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Login to docs.google.com temporarily redirects through accounts.youtube.com? Really? Well, I just saw it happen. But it's surprising.
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Right, drive replaced docs, but I haven't trained my fingers to type that yet. So the actual redirect chain was docs.google.com -> accounts.youtube.com -> drive.google.com. I'm just surprised the accounts server is in the youtube domain and not accounts.google.com. I know youtube is probably the oldest google property that required/allowed signin and so the rest of the google accounts infrastructure is likely built out of youtube originals, but it's a funny historical artifact to see in my address bar today.
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‎"LiveJournal is planning to start deleting inactive empty accounts. Pursuant to our housekeeping policy, your LiveJournal account is scheduled to be deleted in 15 days." — in a message I got recently, which also says "© 1999 LiveJournal".

Ha, now that's some telling irony. They haven't updated their copyright message since the 90s, they only just now noticed my account has been inactive about that long... maybe with some further digging they'll notice that it's actually not still 1999!
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Huh, Google Voice transcripts are editable in the web UI now? I wonder if they automatically learn from edits if you choose to donate the voicemail to their learning project?
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So, Comcast cable internet has a new failure mode for me. It's done this twice in the last week: connection is still up, enough packets get through to kind of use websites, in fact all the downstream packets get through so for some uses it's almost fine, but there's massive packet loss on the upstream path, and worse for larger packets.

So if I ping an external host, with the default 64 byte packet size, I see something like 3% packet loss (and by running another ping in the other direction and sniffing traffic at both ends, it's obvious the traffic loss is only upstream from my house: if a ping gets out from my house, it always gets a response, and any drops are because the ping request never gets to the remote server; in the other direction, I see pings that leave the remote server, hit my house, this end claims a response was sent and the other end never sees it).

If I use "ping -s 1400" to generate larger packets, I see something more like:

123 packets transmitted, 65 packets received, 47.2% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 15.701/179.111/3119.093/575.770 ms

Comcast's speed test (which tries to measure ping rtt, then downstream speed of some large file, then upstream speed of some garbage data) often stalls completely, but if it gives me a downstream result at all, it'll be just fine -- say 32mbps. Then the upstream test usually gets too confused to yield a result.
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Yeah so I ran into this 10 years ago in college trying to bridge my dorm room computer with my friends computer at Princeton and using a special Internet2 link. In essence you need to screw around with your uplink router's BGP tables. :)
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Nice to see Google supporting this effort with a homepage doodle.
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena...
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Kindle Fire first impressions:
- it's basically a color, video-happy, app-happy Kindle.
- fine for reading Kindle books, but if that's what you want to do, the e-ink Kindles are cheaper, lighter, less distracting, and have much better battery life.
- video playback from Amazon's store or Netflix works great
- app selection is small, but I'll bet a lot of games show up soon/over time
- overall touch interaction is ok but clunky, doesn't quite feel right compared to iOS, scrolling is choppy, some touches aren't recognized, some light touches send it scrolling for miles
- web browser feels decidedly not as fast as this year's Apple devices (iPad 2, iPhone 4S). So much for Silk?

Overall, if you compare it head to head against an iPad 2, of course the iPad comes out ahead, but it also costs 2.5x more, and is bigger and heavier. But iOS still sets the standard for natural touch interaction, and iOS also has a much wider app selection. Plus camera and GPS, and options for adding external keyboards, so some crazy people think they can use it as a laptop replacement... anyway, I don't see the Kindle Fire having comparable versatility.

If you want to focus on reading, video and games, and you like the 7" size (which is just right in many ways), the Kindle Fire is pretty compelling, especially given the price.

I sure hope Amazon is rapidly improving the touch interaction via software updates, though.
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Really, Google? The G+ notifications indicator needs to bounce? Maybe shouldn't it blink, or turn 3D and zoom out of the screen into my face?
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We have a prototype of that at the office. It's not as great as you might think: http://www.studentprogress.org/images/news/mail.jpg
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Trying to dial into a conference call from home, and don't want to use my cell phone; would prefer to use computer. Tried Skype and it works awful. Tried Google Chat (which, confusingly and unlike Google Voice, can call from computers to phone numbers), and it works great.
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The G+ iPhone app seems to deauthenticate the session after a week or so, but it still gets push notifications. So the app will notify me of some new post, I launch it, and have to sign in to see it. Is this normal? Seems weird.
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It seems like the obvious solution is to increase your activity level on G+ to avoid the timeout. #boomfixed
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Annoying: Chrome 17 is treating "http" as the omnibox search shortcut for amazon.com. So if I type a search query starting with http into the omnibox -- for example, I just wanted to search for "http basic authentication" -- as I type h,t,t,p it suggests amazon.com, and when I press space, it takes that as a confirmation and the omnibox changes to "search amazon.com for:", which is not where I want to find information on basic authentication.
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Thanks for the shortcut -- I knew about the "edit search engines", but didn't know the quick way to get there. That doesn't seem to be it, though. amazon.com is listed as it should be. (Also, what are the 3 fields? They're not labeled in any way in the UI. I'm guessing: friendly label, keyword, and query URL.)

Also: the offending keyword is just 'ht', not 'http'.
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The fact that every Google Docs document now has two "share" buttons (up at the top in the googlebar which means "Share URL via Google Plus", and lower down in the content area, blue with a padlock, meaning "actually share access to this document the normal Google Docs way") has a large potential for confusing people.
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Is there a way to link to individual comments on Google Plus? Say, an individual nugget of wisdom buried in the replies to https://plus.google.com/112678702228711889851/posts/eVeouesvaVX?
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant I was at Amazon for about six and a half years, and now I've been at Google for that long. One thing that struck me…
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    Symbolic Systems, 1994 - 1998
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1998 - 2001
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  • VMware
    Software developer, 2001 - 2012
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    Research Assistant, 1998 - 2001
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