Outstandingly detailed postmortem (with timeline infographic!) from Cloudflare on how their systems were compromised despite having perfectly reasonable security in place for their Google Apps accounts.
I love the relatively simple heuristics the Chrome team have come up with to speed up network connections.
Always check what’s on your clipboard before hitting send…
Behind-the-scenes look at Google Wave - more around the struggle of big teams than about the product itself.
“Instead of shaving one Yak, you’re shaving the entire Yak pen at the Zoo, and pretty soon traveling to Tibet to shave foreign Yaks you’ve never seen before and whose barbering you know little about.”
10am: “Google Voice for everyone”
UPDATE 10.53am: “Google Voice is still limited to everyone in the U.S. for now”
Interesting perspective from Ben Ward on Android.
“I’ve just endured a week of reading Google’s ‘opener than thou’ harping, with ever increasing levels of irritation, and all along Android is locked in to their services? What bullshit.”
As a geek who cares a bit about openness, I live with my iPhone, but wish Android was a real competitor for my affection. It’s clearly getting to a stage where HTC can produce a quality smartphone — fast enough and featured enough to keep most people happy.
But, strangely for Google, I feel that my geeky desires are being ignored. Unless you buy the single “Google phone”, you’re not buying a particularly geek-friendly device. Due to Google’s Apache licensing, the phone makers and cell companies have enough control to ensure an experience where I have *less* control than with my iPhone.
Really insightful post on what stinks so badly about Google Buzz. Slamming it into Gmail was just such an ugly, out-of-place, hacky move for market-share — no different than the approach that cluttered up the homepages of Yahoo, AOL, MSN, etc.
Clever Google hack to inject the Chrome/WebKit rendering engine into IE on a per-site basis. If users can be convinced to install this, it could make life easier for webdevs — but the implementation would have to be pretty seamless before I’d use this on a consumer website.
The latest version of Google Earth requires you install a mysterious new background process to your Mac before you can use it.
The words "fuck that shit" spring to mind. This is a dick move in the style of all those fucking annoying updates that keep getting installed in Windows system trays by douchebag invasive packages (Java, Adobe Acrobat, et al), wasting cycles.
I hit "Quit", and am waiting for someone to post a workaround before I'll consider playing with the new version of Google Earth.
(Updated to add: Apparently, I should be grateful they chose to prompt me before installing the process.)
This is good: The underlying goodness of OpenID, used in a way which completely hides itself from the user.
Technical details from Google (in comic-book form) for their upcoming browser. Some good ideas in there (splitting out tabs as separate processes definitely makes a lot of sense), but does the world really need another web browser?
A smidgen of Google’s secret sauce — a lighter-weight-than-XML data interchange format, with heavily optimized cross-language serialization routines. Just the thing for shuttling and persisting data.
Google announce alpha OAuth support, a day after Yahoo announce they’ll be rolling it out. Giving your password to an untrusted site just became even dumber. “This is our first step towards OAuth enabling all
Google Data APIs.”
Two “why weren’t these already implemented?” features finally added to Google Reader. Thank you Google interns!
Google’s new text translation service was created by running machine learning over UN documents. Unfortunately, its “learning” for politicians’ names is.. erm.. “interesting”. Try also “Sarkozy sarkozy sarkozy”
(Since Google will probably fix this, at the moment it translates “Sarkozy is chirac” to “Bush is classless”)
This is ace. A random blog entry on OK/Cancel is coming up as the number one hit on Google for “cancel google”. Observe the comments thread, and fear for humanity.
“pollyanna209 wrote: help get google off my computer you have no right pushing google without permission from me i pay the bill for comcast and i want internet explorer back this is rude of you people!”
Google have bought the Finnish Twitter-a-like Jaiku. I always liked Jaiku’s S60 cellphone software — wonder if this purchase has anything to do with Google’s cellphone ambitions? (And I hope it does better under Google’s roof than Dodgeball did)
Playing with Google Docs’s new Presentations module. This is the result of uploading a fairly complex 7Mb PPT file — the last revision of “Powerful Pointed Presentation” before I switched to Keynote. Can’t seem to find any way of having “notes” or “commentary” appear with your presentation, but the Jabber chat is pretty cool.
YouTube have launched their advertising model, and it doesn’t look too bad at all. Fifteen seconds into a clip, a little transparent-ish message pops up at the bottom of the video, which you can click on for more information (pausing your video), or close if you like. Ten seconds later, it fades away again.
Somewhere between kinda-cool and terrifying: Allow Google to know Every Single Page you visit, and they’ll let you search against them. Yes, useful, but there’s no need for this to happen on Google’s servers in the sky.
The new Google personalised homepage themes are gorgeous. Updating them based upon time and local weather is just ridiculously lovely!
Google posts flyers giving tips on automated testing inside toilet cubicles. Good god, that’s the creepiest thing I’ve heard of in a while.
I'm currently the 3rd search result on Google for "rod". Just pipped by a custom cars magazine and everyone's favourite MFY A-Rod, but trouncing pretend-Scot Rod Stewart.
Google Reader do cool personal “what have I been reading” datamining. Google Reader’s come on by leaps and bounds since its launch — If you’re still using Bloglines, it’s well worth trying out again.
Interesting offering from the Googleplex — Sync your bookmarks, saved passwords and cookeis across your Firefox installations, via Google’s big-ass database in the sky. If there were a way to do this using my own server, I’d be all over it.
Google’s new “Gather webpages and search results” tool is launched. I quite like it — It’s a different approach than del.icio.us (there’s no tagging, and you’re not limited to sorting by time), but I think it might fit in with people’s usage a lot better.
Tag your previous searches so you can find them again. Handy, but needs a better UI (perhaps embedded into the Toolbar?). I want to be able to specify *just after doing the search* that I want to tag the resulting site, rather than having to go back in history.
Which, coincidentally, is the largest number that can be held in a 32-bit integer. Remember, kids: Just because it’s a number, doesn’t mean you should store it in a number database field.
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.