I’ve never felt so sorry for a web service be offline. I love Google Reader! It the first and very reason why I loved Google so much. Reader broaden my horizon when I was a naive young student. I never imagine that I could read the useful articles without wasting time to open the original websites and dealing with the harasses of the ads. With Google Reader, I can acquire information which I need more rapidly and focus on the subject. Though I don’t regard it as a good habit, if I didn’t open Google Reader someday, I would feel stressed. For me Google Reader is both my friend and teacher, now if he has to be gone, all I could and wish to do give him a big hug and embed the memories which he has brought to me in my heart.
p.s.1: Some other words for Google. Though I know they have the right and their reasons to shut down their own services, this decision has definitely hurt the users who usually the loyalest to Google. I still cannot agree that this was or will be a wise decision.
p.s.2: The only services that won’t fail us are the ones build by our hands from the scratch, so I would try this project, and I suggest if anyone who has happened to read this post to try project like this too.
First of all, if you don’t have any idea what Pentadactyl is, then this post maybe not worth your time.
Secondly, I should tell you about my system environments: Ubuntu 11.04; Firefox 6.0. If yours are differ from mine, I suppose it will still be ok, in most of the cases, they share the same steps.
Now, let’s start.
Why use Firefox? It’s the only browser what can have Pentadactyl as the add-on.
Why use Pentadactyl? It’s vim-like add-on, designed for some keyboard addicted users to make life easier and more efficiently. If you ever heard about vim, you should know how powerful it is.
Why bother to use encrypted google search engine? It’s really something personal, I like it, because I like it. If you insist to ask, I think the main reason is I don’t want my search queries to be intercepted. Besides, it makes me cool and different.
In Pentadactyl, when you want search something, just type “o”(open the results in current tab) or “t”(open the results in new tab) followed the search words. By default, Pentadactyl use google as the search engine, Not google ssl. So how to change it? Add it as a bookmark will be the first step. Since we use Pentadactyl, let’s do it in some cool way:
Press “Enter” to execute the command. And now you add it to your bookmark. Then press “:” again to type another command.
Command no.1: “-keyword” is an option for you to name a search engine which will be used in the second command. The url I provided maybe only functional in my system environment, I’m not sure. But if it doesn’t work, you could find it by yourself. AND it’s more easier.
3/22/2010 12:03:00 PM
On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.
So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over.
Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we’ve faced—it’s entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.
In terms of Google’s wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk. Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them. Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers. We are immensely proud of them.
Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
在2月12日，我们已经在这个博客上发表了声明，其中提到Google和其他超过20家美国企业受到了来自中国大陆黑客级的网络攻击，在对这起事件的调查中，我们有确凿无误的证据表明大量和中国大陆有关的人权人士的Gmail帐号被第三方软件不断访问，其中大部分是通过钓鱼手段或在他们电脑中的安插恶意软件来实现。他们不但制造攻击，实施监控，而且在过去一年中试图更进一步地限制互联网上的言论自由，包括对Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs和Blogger的持续封锁，正是以上种种行为促使我们不再在Google.cn对搜索结果进行审查。