Senin, 28 Februari 2011

0 Many Gmail Users Can't Find Their Messages

Imagine loading Gmail and noticing that all your messages have been deleted. This is a real problem for many Gmail users who thought that they lost all of their messages. Here's one of the many reports from Gmail's forum:
Yes, whatever the error is on Google's end (and it clearly is that, not a hack, unless it's some kind of inside hack) it's basically reset my account so it's like a brand-new Gmail account. My contacts are intact, but nothing else--the folders have reset to default, my signature line is blank, the "theme" is changed back to the default and--of course--every single email from the last 7 years has vanished completely.

The Google Apps Status page mentions that "this issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase" and "Google engineers are working to restore full access". The users that are affected "will be temporarily unable to sign in".

This is a really important problem for Google and one of the biggest Gmail issues ever since Google's email service was released, back in 2004.

Update: A Google engineer says that the "accounts that are affected are currently fully disabled. We're in the process of changing this to be a Gmail only disable so you should regain access to other Google services soon. This will also mean email to these accounts stops bouncing and gets queued up for later delivery instead."

Update 2: Google says that only 0.02% of the Gmail users were affected. "In some rare instances software bugs can affect several copies of the data. That's what happened here. Some copies of mail were deleted, and we've been hard at work over the last 30 hours getting it back for the people affected by this issue. To protect your information from these unusual bugs, we also back it up to tape. Since the tapes are offline, they're protected from such software bugs. But restoring data from them also takes longer than transferring your requests to another data center, which is why it's taken us hours to get the email back instead of milliseconds."

{ via Engadget }

0 Google and the Value of Social Networking (Part 3)

Paul Buchheit, the ex-Googler behind Gmail and a former Facebook employee, answered a question about the rivalry between Google and Facebook.
There is an interesting competitive element there because Facebook is growing very fast, and obviously, Google would like to compete in the social-networking space. They have finally realized its importance, and they are finding themselves, maybe for the first time, with the realization that there is someone who is way, way ahead of them.

There was a moment with Microsoft that they assumed that Google was like, "Well, yeah, search isn't that important. And if it does become important, we'll just hire some people and we'll take over." They kind of thought it was something they could win really easily, and they underestimated the difficulty of it. I kind of feel like Google may have reached that same moment with social networking, where they realized, A, it's important, and B, it's really hard to win.

Paul is not the first ex-Googler who thinks that Google didn't understand the importance of social networking. Another former Googler said that "there is some belief at Google that their DNA is not perfectly suited to build social products", while Aaron Iba, who worked on the Orkut team, noticed that "social networking [was viewed] as a frivolous form of entertainment rather than a real utility".

{ via Avinash }

0 Videos From the Old Googleplex

In February 1999, Google moved from Susan Wojcicki's garage to "new digs at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto with just eight employees" and in August 1999, Google relocated to Mountain View: 2400 E. Bayshore. Five years later, Google moved to "the new Googleplex at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, giving 800+ employees a campus environment."

Former Google employee Doug Edwards posted some videos from November 1999 of the old Googleplex. At that time, Google's search engine was only available in English, it didn't include ads or image search results and it was the only Google service.

Minggu, 27 Februari 2011

0 Dallas 2010

Finally got down to editing my pictures from my trip to Dallas, Texas last December!

Wow, my average wait time for a blog entry is about 2.5 months. And to think they say one of the things blogs beat traditional media at is their speed to publish. Hmmm...

Anyway mostly pictures coz I finished editing at freaking 5.26am! Say whattttttttt?

Snow-filled landing strips in Minnesota where we transitted. THANK GOD Dallas winters are not so crazy cold!!

Say hi to my new camera pouch! :D It costs only $3 from one of those vending egg machines!! Cannot choose the colour though. Got pink, purple, blue, white and yellow (listed in my order of preference) and my first try I got a damn yellow (ugly!) and second I got the blue.

Ok lah I'm growing to like it. I should go try for a few more!

His and her footwear at Mike's uncle's lakehouse. Fun place!

Enjoying the sunset even at sub-zero temperature.

Rainbow sky... Can't get over how gorgeous it is! And that's the moon!

Tried to take a photo with the sky but unfortunately blocked by my big head/hat. Not a bad thing. LOL!

Artsy shot

In case you ever wondered "How would Xiaxue look like with puffy white cheeks?". 
Your question answered.

Mustang with reindeer ears. Love the Americans' Xmas spirit!

Camwhoring in the car

Burger from Steak n' Shake. Freaking awesome skinny fries! 

Guess what the patty is made of?


No wonder Voldemort's such a fan

Found my brown wedged oxfords at F21 - was so mad happy! 

These kinda shoes were all over Vivi then but unfortunately are now 
phased now before I even managed to blog about them fml.

Romantic drive to the lake that Mike loves

Watching seagulls and ducks. Too cold to walk outta the car though.

Cooked dinner for his family... LOBSTER TAIL!!

Pack of 2 tails only $7usd, but frozen ones lah. And so easy to cook - dig out the meat, stuff cheese in between meat and shell, sprinkle garlic and put some butter then pop into the oven.

It was not bad but my first attempt was quite raw!! Had to put it back in for another 10 mins. That's the shit thing about oven-cooking!

And that CORN.

You may think it is a insignificant side dish but my GOD the corn in the states is so freaking yummilicious!!!!!!!!!

Freaking sweet and the kernels are firm and crunchy and bursting with juice when you bite into them. Nothing like the mushy and lou feng variety you get in Singapore!! I can eat 4 in a row I swear!

I miss you V Coke!

Kitty thinks he is the king of the world sprawled all over the floor

This photo looks like an ad for fabric softener. I'm showing some love to my Uniqlo pink fur coat!! It is so nice and snug for winter and not to mention CHIO :p

Mike's mom specially cooking creamy pasta for me!! Love

There she is constantly fussing over how comfortable we are and how filled our stomachs are.

Doggie in da house

The house decorated for Xmas

 With a real fire! Careful of falling into the cinders Santa!

Pardon this ghost-like photo. I curled my hair and thought it was gorgeous that day...

Did I already mention gorgeous? I did...

Watching a movie together

Our first Xmas together married! :D

Xmas pressie to myself: Juicy Couture knitted earphones with mouse ears!! TOO CUTE

Yes I'm a bit too old for them but WHATEVER! Blondes get away with anything.


Playing with FIREWORKS!!!

Illegal in Singapore but legal in the states:

I have a feeling I posted a photo of this place before. Or is it a Deja vu?

BOOMBOOMBOOM! I will resist posting Katy Perry lyrics.

Had a hard time choosing our stash! Also I learnt the names of the different kinds of fireworks! "Artillery Shells" are those that we see at our NDPs. And the only sort I find are worth the money.

Roman Candles are lame!

LOL Mike's dad's gonna kill me for posting this up. We went to a field to set off the fireworks and it was super cold and he was underdressed so he took a blanket that was in the car to wrap himself in!!

We forced him to take a photo and it's so cute!! LOL

I will NOT post boring badly taken shots of the fireworks to torture you. You are welcome.

Hey this photo is not photoshopped!! Rare!!!

Dinner at a vintage burger joint with Mike's brothers... Erm just this photo I got distracted by my meal after that.

Wah lau... Coz the weather is so dry over there, my wedding ring finger acted up and had this.... What's this thing called?

Like a dry patch that's super itchy!!

Had to wear my ring on my right hand -_- Thank god it's ok now!! THANK YOU 100% HUMIDITY!

Ann and Paul waiting for a table for our dinner...

My, ahem, husband posing like a model. Unbeknownst to him, a mouthless cat at the background threatens his masculinity...

Sayre family

Girl in green is Daniel's fiancee!

My doodle on the table's paper!

Ok finish!!! I have relieved the guilt I've been having the past few days over not properly blogging. Phew!

Sabtu, 26 Februari 2011

0 New Google Profile Search

Google has a new specialized search engine for searching Google Profiles. It has a better interface than the regular Google Profiles search feature, it's integrated with Google Search and it shows additional links from people's profiles.

This feature is not yet enabled in the interface, but you can search Google Profiles by adding &tbs=prfl:1 to a Google Search URL. Here's an example.

Google could use the data from user profiles to provide advanced search features like restricting profiles to people who lived in Chicago, attended Long Island University and are interested in sports.

{ spotted by François Beaufort }

Jumat, 25 Februari 2011

0 Store More Photos and Videos in Picasa Web Albums

You've probably noticed that Picasa Web's storage counter shows that you have more free space than a couple of days ago. It turns out that this is not a bug.

"We recently made a change whereby any pictures 800 pixels and under don't count towards used PWA storage. The new GB numbers you're seeing are the result of quota recalculations that were made," informs a Google employee.

The new feature encourages users to upload smaller images. If you use Picasa to upload your photos, there's a setting that lets you pick the dimensions of the photos that are uploaded. The "small" option is recommended "for publishing images on blogs and webpages". Blogger users who resize their photos before uploading them will no longer have to buy extra storage if they're prolific.

Another important change is that "all videos under 15 minutes also don't count towards used PWA storage". That means you can now upload short videos to Picasa Web Albums without worrying about the file size.

Update: "Photos less than 800 pixels x 800 pixels and video less than 15 minutes long that are uploaded to Picasa Web Album, Blogger, or Buzz don't count towards your storage quota." (Picasa Web's help center)

0 The Happiest Day of a Dying Marine's Life

A few weeks ago, while packing up after a speaking program for a high school’s support staff, I had the privilege of chatting with one of the custodians. His name was Frank.

Frank shared with me a story from his childhood, starring his father, a career Marine. The family operated pretty much as you might expect under the head of a someone who’d spent his whole life in the service and saw action in two wars. The kids had buzz cuts. The household was in perfect order. And when Dad spoke, you listened.

One day, during a family drive, Frank’s father came to a stoplight. He abruptly put the car in park and announced, “Alright everybody! It’s time for a fire drill -- everybody out of the car!” The rest of the family was temporarily stunned, but what choice did they have? An order was an order! Within moments, they joined the 5-foot-8-inch spark plug outside and did several laps around the parked car. Then he commanded the eldest son, who was only 13 at the time, to get in the front seat and drive.

“But Dad,” the son exclaimed. “I don’t know how to drive!”

“You can drive. Let’s go!”

Well, the son did what he was told, and after a few shaky, herky-jerky blocks, the dad ordered the car to a halt, saying with a chuckle, “You’re right. You can’t drive. I’ll take it from here.”

The family’s shared laughter lasted for miles and miles and years and years. According to Frank, from that day on, his dad was a changed man.

Frank’s father died last February from emphysema. While he was in the hospital, in the middle of his final battle, the old man reflected back on his years. With tears in his eyes, he declared that day to be the happiest day in his life. Not the day he was married. Not the day his kids were born. The day he ordered the Chinese fire drill. The family that was with him on that memorable day was with him as he shared his deathbed reflection. And that night, he passed way.

Not only had Frank’s dad seen war firsthand -- with an abundance of wounds to prove it -- he also watched his brother die in the attack on Pearl Harbor. At the time of the famous fire drill, his duty to turn boys into men and train them for war weighed heavily on him.

It’s hard for me to imagine the burden he carried and the nightmares that must have perpetually haunted him. But what a testament to the power of a small rebellion! Imagine it with me: a disciplined, serious, strait-laced Marine who one moment is navigating the family station wagon and the next is circling it wildly with reckless abandon, amidst a chorus of silly giggles and hearty chuckles.

Today, there are many people who are being asked to do more with less. Our world is still wracked with war. We hear story after story of people losing their jobs, their homes, their battle with cancer. Perhaps you are among them.

Life isn’t easy. Sometimes it seems too hard to bear. But no matter how hopeless or heavy it seems, hang in there.

You see, as difficult as things can get, I am encouraged and inspired by the fact that sometimes, a tiny action -- a decision to zig instead of zag -- can be more powerful than corporations, governments, or an army of powerful tanks.

So even if the cause seems lost or a solution out of sight, try instigating a small rebellion. Who knows? A random act of silliness may just turn the tide and turn today into the happiest day of your life.

Written on 2/25/2011 by Jason Kotecki. Jason is a cartoonist, author, and professional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a former kindergarten teacher) make it their mission in life to fight Adultitis and help people use strategies from childhood to create lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by for more tips for escaping adulthood.Photo Credit: Jason Kotecki
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