Tag Archive for 'Google'


Dear Google …

Generally speaking, I actually quite like the new layouts you’ve been rolling out.  I do have one problem with it though, and yes, it’s the whitespace.  It’s not the quantity of whitespace that I have issues with, mind you.  It’s the placement.  Putting whitespace around something draws my attention to it.  Putting whitespace within that something makes me go cross-eyed.

Let me put it this way:  In gmail, please give us a “super compact” option!


Wanted: CTRL-TAB in my browser to work as ALT-TAB does in windows

Hey, Google, Microsoft and multitudinous Firefox geeks!

At the moment, both Chrome and Firefox have the same functionality on this:

  • CTRL-TAB cycles through your tabs in the order that you’ve got them physically arranged
  • CTRL-PGUP/PGDN also does this, although obviously CTRL-PGUP goes in the opposite direction

In Internet Explorer, CTRL-TAB works the same as in Chrome and Firefox, but they don’t have the CTRL-PGUP/PGDN functionality.

I don’t know how Safari or Opera work.

I want CTRL-TAB to work in my browser like ALT-TAB does in Windows and APPLESYMBOL-TAB does on a Mac:  The order in which it cycles through them should be the order in which I last viewed them, not the order in which I opened them.  If possible, like the operating system versions, it should also show small images of each tab as I cycle through them.

That is all.


Wanted: A measure of semantic correlation

“The quick, brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” and “There is a dog and a fox.  The fox, which is brown, jumps over the dog, which is lazy.  The fox is quick.” should give a value of 1.

“The quick, brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” and “There is a dog and a fox.  The fox, which is brown, jumps over the dog, which is lazy.  The fox is fast.” should give a value of 0.999.

Yes, I know that it’s complicated; but it’s not impossible.  Google clearly does something similar when grouping stories together for news.google.com.

Then I want to have all news stories automatically compared to corporate press releases.  I want my webpage to show me the press release on one side and the news article on the other.  I want the news article to be shaded with two different colours; one colour for sections that are possibly reworded, but ultimately just taken from the press release and one colour for sections that represent actual work done by the reporter.


Meta and trumpet-blowing

I’ve just upgraded to version 2.8 of WordPress.  Hopefully it will improve the speed of the site.

Also, a search on google for “fiscal multiplier” puts me at number two at the moment.  I have no idea why.