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Friday, April 18, 2014

Google Treats & Easter Eggs

Remember the Pokemon on the Google Maps?
Well, Google has more besides just that - a whole collection of easter eggs!  In case you don't know what an easter egg is, it is a hidden feature within another: Wikipedia states that it is an "is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword."Some of us probably remember the old old Excel flying game easter egg that was executed by a series of commands, but there were many beyond that.





Here are a few fun ones:

In Google Search 

  • Do a barrel roll: Type Do a barrel roll
 
  •  Bacon number (actor) : Type in the words ‘Bacon number’ (without quotes), followed by an actor or actresses name. Google will come back with how closely he/she has been to Kevin Bacon. (Although this does not seem as accurate as the Oracle of Bacon, but then seriously? Is it that important? Hee!)
  • What is the loneliest number: Type What is the loneliest number
  • Type:  the answer to life the universe and everything

  • Type: Askew 
  • Type Tilt 
    • these work the same
  • Type Zerg Rush
  • Type Once in a blue moon


Voice
Sudo, make me a sandwich: Using Google Voice Action feature say “Google, Make me a sandwich”; your phone will answer  “What? Make it yourself”, "OK",  or “You’re a sandwich”.




References:
Easter in Eggs in Microsoft office http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_eggs_in_Microsoft_products
Google Easter Eggs you might have missed http://mentalfloss.com/article/52191/16-google-easter-eggs-you-might-have-missed
List of Google Hoaxes and Easter Eggs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_hoaxes_and_easter_eggs

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Facebook covers policies & sizes

  • Cover photos are
  • 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall (less than 100Kb for fastest load time); jpg or png (better for text).
  • public
  • Minimum size is 399 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall; if you upload less than 851px x 315px, it will be stretched.
  • NO 3rd party advertising*
  • Can NOT  be deceptive, misleading, infringe on anyone else's copyright or be in violation of the Pages Terms. 
  • NO encouraging people to upload your cover photo to their personal Timelines. 
From the developers group policy:
You must not incentivize users to Like any Page other than your own site or application, and any incentive you provide must be available to new and existing users who Like your Page. 
[and]
You must not obscure or cover elements of our social plugins, such as the Like button or Like box plugin.

More
*https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php

Dimensions
https://www.facebook.com/help/www/125379114252045

https://developers.facebook.com/policy/
https://www.facebookbrand.com/dos-donts

Using Facebook graphics/branding in your products & sites
https://www.facebookbrand.com/

Rules for Ads
https://www.facebook.com/ad_guidelines.php

make your cover fancy here;
http://www.cio.com/article/703359/5_Websites_for_Cool_Facebook_Cover_Photos_
http://coverjunction.com/
http://www.timelinecoverbanner.com/

http://hughbriss.com/google-cover-template-that-works-for-all-monitor-resolutions/

See which pages you've been invited to
https://www.facebook.com/pages/?category=invites

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Internet security issue - change your passwords (heartbleed) - *UPDATE*

*UPDATE*

You  may be aware of this by now, but if not some info about heartbleed. It does impact dropbox, yahoo (and all of its services), soundcloud and many, many other sites. Google was vulnerable but fixed it as others (including Facebook) have.  It does not seem that the banking sites were hit (yet), but it might be a good time to change all of your passwords.

This is a short list – a longer list is at github.

Longer list from user contributions: