Macy's Brand to replace Filenes [www.businessweek.com]
Lars Rasmussen - Google Maps
Google maps came from a startup acquisition where Lars worked with his brother and two other developers. They were developing a native windows map navigation application and had been looking for funding. There is an interesting story about how they ended up being acquired by Google rather than recieving wad loads of VC funding, but I will wait for Lars' approval before I post that one.
Out of that history, Lars has an interesting viewpoint on the difference between producing a native application versus a rich web application. Here are some bullet points paraphrased from his slides and talk:
Sorry for the unstructured nature of these notes - they are a copy/paste from my outliner - I will try to improve them soon!.
Update: CNet have posted an article on Lars' keynote ( Google mapper: Take browsers to the limit). It reads nicer, just like a real journalist wrote it (as opposed to me!). It always astounds me though, just how innacurate an image you can get of someone's message when it is wrapped with hyperbole like "As such, Rasmussen remains disappointed with Google Earth" (which he is not) and inserted words like "Google is looking for Web mapping experts to beef up its Sydney office" (all he said during the keynote is that they are hiring, and actually they are looking for machine learning and data mining experts).
Want to buy a Honda S2000 ? [drive.com.au]
As per my ad in drive.com.au, I am parting ways with my beloved car (sob)! I'm a sensible married man now, with no need for a sports car to heighten my attractiveness to the opposite gender ;)
Seriously though, it is a top car - if I get time I will link to some reviews of it - but this side of the Porsche Boxter S, it's only competitor is the Nissan Z convertable (which is nice too!)
It has a Totally rad (sorry for the 80s-ism there!) custom HKS Exhaust system and air filter. Not only does it sound really sweet (gets more positive comments than my friends Porches) but other S2000 drivers have commented that you can feel more pull when you accelerate :)
|Price:||$36,500||Reg Exp:||Nov 2005|
|Engine Size:||2l||Fuel Type:||Premium Unleaded|
Note: the car is sold
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