Image: NY Times
I bet many people use the term Google as synonym for Web Search. And we couldn’t undermine the fact that Google is going beyond mere Search of matching words.
Now, if I Google ICE-CREAM, it is giving me option of cup or waffle cone, flavors and the nearest location where I can enjoy a nice ice-cream; plus history of ice-cream and the not so good news of the calorie content. To visualize how Google is fetching the result, imagine the internet as one big humungous database and Google’s web crawlers spinning it’s web. Earlier they were only crawling, now they’re connecting. And CONTEXTUAL is the word that comes to your mind. But ever thought how do contextual work in search?
Life beyond tabular data:
The internet is too big a database, to understand better lets scale down. Imagine team members in a database, what do you see – a tabular data? Now if you’re the person who is creating this, you would have already defined the data structure, like Name, Role, Location, Project etc. etc. But it lacks flexibility and agility of today’s fast moving info.
From Mashable: “Relational databases are great if you’re storing tabular data. But surprisingly — or maybe not so surprisingly — much of the real world is not a table.“
Welcome Graph Database:
In Graph Database data are entered as Nodes and Relationship. And it turns out that graphs are a very intuitive way to represent relationships between data. Graph theory dates back to 1735, when Leonard Euler solved the Seven Bridges of Königsberg problem by devising a topology consisting of nodes and relationships.
From Neo4J: “A graph database stores data in a graph, the most generic of data structures, capable of elegantly representing any kind of data in a highly accessible way.”
Now the ICE-CREAM:
Coming back to the ICE-CREAM, ever wondered the journey of an ice-cream right from milking the cow to final payment at the check-out counter, it’s all NODES and RELATIONSHIPS.
A few days back the whole tech world ignored Steve Ballmer’s exuberance and stood in awe at the Microsoft Surface launch. In awe, because it something they hadn’t expect, they didn’t know how to react.
To compete with Apple in their own game, Microsoft instead of a spec bump, ramp up their own game – Redefine PC, yes the very PC Apple mocked in their series of ad. So during Surface launch, the spotlight was not on some insanely high resolution screen, processor, RAM or Gorilla glass but instead on a KEYBOARD and a flip KICKSTAND.
So that’s a 3mm TouchCover keyboard and a flip kickstand which flush collapse with the VaporMg casing. And of course, the OS Windows 8 just the bare minimal, a total opposite from the skeuomorphic Apple UI.
Struggling Blackberry might be right, when they say at one point in time, that soft keyboard (or touch keys) are not very good for typing. And accessories makers have already flooded the market with iPad keyboard without much success, just because iPad was never meant to replace THE PC (Personal Computer or Computing). And with Surface, the 3mm TouchCover keyboard is quite an ENABLER, not an accessory.
Microsoft Surface was not the first with keys, Asus Transformer tablet tried the keyboard way but Android just couldn’t lift the morale. Going by great reviews of Windows 8 and it’s user base, this might be Microsoft’s return ticket to lost glory.
In recent times, without the rockstar aurora of Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, Apple seems to be blurring the thin line between a Mac Air and the Next Gen Mac Pro. Microsoft has taken a leaf from Apple and get both the hardware and software together with Surface.
Yesterday 6/21/2012, when Microsoft announce Windows 8 Phone, many crib that people who’d already bought Windows phone will not be able to upgrade to Windows 8. But what’s noteworthy is, Windows 7 platform was from a bygone era when bellbottoms were in vogue and Bill Gates was not into philanthropy (might be wrong about the philanthropy ;) don’t sue me). And to ramp up the game, Microsoft needed to rethink to survive.
I’m not an Apple hater, actually an admirer and Steve Ballmer didn’t sponsor this blog , thought I would have written longer if they’d sponsored :P But I like to watch someone take on the mighty Goliath (Apple) in their own game, after all racing improves the breed.
My only wish for Microsoft, is not to launch too many variant and kick the very daylight out of the decision making grey matter, from simple consumer like myself.
Now coming back to the Surface, what remains to be seen is – did Surface only scratch the surface or can Microsoft beat Apple with a keyboard? But whoever wins, Design Triumphs!
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Here’s to the crazy ones.The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
I’m a Dad again for the second time. Aaron Haobam, my son born Thursday, 28 July 2011. Airi, my daughter, is excited of her younger brother. Me and my wife Khumanleima is so happy to have Aaron.
Today I embrace change with an open arm.
Found this image floating on the net. Please take it with good humor, since most of us endure meeting in our daily work. And in my kind of job, we normally have lots of discussions and think-out-loud sessions. Cheers
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