Mono Summit: I'm going to be at the Mono summit in Boston (thanks Mig!). I look forward to seeing lots of Mono hackers (and having some very good ice cream :-)
New Google Products: In the past month or so, Google has had a pretty crazy schedule of product releases.
- Blogger Beta: Google finally made lots of improvements to Blogger, giving it tags, etc. Also, it was moved over to Google Accounts, killing yet another password. Most importantly: spell checking!
- Google Reader: Completely new version. This thing is amazing, it really works the way I'd want a blog reader to work. The old Google Reader had really poor performance on Linux, and this one seems to fix it. I only have two issues with the program. First, it does not auto refresh feeds, so I need to remember to hit "r" to refresh things. Also, the server side seems to have less than stellar performance. I'm betting they did such a fantastic job that they got more users than they had server power.
- Google Transit: Being a college student, I use public transportation (it's free in the sense that I am forced to pay a flat fee for the entire year). Pittsburgh's public transit does not publish schedules in a usable format. Transit completely fixed this for me.
- Groups Beta: Google did a refresh of groups. The UI is much better, and they now have a wiki-like functionality and the ability to upload files (100mb of storage -- that's not too bad). Like Google Reader, the servers aren't quite as fast as they could be. I assume this will be fixed when it's out of beta
- Code Search: global grep. No horrible interface like koders or krugle.
- Image Labler: This is a version of a game by Luis Von Ahn (a professor here at CMU) that lets people label images. Google needs to do serious work on game play (their images are far too small, likely due to copyright paranoia, and they aren't using taboo words correctly well). However, if you look at the high scores, there are people who have been playing this thing for days. Imagine what would happen if Google were to increase the game play experience and put a link on the home page for one day.
I have to say, this is a pretty amazing array of products.