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Google+ posts from my WordPress blog posted as private

Wow!  And I learn something new every day…

I have been using the publicize feature for a long time now to only find out that my post sent to Goolge+ have been private or limited to those in my circles. Now that was unexpected!

What I have learned was by default, Google+ sets the visibility of your posts to “Only You”.

To change this I needed to do the following:

Enter the account Settings, locate Manage apps & activities in Google+ and change WordPress to be public.

Who knew… I for one did not.

 

I hope you enjoyed this #techshort and thanks for visiting – jermal

Back to School – What is Alphabet?

And wow… Google made an arrangement with Alphabet, Inc. replacing Google as the publicly-traded company and thus changing its operating structure.

Larry Page said in blog post he would become the chief executive of Alphabet Inc, while Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai will be CEO of Google.

“This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google,” Larry Page

But, What is Alphabet?

“Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence.

In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

 

 

I got my invite to Inbox by Gmail / Google

I’ve waited and thanks for a good friend I got my invite.
I am super exited to give this a test and be on the cutting edge.

You open you email to see the cool invite

Then you install the app and log in and you can feel the magic in your hands.  Email will never be the same again.

Chrome 38 breaks parts of Outlook Web App 2013

It seems that my browser of choice is no longer working with Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2013.

Google has made changes to the latest version of their browser and removed the API ( showModalDialog ) which has serious consequences for managing a major parts of Exchange.

In my test I have noticed management options that I am unable to select also calendar options not available .

So now I wait for the Exchange team to provide a hotfix or update which patches this problem.

Back to IE for me.

Finally I can Watch Netflix in Ubuntu

Hi all,

I just read on the Ubuntu insights that watching Netflix is now a thing for Ubuntu. Recent efforts have finally paid off and Canonical, Ubuntu now supports it when using Google Chrome version 37 and above.

I big thanks goes out to those at Netflix and Ubuntu for making this “official”. I’ve personally waiting a long time for this.

Just got my Google+ custom URL

Today I received an email letting me know that I was not eligible for a unique Google + Custom URL.

Here is some info on custom URL in regards to Google +

Requirements for getting a custom URL

Before you can get a custom URL, your account needs to be in good standing and meet the following requirements:

Eligibility for People:

Ten or more followers
Your account is 30 days old or more
A profile photo

For more info follow this ‘link

Google’s uProxy: A Peer-to-Peer Gateway to Internet Freedom

For the avgInternetJoe this may be news. Things like this have existed for a while now. Such as the TOR network. I like the idea that big boys such as Google are looking to assist those repressed from the full extend of the web.

Google Survay Question on Searches

There seems to be some new search behavior when using Google to search for things. Apparently when you go to search for something you get a survey question asking “Did you find what you wanted on this page?”.

I have never encountered this before so it must be.

How To Use Google as a Timer

We have known for sometime that Google is simply amazing in all they do. Most people such as myself use them for search and the various of web apps they offer to aid in our day to day productivity.

Little know is another feature. A timer that can be used; which counts down and even as an alarm.

The “timer counts in hours, minutes or seconds.” To give it a try do the following:

  1. Open we Google search page
  2. Type: Set timer 60 minutes and watch it count down.

 

Domains on or around my block

Playing around with some Google stuff I found a cool little way to gather info on the ASN (Autonomous Systems Number) info of a domain and some incite as to what others are hosted in its network

Autonomous Systems are routable networks within the public Internet, administered by the local RIRs and assigned to owners of networks. Autonomous System Number (ASN) such as: IP owner, registration date, issuing registrar and the max range of the AS with total IPs.

Using Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic data I can look up a domain and where it’s hosted and drill down to locate other hosts. The purpose of “Safe Browsing” is made to provide details on hosts that have been known to distribute malware.

The URL format to use to check a domain is:

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=google.com

You will be returned info about the domain you look up and the ASN included. This is where you can drill down and obtain some info on others domains listed on that network block location.  Cool huh?  I thought so; and this is why I am sharing.

Hope you find a good use for this, for now its fun via exploration for me.