Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Free Dreamweaver Tools for Google Inserts Maps, Checkout and Search

WebAssist is making it easier to plug Google apps into your Web sites.
The San Diego-based Web development shop is announcing today a free extension for Adobe Dreamweaver that lets you plug Google Maps, Google Checkout and Google search into your site designs.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Official Google Blog: Eureka! Your own search engine has landed!

Official Google Blog: Eureka! Your own search engine has landed!

Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily build a search engine on your blog or website tailored to the topics and areas you know and love the most?

Today we are launching the Google Custom Search Engine. As you might imagine, it's a simple and straightforward product to use and understand. In a matter of minutes you can create a search engine that reflects your knowledge and interests; looks and feels like your own; and, if you choose, you can make money from the traffic you receive through Google's AdSense program. You can even invite your friends and trusted community members to add to and help build your search engine.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Try Google's Updated Design Experiment

Google has updated their experimental design of the search result pages, that shows the services in a left sidebar.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hacktivsmo Releases Torpark for Anonymous, Portable Web Browsing

Hacktivismo, an international group of computer security experts and human rights workers, just released Torpark, an anonymous, fully portable Web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. Torpark comes pre-configured, requires no installation, can run off a USB memory stick, and leaves no tracks behind in the browser or computer.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Choose How Often Google Crawls Your Site

Google Operating System:

Choose How Often Google Crawls Your Site

Bigmouthmedia reports that Google Sitemaps has a new feature that allows you to choose how often Googlebot crawls your site. You can select from 5 values, from slowest to fastest, but you must know that a faster crawl uses more bandwidth. For the moment, this feature is still experimental, so you may not find it in your Google Sitemaps account.

'We are testing an alpha version of our new tool with a small percentage of webmasters who use Sitemaps. You should leave this control at the Normal setting unless you are having trouble with the speed at which Googlebot is crawling your server.

Simply select the rate at which you would like the Googlebot to crawl your server and click save. During this stage of testing, we will evaluate requests to determine the best way of using this data and providing this tool to everyone.'

Google Sitemaps, recently rebranded as Google Webmaster Central, is a control panel for webmasters, where they can find statistics about searches, crawling errors and submit sitemaps so that Google finds their pages faster.

Picasa goes online, gets new features too

Official Google Blog: Picasa goes online, gets new features too
I have 80,000 photos in Picasa, Google's free photo organizer, but most of my friends haven't had a chance to see them yet. That's why I'm so excited about the new version of Picasa that came out today. It has a feature called Picasa Web Albums that lets you post and share your photos online for free with just one click. You can show the world (or just your friends and family) what kinds of pictures you've been taking. And best of all, you can even download your friends' online photos right back to Picasa.

I run around at parties and take photos of people, and now my friends can see the pictures online as soon as I post them. Rather than bugging me all the time to email them around (which I'm too lazy to do), now they're asking to have the bad shots deleted instead. Some of them even add online comments right to the photos themselves.

We've also fixed a whole bunch of things in Picasa. Folders finally work as you'd expect, so people who've kept their photos meticulously organized in folders and subfolders can see them displayed the same way in Picasa. And we've added a shiny new feature to photo-editing: Save. Your Picasa edits can now be preserved when using other programs. The save feature is even undoable, so you never lose your original files.

And there's more -- you can import into any folder you like, make time-lapse sequences into movies, search by color, create a screensaver with beautiful visual effects, and even re-arrange Picasa's buttons. Oh, and we also made Picasa work with Google Earth, so you can put information about where you went on vacation into the photos themselves, and then, view your shots on a 3-D globe. Try it all out for yourself at

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Google Home Tabs!


Finally the wait is over and Google in it's infinite wisdom has put tabs on the personalized homepage. Now you can easily ad and rename tabs to stash more content 'modules'.

Picasa 2.5 Out Of Beta

Picasa 2.5 Out Of Beta:

The new version of Picasa, that includes the ability to create web albums and geotag your photos is out of beta. Although Picasa's homepage doesn't mention anything about that, their release notes talk about Picasa 2.5 Build 32.91, September 12, 2006. The last beta version was Beta 3, Build 32.71.

So if you have Picasa 2 and the auto-update feature enabled, you'll have a nice surprise soon. For those who already have Picasa 2.5 Beta, it will be just a minor update.

In addition to the features already mentioned, here are the rest of the new features in Picasa 2.5:

* Nested Folder View. Now you can choose how to display folders in Picasa, whether they're nested or sorted by date.

* Larger thumbnails. The thumbnails are slightly larger, so images are clearer.

* New RAW features. Picasa supports more cameras and RAW formats (including the Canon 30D, Nikon D200, and DNG).

* Save edits to disk. When you edit photos in Picasa, you can choose to save those edits as you go, replacing the original photos with your newly edited versions.

* Screensaver. Show starred photos in a collage, or pan and zoom your Web Album photos. Choose between four presentation options to display your best shots."

Dynamically Generated Pages, a Bad Idea for Blogger?

Dynamically Generated Pages, a Bad Idea for Blogger?

The most important feature of the new Blogger Beta is dynamic pages. "In the new version, adding a new post simply updates your information in our database. Then, when someone wants to see any of the pages on your blog, those pages are created for them dynamically, on the fly."

When I heard about this change, I was unsure if it's a good thing. I know it's very hard to edit the template and wait until Blogger updates all the blog posts, but the dynamic pages could lead to serious problems.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Use Gmail Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses

Gmail has an interesting quirk where you can add a plus sign (+) after your Gmail address, and it'll still get to your inbox. It's called plus-addressing, and it essentially gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to play with.

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Google Operating System: Sandbox for Windows Applications

Sandbox for Windows Applications:

Sandboxie is a small program that lets you run any application in a sandbox. What does it mean? Instead of writing files to the normal location, the applications writes files to a sandbox, a temporary storage area. 'Data flows in both directions between programs and the sandbox. During read operations, data may flow from the hard disk into the sandbox. But data never flows back from the sandbox into the hard disk.'

If you launch an application in the sandbox, it won't be able to write configuration files, edit the Registry, edit files on your hard-disk. For example, if you launch Internet Explorer in the sandbox, you won't be able to install plug-ins or ActiveX controls, so it's useful to launch the browser in the sandbox if you visit potentially dangerous sites.

The application is also useful if you want to test programs you don't trust or if you want to run programs from your USB drive without leaving traces. You can then explore the sandbox, delete its content or recover files.

Sandboxie is not extremely stable, but it's a good solution for a small sandbox environment if you don't want to install a virtualization tool like VMWare.

[ Windows 2000/XP/2003, 242 KB, Freeware ]