Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
I've Been on Vacation but Google Hasn't
For the past 2 weeks I have been on vacation, enjoying life on the west coast of Newfoundland, it has been excellent. Now it is time to get back to work, and briefly summarize what has been happening in the world of Google, here it goes:
- Walking directions are now available in Google Earth and Maps, both are in beta.
- Check out the 100 panoramas for Havana Cuba available at the 360 Cities website or they can be viewed in Google Earth.
- There is a new version of Google Earth 4.3 (beta) available here.
- 10 years ago the very first Google index had 26 million pages, last week it hit 1 trillion.
- Google Knol was released to the public last week. Knols are defined as "authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects." This service is similar to wikipedia except the author identity is given, and authors can receive money via advertising for their entries. I gave it a quick look and read an article on Psoriasis, the author's name, picture, and job was provided and when his name was clicked on, more info was given.
- Google Docs announced that templates are present for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. As of today, the total number available is 309. I think this is an excellent advance for the google docs package. I have to work on a resume for my brother, and I will be using one of the many templates for resumes available with Google Docs. As more great features like this are added, Google Docs will be an Office killer.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
My repulsion toward Vista is based on a brief experience, it was so bad I didn't want to go back. I was trying to use my simple and common 2 GB Kingston USB drive with a Vista Machine, I kept getting messages like "cannot find driver", eventually the machine locked up, and restarting still couldn't get the simple USB drive to work, BRUTAL!!! By no means am I a computer pro, but an operating system be intuitive, work with most current computers, and be able to handle most devices, so far Vista gets a failing grade in all of these. Vista has done Microsoft a ton of damage, I think it has led people to highly criticize anything that they release, and will be like this until they release a better operating system or some software that is just amazing. They better hurry up though, the Mac and Google people are picking away at the Microsoft market share, they realize that like consumers really like innovation, instead of the same ol' crap (sometimes worst) in a different package. On that note, my vacation has officially started, back in 2 weeks.
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
This will give information on whether the account is open in another location and the IP address. If you don't know the IP addresses of your computers (I don't!!), click on the Details link and this will come up:
This will give information on the current open session along with other recent sessions and whether they were accessed by iGoogle, IMAP, mobile... etc and it also provides the IP address of the current computer. Finally, the coolest feature is that all other open sessions can be signed out of, amazing. You gotta love those Gmail updates, especially for us forgetful on the go using multiple computers people!!
Sunday, 6 July 2008
This week in the world of Google has been somewhat active, but not as much as others. It amazes me that Google is involved with so many projects, and the number is continually growing. Here is a summary of the world of Google for June 29th - July 6th:
- UbiqWindow has a cool video of a computer screen projected in mid-air a person interacting with Google Earth by touching the hologram. Super cool.
Mike Pegg is one lucky and hardworking blogger. He is the writer of the Google MapsMania blog and now product marketing manager of Google Maps API. Pegg was hired on because his blog was so good.
- If your a Nine Inch Nails, they have released a Google Earth file showing distribution, geographically, for 1.4 million downloads of The Slip, which is their latest album. I'm not a fan of their music, but this is a great idea.
- The iGoogle gadget of the week is the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Countdown. It should be interesting to see how the poor air quality is going to affect the athletes in Beijing.
- Google Apps is popular and the number of users is growing very fast. It is just 17 months old, and 500 000 organizations use it as part of their business, and 3 000 sign up daily. Hopefully my workplace will be signing up soon.
- If your a FireFox 3 fan like myself, there is a new feature that lets Gmail be the default for all email links (containing mail to:). Check out this post at the Gmail blog for the setup procedure. Also, if you want to be a Gmail expect, look at these 10 tips.
- If your a iPhone or iPod touch user, there is a version of Google Talk designed specifically for both.
- For those of you interested in seeing top films from around the world, check out the The YouTube Screening Room, where there is a fresh lot of movies.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
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Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Now for the good news. Google has developed a new algorithm for searching Flash files that contain text. To get an idea of how popular Flash is, approximately 98% of internet connected computers have Flash Player installed. The type of Flash files searchable include menus, buttons, websites, and banners. This is good news for web designers of Flash sites, since now they will be more easily seen by those search engine crawlers resulting in much better search results and more advertising money.