Archive for the 'Google' Category

Gmail, IMAP, and “Account Exceeded Bandwidth Limits”

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Apple Mail is failing to fetch mail from Gmail, with the following error: Googling this error message shows lots of other people running into the same problem. Some bandwidth limit on Google’s side is cutting me off. When this happens, I’m put in a penalty box and not allowed to connect via IMAP for some […]

Google On2

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

That’s one way to handle the problem of how do you license codecs for a free browser: Buy the company that makes them. It’s not H.264, but it’s good enough. And now presumably it won’t cost Google anything more to distribute it.

Google Search Suggestions

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I love emergent behaviour.

Google Chrome OS

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Google has announced the Chrome OS. There’s been speculation for years about Google introducing an OS, but somehow the actual announcement seems anti-climatic. Maybe it’s because of the existing prevalence of Netbooks running Linux. It makes me wonder what Google stands to gain by doing this. This is a scenario that Microsoft has been working […]

Google Desktop for Mac?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Google Desktop is available for the Mac. There’s even a demo video. But what they don’t mention anywhere is why I’d want to use Google Desktop when Spotlight already does such a great job on the Mac. I get that it searches your Gmail. That’s actually a nice feature. I have Mail downloading my Gmail […]

Gaming Google

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Wonder why internet search is so broken? Here’s one of the reasons.

Ad Shortage?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Two different sites I’ve visited today, one high profile (YouTube) and the other fairly low profile (sorry Rory) have been showing Google’s Public Service Announcement Ads. Google needs to have an AdSense ad to sell into every AdWords ad spot that’s created on the Web. If they don’t have an ad to put on your […]

Gmail losing email?

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Has anyone else had a problem with Gmail simply losing mail? I registered an application and the author sent me a license key, but I never got it.  A few days later I sent him and email and he sent me a copy of the message he originally sent me, so I searched for the […]

GDS vs Vista

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I installed Google Desktop Search on Vista, but left the Vista search alive as well, so I’m indexing everything twice.  I’m sure I’ll shut that off at some point, but it’s interesting in that it gives me the ability to search my system with both tools and compare the results. One significant result is that […]

Ad Jiggling

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Every now and then I like to move the ads around to see what happens to the rate that people click on them. It’s actually kind of depressing to see how making the ads more intrusive increases the rate that people click on them.  But it’s true. There’s a balance, of course – I don’t want […]