Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.

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Google Tunes predicted by Forbes

Google Tunes predicted by Forbes

I posted an article about "Google Music Player" recently, and it looks like I might not be far off according to this prediction being made by Forbes.The stars are in line for a music offering like as iTunes from Google -- however it is still very speculative and there is no solid evidence to suggest something being developed.

January 26, 2006 by in Google

Is Google becoming evil?

Is Google becoming evil?

I would really like to know what you think. As most of you know, Google prides itself in the motto "Do no evil", but how well have they been sticking to their guns?

January 25, 2006 by in Google

Google Music Store in the works?

Google Music Store in the works?

Google Video Store has given us a the ability search, view, download and purchase video.  I have been thinking about the possibility of a similar service which would help us do the same with audio or music.

January 24, 2006 by in Google

Google censors themself

Google censors themself

Google is now providing a self censored version of their search engine to China.  They are basically removing any services that contain user interaction, and blocking certain keywords that the Chinese government would oppose such as Falun Gong.

January 24, 2006 by in Google

Google News, no longer beta

Google News, no longer beta

Google is known for their "beta" services, but every now and then they remove the label to signify that one has grown up.  Today, Google removed the beta status from Google News.

January 23, 2006 by in Google

Google and child protection

Google and child protection

The last couple days have been quite hard for Google as their stock has dropped significantly.  This stems from their anticipated Q4 financial report -- based on Yahoo's less than stellar performance -- and a subpoena which asked Google (and other search engines) to share information with the government to monitor how much pornography is being viewed by children.

January 21, 2006 by in Google

Government wants data, Google says no

Government wants data, Google says no

The United States government has asked some popular search engines to hand over one million random web addresses and search queries performed in a one week period.  Companies like AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo have all agreed to the request, but Google is putting up a fight.

January 19, 2006 by in Google

Delete your Gmail, one click

Delete your Gmail, one click

One of the annoyances some found with Gmail has finally been resolved, or at least will be very shortly.  Their "What's New" page now includes a blurb about a new "feature" slated to make an appearance -- a delete button.

January 17, 2006 by in Collaboration

Google buys dMarc Broadcasting

Google buys dMarc Broadcasting

Google has purchased dMarc Broadcasting -- a privately held radio advertising firm -- was purchased by Google for $102 million with extra payments which could reach up to $1.14 billion.

January 17, 2006 by in Google

Googling Google Survey: Part I

Googling Google Survey: Part I

Recently, I performed an informal survey to find out just how popular Google and the services they provide actually are.  Obviously, for me Google has changed the way I work and play because I know about -- and how to use -- their many services.

January 14, 2006 by in Google

Google Analytics invitations now being handed out

Google Analytics invitations now being handed out

After being live for only a very short time, Google Analytics shut the doors on new users who wanted an account.  While registrations were closed, the signup form prompted users to enter an email address where Google could notify them when signups were being accepted.

January 11, 2006 by in Google

Downloadable videos are now availabile

Downloadable videos are now availabile

After announcing some additions to the Google Video service at CES, Google has finally followed through on at least part of their plan.  You are now able to download videos from Google and watch them on Google Video Player.

January 9, 2006 by in Google

Google Video Player on pause?

Google Video Player on pause?

So Google Video Player wasn't a myth -- it was one of the features in the Google Pack, but it appears as though Google Video Player was suddenly removed.  I managed to download a copy myself, but it's useless until Google launches their video store or the ability to download videos.

January 7, 2006 by in Google

Google Video to have a stand-alone client?

Google Video to have a stand-alone client?

People can be blinded by the buzz around the possibility of a Google PC.  With this (quite interesting) information circulating, it is easy to ignore other products and services which makes it easier for Google to be stealthy in areas which they might not want attention drawn.

January 4, 2006 by in Google

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