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google Gmail goes HTTPS-only, inside and out!
Guest posted a topic in Security & NetworkingGmail goes HTTPS-only, inside and out! - Graham Cluley This is great news! Must read. HTTPS is always on and can't be turned off now. That's great but that's not the best part. Interesting graphic too...
google Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion
Guest posted a topic in The Restaurant at the Edge of the UniverseGoogle Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion ... Why Google Just Bought Nest, the "Smart Thermostat" Company - Slate
Google Chrome Sync - accidental deletion of bookmarks on iPhone
Guest posted a topic in Social MediaI have been very happy with Google Sync for the most part. I only use it for bookmarks and extensions, but I have used it across OS and devices with great success. But it is a good thing that I keep a back up of my Bookmarks file, the bookmarks.bak and do an export of the Bookmarks to an html file. I was clearing cache set individually in Google Chrome on my iPhone and accidentally clicked delete Bookmarks. Of course the NO Bookmarks was synced across all my devices giving me NO bookmarks anywhere. Sadly Google Chrome has no versioning available for bookmarks in case of accidental deletion. They only have a single bookmarks file (no extension) and a bookmarks.bak file. And whatever session and sync data it has for those two files. After it did that, I tried to import my backed up Bookmarks and it would bring them in, and then they would disappear! So I had to stop syncing on my iPhone and replace the bookmarks file (no extension) with my backed up version. No matter what I did, it would keep going back to NO bookmarks or maybe the older version I tried to restore in place of the current Bookmarks (no extension) file when I thought there was something wrong with the current Bookmarks file. My Sync for my bookmarks just wouldn't accept the newer/current version I was trying to put in there. It woudn't repopulate the Mac, iPhone, Linux Google Chrome with the current version. Next, I closed Google Chrome again on my Mac. (I has also previously made a copy of my Google Chrome Bookmarks files from the profile on Debian Linux too while Google Chrome was still closed. Just in case I might need them too). I finally went into the Google Chrome profile area again on my Mac under Library >> Application Support >> Google >> Google Chrome, and then under Default, I removed both Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak files and replaced them with just the single Bookmarks file -- the one with no extension. Next I went down to the Session Storage folder and deleted all the files there and under Sync Data folder deleted the two files there. Then I opened Google Chrome on the Mac again, and it correctly updated the Dashboard on the Google sync server with my current correct Bookmarks on my Mac. I then restarted syncing on my iPhone and after a few minutes my current Bookmarks were there, and it also repopulated my Linux computer's Google Chrome as well. All fixed but man what a pain!
Google forks WebKit: Blink, coming soon
Neil P posted a topic in Social Mediahttp://techcrunch.co...e-and-chromeos/ Basically, Google is forking WebKit to create its own rendering engine, called Blink. WebKit is itself a fork of KHTML. Opera, which just recently announced it is switching its browser to WebKit, has announced that they will use Blink. Blink will probably be used soon, but at first it will be pretty similar to WebKit. Expect the two to diverge fairly quickly though. One interesting point is that Google was doing a lot of the dev work on WebKit, so where does this leave someone like Apple? Another nice thing is that they've committed to not using vendor prefixes, which should help interoperability on the web. They have a FAQ here. Here's an article entitled 4 ways Google's Blink could change web browsing Here is a Google+ post with a dev interview. It links to a video, which I haven't yet watched (I'm in class right now ) All in all, this sounds like a positive for the web. Not sure what will happen to WebKit, but I'm sure it will be ok too.
Internet Explorer and Google Sidewiki
V.T. Eric Layton posted a topic in Social MediaI happened to be in MS Win XP tonight (playing a game) and I needed to check something online. I fired up IE and went to the site. When I RIGHT clicked on something on the site, I noticed something in the Context menu called Google Sidewiki. It seems to do nothting when clicked, though. A brief search shows that it is some sort of browser extension from Google that was discontinued last year. My question is this: how did I get it on my IE and how do I get rid of it? Thanks, ~Eric
New Chromebook out tomorrow (11/13/2013)
Jeber posted a topic in Hardwarehttp://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-new-acer-chromebook.html I'm intrigued. Acer is a company I've had good experiences with and Google, well, it's Google. And a $199 price point for a brand new laptop is going to be hard for everyone else to compete with. So what'cha think? Would you buy one, or save your money for that Nexus 10?
Evaluating technosystems, or why I chose Apple over Android
Jeber posted a topic in All Things MacLet me say this right at the start. This is a purely personal evaluation of the merits of the Apple and Android technosystems, what they offer and how they meet my needs. I'm not attempting to fan the flames of the larger Apple/Android conflict among users. Each environment has its advantages and disadvantages. I believe the only meaningful method for determining which is best for us is to examine our particular needs and experiment to find out which system provides us the best user experience. My time online is pretty evenly split between content creation and consumption. While some evenings may be spent doing nothing better than keeping up with my friends on Google+, FriendFeed or forums I'm a member of, other times I'm writing for my blogs, responding to email messages or doing maintenance work on a website. I expect my tablet and desktop computers to allow me to both consume and create. My phone on the other hand, besides being a basic communications device, is primarily used for consumption. I tried blogging from my HTC EVO once and it was a frustrating experience I don't intend to repeat. Both the screen and keyboard are too small to allow any serious work to be done. I love the tablet as a mobile device. I've had a variety of laptops over the years, and while I thought my Acer netbook was an ideal size and offered just the functionality I desired, I've found that tablets are even more ideal for my purposes. Until recently my experience with tablets was limited to iPads. The on-screen keyboard is comfortable and with practice almost as easy to use as the keyboard on my desktop. Cut and paste along with drag and drop aren't as simple as with a laptop or desktop, but for basic writing and editing the iPad has been adequate. Lately though I've been thinking about the advantages of having a unified environment for all my computing devices; smartphone, tablet and desktop. Synchronization of notes, schedules, calendars and apps is very useful and makes my daily life much more organized. My desktop computer and my current tablet are both Apple products, while my phone is an Android. Only a few of my apps, like Dropbox, Google calendar and Kindle, can synch between all three devices. So if I wanted to unify all my devices into one environment I had to decide if I wanted to go with Apple or Android. Since I really enjoy my Android phone I decided to look into getting an Android tablet and accepting that my desktop would be the outlier. I had a little extra money last week from a combination of extra hours and overtime at work and, based on the recommendations of my friends on Google+, purchased a Nexus 7 16GB tablet and listed my iPad for sale on Craigslist at what I felt was a fair price. If I decided to keep the Android tablet I wouldn't need the iPad, and the money I got for it would offset the purchase of the Nexus. The Nexus 7 livd up to the hype I've read online. It's a solid device and the Jelly Bean version of the operating system makes using an Android tablet a joy. Synchronization with my Google applications and my phone was effortless. Where the Nexus failed to impress me was in the size of the screen and the available apps that would allow me to use the tablet as I needed. Likely because I'm nearly 60 and my eyesight isn't what it used to be, the 7" form factor is a bit too small for comfortably reading text. I was constantly having to expand the view even on sites optimized for mobile viewing, which then would push some of the content off the screen, forcing me to scroll left and right as well as up and down. That makes reading almost any blog or website a real PITA. I also found very few apps that allowed me to post to blogs or create webpages. After three days of doing my best to make the Nexus fill my needs I returned it and cancelled the ad for my iPad. It so happens that my current two-year contract with Sprint comes to an end in October and I'm eligible for a discount on another phone. While I really like my EVO it's too old to qualify for an upgrade to its OS, so selecting another model is necessary if I want to take advantage of a modern mobile OS. Since I've decided the iPad meets my needs for a mobile computer better than the Android alternative, perhaps it is time to consider an iPhone. This would make my desktop Mac, my iPad and phone all able to work together. It so happens that Sprint is offering a remanufactured iPhone 4S with my current plan for no cost when factoring in the credit I'll get for sending them my EVO in exchange (I'm a big fan of remanufactured hardware and recommend it as a low cost option when my friends are considering a major electronics purchase. Most remanufactured units are in better condition than those fresh off the assembly line). That's the option I've decided to go with, and as an added bonus Sprint is sending my phone overnight via UPS at no additional charge. So I'm going from a less-than-satisfactory mixed OS environment to a completely Apple experience. I still like the Android system. In fact I strongly suspect that in two more years when I'm ready for a new phone or tablet I might just choose to change over to Android. By then there might even be a Linux based phone and tablet available to complicate my decision. On a philosophical level I support the open source Linux and Android system over the closed Apple one. But philosophy doesn't help me accomplish what I need to do on the computer. And that's the bottom line for me; not what's popular at the moment or what I wish I could afford but rather what I can afford that meets my computing needs.
Google posts gallery of data centre photos.
sunrat posted a topic in Social MediaFor those of you that missed it in the Computerworld news, Google has posted a gallery of arty photos of it's data centre hardware and locations. Not to be missed, and plan to spend quite a few minutes as there are many photos. I am in awe of the scale of it all.
gmail Gmail in Google personal search results
Neil P posted a topic in Social Mediahttps://www.google.com/experimental/gmailfieldtrial Currently a "field trial" that you opt-in to, this lets you see Gmail matches to your (personal) searches. Looks pretty cool.
Purge Memory Button in Chrome Task Manager
bob3160 posted a topic in All Things WindowsAdd Secret “Purge Memory” Button in Google Chrome’s Task Manager (Thanks to AskVG) (As you can see, I've got mine. )
google Powersearching with Google
Neil P posted a topic in Social MediaPowersearching with Google Course Details Power Searching with Google is a free online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how to use them to solve real, everyday problems. It features:[list] [*]Six 50-minute classes. [*]Closed captioned videos. [*]Interactive activities to practice new skills. [*]Opportunities to connect with others using Google Groups, Google+, and Hangouts on Air. [*]Upon passing the post-course assessment, a printable Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Registration ends JULY 16 and the classes have already started! Yesterday, today and tomorrow are the first 3 classes. Then there's a "midterm", then the next 3 classes, then a "final". So far it's kinda basic stuff, but I've already learned a few things.
g+ Is Google+ a Ghost Town, and Does It Matter?
V.T. Eric Layton posted a topic in Social MediaBy Caroline Winter on May 16, 2012 Google+ is a lonely place. At least according to a new study that paints the social networking site as a virtual tumbleweed town. Using information culled from the public timelines of 40,000 randomly selected members, data analysis firm RJMetrics found that the Google+ population, which currently numbers 170 million, is largely disengaged, with user activity rapidly decaying—at least when it comes to public posts. Read the rest of the article at --> http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-16/is-google-plus-a-ghost-town-and-does-it-matter
google Google Chrome - Favorite Extensions, Tips, Tricks
Neil P posted a topic in Social MediaGoogle, the international search/advertising behemoth, has had a web browser product since late 2008. It has since grown to one of the most popular browsers used on the web. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (support for the latter two was added in 2010). It is based on the open source browser Chromium (it's a sort-of special relationship, as Chromium exists because Google released the Chrome source code) and the two are almost identical (I don't actually know the differences between the products, besides Chromium missing official Google branding @frapper provided a link that shows the differences between Chrome and Chromium on Linux.) Google Chrome uses WebKit to render web pages--the same rendering engine as Apple's Safari. WebKit is the most widely used rendering engine, as it is used by Chrome/Chromium, Safari, iOS's Safari, Android's browsers, and others. Chrome is extensible, like most (all?) modern browsers. Extensions can be found anywhere, but one central place to find them is the Chrome Web Store. Note: installing extensions from sites other than the Chrome Web Store can be dangerous. Some popular extensions and a few that I use: Adblock: Blocks ads, including in youtube videos. Google Dictionary: highlight a word on the web, a definition pops up. HoverZoom: Hover your mouse over a thumbnail image, see the full image in a popup. Works on most, but not all, sites. Evernote Web Clipper: From the context menu, you can add things to an Evernote notebook. Also enables searching of your Evernote notes when you search Google (or other search engines) Also available from the Chrome Web Store are games, themes and full screen apps. Tips & Tricks: You can "pin" tabs in the tab bar. To do this, right click on a tab and hit "Pin Tab". This shrinks the tab down to just the favicon, and saves a ton of room on the tab bar. Firefox calls this feature "App Tabs". You can have multiple "Users" of a single Chrome install. You can enable another user by going to Wrench menu -> Settings and clicking on "Personal Stuff". From there, click "Add new user". After you have another user, you can pick your own icon and set names for each user. The icon is displayed in the title bar, so you can see at a glance which profile you're using. With a new user, you can have a completely different Chrome experience. Different google account, different saved passwords, different bookmarks, history, extensions, themes, etc. From the icon displayed in the title bar, you can switch users (actually launch a new browser window as the newly selected user). Note: this is not the same as creating a new "profile", which you have to do manually. Any user can access any other users data--it's more for convenience than security! . After performing a manual search on a site once, Chrome's Omnibox will give you the option to search directly by pressing Tab. For instance, I have searched on IMDB.com before. Therefore, when I type "imd" in the Omnibox, I can press the Tab key and then enter a string to be searched on imbd.com. Hitting enter will then take me straight to the imdb results page. As far as I know, this works with any page where a search is performed. At the very least, it works on most. You can also manually add search engines through Chrome's settings, but performing a simple search on the site is much easier. Going along with the last tip, Ctrl+L will instantly focus on the Omnibox. Ctrl+K focuses the Ominbox with a "?" denoting a default search will be performed based on the string entered. However, the ? is not really necessary, as Chrome will automatically search when text other than a URL is entered. It's useful if you're trying to search for a URL (rather than going to it). I believe these shortcuts are defaults across web browsers--at least I know Firefox uses them. You can make "Application Shortcuts" out of just about anything. While you're on a page you want to make a shortcut to, go to the Wrench Menu -> Tools -> Create Application Shortcuts... You can then add a desktop/start menu shortcut that will instantly launch that particular site again. It's especially useful on a site like gmail--the "application shortcut" will open a new Chrome window when clicked that doesn't have navigation options. Basically you can open a site as a sort of "native app". If you go to the URL about:flags (or chrome://flags, which about:flags redirects you to), you can find a slew of experimental options. Warning: these are potentially unstable! In chrome://history (or by hitting Ctrl+H), you can see all your browser history, and even search within it! You can also clear all or part of your history from this screen. chrome://downloads (or Ctrl+J) opens a similar screen for your downloads. Chrome privacy/tracking: From this page: http://support.googl...n&answer=114836 In addition to changing the above, you can install the SRWare Iron browser, which is built from Chromium and does not have the tracking options at all, as well as a few other features. Check out the differences here. (thanks to @frapper) If you want to search Google while still enabling features that are normally enabled (history, personal results, whatever else), you can log out of your Google account first and then search. However, this is a cumbersome way to do it. Instead, you can launch a new Private Browsing Window (Ctrl+Shift+N by default) and perform your search that way. You aren't logged into your Google account in a private session, and so nothing will be saved. You can then close the private window and still be signed into Google. ====== What are some of your favorite extensions or tips?
Big Bro and Uncle Euro Think Google May Actually Be Doing Evil
V.T. Eric Layton posted a topic in Social MediaGoogle search practices draw scrutiny of European antitrust officials By Cecilia Kang and Jia Lynn Yang, European antitrust officials announced Monday they have found four areas of concern in an investigation over Google’s search practices, saying the search giant had “a matter of weeks” to volunteer remedies. The findings mean that the clock effectively starts ticking for Google to come up with solutions to the antitrust regulators’ concerns — or else face formal charges that could result in a hefty fine. Read the rest of the story --> http://www.washingto...?wpisrc=nl_tech
google Google Drive
Neil P posted a topic in Social Mediahttp://googleblog.bl...yes-really.html Dropbox's prices are 50gb for $9.99/mo and 100gb for $19.99/mo. Google Drive prices demolish those. Plus you get extra gmail space too (although I've had mine since June of 2004 and am using 12% of my space) I've signed up, but haven't yet had mine activated.