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Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

Soulskill posted about 4 years ago | from the concentrated-brain-candy dept.

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Kilrah_il writes "Google's Creative Labs came out with a slideshow of interesting things on the web. In the slideshow you will find 'a lot of interesting HTML5 apps, iPhone apps, visualization tools, 3D projections, art projects, creative YouTube videos, crowdsourcing services and many other interesting things.' It's basically a collection of fascinating little projects people have made and then distributed to the internet at large. Guaranteed to ruin your productivity for today. You can view it with Google Docs."

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iPhone apps? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943874)

I'm sorry, iPhone apps? Isn't google the company behind Android?

Truly a waste of time. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943898)

This is the sort of shit Idle is for.

Slideshow? (5, Interesting)

bjartur (1705192) | about 4 years ago | (#33943914)

Whats wrong with a list?

Re:Slideshow? (0, Offtopic)

odies (1869886) | about 4 years ago | (#33943934)

Because for presentation Microsoft PowerPoint creates fantastic environment. Not only can you pinpoint the most important points, but it lets you elaborate and further detail things while still keeping with the baseline. You can also accompany your presentation with images, sound, videos, hyperlinks and interactive content. If you're ever been or held an presentation, you know how much better it goes if you can dynamically further the discussion and presentation while you're keeping it. That's not something you can get with a plain list.

Re:Slideshow? (0, Offtopic)

gpuk (712102) | about 4 years ago | (#33944184)

Jesus... you actually appear to be being serious

Re:Slideshow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33945172)

Jesus... you actually appear to be being serious

X-Bender: If I had mod points, I'd mod him +1, Funny. Oh, wait, he's serious, make that +2, Funny!

(Seriously, Google. Don't Be Evil. That means no slideshows for the sake of increasing pageviews when a list will do. It's a lot easier to just tap PgDn or fiddle with the scrollwheel than it is to repeatedly navigate through however many pageviews you want to rack up. And since you are the advertiser, you don't get any money from the extra pageviews. Even by Evil 2.0 standards - don't be evil unless it makes you money - Google-hosted slideshows about Google are evil.)

Mom! Dad! Don't Touch It! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 4 years ago | (#33949440)

"It's EVIL!"

-- Love, Kevin.

Re:Slideshow? (4, Funny)

IBBoard (1128019) | about 4 years ago | (#33944224)

Quick, where's the "-1, Someone let a Manager loose on Slashdot" modding option? :D

All I can say is "Death by PowerPoint". That and "You can do good quality presentations in HTML or PDF, if you wanted - less is often more".

Re:Slideshow? (1)

Shillo (64681) | about 4 years ago | (#33944522)

That and "You can do good quality presentations in HTML or PDF, if you wanted - less is often more".

Well, yes. Google docs slideshow *is* HTML.

Re:Slideshow? (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | about 4 years ago | (#33944814)

True, although that wouldn't explain people having issues with plugins. The GP was talking about PowerPoint, though, where as I was thinking of S5 [meyerweb.com] .

Re:Slideshow? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943940)

What's wrong with sticks and stones?

Re:Slideshow? (0, Offtopic)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#33944106)

They always break my bones.

Re:Slideshow? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943986)

It's the equivalent of posting a link to a .doc file, and it made the Slashdot front page.

Re:Slideshow? (1)

Arty2 (1742112) | about 4 years ago | (#33944084)

Agreed. They should have post a series of images, or *bah* an animated gif instead of a flash contained video.

Re:Slideshow? (2, Funny)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33944020)

What's wrong with a CLI? Why have a GUI? I think the presentation is more engaging and accessible than if it were just a simple list.

Re:Slideshow? (3, Informative)

tsa (15680) | about 4 years ago | (#33944100)

With a list you can immediately pick out the things that seem interesting. I don't want to have to click to 120 pages to find 5 that interest me.

Re:Slideshow? (2, Insightful)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33944176)

That's good for you, but most people prefer a visual representation of the objects. A list of ~120 interesting projects/sites is daunting and boring. Most people don't have the patience to read the description of each subject. In a presentation, OTOH, things are shown to you and are thus easier (i.e. more interesting) to browse through.
Thinks Cover View vs. a list of all the albums you have.

could have done both (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944268)

they started with a list first

Re:Slideshow? (1)

hcdejong (561314) | about 4 years ago | (#33944754)

Who says a list can't be visual? The objection is against having one page per object.

Re:Slideshow? (1)

tsa (15680) | about 4 years ago | (#33944772)

I'll take the list thank you. The problem with people today is that they don't learn to read properly. I know that learning to read is hard but it saves you so much time in the long run ;)

Re:Slideshow? (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | about 4 years ago | (#33944916)

Could you please say it again, this time with pictures? Thanks.

Re:Slideshow? (1)

tsa (15680) | about 4 years ago | (#33948450)

LOL :)

Re:Slideshow? (1)

uninformedLuddite (1334899) | about 4 years ago | (#33957392)

The problem with people today is that they don't learn to read properly.

No. The problem is when you give them a list they aren't sure what part of it to look at first.

Re:Slideshow? (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | about 4 years ago | (#33945182)

"That's good for you, but most people prefer a visual representation of the objects."

You've not worked in a corporation and sat through powerpoint presentations, you haven't, have you?

Re:Slideshow? (1)

serialband (447336) | about 4 years ago | (#33946484)

Many people don't want to waste time with 120 single image per page slideshows. A list to point to each slideshow can easily work as well, or I'd rather see it on a single page that I can quickly scroll up or down. Why must I turn on javascript to view a png or jpg. I prefer that my javascript be kept off.

Re:Slideshow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33946772)

Oh god it's an "information ride"! The Internet has become the new TV!!!!!111

Re:Slideshow? (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 4 years ago | (#33944996)

what's wrong with a clay tablet, then? I tell you. CLI and tablets are less accessible than a html list in a web page. Captain obvious at work.

list >> presentation when it comes to browsing the content.
presentation >> presentation accessible through google docs because the login procedure has no sense for stuff meant to be public.

Of course google chose google docs for a sound reason, which is increasing fidelization. They are not evil but this is not good either. Microsoft does that leveraging its market share, Apple does that with a shiny and controlled ecosystem, Google does that with features (most space and good search in a mailbox, fast browser, bandwidth efficient new formats).

Re:Slideshow? (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | about 4 years ago | (#33944102)

Too long; Didn't slide

Re:Slideshow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944694)

Too small, didn't penetrate.

Re:Slideshow? (1)

rdnetto (955205) | about 4 years ago | (#33993730)

A list is best suited to textual content.
A slideshow is better suited to videos/pictures.
Guess which the presentation contains.

You can view it with Google Docs (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943936)

No, I can't view it with Google Docs. Apparently it requires some plugin or a cutting edge browser (but not too far off the beaten path). What the hell is wrong with people? This is content which would work perfectly fine with completely static web pages. Massive FAIL, Google.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1, Troll)

odies (1869886) | about 4 years ago | (#33943976)

No, I can't view it with Google Docs. Apparently it requires some plugin or a cutting edge browser (but not too far off the beaten path). What the hell is wrong with people? This is content which would work perfectly fine with completely static web pages. Massive FAIL, Google.

Things keep repeating themself. It's the same way Microsoft used to push ActiveX back in the day.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943992)

You use a browser other than Firefox, Chromium, Opera, Safari, and IE9? Docs Viewer doesn't use any plugins.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1)

aBaldrich (1692238) | about 4 years ago | (#33944390)

The 5th slide has content "best designed for Google Chrome"...

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944432)

It works well with firefox 4 beta too.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944682)

And Safari 4 - although to go back to the original point, OP was complaining about the slideshow failing, not the content, and unless he's on some ancient browser (or most versions of IE) that simply isn't the case.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944816)

Exactly.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944812)

Yeah and I can't view it with Google Chrome.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1)

Cederic (9623) | about 4 years ago | (#33945266)

Unfortunate. It genuinely rocks.

I suspect it'll work on any decent HTML5 compliant browser, but in the meantime find someone with a working Chrome install.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1)

Phoe6 (705194) | about 4 years ago | (#33944138)

It says


The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1)

jank1887 (815982) | about 4 years ago | (#33944806)

Google Docs: Blocked by Websense.

they're afraid we'll upload corporate secrets just so that we can collaboratively edit documents.

Re:You can view it with Google Docs (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 4 years ago | (#33946108)

Agreed, I couldn't view it on the latest Opera at work.

stumble (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33943948)

ok google is fan of the internet and it look like they have tried stumple'upon.

Move along there is nothing to see.

slashdotted? (3, Informative)

martin (1336) | about 4 years ago | (#33943988)

Oh dear we seem to have broke Google, ah well back to work then ;-)

Re:slashdotted? (4, Interesting)

eulernet (1132389) | about 4 years ago | (#33944300)

Hey, I'm quite proud now ;-)
I got:

The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
In the meantime, if you'd like updates on this and other issues, try visiting our Google Docs Help Group: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs [google.com]

Sorry, and thanks for your help!
- The Google Docs Team
RPC layer error [DEADLINE_EXCEEDED]: /CosmoStorage.Query to 10.237.134.79:8182 [DEADLINE_EXCEEDED]

Re:slashdotted? (3, Informative)

adolf (21054) | about 4 years ago | (#33944514)

It worked fine for me right after Slashdot posted it.

Now when I try, Firefox wants me to download some sort of zero-byte file named "view" instead of show me a web page.

Which is cool: I didn't think it'd be possible to slashdot Google, but it seems to have happened.

Good job, folks! Keep up the good work.

Re:slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944670)

The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
In the meantime, if you'd like updates on this and other issues, try visiting our Google Docs Help Group: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs

Sorry, and thanks for your help!
- The Google Docs Team

DocsterInfo is closed

Re:slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33945964)

Found this on the web:

Cosmo= Chrome OS Storage Manager (plus an extra o for the pun)

Re:slashdotted? (1)

uninformedLuddite (1334899) | about 4 years ago | (#33957402)

That was so fscking irresponsible of you. Can you imagine how many of the new, smart, fashionable, and clued in /. generation are currently slamming port 8182 looking for a shell?

Re:slashdotted? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | about 4 years ago | (#33945540)

Oh dear we seem to have broke Google

Think of it this way. When Google becomes sentient, and tries to take over the world, we now know how to shut it down.

Re:slashdotted? (1)

uninformedLuddite (1334899) | about 4 years ago | (#33957406)

Unless it says 'press any key to close'

Can't you just ... (1)

thomst (1640045) | about 4 years ago | (#33944062)

... Google it?

Re:Can't you just ... (1)

chemicaldave (1776600) | about 4 years ago | (#33944800)

Type in "slideshow of interesting things", and see what comes up first.

oh the irony. (1)

underqualified (1318035) | about 4 years ago | (#33944104)

isn't google one of the bigger html5 fanboys?

Google's Jumped The Shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944164)

Google aren't doing anything much here. It's just another bunch of stuff designed to hook your attention and keep them at the top of the eyeball pile. If it's not that they're trying to harvest out clicks or datamine our stuff. This sort of crap gets boring fast. Instead of Google trying to look cool can they just admit they're a utility and get on with doing their job? In fact, I'm curious to know what sort of regulatory regime we should have around search and what other maybe better alternatives are out there.

whos got a list? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944354)

where is the list?

Slashdotted - remember this moment (5, Funny)

maweki (999634) | about 4 years ago | (#33944476)

Take a deep sip of this feeling. The knowledge that we, slashdot, slashdotted Google. We will one day fondly look back at these heroic memories and tell this story proudly to our kids and grandkids.

And even if they do not believe us, when they say "grandpa, stop beeing silly", we will know it was true.

Or to quote someone a little more famous than me:
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
CmdrTaco, Anonymous Coward,
Scuttlemonkey and Jeff Bates,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Slashdot's Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he to-day that clicks this link with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That clicked with us upon Slashdot's day.

Re:Slashdotted - remember this moment (2)

east coast (590680) | about 4 years ago | (#33944528)

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
or close the wall up with our nerdy dead!

Re:Slashdotted - remember this moment (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 4 years ago | (#33944638)

And gentlemen in England now a-bed

It's 13.00 here. We were clicking too.

Re:Slashdotted - remember this moment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944672)

To have grandkids that means you have to have sex. I don't see this happening with anyone reading this page.

Re:Slashdotted - remember this moment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944992)

I'm having sex while reading this page, you insensitive clod.

Although, I am alone in my office.

Re:Slashdotted - remember this moment (1)

hoggoth (414195) | about 4 years ago | (#33945956)

>To have grandkids that means you have to have sex. I don't see this happening with anyone reading this page.

I'm reading this page and I am married.
Oh... yeah... I see your point...

Of course, It crash. (1)

Tei (520358) | about 4 years ago | (#33944576)

These documents are colaborative. This means any change and status are redistributed in a pseudo-P2P network.
Probably the system can work optimally with 30 persons "editing" the same document. But 15000 or whatever is the number of slashdotters, ... the browser can't, and the systems on google servers seems not designed for that.
Wen It was the last time you needed to have real time cooperative editing of a document with other 15.000 dudes?
Theres wikipedia, but thats not realtime, and at most 2 persons are editing the same page, ....

Re:Of course, It crash. (1)

I'm not really here (1304615) | about 4 years ago | (#33944898)

Um, there is this feature called "view only" in Google Docs.... I'm pretty sure they used it.

System of Systems can do the mundane tasks (1)

digitaldc (879047) | about 4 years ago | (#33944590)

If everything has a sensor on it, and systems are talking to each other and making the entire system smarter and more efficient, can't we just replace people with machines to do our day-to-day mundane tasks in our jobs? This would free up time to concentrate on more important things, and giving us more free time.

I, for one, welcome Google helping me make my coffee, drive my car, navigate to my work, send me meeting reminders and read and filter my email...all before I even step in the office or the home-office.
Just don't let Google get too good at it or we will be competing with machines for our careers.

Re:System of Systems can do the mundane tasks (1)

ponchietto (718083) | about 4 years ago | (#33945010)

> we will be competing with machines for our careers. We already are. Actually we have been for a long time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite [wikipedia.org] (notice the date: 1812).

Great Comment... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944648)

On the Google site itself:

Anonymous said...
Superficial drivel - All is well in Googlistan

Working link (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33944716)

This link works (for now): https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Abmo0iWBO2gEZGY3cnc3dnpfMzM4Y3o2bmduZDY&sort=name&layout=list&num=50 [google.com]

Seems a little amateurish for an official Google presentation, though.

Re:Working link (1)

Bucc5062 (856482) | about 4 years ago | (#33944922)

yeah, well that didn't last long. Seems /. opened another shock and awe and Google...and cried "Mission Accomplished"
---
The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
In the meantime, if you'd like updates on this and other issues, try visiting our Google Docs Help Group: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs [google.com]

Sorry, and thanks for your help!
- The Google Docs Team
Timed out after waiting 10000ms
--

Google has great taste.. (2, Funny)

greyworld (802114) | about 4 years ago | (#33945454)

I for one am particularly impressed by the artists featured on page 44.

Such vision, such beautiful artworks

:D
Andrew

My computer already is bootless (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | about 4 years ago | (#33947154)

The chasis came with feet, but I didn't attach them. Nary a boot to be seen since I went that direction.
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