Posts Tagged ‘google’

Rickroll the world with Google Chromecast

Monday, August 4th, 2014 | Video

Dan Petro explains how he did this in a blog post and talk.

Google now displaying ratings

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 | News

Google is now displaying the star ratings of reviews from the Leeds Restaurant Guide.


Religion and sex

Monday, July 16th, 2012 | Photos

Google results

Apparently, google thinks that pornography and church go rather well together.

Google’s great car crash

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Tech

Recently, Google merged their regular accounts with their Google Apps accounts. Unfortunately, they didn’t do it very well.

The problem is that people often had both accounts using the same email address. For example, is managed by Google Apps and so we have an info@ email address. But because you only get mail, calendar and docs with Google Apps, in order to use services like YouTube and Google Checkout, Google made us set up a separate account with the same email address.

Now they have merged them all together, obviously they have found that they have a lot of conflicts.

Indeed, we noticed then when I recently tried to sign into the Foundation’s Checkout sellers account and found that it wouldn’t accept the right password. It would accept the other password, but that account was empty. When I contacted Google Support – a rarity they let you do I will tell you!, they said they had created a temporary account for me and I would have to sign in to that one and use the migration tool.

I signed in, there was no migration tool.

I then started to worry about my other accounts with Google and signed into one of their other services, at which point I finally made it onto the migration.

This would seem OK, I could migrate a lot of my data over to the new account. However it wasn’t as simple as this. First of all, a lot of the data is sensitive and doesn’t want to be accessed by everyone who has access to the email account. But you don’t seem to be able to migrate to any account other than the conflicting one. The only other option is to create a whole new account

Secondly, none of it works. We use about 12 different Google services – 9 of which aren’t supported by the migration wizard, two of which are supported but weren’t available for us because there were complications. In fact, the wizard only actually allowed us to migrate one of our services – Picasa Web Albums over to the new system.

This left me with having to create a brand new account for the Foundation which many of our services are now using including YouTube, reCAPTCHA, Google Checkout, AdWords and many others. All of which now looses significant user confidence because what organisation uses an account?

After all this, many of the manual migration that Google suggests you do as a last resort doesn’t exist either. reCAPTCHA for example offers no way to transfer the domains/keys you hold to a different account and of course, because it’s now a just a small wing of the Google Corporation, you can’t contact support about it because Google don’t do customer support.

I actually mourn for the days of Microsoft, they weren’t perfect but at least they do backward compatibility and customer support.

Online filter bubbles

Sunday, June 5th, 2011 | Tech, Video

Eli Pariser recently gave an interesting talk at TED about the way the internet is becoming more and more personalised – filtering so we see more of the stuff we want to see, and less of the stuff we don’t. He argues this can be a bad thing as it means we don’t see the other side of the argument.

One of the most interesting statistics given in the talk is that Google use 57 different factors to personalise your results, including many used even when you’re not logged in. That really must make your job a whole lot more complex if you work in SEO ;).

Best search terms

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 | Distractions

I recently took a quick glance at my stats to see, well I would say how many people read my blog, but what you really get is how many spam bots have hit your blog. In any case, it was interesting to see some of the search terms that people have used to reach my blog:

  • dogging
  • red light area in london
  • hamster birthday
  • chicken brain
  • osama bin laden death photo
  • sue my chin buff my pylon
  • dont buff my pylon
  • cottaging blog
  • daily star they ve stolen all our jobs
  • bejeweled illuminati
  • talk to dead ancestors
  • water way to have a good time

Dogging I can understand, though I imagine people will be quite disappointed in the content they find when they get here. Chicken brain comes from the time we went to Nando’s for my birthday and found a chicken brain in our food.

The buff my pylon stuff is a reference to Brass Eye while the last term is a reference to Alan Partridge, though the blog post itself is nothing to do with that.

The Daily Star reference refers to a headline they ran in 2008 claiming immigrants had taken every single unskilled job in the past few years.

Beyond that, I’m a little lost though. I don’t have any pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body, I’ve never tried cottaging and I’m fairly sure that Bejeweled is not a product of the Illuminati designed to control our minds. And even if I did, I certainly haven’t expressed that opinion on my blog!

EDIT: Actually, while I didn’t say that, I did suggest PopCap might be the new Illuminati.

The Register on AdWords

Friday, October 17th, 2008 | Tech

Back in March The Register published a very interesting article taking a look at Google’s AdWords system and how it can often be unfair to inexperianced users.

I didn’t see it at the time but Google having just announced another bumper profit I got passed a link to it and it makes a very interesting read. I’ve used AdWords before, admittedly not for a few years so maybe the features weren’t in back then but they could well have been, and wasn’t aware of some of the features the article points out.

Chrome part III

Saturday, September 6th, 2008 | Tech

Does anyone else miss Microsoft?

Say what you want about their business practises, you never found this in Internet Explorer’s EULA:

You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

Due to massive pressure Google have now removed this. But how anyone can make the claim that Google aren’t just as much a faceless evil corporation as anyone else these days is beyond me.

Google Chrome part II

Friday, September 5th, 2008 | Reviews, Tech

Had a quick play around with Google Chrome, have a few thoughts on it. I’m not particuarly over impressed by it’s loading of web pages, mainly because it doesn’t…

If you wait a while though it will at least tell you it thinks it’s crashed…

Maybe I can fix it by going to the options panel…

Not quite the standards I was expecting, to be honest.

YouTube is proper broken

Monday, August 25th, 2008 | Tech

Has anyone else been getting a lot of these recently?

We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.

I’ve been getting loads. At first I thought it was that YouTube had withdrawn the video but it hadn’t come out of the search results and people’s profiles yet. But apparently they haven’t as many of the videos, including some of mine are still available.

Indeed, if you just hit refresh a few times on a video that is displaying that message it will eventually show you the video.

Having had a google around people seemed to initially blame it on embed code for videos which have since been withdrawn but based on what I have described above and the fact I have experienced it on itself, it would seem otherwise.

I did hear one blog blame it on high traffic and the servers not being able to cope. Seems a very plausable explanation. Maybe Google is letting itself go a bit?