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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, Yahoo and Microsoft keynote at CES

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft keynote at CES

January marks the beginning of an exciting new year which will be kicked off on January 5th in Las Vegas during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Bill Gates is a regular keynote speaker, but interestingly this year he will be joined by CEO Terry Semel from Yahoo, and co-founder Larry Page from Google in separate sessions.

January 2, 2006 by in Google

Google through my eyes, 2005

Google through my eyes, 2005

As this year comes to an end, I would like to direct you towards some of my articles from 2005.  Googling Google has had an excellent year, and I'm excited to dig up some of the articles that my readers will remember most.

December 31, 2005 by in Google

Google strikes a chord with Opera

Google strikes a chord with Opera

Rumors were running rampant about Google potentially acquiring the browser "Opera" over the last couple weeks, followed by speculation that Microsoft had the same idea.  Since neither panned out.

December 29, 2005 by in Google

Google Purchases may be getting closer to launch

Google Purchases may be getting closer to launch

Of course, there is obviously no way to know for sure, and people who watch Google closely can attest to the fact that these indications sometimes don't mean anything -- Google Calendar has had a number of these "Google Blips" which tend to create buzz.  This information is very interesting but should be taken as "speculation" because that's what it is.

December 26, 2005 by in Google

Google to start renting videos?

Google to start renting videos?

The video upload program terms and conditions had a major upgrade this morning, and with it comes some insight into new features that Google may be preparing to launch for Google Video -- including rentals.The new terms of service suggest that they will be adding the ability to download videos rather than simply streaming them.

December 22, 2005 by in Google

Google displays some more holiday artwork

Google displays some more holiday artwork

Google started decorating for the holidays recently, and has just changed the Personalized Homepage to display a winter scene with a snowman.They are also in the midst of a logo series that currently displays a mouse and part of a cat.

December 22, 2005 by in Google

Google announces AOL deal

Google announces AOL deal

Just as expected, Google today announced the purchase of a 5% stake in AOL for $1 billion.  Some have speculated this partnership may lead to the future integration between AIM and Gtalk, the press release confirms this agenda.

December 20, 2005 by in Google

Google Zeitgeist '05 available

Google Zeitgeist '05 available

Here are some fun facts from Google, they have just released the 2005 Zeitgeist which gives us a nice overview of the year we have just endured.It turns out that looking at the aggregation of billions of search queries people type into Google reveals something about our curiosity, our thirst for news, and perhaps even our desires.

December 20, 2005 by in Google

Google gets into the holiday spirit

Google gets into the holiday spirit

This past week, Google has been busy launching a plethora of new features to existing services.  It's almost like Google is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas by giving us a new feature every day.

December 17, 2005 by in Google

Google local chat

Google local chat

As soon as Google decided to let us make widgets for their personalized homepage, I have been busy making one of my own.  As they promised, it's as easy as walking the dog, and I have managed to make something fun that would have great potential with some work (and a lot more bandwidth).

December 14, 2005 by in Google

Google commercials on NOVA

Google commercials on NOVA

As Gary Price and Online Media Daily have noted, Google has started advertising via television commercials during NOVA programs -- quite a change from their current marketing ways.  I found a link on the PBS website with this short 15 second commercial from Google -- I must say, it does capture the imagination and am fairly impressed.

December 13, 2005 by in Google

Froogle Catalogs?

Froogle Catalogs?

Google Catalogs is online once again, but has anything really changed other than the color from red to green?  They have basically taken a cookie cutter copy of Google Book Search and made it search catalogs too.

December 12, 2005 by in Google

Don't trust us, trust yourself

Don't trust us, trust yourself

Search engines will one day utilize sensitive personal information (more than already) to give users the power to discover more relevant information -- even about themselves.  Storing this sensitive data causes valid security concerns from people who simply will not trust what is being done with their information.

December 11, 2005 by in Big Data Analytics

Google to give catalogs another shot?

Google to give catalogs another shot?

One of Google's least known services, Google Catalogs, was taken offline as reported by Gary Price of Search Engine Watch yesterday.  It has been a long time since Google has updated the searchable content on this service which would explain its lack of popularity.

December 8, 2005 by in Google

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