Friday, January 15, 2010

Chrome OSX with Bookmark Manager

The latest dev channel build of Google Chrome now have a basic bookmark manager and cookie manager.

With a bookmark manager, even though it is very basic, Chrome for OS X has the basic set of features that I feel makes up a browser and might can make Chrome my default browser on OS X soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Google APIs

"Eat your own dog food" is not an uncommon term in Silicon Valley. It means for a company to use the product they built themselves. If a company offers an email product to customers then they should also be using that same email product. It's not always easy to eat one's own dog food especially when that dog food provide a critical business functionality or is fairly new. Email, for example, has become vital for companies and they depend on it to be scalable, stable and reliable, but if you're eating your own dog food you might be using the pre-production version which might not be 100% stable or it's missing some functionality and which you need to build yourself. Because of this, even though many tech company talk about eating their own dog food, but don't really pull it off.

I find Google to be very serious about eating their own dog food. Everything released to the public is also used internally and this includes their APIs. Often companies release APIs but don't use them internally because they have direct access to the underlying technologies. Google does use their own APIs and during my first two months here, I've been learning a lot of the APIs in order to do my work. There are some amazing stuff out there and they are all listed at

Specifically, I've been learning the Google Data APIs. There is an amazing amount of access to APIs to allow developers to build sophisticated applications so I encourage everyone to try them out!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Haagen-Dazs Green Tea Ice Cream!!!

10 years ago my wife and I took a vacation to Japan where we found one of the best tasting ice creams we ever had. It was the Haagen-Dazs green tea ice cream. When we came back to the States, we tried looking for it, but it seems that it wasn't a flavor that Haagen-Dazs sold in the US. We tried other brands' green tea flavors, but nothing really matched what we had in Japan.

Today, after 10 years of searching, we found this at our local grocery store:

green tea ice cream


2009 OS of the Year... LINUX!

Looking back on my computer usage this past year, I realized that I've stopped using Windows. For the first time, I don't even have a Windows computer at work. Having mostly used DOS/Windows (usually along side a linux server) for so long I didn't expect that my usage to stop so quickly, but before I knew it I was doing everything I needed to do on another OS. One of the key changes that I made that contributed to being able to stop using Windows is that I stopped PC gaming. However, I would have expected that OSX would have been the primary OS following Windows (especially since I replaced my main Windows machines with a MBP), but the work horse OS that I used the most turned out to be Linux. Where consumer apps on Linux used to lag behind Windows and OSX, developers are now building them for Linux including media players (VLC) and programs like Picasa and Handbrake with the arcane interfaces that are often associated with the Unix world. I believe having these types of user accessible applications will drive Linux more then just having windows/osx-like window managers.