Lifehacker has a nice read on my favorite online RSS reader, Hack Attack: Getting good with Google Reader.
Adam Pash writes:
Today, I’m going to show you the ins and outs of Google’s powerful newsreader, with an emphasis on Reader’s powerful and time-saving keyboard shortcuts. To round things off, I’ll finish up with some of my favorite Google Reader-related tweaks and downloads to get you up to speed with the best newsreader on the planet.
An interesting read for Google Reader users!
Google keeps many records, including your web searches. These records enable you to have personalized search results. The search history is also linked to your other Google services, like Gmail and Calendar.
If you didn’t know this (you’re not alone) and would like to stop Google from recording your searches, you can turn off search history recording in the settings page.
Google Search History
Ex-Google employee Nelson Minar has more information on this issue.
It’s still unclear to me exactly when Google started recording these histories under account names. Six tech savvy friends I asked all found they had some sort of history on Google going back as far as eighteen months. Only half of them remember having turned on some personalization feature that would have resulted in that history being collected. A seventh friend who is scrupulous about cookies and logins had no history. He regrets that his privacy concerns keep him from using Google Reader.
So if you have privacy concerns make sure to check that search history page! (I checked but found no history was recorded for my gmail account…)
Ironic Sans dug up some cool patents by celebrities with Google’s Patent Search feature.
Last month, Google introduced its new Patent Search feature (in beta), allowing users to dig through 7 million US patents from 1790 to mid-1996. On-line patent searching has already been possible through the US Patent and Trademark Office website, but Google makes it fast and easy using their already familiar interface.
So, inspired by Google’s new easy-to-use patent search, I decided to dig up some of the celebrity patents that have been issued over the years. The following 18 patents are all by celebrities not usually known for being inventors.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress. Patent #4,753,647 — Infant garment
Great idea and well illustrated by cool drawings like the one above.
Check Ironic Sans for all 18 patents and links to the actual patents to learn more about each one.