Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Google Drive with 5 GB Free Cloud Storage

Google Drive is now available with up to 5 GB free space for cloud storage.

Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS app is available in Chrome Web Store so you can access DWGs and DXFs and they can be opened from within Google Drive.

Only problem is that most everything in the editor is disabled. This will hopefully be fixed soon and also be able to open and save drawings to Google Drive from within AutoCAD WS.

Autodesk’s Pixlr Editor is also available as app to edit images with.

The search in Google Drive is cool. If you have images available to search among Google Goggles technology is used to recognize objects, logos, landmarks, text and much more.

On the topic of online storage. If you used Microsoft’s SkyDrive the storage is dropped to 7 GB but if you want you can reclaim your previous 25 GB if you log in now. Another cloud storage option is Dropbox (with a minimum of 2 GB free storage) that is quite popular but will probably get it tougher with the competition. One thing Dropbox has is version control of the files. Microsoft has a chart comparing the services.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blogger New Comment Moderation Email Bug

For blogs on Google Blogger (blogspot) the optional moderation emails with new comments used to allow to “Publish”, “Delete” or “Mark as spam” as well as “Moderate comments for this blog”.

But since around a day ago only “Moderate comments for this blog” link is in these emails making it very hard to use as this link does not end up on the comment in question but just shows the Awaiting moderation list.

This must be a bug or bad decision by Google that needs to be restored. Not that I have that many comments but I can imagine the pain for bloggers with 10 or 100 comments per day. Do you have this problem?

UPDATE: 2012-04-15, problem solved. 2012-04-17, problem is back again. It took until 20012-05-29 and the problem is solved again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Server rejected for animated GIF files

Today I got this error in Windows Live Writer when I tried to publish a post that included an animated GIF file.

"Can't publish files" "The remote server returned an error: (500) Internal Server Error."

When I tried to upload the GIF directly to Picasa Web Albums using Chrome the progress just hanged like this.

Or the Server rejected error as seen in Internet Explorer.

Anyone else seen this issue? Hopefully I'm not alone and that Google fixes this bug ASAP.

UPDATE: The problem has been fixed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

500 Internal Server Error bX-7sd12g

Problem to post from Microsoft's Windows Live Writer to Blogger (blogspot): The server reported an error with the following web address: 500 Internal Server Error bX-7sd12g.
It is also problem to open posts from WLW.
Workaround for now is to use the the Blogger website.
It seems also to work to post a draft from WLW and then post it from the web interface in Blogger.
Hopefully Google comes with a solution to this bug soon.


Update: Another bug is that the url created contains the first words from the post and not from the title as it should.


Update 2: A intermediate fix that works with Windows Live Writer is to make the post as usual in WLW, including images and then click on "Post draft to blog", ignore any errors, then click on "Publish" and ignore the errors. This will solve both the url problem and the post will be posted to your blog.


This problem also exist with other blog applications and it might work with the same workarounds too.

Update 3: November 23 and the issue with posting and opening blogs is fixed as well as the issue with the url.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

IE7Pro Google PageRank broken and solved

Google changed the lookup URL for the PageRank value for more than a month ago and that broke the IE7Pro Alexa rank/google pagerank plugin (searchstatus) that makes it possible to see Google PageRank in the status bar of Internet Explorer. Even though the name indicates something else IE7Pro does work in IE8 and IE9 too.

Old PageRank URL:
http://toolbarqueries.google.com/search?client=navclient-auto&features=Rank&ch=8f3b58e04&q=info:[URLHERE]
New PageRank URL:
http://toolbarqueries.google.com/tbr?client=navclient-auto&features=Rank&ch=8f3b58e04&q=info:[URLHERE]
The solution it to edit …\IEPro\plugins\searchstatus\plugin.js like this and Google PageRank work again.
Old code:
queryurl = "http://toolbarqueries.google.com/search?client=navclient-auto&ch=" + mGoogleCH + "&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&features=Rank&q=" + reqgre;
New code:
queryurl = "http://toolbarqueries.google.com/tbr?client=navclient-auto&ch=" + mGoogleCH + "&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&features=Rank&q=" + reqgre;

The Alexa rank has since been broken and only show 0 so the plugin.js needs to be edited.
Change the regex parsing of the xml result like this:
Change from
var re = /POPULARITY.*TEXT=\"(\d+)\"\/\>/i;
to
var re = /POPULARITY.*TEXT=\"(\d+)\"/i;

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Better description for Google+ links

When adding a link on Google+ (My Google+ profile) I found that the description was not from the actual blog post but from some text I have in a column to the left of my blog. At least it is possible to remove the description within Google+.

It’s right now not possible when the +1 button is used, hopefully it will be eventually.

As I have a Google Blogger Blogspot blog I tried to find a better solution for this.

On the API page for the +1 button I found a bit of information using Schema.org microdata, Open Graph protocol or Meta "title" and "description" tags.

I edited the blog template after taking a backup of it.

<body itemscope itemtype='http://schema.org/Blog'>

I got this error editing the template: Attribute name "itemscope" associated with an element type "body" must be followed by the ' = ' character.

So I changed it to:
<body itemscope='' itemtype='http://schema.org/Blog'>

<h3 class='post-title' itemprop='name'>

<p itemprop='description'><data:post.body/></p>

Adding itemprop='description' to <p> did not work so I instead added it to

<div class='post-body' itemprop='description'>

What finally worked for me was:

<body itemscope='' itemtype='http://schema.org/Blog'>

<h3 class='post-title' itemprop='name'>

<div class='post-body' itemprop='description'>

Now trying to share a link the description is taken from the blog post instead.

Note that above it says “Project Sparkis” instead of “Project Spark is”.

I found that another trick improved it (Warning! See update at the bottom). Here is how to make the meta description dynamic taking the content from the post body.

Edit the HTML Template and look for <data:post.body/>

Right above the tag, add:

      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
         <meta expr:content='data:post.body' name='description'/>
      </b:if>

      <p><data:post.body/></p>

And look the link is even retained now.

Now if there is a lot of text the meta description will be quite large but from what I understand Google and other search engines just takes the first 250 or so characters anyway. If you use snippets on the blog this might be a way:
<meta expr:content='data:post.snippet' name='description'/>

But if you know of a way to trim 'data:post.body' let me know.

Update: I found that the description using 'data:post.body' for this blog post did not work. Probably because of the code snippets used in the post. It also messed up the actual blog post as seen on the blog so I had to remove that.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

WebP vs JPEG vs JPEG 2000 vs JPEG XR

Image compression is on the news again and this time it is Google behind it trying to dethrone the lossy format JPEG. Google does not mention JPEG XR (aka Windows Media Photo and HD Photo and with file extension .WDP or .JXR) that is natively supported by Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. JPEG XR still have not gained any real usage after several years. Could it be licensing issues behind it. Let’s wait a few years and see if Google can get JPEG replaced. In near future WebP will be supported by Google’s Chrome browser and all of this .

compression vs alt

WebP is a method of lossy compression that can be used on photographic images. The degree of compression is adjustable so a user can choose the trade-off between file size and image quality. WebP typically achieves an average of 39% more compression than JPEG and JPEG 2000, without loss of image quality. Alpha channel support is planned for.

alt

I wish that a future Windows Live Writer had a choice to optimize the image when publishing so you could chose the best format for the purpose. Something like this already exists in Microsoft Expression Web.

Another wish is that Snagit could respect the image format setting when copying directly to clipboard or the preview editor. Now all is PNG.

Below is one JPEG XR image that should be possible to view in IE9.

Update. The first image below cannot be viewed in the first public IE9 beta for some reason even though it can be seen in Windows 7. It might have to do with some that it was saved with a quite old HD Photo plugin for Paint.NET.

JPEG XR

So I added one that works for sure in IE9 beta.

JPEG XR

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Open old posts in Windows Live Writer

Have you ever wanted to edit older posts in Windows Live Writer than the 500 most recent? I have and rather edit the post in WLW than in Bloggers editor.

An Italian programmer with the blog A Ovest di Paperino.COM (West of Donald Duck) made a solution for the problem. Windows Live Writer Post Download Plugin. I tried it out but found that it didn’t work for me so together we worked it out and now there is a new version available that works for the Blogger platform as well. Now I can even edit posts from 2004 within WLW if I wanted to.

Here is one way to open up any blog post in WLW.

Open up the post in your web browser.

Then replace http with wlw and press Enter.

Here is how to modify the Quick Edit icon if you use Blogger.

Locate this part in the HTML template source. Remember to expand widget templates.

<a expr:href='data:post.editUrl' expr:title='data:top.editPostMsg'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='http://img2.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a>

Then replace it with this code. Or you can add it below and use another icon for it.

<script type='text/javascript'> var str=&quot;<data:post.url/>&quot;; document.write(&#39;&lt;a href=&quot;&#39; + str.replace(&quot;http&quot;, &quot;wlw&quot;) + &#39;&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; class=&quot;icon-action&quot; height=&quot;18&quot; src=&quot;http://img2.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif&quot; width=&quot;18&quot;/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&#39;); </script>

When I’m logged in to Blogger I can just click on the icons to either edit the post in Blogger or WLW.

Windows Live Writer 2009 has a problem where the post that is posted shows up twice in Recently posted list. (I can live with that)

I tried with the WLW that is part of Windows Live Essentials beta 2010 and it didn’t have this problem. In the 2010 version it is possible to open posts older than the 500 most recent but it takes a lot of time to retrieve the posts so this plugin is a real time saver.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Is Google Public DNS useful for me?

Google has released Google Public DNS recently so I decided to give it a try and here is my review and result.

I wondered if I should switch to it or not in case it would speed up my Internet browsing experience. Are my DNS nameservers impeding my Internet experience?

To the rescue comes the Domain Name Speed Benchmark that was an excellent tool and that actually informed me that my local ISP provider were much quicker. At least right now and here. I also had “Obtain DNS server addresses” selected but the tool found in the conclusion that the second in the list was quite quicker than the first one so I decided to add them manually in the best order and hopefully things will runs smoother now than before.

DNS Benchmark

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Blogger Help Group is broken

I tried this Google group link and got the following result. Something Is Broken on the “Something Is Broken” website. I got the same problem in both Firefox and Chrome as well as Internet Explorer.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Password problem with Internet Explorer 7 and solution

In IE7 I find that some log in or sign in forms I use like the one for Autodesk forums have, does not automatically add the password that have been specified to be saved. It simply is not remembered. Or is it? The trick is to place the cursor in the first field and then use the Tab key to move to the password field and now the password is added.
Other sites where I have found this is LinkedIn, Plaxo and Wikipedia. If it still does not work make sure you have Internet Options>Content>AutoComplete Settings>User names and passwords on forms and Prompt me to save passwords checked. Then when you enter a password answer Yes to the question “Do you want Internet Explorer to remember this password?” If the dialog box does not come up you might need to use Tab to enter the Password field instead of using the mouse and click in it. It might also be that you have answered No to the question before. This choice is saved to the registry. If you don’t care loosing all your saved passwords you can use Tools>Delete Browsing History in IE and Delete passwords… If not you can use Regedit.exe and clear this using this solution.
  • Close Internet Explorer.
  • Run regedit.exe (you will need administration rights)
  • Locate this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2 This is the location for AutoComplete Passwords only. HTTP Authentication Passwords and FTP Passwords are saved at a couple of other places.
  • Select Storage2 on the left pane. Save Storage2 as backup via File>Export so you can restore it later on. Name it Storage2Old.reg and save it where you want. Or you can right click on Storage2 and select Export.
  • In the right pane select all values except (Default), right click and select Delete.
  • Start Internet Explorer and visit the website in question with the log in form and enter the password you want to save and answer Yes to save it.
  • Log out and close IE.
  • Go back to Registry Editor and press F5 to refresh the view.
  • Now save Storage2 as a second backup but name it Storage2New.reg.
  • Select Storage2 in the left pane again and visit File>Import and select StorageOld.reg so it can be merged back into the registry.
  • Now repeat the previous step but select StorageNew.reg.
  • Close the Registry Editor.
  • Now you should be able to have the password remembered for the site in question and still have all saved passwords retained. I’ve used Vista but it should work with XP as well.
Then there are some sites where this does not work at all like I found with Feedburner. There are also some sites where you have to enter the password and save it on multiple places depending on where on the site you log in. Many of Google’s site are like this. Another solution is before anyone comes with a comment on it to use another web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome. On the other hand I found that both Firefox and Chrome could not save the password on the Autodesk discussion group site but could save it on Feedburner. On the topic I can also mention that there are some add-on software that can handle form filling like RoboForm and IE7Pro Auto Form Filter. But I know that at least IE7Pro cannot solve the Feedburner log in because it is a unique URL used each time. Saving passwords in IE7 is something you should only do if you are aware that if anyone else have access to your computer they can find out your password. IE PassView is a freeware that recover lost passwords stored by Internet Explorer. Don’t think that just because the password shows as ***** it is safe, not even in some applications as you can see in the Asterisk Logger. Lastly there are sites that don’t allow saving the password like online banking sites. What is your experience in this field?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to sort 1TB of data in 68 seconds or even 1 PB

“We are excited to announce we were able to sort 1TB (stored on the Google File System as 10 billion 100-byte records in uncompressed text files) on 1,000 computers in 68 seconds.” – Google Blog

But that was not enough they tried with 1000 times more data. 1PB.

“It took six hours and two minutes to sort 1PB (10 trillion 100-byte records) on 4,000 computers.”

The method they use is MapReduce that makes it possible to run multiple processes simultaneously on multiple computers.

Programming model for MapReduce

Input & Output: each a set of key/value pairs

Programmer specifies two functions:

map (in_key, in_value) -> list(out_key, intermediate_value)

  • Processes input key/value pair
  • Produces set of intermediate pairs
reduce (out_key, list(intermediate_value)) -> list(out_value)
  • Combines all intermediate values for a particular key
  • Produces a set of merged output values (usually just one)
Inspired by similar primitives in LISP and other languages.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Google Chrome comments

Chrome is the new browser from Google you probably have heard about by now.

In general it works pretty good and I think the speed is quite good to render the web pages. The Task Manager is a cool geeky thing. I like the clean interface and the address field search functionality but be cautious because of some security vulnerability it has. See also this post.

One thing that bug me is that I cannot use the wheel to scroll with by holding the wheel down and drag up and down as I often do.

Google Chrome uses WebKit for rendering, which is the same rendering engine as Apple’s Safari browser so most web sites show up as expected.

Google Chrome is a per-user application. It installs in the per-user Local AppData folder.
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
This makes it easier to install if you don’t have administrator privileges.

Google Chrome doesn’t so far support browser extensions but it does support plug-ins, such as Flash.

The Chrome comics describing how it works.

Matt Cutts with common objections on Chrome

Chrome forum

Autodesk’s tests of Chrome

Make a visit to pages like these: "about:network", "about:stats", "about:dns" and "about:memory"

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google Reader makes Internet Explorer 7 crash

I have this problem and it happens once in a while. I have only seen this in IE7 on Windows Vista when I start Google Reader.

iexplorer.exe is still running as a process in the background and has to be killed manually or there will be problems to run IE7 again.

Have anyone else run into this problem?

Since installing IE8 Beta 2 I have not had this problem though. On the other hand I initially had problems with YouTube in IE8. After cleaning up among the installations, reinstalling some and uninstall some plugins I had installed for IE I got YouTube to work fine in IE8. Did not have time to isolate the problem though. This problem did also result in having iexplorer.exe running after the crash.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

How to add Blogger Star Ratings to a customized template

Star Ratings has been added to Blogger in Draft. If you have customized the template you might find that the Star Ratings does not show up on your blog.

Go to Blogger in Draft>Layout>'Edit HTML' and select 'Expand widget templates'.

Search for this row:

<p class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'/>

Replace it with the following:

<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'><span class='star-ratings'>
  <b:if cond='data:top.showStars'>
    <div expr:g:background-color='data:backgroundColor' expr:g:text-color='data:textColor' expr:g:url='data:post.absoluteUrl' g:height='42' g:type='RatingPanel' g:width='180'/>
  </b:if>
</span> </div>

Search for something like this:

<b:widget id='Blog1'

Now continue searching for the end of this widget:

</b:widget>

You will find two rows like these:

</b:includable>
</b:widget>

Before these two rows the following should be placed

<b:if cond='data:top.showStars'>
  <script src='http://www.google.com/jsapi' type='text/javascript'/>
  <script type='text/javascript'>
    google.load(&quot;annotations&quot;, &quot;1&quot;);
    function initialize() {
      google.annotations.setApplicationId(<data:top.blogspotReviews/>);
      google.annotations.createAll();
      google.annotations.fetch();
    }
    google.setOnLoadCallback(initialize);
  </script>
</b:if>

Preview to make sure it works. If you are unsure make a backup before you save it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Blogger Blog list reviewed and added

Head over to the blog if you are in an RSS reader and look at the new "My Blog List" that is on the right side a bit down. This is available via Blogger in draft but I was not able to Import subscriptions from Google Reader using IE7 as it just hanged, but when using FireFox it worked even though the import was really slow.

The new Blog List gadget is right now only available if you log in to Blogger in draft.

Add a Gadget

Here are settings available and how to add from Google Reader.

Configure Blog List                Add from Google Reader

I just wish it was updated in real-time if a Google Reader tag is selected so any changes you make in Google Reader is directly reflected in Blogger.

Head over to the blog and look at it.

See also Blogger in Draft blog

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Future-dated posts to Blogger with Live Writer

Blogger now schedules future-dated posts is no longer beta. Now I just wish Windows Live Writer (WLW) add support for this. It warns me about not supporting this but it sure does work if you just click on Yes. This is great news.

Windows Live Writer

Blogger

Friday, April 25, 2008

What does Encyclopaedia Britannica say about CAD?

Not much actually but you should be able to read the full article computer-aided engineering thanks to the Encyclopaedia Britannica WebShare initiative open for web publishers and bloggers.

computer-aided engineering in industry, the integration of design and manufacturing into a system under the direct control of digital computers. CAE combines the use of computers in industrial-design work, computer-aided design (CAD), with their use in manufacturing operations, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)....

Have you seen a non-digital computer?

Tried searching for BIM but there was nothing found. Architecture on the other hand had quite a large article that you only can access via the link from this site unless you have access to it as a subscriber.

the art and technique of designing and building, as distinguished from the skills associated with construction. The practice of architecture is employed to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements of civilized people and thus embraces both utilitarian and aesthetic ends....Roman aqueduct

This link will hopefully take you to an image of Pont du Gard, Roman aqueduct, Nîmes, France, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, during the Augustan period.

One good reason to blog is having full access for a year on Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The table of contents on the Architecture page did not work good at least in IE7 as I hardly could navigate without having the list automatically scroll.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Autodesk Draw important application using Google Gears

Project Draw from the Autodesk Labs is recognized among the so far few applications using Google Gears.

Using Google Gears

If you are on a plane or on the beach you can work with drawing a flowchart or a Windows UI mockup using the free Draw.

Draw

Via Google Operating System blog

Friday, February 29, 2008

AutoCAD 2008 spam emails redirected via blogspot

Don't be fooled by these spam emails that shows a blogspot link like these ones.spam email

image

If you click on the link you will automatically end up at another site than the one you see. If you have restricted this in IE you will just see a site like the one below.

redirection site

I think Blogger (Google) should restrict usage of these kind of redirections.


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