Archive for October, 2006

What If Terrorists Bombed Google

| October 18th, 2006

Update: Recently there seemed to be a bomb scare at Google HQ [via].

What if terrorists decided to terrorize the Internet? Although they have been spreading messages of hate, what if they decided to bring it down? Bring such a large cluster of machines down! Thats like waging a war against the world. But what if they decided to bring down services that seem to have become an important part of our internet life.

What If Terrorists Decide To Bring Down Google

To most of us, ‘the internet is Google‘ and even the thought of Google not being anymore gives us the chills. Bombarding the datacenters would definitely cause a considerable loss to Google. In the map below, I have tried to mark out a few of the Google datacenters.

With Google venturing into things like solar energy it should also probably think of getting itself an anti-missile shield or build its datacenters in underground bunkers :).

After all the search history I have built up over time is priceless ;)

Sheeple Of The Blogosphere

| October 7th, 2006

Sheeple is a term of disparagement, a portmanteau created by combining the words “sheep” and “people”; a reference to herd mentality. It is often used to denote persons who acquiesce to authority, and thus undermine their own human individuality.

Have we reduced to mere sheeples? Bloglines estimates a mere thousand feeds having greater than one subscriber. Quoting Eric Schmidt:

“The average blog has one reader: the blogger” [via]

When I glance through my Bloglines subscriptions I see the blogs of the biggies like Mike Arrington, John Battelle etc. Most of us view the blogosphere through this window (rather pin-hole), comprising of a few thousand popular blogs. Although their popularity speaks for their content, they restrict our perception of the blogosphere. There are numerous other bloggers who have a lot more valuable to say. But where is the audience?

There is no such service/app which gives us an unbiased view of whats happening and being said in the blogosphere. Its like the blogosphere has been virtually hijacked.

To get noticed, an anonymous blogger has to resort to either of the following:

  • Become a (Sheeple) frequent reader of these blogs and participate by commenting hoping that someone will clickthru and notice you.
  • Get featured in one of their posts (that is only if you are well connected).
  • Write something that might offend them (probably this post won’t go unnoticed :) ).

So sheeples, transform yourselves back into people. Stop looking through the pin-hole and broaden your vision. You probably have no clue of how interesting the actual blogosphere is.