Google Has Destroyed Apple’s Walled Garden From Within

So, has an article that hits on a few of my favorite things:

  1. Bashes Apple
  2. Talks about how awesome Android is
  3. Forgets Windows Phone even exists

When Apple released Siri (October 2011), the body-less ”assistant” everyone thought it was so revolutionary. However, the truth is, they took a page from Android’s ‘Voice Commands’ program. As much as I hate to admit it, Apple did one up Android, in that Siri allowed for a bit of “fuzzy language”. Instead of just knowing specific commands, it would try to figure out what you wanted as long as it was close-ish. While this didn’t always work as intended ( it did have an advantage over the current Google offering. But even Apple co-founder the great and powerful Woz (Steve Wozniak) and many other didn’t think it was up to Apple’s standards.

Then in June 2012 Apple tried to distance itself even further from it’s users reliance on Google and their tools, by launching Apple Maps. This was to offer better graphics, turn by turn directions, real time traffic updates and built in reviews from yelp! But too bad they spent so much time making it look pretty they forgot to make the map portion of the program any good at all. Entire Cities were missing, wrong directions were given and bridges rippled like water. And again the Woz was not ammused.

Apple Maps was so bad that Apple actually started referring people to Google Maps, except Apple banned the Google Maps app, so people had to use their web browser (Safari, THANKS APPLE!) to get to Google Maps that way. By December of that same year, Google Maps was back in the apple App Store.

“Big deal.” you may scoff, “Apple is allowed to make one mistake, Siri is still lightyears better than anything Google has!”

Not so fast. Google just launched Google Now. This is a Siri alternative that many people are saying, plays Siri better than Siri. Unfortunately there are a few things it can’t do, because Apple doesn’t allow third party applications access to them, such as setting alarms, e-mails, texts, etc. For the record it can do all these on Android. It also won’t provide a homepage widget, because again Apple says no.

What it can do, is search for things better than Siri. The author on took his wife’s iPhone 4 opened Google Now and asked when William Shatner was born. In about 1 second Google Now presented a card with the Shat’s photo and birth date, which G.N. read out loud to him. The same test on Siri, on the same phone, offered a 6 second delay after the question then Siri said that she was unable to find a “William Shatner” in the contact list and asked if he meant a different William in the list. It took the author a bit to realize Siri was waiting on a reply, when he said “No” she said “OK and that was it. No follow up, nothing just done.

Now this only 2 examples, but think about it. Most iPhone users would rather use Gmail, Google Chrome and Google Drive than the apps Apple supplies. And the really funny thing to me, is that this goes against Apple’s walled garden approach to everything. And despite what they may try Apple has no choice but to just smile and take it, because so many of their users are programmed to need Google apps.

Read the full article without my input here.

Inside Google’s Data Centers

Our buddy Ian sent me this from a while back and it sadly got lost in my inbox until I was cleaning house today.

It is a pretty cool article and movie showing the insides of one of Google’s data centers. Now obviously Google doesn’t exactly want people to go wondering around their data centers at whim, however you can get a guided tour of Googleplex in Cali at select times.


Check our the video, I for one would LOVE to work in that place!

17 – NERDITRONICS – Robots – I for One Welcome our Future Metal Overlords


Nerditronics 10/27/2012   Episode 17.0

Intro -

Many New Posts On the Blog! I kept my promise and posted a number of articles

News -

Happy 35th, Atari 2600! By Chris Morris  Oct 14, 2012

Curiosity Rover Digs Up Shiny Particles on Mars by Staff October 18 2012

Trekkie Dating Site Helps Geeks Boldly Go Where Non-Trekkies Go All the Time Brent Rose  Oct 19, 2012

New Android Trojan Found in Google Play By Damon Poeter  October 18, 2012,2817,2411163,00.asp   Black Hole in Our Galaxy by Staff  October 22, 2012

Zune is dead, long live Zune By Sean Buckley  Oct 3rd 2011

Microsoft launches Windows 8, Surface: Winners and losers By Zack Whittaker  October 25, 2012

G4 cancelling X-Play, Attack of the Show  By Eddie Makuch October 26, 2012

MechWarrior Online open beta starts Monday By Tom Sykes  October 27 2012

This Is The Nexus 10 By Chris Velazco October 26, 2012

Feature topic -

Robots – I for One Welcome our Future Metal Overlords

Show Wrap-up -

Good Time – Cosplay Parody of Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

Legend of Zelda Medley on STL Ocarina – Lena Leclaire

16 – NERDITRONICS – Horribly Awesome 80s movies


Nerditronics 10/13/2012  
Episode 16.0   Intro -

Blog has been updated

Now Marshal can get off my back! More updates this week.

News -

ALIEEEEEEENS!: Mars Rover Curiousity Takes Its First Scoop Of Soil, Spots Mysterious Metallic Object Nearby October 9, 2012

Wallpaper: All Swords From All The Zelda Games October 9, 2012

The LED As We Know It Is 50 Years Old Today Jamie Condliffe Oct 9, 2012

UK engineers developing harpoon that could help space junk meet a fiery end Alexis Santos  Oct 8th 2012

Google Passes Microsoft As The World’s Second Largest Technology Company Roland Hutchinson October 2nd 2012

Astronomers Discover Huge Comet Hurtling Towards Us Jesus Diaz Oct 1, 2012

Apple Maps Accidentally Revealed a Top Secret Military Base Casey Chan Oct 9, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover finds rock with Earth-like chemistry Irene Klotz Oct 11, 2012

Feature topic -     Horribly Awesome 80′s movies Movies so bad they’re awesome   Show Wrap-up -

The Space Invaders Are Really Invading! [Video] Nicole Wakelin October 9, 2012

14 – NERDITRONICS – NERD WARS – Star Trek vs Star Wars

Intel: Windows 8 Is Being Released Before It’s Ready

Jamie Condliffe

Sep 26, 2012 6:38 AM

Permanent quartz glass data storage announced by Hitachi, could hit market by 2015

By Steve Dent

Sep 26th 2012

Google’s Self Driving Cars Hit The Streets In California

By Roland Hutchinson

26th September 2012

Rover finds evidence of ancient water on Mars

By Elizabeth Landau

September 28, 2012

Apple CEO apologizes for Maps flaws, recommends rivals

By Poornima Gupta

Sep 28, 2012

Artificially Intelligent Gamer Bots Convince Judges They're More Human Than Humans

By Rebecca Boyle

Sept 28, 2012

Feature topic -

Nerd Wars

Star Trek vs Star Wars

Show Wrap-up -

Dude breaks the computer and pees himself

13 – NERDITRONICS – Computers from Nerditronics History



Nerditronics 9/22/2012

Episode 13.0

Intro - Update

Final Fantasy VII post


Nerd Nugget

Don’t get your windows phone on my Android – John

News -

Strange Mystery Spheres on Mars Baffle Scientists

Tariq Malik

15 September 2012

Starting Today, Canned Air Is On Sale in China

Brian Ashcraft

Sep 17, 2012

Now Run Them Through With A Katana!: London Movie Theater Employs Ninjas To Silence Cell Phone Talkers

September 14, 2012

NASA Says a Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive Is Possible

Amy Ratcliffe

September 19, 2012

Well, Here’s What RoboCop Looks Like

September 17, 2012

Joel Kinnaman

Arcade coin slot belt buckle

By Conner Flynn

September 19, 2012

Feature topic -

Computers from Nerditronics History

From Humble Beginnings to Modern Day Nerds

Show Wrap-up -

Journey Separate Ways

Crazy guy fed up at work

12 – NERDITRONICS – Music in Video Games: Underappreciated Gaming Glue or Boring Mute Fodder?

Nerditronics 9/15/2012
Episode 12.0

Intro -
Blog Update -
Big posts coming

Nerd Nugget -
The French are dumb… Except for French Fries…those are awesome!

News -

It will be Mine
September 11, 2012

Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)
Jamie Condliffe
Sep 12, 2012 4:29 AM

Google Apps Says Goodbye To Internet Explorer 8, Pulls Support For the Browser
Drew Olanoff
September 12, 2012

No More Needles: ‘Painless’ Laser Injects Drugs
Gregory Ferenstein
September 13th, 2012

Here Are the Blueprints for the iPhone 5
Molly Oswaks
Sep 15, 2012 12:30 AM

Feature topic -

Music in Video Games:
Underappreciated Gaming Glue or Boring Mute Fodder?

Good Game Crappy Music:

Mega Man (NES):

God of War III (PS3):

Armi Ja Danny – I want to love you tender (Crappy Music)

Marshal Games:
Super Mario
Descent OST – Level 1: Lunar Outpost

John Games:
Final Fantasy VIII – Eyes on Me

Zelda (Orignial)

Mass Effect

Fall Out 3

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Legend of Zelda (Chipophone)
Legend of Zelda, composed by Koji Kondo in 1986, performed on the Chipophone.
Mp3 available here:
Standard YouTube License

1967/1968 Battleship Board Game Commercial

11 – NERDITRONICS – Childhood Nerdness


Nerditronics 9/8/2012

Episode 11.0

Intro -   Nerd Nugget

Well he’s from France… But maybe in space you get an English accent. -Marshal

News -

Gorgeous Cosmic ‘Superbubble’ Observed by X-Ray Space Telescope by Staff  04 September 2012 Time: 02:49 PM ET

Star Trek: The Original Series 46th Anniversary marked by Google doodle KS Sandhya Iyer September 07, 2012

As ARM-Based Devices Take Over, Intel Cuts Its Sales Forecast For The Rest Of The Year Romain Dillet September 07, 2012

The New Kindle Fires Will Have Bing for Search Eric Limer   Sep  8, 2012  9:20 AM

Attention Windows Purists: Thinix RetroUI  Lets You ‘Terminate’ Windows 8′s New Interface Pulkit Chandna 09/07/2012 at 5:44pm

Job Listing at Valve Confirms Entry into PC Hardware Business  Paul Lilly    09/04/2012 at 6:25am

G4 to change direction – Report    Eddie Makuch September  7, 2012  6:44AM PDT

Feature topic -

Childhood Nerdness: The good, the bad and the What???

Show Wrap-up -

E.T. the game that nearly killed video gaming

Creepy Old NES Commercial



Nerditronics 9/01/2012   Episode 10.0

Intro -   Nerd Nuggets

You can’t have your phazer set to stun. No one will respect you, you gotta have it set to vaporize!  – Marshal

Nerditronics Cosplay Super Post

News -

Here’s The Three-Part Legend of Zelda Western You’ve Been Waiting For Jason Schreier Aug  7, 2012  6:00 PM

The Father of Video Games Explained The All-Purpose Multimedia Home Console… in 1973 Kate Cox  Aug  7, 2012  8:30 PM

Google Translate app gets weighty update, will translate signs through your smartphone camera By Mat Smith  posted Aug 9th 2012 8:06AM Submitted by Ian

Live long and prosper in this Star Trek mansion By Sarah Firshein | Curbed – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:05 PM EDT

The Byte Cellar: A Geeked-Out Ode to Computers and Video Games Melanie Pinola Aug  9, 2012  9:30 AM Submitted by Ian

Cliff Bleszinski’s Perfect Eulogy for Nintendo Power Stephen Totilo Aug 22, 2012  9:00 AM Nintendo Confirms the End of the Nintendo Power Era Evan Narcisse  Aug 22, 2012 12:45 PM

Sony Closes One of the Oldest Video Game Developers in the World Luke Plunkett Aug 22, 2012  6:32 AM

Space Sugar Discovered Around Sun-Like Star by Staff Date: 29 August 2012 Time: 06:01 AM ET

This Long-Lost Nintendo Knitting Machine Would Have Let You Make Sweaters With Your NES Kate Cox  Aug 30, 2012 10:40 AM

Happy 25th birthday, Street Fighter! By Ben Silverman | Plugged In Thu, Aug 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT

Feature topic -

Show Wrap-up -    This Original Macintosh Commercial from 1983 Never Aired Submitted by Ian

Geth and Dance Central 3

09 – NERDITRONICS – Linux – Confusing Nerd-ware or Freeware Contender

Nerditronics 8/4/2012
Episode 9.0

Intro -
Lightning Bolt!

News -
‘Impossible’ Stars Found in Super-Close Orbital Dances
by Staff
Date: 25 July 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET

The Robot Explorer That Will Navigate Jupiter’s Liquid Moon
Andrew Tarantola
Jul 27, 2012 11:30 AM
Submitted by: cougar337 via Google Reader

All the American Flags On the Moon Are Now White
Jesus Diaz
Jul 31, 2012 11:21 AM
Submitted by: cougar337 via Google Reader

Five Cool Things About Google Fiber (and One Not So Cool Thing)
By Keith Wagstaff | @kwagstaff | July 27, 201

Google Talk Is Down: Worldwide Outage Since 6:50 AM EDT (It’s Back Up For Some)
Matt Burns
Thursday, July 26th, 2012

This Remote Control Rolling Cooler Is Your Don’t-Get-Up-For-The-Rest-Of-The-Summer Deal of the Day
J.D. Levite
Jul 27, 2012 3:00 PM

Valve Hedging Bets on Linux to Avoid Windows 8 “Catastrophe”
Posted 07/26/2012 at 7:51am | by Paul Lilly

Blizzard Agrees With Valve About the Impact of Windows 8 For PC Gamers
Posted 07/29/2012 at 9:24am | by Justin Kerr

This Man Built a Working Computer From Fallout. It’s Pretty Damn Great.
Luke Plunkett
Aug 2, 2012 11:00 PM

Man Builds A Real, Working Wall-E That’s Still Eternally Hunting For Eve
John Biggs
Aug 3, 2012

Happy 35th Birthday to Radio Shack’s TRS-80 Personal Computer, a Leader in Its Day
Molly Oswaks
Aug 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Mars Curiosity Makes First Discovery—And It’s Crucial for Human Interplanetary Travel
Jesus Diaz
Aug 3, 2012 4:50 PM

Scientists Have Made the World’s First Quantum Router
Jamie Condliffe
Aug 3, 2012 9:01 AM

Awesome Internet Map Arranges 350,000 Websites in a Traffic Based Cluster
Posted 08/01/2012 at 7:09am | by Paul Lilly

Feature topic -
Linux – Confusing Nerd-ware or Freeware Contender?
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Show Wrap-up -
First Trailer for Fistful of Rupees, A Zelda Western
Stephen Totilo
Jul 31, 2012 7:30 PM