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So Google finally IPOs -- with an approach as unusual as its approach to webmail. The founder's letter in their S1 filing eloquently argues the case for taking the long view:
Although we may discuss long term trends in our business, we do not plan to give earnings guidance in the traditional sense. We are not able to predict our business within a narrow range for each quarter. We recognize that our duty is to advance our shareholders' interests, and we believe that artificially creating short term target numbers serves our shareholders poorly. We would prefer not to be asked to make such predictions, and if asked we will respectfully decline. A management team distracted by a series of short term targets is as pointless as a dieter stepping on a scale every half hour.For now, Google is probably not going to change the world, and the IPO is probably a bad idea for many investors; but for those with the pockets to take a risk, there are promises aplenty.
I've been using Gmail for about 5 days now (found out via Evhead about the Blogger offer before the Slashdot story broke) and here are my first impressions:
I'm now tucking into Part 2 of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, The Confusion. For a change, Landmark in Madras actually stocked the book in time for its April 13 launch date :-).
The Telegraph has an article about a new pre-poll survey that predicts a reduced majority for the NDA, saying that the "feel good" factor seems to be wearing thin, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Not sure about Andhra Pradesh, but I'd buy that for the BIMARU states, the north-east, and Bengal (Note: Calcutta's baby steps into IT do not count as the number of people they touch are still very limited). Given the the relative lack of opportunities there, "India Shining" is about one of the most alienating lines pols can reel out in those states.
For those interested into building location awareness into their apps (and have MSDN sub IDs) this is a sweet deal: MapPoint sub free for MSDN users. You get access to their staging environment for a year and upto 50k commercial webservice transactions. (via the Early Adopter weblog)
Why not go to MP3 Lizard for all your indie MP3 needs?
Miguel de Icaza on Java, Gtk and Mono.
Summer is icummen into Chennai.
Gmail's 1 gig free sounds good, and I hope the service is reliable. What'd really kick ass: a desktop app communicating over HTTP to my Gmail account (like Outlook Express communicates with Hotmail). Dredging through long conversations over a browser will not be fun, I assure you (anyone tried really long threads on Google Groups?).
[Update: I have since joined the Gmail beta program, and the innovative "conversation view" notwithstanding, I stand by my statement.]
Sun and Microsoft kiss and make up. McNealy's barbs will be missed. While I don't expect any letup in the competitive rhetoric, an officially supported RMI to System..Remoting bridge would be very nice to have.