Google Earth Plus – Good but some obvious options are missing

September 13, 2006

Upgraded to Google Earth Plus (Release 4 – Beta) last week because I wanted to check out their path option.

Its good but some of the things are really annoying.

In the free version, you can use Ruler to make a path but you cannot save it. After upgrading I again made the path using Ruler and there was no option to save it. For saving a path, you should click another option called path. They should allow saving the path either way.

Why did I use Ruler to make a Path instead of clicking the path option? Well I first did try path option but it was so so unfriendly. When you use Ruler to make a path, it allows you to draw a line and navigate on map using mouse. When making the path using Path option, it allows you to draw lines with mouse but you have to navigate using keyboard.

I visited their community and someone has written there that we didn’t provide Draw-Line-and-Navigate-with-mouse in PATH option because people might have got slow computers and our software would have to decide whether user is drawing a line or navigating the map (remember this option works when you use Ruler).

Now this is funny. Ruler is available in free version (and Plus as well) but Path is available in Plus Version only (costs $20/yr). Who told them that a person who is spending $20/yr extra on their software will have slower PC than the one who use free software. Secondly, they could provide this option as a preference. Users can decide whether they want to use mouse to draw lines only or want to Draw-Line-and-Navigate-with-mouse.

Another thing. There should be an option that Path drawn with Ruler can be saved as well (in Plus Version). Its ridiculous saying that you can save path when using Path option but not when you use Ruler. The functionality is very much the same. This interoperability seems easy and very much needed.

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Google for Enterprise

August 15, 2006

I have a lot of documents in my hard disk. When I first installed Google Desktop some couple of years back, I thought that it would be fun if other family members on LAN can search for documents in my hard disk through Google’s Web interface. Tried a lot but didn’t succeed.

Today, I saw that Google has enterprise products that provide facilities like this (though they are costly for a normal home user like me). However option is there.

P.S. By the way, I uninstalled Google after sometime because it used to save its index files on C drive (and there was no option to customize its path for Index Files). I have low disk space on C and when I noticed that Google Desktop has index files of more than 1 GB now, I decided to uninstall it. Don’t know whether they have made the index file path configurable in new versions or not. If someone knows about this, he/she can comment and update me.


A Story about Google Interviews

July 20, 2006

My Friend Haroon Saeed is writing an account of his Telephonic Interviews with Google. He is one of the most intelligent, enthusiastic people whom I personally know. Reading this gives you an idea that what you should should expect when in Interview with Microsoft, Google, Amazon etc. You can access his Blog at http://haroonsaeed.wordpress.com.

One more thing. Many people ask me what to expect in Microsoft Interviews. I have only one answer for all of them and it provides almost every information. Visit Microsoft JobsBlog at http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog. Read its archives and Download related videos from Channel 9, and you will know each and everything regarding Microsoft Interviews.


Reinventing the Wheel !!!

January 7, 2006

Consumer Electronic Show 2006 has seen some of the great presentations during this week. Starting with Bill Gates (no need to introduce), we saw some other great CEOs coming forward and presenting their innovations. Among these were Paul Otellini (Intel President and CEO), Terry Semel (Yahoo CEO), Larry Page (Google CEO) etc.

Bill G started with the word ENTERTAINMENT and that is what all the other’s followed. See the announcements and you will find a lot of them e.g. mobile phones with enhanced multimedia capabilities, collaborations with TV channels, audios/videos on sale etc.

Windows Vista is one attraction, Yahoo Go and Google Pack are yet some others (Not exactly the discussion of this topic but I did wonder why Norton agreed to give a reduced Antivirus with Google Pack).

And listening all this, I was wondering who is going to INTEGRATE all this? Larry did talk about simplifying things. However Google is introducing yet another media player for its Video Sales service when they could have Licensed Windows Media Player which is a de-facto standard for almost all the Window users (more than 90% computer users in the world). I already have three media players, Windows media player, Real Player and Quick Time as none of these can play all the formats.

Right now, I need at least three accounts, one for Hotmail, one for Yahoo, One for Google (three passwords, three profiles etc). Yahoo Groups won’t let me get the files and photos even if I am subscribed to that group from my GMail account. I cannot sign in to ORKUT using hotmail or yahoo. This sort of incompatibility list is long rather very long. If just my phone numbers change, I would have to update at so many places that I’m sure to forget some of these.

Companies should work together. MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger are joining hands, which is a good sign.

I still remember my course in Object Oriented Programming. In the very beginning, we were told that reinventing the wheel is a bad idea. Probably someone forgot to tell me that this “reinventing the wheel” phrase should only be used get an A+ in OOP course – Afterwards forget it!

P.S. These are some random thoughts at entering my passwords ten times, installing software that will do the partial work etc etc.