Nerd-World Problems

Google Day, Large Hadron Collider, End of the World As We Know It

Well, While we did “technically” go live a day late, we are officially live…. So let’s get crackin’! Besides, the Geek Day isn’t over, since that starts and ends at 5AM instead of midnight anyway.

First off, a belated happy birthday to Google! Which turned 10 on Sunday. Yes Google, our beloved tyrants. Even the most security savvy amongst us woke up one morning to realise that we had all handed our souls to Google on a silver platter. And so I, one of Google’s biggest supporters, say Happy Birthday!

Secondly, we have to talk about Apple’s “underwhelming” (to quote Matt Rosoff at Cnet) announcement today. A new iPod-nano. w00t… i guess. This new nano seems, to me, to have a slight Zune flair to it in it’s look, and as Cali Lewis said on GeekBrief TV yesterday, it looks inefficient for watching video, but we’ll see. Though I’m not too interested in that, aside from the new accelerometer, I am happier to hear of the new price drops, the new iTouch with built-in speaker, and mostly, iTunes 8.

Thirdly, we must touch on Microsoft’s new ad-campaign. All I have to say for starters is… wow… and they paid how much for this?

Okay, lets talk about this ad for a bit. I mean seriously, Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates make for some interesting entertainment, but at the end I am left asking, “where’s the beef?” There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of of product marketing. Okay… pretty much NONE. I was left at the end feeling confused, if not a little endeared towards Gates. I encourage everyone to listen to TWiT’s interpretation of the the ad if you get the chance.

And of course, for those who haven’t seen the ad yet:

Microsoft Jerry Seinfeld Ad

Finally, Let’s talk the End of the World. At 12:30AM PDT, CERN’s doomsday machine, the Large Hadron Collider became operational, reports the UK Telegraph. I would be reporting to you personally on the subject, but I seems that the only real destructive force present today was that of countless Geeks like myself, crashing the live feed from our interest. And so I was not able to see the Large Hadron Collider go active via CERN’s webcast. But as far as I can tell, the World does not seem to be ending. So lets all breath a sigh of relief. Though the real “trouble” won’t begin until October, when they begin firing high-powered beams through the LHC.