Saturday, February 13, 2010

Google Pulls Luger logo after Olympics death


Direct Repost from Mashable:

Google posted a Vancouver Winter Olympics-themed search page logo featuring a luge athlete this morning just one day after 21-year oldGeorgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili died while practicing on the world’s longest luge drop.
The logo was replaced with a similar one depicting a snowboarder instead of a luger. The New York Daily News managed to find a picture of the logo that was pulled; you can see both the new graphic and the original one below.
After Google posted the logo, many people called it poor taste on TwitterTwitter. User jennytonderatweeted, “google luge logo. really, google? not okay.” On the other hand, some other folks took it to be a fitting tribute.
Individual sensibilities differ regarding this, but GoogleGoogle apparently decided to play it safe by replacing the logo. What do you think — fitting tribute or bad taste?

Original Logo: Luge



New Logo: Snowboarding



Personally I think they should have just added his name to the logo and maybe something else, and it would have been a nice tribute to him.

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Blogger just can't put aside his personal opinion of Google for a second to talk about Buzz

I ran across a blog post, about Google Buzz, by a guy who has it all wrong.

His title reads "With Buzz, Google takes another giant step towards turning into Microsoft"

First off, yes, Google is doing only one similar thing to Microsoft, quickly taking over the internet like a brushfire.
However comparing it to Microsoft is not fair, Google has fixed all of their privacy issues as soon as they are discovered. Google also doesn't charge for their services, yes it harms other companies since they can't compete. But over all it benefits consumers greatly.

In the article John Naughton talks about Microsoft's early stages of Internet Explorer, and the beginning of the browser wars. He says that Buzz being locked into Gmail is like Windows starting with it's own IE web browser. It's true they are giving you their own product, but one you have to opt to use it, also you can opt to remove it at anytime, they have fixed the privacy issues he mentions within the first 2 days of releasing Buzz. Plus please do remember, Internet Explorer is best used for downloading Firefox or Chrome. If you don't like Buzz don't use it. If you want to utilize your current social networks feel free to set up your buzz account to grab your other social networks so then your not missing out on reaching people.

Note to other bloggers: get your facts straight, get off your pedestal, and make some legitimate posts, stating your opinion isn't bad but don't confuse your opinion with fact.


To view Johns post click here.
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Google Buzz Abandons Auto-Following Amid Privacy Concerns


This is a direct reposting of a TechCrunch Article.

My comments: Google appears to be flying through improvements to buzz faster than you would expect, privacy settings changes are constantly being changed to make Buzz more user friendly and more secure. Google is moving through these updates incredibly fast, they Just got the service running, and earlier today changed part of their privacy settings, and now they've changed the Auto-Follow to something that makes privacy easier, they suggest people to follow now, instead of auto-following, that way you can essentially do the same thing but it's more private.

As we noted this morning, Google isn’t wasting any time in responding to user criticism about Buzz.  Now they’ve rolled out another set of changes to further address Buzz’s privacy issues. The biggest change involves the automatic follow system: it’s now being switched to a suggestion model, where Google will present you with a list of friends it thinks you’d like to follow, but gives you a chance to deselect them before you start using the service.
That’s a pretty big change — when Buzz launched four days ago, one of its selling points was that it took no work on the user’s part to get started, because Buzz would automatically follow the people you interact with most on Gmail. Of course, that isn’t always a good thing — there are plenty of cases when you wouldn’t wantpeople to know who you’d been communicating with. After an initial backlash Google made it easier to hide which users you were following, but now they’re ditching the auto-follow model entirely. Fortunately it only takes a minute to go through the suggestions, so it’s not much of a hurdle.

New users will see a screen like the one above, and Google’s post says that existing Buzz users will be shown a version of this friend selection screen in the next few weeks to confirm that they’re comfortable with everyone they’re following. The serviceAs we noted this morning, Google isn’t wasting any time in responding to user criticism about Buzz.  Now they’ve rolled out another set of changes to further address Buzz’s privacy issues. The biggest change involves the automatic follow system: it’s now being switched to a suggestion model, where Google will present you with a list of friends it thinks you’d like to follow, but gives you a chance to deselect them before you start using the service.
That’s a pretty big change — when Buzz launched four days ago, one of its selling points was that it took no work on the user’s part to get started, because Buzz would automatically follow the people you interact with most on Gmail. Of course, that isn’t always a good thing — there are plenty of cases when you wouldn’t wantpeople to know who you’d been communicating with. After an initial backlash Google made it easier to hide which users you were following, but now they’re ditching the auto-follow model entirely. Fortunately it only takes a minute to go through the suggestions, so it’s not much of a hurdle.

New users will see a screen like the one above, and Google’s post says that existing Buzz users will be shown a version of this friend selection screen in the next few weeks to confirm that they’re comfortable with everyone they’re following. The service is also going to stop automatically connecting Google Reader and Picasa albums to Buzz accounts, though those options will still be available.
Finally, Google is adding a Buzz section to Gmail’s Settings. Why this wasn’t there from the start is beyond me — before now, if you wanted to adjust your Buzz settings you had to go to your Google account page, which made very little sense because most people use Buzz from Gmail.

Earlier today, Google made yet another change to Buzz’s privacy settings by fixing a bug that could cause users to inadvertently expose their friends’ private settings.
All of these are good changes for Buzz, and I’m optimistic about its future, but I can’t help but wonder how they all made it through months of internal testing.

      is also going to stop automatically connecting Google Reader and Picasa albums to Buzz accounts, though those options will still be available.
Finally, Google is adding a Buzz section to Gmail’s Settings. Why this wasn’t there from the start is beyond me — before now, if you wanted to adjust your Buzz settings you had to go to your Google account page, which made very little sense because most people use Buzz from Gmail.

Earlier today, Google made yet another change to Buzz’s privacy settings by fixing a bug that could cause users to inadvertently expose their friends’ private settings.
All of these are good changes for Buzz, and I’m optimistic about its future, but I can’t help but wonder how they all made it through months of internal testing.

     
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Google A Love Letter


Google had this on their Google Docs page a for a long time. It inspired me to try something out.

This Valentines day, I'm calling all my friends and everyone who knows my girlfriend to help me write a love letter, only in a different way, this love letter is coming from her friends and family, not just me. I want to test whether we can actually do this without some jerk screwing it all up. Even if you don't know Nicole very well you could atleast help by contributing some cute pictures you found off Google. There are instructions in the Google Document to explain what to do. Here's the document.

I will be taking screenshots as the letter develops and flourishes.

Feel free to make it funny, it doesn't have to be mushy at all.
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G.ho.st VC Gets a huge upgrade

G.ho.st, a very successful Browser Based Operating system has really taken flight recently. G.ho.st has changed their web address,(I liked the old one :() to a new one aimed more at business, Ghost.cc.
Ghost now serves a major new feature, called the g.ho.st portal which doesn't involve the web top at all, it's a new way to access your G.ho.st files quickly and easily as well as your web apps.
for more information on g.ho.st you can read my past post about it.

G.ho.st Virtual Computer
The G.ho.st VC is still there, and so is the mobile client. However they have moved both from G.ho.st to Ghost.cc.

Ghost has also changed their 15 gb per new user policy to 1 gb, which makes sense because well 15 gbs is a sheet ton to issue out to each user seeing as they're traffic rating shows that they get around 10-20 thousand visitors a day. That's an enormous amount of gigs to be shelling out for free.

G.ho.st as you can see by the new website, is quickly losing its focus on the webtop and trying to focus on selling it to businesses.

Hopefully this service will remain free, and everyone with their current storage on g.ho.st gets to keep their current storage. I have 80 Gigabytes of space on G.ho.st and trust me that'd be one major loss if they dropped it.












Thursday, February 11, 2010

Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Google released buzz recently and I've done some thinking about this new social platform.

The biggest thing Google Buzz will allow is students to use Buzz AT SCHOOL, and employees will also be able to use it at work. Why?


Because currenty filters used in schools and businesses don't block sections of websites, it's hard to even implement that. Schools especially can't block users from accessing Gmail, it's an email service, students need that to grab files they worked on from home for assignments and whatnot. Gmail, is the best place to put buzz, right next to integrating it with Youtube.

My school's youtube Policy: They changed the filter so it blocked Youtube, this lasted for 2 days, after those 2 days the school allowed students and teachers to use Youtube again.  Why did this occur? Easy all the teachers and students complained, in-fact many students use YouTube as a teaching aid. One teacher at my school was having students make a video for a presentation, the students made the video and put it on YouTube, but the school had YouTube blocked, making the presentations basically pointless because they couldn't get to YouTube. Soon after this they unblocked YouTube.

Google Plans to have their own Internet service!

When you think of the World Wide Web, what do you think of?
I think of Google, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, web apps, the information superhighway.

well now you can do more than think of Google as a place for search, apps and crazy innovations. Google is creating their own Internet service!

It plans to build a fibre-optic network offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second) to up to 500,000 homes.

"We planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States," the search giant said in its blog.

"We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. We'll deliver internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today,"

In November 2009, the search giant also announced that it was working on a project to develop a faster version of http - which Google call SPDY - to speed up the transfer of content over the web.

At the time, the firm said its lab tests had shown that web pages loaded "up to 55% faster" using the protocol.

Imagine sitting at your computer complaining about the fact a 5 gig game took more than 2 seconds to finish downloading, I would much rather that than what I have now. We are quickly being immersed into the WWW every part of our lives is slowly combining with the web in a way.

This internet service they plan to launch will be an experiment, but you can see that if they will start with an experiment similar to this, OBVIOUSLY they will Officially create an ISP for everyone slowly. branching out throughout the world. God I hope Google pops a building in Minnesota to use as their Minnesota ISP headquarters, I'd switch to them Immediately
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Did Google take more out of the release of Buzz than they gave?

I watched the entire 1 hour long Google Buzz Release. Some great questions were asked and what not but what I found most interesting was the fact, that in the video, they had audience members send the speaker messages in reply to a post to show that Buzz feeds LIVE comments to you.

I find it to be a little more than a coincidence that on the Google Buzz website there is a Taco symbol for "Just the Good Stuff". Why do I think that? in that section of the presentation, audience members had a conversation that changed from sushi to Tacos and Burritos very quickly.

Above is a screenshot of the release video, Thank you John Costigan for the Taco symbol!

Watch the Release Video below:

Gooogle unveiled a new service today, called Google Buzz

Google Buzz is basically Gmail and Google Wave Combined.

Google Buzz is basically like a social networking site in itself, its almost like an extension to Gmail.
First thing you notice when you go on is the Twitter/Facebook like Status bar that you can use to post statuses "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here."
As you can see from my picture, it keeps your Gmail theme intact, however portions of the text are hard to read because the theme colors the text funky.
"Your Google Reader shared itemsPicasa Web public albums, and Google Chat status messages will automatically appear as posts in Buzz. To edit your connected sites or change privacy settings, view connected sites."

So far Buzz is like Twitter and facebook combined into Gmail. This is probably to combat Facebooks Project Titan(Their project to create a webmail service that is nicknamed by the facebook staff as "The Gmail Killer")
So Gmail has gone Social.

Log on today and check it out!

This shall provide some interesting new competition between the social networking sites.


What I want to know is, what happend to Google's Orkut? are they giving it up to work on Buzz?

Orkut hasn't really caught on in the US, it has in other countries, but still, why is Google seemingly abandoning it to create a new social network, only networked with Gmail?

Looks alot like twitter, they even call people followers!
The video below is a video of the Google Buzz release

You can also link your posts to other users, here is a buzz post of my own.

I just discovered you can also connect Buzz to many sites making it possible to auto post buzz's



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Sunday, February 7, 2010

SuperBowl Ads

I'm one of those 50% that don't watch the super bowl for the game I watch for the commercials.
This year a website is tracking people's interest in each ad, they are also using that info to rank them.


Watch the ads on my blog free :)


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Gamers Rejoice, I have the Instant Action Promo Codes!

If you are a player of the games on instant action you will love this, I have a list of Promo Codes, all work, and all give you interesting bonuses to use on instant action!

Promo Codes:
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If you find any more let me know by leaving a comment. I'd like to post all of them.
To share this with your friends or other IA players give them this link: http://bit.ly/IApromo

To view the stats on how many people have been referred to this page using the link above click here
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Instant Action Plugin comes to Chrome

Image representing InstantAction as depicted i...Image via CrunchBase
Instant Action is an online gaming site that really makes great browser games, all you need is the Browser plugin to play. Now they have released a version of their plugin for chrome making the games accessible to all the Chrome fans out there.

With Google Chrome installing the plugin is great because you don't have to restart your browser it just flat out works.

If you haven't heard of Instant Action I recommend you check em out and try a few games.
Some of their most popular games are:
Fallen Empire Legions: Futuristic FPS with jetpacks
Marble Blast: you play as a marble and try to complete goals.
LORE Aftermath: Mech Assault type game
Aces of Aces: Airplane Sim.

click here to visit the Instant Action website
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