按月存檔:八月 2006

Super Excited

From Dare, Top 5 Bozo Bit Phrases in Email

super excited: This one may just be a Microsoft thing. The reason I can’t stand
this phrase is that it is an obvious overexaggeration of how the person feels about
what they are talking about since it often is associated with information that is
barely interesting let alone super exciting. Do you know what would be super
exciting? Getting a phone call from Carmen
Electra
telling you that she was using StumbleUpon,
found your blog and thought you sounded cute and would like to meet you. That’s super
exciting
. Your product just shipped? Your division just had another reorg? You
just added a new feature to your product? Those aren’t even interesting let alone
super exciting.

No, this is not just a Microsoft thing.

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Google, Cray, General Purpose

Marc Hamilton 在 Is Google the Next Gray? 中寫

Google may be able to afford to build out their own custom programming staff and hand-assemble their own data warehouse, but for how long? Do we someday look back on Google as the Cray of the Web 2.0 software world?

Cray 是做超級電腦的公司,原來軟硬體都是自行設計,不過後來被一堆 General Purpose CPU 做的超級電腦打到破產被收購,Sun 大頭 Jonathan 也講 The Rise of the General Purpose System,目前 Super Computer Top 500 裡有 199 台是用 x64 做的。

軟體和硬體不同,硬體有很高的成本要攤掉,Google 這種處理大量資料的公司強者愈強,別人要砸錢買硬體跟 Google 的軟體拼執行速度、開發速度、管理成本,可不容易。

有件事情可能可以當個指標,觀察 Yahoo/MS/OSS 和 Google 差距有多大

Google 的 MapReduce,發表出來以後有 Open Source 的 Hadoop 要實做出來,作者 Doug Cutting 跑去 Yahoo,Yahoo 只是看重 Doug 過去開發 Lucene(Search Engine)、Nutch(Web Search System)的能力呢?還是也要引用 Open Source 力量。

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