This post is more for people that are tired of receiving technical support questions which are easily answered with a simple Google search. I don’t mind receiving questions from paying clients, it’s the family and friends seeking free computer help that gets annoying sometimes. There is a very clever website called “Let Me Google That For You” which will allow you to type in a Google search phrase like you normally would except this website will generate a URL that you can give to someone which will graphically illustrate what you did. When the person you give this URL to loads it in their web browser what they see is a short animation of you typing in the Google search phrase along with an obnoxious caption explaining each step that is done in an almost child-like manner. It sort of points out how easy it is to find the information yourself rather than bothering someone else for help.
Here is a demo of what the website produces for a simple search I did: http://tinyurl.com/7hasnj
Here is the URL for the Let Me Google That For You Website: http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com
Google will be hosting millions of images from the archives of Life magazine online freely accessible to anyone. The archive is partially avaialable now at the URL http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Some of the images date as far back as the 1750s.
Google Code University offers free training for computer programming. The training consists of a website which contains training materials such as slide shows, videos, and problem solving sets. Here is an excerpt from the Google training website which describes the training offered:
This website provides tutorials and sample course content so CS students and educators can learn more about current computing technologies and paradigms. In particular, this content is Creative Commons licensed which makes it easy for CS educators to use in their own classes.
The Courses section contains tutorials, lecture slides, and problem sets for a variety of topic areas:
- AJAX Programming
- Distributed Systems
- Web Security
In the Tools 101 section, you will find a set of introductions to some common tools used in Computer Science such as version control systems and databases.
The CS Curriculum Search will help you find teaching materials that have been published to the web by faculty from CS departments around the world. You can refine your search to display just lectures, assignments or reference materials for a set of courses.
Here is a link to the Google Code University website: Link
The MySpace developer website is now open. Developers can create and test their applications in a test bed environment. The developer platform uses Google’s Open Social framework. Here is an excerpt from the developer website:
“The MySpace Developer Platform (MDP) allows developers to create applications that interact with MySpace members and their social data. With MDP you will be able to create compelling new products that integrate directly into MySpace pages and get exposure to millions of people around the world.
MDP is currently in a sandbox phase. During this phase, we’ll be rapidly adding new documentation, capabilities, and end-user features to the platform. We want your input! You can give us feedback in our forums, notify us about bugs, and contact us directly.”