Google thinks you’re a bot

April 9th, 2008

Visit Search for “forums topics” (with or without quotes – it doesn’t matter). Go to the 10th or 20th page depending on whether you typed the quotes or not.

You’ll get a message saying:

We’re sorry…

… but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

If you’re continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser’s online support center.

If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

What’s up google??? Get your act together.

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Arthur C. Clarke – The Final Odyssey

March 19th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke died today at his home in Sri Lanka aged 90. A gifted visionary, he believed that “At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years.”

For those who haven’t read it yet, my favourite Clarke has to be Childhood’s End. Read it.

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Firefox 3 Beta 4

March 14th, 2008

FirefoxSo finally we’re coming around to the release of Firefox 3. Beta 4 has just come out, and while I was hoping that this would be the last beta of Firefox before release, it seems that there will still be (at least?) one more release to go.

And here’s a few of the things that Moz developers say is new in FF3:

It’s More Secure
  • One-click site info
  • Malware Protection
  • New Web Forgery Protection page
  • New SSL error pages
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check
  • Secure add-on updates
  • Anti-virus integration
It’s Easier to Use
  • Easier password management
  • New Download Manager
  • Resumable downloading
  • Full page zoom
  • Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
  • Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
  • Star button quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
  • Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
  • Location bar & auto-complete
  • Smart Bookmarks Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as your more frequently visited pages with the new smart bookmarks folder on your bookmark toolbar.
  • Places Organizer: view, organize and search through all of your bookmarks, tags, and browsing history with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches.
It has an Improved Platform for Developers
  • New graphics and font handling
  • Color management
  • Offline support
It shows Improved Performance
  • Speed
  • Memory usage
  • Reliability

 So, what do I think of it? It’s pretty good! The new location bar is enough reason in itself to upgrade. Compared to the current location bars on most browsers, when you start typing some text, it shows you not just the history, but bookmarked pages as well, and not only based on the url but also on the title!

Of course, the other stuff has also improved, like the download manager (finally!) and simple but irritating bugs have been fixed, like the bug that didn’t show the full alt text when one moused-over an image.

And FF3 is fully Acid2 compliant! And it is still among the highest browsers for Acid3 (more on Acid3 later!).

There are still a few things to iron out. A few bugs, like the bookmarks page not working correctly, random crashes et al. And of course, most add-ons haven’t yet been updated to support FF3.

So, while you may not want to use this (or even the next) beta, you should certainly use it when the final release comes out – hopefully in the next month or so.

And if you aren’t already on Firefox2 then you’re not doing yourself any favours. If you want to use Opera that’s fine, but if you still are s(t)uck with Internet Explorer, then I guess you’re happy with a virussy buggy painful browser experience – your bad.

Go Firefox!

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New thoughts

March 6th, 2007

Having created a new blog dedicated to the geek in me, my first post is now available.

Please visit Click Me or directly view my new article on the latest Wikipedia controversy:
Where have all the Wiki’s gone?

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Google logins screw up Blogger!

September 29th, 2006

So after yesterday’s post, I was really kicked about the fact that I could blog directly from my Treo to Blogger and not need to use the email blog system.

That joy was shortlived, however, as I, very cleverly, updated from Blogger to Blogger Beta! And now my mobile blogging doesn’t work. That’s not all, even my Windows Live Writer doesn’t work! In fact, no third party blogging tool works anymore!

This was a really stupid move by Google. The problem starts because you need to use your Google Account to login to Blogger Beta, and not your regular blogger login. And the methods of logging in have also changed.

Why, o why, did they not keep the same interface working? Why disable it altogether?

Anyway, if you use any 3rd party application to blog on Blogger – DON’T upgrade to Blogger Beta!

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Mobile Blogging

September 28th, 2006

Wow! On my new Treo I can post from anywhere!

This is posted using mBlogger

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