The July 2008 edition of the Renaissance Computer Systems Ltd. newsletter is now available at
This newsletter discusses one of the projects we've just completed and discusses a recurring phenomenon I've been noticing.
In my previous post, I referred to a post by my friend David Sarna, the GoogleGazer. If you are at all interested in staying abreast of what Google is up (and who isn't ?!) you need to subscribe to this blog.
In his latest post, Google Shows How Life Imitates Art With Compelling Demonstration of Natural Speech Recognition Technology, you introduces us to a cool gadget available from Google - the Elections Video Search:
Find out what the candidates said. Search through hundreds of YouTube political videos for what was spoken and watch the snippet where your query term was mentioned, using state-of-the-art Google speech-to-text technology.
Go here to check it out and add it to your web page.
In an long post entitled Get Out the Tums: Life Beyond the Desktop Browser Gives Agita to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo the GoogleGazer offers an interesting analysis of the changes currently underway in the computer industry. While the blog post in a good read in its own right, I want to quote here his closing paragraph after his suggestion that Yahoo is willing to do anything just to stay alive. It is an story and a thought that will bring a smile to your face - and offer an interesting insight to interactions in all aspects fo your life.
Yahoo reminds me of the famous story told of George Bernard Shaw’s encounter with a famous actress. Shaw told the actress that everyone would agree to do anything for money, if the price were high enough.
`Surely not, she said.’
`Oh yes,’ he said.
`Well, I wouldn’t,’ she said.
`Oh yes you would,’ he retorted.
`For instance,’ he said, `would you sleep with me for… for a million pounds?’
`Well,’ she said, `maybe for a million ponds, I would, yes.’
`Would you do it for ten shillings?’ Shaw then asked her.
`Certainly not!’ replied the woman `What do you take me for? A prostitute?’
`We’ve already established that,’ replied Shaw. `We’re just trying now to fix your price!
Yahoo, at this point has agreed to sell itself. It’s merely haggling over the price.