CR4: Unknown Object In Desert.
“While exploring with the Google Earth satellite I came upon this object that appears to be some kind of aircraft. The object looks fake, but fake what? The area is a mile or two south of Interstate 40 (I-40) and a couple miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Obvious what it is, but the comment thread is entertaining.
Positionly: Old SEO vs. New SEO.
Fluffy infographic, but will be handy to show people. Sit back and consider how much influence Google has over our sites. A little search engine algorithm change, and we all get busier. It’s astonishing.
Death and Taxes: Google is now funding numerous Tea Party groups.
PC World: Google (finally) lets you download your Gmail and Calendar data, here’s how.
Cool. Perhaps I can make a browseable archive.
CNN: 2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack.
“Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter told CNNMoney they have notified and reset passwords for compromised users. Google declined to comment. Yahoo and ADP did not provide immediate responses.” Time to change your passwords. Again. ‘Course, compared to Adobe’s password breach a few weeks ago, can you really call 2 million ‘massive’?
Later: More, and better, info.
Feedburner’s gone mental.
Won’t tweet my posts anymore. Not sure why. I’ve turned things off and on, resynced. Suppose I’ll just wait for a bit and see if it ‘magically’ restores itself.
ShellyCloud: Hide your staging environment from Google.
Mashable: Google Invests $80 Million to Open 6 Solar Energy Plants.
Rather than having hundreds of private solar farms, I’d prefer to see utilities walk away from coal and oil in a bigger way. Hundreds of square miles of New Mexico available for such things, with little environmental impact (would a cow or a cactus react badly to some welcome shade?).
ArsTechnica: Chrome will now save its users from unexpectedly noisy browser tabs.
Brilliant. I’ve been using Safari since last OS update, but it seems to get buggier and buggier as time goes by. Time to Chrome it up, methinks. I run into rogue audio more than I care to think about.
Technoagita: Fed up with Feedly and especially with Google.
InstantShift: Hummingbird - What It Means For SEO, and What It Does For Google’s Status.
“In an attempt to completely overhaul Google’s search algorithm, Hummingbird becomes more context intensive. Keywords no longer do the job. Now, a person truly has to write to comply with the browser’s latest Knowledge Graph version.” Content over keywords. I hope it works; long overdue.
CNet: Google Apps dropkicks support for IE 9.
Poof. And another old browser bites the dust. In organizations at least.
Macworld: Get to know OS X Mavericks—Apple Mail 7.0.
Apparently, if you use GMail, don’t even try using the new Mail 7.0. in Mavericks. I wonder how Outlook.com behaves with it …
Google Maps/Streetview: Lamborghini Museum.
Lambos have never been a favorite of mine, except for the Muira. That one, I want to crawl through the screen for.
Anyone switched from Sparrow to Airmail?
What do you think of it? Thanks.
CodePen: Google Static Map Maker.
And miss out on drawing from scratch in Illustrator? Takes all the fun out of maps. [Heh.]
SER: Google+ Ranking Study Shows No Ranking Boost.
Salon: How Google flushes knowledge down the toilet.
“The Internet isn’t a resource for all knowledge, no matter how much we like to think it is – and yet we increasingly rely on it to be just that.” As I was advising a young man just the other day, “The Internet is still only inch-deep. You have to go offline to get the really good stuff.” Much as we’d like to stop memorizing things and just rely on the ‘net as an external brain-dump … gaming of the search engines still handicaps the Internet’s potential. Probably nowhere is this more apparent than in health advice. [After blogging for so many years, I have this terrible habit now … when someone starts asking me about some wierdsville therapy they’ve read about on the ‘net, I start quacking like a duck. I can’t help it.]
Gizmodo: Even Google Reader Replacements Are Shutting Down.
The Old Reader is pulling back a bit.
Gingrich and Google Glass.
My brain just melted. Why do I need to know this?
NewsBlur’s been pretty good so far, barring the various outages. But here’s an entertaining glitch - repetitive entries in a feed. I’ve checked the Guardian’s actual RSS feed - no such problems that I can see. Displays fine in other RSS reading software. I suppose a delete-and-relink should cure the malady. Thought I’d point it out, just in case anyone else is having involuntary maddeningly repetitive deja vu.
Later: 3PM MST, the aberrant behavior has ceased, without any alterations from me.
Google Maps, Street View: Diagon Alley at Warner Bros Studio.
My ‘final score’ in Google Reader.
“From your 310 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 48,897 items. Since January 2, 2013 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.” I’ve been using it a whole lot longer than that - not sure why it’s not displaying.
RSS: Well, I’ve got to make a choice.
NewsBlur has sharing features. What do y’all think? Feedly’s interface is just too cloying for my taste. How’s the speed on NewsBlur these days?
Another RSS app.