Thursday, January 10, 2008

Google help Norad in Tracking Santa is using google tools to help them track Santa on its Journey

Official Orkut Blog
NORAD will use Google Maps to track several hundred of Santa's stops in over 200 countries and territories, and will embed videos of Santa's stops captured on their Santa Cams on the Google Map and post the videos on the NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube channel.

Want to see more of Santa? NORAD will also provide a downloadable Santa Tracker file to track several thousand of Santa's stops in Google Earth. Santa's visits are only a few seconds long, and then -- poof, he's off to the next location. Click on the gift icons in Google Maps or Google Earth to learn more about the cities that Santa visits.
This is the best use of softwares i have seen till now, have we ever thought on planning this on our trips, may be now we can use them for our effective holidays. We have mostly use these softwares like Google Earth for fun only but even for planning the journey etc serious uses make these software more important. And about the post, The videos are awesome and a must see and thanks to norad for undertaking such a mass project not everybody can do it.

Most special Christmas Broadcast

Last Years Christmas Broadcast was the best broadcast because

Official Google Blog

This Christmas, fifty years later, we are thrilled to say that the British Monarchy is embracing another new technology by launching The Royal Channel on YouTube. By setting up the first ever channel from a monarchy, the Queen joins other world leaders including the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the British Government in using online video to communicate with people around the globe.

Right now, you can visit The Royal Channel to see that first 1957 broadcast, along with other rare and previously unreleased archive footage. And at around 3pm BST on Christmas Day, this year's Christmas broadcast from the Queen appeared on YouTube as well as on television.

We're delighted to welcome the Queen to the YouTube community, and hope that you enjoy the unseen treasures on her channel as much as we have.
I have just seen these videos and they are great, specially of that first broadcast and the one on which Queen Appeared is also great but what a striking difference both videos has. technology has taken a vast leap from what it was 50 years ago and we cannot imagine how it would be 50 years from now on. My be this post at that time would serve as a milestone. Hoping for a great future Cheers,,,,

Google Advices to Save Energy in Holidays

Well this is the first post in this blog and i would like to review this post of

Official Google Blog:
Here's a suggestion for everyone to save energy over the holidays (and at other times!): turn off your computer and monitor or put them into "sleep" mode when you're not using them.

Why? The typical desktop PC uses 100-200 watts even when it's idle. That's the equivalent of 1-2 bright incandescent (read: inefficient) light bulbs. (Note: new PCs that comply with the latest Energy Star specifications consume less than 50-60 watts when idle.)

You wouldn't leave your car running for hours when it's just sitting there. Most of us wouldn't leave a bright light bulb burning for hours when no one is nearby to need the light. So why leave your computer on?

If you're leaving your office for the holidays, turn off your PC. If it consumes 100 watts, that will save 2.4 kWh/day, or over 25 kWh for the next 11 days through January 1st. In California, that will stop about 40 kg of CO2 from being put into the air, and save about $2.50. For every 1 million people who do this, that will stop 40,000 tonnes (metric tons) of CO2 from being emitted, and save $2.5 million. In many areas, it will reduce emissions even further, and save even more money.
Wow so much information i was not knowing about it, certainly this post is a pleasent surprise from the google blog, as we all know that our resources are very limited and the way we are spending them there are less chances that these natural resources will even last some 100 years. I hope google as the world's biggest internet company would undertake some serious project over this cause it has the most powerful and influential company online...