Motorola Drops Google in China

Motorola Drops Google in China (The Big Money-Chris Thompson)

Here is an interesting article on the continual problems in China with Google removing its censorship of its seach engine. Motorola has decided to drop all the google features with their mobile offerings in China. There have been rumors of google leaving china by May 2010, however I do not believe this will happen, but you never know. I am sure over the next few months we will see more action by the chinese government and google to work out a solution.

DoD Cloud Computing Advances Cloud

DoD Cloud Computing Advances Cloud (

The Cloud Expo April 18-21, 2010 Javits Convention Center, New York City

The Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and even the Central Intelligence Agency have all publicly announced their intent to use cloud computing in form or another. Through the use of a cloud computing mind map these knowledge leaders covered many aspects of cloud computing, including:

  • Definition and characteristics
  • Use cases and operational requirements
  • Security concerns and techniques
  • Industry standards
  • Cloud computing reference model
  • Mission driven solution design; and
  • Adoption and expansion process
  Cloud Computing Technology is very exciting and new technology that leverages this is the future.

Kuwaiti Scientists Say Peak Oil Will Arrive in 2014

Kuwaiti Scientists Say Peak Oil Will Arrive in 2014 (Gas 2.0 – by Nick Chambers)

Here is a good article on Peak oil that was given to me this afternoon.

New research out of Kuwait, using a new method of calculating the crude oil production potential of 47 of the world’s largest oil producing countries, has found that peak oil — the period in time when oil production reaches a maximum and then begins to decline — will come much sooner than expected… 2014 to be exact.

Over the last few decades, much has been debated about peak oil and when it will come. However the majority of petroleum scientists in this area of research have consistently said that it will arrive some time past 2020, perhaps even as far away as 2050. Although 2050 sounds like some far off date, those 40 years may be just barely enough to reduce our petroleum dependence enough to avoid catastrophe. So, when scientists from one of the most oil rich nations on earth start saying that peak oil will come in 2014… it causes a bit of alarm.

Not only did the researchers find that world crude oil production would peak in 2014, they discovered that the world is already depleting its oil reserves at a rate of 2.1% per year. Although these findings are alarming, the researchers are clear to point out that their conclusions are only made with the best available information:

“Forecasting is not accomplished by consulting a crystal ball or a mystic of some sort, but by appraising the past, inspecting present conditions, and projecting these into the future based on the best available information. It is well-known that the ultimate oil recovery of any field in the world is only determined when the production management decides to abandon the field for good. This does not occur until the projected oil revenues fall below expected costs and human ingenuity is unable to reverse this relationship.”

“Therefore, it is not a sin to acknowledge that the economic production life of any field is almost impossible to predict efficiently. Hence, forecasts should be flexible to adjustment whenever additional information becomes available or as conditions change. Even though it is inevitable to preclude the possibility of minor inaccurate forecasting results, still it is of paramount importance that the forecast be conducted. Without the forecast, a valid decision or public policy debate on a national or global scale cannot be made.” —Nashawi et. al, 2009


MIT researchers discover new energy source

MIT researchers discover new energy source (CNN)

Nano Technology –

"This could lead to batteries that are up to 10 times smaller and still have the same power output. In the portable energy and energy conservation arena, we're trying to find power sources that have a smaller profile but hold more energy," Strano told CNN Radio.

"Most people don't realize a battery sitting unused in your laptop is leaking its power away," Strano said. "If you take all the laptop batteries that are produced in one year, in the off state, they're leaking an amount of power during that year that we could store in a small nuclear reactor … and that's power that's essentially lost and dissipated just from laptop batteries."

Technology discoveries like this one is very exciting.

Steve Ballmer speech at UW: “We’re all in” for cloud computing

Steve Ballmer speech at UW: "We're all in" for cloud computing (Seattle Times)

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer gave his first speech at the University of Washington on Thursday morning and said Microsoft is betting the company on cloud computing.

Cloud computing is being heralded as the next-generation shift that combines the Internet and computing so that software, content and data can be stored in remote servers run by other companies and accessed from computers, phones and TVs through the Internet. Many consumers are already using cloud applications such as iTunes, Web e-mail such as Hotmail, Flickr and Facebook.

Microsoft began selling cloud software and services Windows Azure and SQL Azure at the start of February.