Google+ gets social networking right

On June 28 at 10:17 PM UTC, I got an invite to Google+ from Brian Rose (a Googler). I was in for a treat! 🙂 Here's what the home screen looks like: After multiple previous tries, I think Google's finally got it with Google+. I've used both Wave and Buzz, and while they were interesting [...]

Apple Pages documents now supported in Google Docs Viewer

Google has announced 12 new file formats are supported by the Google Document Viewer. Among them we find Apple Pages (hooray): 12 new file formats in the Google Docs Viewer - Official Gmail Blog Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX) Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX) Apple Pages (.PAGES) Adobe Illustrator (.AI) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) Autodesk [...]

Googling from different countries

I was watching this video on the Google Webmaster Central Channel, where Matt Cutts answers a question about the impact of server location on Google's rankings, and he touched on an important point, which I hadn't noticed until I spent a few months in Romania. In the video, he says that Google will return different [...]

My Drobo review is first at Google

A couple of days ago, I noticed an increase in the traffic to my Firewire Drobo review, most of it from search engines, so I did a quick search on Google for the phrase "drobo review", which is what people were using to find me. To my surprise, my review was the first search result [...]

Google Reader translates posts?

Yesterday morning, I added a new feed to my subscriptions in Google Reader, and noticed what I thought was a new feature: the ability to translate posts automatically, within GR. The feature was actually launched in November of last year, and it works through the normal drop-down menu. A new option was added there, and [...]

Gmail offers another pleasant surprise

The Gmail team has done it again, and they've given Gmail users a whole slew of cool new features. We've now got YouTube, Picasa and Flickr previews, built right into each email message. All we have to do is to put a link to a YouTube movie, or a Picasa or Flickr photo, and its [...]

WordPress Stats plugin has gone cuckoo

For over a month now, I have been unable to rely on the official WordPress Stats plugin. (I say official because the folks that made WordPress also made this plugin.) It, all of a sudden, started assigning all site visits to the same article, so that all of my stats became completely skewed. Let me [...]

New Gmail buttons and shortcuts

I woke up today to find new Gmail buttons. At first I thought it was just Firefox playing tricks on me, but no, the buttons look the same in Safari. The Gmail Team announced the change on their blog yesterday, on 2/3/09. As expected, the change took a while to propagate to all of the [...]