Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bing .vs Google

By now I'm sure you've heard of Bing!, Microsoft's newest attempt at search, they seem to be full force behind the advertising. Although I must admit there are some interesting ideas behind Bing, I still think Google is going to be tough to beat. Gone are the days when Microsoft only had to bundle something with their OS and overnight it was a market leader. Which be they way Bing! is the default search provider in IE 8.

I've played around with Bing! a little bit over the last week or so and I think there is some potential. Is it better than Google, I don't think so. Then again, who am I to decide. Check out http://www.furia.com/code/bg/bg.cgi. This nifty app will display your search results from both Google and Bing side by side. I encourage you take a test drive.

Posted by: Josh Nicholes

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cyber Security and the US Government

The White House released this Blog Post on Friday concerning their 60 day review on Cyber Security  and how it relates to our national security. I'm really not sure how I feel about this. I can't help but to acknowledge that the Internet and cyber space if not properly secured and monitored stands to have huge negative impacts on many facets of American life and well-being. The financial industry, national defense, basic infrastructure,global communications systems, and education and research to name but a few. The question then is how much control to we lay in the hands of our government with concern to the monitoring and security of our digital information and networks? How much regulations and oversight is appropriate?

THE PROS: right now the president and security advisers are gathering research and recommendations from a variety of subject matter experts and interested parties. They are trying to grasp the overall picture of the situation

THE CONS: how will this information then be used and what sort of governmental controls will then be applied, As with many government programs, this one runs the risk of deteriorating over time, where it's original intent is then lost in bureaucracy. One of the greatest things about the internet is that it is currently so free and unregulated.

Posted By:
Joshua Nicholes