Yep. Holly’s demise was well written, well played, surprising yet completely in character.
And now here it is, April 2012, and Google has finally gotten around to revealing GDrive. But does anyone still care? Users who really needed such a service have since migrated elsewhere. When Dropbox raised its $250M Series B in October, it was boasting over 45 million users. Now it has over 50 million. Box.net, meanwhile, raised $50M in September, touting 7 million users. Today, that’s 10 million.
Google says there are 40 million Google Apps users, including 4 million businesses, to give you an idea of the size of Google’s customer base.
Today’s Google Drive is GDocs+ – it’s no longer tapping into the pent-up, unsatisfied demand for a decent cloud storage and sync service. People who use Google Docs might try it, but if they’re already satisfied with the alternatives – the platform-agnostic, popular alternatives – they may just skip it.” —
GDrive aka Google Dropbox finally launches
ANN ROMNEY: The dog loved it. The dog was, like—
DIANE SAWYER: But the dog got sick, right?
ANN ROMNEY: Once, he— we traveled all the time and he— he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But— he would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for t— in— in— in a kennel for two weeks, so.” —Transcript: Diane Sawyer Sits Down with Mitt and Ann Romney - ABC News
It makes me a bit sad that there is so much focus these days on the surface side of syntax—making indentation significant, omitting a semicolon—but rather little on how a change in syntax can actually change the experience of programming in a deeper way.
Aside #1: It is too bad that the genuine advantages of Lisp and Smalltalk syntax do not seem to have been sufficient to win over the familiarity of a generally C-like look-and-feel.” —Nicholas D. Matsakis , Syntax matters…? - Baby Steps
[Eight] years later, in 1798, Congress addressed the problem that the employer mandate to buy medical insurance for seamen covered drugs and physician services but not hospital stays. And you know what this Congress, with five framers serving in it, did? It enacted a federal law requiring the seamen to buy hospital insurance for themselves. That’s right, Congress enacted an individual mandate requiring the purchase of health insurance. And this act was signed by another framer, President John Adams.” —Einer Elhauge: If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did The Founding Fathers Back Them? | The New Republic