Tag Archive: google

Google Reader – Now has search!!!

Yeeeeeeh. Finally!

Search In google reader

Google reader now has in-built Search. I guess this was one of the most requested feature. I am sure a lot of people are happy about this……………… Well, it took a while, but now its there. Thanks Google!

There are some other minor improvements to the Google Reader as well. Check the other changes here!

Btw, have you checked the new beta version of bloglines ? It looks cool, but I don’t think I will switch back to bloglines any time soon … I am pretty happy with Google reader!

Google Reader – back with a bang!

Google Reader

I am totally excited & thrilled about this!!…. Looks like the Google reader team heard all my cribs ! Recently, a totally new version of Google reader was released, and it looks great ! Its compact, loaded with features, and I feel like I am in full control of what I would like to read!

Whats new ?

  • Totally new UI – its much more user-friendly compared to the old interface
  • The subscriptions are listed neatly on the left side, and the news items are displayed on the right side. Only 2 panes. Pretty much like bloglines. No more 3 pane layout!!.
  • There are two views – expanded view, and the list view which is some what similar to Gmail.
  • The Add Subscription feature is cool and is very intuitive.
  • The ‘Settings’ screen is totally re-done, and is very neat. Now, you can finally delete all your feeds in one go!! (This was not possible in the earlier version!!)
  • Lots of other features!!

I will start using Google reader (again!!).. I feel that its much better now, and if all goes well, I am thinking of totally switching over from bloglines!

Kudos Google Reader team !.. way to go!

Single character search results on google

Here are the top results on google for the characters {A-Z,0-9}

a – http://www.apple.com/
b – http://www.bhphotvideo.com
c – http://www.c-span.org/
d – http://www.dlink.com/
e – http://www.eonline.com/
f – http://www.fuckedcompany.com/
g – http://gmail.google.com/
h – http://www.h-net.org/
i – http://www.apple.com/itunes/
j – http://www.jenniferlopez.com/
k – http://www.kmart.com/
l – http://www.iht.com/
m – http://www.mibank.com/
n – http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/
o – http://www.oreilly.com/
p – http://www.sloan.org/
q – http://www.q4music.com/
r – http://www.r-project.org/
s – http://www.mcdonalds.com/
t – http://www02.sbc.com/ (at&t)
u – http://www.arizona.edu/
v – http://vforvendetta.warnerbros.com/
w – http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/
x – http://www.x.org/
y – http://messenger.yahoo.com/
z – http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/

0 – http://www.business2.com/
1 – http://www.vh1.com/
2 – http://www.internet2.edu/
3 – http://www.3com.com/
4 – http://www.channel4.com/
5 – http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi….
6 – http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
7 – http://au.yahoo.com/
8 – http://www.super8.com/
9 – http://www.michaelmoore.com/

Results for letters L, P & T did not have the letters in thier URL, but they were quite prominent in the page titles. When it comes to numbers, – 5, 6, 7 & 9 were not present in the URL!.

Wondering what algorithm is used to rank these pages!

Eight signs that Microsoft dead in the water

Check out this article by John Dvorak on Microsoft. 100% true. Great read.

I am fully convinced that Microsoft is loosing focus on its bread and butter business – i.e., developing good software. Instead its spending most of its energy in territories like advertising and search. Leave those things alone! Yes, agreed that there is lot money involved in advertising, but that does not mean that you should jump into the other territories without having the capabilities.

Microsoft is too occupied and obsessed with what Google is doing and that’s gonna cost Microsoft a lot!. Where as, Google doesn’t bother about what Microsoft does!!.. The day it does, Google too would be in big trouble!

One of the points from the above article…

8. Preoccupation with Google. Microsoft is too easily distracted by successful companies who are not competitors. There is a deep-rooted belief that if a company like Google is successful, then they are an enemy per se. So the company obsesses on what Google is doing rather than concentrating on important Microsoft projects. Now Microsoft is about to do a deal with Yahoo to flank Google. This old-lady-like skittishness is unbecoming for a company this size.

Check this: Possible Microsoft & Yahoo merger article on slashdot.

More: Mr. Ballmer’s mail to Micro$oft folks.

I feel that the next couple of years would really decide Microsoft’s future!

Google Calendar is Live… and it rocks!!

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is Live… and it rocks!… Its just too cool. I am really impress at the feature set they have provided on day 1. Almost as good as outlook. … in fact its much better than outlook!

The entire blogosphere has gone crazy about this, and i think this would be a hot topic for the next few days!.

I just quickly reviewed it, and I am amazed at the features that they have provided. The best part is the “Quick Add” feature. Just say “Meet Mr.XYZ at Bangalore at 3PM this Saturday” , and it understands!. It also gives you an option to view the map of that area (i.e., Bangalore in this case)! Very Impressive. Besides, the entire calendar is click-able/draggable. Its totally Ajax based. You can setup notifications too (emails and if you are in US, you can setup SMS notifications too).

The UI is just fantastic. Oh yes, there is very good support of data import/export. You can import your Outlook calendar, Apple iCal data, or Yahoo! Calendar data. You can also export to both XML and ICAL. And… the best part is, you can share the calendar with rest of the world or you can allow granular access to people you choose!!

One more step close to a Web-based world! Can’t wait for web-based document editor (aka word) and a web-based spreadsheet (aka excel)!

Do give it a try!, and ..yes, its still a beta!

More info from Google available here.

More review here, here, here and here.

Google Result Pages – New Format ?

Just found that the Google result page format has changed! Specially while using IE. The change is not yet visible for Firefox. The links on top have moved to the left, and lot of space available on the right side of the screen (ads???).

Not sure how long this would last, may be Google could be doing some testing…… Anyway, here is as screen shot of the same…

Google result pages - New format
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Can you see these changes too ?

Firefox gets a Major boost!

Get Firefox!
Firefox, “the” best browser, is all set to become the most used browser.

Ask how ?

Google is supporting Firefox in a big way! Google AdSense has started a referal program where publishers can refer end users to download and use Firefox. And guess what? Google would pay USD 1 for every successful install of Firefox. Now, this is great news for the whole Firefox community.

Gone are the days when browsers were distributed for free. Now you get paid too! :). But fortunately in this case, you get paid for your good karma. Way to go Google!…

Just have to wait and see how Microsoft responds to this one. This one is definitely a big nail in the coffin for Internet Explorer.

AdSense has also started a referal program to refer publishers. The moment your referral makes 100$, you too get 100$ in your account.

More info on Google’s Inside AdSense Blog too.

Google Down – Again!

For the past 1 hour or so, google has been down. And it seems to be a major outage!.

Almost all google services are down including GMail, Google Search, AdSense, AdWords, Google Maps, API’s ….

Lots of discussion going at digital point forums thread : http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=36650

Have been getting the standard Google error message:

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in 30 seconds.

Update (after 1hr): Seems to be back online now.