Tagged: Google

Holy Epic FAIL.

Just remembered I never finished my tech predictions for 2010. #fail Maaaaan and my predictions are usually really good or straight on point. But I do know one prediction that was debunked way earlier than I thought: WinMo. Boy was I truly blown away. Microsoft’s WinMo team deserves major props for executing a social centric data driven OS overhaul. Too bad they didn’t make launch at the same time as iPhone (2G at the least.) I hope they are not too late to play catch-up. Also extremely curious as to how the browsing experience is. I would not want to be locked into any of their (sh*tty) products: Office, IE, and Silverlight, specifically.

Latter is the reason I am going Android. I really want to wait for the third iteration of Android but I am sick of my iPhone and most of all, sick of AT&T’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad service.

NexusOne baby, I’m looking at you!
 
 
…why I woke up at 1:20am and felt compelled to punch this out is beyond me.

9 Gmail Tips That Will Let You Take a Long Lunch #productivity

Most of you probably utilize all of these features, but just in case!
1. Better Gmail Firefox add-on
2. Create keywords
3. Experiment with Labs
4. Gspace
5. Gmail manager Firefox add-on
6. Step up your searches!
7. multiple inboxes
8. create Google docs right from email
9. filter via optional dots:

Optional Dots
I’ll let you in on a little secret. You know those little dots in your Gmail address–like the one in ‘john.doe@gmail.com‘? Gmail doesn’t recognize them as part of your email address. That’s right, john.doe@gmail.com will receive all mail that’s sent to johndoe@gmail.com, joh.n.doe@gmail.com, and even john………..doe@gmail.com or j.o.h.n.d.o.e@gmail.com. It’s an interesting quirk of Gmail, and one that you can use to your advantage.

Suppose that you want an easy way to separate business e-mail from personal e-mail, without having to individually label each message. Simply give your business clients the e-mail address “john.doe@gmail.com,” and give friends and family “johndoe@gmail.com.” Messages sent to either address will come to your inbox, and you can set up a filter that automatically labels messages sent to “john.doe@gmail.com” as “business.”

Wow, didn’t think of filtering via #9. Click on the ginormous Gmail image to jump to the article.

Additionally, Google’s Gmail Ninja page has tons of neat stuff, including printable cheat sheets. Love the cheat sheets. Find them here.

What Does “omnivorous Google” Mean?

My head hurts.

A few weeks back, Marissa Mayer talked about how she believes a more intuitive (personalized) search is the future, and calls this future search engine,  ‘omnivorous.’ I do not know how or why Google chose the word omnivorous, but the first thing that popped in my head was a T-rex – yes, the very extinct dinosaur – crawling around the Internet, devouring everything it (Google) loves.  And no, I am not still drunk from New Year’s.

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Google had four design choices but picked THIS favicon? WHY?

When I first saw Google’s new favicon, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe the ugliness of the re-design. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I thought of various scenarios. Maybe it’s color blind friendly? Or Marissa Mayer was on vacation? Or perhaps it was uploaded by mistake.

After reading this post on Google’s official blog, I was even more confused. You see, Google encouraged users to submit their designs while incorporating their (Google’s) vision in June of 2008. Seven-ish or so months later, they revealed the new favicon (unannounced). Then the Google team showcased some of the contenders.


Pretty.

These designs are easy on the eyes – soft, subtle colors, unobtrusive “G” logo. It’s almost… dreamy. -sigh- Can you blame me for being so confused at Google’s heinous choice? Look at this:
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Even the original design looks better than their final design.
Still giving Google the benefit of the doubt, I looked for the author. If Marissa Mayer’s name isn’t included, there could be some hope – right?

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Sigh. Guess not.

I really dislike the distracting favicon. So much so, I asked the FriendFeed and Twitter communities for an alternative search engine. If interested, there’s TONS of great feedback here.

This particluar solution: “Dude, just adblock that bitch. – Leather Donut !” made me LOL but as PJ and many others said, GreaseMonkey scripts for Firefox seems the most feasible option. That or finding a new search engine. -double sigh-

Do you guys like the new favicon? If not, are you blocking it? Do you even care?

Android Peeks – Switching Between Applications (YouTube)

Background apps and multi processing ftw!

That channel also has several neat Android app demos. The one that caught my eye was Compare Everywhere. The dev pieced several APIs to efficiently geolocate, shop, and compare products — and it only took him two weeks to write it. HOT. Quick description taken from their site:

CompareEverywhere is a Google Android app that will change the way you shop forever.

  • Scan any barcode and instantly search dozens of online and local stores, finding out if that “sale price” really is a good deal.
  • Read product reviews, listen to music clips, and watch movie trailers with a single tap.
  • Easily connect with stores in your area using driving directions or a phone call.
  • Quickly build shopping lists, wish lists, and share them with friends.

Edit: Added Compare Everywhere video after jump.

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Top 5 Resources to Stay Informed – the Lazy Way

I completely suck at numbers. I could give a crap about the stock market. I tune out politics since I’m sick and tired of the same ‘ole rhetoric. And if you’re like me, you most likely skip over all the panicked headlines about how the $700 billion bail out got kicked from Congress.

I mean really – why would all this junk be relevant to regular people like us? The headlines are too damn depressing and most importantly – we don’t have power, money or stature for any of this to really matter ANYway – right? Wrong.

Listen to me, you guys:
Now is not the time to tune things out.

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Screw Facebook, I’m Learning How to Unclog Toilets from Knol (Google’s “Wikipedia”)

Google’s Wikipedia equivalent, Knol, launched today (see the announcement on their blog) Of course, I went to see it. I mean… it’s Google? Why wouldn’t I? Annnnd here’s what I found:

a unit of knowledge

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My first impression? Baffled. Seriously. “Where do I start?”

So I clicked on a featured article, “How to Unclog Toilets”, and was pleasantly surprised. Unlike the homepage, it was more intuitive to scan and navigate (read: user friendly). Added bonus for the visuals accompanying the step by step guide! Visuals = WIN

Toilet clogs - a knol by The Family Handyman Magazine

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