Friday, April 01, 2005

April Fool's Day

As ususual, come April Fool's Day and prankster's the world over get busy. Here's what all I encountered, in brief:

Google not just announced an infinity+1 Inbox (not a hoax, hopefully!), but also came out with its Google Gulp
Google GulpAt Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.

Yahoo today announced Y! Slacker

Yahoo! Slacker will be the culmination of several efforts to provide a set of integrated services for... well, slackers. Yahoo! Slacker will include the following:

  • Book Slacker is a full-text searchable index composed of the popular Cliffs Notes and Dummies Books
  • IM Slacker is a "parental response" IMVironment that auto-responds to your IMs from your parents with "Sorry, I'm studying..." while you chat with friends.
  • Local Slacker will find the nearest pizza and provide one-click ordering.
  • Music Slacker automatically scans Yahoo! Music and queues up any song that played on the previous night's episode of The O.C.
How could the Linux Guys keep quiet. They thought it might be a good idea to drop our favourite Tux for some silly dog.
Linux Online: News reports- Torvalds: It's Time to Dump the Penguin

Britannica meanwhile announced its immediate semi-hostile takeover of the Wikimedia Foundation (to be known henceforth as Wikim├Ždia) and all of its projects, including Wikipedia (now Wikip├Ždia), Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, and Wikinews.
[Wikipedia:April 1, 2005/-2005 Britannica takeover of Wikimedia]

At BoringBoring (not BoingBoing), read about the cool alternative to Firefox
Firefox AlternativeChris James sez, "I got so tired of all the updates, lame plug-ins and the W3C evangelism of the Mozilla crowd that I've been looking around for an alternative to Firefox for quite some time. Finally, I've settled on a great free app called Internet Explorer -- and it looks like I'm not alone. According to my site stats, Explorer is running neck and neck with Firefox for marketshare. It's about time somebody gave those thugs at the Mozilla Foundation some competition.

And if you all forgot about Google's Lunar Hosting and Research Centre, Slashdot had this:
"Google's recent purchase of Keyhole and its jaw-dropping 3D earth-browsing software has apparently netted them ownership of an imaging satellite as well, now named 'gSat.' This Friday, April 1st, gSat will be capturing a new dataset (neighborhood of 1meter/pixel), passing over each time zone between 10 and 11AM. If you stand outside and wave you will supposedly show up as a blurry fleck.

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