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Best Error Message Of 2009

Google Chrome was finally released for OS X this week. There’s plenty of ongoing debate about usability concerns, such as placement of tab close buttons.
While I don’t have a lot to contribute to those arguments, I’d like to inquire as to why upon attempting to open an HTML file from the OS, I would be given an alert that reads:
The document 'index.html' could not be opened.  Chrome cannot open files in the 'HTML document' format.
Chromium issue #14808, “Double-clicking a local html file with Chrome as default browser doesn’t open the file”, has been open since June 20th of this year. It is rated with a priority of 3, which translates to “Low. Resolve when time allows.”
Did I miss some critical moment in time where opening HTML files locally became passé?

Google Wave Invites

Google Wave, Googles proposed email killer, has finally made the leap from “developer preview” to “closed beta”. This means that much like when Gmail launched in 2004, there is a huge clamor for invites.

I happen to have eight seven. I am all out of invites.

Would you like one, valued reader? Leave me a comment on any published version of this post. Preference will be given to those people I know well. (Please make sure I have your preferred email address, and mind the note about them not being sent immediately.)

(I’ll send more out as soon as I get them, but maybe the people who got ones from me will be kind enough to send them on to the others that ask here!)

Changing the Google Notifier Refresh Rate

I find the Google Notifier to be invaluable, since I don’t get a large enough volume of mail to run a native client while at home. A number of months ago, the rate at which it checked for mail decreased significantly.

Luckily, there is a simple fix: defaults write com.google.GmailNotifier AutocheckInterval # (where # is the number of minutes between checks)

Just jotting this down so I don’t lose this. Adapted from the original instructions on MacOS X Hints.

Fact Checking A Call To Fact Check

There was a brief hullabaloo after the iPhone price drop where some strangle Google ads appeared when you search for “iphone price drop”.

> This is like salt in the wound for the early adopter while I was initially bummed by the price cut news, this makes it infuriating! I’m a big boy and made the choice to stand in line and have fun with the rest of the faithful on iPhone day. I can handle a price change or even a new product, but for the price to be cut so drastically so quickly and then to have it rubbed in my face like this by Apple is just wrong.

Today, Cory O’Brien over at Didn’t You Hear came clean and admitted to placing the ad allegedly from Apple. Which would have been fine if he didn’t try to pass the buck to the blogs who covered it for “misreporting” and failing to “fact check”:

> See how their address is apple.com/store, and mine was store.apple.com? Also, see where their ad is placed? That’s usually a pretty good clue about the source of an ad. Fortunately, some of the various blogs’ commenters picked up on the fact that this was an affiliate ad, and not one placed by Apple, and called it out as such. Unfortunately, many of the blogs themselves did not. Fact checking would have saved me quite a bit of worry in this situation, so my plea to the big boy blogs is this: Keep those journalistic integrities intact, and Check That Fact!

Of course, had Cory done a little more research, he would’ve realized his own “facts” are wrong.

Also, the yellow box that sometimes appears at the top of the page? It has nothing to do with the source of the ad.

> While there isn’t a way to ensure top placement, there are certainly some best practices that may well help your ads rise to the top. Really, there are no secrets: these are the same best practices that affect the positioning (or ranking) of your AdWords ads wherever they appear, and they also happen to be the same best practices we wrote about just a few days ago.

Never let the facts stop a badly planned joke.

Quicksilver: Universal Access and Action

Few applications have energized the Mac community as Quicksilver has, and few developers have been more elusive to speak publicly about it than its creator, Nicholas “Alcor” Jitkoff.

The amount of peer pressure at Google is apparently overwhelming, as Nicholas have given a **fantastic** 25 minute talk as part of the Google Tech Talks series.

> In this talk, we will explore the motivation behind Quicksilver, highlights of its implementation, lessons learned from its design, and the ways it might inform the future of navigation for the desktop and the web.

Quicksilver users/fanatics/zealots should not pass this up.

Other people I know and love who have done Google Tech Talks: Suw Charman’s Does Social Software Have Fangs?, and Merlin Mann’s ridiculously popular Inbox Zero.

The Rate Of Google

I subscribe to the [Official Google Blog](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/); it’s normally an interesting look into life at Google. But there’s been an odd pattern over the last week.

Notably:

Friday, 2:36 PM – “[The next step in Google advertising](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/next-step-in-google-advertising.html)”

> To that end, we are truly excited to announce our acquisition of DoubleClick. DoubleClick provides a suite of products that enables agencies, advertisers, and publishers to work efficiently, that will enable Google to extend our ad network and develop deeper relationships with our partners.

Monday, 5:33 AM – “[An agreement with Clear Channel Radio](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/agreement-with-clear-channel-radio.html)”

> Today’s announcement of a strategic multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Radio, the largest radio station group owner in the U.S, is an important milestone for us.

Tuesday, 12:01 PM – “[We’re expecting](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/were-expecting.html)”

> First of all, we want to welcome the team from Tonic Systems to Google. Tonic, which we’ve just acquired, is based in San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia.

Thursday, 8:10 PM – “[Collaborating with Marratech](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/collaborating-with-marratech.html)”

> As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration. So we’re excited about acquiring Marratech’s video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there’s an Internet connection.

Three acquisitions and one multi-year agreement in one week.

If this rate continues – which I’m praying it won’t – Google will purchased 156 companies a year. (Are there even 156 companies worth buying a year?)

This is as they’re [destroying earnings predictions](http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/04/19/ap3633420.html), have nearly 12 billion dollars in the bank, and have a market cap of 146.86 billion as I write this.

I realize this number has no bearing on anything, but if you divide the amount of cash Google holds by the number of employees the company has (listed in the Forbes article as 12,238), you’re left with a ratio of $972,381 per employee.

Mind-boggling.

“Like A Gay Porn Site With A Mac Bent”

Oh dear. This one is going to haunt me for years.

Google recently introduced some neat free stats for webmasters, and being the eager webmaster I am, I decided to sign up and enable myself.

What I found is that while many of my top search terms are reasonable (“quicksilver os x”, “play asia”, “ny1”), my #5 Top Search Query and my #1 and #2 Top Search Query Clicks are, in the words of Rob Huebel, “un-savory”. And the problem is, I know why – at least partially.

This one is potentially not safe for work. You’re going to have to click through for the rest of the story.

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Google Maps > *

Google Maps + Satellite Imaging = [coolnessinfinity + 1](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1600+pennsylvania+ave.,washington+dc&t=k&hl=en “1600 Pennsylvania Ave, DC”)

(Even if some parts of the map have [funny coloration problems](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1+central+park+south,nyc&t=k&hl=en “1 Central Park South”).)