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Google honors 125th anniversary of largest recorded snowflake with doodle

Despite the lack of winter weather here in the valley, Google brings another snowy themed doodle to their home page. This creative animated art piece honors the 125th anniversary of the largest recorded snowflake that fell on this day in 1887 in Montana. The flakes were said to be 15 inches across! Nothing like that has fallen on the slopes around Lake Tahoe this season.

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Enjoy this digital remembrance of snow. The forecast doesn’t call for any real snow in the near future.

Happy New Year!

Sleep tight! A new year awaits!

image - Cute Sleeping Beagle Puppy
Cute Sleeping Beagle Puppy

Musings on the Eve of 2012

2012 is a year which already has so much in store. It is the year of a monster U.S. presidential election. Though these days the presidential election has become more like choosing between a wolf and a coyote to determine who will watch your chickens. Both will devour your poultry, but the wolf has better hair. It is a leap year of 366 days in which to make a difference. It is a London Olympics year. 2012 is a year that will see the introduction of Google’s ‘iPad killer’ Android tablet. What will it be called? The ‘DroidTab’ or probably something more creative like ‘Tungsten Primavera’. 😛 It is also a year widely predicted by pseudo researchers to be the end of the world. But there appears to be no real reason for the apocalypse yet.

What will 2012 bring us? Will technology save the planet? Or just make the crumbling of society more entertaining? Lets hope the new year brings a chance of prosperity for many families that were hammered by 2011 and a positive sense of innovation for the betterment of the planet.

Raise your glass of Coke Zero or Peet’s Coffee or whatever you’re drinking to toast to a prosperous 2012!

SiliconCali

 

Internet Explorer 10 Testdrive

In an attempt to inject some buzz into their upcoming IE 10 browser, Microsoft has created some fun ‘testdrive’ pages that will measure your PC and browser’s performance.

Highlighting HTML5, Canvas, CSS3, and SVG, the “Let it Snow” page lets you adjust the number of snowflakes falling on your screen while measuring your FPS. Is this a snowball in the face of Google from Mr. Softy?

If you want to take a dip into the world of HTML 5 possibilities, try the “Fishbowl” testdrive page that lets you adjust the number of swimming gold fish and graphics layers. (These features are too new for IE 8 and audio does not yet work with Firefox 8, you’ll have to make your own fishbowl sounds)

There’s also a New Year’s Eve countdown page for different cities that displays your browser performance information at the bottom.

Seattle

Washington DC

New York

And if you’re ready for 2011 to be over, click on the “Can’t Wait?” button to watch the clock tick down to 2012 and trigger a fireworks display over the city of your choice.

Happy 2012 from SiliconCali.com!

The Speed of Santa

I’m always amazed at the speed of Santa as he zooms around the planet at nearly the speed of light.

 

Coming in November 2011!

Beginning this November, SiliconCali.com will be covering established tech companies, startups, and system administration in the Silicon Valley area.

I’m busy eating my ice cream sandwich right now and will post more soon.

Stay Tuned!