What happens with people like we the network administrators who use the ZIP to create our own installer and deploy Firefox and Thunderbird to hundreds of users at once?
Neither the Firefox or the Thunderbird Win32 installer provide an unattended installation method, and that is a *big* fault for Firefox to spread. We simply cannot afford to go to every and each computer to install Firefox.
Please, do not stop Win32 ZIP builds until you provide a proper unattended installer. The current one does not work unattended, and discontinuing Win32 ZIP builds means the Mozilla Foundation is shooting itself in the foot."
Good introduction doc.
Is it me or does it seem like Google is doing everything right lately? With each new feature/app its becoming more and more obvious why they are quickly becoming an enormous heavy hitter (and threat to Microsoft) - Gmail, GBrowser (maybe, hopefully), Picasa .
Reading through my USA Today at a hotel in Boston, I noticed an article on Google. The article discusses how they have added support for searching books (publishers will send them a book, they'll scan in the specified pages and make them searchable online) at print.google.com."
It has also started testing a service that lets users read book excerpts online, echoing the popular “Search Inside the Book” service created by Amazon.com.
The book excerpt service, called Google Print, aims to give users links to relevant books among the other search results they receive. Clicking on the link will then lead to the book excerpt, where users can read two pages forward or back from the relevant page and also click on another link to an online store to buy the book.
Source: Financial Times"
While it seems like Google's been developing everything but search, everyone else has been cranking out new (or new looking) search engines:
Ask Jeeves: www.ask.com
[Update] Google is doing something new that's search related. Their answer to Amazon's a9 search is to steal a page from Amazon's book. They're adding a book feature.
And I missed Google's Personalized Search Feature: http://labs.google.com/personalized
Not sure if there's a lot of point to this, but I guess it's good to have some competition innovation in the search engine space. Most of these sites have gone with a Google look and just added a slight tweak.
Who were the ad wizards who named Clusty? Sounds like a Japanese Gum brand."
최근 google에서 야심차게(?) 준비중인 것으로 여겨지는 gbrowser에 대해서 말들이 많은가 봅니다.
More evidence of a Google browser (kottke.org) Not announced, but if this is true, it's an interesting potential play for Google vs. Microsoft. Not too much has happened with the browser for some time and it seems to be more and more linked to Longhorn's fate, wonder if/how Google will try to exploit this potential product gap?"
The browser soap opera got quite more interesting. Google is apparently building a browser based on Mozilla. This might well have the effect on getting rid of the inscrutable IE, which has become a similar technical burden Netscape 4 was.
The best statistics available to me, first-hand, are from homokaasu.org and according to them, during the last year, usage of IE has diminished from 82.6% (Oct 2003) to 64.1% (Sep 2004, days 1-20). These figures are based on 2,7 million visits from 1,9 million unique visitors so there must be statistical significance. The logs have been analyzed with software par excellent, Awstats.
However, one must consider a few things when pondering this data."
Jason Kottke writes there's more evidence of a Google browser. Jason, thanks for the update :-)
Besides the evidence he mentions it also makes sense. There have been rumors about Google making a desktop application to search your files on your own computer. What kind of application would fit better than a browser?
While doing some research on said rumors I found the article I wanted to write on Search Engine Journal. It's a well written (lengthy) post worth a read. Sushubh Mittal, you beat me fair and square."
Google registered the GBrowser.com domain name recently. There are other indicators Google might be developing a web browser, as reported by to kottke.org. Great news for the people managing and producing websites. This, combined with the success of Firefox will further spark the flame for browser innovation."
Here’s to hoping Google can make a platform-independent operating system that is actually usable. Google Search and Gmail proves they know how to think differently to obliterate all competition, so bring it on! I welcome our new technology masters with open arms. I think they can treat us better than the previous masters.
Updated yet again: Well, it seems official that Google is not interested in building a browser. (via Kottke)"
A lot of people are blogging about it and it could be really really cool! And I even predicted it in April this year."
Kottke speculates on the possibility of Google building a more deeply google-integrated Mozilla.
Amazon has A9, Microsoft is building up MSN as the brand for this kind of server integrated utilities, Yahoo is building who knows what.
Lots of guesses going around."
It appears [kottke.org] that Google is looking into making their own browser. Evidence abounds about them hiring browser specific people, and even registering gbrowser.com.
Google is already so much a part of my online life. If they make a browser, I'll be opening Gbrowser to search Google web, looking at news at Google news, and checking my email at Gmail. That's enough integration into my daily web habits to scare me. Who knows if the corporate giant will be altruistic in the future. I say we need to spread out the technology among several entities. One thing I do like is the emphasis on more useful Java, Flash, and other dynamic based applications on the web (ahem.. Flickr, Gmail).
Whatever the case, Google's stock will be on the rise."
September 16, 2004"
GBrowser sounds like a pretty lame name. Maybe it will like this.
Maybe it will be Mozilla based. There's even Bug 226572 - Google branded Mozilla browser with the last comment saying:
This is a duplicate of a private bug about working with Google. So closing this one.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 213362 ***
If not Mozilla can always see how they market 'GBrowser' to non-geeks and copy that."
Without doubt, Google is the most useful website on the Internet. This is scary, considering that Google is a company and that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It would be far preferable if some kind of open source search engine solution could be come up with."
.....a move that would take it into more direct competition with Microsoft and Yahoo."
"Aunt Effie aside, Google is doing something browserwise, but it might just be making sure they can incorporate Google's services tight into Microsoft's proprietary browser, just as other browsers, growing fast in popularity, like FireFox, Safari, Camino and such."
The steadily-decreasing number of donuts in that “Ads by Goooooogle” is a sign. A countdown, if you will, to the much-rumored Google browser offering.
Read all about it here:
COUNT DOWN THE O’S IN GOOGLE Population Statistic
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