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Friday February 13 2009

Two recent incoming emails have alerted me to news stories that the emailers rightly thought I’d be interested in.

First, Alex Singleton sent the link to this news story, about how Google has recently bought a paper mill in Finland, to turn into a data centre.  A giant warehouse for hard discs, in other words.  Ah, the symbol-laden symbolitic symboliticism of it!  Paper out, digital in.

I read this book about Google about a year ago, and a story it tells is that Google is doing this all over the world in several thousand different out-of-the-way spots that not many people are noticing.  (Apparently I chattered to Alex about this because he remembered.) When you consider how much more data you and I can cheaply store on our desks than we could, say, five years ago, you can get some idea of how useful it would be to be the world’s biggest purveyor of Really Huge (and presumably also Really Really Fast) Hard Disc Storage, which is what Google is, among other closely related things.  Get that business organised - which presumably means organising how to fusslessly upgrade all your hard discs ever year, while also fusslessly transferring the data from the old discs to the new ones – is a really smart move, given that you (i.e. Google) have also got it organised what data you (Google) want to able to store on your (Google’s) discs.

Here is an article about how Google maybe in commercial trouble quite soon, through others eating into their search traffic.  But the commenters are mostly scornful.  Nevertheless, I recommend the piece if you don’t get all the fuss about Twitter, which I mostly don’t.  Basically, Twitter turns everything that happens to anyone who cares to Twitter about it into potential news, except that normally only your friends give a damn and often not even them I should imagine.  But, when all these Twitterings actually are news, like when there’s a fire or an explosion or a war or something, the newshounds now search not Google but Twitter.  But the scornful commenters say: so?  Where’s the money that Google are supposed to be losing?  And anyway, won’t Twitter searching just be bolted onto Google, rather than undermine it? But, what do I know?

And the other story, sent in by Michael Jennings, is about the Black-Deathlike spread across the planet of mobile phone connections and in particular of dongles.  MJ fixed me up late last year with a dongle for Jesus, my Micro-Laptop - which I will be using a lot again soon, because I am staying at Mum’s house over the weekend.  (This dongle was absolutely crucial during the funeral.  And incidentally, it means that I, an only very occasional mobile phoner, now have two mobile phone connections.) MJ told me quite a while ago now that WiFi is a dead end and that dongles are where it will soon all be at, and hey presto, it’s now true.  Which will make all that Twittering when a Head of State is assassinated ten yards away from you that much easier.

Personally I’d blog about that kind of thing at my leisure, i.e. two hours later, and you’d have to search google for my leisurely ruminations and maybe a few blurry photos.  What’s the equivalent phrase to “so twentieth century”, when whatever it is twenty-first century, but only just?  “So only just”?