Google Notebook Blacklists Heavy Users?

Well, apparently it was an accident. But it gave heavy Google Notebook user Ran Barton (that’s a comment on his usage of Notebook, not his weight; nobody yell at me, please) a scare when he couldn’t get at his notes. Apparently he was blacklisted because of the total size of his notes, which must be very large. Google said they have corrected the heuristic filter to prevent future accidents. They hope. Click through to his site for the rest of the story. Hat tip: Ionut Alex Chitu, Google Operating System

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Xoogler Kevin Fox’s Destination Revealed

When all the Google blogs (notably Google Blogoscoped and Google Operating System) picked up on the departure of Kevin Fox from Google, all that was known was that he was leaving to join a start-up (the only information he left in his blog entry). Now we know where he’s going. The start-up is FriendFeed, whose widget can currently be seen in the sidebar of this very blog (you might have to scroll down a bit, er, a lot). Kevin Fox designed the interfaces for Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader’s current interface, and now is heading to FriendFeed HQ to…

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Gmail Storage Counter Slowed

It seems as though the storage increase in Gmail has slowed. Before it was going up several megabytes an hour; now it’s a paltry 3.5 MB per day (according to an anonymous Wikipedia editor). I did think something seemed amiss when the counter wasn’t increasing as usual today. Now I know why; it’s not just my account. Could it be that Google was actually starting to run out of disk space?

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Google Developing “Knol”, a Knowledge-Sharing Service

Looks like Google’s taking aim at Wikipedia with this one. Maybe they got tired of having Wikipedia articles being number one on the SERPs for so many queries. So, what’s a “knol”? According to the Official Google Blog post, it’s a unit of knowledge. Earlier this week, a selected group of people began receiving invitations to try a new Google service, named (speculatively) Google Knols. Why they don’t include the other five letters of the word is beyond me. I think it would sound better, if nothing else. The service will allow anyone to write an article on a topic…

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Gdrive Rumors Surface Again

Once again, the news media have latched onto the rumored Google Gdrive, hinted at as far back as last summer, before I even started blogging (much, at any rate). Since then, it’s all just died out. Until today, that is. The Wall Street Journal published an article today that certainly brings those ideas to the forefront again. It reminds us of the notes Google leaked last year, the YouTube video they hid (“Googley Blues”), the Platypus login screen Google Blogoscoped published about, and the leaked Platypus client, among many other things. Those links go back to last March, but the…

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XP Faster Than Vista?

Ah, more evidence that Vista’s a flop. The same testers that benchmarked Vista SP1 beta performed the same set of tests on XP SP3 beta and came up with some astonishing results. First, SP3 is about 10% faster than SP2, a nice bonus for a bugfix rollup. But XP SP3 is also about twice as fast as Vista SP1. Twice as fast. Wow! More reason for me to stick with XP, I think. Microsoft’s losing their touch.

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Google Browser Sync: Buggy and Vengeful Yet Loved

Everyone in the country has heard of Gmail by now (and if they haven’t I’d like to meet them and find out why), and people have definitely heard of the Google Toolbar, but Google has lots of other services and browser extensions. One of those is Google Browser Sync, an extension for Firefox that (supposedly) synchronizes your bookmarks, search history, browsing history, passwords, and sessions across computers. I say supposedly because it doesn’t always do its job. There have been numerous reports on the Google Firefox Extensions group that Browser Sync deletes bookmarks, or adds in loads of additional spacers.…

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Google Book Search’s Labels List Displays Lowercase

From the odd files: I just came back to Google Book Search today after getting a couple of new books last week. I added them to my library by searching for their ISBNs and titles, and then went to my library to tag them. Except they’re called labels now (or were they before? I forget). And the list on the left is in all lowercase. I liked it when the list was in the case of the label. The books themselves display labels like “Web Design” and “Computers” but the list will show those two labels as “web design” and…

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Gmail Thanksgiving Logo

Looks like Google’s (finally?) getting into the holiday spirit within Gmail. I noticed a Thanksgiving logo this morning. Considering Google Calendar and Google Reader lack these special logos, I find it interesting that Google made a special one for Gmail. The Google homepage has its usual special logo, so that’s not anything remarkable. It is interesting, however, that the same turkey characters appear in both logos. Consider the homepage logo, with two turkeys sitting at a table, making conversation, while the Gmail logo has a turkey running to the right with a pie, an alarm clock ringing on the tail…

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Microsoft Launches Windows Live Community Builder

Well, they call it Community Builder. From looking at the specs, it sounds like something similar to Google’s Apps For Your Domain, making it Windows Live For Your Domain. Well, that’s what TechCrunch is calling it, anyway. It’s all free, meaning it costs less than GAFYD (at least for businesses). Included are email tools, page creation apps, and several other features not exactly spelled out (Microsoft says that more info is coming on the site). It looks interesting, and includes full developer resources to create custom plugins for other Live apps (such as Writer and Messenger), make rich-content websites, and…

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