A passionate programmer’s findings in the world of internet.

‘Google’ Is Now A Verb

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Google as verb 'Google' has been added to Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a verb, just like what happened to 'Xerox' long time ago. I'm afraid that this will be a common sentence one day:

I used Yahoo to google for books.

I find it interesting to know the fact it has been accepted formally, although I've been using 'google' as a verb all the while.

Read: To Google or Not to Google

Adsense’s Click-to-play Video Ads

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Anyone notice the new click-to-play video advertisements from Google Adsense? I have not seen any yet. But I read it in "What's New - June 2006".

If you would like to enable video ads to be displayed on your website, do these:

  1. Add in ads with any of these formats: Medium Rectangle (300 X 250), Large Rectangle (336 X 280), and Square (250 X 250)
  2. Choose "Image ads only" or "Text and image ads" for that specific ad

Although you have it configured correctly, you probably won't be seeing them straight away. On this issue, Google (Help Center) has this to say:

Note that as there is currently limited video ad inventory, you may not notice any ads on your site for some time. As our inventory grows, you may begin to see video ads appear on your pages. In the meantime, we recommend opting in to both text and image ads for your ads units to ensure you're getting the ads that represent the maximum revenue potential for you.

Let me know how cool is it, if you have seen any. Google has them in their ads format page (scroll down).

Clicking on play button will show "buffering".

Adsense Video Ads Buffering

After buffering, the video will play.

Adsense Video Ads Playing

Installed Google Browser Sync

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

I've installed Google Browser Sync, a Firefox extension by Google. I made a few print-screens on what it does, if you are too lazy to install to try it out.

Once you have installed it, you will see this, as soon as you start up your Mozilla Firefox.

Google Browser Sync - Installed


Google to Launch Gbuy

Friday, June 16th, 2006

News.com reported:

Internet search leader Google is testing a system that aims to speed purchases online but bears no resemblance to the popular PayPal payments service of Web auctioneer eBay, Google's chief executive said Thursday.

In another article from News.com:

Google's online payment system, Gbuy, is expected to launch June 28, further pitting the Internet giant against industry titan and rival eBay, according to a research note released Friday by a Wall Street analyst.

Hopefully it's a service that's available for every part of the world, not a for-US-only service.

First Time with Picasa Web Albums

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

After Google launched Picasa Web Albums yesterday, I quickly signed up for limited test. I received my invitation this morning. Here, I write my experience on using Picasa Web Albums for the very first time.

Upon receiving my invitation, I was required to click on a link that brought me to an agreement page with the typical "I agree" button. Then, after logged in with my Gmail account, I don't see any page for me to upload images. I was required asked to download Picasa software (4.6MB). I suppose Picasa software is the only way to upload images to Web Album. You may choose to upload your images through Picasa or the old style browse and upload method, although using Picasa will save you a lot of time.

Download Picasa