New YouTube theme

You’ve probably seen a few experiments here and there on YouTube where the theme suddenly changes only for it to change back on the next video or even the next page refresh. There were even instances where the same page was showing different themes for different browsers at the same time. Looks like the YT team is going to match the service to the rest of the Google suite (like Search and Plus).

For those of you who missed the experiments, here are a couple of examples.

The new home page (as it appeared a few days ago)

New video page

 

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Permanently turning off Google Instant (update)

If anyone noticed, the Google instant configuration has now changed since the last time. Looks like it was very recent.

Before it was simply an on off switch, the setting of which sometimes Google remembered, but most of the time didn’t. Now you have more options.

Clicking on the gear on the top righthand bar will bring up this page…

Never, you bastards!

I don’t know if this time it would make any difference at all, but the last time, the setting only lasted as long as you didn’t use any other Google service (E.G. Gmail) and then logout.

It’s 3:09AM right now, so I’m not going to bother testing this. Let’s just hope that this time they took a hint from all the feedback.

Permanently turning off Google Instant

Don’t know about the rest of you, but I really do enjoy using the “Back” button. It helps me keep track of what I already searched and, in my old “almost 30” age, I need to save my sanity as much as I can.

I put up with this for a long time now, but apparently all the new changes to the Google homepage came with an auto-falconpunchtogroin-reset feature.

I was going into the search settings and changing this, but if I check my Gmail, logout, and go back to a Google search, whatever settings I saved are all gone. It also seems to randomly change back at times.

So here’s the next best solution; instead of http://www.google.com, make the following your homepage URL instead :

http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0

(Edit 12/22 : You can also use the Firefox start page instead which is much leaner and still be able to keep the autocomplete, which I did find useful at times.)

This way, you don’t have to bother with settings or punching your screen in frustration, which I have to be really careful about with my girly hands and all.

It strikes me as odd that a company that allegedly prides itself in “Dogfooding” (I.E. eating its own dogfood — a term used internally in the company when releasing new services and features) would find no one in the office that would consider this asinine in the extreme.

Also, I seem to be correct that this HTML5 trend is pushing more and more client-side scripting junk on the browser and Google among others are forgetting the fact that part of the reason it became famous (aside from search accuracy) was that it was simple.

Google and Self-induced depression

Ever stop and think to yourself “I’m just too damn happy today”? Well, rest your happy head and prepare to loose faith in humanity…

Would we...

Will I...

Why would...

Why will...

Why is...

Why... (OK seriously, what's with the green poop questions)

Why can...

Who will...

Who can...

Should we...

Should I...

Could I...

Can we...

Can I...

And my all time favorite…

Is it wrong... Is so wrong on so many levels, I don't even know what to think.

Cloud OS: The Cloud Operating System for Linux and Windows

Yes, it’s finally here! But maybe not what you expected… By gOS (Good OS alternatively) the idea is to move most if not all applications to the Cloud. I’m guessing that’s why they called it “Cloud OS” ;) . A real Google OS or Google Operating system might not be far down the road.

I’m sure Richard Stallman would have a fit, but for the rest of us, it may be one step closer to true decentralization when it comes to computing.

You can set aside the speculation now, and just enjoy the screenshots….

Looks like a cross between Mac OS and a Linux system running the Enlightenment window manager.