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September 12, 2008

Aw, Snap! Google Chrome Killed Movable Type 4

It seems that Google Chrome doesn't like the MT4 admin that much.


The dialog says: Aw, Snap! Something went wrong when displaying this web page. To continue, press reload or go to another page.

I had gotten a dialog that said the page was not responding (like a script not responding in Firefox) and the option was to Kill Page. Yes, those terms. Google, you are using some rather brazen terminology here. I mean "Kill" and "Snap!" all within a matter of minutes?

Once I told it to kill the page, I got this Aw Snap! blue screen (of death?)

February 26, 2008

Gotcha, CAPTCHA! Gmail bot detector system cracked

News from Ars:

The Gmail CAPTCHA has been cracked—albeit not easily—raising new concerns about spammers' ability to abuse Google's e-mail services. Websense Security Labs pointed out the security breach late last week, noting that spammers have a lot to gain by being able to use bots to automatically sign up for new accounts.

So, they have cracked the GMail CAPTCHA, with a 20% success rate. What is the world coming to?

December 6, 2006

YouTube goes too far, removes videos I actually watch

It's nothing new that YouTube is and has been giving the axe to countless videos in the past few months, but it never affected me until now. I try and watch one of the newly uploaded episodes of Mystery Science Thater 3000, YouTube being the only place I can ever find them - and poof, it's been removed by the site. I try another and it's been removed by the user. Argh. I would have hoped this particular show would have been an exception, since it's known for putting the phrase "Keep circulating the tapes!" in its closing credits.

(Side note - Fans of the show might be interested in Mike Nelson's current project, RiffTrax)

(Side side note - Ken scolds me sometimes by miscategorizing my posts, but since there is no "rant" category and YouTube is now owned by Google...)

June 9, 2006

Using 'is:unread' in GMail

I really don't know why they don't add a checkbox in the search/filter box for searching for unread emails. This is the uber geeky way to do it, and frankly I should not have to search this way.

In the field "Has the words" put "is:unread" (without quotes of course) and hit Search. Since I am a Labels whore, I now have Labels setup for unread mail by Label.

GMail rocks, it would just rock a lot more if it was more user friendly. I should not have to search the GMail Google Group to find out how to search for unread email.

While I am at it, I should be able to create a Filter based on a Label.

June 6, 2006

Brin says Google compromised principles to Accommodate Chinese Censorship

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Source: Yahoo! News

Come on, you just gotta laugh at this folks. It is a Google story on Yahoo! News? Wha? That is just priceless. You can find it using Google News, but its just better reading it on Y! News.

They did it because their competition was doing the same thing, and they want in on the action too. Duh!

January 20, 2006

The Prejudice Map According to Google

I am not sure I would have called it "The Prejudice Map" but it is a neat experiment.

January 1, 2006

GMail and Google Maps

Did you know that GMail will map any address using Google Maps? Any address in a GMail email will be listed in the right-hand column ready to be clicked. I don't know when they added this, but like every other new addition to GMail, it rocks.

There is only one problem with this feature: it does not work on the Mac. It is Windows only. I have no idea why. Cool feature though.

August 27, 2005

Google endorses open source XMPP with Google Talk

Google Talk was the talking point this week. It was long speculated about a possible web browser and an instant messaging client from the world’s most popular search engine after they showed interest in directly competing with Microsoft’s MSN and Yahoo! in various similar fields.
Source: TechWhack

Google Talk is out. At first try it looks like a nice chat client. But does the world need yet another chat client? Will Google take Jabber to the mainstream? Google is taking over the world. When will we see the Google Web browser?

So where is the Mac client? At least they used Jabber so that Mac chat clients such as iChat and Adium can connect to their service. They even have detailed instructions for other IM clients, with screen shots to help you connect to the Google chat servers.

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July 28, 2005

Google's new personalized home page

I don't know why this is not on the Google home page. But its not. You actually have to go to the Google Labs page to find it. But the new Personalized Homepage feature is really great. It is now my homepage, and I must admit, I am not a person to set my homepage in my browser. There are a bunch of news feeds you can have, plus add your favorite bookmarks, Gmail, Google News, Google Maps, weather, even add any RSS feed you want.

This is a nice shot at Yahoo! For the record, Yahoo! pissed me off when they canceled my Yahoo! email but still lets me use its other services (like other parts of its PIM, just not the email, among the other Yahoo! services. Screw you Yahoo!, Google does everything better.

April 20, 2005

Google Sues Click Inflators

As is the case with any pay-per-click (PPC) advertising service, Google AdSense is vulnerable to click inflation, where the per-click values of ads go down thanks to excessive clicking. What is different this time is that it is not greedy webmasters clicking ads on their own site but rather the advertisers themselves.
Source: Slashdot

Online advertising is bad enough without the advertisers screwing with the formula.

March 22, 2005

A Unique Use of Google

GOOGLE FIGHT! I can almost see a few kids in a school yard arguing about whether Paris Hilton or George Bush would have more items turn up. And just for the record, Ken beats me simply because his name is more common. It has nothing to do with level of coolness. Of course, you all knew that already.

February 22, 2005

Gmail Update and Invitation

Google finally emailed me to invite me to GMail. I obviously do not need one any more! But as I signed up for this in April, this is an automated email. This invite goes to the first person to click and sing up. Just please change the emergency email address ;)

February 17, 2005

Gmail Steals Users From Hotmail

Most of the gains in users by Google's free Gmail Web-based e-mail service have come at the expense of Microsoft's Hotmail, an e-mail switching service said Wednesday.
Source: TechWeb

Back when I did not have a constant supply of 50 invites, I was doling out a very large percentage of invites to people who wanted to rid themselves from Hotmail. What does this say for your product, Microsoft?

February 10, 2005

Google Maps, technically speaking

Joel Webber analyzed the DHTML behind the new Google Maps. It's nice to see a clean XHTML + CSS approach with absolute positioning and "console game" style, tile-based scrolling. Instead of using XMLHttp requests like in Google Suggest, there's a hidden Iframe which fires the parent's "load" function.
Source: Google Blogoscoped

Joel's overview is a bit technical, but it and the over 100 comments to his post have some great info in them. Its pretty cool to understand how Google Maps works, or at least begin to understand. The coding behind it all seems pretty involved, I wonder if it will ever support KHTML/WebKit?

January 15, 2005

I have more GMail invites to give away

I have 4 invites to give away. If you want one email me at kenneth.edwards at gmail dot com.

January 10, 2005

We have a Googlewhack

We have a Gogglewhack. We have "The One."

It is somthing I have recently discovered. It is a game you can play using the google search engine.

If you enter any two random words into google, providing that both words appear on the website, (the word refference site that google uses) and google returns with only 1 result then you have a google whack! I found one on your site.

The words "jamborees dodecahedron" returned one result on Breaking Windows I then found your email on the site so thought I would let you know in case it was of any interest. (I have heard that it is rude to whack behind someones back so I thought I would tell you).
Matt sent me this, he got it from some site visitor, Colin. I have never heard of a "Googlewhack." But hey, you learn something every day.

Maybe I should put my email on every post I make too?

December 1, 2004

Google sees benefits in corporate blogging

Google Inc., which implemented an internal Web log system behind its firewall about 18 months ago, has seen tremendous benefits from it and may in the future consider providing tools and expertise for this purpose to interested clients, a Google executive said.
Source: MacCentral

Who thought that blogging would be part of companies like HP, Google, and Microsoft, to name a few.

November 11, 2004

Gmail gets POP3 support, antivirus planned

Google said today that it will graually roll out POP3 (Post Office Protocol) support over the coming weeks to users of its Gmail e-mail service. "With POP3 support, users will be able to transfer their server-based Gmail messages to a client-side e-mail application such as Microsoft's Outlook and have the messages stored on their local hard drive and thus accessible when they are offline. Users with wireless devices that have POP3-compliant e-mail clients will also be able to download their Gmail messages to personal digital assistants or cell phones. Google is also working on adding an antivirus scanning feature to the Web mail service."
Source: MacMinute & InfoWorld

Hell yea! What a great idea.

September 22, 2004

6 More GMail Invites to give away (yet again)

First come, first served. Post a comment. The first 6 will get accounts. Good luck!

Just put your email in the email field. Don’t put it in the comment body as MT only spam protects emails in the email field.

I will close comments after I have 6 requests.

September 12, 2004

6 More GMail Invites to give away (again)

First come, first served. Post a comment. The first 6 will get accounts. Good luck!

Just put your email in the email field. Don’t put it in the comment body as MT only spam protects emails in the email field.

I will close comments after I have 6 requests.

Only 4 more left!

September 4, 2004

6 More GMail Invites to give away

First come, first served. Post a comment. The first 6 will get accounts. Good luck! Just put your email in the email field. Don't put it in the comment body as MT only spam protects emails in the email field.

August 10, 2004

Import Mail from Mac OS X into Gmail

Everyone who is migrating to Gmail loves the google search feature for all your new mail, but wouldn't it be nice if you could get all of your old email messages into Gmail from your Mac OS X without forwarding the thousands of messages you've accumulated over the years by hand? Source: Salted Wound

July 8, 2004

You've Got Mail (and Court Says Others Can Read It)

Last week a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that federal wiretap laws do not apply to e-mail messages if they are stored, even for a millisecond, on the computers of the Internet providers that process them - meaning that it can be legal for the government or others to read such messages without a court order. The ruling was a surprise to many people, because in 1986 Congress specifically amended the wiretap laws to incorporate new technologies like e-mail. Some argue that the ruling's implications could affect emerging applications like Internet-based phone calls and Gmail, Google's new e-mail service, which shows advertising based on the content of a subscriber's e-mail messages... Source: The New York Times This makes me feel almost as warm and fuzzy inside as the Patriot Act does. I can't believe this stuff. What happened to the Right to Privacy? I don't think this is "much ado about nothing." This might be small now, but it COULD get to be big, big like the Patriot Act.

July 1, 2004

Fun with Google Searches

METHOD 1 put this string in google search: "parent directory " /appz/ -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " DVDRip -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory "Xvid -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " Gamez -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " MP3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " Name of Singer or album -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums Notice that I am only changing the word after the parent directory, change it to what you want and you will get a lot of stuff. METHOD 2 put this string in google search: ?intitle:index.of? mp3 You only need add the name of the song/artist/singer. Example: ?intitle:index.of? mp3 jackson METHOD 3 put this string in google search: inurl:microsoft filetype:iso You can change the string to watever you want, ex. microsoft to adobe, iso to zip etc...

June 23, 2004

GMail Invite Givaway

I have 6 GMail invites to give away. If you want one, send me an email. ken [at] meancode [dot] com UPDATE 6: I have 0 more invites to give away! When I get more I will let you know. For those who wanted to know, I have given away 28 GMail accounts so far. Some people have asked me how they can repay me for giving them a GMail account. First, enjoy it, GMail is a really nice system. Second, you could always refer people to read my blog, that always makes me happy. UPDATE 7: I have 0 more invites to give away! Please stop emailing me asking for one. I am not keeping your name and email for when I get more invites. Nor am I going to take the names and emails from the comments. When I get more invites (If I get more) I will post about them, and THEN it will be first come first serve. You can grovel all you want though, that never hurt anyone. :) Thanks.

June 19, 2004

Dormant GMail Accounts

Dormant accounts are email accounts that have not been logged into for an extended period. If the account owner doesn't log in for nine months, Google will delete all messages in the account, close the account, and recycle the username. Other free web-based email providers delete dormant accounts after as few as 30 days. Please note that if you have a dormant account that is deleted, Google cannot guarantee that you will be able to use your previous username again once it has been recycled. Source: GMail Help Center I like the nine months limit. That is a lot more generous then Hotmail or Yahoo! I no longer have a Yahoo! email account because I was dormant for too long. I found the time limit out after the fact. Bastards. I guess you live and learn. Now I look for the dormant user time limit up front.

June 4, 2004

Google's Gmail adds Safari to supported browsers

Beta testers for Google's upcoming Gmail service, which will offer 1GB of storage and leverage the company's search technology to organize e-mail, have been informed that Safari 1.2.1 is now on the list of compatible browsers. Gmail also currently supports Netscape 7.1 or higher, Mozilla 1.4 or higher and Mozilla Firefox 0.8 or higher on the Macintosh. Google can't say when the service will end Beta testing and become widely available, but the company does note that it hopes to add to Gmail's list of supported browsers "in the near future." Source: MacCentral It does indeed work in Safari. Yay, now I do not have to open Firefox to check my Gmail!

April 25, 2004

Google's chastity belt too tight proudly touts itself as the Net's No. 1 source for audio, video and speaker components--but online shoppers who rely on an optional feature in the Google search engine to block porn sites would never know it. By an accident of spelling, the domain name of the Ohio electronics retailer includes an unfortunate string of letters, "sex," which is enough to block the Web site from Google's filtered results. is not alone. A CNET investigation shows that Google's SafeSearch filter technology incorrectly blocks many innocuous Web sites based solely on strings of letters such as "sex," "girls" or "porn" embedded in their domain names. Source: C|Net Who is Google really going to save by excluding keywords in their search algorithms? I am glad spoiled + little + bitch are all OK for Google. Of course I still need to do something with the site, but thats besides the point.

April 13, 2004

Lawmaker moves to block Google's Gmail

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- A California state senator on Monday said she was drafting legislation to block Google Inc.'s free e-mail service "Gmail" because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words. "We think it's an absolute invasion of privacy. It's like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home," Sen. Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Fremont, California, said in a telephone interview.... Source: CNN I am guessing this lady has never used Yahoo! or MSN web-mail before. The thought of this proposed legislation is dumbfounded. It already happens all over the place. I think this is pathetic and cannot wait for Gmail to launch.

April 2, 2004

Google says "Gmail" is no joke, but lunar jobs are

SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 (Reuters) - It's not like Internet search service Google can't laugh at itself, but when an April Fool's joke got out of hand on Thursday, a real business plan was rumored to be a Web hoax -- and that was no laughing matter... Google's free e-mail service called Gmail, which will offer significantly more storage than Yahoo or MSN, "is not a hoax," said Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's vice president of products. Source: Forbes Its not like CNN and every other credible news outlet to run something like this if it is a hoax, and it was all up on the 31st. I just cant see a GB. I did earlier today sign up for more information, just for the hell of it. I wonder what will come of it.

April 1, 2004

Fun Stuff on April Fools

Is Google for real? Are they going to offer 1 GB of file storage for email, free no less? Plausible, sure, probable? Not likely. Is Apple going to release an triple processor G5? Rob did a great job on this one, we talked about it last night. Is Apple going to release a Dual 3 Ghz G6? This just in: Apple and IBM announce enterprise servers featuring Mac OS X Server. And for a far out job check out this very unique job posting at Google. Is Apple going to release a G5 mini (in 5 colors)? Talk about a LAN party rig! Now only if we could get current games on the Mac in a timely fashion. There are exceptions to this of course, thanks Blizzard and Epic. For those of you lucky enough to have a subscription to MacAddict (I have been a subscriber since its birth) you know that the annual April edition has wonderful April Fools pranks in it. This years was no slacker either. There are some great pranks in there! If you do not subscribe, you are to late for their annual prank fest feature, but this month's issue still has other great stuff in it, as always. Oh, and The BG News even has a funny Op. Ed. piece "The day the daily newspaper died" that you just have to read. And yes, we had people call.

February 12, 2004

Google spurns RSS for rising blog format

Google's Blogger service is bypassing Really Simple Syndication in favor of an alternative technology, a move that has sparked more discord in a bitter dispute over Web log syndication formats. The search giant, which acquired last year, began allowing the service's million-plus members to syndicate their online diaries to other Web sites last month. To implement the feature, it chose the new Atom format instead of the widely used, older RSS. The battle between RSS and Atom has divided the blogging world since the summer, when critics of RSS came together to create an alternative format. Since then, a raft of blog sites and individuals have lined up behind Atom, while Yahoo has thrown its considerable weight behind RSS. Source: C|Net I guess I am not up to speed here, but whats the big deal? Atom is the new, better, format. At least that is the way I see it. Although, on the other hand, is it that hard to support both?

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