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Google Tidbits

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the stuff-to-read dept.

Google 242

XeroCool writes "Alan Williamson got invited to BayCHI lecture at PARC by Marissa Mayer (Product Manager for Google) to talk about google and get the facts. They both were in a room and Alan got some good facts about Google. One fact was: The name 'Google' was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for 'Googol'."

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Clearly big fans of Steve Martin (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378834)

They wanted to emulate a Googlephonic Stereo.

Re:Clearly big fans of Steve Martin (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379016)

Since the site is down, here is a link to mirrordot's mirror [mirrordot.org] .

Well... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378835)

I can't spell frist post either!

ok (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378837)

ok cool!

Foxy Lady... (-1, Offtopic)

HungSoLow (809760) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378839)

I'd like an evening with Marissa Mayer ... she's a fox! (RTFA Title and you'll understand!)

Re:Foxy Lady... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378891)

Not really that foxy... but then again, my brain might be immune because of watching too much midnight entertainment...

Re:Foxy Lady... (0, Offtopic)

Donny Smith (567043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378943)

> I'd like an evening with Marissa Mayer

And I'd like a nite with Carmen Electra.

Re:Foxy Lady... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378953)

Hate to break it to you, but that's often the base selection criteria for a lot of public-facing people. Basically, you're being manipulated via the hormone method. Get yourself some good porn and the glamour soon wears off.

Re:Foxy Lady... (0, Offtopic)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378963)

For an even foxier pic, go to the library and find the Jan. 10, 2005 issue of "Fortune". She has a picture on the front cover, in which she barely peeks over the address label area, but that's not the picture I'm referring to. The picture you want is on page 45, in the upper right corner. Let's just say I think it's a rare woman who looks so damn cute in a turtleneck.

Don't forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378840)

...about the pool on the roof.

Whaa?? (5, Insightful)

Jozone (835038) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378841)

How could someone not know HTML, yet be able to write googles algorithm? Dont most programmers laugh at the easyness of html?

Re:Whaa?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378872)

I could code Z80, 6502 and x86 assembler before I knew how to use mobile phones (=basically enter a number and press green button to dial).

It's not like we're born with the knowledge of how to write HTML or use mobile phones.

Re:Whaa?? (3, Insightful)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378877)

Knowledge does not come miraculously from the sky! Looking up HTML codes takes up precious time. Most coders don't like to stop to tie their shoe laces either. If its functional, leave it alone.

Re:Whaa?? (3, Interesting)

Jozone (835038) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378899)

and I agree with you, but a submit button, is that too much to ask? I think thats a solid 30 seconds in Sam's teach yourself html.

Re:Whaa?? (1)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379105)

But you have to give a rat's ass about HTML in order to bother with that. From what I gather they were more interested in the backend, and I for one am thankful for that.

Re:Whaa?? (1, Funny)

JanusFury (452699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378907)

Yeah, totally! How could anybody not know that the A tag is used to make a link? It's totally obvious, especially since Link starts with an L, and Hyperlink starts with an H...

Re:Whaa?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379076)

Actually the correct term was "Anchor". So that is where the A came from.

Re:Whaa?? (1)

gilroy (155262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379110)

Well, "a" is for "anchor" -- though the term never quite caught on.

Re:Whaa?? (5, Funny)

JaxWeb (715417) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378930)

I know what you mean - all they had to do was a quick Google search to come up with a host [google.co.uk] of tutorials!

Call themselves geniuses...

Re:Whaa?? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378966)

Used to. But then the w3c nazis crept in and insisted on all sorts of "strictness", in a corporate-sponsored effort to turn the web into something only pros can afford to participate fully in. Fortunately, browsers are still permissive enough to render "old style" html that your granny can write in a text editor because it was actually easier than learning a new WYSIWIG interface.

Everything after HTML 3.2 is complete crap. XML is just lisp sexps reimmplemented extremely badly, and it's not a markup language, damnit.

Re:Whaa?? (1)

j.bellone (684938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378974)

HTML takes a wee bit of time to learn; they were probably so much consumed in their programming of Google that they didn't care about the interface. This often happens; which is why most programmers are not artists. I can not draw because I simply do not think in an artistic way like that. That's me though.

Re:Whaa?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379013)

I don't know html and yet I write complex scientific software. I have monkeys doing the HTML for me. Where's the problem?

Re:Whaa?? (4, Funny)

wfberg (24378) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379017)

How could someone not know HTML, yet be able to write googles algorithm? Dont most programmers laugh at the easyness of html?

Yeah. And French is easy too. Ten year olds speak it!

Re:Whaa?? (1)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379020)

Maybe because HTML at the time was a dry, boring-to-work-with language that looked awful and was incompatible with even the most current standard browsers, each using it's own little variety of HTML/Javascript to make things look "purty". That could be it.

I'm sure they could (1)

3770 (560838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379050)


It just wasn't a priority.

fp (1)

medicthree (125112) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378842)

first!

booya

Origional Founders? (5, Funny)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378844)

is there some type of founder that is other than the original one?

Re:Origional Founders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378914)

Strangely enough, yes.

The Founding Fathers of the US are a perfect example. Some were on board for the creation of the US from the beginning, while others needed a bit of coaxing. They were all founders, it's just that some were plugging away at it a bit longer.

Re:Origional Founders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378962)

is there some type of founder that is other than the original one?

Yes, there's also the kind that donates enough money to get their name on a brass plaque in the lobby.

Re:Origional Founders? (3, Informative)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379015)

It depends on the sense of the word!

From WordNet (r) 2.0 :

founder
n 1: inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse [syn: laminitis]
2: a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country" [syn: beginner, founding father, father]
3: a worker who makes metal castings
v 1: fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered" [syn: fall through, fall flat, flop]
2: sink below the surface
3: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break]
4: stumble and nearly fall; "the horses foundered"

Re:Origional Founders? (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379039)

My brother found Google the other day. That was really good cause I was wondering where it'd gotten off to.

Re:Origional Founders? (1)

pinchhazard (728983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379104)

Another one that really tweaks me is "Change the world... FOREVER."

I mean, unless you are changing the world just long enough to build a time-travel device and then go and unchange it...

Re:Origional Founders? (2, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379130)

Columbus?

I dont think thats true (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378845)

The letters "e" and "o" are pretty far from eachother on a keyboard.

Re:I dont think thats true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378860)

Spelling mistake, not a typo.

1: "The name is googol."
2: "Ok." *doesn't know how to spell googol* *types google*

Re:I dont think thats true (3, Interesting)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378886)

LIARS!
Go to http://googol.com/ [googol.com] .
That guy made it in 1995, they probably couldnt buy it and spelled the less creative 'google'.

Re:I dont think thats true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378874)

She didn't say it was a typo, just that it was a misspelling.

Re:I dont think thats true (1)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378931)

The blurb says a spelling error, not a typo.

Re:I dont think thats true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378933)

The letters "e" and "o" are pretty far from eachother on a keyboard.

Not all keyboards are QWERTY, you insensitive clod!

Re:I dont think thats true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378944)

Not if you are using a dvorak keyboard.

Re:I dont think thats true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378985)

Actually, the 'o' and 'e' keys are right next to each other on us-dvorak layouts; they are placed where the 's' and 'd' keys are on qwerty layouts.

Re:I dont think thats true (1)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379030)

It was a frenchman, who said 'guegle' like in the 'pink panter' sketch: "dues yuer dueg buyte?".

Re:I dont think thats true (1)

remahl (698283) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379061)

Not if you're using a Dvorak layout where they're next to each other (occupying the same keys as "s" and "d" on a QWERTY).

Little Known Fact... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378849)

Slashdot was originaly supposed to be Slashbot, home of the slicing, dicing, humanity destructing robot of death. Good thing for us they had a spelling error in the domain name and just made it news for nerds.

Apache (5, Interesting)

jcraveiro (848243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378850)

That way of naming things is indeed very usual; for instance, "Apache Server", was named after its status of "a patchy server".. ;)

Re:Apache (2, Interesting)

gimpboy (34912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378869)

My understanding from the article was that the inventors of google didnt know how to spell googol. Where as the apache folks new how to write 'a pachy server', and were just being cute with their words.

So a misspelling isn't really the same as a cute pun.

Re:Apache (1)

jcraveiro (848243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378882)

I guess sometimes there can be a very thin line between searching for a sound resemblance and finding the fun of it by just mishearing it..
Anyway, I was just establising an analogy for both being, in reality, same-sound-different-spelling versions of the original meaning behind the name.. ;)

They should have googled for it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378956)

The best way to find the correct spelling.. silly boys

Re:They should have googled for it. (1)

jcraveiro (848243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379141)

lol, that's quite "who-came-first-the-egg-or-the-chicken"'y ;)

Re:Apache (2, Informative)

vidnet (580068) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379056)

On Revolution OS (disk 2), Brian Behlendorf says that he chose the name because it simply sounded good unlike many of the other software names at the time. He wasn't aware of the 'a patchy' thing before someone mailed him and said "haha, I get it".

MOD -1 WRONG (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379045)

http://www.linux-mag.com/2000-04/behlendorf_02.htm l [linux-mag.com]

Quote: The name literally came out of the blue. I wish I could say that it was something fantastic, but it was out of the blue.

Reveals Google's Access to Large Data Sets (5, Insightful)

filmmaker (850359) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378855)

The article highlights the key to Google's success: constant feedback via formal studies and data analysis, and access to very large data sets. It's like the webmaster that pours over his Urchin stats and tweaks his website according to his current traffic patterns.

That kind of dilegence makes for an improved quality of experience for the person visiting the site, and increases the traffic for the webmaster. Google applies that same dilegence on a global scale.

6 types of email users (5, Interesting)

Tellarin (444097) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378861)


Some very interesting facts indeed.
But the one that really caught my attention was the one about the 6 types of e-mail users. I'd really like more info on that.

Anyone has any idea where to get more info on this? Still haven't found anything.

Re:6 types of email users (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378916)

Six types of email users are :

1. Educationally challenged looking for diplomas
2. Financially challenged looking for reduced mortgage
3. Anatomically challenged looking for enhancers
4. Cubicle dwellers trying to look busy when the manager is around
5. OCD patients with a special love for the refresh button
6. A combination of the above

Re:6 types of email users (-1, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378971)

Here they are - all you had to do was google for it [google.com] ...
  1. Those who have spam filters in place
  2. Those whose pwned boxes are spam generators
  3. Those who are waiting for their share of the $25 million from Nigeria
  4. Those who forward every f$cking thing they get to everyone they know - including back to the person who sent it to them in the first place
  5. Those who insist on sending you "important warning about [insert latest urban legend/internet myth here]" because thety know it's true - it came from a friend who knows somebody who ...
  6. The 90% who must have small dicks, because 90% of all spam is for P3N15 ENL4R6ER5 and V14GR4.

MOD PARENT DOWN (1)

RidiculousPie (774439) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379063)

link is goatse

Re:MOD PARENT DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379128)

Why would you bother clicking on the link when the list is already there ?

Re:out-of-date (0, Offtopic)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379179)

link is goatse
Impossible - goatse.cx was suspended a year ago last week by their ISP due to complaints.

http://www.nic.cx/suspended.jsp?domain=www.goatse. cx [www.nic.cx]

Policies

Suspended Domain
The domain www.goatse.cx has been suspended by the registry.

This is generally due to lapsed registration or violation of policies.
To renew your registration please visit your registrar.
... goat.cx, on the other hand ...

Besides, it's on-topic (for this thread) which is about the 6 types of email users, and the clueless who contribute to the spam problem by clicking "reply" or "unsubscribe" to spam - the same kind of people who would click on a superfluous link w/o checking to see where the link points to, etc...

Re:6 types of email users (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379009)

I don't know about Google, but here at MSN, we classify email users this way:

1. Those that feel physically inadequate and need viagra and penis enhancements.
2. Those that hate their careers and need diplomas.
3. Those that are lonely and want to know about every porn site in existence
4. Those that need cash quick and don't mind helping out friendly Nigerian Officials
5. Those that need good luck and don't mind sending out chain mail to get it.
6. Those that want cheap prescription drugs from reputable companies in the back of alleys.

Here at MSN, we're committed to helping our users so we start off by by giving our users access to all these value added emails. As we get to know users better through Microsoft patented Big Brother[TM] technologies, we tailor or filters so that you can get more of the informative emails advertising that you need.

Try out MSN. We're eager to serve you.[1]

------
[1] See http://members.cox.net/kaiotea/serveman.htm
or http://www.scifilm.org/tv/tz/twilightzone3-24.html

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379075)

Classic.

I'll have to use that in my sig.

Try out MSN. We're eager to serve you.[1][2]
[1] See http://members.cox.net/kaiotea/serveman.htm
or http://www.scifilm.org/tv/tz/twilightzone3-24.html
[2] To spammers

Re:6 types of email users (2, Funny)

Xeo 024 (755161) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379040)

Yeah, sadly it doesn't elaborate on that.

I'm thinking it's something like this:

1. People who use AOL e-mail
2. ???
3. ???
4. ???
5. ???
6. Profit!

No wait, wrong list, nevermind.

Re:6 types of email users (1)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379071)

"But the one that really caught my attention was the one about the 6 types of e-mail users. I'd really like more info on that."

Oh, yes, of course.

1) Small penis
2) Small breasts
3) Thousands into debt
4) Related to a distant Nigerian cousin
5) Happens to enjoy ROLEX watches
6) Two or more of the above

Re:6 types of email users (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379087)

From -- http://www.davidco.com/coaches_corner/Julie_Daniel /article9.html [davidco.com]

Julie Daniel
Keeping Your In-Box "Real"

Since I've been accredited to do the David Allen workflow coaching in the UK I've seen an awful lot of e-mail in-boxes. Different people manage their in-boxes in different ways but one of the things that I've noticed is that, before they do the coaching and implement the GTD approach, most people have some kind of "yuk" feeling associated with their in-box.

It seems that most people have at least SIX different types of e-mail sitting in their in-box. And people tell me that there are e-mails in their in-boxes that they have opened and looked at and then closed twice, three times... even a dozen or more times! David says that we are all too busy to think the same thought twice (unless of course it's a nice thought and we want to think it again!!) But for most e-mails in most people's in-boxes thinking and re-thinking what it's about isn't a whole lot of fun. And it means that every time they look at what's in their in-box they have to re-think what is going on and try to figure out all over again which of the six types of thing each e-mail is and what needs to happen about it. No wonder most people have some kind of "yuk" feeling associated with their in-box!

So what are the six most common types of e-mail I see?

First of all there is the e-mail that they've read and there's no action associated with it and they don't need to keep it for reference. It shouldn't really be in there any more because it's finished with and it should have been deleted. But... they haven't got round to deleting it yet. So, for now, it's just sitting there...

Second is the e-mail that they've read and there's no action associated with it but they think they may need to refer back to it at some later date. That one really shouldn't be in there any more either because it should be filed away somewhere. But...they haven't got around to filing it away yet. So, for now, just sitting there...

Third is the e-mail that they've read and they've decided there is an action on it but they haven't quite decided what that action is yet. The e-mail is parked there as a reminder that they need to do something about it... once they figure out just exactly what it is that they want to do. So, for now, it's just sitting there...

Fourth is the e-mail that they've read and they've decided that there is an action on it and they have actually decided what it is that they want to do but they just haven't quite got round to doing that action yet. The e-mail is parked there as a reminder that, when they get some time in between all those meetings that they have to go to, they really need to do that action that they've decided to do. So, for now, it's just sitting there...

Fifth is the e-mail that they've read and they've figured out what it was that they needed to do about it AND they've actually done that action. But now someone owes them a reply and so the e-mail is parked there as a reminder that they have done something but the game isn't over yet because somebody owes them something back and they might need to chase it. And if they lose sight of the e-mail they might forget that the thing isn't finished yet. So, for now, it's just sitting there...

Sixth - and this is the only type of e-mail that really belongs in an in-box - is the one they haven't read yet.

WOW! No wonder most people's brains hurt when they look at their in-box.

The Getting Things Done methodology makes it safe for you have a real in-box - that is one where the only items in it are the ones you've not read yet. It does this by having a leak-proof system outside of your in-box to track those different kinds of things that you need to remind yourself about. Once you know how to answer those two vital questions; "What's the successful outcome?" and "What's the next action?" and how to park the answers to those questions in a system that you absolutely trust, you no longer need to hold all those different things jumbled up in your in-box in a way that causes confusion and stress.

If you've already implemented the GTD methodology you'll know this. But, if your in-box makes your brain hurt, do yourself a favour... go through and delete the things you don't need and file away the things you may want to refer back to later. Then decide on the successful outcomes for your projects and put those on a "Projects" list. Next decide what specific next actions you need to take and put those on your "Next Action" lists (unless of course they take less than two minutes in which case just do them right now!). Finally note anything where you are waiting for someone else to do something and put that on a "Waiting For" list.

If you do all that then the only e-mails in your e-mail in-box will be the ones you've not read yet. The feeling of liberation and the amount of creative energy that is freed up as a result of having a "real" in-box is just amazing. Try it and see! I'd love to know how you get on...

julie@davidco.com

Re:6 types of email users (1)

FRiC (416091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379126)

Really? Most people I know forwards every mail they get to everyone else. Gmail makes it very hard to forward mail.

Lazy Mistake (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378863)

A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for 'Googol'."

Sheesh... you would think that they could have at least Googled for the correct spelling.

Re:Lazy Mistake (2, Funny)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379124)

And they still haven't looked it up apparently, for when you type in 'google' you still don't get Did you mean googol?

in the name... (3, Interesting)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378865)

Looking at Googol and then Google you have to say it was one hell of a lucky mistake. Google rolls off the tounge and everyone knows it's easy to spell where as googol is just an annoying nameto think about.

Googol
Goggol
Googgol
Gogool

All lookf airly similar and alot of hassle to for average idiot to recall. So if thisis true Google got lucky as hell.

Sigh (5, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378964)

Looking at Googol and then Google you have to say it was one hell of a lucky mistake. Google rolls off the tounge and everyone knows it's easy to spell where as googol is just an annoying nameto think about.

Yes, it's amazing how a word you've seen and heard almost everyday for the past, oh, five years is easier to say and spell than one you aren't familiar with. What an incredible coincidence!

Are you kidding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378967)

Never seen any of those?

Google
Gooogle
Goooogle
Gooooogle
Goooooogle
Gooooooogle
etc.

Ok, I'll be here all week.

Re:in the name... (1)

gilroy (155262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379066)

Blockquote the poster:

Looking at Googol and then Google you have to say it was one hell of a lucky mistake. Google rolls off the tounge and everyone knows

Also, I've always thought that it benefitted from being close to "goggle", a device for preserving your sight. :)

Re:in the name... (1)

smileplzz (846351) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379099)

Hey don't confuse me. After I read this article I just forgot the real name.Is it
Googol,
Goggol,
Googgol,
or Gogool.
Please tell me quickly or else I will have to search in http://www.google.com.

I Feel Lucky (5, Insightful)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378868)

"I feel lucky" is nearly never used. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

Exactly, "I'm Feeling lucky" keeps "Google" search from looking naked for some odd reason. It's Genious.

I think it's a subliminal messege to stop researching for your english project and search for "Paris hilton nude".

Re:I Feel Lucky (4, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378976)

"I feel lucky" is nearly never used. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

Exactly, "I'm Feeling lucky" keeps "Google" search from looking naked for some odd reason. It's Genious.


I think people don't use it because if they do, they feel like google is calling them "punk" while routing them ;-)

Re:I Feel Lucky (1)

sunhou (238795) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379142)

I agree that the addition of the "I'm Feeling Lucky" does keep the main google page from looking too barren.

I don't use it myself, because I always like to see where I'm being sent before I click on something. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button doesn't permit this. So I always do a regular search, which shows where the links go before I click on them.

Since so few people apparently use it, I wonder if they'll replace it with something else if they come up with some other clever idea, something else to keep the "Google Search" button from being too lonely.

spelling mistake? or spell bound by search (1)

akr00 (158350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378879)

too much browsing of the search engine leads to being goggle eyed.

or perhaps too much ogling leads to google.

or perhaps the name was simply a googly [bbc.co.uk] , a cricketing twist.

"Behind the scenes" engineering presentation (5, Informative)

JoshuaDFranklin (147726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378887)

Of related interest, UW Seattle had Jeff Dean of Google give a talk recently about Google's engineering setup, including the GFS and MapReduce: WMA and RM videos here [washington.edu] .

Servers (2, Interesting)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378892)

Nobody still has detailed their servers.

How many, specs, data centers.

People have guessed, and analyzed everything... but still no true official statement.

That's what I was really hoping for.

Still interesting though.

Re:Servers (1)

Segosa (838329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378981)

There was an article which told us all that but I can't find it. Maybe someone else can reply to this with the URL.

Re:Servers (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378994)

Buy some Google stock, and you might find it easier to find these out.

However, the question "how many servers?" changes from week to week, usually from day to day. They are constantly replacing and adding CPU's, to the point that they have a standing order for N systems per week, for some quantity of N. The only way an answer to "how many servers?" can be valid, is to include a time/date predicate: "Well, this past Sunday afternoon, they had 107,499, until the earthquake took out a couple hundred units."

(N.B.: 87.4% of statistics are made up on the spot!)

Gmail security breach.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378901)

wonder why a serious security breach [com.com] in Gmail didn't make it to a Slashdot story... Even though it was fixed it was a pretty nasty hole for Gmail users, and unknown for how long it was open.

Re:Gmail security breach.. (2, Funny)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378949)

Because there are already enough dupes, without making one for every time someone misses an article [slashdot.org]

Re:Gmail security breach.. (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379037)

Give the AC some slack.
michael is obviously tired, and forgot to log into his account.
Dupes can and do happen, some are excusable, since they are really old ones with alternative titles, others just fall under the net of after leaving the front page, but before google has picked them up (slash search sux!).
The last kind (on the same front page) is just inexcusable ;)

Harumph! (3, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378902)

Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News, Orkut are both examples of projects that grew from this working model.

Please could somebody let my boss know. Pretty please.

The annoying "Did you mean" feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378911)

One of the biggest leap in search usage came about when they introduced their much improved spell checker giving birth to the "Did you mean..." feature. This instantly doubled their traffic, but they had some interesting discussions on how best to place that information, as most people simply tuned that out. But they discovered the placement at the bottom of the results was the most effective area.


Actually, I don't use Google because of that annoying feature. It pops up even when I mean to type in what I have typed in. I'm not saying they should remove it entirely, but, I wish they would at least have a way to turn it off. Otherwise, I'll stick with the search engines that don't have that annoying feature.

Re:The annoying "Did you mean" feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379080)

I know what you mean. That one line gets in the way of my searching experience.

--

This post brought to you by sarcasmo.

Kogal? (4, Funny)

tom1974 (413939) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378940)

10.# The name 'Google' was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for 'Googol'

Wow that was close. Some more typo and we'd all be kogaling instead.

names (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11378945)

Don't you guys find embarassing the history of all these "I-thought-I-knew-how-it-was-spelled" names? Google, Novell, Cisco (?) etc. Seems like all those ivy founders had major educational problems. I would probably modded as troll if I were to say that another funny coincidence strikes me - they are all americans. But I'm not saying it ;-)

Excuse my poor english, as I'm not a native speaker, just a poorly educated east-european.

WOW! (4, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378969)

Programmers who can't spell? Now I've heard everything!

That was great (1)

duncanbiscuits (806489) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378973)

IT explains how they tripped (or not) into being.

And here I thought... (1)

zalbag (740408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378987)

there was going to be a new Google service, Google Tidbits. Disappointed I am.

Re:And here I thought... (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379084)

there was going to be a new Google service, Google Tidbits. Disappointed I am.
Not as disappointed at all of us canucks who are conditioned to seeing Timbits [timhortons.com] instead of Tidbits ...
... mmmm ... fresh timbits served up via the Internet - now we're talking!

Accident my foot! (5, Funny)

SlashCrunchPop (699733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11378999)

As I already pointed out [slashdot.org] quite a while ago, the name was not chosen by accident and it should be read as go ogle. Porn is behind everything, man!

Accident my foot!-Birth Control. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379153)

"Porn is behind everything, man!"

Even SlashCrunchPop.

Wow! I mean, what are the odds? (0, Offtopic)

lightspawn (155347) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379025)

They both were in a room, you say? That is a good fact!

Small populations (2, Insightful)

fisheye1969 (842355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379035)

I'm not sure about the use of small user populations for testing.

I wrote something about this in a blog article [milui.com] , though the references have yet to be added which I'll do later today.

However, I'm happy to admit that Google seem to be doing plenty of correct things. Gmail has become my email of choice so the interface can't be that bad, and the main Google page has always been cool for me. Before that, I used to use alltheweb.com in preference to the big portal sites, but Google's results seemed, well, better. Alltheweb kept returning pages of documents from the same domain which was frustrating.

I Feel Lucky (5, Funny)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379036)

"The infamous "I feel lucky" is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button."

Well, it makes sense if you think about it. Everyone wants to feel lucky...and I doubt a "I feel apathetic towards the world and my creator" could fit there, anyway...

3 types of email users - what are the others? (3, Interesting)

The Mutant (167716) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379164)

I tried Google, Yahoo, Dogpile and A9 and all of them just liked back to Mayer's blog.

Google's Scholar [google.com] found two papers citing THREE [tinyurl.com] types of email users :

1) Users who don't file at all
2) Users who file frequently
3) Users who file infrequently

This paper cited a paper by Whittaker and Sidner, titled Email overload: exploring personal information management of email

It seems filing is the primary category, but I'm foxed about the other three. Any ideas?

Whats up with google... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379165)

Whats so facinating about Google ? Its a search engine, a good one and a pretty cool company....but thats all.

There are thousands of other cool companies out there that could be worth a headline, instead we get such things as

"Sergey and Larry stuck in elevator!"

It's not a spelling mistake, it's a trademark (2, Interesting)

poboxbot (784307) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379177)

I had heard awhile back that "Google" is so named because you cannot solely trademark(TM) numbers or words expressing numbers.

Is this not the case?

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