Instant previews from Google searches and why web designers should be in demand more than ever.

Well it’s not like web designers are never in demand, because they still are.

These days, throw a stone in a room and you’ll likely hit someone who knows what HTML, ¬†FLASH and what web design is all about.

Oh hell, ‘cos with WordPress, Joomla or Tumblr (to name a few), I guess anyone can call themselves a web designer / webmaster, and yes it’s that simple today.

Gone are the days when every page in a website is a static hard-coded beast, so hooray technology.

Back to my topic of digestion, that earlier today I googled for “Terrapin+Care” and this is what I initially, and instantly, received on my browser:

Googling Terrapin Care

A host of text results, and not so interesting right, but then I noticed a little magnifying glass next to each search results, and have you ever clicked on them?

My initial thoughts of the icon’s function is to allow a further refinery of your search term, but when I clicked on it, a pleasant surprise greeted me, and at this stage I might have to seek pardon for my simpleton geek-nessicity, cos I might be the last person on earth to have realised what it’s for.

Voila -- Instant previews

Instant previews! No kidding, and here I am still stuck in 1995 with thoughts of how laborious and near impossible it is to be able to do that!

Oh, it’s 2010, nearing 2011 already? Gee..

Anyway, instead of having to manually rummage through links after links to find the info that you desire, this tiny magnifying glass solves your headache of trying to filter out the ‘cheapo’ looking websites from the ‘professionally-done’ ones.

Search outlined

If you move your cursor and hover along the rest of the links, the previews instantly reflect the sites they link to, and if you look closer at the previous image, you’ll notice that they even highlight where your search terms are found within that website!

I guess it’s not just important to look nice, you have to lay your text nicely as well, where if you’re thinking of hiding/camouflaging bunch of texts for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), then think again, cos this ruse can be easily spotted by the alert viewer.

Anyway, I think I love it already especially when I did a quick search and found something that made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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I thought I’d critic that this web design is nice and simple, but that’s just me. Ahhhhhhhhhh~~~

I’m also thinking that businesses, especially, having a website is just not enough these days, and this means that a really good looking website should be your immediate, or should I say instant goal. I think I know one web design fella who’s kinda free these days. = )

Gmail’s vowel outage, outrageous tech frisson!!!

It deos hlod ture taht one is albe to ctontniue rdeanig a pssaage of txet no mttaer how it’s seplt as lnog as the frsit wrod and lsat wodrs are in pacle.

BUT fortunately, Google didn’t pull a similar prank as mine above, in juxtaposing the letters in words, BUT unfortunately they pulled, pun intended, a joke (that’s what I think it is) where vowels where stolen.

I waited almost whole day to see what prank the Google team were gonna come up with after previous years’ frissons.

Apart from this year’s Google changing to Topeka, I think.. THE VOWELS WERE STOLEN! How gutsy right?

Used by millions of users worldwide, excluding China (heh), and they have the cheeks to pull this off — and that’s why I’ve always admired the geeks, I mean guys at Google.

A company with such high profile stocks and plenty of reputation at stake, well with this latest stunt, what’s a reputation worth if you’re not having fun at the same time right?

In fact, isn’t it nice that they’re having fun in these times?

Much like how the culture is at, my idol website geeks, I mean guys, Google’s unrestrained working environment meant that people could be proven to be productive and fun at the same time (are you listening Bosses?).

Take off your shoes, make paper balls and throw them around, wreak havoc, sing song, be crazy, but work when you have to, and not just doing the job right, aim instead to do the right jobs.

It’s somewhat similar to what’s being cultivated over at my workplace, where we do have plenty of fun working with each other, and productivity levels have never been higher.

When one person cracks a joke, or makes fun, it eases the work tension and gets everyone tighter and fills any tireness with endurance.

And especially when the boss joins in, the rapport built makes everyone want to work harder, longer and achieve more.

Of course there are days when we’re just overworked and that’s when everyone knows that it’s time to slow it down, kick back and just take things lightly.

So, if you’re a Boss, and you’re reading this, lighten up on the authority, especially if you’re wondering why the human resource turnover exceeds that of your stapler inventories.

Take a lesson from Google, and see what a fun working environment can bring to your productivity levels.

Of course, I hope that the bosses and guys over at a power station or nucelar plant don’t start loosening and taking things lightly in their departmentes — because some things just need to stay tight.

You know you’ve been Googled when… find traces of ‘you’ online.

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Was browsing and I thought, why not check out where I work?


Finally there is bookmark snycing for Google Chrome on OS X!

I don’t know about the IEs, Operas, Firefoxes, Safaris and other browsers but Chrome’s bookmark sync feature has definitely been a huge welcome and tilting point in deciding which browser to use.

Opera wowed me back before Chrome appeared, and back then she was simply adorable, with her gestures and sleek movements, but mainly due to gestures.

But mainly it was because of her gestures. You know, tiny little things do mean a lot.

And then Google Chrome walked into the room and joined the party, and I’ve never looked back since.

Fans of Firefox tout it’s security and speed but I’ve never personally experienced them as being better than IE, so FF to me is like that hot gal at the counter, whom everyone talks about and admires, but just not my type I guess.

And IE, well it’s beyond imagination why she’s still at the cocktail party — does anyone really uses IE these days?

Sync My Bookmarks

When Chrome first arrived, she was an enigma, an unknown entity and it intrigued me in wanting to know her better.

She’s that good.

Everytime I set up a new computer or after a reformat, instinctively I’ll dial her number and ensure that she stays around for good, at the same time showing IE the door.

Earlier this year Chrome wasn’t even available for systems utilising OS X, and then slowly but surely she gained traction.

As each day passes, Chrome brings about tiny packets of joy as she reveals bits and pieces of herself.

Bits of pieces that you’ve been told that you’d probably not enjoy when she first came around to OS X, simply because the guys up there hasn’t implemented such features.

It’s the thing that I enjoy most being in the company of a low-profile entity and discovering little treats along the way, but most importantly it’s the manner of how these treats come about that’s encapsulating.

Silently without much fanfare, inevitably without much expectations and wholesomely good without much glitches and bugs.

Google Chrome has come a long way since she first arrived and I’m glad to have shared the experiences of her development, the way that modern softwares should be.

So finally, there’s bookmarks syncing for OS X with Chrome, and now I can stay sane without trying to build up my bookmarks list from all the different comps that I work with.

And that’s a timesaver.

Best of all, there’s more to come from her, but not that I’m expecting anything of course.

You know, you should get to know her too. You’ll like her. ; )