Google Cardboard

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昨晚终于收到这个Google Cardboard (unofficial的,从Dodocase上order的),拿回来还要自己组装一下,玩了一会儿,第一感觉就是非常惊艳。给里头鹤玩,她也是同样的wow。

原生的cardboard app就给人无限的可能性,博物馆很赞,后来发现photo sphere也很好玩,确实有身临其境之感。此外还有几个app也很赞:Dive city roller coaster 体验做过山车; hang gliding 来滑翔; rofugio 3d 第一人称游戏(demo); dive launcher是个三维的launcher。

用这个看电影就像是在电影院看大屏幕,外加一些3D效果(youtube上有一些这类的分屏视频)。

玩了一个赛车的游戏(不推荐), 以及前文提提到的过山车,玩久了都会有点晕车的感觉。不过据说玩多了这个就可能不会太晕车了。

App还不是很多,我想大多数开发者都去做Oculus Rift了吧。但是如此低成本的体验Virtual Reality,还是让人觉得前景无限。

写在Google Reader关闭之后

前两天还在抱怨好久没什么更新呢, 结果今天就关了. 互联网上好多的好的服务真是可惜, 各种死法, 服务太好成本太高垮掉, 大公司调整产品砍掉, 小公司被卖掉后产品被砍掉, 当然还有一种可能就是会被墙掉.

Google Reader的前PM在Quora上说:

Brian Shih, Former Google Reader Product Manager
Let’s be clear that this has nothing to do with revenue vs operating costs. Reader never made money directly (though you could maybe attribute some of Feedburner and AdSense for Feeds usage to it), and it wan’t the goal of the product.

Reader has been fighting for approval/survival at Google since long before I was a PM for the product. I’m pretty sure Reader was threatened with de-staffing at least three times before it actually happened. It was often for some reason related to social:

  • 2008 – let’s pull the team off to build OpenSocial
  • 2009 – let’s pull the team off to build Buzz
  • 2010 – let’s pull the team off to build Google+

It turns out they decided to kill it anyway in 2010, even though most of the engineers opted against joining G+. Ironically, I think the reason Google always wanted to pull the Reader team off to build these other social products was that the Reader team actually understood social (and tried a lot of experiments over the years that informed the larger social features at the company)[1]. Reader’s social features also evolved very organically in response to users, instead of being designed top-down like some of Google’s other efforts[2].

I suspect that it survived for some time after being put into maintenance because they believed it could still be a useful source of content into G+. Reader users were always voracious consumers of content, and many of them filtered and shared a great deal of it.

But after switching the sharing features over to G+ (the so called “share-pocalypse”) along with the redesigned UI, my guess is that usage just started to fall – particularly around sharing. I know that my sharing basically stopped completely once the redesign happened [3]. Though Google did ultimately fix a lot of the UI issues, the sharing (and therefore content going into G+) would never recover.

So with dwindling usefulness to G+, (likely) dwindling or flattening usage due to being in maintenance, and Google’s big drive to focus in the last couple of years, what choice was there but to kill the product?

Personally, I think that there is still a lot of value a service like Reader could provide — particularly in a world with increasing information overload coming us from many different sources. But Reader at Google was pigeonholed as an RSS-reader explicitly, and didn’t have a chance to grow beyond that to explore that space. But that’s neither here nor there.

[1] See Reader’s friends implementations v1, v2, and v3, comments, privacy controls, and sharing features. Actually wait, you can’t see those anymore, since they were all ripped out.

[2] Rob Fishman‘s Buzzfeed article has good coverage of this: Google’s Lost Social Network

[3] Reader redesign: Terrible decision, or worst decision? I was a lot angrier then than I am now — now I’m just sad.

真的好可惜啊, 还有这么多用户呢. 也开始对各种云产品更加不放心. 现在disk这么便宜, 好歹maintenance mode可以搞上很多年嘛, 干脆搞个snapshot也行啊.

暂时还没有打算找替代品, 好歹还能用到7月1号, 这段时间里应该会有很多替代品出现吧. 不知道有没有办法把我所有follow的blog所有过去的文章倒出来, 很多朋友的blog都没有了.

话说既然都到了云时代, 或者不如全自己架云host吧…

In the Plex – all about Google

这本书买来很久,上次看到一半没看完,毕竟Google的故事被大家讲了太多遍了,读着有些无聊。这次翻来重看,结果读得津津有味,也许是心态变了,老故事听出了新感觉。

Don’t be Evil, Do the Right Thing

Google的俩创始人都是理想主义者,Google的员工们也是。从最开始,Larry和Sergey的mission就是”to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, 所以他们做了Google,做了news,做了后来引起很大争论的Books. 他们只做他们认为对的事情,所以他们没有在页面上投放banner ads,他们的gmail一开始就有1G的空间。他们不喜欢华尔街的操控,于是他们有了两个class的股票,并在IPO的时候采用auction方式分发股票。他们别具一格,而且自从Adwords发布之后,Google就再也没有财政上的问题,之后就放开手做各种有意思的project了,于是就有了google earth,有了self-driving car,有了google glass,etc

Google的这些精神又是和硅谷文化非常一致,所以Google在业界一直非常好的声誉(突然想到某Z公司,唉)。

“Don’t be evil”是广为人知的Google的motto,原本只是内部流传,一次一不小心被Eric同学传了出去,便众人皆知了。而后来,”Don’t be evil”却成了Google发展的绊脚石,人们通常来引用这个motto来批评Google的每一个失误。

Do first and Ask Forgiveness Later

Asking forgiveness is always easier than asking for permission. 这在Google早期帮助了它的高速发展。可后来发生的street view wifi事件,buzz privacy事件,google books事件都让Google认识到当成为一个巨头的时候,寻求原谅变得无比困难了,所谓树大招风,喝口水都会呛到。这就是成为巨头的坏处了。

可是过于小心呢?那就另一番故事了。一个事例就是Google Video的失败,其中的一个原因便是Google Video不允许任何违反版权的视频,坚持审查,而竞争对手Youtube则完全不理会版权问题把Google Video越甩越远。

做大公司之后可真是左右为难呢。也难怪整个APM program里的人都不觉得自己五年后还会待在Google.

Open or Close?

Google是矛盾的。一方面,他想整合全球的信息,他是开放的;另一方面,他又是极其封闭的,尤其在财政上。这一起缘起于Larry Page的偶像伟大的发明家Tesla。Tesla作为交流电的发明者,最终却穷困潦倒孤独的死去,Larry显然不想成为这样。所以Google早年从来不会公布财政状况,就连拉funding的时候都愿意。现在就算已经public了,他家的财报也是能省则省的。

这里插播一个小故事:Google当年第一向外界公布财政是在快IPO的时候,邀请了一些banker,公布了一个非常好看的财报。然后CFO和大家说实在不好意思放错slice了,实际的数字是这个的两倍以上。在场的各banker都惊呆了。

Google in China

2010年,谷歌被中国黑客攻击,蓝翔技校名声骤起。随后谷歌宣布退出中国市场,把服务放在香港。整个黑客攻击是典型的教科书教程,通过MSN的漏洞佯装联系人发送一个带木马的网页连接,从而控制受害人的电脑,侵入Moma,窃取密码系统Gaia的源代码。

这次事件,再加之前不停的各种屏蔽要求,Brin和总部一些高管再也忍受不住,直接宣布退出中国。记得当时看到谷歌新闻的时候还嘲笑了一番,觉得这大公司真输不起啊。现在虽然很理智的看这个问题,还是为谷歌中国感到惋惜。谷歌进入中国还说希望能帮助中国民主化进程,那说好的五千年的耐心呢?哦,Google是一家美国公司。

Social

Google的Social是失败的,无论Wave, Buzz还是Plus都没有做到成功,也错过Blog, LBS的机会。Orkut本来是个很有前途的产品,被淹没在谷歌其他priority中了。对于Google的Social进程,我还是整体看衰的。一来,创始人的内心里并没有Social这个东西;二来,Google不是一个优秀的追赶者;三来,Eating your dogfood这招在Social上不work,谁让Google那么多Engineer呢。

总的来说这本书还是很推荐的,不管是熟悉Google还是不熟悉的。也希望Google未来还能给我们更多的惊喜。

我笑了

发信人: Joko (明日晴れるかな), 信区: Joke
标 题: 谷歌娘声音太萌惨遭中国众网友调戏 zz
发信站: 水木社区 (Sat Apr 3 00:16:22 2010), 站内

提示; 请大家使用谷歌translate的发音!!!有惊喜哦!

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4、欧美AV


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5、(哈哈这个最经典了!自己听吧!)

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6、上面条的肥音版……太有才了!!!

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7、 皇上,你还记得大明湖畔的夏雨荷吗?


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8、高丽棒子思密达 爱吃泡菜思密达


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9、哥们,姐们,你们太有才啦~~~

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10、大家一起來818


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11、舒克和贝塔……orz!


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14、四川话     蹦得儿你个蹦得儿

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15、买个萝卜切吧切吧剁了~

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16、《静夜思》

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Google就要离开中国了

今天,Google在其blog里提到有可能离开中国的意向,原文链接在此。看起来,Google是准备打道回府了,和中国政府讨论censorship不就是自己一个台阶下罢了。至于中国网民来讲,其实损失也不是很大,本来嘛大家都是要多翻翻墙运动运动的,不爱运动的,那就换更懂中文的百度就好。

转一句唐骏的话,“对中国网民来说,无所谓的,退和不退,但是这将是他们做出的历史上最蠢的决定,放弃中国等于放弃半个未来世界。”

Anyway, we are all in the big game, which will never end.