He then observed me stuffing a 1/2 inch lithology of plastic commerce back into a 1/4 inch slot in my wallet.
"You should carry fewer cards", he suggested.
"Or get a bigger wallet", I said.
"If you get a bigger wallet", he said, "You'll only need a bigger pocket."
A googolplex is 10googol. For carpal-tunnel-free typers with an aversion to acronyms, it is also expressed by a 1 followed by a googol of zeros. This prosaic number should not be confused with the audacious googleplex. Googleplex, a pretentious, self-satisfying wordplay on an ordinary - albeit large - number, is the name of the corporate headquarters of Google.
The Googleplex is situated on a huge 26-acre campus in Mountain View, California. It is built on Brownfield land and populated with smart, un-jaded, and largely under-30 geemers working on "pet projects". As a graybeard with a cheesy pedigree and disappearing gray matter, Google is a lofty place that wouldn't hire me even if I purchased, set, and tuck-pointed all of the gold bricks needed to line the hiring manager's koi pond.
If you have occasion to visit the Googleplex, skip the nutritionly-bereft continental breakfast at your Comfort Crib and proceed directly to Joanie's Cafe (kitty corner from Stanford University in Palo Alto).
My yet unabated prejudice is that some of the projects being worked on at Google are more grounded in the real-world than others.
Nonetheless, I traveled to and spent the early part of last week at the Googleplex with my business partner Garry Smith to learn the secret handshake and to dig into Google's new collaborative software Google Wave (see Ben Parr's Google Wave: A Complete Guide).
At its core, Google Wave is an extension of XMPP (Jabber). Wave is not a mature product. Google is open-sourcing its development. So far, there are implementations in Java and Python.
I have been exploring a preview of Google Wave via my sandbox account on FedOne hosted by Google (ping me at email@example.com).
Google Wave has a polling widget called Polly. At the Google Wave hackathon, I included Polly in a Wave thread. I triggered the Wave with the question
Will Google Wave Overtake Microsoft Groove?
I assumed that not many people, other than Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and a few Microsoft devotees, had heard of Microsoft Groove. I also assumed that most people attending a Google gathering might harbor unfounded ill-will toward Microsoft.
I wanted to test the Polly polling widget, so I wanted a provocative question. I invited the Google Wave disussion group (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the thread.
After a few unseemly burps, Polly worked like a charm. One could see live updates in the Wave including the commentary (or blips in Wave parlance) of the poll participants. Wave blips and voting peaked after Garry posted a link to a June 09 interview Ozzie at the Bat where the Microsoft oracle and Groove inventor, Ray Ozzie, opines about Google Wave (e.g., "its complexity might curb its adoption").
Of the 150 or so attendees at the Google Wave hackathon, 92 people indulged me by voting and sharing their opinions. Polling is still open, but if you want to weigh in, you'll have to post a comment below or apply (subsequent plead and re-apply) for a sandbox account.
|Will Google Wave overtake Microsoft Groove? |
I don't know what my over-stuffed wallet encounter with the attendant at my gym has to do with this post other than its parallel to my quest for finding a wagon to hitch to...only to remind myself that
everyone is looking for a bigger wallet, perhaps forgetting that they'll soon need bigger pants.
See video of Google Wave on a iPhone.