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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hurricane Wilma Pictures

Hurricanes have just been on a rampage this season. Here are some pics from Hurricane Rita which devastated a lot of different places. There's a Google Earth Hurricane Wilma overview as well as some pictures of damage inside of cities such as Havana, Cancun Jamaica and Florida. The NOAA has conducted aerial photography missions over regions affected by Hurricane Wilma.also provided a nice amount of pictures from Hurrican Wilma on their website.

Google Earth: Hurricane Wilma

Google Earth - Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma - Jamaica

Hurricane Wilma - Jamaica

Hurricane Wilma - Cancun

Hurricane Wilma - Cancun

Hurricane Wilma - Florida

Hurricane Wilma - Florida
Hurricane Wilma - Havana

Hurricane Wilma - Havana

If you would like to donate to Victims of Hurricane Wilma, or any other hurricane, click the Red Cross look image below to go to the Red Cross Hurricane Victims Donations Site.

Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Calendar

Look at this domain name:

Look for a new service named Google Calendar to be coming soon.
I believe that Google will incorporate this with Gmail.

Tips and Tricks for Google Talk Plus Program

Here are some tips and tricks that you can use for Google's messaging service, Google Talk.

Adds a 'Plus' menu to the Settings window, Log your conversations (choose the directory, new directory each month), Delete Status History, Boost maximum message size, Show your current winamp track, BossKey, Transparent main window, Transparent chat window (all polygamy compatible)

I am finding this pretty useful myself.

Click here to visit download page.

CTRL + Mousewheel up/down: Change the font size in a conversation window.

CTRL + E: Center text

CTRL + R: Right justify text

CTRL + L or CTRL+J: Left justify text

CTRL + 1 (keypad): Change lineheight (single)

CTRL + 2 (keypad): Change lineheight (1,5)

CTRL + 5 (keypad): Change lineheight (double)

F9: Open Gmail to send an email to your friend

F11: Start a call with your friend

F12: Stop the current call

ESC: Close the current window

ALT + ESC: Minimize the current window

CTRL + SHIFT + L: Switch between points, numbers, letters, capital letters, roman numbers and capital roman numbers

TAB or CTRL + I: Switch between multiple chat windows

SHIFT + TAB or CTRL + TAB: Same as TAB but in reverse order
To write text in bold, put it between *asterisks*
To write text in italic, put it between _underscores_

Holding Shift + Enter will create a line break.

Add to your friends list. Have your friends add conference bot too. Your instant message/chat box now will act as a chat room and you will see everyone's reply in there as if you were in a conference.

The following smileys are recognized by Google Talk.
They will show up in blue font: in the chat window:


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Jagger Update

If you haven't noticed yet, Google has done an update. This update has been referred to as "Jagger update" as coined over at

You may have noticed that new Page Rank updates have come out. Matt Cutts alerted everyone about this not too long ago in his blog post. He also states to expect more PR updates to come most likely close behind.

Matt also gives some specific tips on how to contact Google if you have feedback on search results.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

List of Googlers Blog Sites

I thought that this would be of interest since a lot of people are hitting this site from the keyword "Googler". Here is a running list of Google Employees web sites that I will keep updated here on GoogleCity. If you find any that I don't have on the list, please email me or leave it in the comments and I will add it with credit given to you.

Adam Bosworth's Weblog
Beyond Satire
Bo Cowgill - Project Manager - Chad Thornton - UI Designer
Dave Barr
Doctor Awesome
Douwe Osinga - European Engineering office
Ego Food
Evan Williams
Goldtoe Lemon.Nut
Graham's Page of Stuph
Joe Beda Eighty
John Hawkins
Josh MacDonald
Marked for Dearth - Mark AyzenshtatMassless
Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google and SEO
Natala also
Nelson's Weblog
Oliver Deighton - The Oliver Project
Ovidiu Predescu's Weblog
Piaw's Blog
Rahrah feminista
Shellen dot com
Shuman Ghosemajumder -
So Many Games also as well as
The Other Eighty Percent


Friday, October 14, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Victims, Damage, Photos, Help

Hurricane Katrina really was a devastating blow to a lot of
people's lives. I just want to take a second and shed a little
more light on it. There are some pics floating around the
internet of the Gulf Coast and Louisiana. Google Earth has
been able to pull some really good shots.
Google Earth: Hurricane Katrina

These people down here need help. Many many people
everyday are giving and donating to Katrina victims. In time of
need, it's good to have fellow Americans wanting to help out, as
well as international help and assistance. Hurricane Katrina hit
VERY hard and caused ALOT of damage as you can see in the
image below. This image gives you an idea of impassable roads,
railroads, and bridges. It also shows flooded areas, light, moderate,
extensive and catastrophic damage.
Google Earth: Damage from Hurricane Katrina

If you can help out in anyway possible, lend a helping hand to those that need it.

Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk! Remember the milk seems like a very useful thing to use. I'd have to get used to it myself, but it has some pretty cool features to put to use on there. I

t has RSS, reminders by email, text message, or instant message. Remember The Milk has an innovative tabbed interface that's very easy to use. You can even add a task by email.

I think there may be some open source things involved as well, which is always nice. Did I say IT'S FREE? I didn't? OK. It's free! There. I said it. I highly recommend Remembering the Milk. And don't forget it. Now go get it before your user name that you want is taken.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Google API Applications

There are a lot of applications that have been made based off of Google's Web APIs service. You can also download your own Google Web APIs Developer's Kit here.

Here's a few nice applications that have been made.
  • Gvisit - Track visitors to your website using Google Maps
Track visitors to your website in real time using Google Maps
  • Blogflux MapStats - Visitor Statistics with Google Maps to display latest visitors
Blog Flux MapStats is the coolest way of tracking your website visitors. Not only does it provide the normal statistics and graphs, we have incorporated the system into Google Maps! Instantly see where your latest visitors are coming from, and find out what they are looking for.
  • The Google Family Tree - See relatives of any famous person
Find information about any famous persons relative. Includes mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, husband, wife, son and daughter.
  • PervWatch - browsable database of sex offender data with Google maps
This site aims to make it easy for anyone to quickly find sex offenders in a graphical way. Many of the state registries fulfill the purpose of making the data freely accessible, however it can be difficult and time-consuming to determine just how many live near you, and how close they are. This site plots the sex offenders on a map so you can instantly see how many and where they are.
Now Listing data for the following states: California, Florida, New York, Texas
  • NYsee - Google Maps with live traffic cameras
Mash-up of Google maps and live traffic cameras of New York City (yes, live!)
  • Actors - Find which roles that an actor plays
Enter the actors name and this Google API will give you a list of the roles that actor has played.
  • Top 30 Rank Check - Spelling Suggestions
Check how a web-page ranks for a given phrase in the top 30 Google results. A spelling suggestions API can also be found on this page.
  • Googlematic - Google through AOL IM or MSN Messenger
Googlematic lets you search Google through your Instant Messaging client. Well, maybe not your IM client in particular. But if you used AOL IM or MSN Messenger it would.
* AOL IMSend a message to the screen-name googlematic. Get the top result. Click on it to go there, or type "more" to see a summary of the top five results. Click on one of them, or type a number for more details.
* MSN Messenger Add a user, choose to add by email address, and type in Send a message and get the top result. Click to go there, or type "more" to see a summary of the top five results. Click on one of the addresses, or type a number for more details.
  • CapeSpeller 1.0
The big advantage of the Google spelling function is that it suggests alternative ways of spelling proper nouns and common phrases. CapeSpeller is a small Visual Basic application that interfaces with the 'spell' function of Google's Web Service embedded into your word processor.
  • Capemail - Asynchronous Google Access or Google by Email
CapeMail is an e-mail search application that allows you to send an e-mail to with the text of your query in the subject line and get the first ten results for that query back. Maybe it's not something you'd do every day, but if your cell phone does e-mail and doesn't do Web browsing, this is a very handy address to know.
  • GARBO - Google API Relation Browser Outliner
You enter a URL and choose whether you want pages that related to the URL or linked to the URL. Click on the triangle next to an URL to get a list of pages linked or related to that particular URL.
  • GAWSH - Google API Search by Host
The Google API Web Search by Host (GAWSH) lists the Web hosts of the results for a given query. When you click on the triangle next to each host, you get a list of results for that host.

Well, that's it for today. GoogleDude's out of here! :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The New Google Local - Find ANYTHING close to home, or far away...

On October 7th, 2005, Google announced the official launch of Google Local, its local directory of businesses similar to the Yellow Pages in the UK. Google also merged the technologies behind Google Local and Google Maps to create one application to access map directions and local advertisers. Local search holds strong ad revenue potential for Google, since many web surfers look for products and services near their home or in cities they're visiting, and it is likely to be at the core of Google's money making strategy if it rolls out a free wi-fi network across America following its trials in San Francisco.

The new Google Local is great. You can find ANYTHING in any specific area. All you need to know is the keyword or words your are looking for and something about the area. For example, a street name, zip code, city, state, intersection, etc. Just about ANYTHING local can be found on Google Local. Want to order a pizza? Just type in pizza and your zip code. It's that simple. :)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Google Reader

Google has introduced a new development into Google Labs. The name of it is Google Reader. You can reach it at I'm trying it out now.
You can enter RSS feeds or topics by key words and names. Google Reader will automatically search for new content based on your feed that you entered or your key search terms.

It seems pretty configurable too. Of course it is in Beta. And since it is in Google labs, there is no guarantee that it will make it as a final product unless the user feedback is pretty positive. It seems like it may be a little buggy and slow right now, but I think it will make it though with some fine tuning.

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