Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Question: Is compromise an inevitable part of ‘growing up’?

I promise I will spare you any New Year’s resolution navel-gazing. But this wry commentary on Google’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics which I screen clipped at the time, and came across again tonight, raised (in me, anyway) a question: Where am I rationalising such extreme, comical-if-it-weren’t-so-serious compromise in my own life? The whole Jungian ‘shadow‘ […]

Those Google glasses. Gee, you hardly notice them after a while …

Yeah, we’re not there yet. – P

Yet another beautiful model with the geek glasses

Remember I mentioned in ‘Trying to make Google’s glasses look glamourous‘ how the strategy seemed to be: Juxtapose beautiful women with the Google Glass in hopes for a bit of glamour rub off? Yeah, that. – P

Trying to make Google’s glasses look glamourous

I had to chuckle when I spotted a request online for a picture of someone ‘attractive’ wearing Google’s somewhat creepy wearable spy camera/computer — then saw the request responded to with this picture from Google’s original marketing material (i.e. a posed professional model): She’s gorgeous, no question. But, of course, she’s being paid for her […]

Seriously folks, try using the DuckDuckGo search engine instead of Google

At the risk of sounding like a gushing fanboy, I want to encourage you to at least give a trial to the DuckDuckGo search engine. It’s here: I blogged about it last year here: (Default search engines, privacy … and trying alternatives to Google) and all that’s happened is that it’s gotten better and […]

Google denies PRISM direct access or back doors

What the…? Dear Google users— You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts. First, we have not joined […]

Who is better at snooping? GCSB or Google?

Microsoft ‘internal’ video. Read the background at The Verge: Leaked Scroogled video sees Microsoft parody Google’s Chrome ad – P

Google deceives the taxman with smoke and mirrors

British tax department ‘bamboozled’ by Google: MPs confront search giant over ‘devious’ attempt to avoid paying UK tax The internet giant Google was today branded “devious, calculating and unethical” by MPs who accused the company deliberately subverting its motto ‘do no evil’ in order to pay less tax. Infuriated members of the House of Commons […]

See? This why I just don’t trust Google

Yeah, like a lot of people I use the Google Reader API to sync my RSS — but only because they monstered everyone else out of the “market” * and many of the standalone RSS reader apps (especially iOS based readers, but also Vienna and NetNewsWire) switched to use Google Reader to sync feeds, subscriptions […]

Is Android catching up? Maybe.

Interesting Gizmodo article* from a self-described ‘demanding power user’ of smartphones, describing a big jump in the latest version of Android … An iPhone Lover’s Confession: I Switched To the Nexus 4. Completely. (Leave aside the dumb ‘confession’ angle. They can’t help themselves.) Read his article and let’s talk. I’ll wait. Me? Still good with […]

Distribute comment spam. Get pinged. Ask that YOUR OWN SPAM be removed. Hahahaha!

From Josh Marshall at He calls it ‘chutzpam’. I call it bleurgh! In other words, the estimable businessmen and women at have been paying SEO companies to spam the comment sections of sites around the globe. But now Google’s new search algorithms are making that legacy spam really damaging. So now they’re sending […]

Default search engines, privacy … and trying alternatives to Google

As I’ve indicated, I’ve been steadily making my web browsing footprint lighter and checking out alternatives to Google search — which, as well as trailing us all, spectacularly broke trust with users by circumnavigating (read: disobeying) explicit instructions in preferences to ‘block third party cookies’ by ‘unfair and deceptive‘ means (see Another Google privacy FAIL […]

Apple looks beyond Google for maps

There’s commentary and discussion about the fact that Apples’ new iPhoto for iOS released this week utilizes mapping services that aren’t directly provided by, ahem, Google. I remember watching a Tina Fey interview/appearance at the Google complex where she was jeered by the Google-ites for mentioning in response to a question that she used ” […]

Not QUITE ‘annoyance free’

With all the hullaballoo about internet privacy prompted by Google’s recent actions, I followed a link to Life Hacker’s privacy guide. (Check it out.) … which led me to their first recommendation: Adblock Plus. Oh, good, I thought. Since I already use the very excellent AdBlock extension in Safari … well, ‘Plus’ has to be good, […]

But can we believe anything Google says?

Apropos Another Google privacy FAIL (grrr) wherein we discussed Google defeating Safari’s privacy settings to plant ‘third party cookies’ despite my specific instructions to block them … look at the privacy setting in Google Chrome… Why should we believe them? ‘Unfair and deceptive practices‘ sounds right to me. “Google has clearly engaged in ‘unfair and […]