Monday, September 30, 2013
Google is great at everything. Recently they announced a company to fight death itself by engaging in aging research.

But....

The contact management features in Gmail are way below Google's high standards. If you have a lot of contacts (imagine a few thousand) and you would like to clean some by filtering, you need to:
1. export the contacts into CSV
2. purge your contact book
3. open the CSV in Excel (or other more exotic software)
4. filter and manage the contacts in Excel
5. upload the contacts back to Gmail

This is a disaster. Please, Google, fix it!

And please consider switching to RSA security (or adding it to Android), I would really like to pay for this feature. SMSs just don't do it.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Quote of the year, please share:

"There’s many, many exciting and important things you could do that you just can’t do ’cause they’re illegal or they’re not allowed by regulation. And that makes sense, we don’t want our world to change too fast. But maybe we should set aside some small part of the world ... I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out: What is the effect on society? What’s the effect on people? Without having to deploy it into the normal world. And people who like those kinds of things can go there and experience that."

- Larry Page, Google at Google I/O 2013

We need a place to test out some of the converging technologies in aging research and regenerative medicine. Please Like the AGING KILLS! campaign.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I love all tools by Google. Google Trends was an inspiration for creating FundingTrends.Org. 
But Google Ngram really sucks. Check out the Ngram result for the word "Google" or any other trademark. Results go back to 1800s... Perhaps they should take it off.
Google Ngram
 
Monday, July 4, 2011
As you know, I am a total google addict. And my biggest fear in life is waking up with all my Google services switched off. If the Bible was to be written today, a permanent disconnect from Google services and loss of data would be my version of hell.

So I was very ambivalent towards Google +.  From one perspective, I wanted to get an invite badly, but from another perspective, I would want to get the invite using another, less personal Gmail account, which I want to keep more or less secure.
From one perspective, they can kick FB's arse any day with a G-style social network, especially with the Android army lurking in the background and enormous Gmail population. And their strategy of making Google+ desirable by making it available to an exclusive group works well (it worked for Gmail).

But this strategy can also backfire. And the innocent Gmail users can be affected. Do you know how the invite looks like? Do you know who of your friends are using it?
What do you do if you get a Google+ invite from a friend and the link links you to the registration form requiring your email address and password.

Today I got this:


I got it right after waking up on my iPhone. The link led to a registration form asking to fill in the email and password. And my sleeping brain, after years of staying on the watch for pranks like that, made me type in the password. The craving to test the Google+ was bad... And obviously, I got an error message "you can't access Google+ right now".
And now I don't know whether it was a prank to steal my password or if this is a standard G-interface, but I can tell you one thing: If someone hacks your Facebook account, that may be painful, but tolerable. But if someone gets access to your Gmail/Google/Blogger/... unified password, you are in my version of modern hell....

Boo on Google for not thinking through the security strategy and not informing Gmail users about how the Google+ invites look like. Could be a good marketing strategy as well. What antitrust committee would charge a provider for an attempt to make the user base informed of possible pranks...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Just when I was about to switch away from the iPhone and move to Nexus One, which I think is a much more advanced phone, Google made it clear that it will not stay the course and will not have a roadmap for this gorgeous phone. I had to buy the iPhone 4 :-(

Here is an interesting article about Google diminishing its brand reputation with Nexus One - http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody/2010/09/07/has-google-just-doomed-whats-left-of-its-brand/?mod=yahoo_hs

Believe me, I love Google, but how could they skrew it up with Nexus One, Buzz, Wave, Checkout, etc. They definitely need to start rolling out complete products and backing these up with their marketing power, not just experimental stuff with no support.  I hope they don't pull Android off the market any time soon... 
Monday, May 24, 2010
I absolutely love Google. I love Google more than any woman, pet or asset. I can not live without it and I spend most of my time within its Matrix.

Think about it... it is truly an awesome set of services: Google Search, GMail, Docs, Calendar, Maps, Blogspot, Youtube, Finance, Adsense, Checkout, Android, Labs... I could continue for a very long time.

When I think about it, my life depends on Google...

AND MY LIFE DEPENDS ON ONE SINGLE PASSWORD! 

I mean... Gmail, Blogspot and Checkout are more important than any single bank account I have. I am a small fry and don't have any money, but think about the people that do... AND THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON ONE SINGLE PASSWORD! 
Doesn't Google see room for improvement? There is a huge number of ways to improve security and add security options: 
  • Tokens (devices that you carry with you that display a number that synchronizes with their server)
  • Local Token App (a local device-specific app that will perform the function of a Tokin, but in a more advanced way than a security certificate)
  • Web cam facial recognition
  • Fingerprint recognition
  • Voice recognition
  • and even behavioral recognition (monitoring your browsing patterns)

      C'mon Google brothers, help us out here with some creativity! 
I AM WILLING TO PAY FOR THIS SERVICE!




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