Please Google, Don't shame HTTP (yet)
February 1, 2016
Last week there was a big hubub around the revelation that “Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted". People were freaking out and cats and dogs were running loose in the streets. Sheer pandemonium. The reality was that Google didn’t announce it, but someone talking at a conference had the feature flag turned on in Chrome. Google did explain that they wanted to do this eventually for “security” reasons, which makes sense when you dive into the topic. At first as a security conscious person I thought this was a great idea, after all HTTP is inherently not secure. However engineers need to step back and think about this from a user perspective. There is one truly key problem with a red-lock for all HTTP: Alarm Fatigue.
Turning in Google Inbox for Gmail
November 5, 2015
Google Inbox is a really interesting experiment. The point of the service is to take “old fashion” email and turn the interface on its head. These are great aspirations and I hope they succeed. Basically the second Google Inbox was available for us Google Apps users, I had switched over to it. Both on computer and mobile I’ve been using only Google Inbox for the last 6 months it’s been available. However, even with all the cool new features, I find myself slowly migrating back to Gmail.
Has the air been let out of the Web2.0 Bubble?
May 22, 2012
I’m not really sure what to call our current tech bubble, so I decided that Web2.0 is probably most applicable. Regardless of what you call it, there is no denying that things are looking very similar to the 2000’s “Dot Com” Bubble. A company makes a pictionary clone and gets bought for $200 million. A small group makes an app to take retro looking pictures and share them; they get purchased for $1 billion. Then there is the Facebook IPO, a company valued at $100 billion, or roughly $100 per user. Now that “FB” is public, we can keep an eye on what the rest of the world thinks of our tech bubble… and it’s not looking good.
Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange (GAMME) crashes on migration start
January 10, 2012
I was trying to test Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange (GAMME) for our company and it kept crashing on me. GAMME launched and let me fill in the configuration information, but the instant I pressed the “start” button, it crashed.
“405 Method Not Allowed” on Google Code
September 8, 2011
Recently I was checking in some code to the SVN on Google Code (for a project I’ll be posting about another day). I love Google Code because it’s a great and easy to use public code host. On top of that you get a nice little web interface and bug tracker. For the low low cost of free, what more could you ask for? Oh yea… that it worked.
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July 5, 2011
One of the greatest inventions for small site hosting is that of Google Apps. I, like many people these days, own a number of domain names. I host sites for those domains along with sites for my friends. One of the few services I don’t offer is email — and that’s where Google Apps comes in. It is the most perfect mix of Gmail (which I like, though I know some don’t) and custom email domains… well… almost perfect.
Gmail thinks “This message may not have been sent by...” you
June 29, 2011
Yesterday, Google rolled out a new feature in Gmail which warns you when it isn’t sure who the email was sent by. This warning isn’t due to some confusion on the server side, this issue is because Google wants to force more people to use SPF records and DKIM signatures. Both of these are good technologies to use (I personally have them both enabled), but I worry about Google’s move to “force” this… and how it will effect users.
Chromebook – Maybe not so excited?
June 17, 2011
I’m excited by just about any new technology, provided it isn’t the iPad. I love playing with, testing, trying out, and sometimes breaking… just about anything. I’m also a Google Fanboy (hey, at least I can admit my bias) and run Chrome/Chromium. So the idea of a Chromebook was SUPER COOL in my book. So after they announced the impending release of Chromebooks, I got my hands on a Cr-48. I used it almost exclusively for several days and while I was initially excited, I found myself slowly returning to my old ways.
Futzing with a Cr-48/Chromebook
May 13, 2011
Since the Chromebooks are coming, and they look SUPER cool, I thought it was about time I spent some serious time playing with a Chromebook. While I didn’t get into the beta, a buddy of mine at work did, and has been keeping his Cr-48 at work; he was kind enough to loan it to me, and thus I bring you this post. The Chromebook, sporting 3G, combined with my DSL being out for the day (as part of my transition to Sonic.net) made for a perfect storm of real world testing. So as is my style, I bring you my review of the device, typed up on the device.
Google's new “Social Circle” search
July 22, 2010
Ok. This one really threw me for a loop. I was doing a google check on one of our old entries when I stumbled across a new Google feature, the “Social Circle” search. As I was searching for my own results, obviously I came up, but it was surprising none the less.
Nexus One a week later
May 3, 2010
I’m just going to really quickly outline my thoughts of the Nexus One after having it for a week: The trackball is basically useless for navigation, except for getting around in text fields. It does a great job glowing though, and damn is it bright. The unit is still lickity split fast, except it can get hung up if you try to do too much at the same time. The call quality is good, I’ve not had any issues with dropped calls on my side (that I know of).