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279 items tagged “google”


The Oxford Guide free WiFi plotted on Google Maps. The guide offers a geocoded Atom feed which can be directly plotted on a Google Map. # 26th May 2007, 9:55 am

A whole new experience for Google Analytics. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the new interface. Maybe I’ll finally be able to find the search referrals page! # 8th May 2007, 9:09 pm

Introduction and Yahoo! Pipes. The official Google Maps API blog describes how to plot KML output from Yahoo! Pipes. # 3rd May 2007, 10 pm

Seven JavaScript Techniques You Should Be Using Today (via) Sound advice from Dustin Diaz, who is now a Googler. # 24th April 2007, 8:20 am

Google AJAX Feed API (via) Simple cross-domain proxy to allow JavaScript to access any publically addressable syndication feed, with the same logic as Google Reader providing normalisation. # 18th April 2007, 5:29 pm

Google Reader Theme. Jon Hicks’ beautiful alternative skin for Google Reader, installable as a user stylesheet for various browsers. # 16th April 2007, 10:03 pm

Google My Maps: Bodeans. I’ve been talking about how useful a simple tool for creating custom maps would be for ages... looks like Google beat me to it. Here’s one I created showing the location of Bodeans, an excellent Kansas-style BBQ joint in Soho, London. It’s a shame the URLs suck. # 5th April 2007, 5:40 pm

How to beat Google, part 1. Rick Skrenta with 12 steps to taking on Google in the search engine space, including some great insights in to smart UI design. # 27th March 2007, 12:02 am

New Open Source Utility Library for the Google Maps API (via) Google are taking a hybrid approach to development on their Maps API—an open source utility library layered on top of their closed source, obfuscated core code. # 23rd March 2007, 9:09 pm

My photos tagged “cheese” on a Google Map. You can paste a Flickr GeoRSS feed directly in to the Google Maps query box. # 23rd March 2007, 1:55 am

KML and GeoRSS support added to the Google Maps API. Since Flickr can output GeoRSS, this means you can now plot your Flickr photos on a Google Map (if you’re so inclined). # 23rd March 2007, 1:03 am

Two visions. It looks like Mark Pilgrim is going to be joining Hixie at Google. # 20th March 2007, 8:32 am

Google Video: How do I enter transcripts? Neat feature of Google Video I hadn’t seen before: you can upload timestamped transcripts of your videos. Anyone seen a video that uses these? # 12th March 2007, 10:44 pm

Google Seattle conference on scalability. Google are hosting a conference on scalability in Seattle on June 23rd. They’ve just put out the CfP. # 10th March 2007, 4:37 pm

The bright side: web spam is an evolutionary force that pushes relevance innovations such as trustrank forward. Spam created the market opportunity for Google, when Altavista succumbed in 97-98. Search startups should be praying to the spam gods for a second opportunity.

Rick Skrenta # 15th February 2007, 11:15 am

Add OpenSearch to your site in five minutes. OpenSearch is easy. DeWitt demonstrates how you don’t even need a site search engine to implement it if you take advantage of Google’s site: operator. # 9th February 2007, 12:52 am

This site may harm your computer. Tom Dyson’s personal weblog was flagged by Google as hosting malicious software, without any clue as to what the problem was. Sure looks like a false positive to me. # 5th February 2007, 9:26 am

On Space Art in Sebastopol... Awesome. Our giant mosaic space invaders are going to show up on Google Earth! # 22nd January 2007, 10:44 pm

Designing Google Reader’s trends. “But beyond the visualization, this serves as a good example of collecting and understanding the ambient information that flows through our digital lives.” # 15th January 2007, 12:53 am

Details of Google’s Latest Security Hole. For a brief while you could use Blogger Custom Domains to point a Google subdomain at your own content, letting you hijack Google cookies and steal accounts for any Google services. # 14th January 2007, 1:36 pm

MacFUSE: FUSE for Mac OS X. Mac support for user-space custom file systems, API compatible with those already written for Linux. Amit Singh runs; I hadn’t realised that he had moved to Google. # 12th January 2007, 9:47 am


How is Google giving me access to this page?

Google have an open URL redirector, so you can craft a link that uses that:

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Beginning of the end for open web data APIs? Google just ditched their SOAP API in favour of a crippled Ajax widget. What are the implications for other free-as-in-beer APIs? # 20th December 2006, 12:44 am

Google Code gets wikis and file downloads. Someone finally wrote a project wiki that stores its pages inside the Subversion repository. # 16th December 2006, 12:35 pm

Google’s own cornershop. Google groups has an undocumented API for generating rounded corners. # 14th December 2006, 7:34 pm

Making GWT Better. Explains the philosophy behind GWT. It’s all about the tools! # 12th December 2006, 5:53 pm

GWT 1.3 Release Candidate is 100% Open Source. At least you can see how the code generator works now. # 12th December 2006, 5:50 pm

Google Mondrian. Internal Google application, powered in part by Django! # 1st December 2006, 11:27 am

Good Agile, Bad Agile. Includes interesting insight in to Google development processes. # 27th September 2006, 3:10 pm


Chris Shiflett: Google XSS Example (via) UTF-7 is a nasty vector for XSS. # 24th December 2005, 5:21 pm