Huge congratulations to Franck Zayan who found who was the person in the previous quizz I'm totally amazed that he found it in only 15 minutes (I called him up to understand how he did it !). He might care to tell us how in a reply here. In the meantime he wins a vpod.tv T-Shirt :)
So the person in the picture was the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Quizz #2 : where was this shot taken (I need Lat. and Long. coordinates on Google Earth :)
I was recently thinking what my favourite sites on the Internet were. I choose a mix of time spent on each site, and absolute usefulness. Here they go:
1) Wikipedia : I'm totally amazed at the quality of this service, and I use it basically several times a day to check on a fact, a definition, background info. Thumbs UP. My main source for the world's History now.
2) Google Earth: I used to pay for Keyhole, the original service before Google acquired it. I still love it, and I find the layers on top of it, APIs, zooming facilities extraordinary. Hopefully it will expand into more features (better manipulation of the maps, higher quality everywhere).
3) Techmeme : this site created by Gabe Rivera has been my start page for the past 14 months now. I don't use any of the so-called "start pages" services, and only use this one. This has replaced all my news sites, as I've stopped reading blogs.
4) Google Search : the key to finding anything on the net. I've tried using other services from competing companies, it's my favourite.
5) twitter : the new comer. I've been a member of several networking services for years : LinkedIn, A smallworld, facebook, plaxo, Xing, etc. I've never found a real value in them. With this service I keep in touch with my close friends, contacts, and love this new chat system. I check it at least twice a day to catch up.
Runner ups : * for music: last.fm, Pandora, Rhapsody * email: I use Apple's Mail + Thunderbird (I check 3 times a day) * IM : Skype is my favourite, although I don't use voice that much.
So to illustrate the new found interest of the net, here's a little quizz, I'll be updating with a new question as soon as you find the answer.
Can anyone tell me who this person is, and what would have made this person worthwhile mentioning :) ?
September 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, a small group of
colleagues and I started a new company, Loudcloud, based on the idea
that the huge Internet infrastructure buildout then underway -- by
startups and big companies alike -- required a new approach to running
modern datacenters and computer systems at high scale: automation.
The eight years that have followed have been an unbelievable journey.
Loudcloud took off like a rocketship, raised $350 million in equity
and debt financing, went public in March 2001, and was rapidly nearing
$100 million in annual recurring managed services revenue when the
entire market blew up and virtually all of our competitors and peers
In September 2002, we did a complete restart as a public company --
we sold our managed services business to EDS and turned Loudcloud into
Opsware, a software company based on the core intellectual property
developed at Loudcloud. Over the next five years, we executed on our
original vision -- automation of large-scale modern datacenters and
computer systems -- within this new model, and built a comprehensive
family of state-of-the-art automation software products that power the
full range of technologies you find in a modern datacenter, from
servers and applications to networking and storage.
We have become the clear market leader, and today our software is in
use at more than 350 of the largest and most advanced businesses and
government agencies, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Home
Depot, GE, Microsoft, Samsung, Comcast, Tivo, and the US Department of
Defense. Along the way, Opsware has grown to more than $100 million in
annual revenue and 550 employees, and has become one of the
fastest-growing software companies in the world.
Today we have announced that Opsware is being acquired by
Hewlett-Packard for more than $1.6 billion in cash, or $14.25 per share."
It's a first. I'm surprised and impressed that President Sarkozy made it happen. He almost never talked about Europe during his campaign.
Europe is a top agenda for us, along with education, economic stability, sustainable development, social justice.
A very historic moment I believe, in particular when a French president shakes the hands of each and all flag holders, and has invited the top executives of Europe such as President Barroso, and Javier Solana.
Update: changed the encoding, it seems the previous video was wrong.
In their latest issue (#50), they interviewed the most secretive and great French telecom entrepreneur, the boss of Free / Iliad : Xavier Niel. I had told you, xavier ;) Some people really like you ... :)
Scoop: Jérôme and François are launching a new show soon: LaChaineTechno...