Google Is Annoying

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  • #601767

    OneOfMany
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    So lately Google has really been bugging me. Just little things, but they’re starting to add up.

    1. the little pop-up on the Google homepage that says “A faster way to browse the web.” I HAVE Chrome installed. And Google tells me this when I click on the pop-up!
    2. The new Gmail. It’s pretty, but doesn’t fit on my screen nicely. So I changed back to the old user interface, but it keeps shunting back to the new one. Really, what’s the point of forcing people to use an interface they don’t like?
    3. The new Google navigation bar. What was wrong with the old one? But that’s not what bugs me. For some reason, my browser keeps switching back and forth between the old and the new, and keeps displaying the new blah blah pop-up thingy. (Although this might have something to do with my cookie settings…)
    4. Google SafeSearch. Nice feature, but it blocks really random things (like “ami”). And it won’t let you change the setting from strict.

    ICOT, anyone – any solutions?!

    #935889

    ED IT OR
    Participant

    dear Google, please stop behaving like a woman and let us finish our sentence before suggesting answers

    #935890

    crazybrit- I liked that feature. It would come up what i wanted to type and i could just click “go”!!!

    #935891

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    I like that feature. It’s kinda fun to see what other people search for. Also, if you use the Google search box on your toolbar, it only suggests and doesn’t autofill (which is annoying). 🙂

    But at least you can turn that feature off. Unlike some others… X_X

    #935892

    HaQer
    Member

    Google SafeSearch is probably run by Mishpacha

    #935893

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    lol

    #935894

    OneOfMany-

    Sorry, I’m not familiar with any of these issues 🙁

    I suggest Googling – that’s what I always do.

    #935895

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    Oh I’ve googled. I have found a lot of forums that bash Google for these issues. 🙂

    #935896

    squeak
    Participant

    Haqer, do you mean because they block Ami? I noticed that, and had the exact same thought.

    #935897

    Shraga18
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    Have you considered switching to Yiddleit? It’s an advanced search engine with features that Google doesn’t have, and it totally supports various tzedakos. You can even choose which one you mainly want to support with your searches!

    See http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/need-charity-recommendations

    #935898

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    And their Blogger is also annoying. The timestamps in my blog are off – and what has the help forum to say? “This is a known issue.” Nice. Plus, it needs to add a cookie to my browser to block my own pageviews. Which is utterly absurd on several counts.

    #935899

    OneOfMany
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    Does anyone know how to fix the timestamp thingy?

    #935900

    Derech
    Member

    oneofmany: What do you blog about?

    #935901

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    Literature and criticism (tempted yet?).

    #935902

    Derech
    Member

    Actually, I am. How would I locate it to read it.

    #935903

    yitayningwut
    Participant

    I’ve been having the timestamp issue too. Comments always show up Pacific Time.

    #935904

    Logician
    Participant

    OOM – do you have a filter ? K9, for example, forces safe search, and you have to switch the settings there. It worked for me.

    #935905

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    englishmajorsagainstshakespeare. This is a new one (just switched over), so not much to see.

    #935906

    Toi
    Participant

    I shudder when I type in two words and see how the goyishe’ velt usually ends off my sentence.

    #935907

    For gmail: your issue is easily fixed by clicking the options ‘wheel’ on the right top, then choosing “Compact”. Almost the way it always was.

    #935908

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    yitayningwut: Why isn’t anyone doing anything about it?! It’s a really bad bug.

    Logician: Takah…at home we have Jnet. It’s kind of weird that it can force settings on my individual Google account. I’m going to see how it works at school. Thanks!

    Toi: huh?

    TCG: My real issue was with the fact that they kept changing to the new one against my will…although it actually hasn’t happened recently. Maybe they figured out that there are some old fogies who don’t want to change?

    #935909

    yitayningwut
    Participant

    OneOfMany – Cool blog. Question: How do you make that thing on the bottom of each post with the check-boxes to select if the post was good or not? Is there a widget for it?

    #935910

    yitayningwut
    Participant

    Yeah, I don’t know what their issue is. Maybe they want us all to move to the left coast.

    #935911

    Logician
    Participant

    Toi – great point! I’ve wondered if people “shtel” on that.

    #935912

    Derech
    Member

    oneofmany: You switched over from livejournal? What is your established site?

    #935913

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    yitayningwut: Thanks. 🙂 You can do it by going to the blog design main page (Edit Layout), and clicking on the “Edit” in the corner of the “Blog Posts’ box. Check off “Reactions.” You can type in your own, too.

    Derech: Don’t really have one…I’m not so serious about it. Why so curious? (Now I’m curious.)

    #935914

    yitayningwut
    Participant

    OneOfMany – Lol, that’s awesome. Thanks.

    #935915

    kapusta
    Participant

    OOM: Aside from the content being lost on me, the blog looks nice. 🙂 (And the background!) I also noticed some other details which I sort of recognized 😉 (Any way to… uhh…?)

    *kapusta*

    #935916

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    yitayningwut: Hee hee, I like. 🙂

    kapusta: lol, we’re finally half the way there…maybe I’ll make a dummy email for the blog.

    #935918

    yitayningwut
    Participant

    🙂

    #935919

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    Attn: kapusta

    There now is a way to… uhh… 🙂

    #935920

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    I just discovered something – when you do a Google search for the terms “binary,” “octal,” or “hexadecimal,” Google writes the number of results using the numerical system entered.

    Google, you drive me absolutely bonkers…but I have to admit, you are still kinda awesome. 🙂

    #935921

    yentingyenta
    Participant

    gmail has this new feature (new to me cuz i just found it)

    i had to send a doc to someone. so i filled in the subject, then typed in the email “attached is…” but forgot about attaching the doc.i pressed send and up popped “you typed in the email body “attached is” but not document attached. proceed with sending?” with a choice yes or no. saved me the embarrassment of having to send the email over

    i thought that was pretty shticky

    #935922

    Just Smile
    Participant

    OOM –

    For the issue of the chrome pop-up, it only shows up when you aren’t using Chrome. Even if you have chrome installed it will show up if you aren’t using it. If you want you can try to set your home page to http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=com which some people have said doesn’t display it for them. (I wasn’t able to replicate it but I almost exclusively use chrome so its not a big deal for me.)

    For the Gmail “doesn’t fit on my screen nicely” problem – did you try adjusting the display density of Gmail?

    To adjust this, just follow these steps:

    Click the gear icon at the top right corner of your inbox. (Not the one in your navigation bar, the one right on top of the inbox.)

    Choose from Comfortable (least dense), Cozy, and Compact (densest).

    As for the nav bar – Google is in a big process of giving a make-over to all their sites. One of the advantages of the make-over will be that the sites will be consistent with one another. While in the process you will see some sites with the updated nav bar and some without. This shouldn’t be an issue when all is said and done.

    As for the safe search – as you have found out, it’s because of your filter. It’s not an account setting, but rather a cookie setting that Jnet can enforce.

    Hope this helps

    #935923

    OneOfMany
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    Thanks for the tips. 🙂

    #935924

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    Has anyone noticed how similar the new Google Images and iTunes configurations are? I wonder why that is…

    #935925

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    that Google doodle, eh? ^_^

    #935926

    yentingyenta
    Participant

    lol 🙂

    #935927

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    bump for 42 when he logs on at 3 AM 😛

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