Sunday, July 1, 2012

Does Google have the solution for Energy Independence?

Where does the US get their oil?  Depends on where you get your information, but the numbers appear to be in the following range:

·      Domestic 40-50%
·      Friendly Countries; Canada, Mexico and such: 25% - 35%
·      Risky Countries; Persian Gulf, Nigeria, Venezuela: 25% - 30%

For the purpose of this article I am going to separate driving into two categories: 
1)    Places where my human form is needed; Personal Mode
2)    Places where anyone can be on my behalf; Errand Mode

Here are some examples of each:
1)    Personal Mode
a.    Work
b.    Church
c.     Golf
d.    Entertainment
2)    Errand Mode
a.    Grocery Store
b.    Hardware Store
c.     Pharmacy
d.    Walmart

There are no real statistics so I monitored all the driving my family does for one month and found that about 38% of all of our driving was for errands.  I’ll call that typical.

Now to Google:  Google has developed a technology for mapping which auto drives cars.  What if a special vehicle was made that used this technology?  This vehicle would not carry humans, but would be capable of carrying 2-3 cubic feet of goods.  This vehicle would be electric, have no emissions, and could get the equivalent of 150-200mpg. 

Imagine that instead of going to Target, Lowes Hardware or your Pharmacy that you simply go on-line, select what you need.  Instead of driving a gas vehicle (at 20 mpg) to get the product the product is delivered to you within an hour in an electric delivery vehicle (EDV).

EDV’s would be owned by businesses such as Walmart, Lowes  and your local grocery store.

The model is already known to work. Millions of people order from Amazon and take delivery from UPS.  With the EDV concept instead of two days delivery, your order would be delivered within two hours.  Local retailers would be enthusiastic, realizing this mode would allow them to re-gain market share.

With Google’s technology the US can take a huge step in Energy Independence and Carbon Emissions.  Time to get started…Google.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Window Phone 7.5 Reiew

I am a big fan of Windows Phone 7, I love the interface.  I find it easy to use and super clean.   

As a developer I really like the development tools for the Windows Phone.  I have found that WP7 development tools/language run circles around the tools for Android and iPhone. 

I don’t think that my application needs are that strange compared to other users but I have found that the application lineup for WP7 to be very lacking.

I have build a table here; it kind of mixes up categories and programs somewhat, but I think that you will get the general idea.

Promised forever for the WP7
Podcast Player
iCatcher and Downcast are great programs
DoggCatcher and PodCatcher are both great
WP7 Apps are just awful.  None of them allow you to make a playlist.
4.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
Who knows when
2.5 Stars
3.5 Stars
3.0 Stars

2.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
4.0 Stars
3.0 Stars

ESPN ScoreCenter
3.5 Stars
4.2 Stars
4.0 Stars
I think this app is much better on the WP7
Yahoo Sportacular
4.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
Best sports app is not available on WP7
News Consolidators
FlipBoard and Currents are great
Google Currents only, but good.

Weather Apps
Lots of good choices
Lots of good choices
Lots of good choices

Paid apps are good
Free Google Navigation is good
No good choices

3.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
2.5 Stars very weak

3.0 Stars
4.0 Stars
Not even usable

4.5 Stars
4.6 Stars
3.5 Stars



No app but you can use the integrated client.

Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync
Yes, Yes, Yes
All work great
Yes, 3rd party app, Yes.  All work great
No, Yes, No Skydrive works well

Email Client
Integrated Email Client is good.
None of the Email Clients are as good as iPhone.  Interfaces are clumsy.
Integrated Email Client is good; very clean.

A couple of conclusions you can make from this chart.
  • Windows Phone 7 is missing many important apps.
  • Many of the apps for the Windows Phone are sub-par as compared to both the Android and iPhone counterparts. 
  •  Android apps have increased in number and quality over the last 1-2 years. 
  • You can’t use the excuse of “lack of apps” to keep you from moving from the iPhone to Android. 
  • You can use the excuse of “lack of apps” to keep you from moving to WP7.
I would love to move to the Window Phone; but they have some work to do.