This column is not so much how to get a job at Google--I have no clear idea on how to do that--as it is how to succeed at Google once you've been hired. The combination of humility and leadership sounds exactly right to me.
This quiz identifies where you are from (in the U.S.) based on how you speak. Impressively it correctly located me near Boston, my wife near Grand Rapids, and our daughter near San Francisco, even though our daughter presumably learned most of how she speaks from us.
I got a Nest thermostat for Christmas. The instructions said I could install it myself, and they were easy to follow, so I did. A few hours later, the furnace stopped working. I put the old thermostat back on, but it didn't make any difference. So no heat last night (not a big deal here in California). The furnace guy came today; the Nest blew out a fuse on the furnace. And it turns out that Nest doesn't work with our kind of furnace anyhow (Infinity Carrier) unless the furnace is manually downgraded to a simpler mode of operation (this requires changing various unmarked jumpers on the furnace control board, not a do-it-yourself job).
We'll return the Nest, but it would have been nice if the instructions had mentioned that possibility before we spent $125 on furnace service.