An Engineers’ Selection of Most Creative Google Doodles

It all started in the year 1998, when the Google Founders, to indicate their attendance in the burning man festival, added a stick burning man figure to the Google logo making the first Google Doodle, . With time, Google Doodles have become the most potent and eagerly awaited expression of creativity on the internet. Sergey Brin even got patent on the concept of Doodles (Titled – Systems and method of enticing users to a website). Google Doodles are based on a variety of topics ranging from festivals, political/non-political events, famous personalities, etc. However, I find the once related to scientific inventions as the most creative and intelligent ones. Below is my list of five most creative as well as intelligent doodles.

  • Number Five – On the 50th Anniversary of understanding the structure of the DNA

Google Doodle on 50th Anniversary of Understanding DNA

Google vs. Microsoft: You Bing me, I Chrome You

The inevitable has happened. Google has announced its intent to launch an operating system. Named as the Google Chrome OS, the operating system would be an open source system, initially targeted at netbooks. Speed, simplicity and security (all three features which lack in windows) will be the USPs of the new operating system. According to the announcement, the OS will have a minimalist interface (something which is very typical of Google). To start with the OS will be targeted towards users who spend a lot of time on the internet. Considering that their business is mostly limited to the internet, it is difficult to say whether a full fledged version of the OS is being planned of or not. Keep Reading…

Even Google Crashed…

Due to the sheer number of users trying to search news about the King of Pop, for more than half hour, the Google news search was treating the query “Michael Jackson” as an automated attack. This is the first time I am hearing of a crash of Google search services, just due to the sheer magnitude of search.

MJ was no doubt a genius, but a flawed one. I was shocked to know about his unfortunate death. I would have loved to see him regain his glory in the much talked about This is It Concert (800,000 tickets were sold in five hours). Alas, that will never happen.

We will all remember his incredible dance moves, his moon walk, the jacket and glove, and the music. It rocked man!

RIP, King of Pop, you will be missed by millions of your fans all over the world.

PS: not many know that Michael Jackson was granted a patent for a shoe which can help the wearer to lean forward (remember his forward lean in Smooth Criminal).

Search 2.0 – What’s next in Internet Search?

If you want any information/data, you put a query (one or more words describing what you want) in an internet search engine, and it helps you in finding relevant websites having the desired information. In short, a search engine helps you find the source of the information and not the information itself. Currently, this is more or less how almost all search engines work.

However, search engines are evolving. Taking clues from current research, beta versions of newly launched search engines and limited search features provided by some of the existing search engines, we will soon have search engines which will provide answer to our questions, the data/information we want, rather than directing is to a list of potential sources. Keep Reading…

Do You Google, Will You Bing?

No company has ever dominated one industry at the global level as Google has dominated Internet Search. It is not wrong to say that there are two types of people on this earth – those who use Google and those who do not use the internet.

Recently, Microsoft has unveiled a new search engine Bing, which will eventually replace the MSN live search. Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to break Google monopoly in internet search, has a refreshingly cool and colourful webpage. Publicized as a “Decision Engine” rather than a “Search Engine”, Bing helps people make better decisions regarding shopping, travel, restaurant, health, etc. Not surprising, this is from where most of the advertising money comes from. Keep Reading…