Blog Focus on Cost Savings in Technology
Blog Focus is Technorati's daily roundup of the top stories as told by the bloggers of the world. Each day a handful of posts, no matter how popular or nascent, will be selected by editors to portray a general unscientific reaction to discussion points around the 'Net.
"Considering the current economy..." "With the economy the way it is..." "In today's economy..."
Admit it; you just gritted your teeth. How often have you been lectured in the last year by your television, Web browser, and/or pundit of your choice about the state of world economics and why you should now give your money to the same groups you did before but for totally different reasons?
Still, there's a kernel of truth in there somewhere. Something is different now; you feel the need to spend a bit less money than normal. (Though isn't it quaint that so many businesses seem to think you want to save money today while implying you didn't mind torching it on the back lawn before?)
Those Chatty Cathys in the blogs have noticed. Therefore, on their behalf, we provide a look around the blogs this morning at ways to save money and how others are trying to do the same.
• Huffington Post — Let's start with the word "free", shall we? Victoria Fine passes along good tidings of free WiFi at dozens of airports across America and on Virgin America flights as a goodwill gesture from Google. (All the better to track you with, my pretties!)
• Download Squad — Google also cuts the price on extra storage for Gmail and Picasa Web users as spotted by Lee Matthews. Don't you need more room for your cat's Christmas card photo? You do. Mister Snuffles must let his elf cap breathe, after all.
• TUAW and GigaOM — Corporations continue to try to save money, too, in rather unseasonable fashions. EA will lay off 1500 employees mostly through office closings. Adobe will also cut back nearly 700 positions by the end of the year.
• Ars Technica — Still, if your company or you need to save a bit more cash, open source is often considered a viable method. Sure, you could turn to open source software, but why settle? Instead, consider Go. It's a new programming language from Google (who else today?) that claims simplicity and speed. And who doesn't want that in today's econ... oops. Broken molar.