Tag Archives: Google

Why I finally gave in and gave google all my email

It doesn't matter how careful you are, if you're the last human in a world of zombies, you're going to get eaten sooner or later. You may not have noticed, but one of the last humans not using gmail - that's me - recently joined the brain-seeking horde. I didn't set out to be That…
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Goog line extension

I was excited to hear that Google maps had finally added Boston's public transit system.  Now you can get directions around Boston for driving, walking, and public transit.  Of course, the MBTA website has been providing a trip planning service for some time.  So I figured I would compare the two services recommendations.  Too lazy…
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Try to parry the sword of data and you might get your pixels sliced off

Last week somebody who should have been working tipped me off to the story of Douglas Bowman, a lead designer at Google, quitting at least in part because his design decisions were being second-guessed and subjected to minute quantitative analysis.  Quantitative analysis at Google?  Who knew? Bowman wrote in his blog, I had a recent…
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Goog is my copilot

Ever seen the bumper sticker that proclaims, "God is my copilot" or maybe the one that says, "Dog is my copilot"? I don't think you see as many bumper stickers as you used to, but these days I think if a car has one, it's as likely to have ten. And I definitely see a…
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GOOG, where's my car?

Google Maps' Street View feature - wherein they send car-mounted cameras tooling around the streets of an area and use whiz-bang technology to stitch the photos together into an eye-level view of everything along the streets - has come to Boston. So, naturally I poked around, looking at my home, my friends' homes, places of…
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If you seek what you sought, you’ll find what you found.

I'm going back to work tomorrow after a two-week vacation, during which - uncharacteristically - I read work email just twice, once at the beginning, just briefly, and again today, much more thoroughly to prepare for re-entry tomorrow. Here's a redacted summary of one message I received. For the purpose of illustration, please assume that…
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