Weekly Roundup – Friday 08-09-2006

Google to Use PC Microphones to Listen In?, then targets its ads

People got a little riled up over this one I think, but to be honest I don’t see how it can currently be practically implemented. Here’s what I said on Digg.com about it. It’s a little tongue in cheek!

You all should realize that this technique could only work for women! Us male TV viewers are usually more entertained by flicking through all 350+ cable channels every 3 minutes. That’s why my girlfriend refuses to hand me the remote.

But seriously, besides that, any such advertising coming from Google would have to be opt in. Also, consider the bandwidth issues involved here, its not really practically to have a constant stream of audio heading to Google from every computer with a microphone that’s turned on. Then the processor power required to analyze all of those sound streams and send out the adverts.

ErrorZilla – A Better HTTP Error Page

ErrorZilla is a Firefox extension that replaces 404 and other error pages with more descriptions and options such as reload button, Google Cache, Web archive, and three buttons for: ping, trace and whois.

Unlimited E-mail Addresses with Gmail

Gmail has an interesting quirk where you can add a plus sign (+) after your Gmail address, and it’ll still get to your inbox. It’s called plus-addressing, and it essentially gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to play with. Here’s how it works: say your address is pinkyrocks@gmail.com, and you want to automatically label all work e-mails. Add a plus sign and a phrase to make it pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com and set up a filter to label it work (to access your filters go to Settings – Filters and create a filter for messages addressed to pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com. Then add the label work) (more…)

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