Homepage Maximizer

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My Homepage Maximizer gadget only has a few options to turn on and off some of the standard items on your iGoogle page.  The Google search bar on the page takes up a rather large amount of space.  This gadget really helps to increase the amount of space for other gadgets by allowing you to remove the Google search bar.

Originally I had written the gadget to just turn off the Google search bar at the top. One day Google changed the name of the page element containing the search bar, and a few users of my gadget let me know it was broken. Per request by one of them, I added the options for the tabs and footer options as well.

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As the true geek that I am, occasionally I enjoy passing the time with a little coding, a little hacking, and other activities.  I wouldn’t call myself a programmer, as it is not my primary occupation and I’m well aware that most people that program do it much better than I do.  I would consider myself to be more of a programming hobbyist.  Most of the programming I do is with JavaScript, although in my day-job I am quite profficient with VBA.  Recently, I’ve done quite a bit of programming in PHP and MySQL also.

Download Google History
I recently put together a tool that allows you to download your entire Google Web History, using a bookmarklet. It has recently gained a lot of interest in light of Google’s changes to their privacy policy.

RerunCheck
RerunCheck is a website I put together that lets you know whether or not your favorite show is airing new episodes.

The Ultimate DoFollow Search Engine
After many failed attempts, I finally managed to put together a decent algorithm for identifying dofollow blogs. The dofollow search engine searches articles posted solely on dofollow blogs.

WordPress Plugins
Shortly after creating GeekLad, I started developing some plugins. I found myself in need of plugins/widgets that didn’t exist, so I developed some of my own.

ForeverSMS
ForerverSMS is my most recent project (other than GeekLad).  It is a service that allows you to send text messages for free.

iGoogle Gadgets
I’ve developed a number of iGoogle gadgets you might want to check out.

WealthBoy
My personal finance blog.

jsierra.net
My very first domain.

Happy Birthday Google!

Wow, can you believe Google is 10 years old today?  Google has grown into much more than just a search engine over the past ten years.  Through acquisitions and their own development, they’ve also brought us photos, a blogging platform, free email, discussion groups, a social network, an online rss feed reader, a geographical mapping website and application, a web browser, an online calendar, online documents (spreadsheets, and presentations), and so much more!  It’s hard to imagine a web without Google.  Granted Yahoo! and Microsoft Search have improved over the years as well, but if it hadn’t been for Google they wouldn’t have been forced to do so.

Busy Day for Google

Yesterday was a very busy day for Google, with the announcement of two new products and a new version of an existing product:

Google Chrome

Perhaps the biggest announcement yesterday was that the famed “gbrowser” does in fact exist.  There had been much speculation for a long time that Google was developing its own browser, and yesterday they presented Google Chrome.  I downloaded it and used it a bit and I am very impressed.  It is lightning fast and you can really tell how fast it is when you visit JavaScript intensive sites such as Gmail, Google Reader, and Google Docs.  Unfortunately, it does seem to be lacking full support for proxies.  I couldn’t install it at work due to the firewall/proxy and had to install it at home.  When I tried running it from work today, it didn’t like the proxy settings.  I’m certain it shouldn’t take too long before such issues are resolved.

Google Video for Businesses

Google Video for Businesses is a new addition to Google Apps Premier Edition that allows organizations to share videos for training and informational purposes.  I believe that this sort of service would probably work better for large organizations than it would small ones.

Picasa 3 Beta

A new version of Picasa is out with some nice new features.  Picasa Web has also gotten a face lift with a few new features as well.  I wish that Google would come out with Picasa for Mac.  iPhoto is nice and all, but does lack some things that are handled better by Picasa.