Temporarily/Permanently Disable Redirection to Local Google Domain

Why might you wanna do this? Well, for starters, Google Instant does not work everywhere in the world right now. So you can force it to the US-based Google webpage and start using Google Instant. Either temporarily or permanently.

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Always Use Google SSL Search in Chrome

You know what Google SSL Search is right?

By using SSL, your search results would be encrypted on the communication channel between Google and your computer. So an attacker on the same network you are on will not be able see what you are searching for.

NOTE: Google can, of course, still see what you are searching for =) So beware, they might be watching you πŸ˜›

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Google Wave Invite Giveaway

Hi everyone,

I have 11 Google Wave invites left. You want it? Just drop a comment with your gmail username(or any other e-mail address I guess, but I haven’t tested). Use [at] instead of @ and [dot] instead of β€˜.’ to be protected from spam bots though.

First come, first served..

Update: None left! 😦 If I get more, I’ll post them here again.

Utilizing Human Computational Power by Games?

I just watched this great video of a Google Tech Talk by Luis von Ahn; who is a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Luis von Ahn developed reCAPTCHA, a new form of CAPTCHA that also helps digitize books. In reCAPTCHA, the images of words displayed to the user come directly from old books that are being digitized; they are words that optical character recognition could not identify and are sent to people throughout the Web to be identified. He also was awarded many fellowships and awards like the MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the "genius award").

He came up with really interesting thoughts on how to use humans to identify and tag images on Google’s image database, and more importantly, how to do it for free! πŸ™‚ When people play, they help label images on the Web with descriptive keywords. These keywords can be used to significantly improve the accuracy of image search. There are, of course, algorithms behind to prevent cheating and to prevent wrong tags.

This talk introduces a paradigm for utilizing human processing power to solve problems that computers cannot yet solve. The idea is to make the people want to help this verification process by actually turning it into an enjoyable and fun game!

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Some thoughts about Google Chrome

Google Chrome 

As everyone knows, Google released its own browser tuesday. I was among the first to download and test it, though apparently I am among the last to blog about it πŸ™‚ I was quite busy.

Google Chrome is an extremely minimal yet highly functional web browser. It achieves a pretty good balance between these two.  While I was reading the comic book that the Google provided (and yes, I read all of it without getting bored πŸ™‚ ) I began to realize how great ideas they were!

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Google Android GPS Application “Enkin”

2 guys that are studying Computational Visualistics in Koblenz, Germany made a really interesting mobile application with the Google Android SDK for the Google Android Developer challenge. Actually it seems that it has been a while, but better late than never, eh?

” ‘Enkin’ introduces a new handheld navigation concept. It displays location-based content in a unique way that bridges the gap between reality and classic map-like representations. It combines GPS, orientation sensors, 3D graphics, live video, several web services and a novel user interface into an intuitive and light navigation system for mobile devices.”

Watching the video, I am impressed πŸ™‚ This application should be integrated into the handset, it eliminates the boring 2D view of traditional apps.

Now that I look at the Top 50, it seems these guys didn’t win anything at the Developer Challenge. Sad for them 😦 They must have worked a lot to get the application working.

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