Archive for February, 2006

Search engine market share – Q4-2005

February 9, 2006

At the end of 2005, Google had gained significantly over Yahoo & Microsoft. Google had a 48.8%(+5.7%) of search market followed by Yaahoo at 21.4% (-0.3%) and Microsoft’s MSN search had 10.9% (-3.1%). Unfortunately this is not NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” show to be the winner 😉

Tropos routers a FONero ? A Win-Win for all.

February 8, 2006

I am not quite certain why Google is so aggressively pursuing network infrastructure, so I will believe in what John Battelle is saying,

Yes, but what if you need that distribution(internet) to run those high margin services over? More as the Superbowl buzz wears off.

I was thinking on how FONero movement can succeed. Tropos immediately struck to my mind. Oho! Ya Tropos’ WMR was an original & unique idea I had presented in my Network Appliance Design class 5 years ago. Lets analyze how Tropos can help FON and Google.

Tropos’ mesh network is a wi-max clone(not exactly) and is successfuly deployed in several places. Tropos’ 5210 routers form the private mesh network with only few of them acting as Internet gateways. Consumers use Tropos’ 3210 routers to connect to 5210 private network and thus to the WWW. Now for instance lets imagine all the 5210s and 3210s were to act as Fonero, then someone like me who needs to connect to the WWW can opt for either of those connections, depending on cost/speed. I can also use a VoIP based phone(a Google Talk enabled phone ?) just like a cell phone within the network. FON & its partners should consider talking to Tropos(and similar companies if any) to act as FONeros.

GOOG-Dell and Pack an Insider’s View

February 7, 2006

The deal is not as straight forward as it is reported in the press. Here are some of my thoughts. I don’t expect it to be the same pack for enterprise customers of Dell. NEC members are likely to offer more through GOOG-Dell channel. GOOG has several partners(currently known) in the PACK – Lavasoft, Symantec and Real which give a trial licenses. Once user converts trial into perpetual license, GOOG gets a cut out of it(Greater than 50% as of the time of release of GOOG pack, not sure what it is now). The story doesn’t end here. A dozen engineers(not dropouts) are working on optimizing Star/Open Office which will go into GOOG PACK this year. If this DELL-GOOG pack succeeds, then expect some more partners to queue in front of GooglePlex.
This deal may hurt GOOG’s immediate bottomline which it might compensate from other sources. What GOOG does is always right 😉 except Larry and Sergey selling their own stock 😦