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It’s Official : Google is the next Microsoft

Posted by tggokul on January 31, 2007

I had just written a post today morning about how Google of late has become very error prone and that they are well on track to be the next Microsoft. I submit yet another evidence.

All these days, I have never had any issues with Youtube and today I tried to see one of the videos and this is the error I got.youtube.GIF

Well, I did give them the benefit of doubt and thought that the Macromedia in my laptop was uninstalled (or screwed up). So I followed the link in that page to install macromedia and even after I installed it, I got the same issues. And I was sure that there was no way the Javascript option was turned off.

I googled out this error ( Talk about irony!!! Using Google to fix Google’s problem.), I figured out that I needed to install the full version of Flash Player and not the partial install the link in Youtube lead me to. I dutifully did that and my videos have started working fine. And it looks like a lot of people are having these issues of late.

I am a die-hard fan of Google ( read here), but my confidence in them is slowly eroding. I had written then

People claim that Google probably has the lowest Tester to developer ratio; reason being the developers are encouraged to write quality code that undergoes very little change during testing phase.

I guess the new hires ( which is a pretty significant number) are not upto the same level as the old pros. Of late, I keep hearing that the rigorous interviews which were hallmarks of Google have substantially become easier ( or people have become much smart. Nah, that is not possible. My pet theory is that , the average IQ of mankind comes down every day. That is another discussion for another day ). The immediate effect of this is poor quality of code ( and testing).

Either Google needs to pull up its socks or be prepared to be the target of constant ridicule inspite of its success ( just like Microsoft)

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3 Responses to “It’s Official : Google is the next Microsoft”

  1. Ganesh said

    Hey Gokul,
    Just 2 quick observations.

    I can see so many IE windows open on your computer. If you are really convinced Microsoft is so error-prone, you should be using Firefox, not IE.
    Second, use instead of a mere to get the snapshot so the millions that read your blog(;) don’t get to see what you are doing.

  2. tggokul said

    Hi Ganesh,

    I am convinced Microsoft is error prone. And yes, I do use Firefox as well. Certain sites I go to don’t have Firefox support and I need to use IE for that. And I will not accept the arguement, that if something is error prone, don’t use it. I will keep using it and raise mayhem when it is not working.

    And there was nothing in the snapshot that I wouldn’t want to share with the ‘millions’ who read my blog. Btw, I would be thrilled if millions actually read my blog 🙂

    Gokul

  3. One silent admirer said

    Google news has issues
    http://news.google.com/nwshp?hl=en&tab=wn&q=
    Google
    Error

    Server Error
    The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

    Please try again in 30 seconds.

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