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:

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.

Google SSL Certificates going to 2048-bit

Coming Soon! In August 2013, Google will start the process of switching its SSL Certificates over to 2048-bit for its services adding stronger security. This information was made public on Stephen McHenry’s, Director of Information Security at Google Blog.

The completion of this project is set to be completed by the end of the 2013 year.

Quoted on the blog Stephen McHenry writes

Most client software won’t have any problems with either of these changes, but we know that some configurations will require some extra steps to avoid complications. This is more often true of client software embedded in devices such as certain types of phones, printers, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras.

Stephen McHenry also listed a number of examples of improper validation practices that could lead to the inability of client software to connect to Google using SSL after the upgrade, such as matching any other certificate exactly or hard-coding the expected root certificate.

Change is coming soon! Don’t be left behind.

More detailed information can be found here

Google Crisis Response

Many of my friends may not know about this. I hope now they will and be better informed now and in the future. I feel the more you know, the more you can extend a helping hand to others. Google seems to have done just that by making critical information more accessible in times of disaster.

Google Crisis Response provides critical information and develops tools to support disaster relief. Some examples are:

  • Google Public Alerts disseminates relevant emergency alerts to users when and where they’re searching for them
  • Google Person Finder allows people to locate loved ones who have been impacted by a crisis
  • Google Crisis Maps was created to show damage and resources following emergency events.

Stop by and get informed and help if you can.

For more Google related projects head over to

How to remove Google+ hangout apps

Log into your Google account and find your way to your Google+

Next click on settings (gear icon), which take you into the accounts area

Click on security, then click edit on Authorizing applications and sites

Locate the Google+ hangout app you would like to remove (revoke access)
Click Revoke Access

The application should now be removed.

I wish this was a bit simpler, but it works for me; I hope this helps you out.

Shortcut to Authorizing applications and sites