I don’t care much for Google Voice, because I’ve never had the opportunity to use it. My cellphone provider has been kind enough to sign me up for a plan that gives me three times as many minutes as I need, for little over three times the cost I would’ve had to bear had they charged me exorbitantly for exactly the number of minutes I used. Better still, I get unlimited data usage on my phone. Well, as long as I use it reasonably and don’t use it…er…too much, you know. Just because they said unlimited doesn’t mean it’s *unlimited* unlimited, of course. I am supposed to be smart enough to understand that.
So where was I? Ah, Google Voice. Like I said, I don’t care much for Google Voice, but Google transcripts are a different matter altogether. I love ‘em! They’re a constant source of entertainment for poor jaded souls like yours truly. That’s not to say yours is a truly jaded soul — that’s absolutely not what I meant, but sometimes I think I should get people to call me up simply to have them leave a voicemail and get Google to transcript-ify it, and voilà! — there’s a constant fountain of creativity bubbling forth from the offices of Google. Here’s a teaser — read it quick before Google decides to copyright it*!
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* In the event of Google claiming ownership of copyright on the aforementioned transcript, under no circumstances shall the humorous text published herewith be construed as acceptance of said ownership, or indicate a predilection to accept said ownersip, notwithstanding a lack of claimed humor, perceived or otherwise.
I’ve always liked the idea of using a desktop client to post to my blog. (Somehow, Google never managed to sell me on the browser-as-an-OS idea.)
Now that I have a laptop with Windows 7 on it, I’ve decided to give Windows Live Writer a test-drive. Here goes nothing.
When I navigated to Google’s search page today, instead of their familiar interface, I was greeted by the company’s expanded “add-all-your-widgets-here” webpage called iGoogle.
To tell you the truth, I am not a big fan of iGoogle, My Yahoo! or any such “personalized” sites. First they want me to bookmark them, then they want me to change my homepage, next, they want me to install some toolbar that they claim would work wonders for me. No, thank you.
I can almost imagine Google arguing with me about this.
Google: Look, we’ve introduced this brand new thing called Google Personalized Homepage.
Me: Oh cool…lemme check…yeah, it’s ok. [Goes back to watching a movie.]
Google: No, look! It’s awesome!
Me: Um, okay.
Google: Seriously! Look, we’ve added a lot of cool stuff. Now you can come here and search Wikipedia instead of going to their website. Isn’t that really awesome!?
Me: (Yawn!) …um…yeah, okay.
Me: [Opens www.google.com] WTH?
Google: Isn’t that really cool!? We didn’t want you to miss out on all the fun, so we’ve made things even easier by redirecting our old homepage to the iGoogle homepage. Isn’t that really awesome!?
Me: If I tell you it’s awesome, will you stop bothering me and go away?
After I switched from KDE to XFCE as my desktop environment, I had to abandon KMail as my email client (since I would rather not run KDE-based applications in a non-KDE environment). The replacement I settled on was mutt, something I had already tried and liked a lot.
So what’s the big deal about console applications, you ask? I don’t know, but they’re just much nicer than GUI clients. It must be genetic or something.
So here’s how I’ve set up mutt:
- I can read my Gmail messages (actually, Google Mail for my domain).
- I can send email using Postfix, which routes messages through Gmail’s server
- The recipient’s address is automatically added to my addressbook when I send email
- I can look up or autocomplete addresses while composing email
- Messages are signed using GnuPG before they are actually sent
I don’t like to manually check my email. Instead, I’ve set up a mail-notification applet (a ‘biff’) to check my email every couple of minutes and play a sound when there are new messages. Reading, deleting and composing mail are all just a few keystrokes away. Additionally, there is no need to open any heavy application — the terminal window pops up within seconds.
Call it curiosity if you will. That little dropdown list that pops up every time I start typing into Google’s search box makes me wonder what people are searching for, and more importantly, why. Here’s a list of terms beginning with how to that a lot of people are interested in:
- how to tie a tie
- how to kiss
- how to lose weight
- how to draw
- how to make money
- how to write a resume
- how to play guitar
- how to make a website
- how to get pregnant
- how to play poker
Interestingly, how to make a website has the largest number of results, whereas how to write a resume has the least, amongst these search phrases. I am not sure if these are ordered by popularity, but if they are, then I guess these days the average Internet surfer is more interested in knotting a tie than learning to kiss — especially when you consider last year’s statistics.
And while you’re there, does it seem strange to you that who is god is the most popular query of that type? Are we getting more pious these days? Don’t worry, who is satan is not too far behind — it holds the tenth spot.