Google – A villian??

Now, I like Google as much as the next person. They’ve come out with some great stuff (like Google Earth), put out two new betas this week (Google Desktop & Google Talk), and generally being a darn good search engine.

You’d think that would make a lot of people happy (and, well… it does), but there are apparently quite a few people in Silicon Valley that
don’t particularly like the way people at Google have been acting lately.

According to the article, one of the reasons for that is that they’re hiring so many talented people, and it’s causing the salaries out there to go up. Another reason is that it’s harder to get funding for startups.

Some of this might just be kvetching by people that can’t get people to sign on to the companies they’ve started, and don’t want to pay the going rate for the folks out there. I guess only time will really tell.

Me? I’m still using the tools Google provides, because they’re working well for me. And that’s really the bottom line.


iRobot Roomba 4210 Discovery Floorvac Robotic Vacuum, White

The Roomba, the robot vacuum from iRobot will soon be getting a new version.

The Roomba Scheduler programmed to automatically turn on and vacuum while you’re away. The current version of Roomba must be started manually. The Roomba Scheduler will come with a remote control.

Already have a Roomba, and want to add “Scheduler” capability to your Discovery SE model? You’ll be able to upgrade for $59.

Roomba Scheduler is ……er, on schedule…. to arrive in August 2005.