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It's okay to be evil

I know Google gets a bad wrap for trying to take over the world but I think it's sometimes ok for them to be evil. Case in point...

Today, my boss just walked by and asked me if I knew of an iPhoto equivalent for the PC. I said I never really heard of anything but a quick look soon pointed us to Picasa. Will it be as well integrated and easy to use as iPhoto? Maybe, maybe not. Is it free? Yeah... it's Google. I downloaded it, installed it onto the noisy Piece of Crap that sits next to my Mac and to be honest, it seemed about as shampoo simple as eye photo. Auto red-eye reduction, auto levels, etc.

So... quick, simple, free solution. Thanks Google. Proceed to be my overlord.

-Kevin S.

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I Love Picasa

In reply to: It's okay to be evil

I have been using Picasa for over two years now. I absolutely love it. I have corrected MANY, MANY scanned photos from my grandparents photo albums with it. Each time I work on one for them, I show them the before and after and they are so amazed by it. There are so many features in Picasa...too many to name.

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In reply to: I Love Picasa

Was Picasa bought by Google recently or has it been a Google property for quite some time?

It's funny that any consumer (Molly, Tom, V - oh come on, it's four syllables, let us call you "V" :-)) should think of Google as "evil" with its practices. So far, the only threat I see is to companies that have a near stranglehold in their markets such as Apple with its iTunes and Microsoft with its Office products (and OS).

I maybe see an identity crisis, though. If Google wants to be the bringer of free, everything on its site should be "free." If it's ad driven, pay for my video content by making me sit through ads and then let me put it on my iPod sans cost.

-Kevin S.

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