Google Sync: your bookmarks everywhere.

Jun 09

Google Sync : Your house is my house.

syncJust got up and running this morning and only 5 seconds into my morning surf-wave when already found my little snippet of news that kind of makes my day. Google has just released a firefox extension called 'browsersync'   that lets you synchronies your bookmarks between several different browsers (at work, at home etc). This is not such big news , cause services like this existed before ( you had the bookmarks in your google toolbar , you had ).. Plenty of places to store your bookmarks… but not very convenient. What if you already HAD an extensive list of bookmarks, you had to order them , categorize them and so on. Not a very easy thing to do. And I don’t really like third party places where you have to manage your bookmarks. All in the comfort of my own home please. Now Google has come up with a cool FIREFOX extension that lets you sync UP your websites tot the Google servers, and Sync them down again as you logon to a different computer. Meanwhile the bookmarks are stored localy on both computers… And a copy is stored on the Google servers.

Whats your flavor .. tell me whats your flavor. 

What a great marketing trick. Google now exactly knows what your ‘favorites’ are and can use this to send you targeted adds and searches. Their motto is “ Do no Evil” and so far , Google has been a pretty good boy .. But what if all that information that Google has ( favourites, Gmail, search information) is ever put to “not so good use”. Google is sure as hell gaining a lot of information this way , and for convenience sake we are quite willing to give up some privacy. But on the other hand : What if this leeds to targeted adding ? It would be a bad thing , but also a good thing. What if the spam you get in your inbox anyway .. is more directed at your interests. Instead of college diploma”s and .. lets call them “ego-enlargements” … you would get spam about tech stuff, Barbie dolls, or when your favorite rerun of Family Ties is on TV.  It just shows that information can be used in different ways and that good and bad … depends on where you stand.  Before I start sounding like Obi One Kenoby .. I better sign off !

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Thank you Codemonkey Rob !

Jun 03


He is strange but he is ours ! "C0d3M°nKY3 – "Co-W@X" – R08 "

Some say he only dreams in Binary, Some say he sleeps between cascading style sheets and has Serial modems for breakfast. Some even say he has a keyboard where we have a head. The only thing we know is : We call him Codemonkey Rob. Yep. Its time to pay hail and tribute for the man behind the scene, the cobol behind the code, the wizard behind the curtain : Codemonkey Rob.

All the cool stuff you see before you , the interactive stuff, the smoothly styled stuff, the nicely trim-lined tables, the evenly spaced out characters and not forgetting the rock solid 9500 hits –  a – day – withstanding without even flinching bad – ass open source content management technology … its all this dudes work. 

Now we might be technocrats, cyber-citizens. We might dance on the pinnacle of the next big thing in technology and take our legendary writing skills to praise the gospel to the masses.. Whenever we are in need , this dude is there. Where our flamboyant literary skills fall short .. where our graphical delusions of what the site should look like far overstep the bounds of our graphical coding abilities. Where the demand we place on the content of the website leans closer towards alchemy then towards computer science. And every single time we come running , our fingers covered in the sticky paste of yet another big web-based-frack-up, screaming his name .. ROB ! I made a Booboo .. THAT is when he is there.

The man behind the Magic.

He looks at us , as Merlin must have looked at King Arthur's stable boys with a look of utter supremacy. His mind purring gently as he is recalculating the letter PI up to the 365th digit, without a calculator and just for fun. As we pour out the very root directory of our heart to him and beg the Almighty Rob for yet another miracle, the only thing he does is smile.  His eyes take on this gleam.. this gaze .. If you look real close you see the naked php code dancing behind them. For what feels like an eternity but is only a nanosecond .. he hesitates. … “ No problem “ he then proclaims matter-of-factly .. “will be right done. Peace a cake”  And shortly afterwards the miracle is done. With a speed an accuracy that puts Gods little seven-day science project to shame , Codemonkey Rob conjures up another impossibility. So let me take a minute to sacrifice a symbolical hard drive in his honor and say on Behalf of everyone at : Thank you Code-monkey rob !

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