The Watering Hole: September 4 – Google Inc.

On this date in 1998, Google Inc. was founded by  Larry Page and Sergey Brin , then  students at Stanford University. The company was incorporated then as a privately held company.

Its search engine services provided the crux for the company’s emergence. A maturing product list is here.

‘Googled’ has become a past tense verb in NET blogs. Google provided the theme (TryGooglingThis) for a recent (6/6/2008)  NYTimes crossword puzzle.

Google CHROME® is the up and coming Web browser that is entering Internet Express’  turf as a default browser for OEM manufacturers. It offers speed and simplicity. Learning  (Actually unlearning.) curve is about two weeks.

Note: Google® is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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23 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: September 4 – Google Inc.

  1. I stumbled onto Google early on, after reading an article about their search algorithm. I’d been experimenting with Lycos, Yahoo, and WebCrawler without much joy. I’m pretty much a Google Slut and use most of their apps–Mail, Maps, Transit, GoogleEarth, Chrome, Calendar, Groups . . .

    Like I said: slut.

  2. I have all three browsers (IE, Chrome, and Firefox), set to open to Google. But that’s all I use it for. I don’t have a Google account, so no commenting on their blogs. I have played around with the maps a bit.

  3. You know how Conservatives are now making a HUGE stink brew-haha over President Obama adressing school kids in the country about staying in school – implying he is trying to’indoctrinate’ them? Turn them into little socialists..?
    Read this over at Crooks & Liars..

    From Media Matters:

    On November 14, 1988, Reagan addressed and took questions from students from four area middle schools in the Old Executive Office Building. According to press secretary Marvin Fitzwater, the speech was broadcast live and rebroadcast by C-Span, and Instructional Television Network fed the program “to schools nationwide on three different days.” Much of Reagan’s speech that day covered the American “vision of self-government” and the need “to keep faith with the unfinished vision of the greatness and wonder of America” but in the middle of the speech, the president went off on a tangent about the importance of low taxes:

    Today, to a degree never before seen in human history, one nation, the United States, has become the model to be followed and imitated by the rest of the world. But America’s world leadership goes well beyond the tide toward democracy. We also find that more countries than ever before are following America’s revolutionary economic message of free enterprise, low taxes, and open world trade. These days, whenever I see foreign leaders, they tell me about their plans for reducing taxes, and other economic reforms that they are using, copying what we have done here in our country.

    I wonder if they realize that this vision of economic freedom, the freedom to work, to create and produce, to own and use property without the interference of the state, was central to the American Revolution, when the American colonists rebelled against a whole web of economic restrictions, taxes and barriers to free trade. The message at the Boston Tea Party — have you studied yet in history about the Boston Tea Party, where because of a tax they went down and dumped the tea in the Harbor. Well, that was America’s original tax revolt, and it was the fruits of our labor — it belonged to us and not to the state. And that truth is fundamental to both liberty and prosperity.

    During the question-and-answer portion of the event, Reagan returned to the topic, this time telling the students that lowering taxes increases revenue:

    Q My name is Cam Fitzie and I’m from St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. I was wondering if you think that it is possible to decrease the national debt without raising the taxes of the public?

    PRESIDENT REAGAN: I do. That’s a big argument that’s going on in government and I definitely believe it is because one of the principle reasons that we were able to get the economy back on track and create those new jobs and all was we cut the taxes, we reduced them. Because you see, the taxes can be such a penalty on people that there’s no incentive for them to prosper and to earn more and so forth because they have to give so much to the government. And what we have found is that at the lower rates the government gets more revenue, there are more people paying taxes because there are more people with jobs and there are more people willing to earn more money because they get to keep a bigger share of it, so today, we’re getting more revenue at the lower rates than we were at the higher.

    And do you know something? I studied economics in college when I was young and I learned there about a man named Ibn Khaldun, who lived 1200 years ago in Egypt. And 1200 years ago he said, in the beginning of the empire, the rates were low, the tax rates were low, but the revenue was great. He said in the end of empire, when the empire was collapsing, the rates were great and the revenue was low.

    The students probably didn’t know any better, but this is an idea that has been rejected by virtually every economist not named Larry Kudlow.

    Gotta love hypocrites..

    • If you guys get a chance, watch the repeat of Hardball with Chris Matthews, I just caught the tail end of the heated debate on Obama giving a speech to school kids between Joan Walsh and Terry Jeffrey. I was stunned.., though I’m not really sure why.. :roll: That guy REALLY makes me nuts, like fingernails on a chalkboard, and he IS far-right fringe. He wants it taught in ALL US schools that abortion is wrong, the GOP value system, etc.. It starts about 7:28 in.
      (Clip is called “GOP upset over education and Obama’s speech”)

  4. Hi ‘Muse,
    In the areas where the speech won’t be played, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the next day about how they all watched it on Youtube. Kids are suspicious of anything they are told they shouldn’t see, and want to be their own judge of things. The more that is done to supress it, the more of them will find it by other means. Then when it turns out to be harmless, they will trust their parents less. These parents remind me of the parents of the early ’60s, scared to death their kids will grow up and question authority. I hope I’m still around when they do.

    At the end of that empire, 1200 years ago, they wouldn’t by chance have tried to spread their power too far?

  5. For the Bradblog fans: Brad will again guest host the Mike Malloy Show next week, so I feel fairly confident there will be more from Sibel Edmonds, and other topics of Brad’s choosing.
    The Mike Malloy show is live at 9pm edst on Progressive Talk 1150, KTLK-AM, and at 11pm edst on 620 AM-KPOJ. Also live on XM 167 America Left.

  6. “…yes, I could almost buy their belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, only I think he shipped them to Washington, where they’ve been recycled as lobyists and trained in the alchemy of money laundering, which turns an old-fashioned bribe into a First Amendment right.” Bill Moyers….watch this clip.

  7. For Spencer’s Mom (if she’s about)

    I’m watching McLaughlin, and Monica Crowley thinks she’s making a point that former communist countries are “going capitalist”. I’m screaming at the TV “no, they’re going oligarchic, you dumb whore!”

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