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[livejournal.com profile] ronebofh points out an amusing Google search result. All things being equal, by the time you read this it may no longer be true, but for now I have my brief moment at the top of the suckweasel charts.
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I just found Google's music search. On poking further, I find it's existed in some form since December 2005. But it's really neat (when it works): try, for example, a search for that Tom Waits album I couldn't find for years. Now click into the results - you get track listings, track details, and even links to lyric sites. Very nice.

Now I just need a "BUY NOW" link and I'm set...
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Expect this to be edited:
The UK Google Finance site, geared to investors in the UK, [8-character non-sequitor "word" (four chars, four digits)]is now live. You can access stock prices, mutual funds, financial news, blogs, and charts, all through our easy-to-use and familiar interface. Here are some highlights:... (link)
(my editing/emphasis, obviously)
update: yep, it was edited.
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I skimmed through yet another attempt to explain Google's PageRank system (summary: "we trawled everyone else's documents and glommed them into ours, producing zero new information in the process") and found, right near the start, the statement that "not all links weight the same". Personally if I'd been asked to proof the article I'd have flagged this as a typo for "weigh", but I guess in the context in which it's used it's actually a valid if annoying use of "weight".

I still think the article as a whole is pointless, though.
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As our project manager within the range Internet is round Mr. Waider your partner for all questions around technology and programming. (link, Google translated)
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wtf.google.com, a site where you can post a link to something on google maps and find out what the f^Whell it is. I don't care if this facility is provided on the keyhole site, I prefer my suggested domain name.
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I can't really feel annoyed by the whole Google API flap. It's like, "oh jeez. they're not giving us our free milk and cookies any more. THEY'RE EVIL!" I mean, seriously. "But not nearly as evil as providing a powerful development tool to people who are loyal to Google and then discontinuing it without any warning or regard to their users (evilapi.com)" Loyal to Google? How about using Google soley because they've got the best damn search engine on the block, and if someone else came up with a better one people would drop Google in a heartbeat?

Hello, hands up who remembers Altavista?

(updated to add: I'm reminded by this of the Bill of No Rights.)
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Apparently the multi-million-euro motorway that almost encircles Dublin is the "Around The Wicklow Mountains" road...
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Google Error
Not Found
The requested URL /linux/ was not found on this server.

Guys, it's on the front page of labs.google.com and in the Google blog. Don't forget to actually release it...

update: Installed it. Somewhat miffed that it can't find my default file browser on a stock Gnome installation on a fairly stock Fedora Core build. Also it's probably not the smartest idea to set it loose on an entire Linux disk; certainly I could do with leaving out the entirety of, say, /usr.
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One of the books I got for Christmas is "The Google Story" by David A. Vise; it touts itself as "the definitive account of one of the most remarkable organizations of our time". The best part of it is the historical stuff about Google's founding; it's not quite so good in its coverage of the GMail privacy arguments; the entirety of chapter 14 could be replaced with the phrase, "People use Google to look for porn" without any loss of information; and the most curious part of the whole thing is whether or not the author actually ever talked to Sergey, or Larry - or even Eric Schmidt. Certainly reading the book I had a strong impression that he'd conducted several interviews with them, and the phrasing of a lot of quoted material suggests that he was, indeed, conversing with them. However, the flyleaf contains the note that the book isn't "created, authorised, or endorsed by Google, Inc.", and the section on sources explains that they talked to a lot of people who knew Larry and Sergey - lecturers at Stanford and what not - and perhaps most tellingly, having thanked Larry and Sergey "for trusting us[1] to tell their story", it goes on to say, "we discussed the manuscript with Google Executives" (my emphasis) which strongly suggests that the only trust Larry and Sergey expressed was in not actively blocking the publication of the book.

[1] Mark Malseed gets a with credit on the inside of the book, but not on the cover.
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I've been getting a lot of spam lately from virgilio.it, presumably on account of them having set up some sort of free email service with online registration. I pulled up their front page, discovered I have pretty much zero understanding of it, and fed it to google's translator. At the end of the page, the translated version reads, "PRIVACY © 1997 - 2006 MATRIX S.P.A. ALL The STRAIGHT Ones RESERVE YOU".

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So I'm pottering around the kitchen and suddenly it occurs to me that it'd be funny to tie two google or yahoo searches together, one with filtering on and the other off, then extract the filtered stuff from comparing the result sets. Of course, someone already did it.
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Italian guy discovers buried Roman villa through Google Maps - wasn't this part of the setup for some book or another? The vague details I recall involve the site being revealed as shadows in an overhead shot, but utterly invisible from on-site unless you stood at just the right place at the right time. And there was something about sealed jars in catacombs containing some sort of virus, too. I initially thought I might be thinking of Crichton's Congo, but it's not that.
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You have to wonder about Google's geolocation database integration sometimes; you'd suspect that if they can display a name at the correct location on a map, it should be possible to search for that placename, right?
apparently not. )
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This is a pretty ghetto GPS tracker I threw together yesterday, having come up with the idea while I was out on my morning run. It requires: Firefox, set to open URLs from remote applications in the current window/tab, Perl, and a means of piping NMEA data from your GPS to the script’s standard input. The sleep commands are a blunt way of allowing the remote-control calls to take effect and may need to be tuned for your system/bandwidth.
shielding you from the gory details )


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