video that will no doubt be fascinating to anyone in the industry!

More Google Resources from Mashable:

10 Must-See Google Street View Sightings
5 Must-See Google Easter Eggs
4 Ways Non-Profits Can Use Google Buzz
The Small Business Guide to Google Apps
4 Surprising Google Wave Uses

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Sixteen Dow Recoveries: The "Real" View

Sixteen Dow Recoveries: The "Real" View

July 24, 2010  New Update Here is another look at the Sixteen Dow Recoveries which I surveyed earlier today, this time adjusted for inflation/deflation as explained in the previous post. In the first chart, I've removed the 1932 data series. The rally following the Crash of 1929 was indeed an outlier — one that consisted of a series of cyclical bull and bear rallies. By removing it, the vertical axis shrinks from 180% to 100%, improving our ability to see the differentiation among the other recoveries. For comparison, here's a link to the nominal 16-rally version.

Why is inflation adjustment useful for this overlay? Throughout history inflation has undergone some dramatic changes, as this chart illustrates. High inflation, such as during the 1974 recovery, gives an exaggerated sense of price growth. Deflation, which accompanied several of the earlier market cycles, makes recoveries appear weaker. By adjusting for the inflationary/deflationary cycles, we get a clearer sense of the real value of the index price across time.
Now let's extend the time frame. Here is a set of charts with increasing numbers of market days: 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000. Depending on the historical period, the number of market days in a year varies slightly. But it rounds out to about 250 market days per year. So the time frames in this series are approximately 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 years. The series includes the 500-day chart with the 1932 recovery (Great Depression) omitted, but I added it back to the longer charts. At 1000 market days, the 1932 recovery continues to lead the pack. But at 2000 day (about eight years), the recovery after the 1921 low has risen dramatically. Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, we know that this remarkable advance was the last stage of the Roaring Twenties stock bubble, as the 3000-day (12-year) overlay makes clear. At 4000 days (about 16 years), the recovery from the low in 1982 is approaching the final surge of the Tech Bubble. The 5000-day chart shows how the Tech Bubble played out for the Dow, topping out in January 2000 after a brief scare in 1998 triggered by the Long-Term Capital Management Crisis (that dip after the 4000-day mark). The chart below shows the 5000-day (approximately 20-year) overlay:

Here is a table summarizing the comparative performance of these 16 Dow recoveries at seven points in time.

The overlay charts give visual evidence of the wide range of recovery patterns. The table helps quantify the magnitude of the difference. Two of the earlier recoveries, 1903 and 1914, and two of the later recoveries, 1962 and 1970, subsequently failed. Likewise the 1938 and 1974 rallies failed before being rescued by later recoveries.
This last observation touches on an important aspect of the overlay charts. As the timeframe increases, the same recovery appears in multiple data series. I've point this out for the 2009 recovery in both the 4000- and 5000-day charts. But several of the data series show later recoveries in the longer time frames. Another example I've annotated is the Crash of 1987 on the 5000-day chart. That event gave rise to another of the 16 recoveries — the black line, which itself merges into the 2002 recovery.
Cyclical and Secular Markets
How will our current recovery fare during the coming months and years? I'm reluctant to make any inferences based on the overlay charts other than the obvious. History shows us that some recoveries are the beginnings of secular bull markets. Others turn out to be cyclical bear market rallies.
The recovery since March 2009 is the second in the first decade of the 21st century, and it started from a lower low. As we can see in the inflation-adjusted chart below, history has witnessed several other examples of multiple recoveries in relatively close succession with lower starting points. Will the current recovery be another such example? Only time will tell.

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Tab Candy, tabbed browsing evolved

Tab Candy, tabbed browsing evolved: "

After several months in development Aza Raskin has finally announced Tab Candy, an important update to tabbed browsing. Originally implemented as a low profile extension (the project page asked not to blog about it), it implements several ideas submitted for last year Mozilla Labs’ Design Challenge that asked people to reimagine tabbed browsing.

An Introduction to Firefox's Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

You definitely need to see the video to really understand what it does. In plain words it brings a visual way to organize large number of tabs into logical groups so that you can easily find what you are looking for, mimicking the way we usually sort things in the real world: assigning a space to them.

An Introduction to Firefox’s Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

The future is just as promising as the present: quick searching, tab sharing, and most interesting auto-grouping. For example tabs opened from a web search are most likely related and could make a group on their own, or adding tabs to existing tab groups based on keywords. I would also like to see Firefox capable of identifying communication sites like blogs, web mail, forums, lists, etc. It shouldn’t be hard to see where I tend to frequently submit large amount of text, or small chunks which would signal microblogging, for example.

You can try Tab Candy in this experimental Firefox build (based on Firefox pre-Beta 2 code). Note that there’s no official word on whether Tab Candy will be part of Firefox 4 or not.


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