Archive for the 'Google' Category

Google Talk in Gmail

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Originally I thought this was just an interesting novelty, but turns out it’s actually quite useful. If you haven’t seen it, Gmail now has a bar at the left side of the window, next to your mail, where it will show you your Google Talk contacts and their online status.  I’ve included a snapshot of […]

Google Scholar

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Trying to find real information online these days is difficult.  Many topic searches lead you to advocacy groups and biased information, often disguised as serious, unbiased information. Google Scholar is a different kind of search than the main Google index.  It only searches research materials, not the whole Internet. I’ve found that when I’m you’re trying […]

Google Desktop doesn’t respect 301

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Of all the people you’d expect to know how web protocols work, the Google Desktop client doesn’t respect a 301 permanent redirect. From the HTTP 1.1 Status Codes Spec: The requested resource has been assigned a new permanent URI and any future references to this resource SHOULD use one of the returned URIs. Clients with […]

Gmail Delete

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Google added a Delete button to Gmail a little while ago, in response to complaints from users that there’s no easy way to delete a message.  Previously you had to move a message to the Trash, and then you could empty the trash.  Now there’s a Delete button on the main UI next to the […]

Google Video Store Live

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Google’s Video Store (beta, of course) is now live.  A day-pass to an epsidode of CSI is $1.99.  A day-pass gets you the ability to watch the show for 24 hours, but once the 24 hours is up, that’s it. You don’t get to download it. The pricing for shows is all over the map […]

GooglePlex Rumour

Friday, January 6th, 2006

InformationWeek references a WSJ rumour about a new Google utility bundle, called GooglePlex.  It goes like this: The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the search firm plans to unveil its Google Pack of software that will include Adobe Reader, Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware, RealNetworks’ RealPlayer, Symantec anti-virus software and instant messaging software from Trillian. The package […]

Does GoogleBot run JavaScript?

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

I’ve been looking at a friend’s turtle site recently and thinking about search engine optimization. It’s always been said that Google needs to see what’s on your site to index it, but now that JavaScript (and especially AJAX) are becoming more prevalent, I wonder.. does Google run the JavaScript code on my site? I could […]

Isn’t That Ironic

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Noted by Jeremie, Google prevents other search engines from indexing their content. What would be the motivation for that, I wonder?  

Google Analytics Mini-Review

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

It took a few days for Google Analytics to start giving me meaningful reports for my sites, but now that it’s working, I wanted to write up a short post on it. Google Analytics has a ton of features.  I’ve got it set up to track some of the sites I host, and the results […]

Google Analytics still not updating.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Users on the Google Analytics discussion group, many of whom paid for the service before it was made free, are quite annoyed that their service just stopped working.  Seems Google has bungled another product launch.