A Few Thoughts On Google+ From A Digital Misanthrope

Posted on Sun 10 July 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, google, personal, social networking, tech • 8 min read

This Is Not A Review

I have been using Google+ for a little over a week now, and over the course of that time, I have written several versions of this post you are reading right now. Initially, I intended this to be a review of sorts, as I tend …


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HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome

Posted on Tue 11 January 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with chrome, google, h.264, html5, standards, video • 1 min read

Google is dropping H.264 support in Chrome, in favor of WebM and Theora. Considering the tide of sites that are doing H.264 streaming these days, this seems like a bad move. I get that this is posturing, but if site owners are stuck dual encoding video just to …


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Running Yahoo! Pipes on Google App Engine » Wordloosed

Posted on Mon 01 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with google, pipes, python, yahoo • 1 min read

Greg Gaughan has put together a rather clever Python script that can take a pipe created and hosted on Yahoo! Pipes into a Python module. The resulting file allows you to run your pipe directly from your computer as opposed to relying on Yahoo! servers. Gaughan has also built a …


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Quick Post: Tweaking Feeds

Posted on Tue 16 February 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcements, google, google buzz • 1 min read

Just a short post to say that I’m altering the Everything feed1 for this site. Previously, it contained all the blog posts, links and photos that appear here. However, as I am piping this feed into several external sites, notably Google Buzz, and until services like Buzz allow …


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The Go Programming Language

Posted on Sat 14 November 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, go language, google, open source, programming • 1 min read

Google has released their own programming language, appropriately named Go.

I haven’t had time to dig deeply into this yet, but I’m seeing some interesting stuff that I like such as fast compilation, garbage collection, easy to read syntax, built in support for multicore machines and of course …


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Google Voice Rocks My World

Posted on Sun 29 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with google, google voice, reviews, tech • 3 min read

Google Voice is Google’s upgrade to the GrandCentral service they acquired almost two years ago. I’ve had a GrandCentral account for almost as long as the service existed, but I never found a reason to use it, mostly because the feature set was just short of being useful …


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Chrome Extension HOWTO ‎(Chromium Developer Documentation)‎

Posted on Sun 22 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with chrome, extensions, google, tech • 1 min read

It begins…

People have been dying to start writing extensions for Chrome since it was first released. I’ve actually become accustomed to living without extensions when using Chrome, because the speed and other interface tweaks fit my workflow very well. Still the ability to add extensions to Chrome is …


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OpenDNS Blog » Google turns the page… in a bad way.

Posted on Wed 23 May 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with dell, google, opendns, spyware • 1 min read

This is not cool on Google and Dell’s part. This blog post from the guys at OpenDNS describes this little bit of “spyware” the two companies have started loading onto Dell computers. OpenDNS has a workaround for it’s users that functions entirely on the server side. Incidently, OpenDNS …


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Checking Out Google Reader

Posted on Mon 29 January 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, google, reviews, rss, tech • 2 min read

On recommendation of far too many people to mention, I’m checking out Google Reader again.

I remember peeking at it when it was first released, when I was stubbornly intent on sticking with browser/desktop based reader, and I remember being less than impressed. In typical Google fashion the …


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