Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Although you don't need Google Chrome to view the site, some of the experiments may run slower, or incorrectly, in older browsers. To download Google Chrome, click here.Personally, I find it kind of cheesy that Google mentioned this; I tried a bunch of them in FF and they worked fine. Anyways, these experiments really show the power of Chrome, hopefully (and Google is really hoping for this) their market share will continue to rise from the low 1.15%.
- New features added to Motion Charts such as bar charts and zooming (click here to see the pic below in action).
- Automatic identity for Google Apps users completing forms, this means that email addresss will be automatically collected for Google Apps members completing forms.
- Finally, the form summary page can be printed through the browsers Print menu.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
It's good that they offer the above options, but a lot of the web surfers out there won't be aware of these and will be "watched" without knowing. Personally, I'm not a fan of this advertising, I just hate the idea of our activities being monitored and I think we should stay with the current model of ads being based on the content of the page. I like the good ol' days.
- Transparency - We already clearly label most of the ads provided by Google on the AdSense partner network and on YouTube. You can click on the labels to get more information about how we serve ads, and the information we use to show you ads. This year we will expand the range of ad formats and publishers that display labels that provide a way to learn more and make choices about Google's ad serving.
- Choice - We have built a tool called Ads Preferences Manager, which lets you view, delete, or add interest categories associated with your browser so that you can receive ads that are more interesting to you.
- Control - You can always opt out of the advertising cookie for the AdSense partner network here. To make sure that your opt-out decision is respected (and isn't deleted if you clear the cookies from your browser), we have designed a plug-in for your browser that maintains your opt-out choice.
Monday, 9 March 2009
Dear Google Docs user,
We wanted to let you know about a recent issue with your Google Docs account. We’ve identified and fixed a bug which may have caused you to share some of your documents without your knowledge. This inadvertent sharing was limited to people with whom you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document. The issue only occurred if you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, selected multiple documents and presentations from the documents list and changed the sharing permissions. This issue affected documents and presentations, but not spreadsheets.
To help remedy this issue, we have used an automated process to remove collaborators and viewers from the documents that we identified as being affected. Since the impacted documents are now accessible only to you, you will need to re-share the documents manually. For your reference, we’ve listed below the documents identified as being affected.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this issue may have caused. We want to assure you that we are treating this issue with the highest priority.The Google Docs Team
They also put a notice up on the Google Docs blog and information on the Apps Status Dashboard. For my account, it only affected 1 document and it was somewhat minor. But for others it may have been a disaster. Until Google and other vendors get these problems worked out, cloud computing growth will never reach its potential.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Other Google services seem to working fine. I love working in the cloud, but when these outages happen I start to have doubts. Hopefully, Google sites will soon get offline editing.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Its simply a great idea, and I have been using it ever since I hit the big 3-0. Since I'm in Canada, I cannot link to other services (i.e, pharmacies) that have my health records , but I find it great for my own personal account of my health history. Now, Google Health users like myself can share their profile with anyone (other features in pics below). This is done by simply sending a link to the desired person(s). For security issues, the link (which expires after 30 days) cannot be forwarded on to others, the person can only view the shared part (which you select) of your profile, sharing can be disabled, and you can view who has seen your profile. This is a great idea and reduces a lot of the communication problems and use of paper in the health field. Now if Google can solve the problem of paper receipts at stores!!
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Twitter is very easy to setup, and Twitter imports contacts from your email but none of my Gmail contacts are on Twiter :( so I had to added some "suggested users." At first I wasn't really sure what the purpose of Twitter was, but this changed after some exploring. Twitter lets the world know what your doing and lets you know what the world is doing, this is done via updates where you can type up to 140 characters into a facebook-like status box. If the updates are not protected, anyone in the world can follow them, I think this is so cool. I am following updates from people such as Levar Burton, Lance Armstrong, and Al Gore. It sort of gives a feeling of connection to these people whom I'll probably never meet in person in my life. This is how Twitter is so much different than Facebook where your connected to smaller networks. Google has signed up to Twitter, and rumors have it that they may in fact purchase Twitter.
Another part of Twitter that I discovered yesterday is that you can post an update for blog posts via Twitter Feed. This is extremely easy to setup, all you need is an OpenID account, and within a few clicks, your blog updates are sent directly to Twitter as status updates which should increase blog traffic a lot.
A major aspect of Twitter is the mobile side. First of all, the mobile site is very cellphone friendly, graphics look excellent and it is very easy to navigate. Second of all, Twitter can send SMS text alerts of updates from followers, note that if your in Canada, it only works on the Bell network. Users can also update their status via text.
Since yesterday, I've been using Twitter alot. I think this is going to get really big, people want to know what the World is doing!!