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What is a browser?

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The Google Chrome OS Scam

Wow!!! This is good! Actually pretty old stuff. Yet! This guy pulled off something thats truely commendable. Hope it doesn’t land him in the prison. Yet, its wonderful.

A clear showcase of how false information can be spread globally and how even the big brands of news aggregation providers publish information without checking up the authenticity of it!!!
 

Here’s what this person says in his blog –

I am sorry if you beleived it. It was a really bad attempt.  You all are smart people. I never planned on it getting this big. But it did.  (Come one, I know the Google logo. I am actually a graphic designer, I just wanted to see reactions if it was a crappy back.)

Oh, right, I also DO know CSS and HTML. Just clarifying that.  I never was going to let this go on longer than 12 hours.

Click for full sized!
Thanks

124,381… WOW.

I thought I was at maybe 2,000. Only off by 122,000 views.

Anyways, again I apoligize that THIS many got fooled. But stay tuned.

I WILL use this blog for REAL Chrome OS News in the Future

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Parallel Ringing from Airtel = Google Voice?

Airtel launches a localised version Google Voice? Airtel’s website says:

With Parallel Ringing you’ll never miss a call even when you’re away from your fixed-line.

Protect your privacy, just share your fixed-line number while receive calls on two phone numbers including your mobile.

You get incoming calls ringing simultaneously on your fixed-line and another phone numbers. Ring stops on the other line as soon as you pick any one phone.

There are no monthly charges for Parallel Ringing. Normal call forwarding charges apply for calls received on a second phone i.e. Airtel fixed line to another local fixed line: 180-sec per pulse and Airtel fixed line to another local mobile 60-sec per pulse

For Delhi, Haryana, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, AP, Kerala, Karnataka, TN, Mumbai, Maharashtra,Gujrat Subscribers

Activate Dial 1502 + Second telephone No.#
Deactivate Dial 1503#

For Madhya Pradesh & Chhatisgrah

Activate Dial 1703 + Second telephone No. #
Deactivate Dial 1704 #

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Google Square

Some information is easy to find. If you want to learn the rules of golf, you can search Google for [golf rules] and we’ll return a list of relevant web sites right at the top. But not all your information needs are that simple. Some questions can be more complex, requiring you to visit ten, perhaps twenty websites to research and collect what you need.

For instance, I’m a big fan of roller coasters. In the past I’ve used Google to search for information about roller coasters, such as which ones are the tallest, fastest, and have the most loops. Finding this information used to take multiple searches — I’d find roller coaster sizes on one website, heights on another, and speeds on a third. By manually comparing the sites, I could get the information I was looking for, but it took some time. With Google Squared, a new feature just released in Google Labs, I can find my roller coaster facts almost instantly.

Google Squared is an experimental search tool that collects facts from the web and presents them in an organized collection, similar to a spreadsheet. If you search for [roller coasters], Google Squared builds a square with rows for each of several specific roller coasters and columns for corresponding facts, such as image, height and maximum speed.

 

While gathering facts from across the Internet is relatively easy (albeit tedious) for humans to do, it’s far more difficult for computers to do automatically. Google Squared is a first step towards solving that challenge. It essentially searches the web to find the types of facts you might be interested in, extracts them and presents them in a meaningful way.

This technology is by no means perfect. That’s why we designed Google Squared to be conversational, enabling you to respond to the initial result and get a better answer. If there’s another row or column you’d like to see, you can add it and Google Squared will automatically attempt to fetch and fill in the relevant facts for you. As you remove rows and columns you don’t like, Google Squared will get a fresh idea of what you’re interested in and suggest new rows and columns to add. See it in action in the video below:

 

 

If you click on any fact, you’ll see the sources Google Squared gathered it from as well as a list of other possible values that you can investigate. So even if your square isn’t perfect at the beginning, it’s easy to work with Google Squared to get a better answer in no time. Once you’ve got a square you’re happy with, you can save it and come back to it later.

To give Google Squared a whirl, try searching for [planets] or [romantic movies]. You can try out Google Squared now in Google Labs.

Posted by Alex Komoroske, Associate Product Manager for Google Squared

[source: Google Blog]

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Google WAVE rocks

Hope you all have seen the latest stuff from Google – GOOGLE WAVE. If you haven’t, check out the video below.

When I saw the video for the first time (Yes. I saw it three times to convince myself its actually true!) a few thoughts were on my mind.

1. This is going to change everything

Google has influenced the history of technology time and again. And this time, they have redefined everything that we know about communication over internet. When everyone has been going crazy over 140 chars. These folks went ahead and decided to change our lives! I think WAVE will change everything as we know it –

  • Email – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.
  • Instant Messaging – Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, GTalk etc.
  • Social Networking – Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Twitter etc.
  • Collaboration tools – Zoho, Google Docs, Adobe tools etc.
  • Content publishing – Blogs, Discussion Boards, Wikis

Yes. Once WAVE is out, I can foresee massive changes to all of the above and beyond!

 

2. This is what I would call a complete solution

Once you see the complete video and try to make a list of the goodies in the demo, you would realize that they have practically thought of everything you can think of (or rather you would never think of) and went ahead to implement it. It’s not just talk. They have it implemented it and we can see it working. They have thought about a lot of things that can possibly be done and have gone ahead to support it. 

And most importantly they have a robust architecture that supports it all. The Robots, Spelly, Linky, Searchy, Map Pin, games extensions and gadgets are a classic example (to understand what these terms mean, check out the video).

They have even integrated it with mobiles. They have a Android and iPhone version of WAVE. They have integrated it into Blogger. They have api’s in place to integrate with other applications – Twitter, Bugzilla!

 

3. This is what a team can do within 3-5 years

At one point in the demo, the GUY mentions that the WAVE uses the Google Web Kit extensively and Google Web Kit was launched sometime in 2006. So, can we take it that today in 2009, these folks have been working on Wave for around 3-5 years max?

 

4. This could very well be a case study in UX

Wave is a good example of how complex an application can get. The more an application gets complicated, the more difficult it is to design great user experience around it.

I have heard of stories in the past where people have talked about how Google has begun resorting to Engineering solutions for Design problems. But, the UI and experience of WAVE seems to be as good as it can get. Wave like most other Google products uses the KISS mantra to the core!

 

5. Google is getting so good that it’s scary

When they redefined Search (google.com), we welcomed them with open arms and hearts. When they redefined Email (gmail), we hailed and cheered with high spirits. When they redefined Photo sharing (picasa), we were quick to adopt it. When they solved the Online-Offline problem of the internet (google gears), a lot of SaaS ventures cropped up. When they redefined instant messaging (google talk), It was a welcome relief over other stale IMs. When they redefined Browser experience (chrome), we started thinking about how Google is slowly becoming more than just a internet services company and started realizing how much it has become part of our life style.

Now, with WAVE, they are affecting personal and business usage of the internet so much that WAVE and Chrome might end up being the single most solution/application an average internet user might need in their life! Maybe we will see computers with a Google OS (Android ported to desktop?) and just Chrome in it. They have everything else that a user needs hosted remotely on their server (docs, reader, calendar, picasa, wave). That way establishing a true and complete SaaS package! Google’s way of leveraging technology is fantastic and it’s also intimidating to other global leaders. They did it before with Gmail and then with Gears. Now they have pushed the limits further in Wave.

Anyway this post isn’t about doing a post mortem on what’s wrong with us. It’s more about the exciting times we are all living in. If we can grab a lesson or two in the meanwhile it’ll be great!

Watch the DEMO

Learn
Google Wave can make you more productive even when you’re having fun.
Take a sneak peek.

Develop
Learn how to put waves in your site and build wave extensions with the Google Wave APIs.
Visit code.google.com/apis/wave.

Build
Google Wave uses an open protocol, so anyone can build their own wave system.
Learn more at www.waveprotocol.org.

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Google GOOSH

An open source project to simulate Google on a CLI (Command Line Interface) SHELL environment. Pretty cool! Check it out

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The other side of Google AdSense

I am a fan of Google. I just think that as a company grows Big, they have to have the right folks doing the right jobs at all levels not just at engineering level.

Atleast, this guy got his money back. In countries like India where you can’t even return defective goods back to the store, people will surely be taken for a ride. Hmmm….

 

Why I Sued Google (and Won)

Like most Americans, I use Google’s search engine several times a day without so much as a second thought. It was only in 2007 that my company’s relationship with Google, Inc. temporarily escalated to that of a full-fledged customer, when Think Computer Corporation became yet another a Google AdWords advertiser. (AdWords advertisements appear on the right side of the main Google search results.) Sadly, the several ad campaigns we tried during this brief experiment failed miserably to bring in any new revenue, and so I personally went back to being just another user of Google’s search service — at least until March, 2008. That’s when my company signed up for the flip side of Google’s advertising juggernaut: AdSense. In anticipation of a new product, Think had acquired a brand new domain name that was unexpectedly receiving a high volume of internet traffic. Instead of paying Google for Think’s ads, I thought it might make more sense for Think to get paid for displaying Google’s.

Everything went according to plan until 11:00 A.M. on December 9, 2008. With a single click, a faceless Google employee decided that Think Computer Corporation’s membership in the AdSense program "posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers," and the account was disabled with no warning. Trying to sign into the AdSense management site brought not the familiar user interface, with its limited account payment records and reports (including what Google currently owed Think, which amounted to approximately $721.00), but the following unhelpful statement, and nothing more:

Your AdSense account for this login is currently disabled. We recommend checking your email inboxes for any messages we may have sent you regarding your account status. Sometimes our messages can be caught by email filters, so please be sure to check the Bulk/Spam folders of your email accounts as well.

If your account was disabled for invalid click activity, please visit our Disabled Account FAQ for more information.

Return to AdSense home.

Knowing only that I was somehow posing "a significant risk" to advertisers, I e-mailed Google to ask about exactly what had happened. An errant automated response told me that my records could not be found. Going back and using the on-line appeal form on the AdSense web site similarly yielded no result; not even a confirmation that the appeal had been received. In the appeal I offered to send Google hundreds of pages of log files to prove that no fraud had taken place, but no one replied.

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