Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an environment like that. I’ve grown tired of debating such minuscule design decisions. There are more exciting design problems in this world to tackle.
Other comment about this farewell post:
This is, I believe, why Google’s products (many of which are great and innovative–I remain a devoted Gmail fan, for example) will always fall short of achieving the emotional connection that people feel to an iPhone. There’s no one with real power there who has a good sense of what makes a product beautiful or when it feels “electric.” You can’t quantify that sort of thing through study or harness collective brainpower to coerce it–someone just has to know it when they see it. (source)
After enabling media file preview in Google Mail, I decided to enable another Google Labs feature. It’s Undo Send. This email feature will give us 5 seconds to decide whether we want to send the email or cancel it. I think this feature is very useful. In 5 seconds? I think it’s enough. Or, not?
I’m maintaining a pretty big forum. It has a great amount of traffic, AND huge database size. Right now, it has a remote backup server. The optimization is always challenging. Anyway, vBulletin upgrade process was easy. The forum I maintain used vBulletin 3.6.x when it was firstly installed. Right now, it’s using the latest stable release.
The first thing I did before upgrading is to backup its database. Using web-based database management tool like phpMyAdmin is easy. We can export and store it in minutes. BUT, in some cases, it takes more time if we have a large database. So, I use the other method: using the backup script.
When we download vBulletin, there is a backup script included in the distribution. It’s under
do_not_upload directory. The file is
vb_backup.sh. The first thing we need to do is to edit this script, to locate the configuration file. After that, we only need to execute this command:
It will generate a backup file using this pattern: databasename-dd-mm-yy.sql.gz. Just keep the file into the safe place (outside public directory always recommended), and start upgrading. All done.
Yesterday, I enabled some Google Mail features offered from its Labs section — I’ve enabled some before. Google Mail Labs is a place to test some new features in Gmail. There are many features/applications we can test.
I enabled YouTube, Picasa and Flickr preview in mail features. If we enable this feature, we can see multimedia files preview inside our Google Mail account. The pictures/videos will be derived from the link inside the mail content. If there is a link to YouTube video, we can watch the video inline. Useful!
Kemarin sore, dihalaman rumah (lebih tepatnya di teras dan halaman sih), ada sosialisasi pemilu. Selain itu, ada pula kampanye dari salah satu calon anggota legislatif yang berasal dari kampung saya.
Karena diadakan dirumah, jadi ya sekalian saja nimbrung ikut mendengarkan. Salah satu poin yang menarik bagi saya adalah tentang suara yang dianggap sah. Caleg tersebut memberikan informasi tentang suara yang sah, berdasarkan peraturan yang dikeluarkan Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Nomor 13 tahun 2009.
Akhirnya, saya unduh dan cari tahu lebih lengkap tentang hal ini, walaupun pada prinsipnya sudah diberitahukan juga dalam sosialisasi pemilu tersebut. Nah, beberapa poin terkait dengan sah atau tidaknya penandaan pada surat suara ternyata cukup panjang juga. Kalau malas baca, coba saja lihat pada Pasal 40 – 42. Oh ya, tidak ada versi online-nya sepertinya — saya juga heran, jadi silakan unduh saja dulu Aturan KPU Nomor 13 tahun 2009 tersebut. Secara garis besar intinya adalah suara sah apabila penandaan dalam bentuk tanda coblos (dicoblos), atau tanda silang, atau garis datar, atau tanda centang tidak sempurna misal dalam bentuk () atau atau (/).
IE6 is the new Netscape 4. The hacks needed to support IE6 are increasingly viewed as excess freight. Like Netscape 4 in 2000, IE6 is perceived to be holding back the web.
Google Chrome offers another type of window/browsing mode called “incognito mode”. When we’re using Google Chrome in incognito mode page information (website addresses, downloaded files will not be stored/logged in our browsing and download histories. And, when we close the “incognito window”, all new cookies will be deleted right away.
Read mode details about incognito mode at Google Chrome Help page.
In simple definition, it means we can use incognito for more private browsing. It’s about information on your side, not server’s. If the server logs your data (IP address, user agents, etc), your data will be recorded.
But, I don’t regularly — well, almost never — use it. My main reason is because I’m using Google Chrome — and other browsers — in a private computer. And, sometime browsing histories are useful. The download histories, too.
I only visit web browsers’ sites when I want to download — sometime, I don’t even have to go to their sites to get updates — or, only when someone/something refers me to an address in those sites. Those are some possibilities. Their websites have beautiful designs, and sometime can be a great inspiration. :)
So, here are some screenshots. I like their designs as inspirations. Not in a particular order:
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I went to Google Trend site to check some statistics. When I choose Indonesia as the location search, Google Trend will give more spesific results based on subregions. I also saw: Risu, Indonesia (see picture).
OK, I’m probably not good in Geography subject. But, I never heard about a city named Risu. May be, it’s there, somewhere in Indonesia. But, I never heard of it. There is Riau.
I asked Google about Risu, Indonesia. Google does not know either and give me a suggestion: riau, indonesia.
Well, let’s see the keyboard, find where “A” and “S” are.