Google Page Creator (Beta of course)

Googe Page Creator BetaNormally I wouldn’t blog about yet another new Google product release. Now would I? πŸ˜‰ Hey, I’m not the Googleblog you know.
But this time they’ve released a product that lets my mother create webpages in no-time, although I doubt if anyone’s waiting for another bridge-site. (Sorry mom. :-))

So what is it?

It’s an easy-to-use webpage publishing system. It’s easy as point & click to start creating pages, all with the familiar Google GUI as used in GMail/Base/Reader/etc. The site is currently coupled with your GMail account, meaning your mail username is also used to address the site. You’ll get a 100MB of space, so that should be enough to build a photoalbum or the likes. Uploads are handled beautifully by the way. And linking to other pages or sites is automatically checked, so it’s hard to make a mistake there.

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What’s it gonna be?

I’ve been looking at this ‘Future Pagerank’ for some days now:

Future Pagerank ThinkLemon.com

❓ What’s it gonna be? A PR 6? Level off on a PR 5? Or a penalty on a PR 1? I can’t tell from all the datacenters dancing around.
Looks more exciting than an Olympic ice-dancing final. πŸ˜›

Anyway, Matt Cutts is awfully quiet. I hope he’s not too tangled up with card-board butlers.

Update: I think it’s settling on a pagerank 6. Yay! One point up. πŸ™‚

PocketMod, Hipster PDA or Ductster PDA

The PDA* market is becoming quite competitive it seems. Once a small niche, it looks to be ready for main-stream. There have been no mergers, buy-outs or busts … yet. But hey, it’s still an emerging market. Here’s the short-list:

  • PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organizer: Nice pocket-sized, folding design, but takes a while to ‘install’. Comes with a multimedia instruction video and even offers a PDF-converter. Somewhat active userbase.
  • The Hipster PDA: Easy clip-on design. Multitude of organising possibilities. Active user community.
  • Ductster PDA: Spin-off from the Hipster PDATM. Improved (weather-)durability. Excellent for more extreme environments than just the office. Rather complicated ‘install’.

Not convinced? Take a look at this Yahoo! Finance article.

An expanding market makes choosing rather difficult. How much effort is one willing to take to ‘install’ his/hers PDA*? Oh what the heck, I’ll take’m all then!

Contributions to expand the short-list are welcome. πŸ™‚

*PDA meaning ‘Paperbased Diary Assistant’.

Google Earth for Mac, update (3.1.0617.0)

The PC version of Google Earth has been out of beta for some time. The first beta of GE for the Mac was released around the same time. And now we have an update. πŸ™‚

First look tells me it solved a few bugs with the previous beta. Icons are showing, polygons are showing, it’s a little bit more snappier, …

Get your update from earth.google.com or via ‘Help’ > ‘Check for Updates Online’.

Who’s using the Search Bar anyway?

While browsing to Yahoo! this bar on top struck me. Click to enlarge:

Firefox Search Bar promotion by Yahoo

Apparently Yahoo! is promoting the Search Bar, which is standard issue in Firefox. Guess they want us to change the default Google setting. πŸ˜‰

This in turn made me think of the times I used that Search Bar. Probably once, the first time I installed Firefox.
Normally if I want to do a search I hit CTRL+T (new tab) and call up my homepage, which still is the Firefox branded Google homepage. (BTW, ALT+HOME gets you to the homepage.)
It’s an old habit. And you know what they say about old habits…

But thanks to Yahoo! who reminded that there was such a thing as the Search Bar. I’m wondering if and how I can remove it. πŸ™‚

In other news:

Google Buys Measure Map

Official Google Blog: Here comes Measure Map:

Bringing Measure Map to Google is an exciting validation of the user experience work I’ve been doing with my partners at Adaptive Path for years. By opening up the app to more bloggers through Google, we hope to help even more people become passionate about their blogs.

Great! I’m still (months, can’t even remember which e-mail account I used) waiting for my invitation though. πŸ™‚

Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2

Logo OperaOpera Labs:

We’ve released a technology preview of Opera 9, codenamed Merlin, on Opera Labs. There are some very cool features we want you to try:  Widgets, BitTorrent, Customized Search, Content Blocker, Pop-up Blocker, Site Specific Preferences, Tab Thumbnail Preview.

Robert Accettura’s Fun With Wordage Β» Blog Archive Β» Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2:

For those interested (if you’re into browsers, you should be): Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2 is out. The widgets look rather good. Very Apple like in quality, I’ve only looked a the ones by Opera. I assume we’ll see more soon. I really hope XULRunner will be used for such a purpose soon. With the new Cairo backend, <canvas/> and SVG it would be very cool to see what people could come up with.

If you want to have a go at it, see the O9.0 Tech Preview 2 download site.

(I think I’m getting the hang of this ‘Deepest Sender’. Much like my own personal Furl/Del.ickio.us. πŸ˜‰ And after a ‘bookmark’ you just dress up the post with a logo…)

Finalists for the Extend Firefox Contest announced

Extend Firefox Contest Finalists :: Mozilla Update:

We are happy to announce the finalists in our Extend Firefox Contest, a contest held to award the best and brightest extension developers in the Firefox community. The contest asked entrants to create Firefox Extensions that are innovative, useful, and integrate with today’s Web services. Over 200 Extensions were submitted to the contest. Many thanks to everyone who entered and everyone who helped spread the word about the contest.

Rather, this is a test post with the ‘Deepest Sender‘ blog extension. Like the ‘Performancing’ one quoted in an earlier post. Just to see how this one fares.

Update: The post got through allright… πŸ™‚

Oops… Firefox Update Failed…

Firefox 1.5.0.1 update failed

Guess I’ll have to download the entire updated 1.5.0.1 package. Oh well… better than an endless download/update loop. πŸ™‚

Update: Well, it seems that the update also failed on my WinXP box. πŸ™

Update 2: If you’ve found that your automatic update to Firefox 1.5.0.1 went less than ideal, go visit Mike Beltzner’s blog. He’s collection user-experiences of the update process. One Five OH! One: was it good for you? He’d probably wants to hear some success stories too.