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Farewell, Google Reader!

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.

You will be missed, I promise.

From Drop Box

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.

Set SSL Google as the Default Search Engine when using Pentadactyl in Firefox

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.

  1. Why use Firefox? It’s the only browser what can have Pentadactyl as the add-on.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Press “:” to begin to typing command.

    bmark -keyword gssl https://encrypted.google.com/search?sclient=psy&hl=en&safe=off&site=webhp&source=hp&q=%s&pbx=1&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=

  2. Press “Enter” to execute the command. And now you add it to your bookmark. Then press “:” again to type another command.

    set defsearch=gssl

  3. Job done!

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.

  1. Open https://encrypted.google.com
  2. Right click of the search box
  3. Choose “Add a Keyword for this Search…”
  4. Name a keyword as you like, in my case it will be “gssl

It’s exactly the same result as command no.1. You will find the url when you check this bookmark’s property.

Command no.2: is used to set the default search engine. I really try hard to find this option of Pentadactyl…

Well, over…



    一、Omnibar中调用Google Dictionary查询单词:

  1. 打开 Search Engines 面板 (右键点击Omnibar选择 Edit Search Engines… )
  2. 点击 Add 新建一个搜索引擎
  3. Name 随意,可以取 Google Dictionary
  4. Keyword 也随意,但这个字段会在今后的搜索中经常用到,所以建议取得简洁又好记,我用的是 dic
  5. URL 设置成:


  6. 点击 OK
  7. 现在在 Omnibar 中先键入先前设定好的 dic ,然后按照提示按 Tab 键,地址栏最前面会显示 “Search Dictionary:” ,现在再键入单词就直接跳出Google Dictionary的内容了。

    二、Omnibar中添加Google Canlendar事件:


  1. 打开 Search Engines 面板 (右键点击Omnibar选择 Edit Search Engines… )
  2. 点击 Add 新建一个搜索引擎
  3. Name 随意,可以取 Add Google Calendar Events
  4. Keyword 也随意,但这个字段会在今后的搜索中经常用到,所以建议取得简洁又好记,我用的是 cal
  5. URL 设置成:


  6. 点击 OK
  7. 现在在 Omnibar 中先键入先前设定好的 cal ,然后按照提示按 Tab 键,地址栏最前面会显示 “Search Add Google Calendar Events:” ,现在再键入随意内容就可以直接跳出Google Calendar的事件添加页面。如果你添加的形式诸如:

    [keyword] play starcraft 5pm tomorrow


    [keyword] play starcraft19:00 12/24

    那么在Google Calendar的事件添加页面中连时间也会一并加入。

在Chrome浏览器地址栏(Omnibar)中使用”I Feel Lucky”

我这个人有书签洁癖,太常用、太普通的网站我一般是不会放入书签栏的。但有的常用网站,网址相当难记,典型的就是“支付宝”。我一般会在Omnibar中直接打 “zhifubao” 搜索,然后在结果页面中打开支付宝的网站。这样其实是有些繁琐的,我们都知道在Google网站上有一个”I Feel Lucky”的功能,搜索时可以直接打开结果页面的第一个网站。那么这个功能如果能直接在Omnibar中实现不是很好吗?于是我找了一下,又是在Google Chrome的帮助论坛上找到了答案,参考页面在这里。具体实现方法如下:

  1. 打开 Search Engines 面板 (右键点击Omnibar选择 Edit Search Engines… )
  2. 点击 Add 新建一个搜索引擎
  3. Name 随意,可以取 I Feel Lucky
  4. Keyword 也随意,但这个字段会在今后的搜索中经常用到,所以建议取得简洁又好记,我用的是 gg
  5. URL 设置成:


  6. 点击 OK
  7. 现在在 Omnibar 中先键入先前设定好的 gg ,然后按照提示按 Tab 键,Omnibar变样了吧?地址栏最前面会显示 “Search I Feel Lucky:” ,现在再键入随便什么内容就能直接打开结果页面的第一条记录地址了。



  1. 打开 Search Engines 面板 (右键点击Omnibar选择 Edit Search Engines… )
  2. 选择 Google , 然后点击 Edit
  3. URL 字段中的文字全部拷贝下来,应该是下面的样子:


  4. 关闭窗口,然后点击 Add 新建一个搜索引擎
  5. Name 随便取,比如:Google/ncr
  6. Keyword 也随便取,比如:ncr
  7. URL 字段里把你刚才拷贝的内容粘贴进来,但是要把其中的 {google.baseURL} 改掉,一般改成 http://www.google.com 即可,即如下形式:
  8. http://www.google.com/search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

    当然,你也可以改成其它形式,如果想默认使用英国的Google搜索引擎,就把 {google.baseURL} 改成 http://www.google.co.uk ,其他的大家可以举一反三,以此类推。

  9. 点击 OK
  10. 在 Search Engines 面板里找到你刚刚添加的搜索引擎,选择它,再点击 Make Default
  11. 点击 Close
  12. 点击Chrome浏览器右上角扳手,然后找到 Preference
  13. 进入后在 Default Search 中同样选择你刚才设置的搜索引擎的名字。
  14. 关闭窗口


p.s: 发现有一个问题,用Google自家的 “Highlight to Search (by Google) – Version: 1.0.34″ 有时还是会在选定词句搜索后跳转到 google.com.hk ,即使我挂着SSH也是一样。也就是说这个扩展非常智能,估计是从我的ip来判断重定向的国家,所以SSH也没用,要挂VPN才行。但也不是每台电脑都有这种情况,所以只能把问题描述一下,放在这里存疑了。

Call phones from Gmail

相信大家都知道Google的重量级应用Gmail Call登场了,如果你不熟悉请参见官方Blog(需翻墙)或者自行google。但是可能很多人都在苦苦等待Google将这个应用部署到自己的Gmail里,那么有米国ip地址SSH或者VPN的童鞋们有福了,只要你用米国的ip登录Gmail即可看到如下激动人心的画面了(至少我是成功的,人品?):

From Drop Box


From Drop Box

点击右上小图标即可进入充值通道(红圈所示位置),需要用到Google Checkout的服务(Google的一项付费服务,很好用),我毫不犹豫地充了$10进去。

From Drop Box


好便宜啊~ 不过还没实际测试过,因为手头暂时只有耳机没有耳麦。有米国或者外地的童鞋想和我打电话不?^_^

https and Google search

根据Twitter情报和本人实际体验,Google搜索在今天下午处于半抽风状态,无规则地出现reset现象。没有了Google可怎么办?难道用Google也要翻墙,那速度和效率差就太打折扣了。在现有条件下其实还是有办法对抗的,那就是用https进行Google搜索。很奇怪,Google本身并没有这个服务,但众所周知,Gmail是默认进行https链接的,而在Gmail Labs里… … 请根据我的提示操作:

  • Settings–Labs
From Drop Box
  • 启用”Google Search”
From Drop Box
  • 在如下图位置进行搜索
From Drop Box


当然道高一尺,魔高一丈。和GFW的斗争本来就是无止尽的,也许哪天这个方法就失效了,毕竟GFW已经做到了不允许用https对google docs里的documents进行连接。不过也无妨,一切都在动态平衡中就好,我们的技术不也在不断提高嘛,都是逼出来的,谁怕谁。


p.s : 多用用快捷键,生活无限美好。Gmail中的Google 搜索的快捷方式是 “g then /”,想要了解更多快捷方式,请在Gmail中按下“?” 。


update :月光博客对今天Google搜索被屏蔽也做了介绍和破解方法,传送门点这里

(译文)A new approach to China: an update

原文如下,来自Google Blog,链接在这里

A new approach to China: an update

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.



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。




高级副总裁、公司发展和首席法务官 David Drummond于 2010年3月22日 下午12:03:00 发表

“审查制度,就像奴隶制一样,永不可能合法,即便它作为法律存在过一千多遍。”- -马克思(1842年5月)


Google Bookmarks 无法删除的问题


在工具栏的Bookmarks里删除,不给任何提示信息,但也不做删除操作。然后点击工具栏Bookmarks里的manage all进入网页进行删除操作,给出的提示信息是说:Unable to delete note. Please try again in a little while.

直接进入https://www.google.com/bookmarks/ 进行删除操作即可。

可能是因为Google notes和Google bookmarks合并以后造成的bug,其实直接点击工具栏Bookmarks里的manage all进入的是https://www.google.com/notebook/,既然两者已经合并了,何必还设两个入口两个界面呢?看起来现在报这个bug的人还是不少的,Google应该要修正一下了。

(译文)5 Buzz tips

original article: 5 Buzz tips from the Offical Gmail Blog


日期:2010.2.18 星期四 8:04
作者:John Costigan, 软件工程师

现在很多人已经接触Gmail内嵌的Google Buzz一个星期了,我们先前提到过的一些改进也在这个周末正式登场,我们想让你俩了解一些技巧,这样可以帮助你最大限度地使用Buzz。你可以先看看以下5条:

1. 格式化你的Buzz。 当你在Buzz里发布任何东西时,你都可以格式化文本,就和你在Gmail里聊天时做的一样:*粗体*,_斜体_,-删除线- ,这些都可以使用。

2. 在www.google.com/dashboard查看你自己的Buzz概况。Google控制板 提供了关于你Google帐号相关数据的概况并提供链接供您修改个人设置,这是完全私人的。现在Buzz也在控制板上有了自己的模块,你可以看到你关注了多少人,又有多少人关注你,另外还有关于你最新发布的文章,相关评论,喜好的一些信息。你也可以直接在这个页面上进入你的Buzz设置。

3. 使用 @回复 将发布的信息直接发送到他人的收件箱。 如果你希望确保你的朋友能看到某条特定的Buzz信息,你可以使用 @回复 直接发送到他们收件箱。键入”@”符号,随后是他们名字的一部分,然后在列表中选择email地址。只有你能看见他们的Gmail地址——其他人只能看到他们的名字。

4. 使用快捷键让你在Buzz中如鱼得水。设置t中启用键盘快捷键,”j”或者”n”在Buzz中是下滚操作,”k”或者”p”则正相反,”r”可以立即评论(和Gmail中的回复所使用的快捷键是一样的),”shift + l”可以表示喜好。

5. 让Buzz信息“消声”,这样它们就不会再进入你的收件箱了。 对你文章的评论还有你评论后的评论都通过buzz直接发送到你的收件箱。当有人回复你时会通过buzz将会话实时地发送到你的收件箱, 如果你不想跟进这些信息了,你可以把这个会话“消声” 。在每条buzz信息的右上角有个箭头,点击它,然后选择“Mute this post。”




  1. 原来Gtalk里有格式控制啊,我还是第一次知道,玩得不精啊。
  2. 这个Google Dashboard很nice啊,信息汇总得不错,但怎么以前也没见过。。。?
  3. mute这个词怎么翻,应该有更专业或者至少是统一的译法吧?其实意思很好理解,就是信息实时更新,然后推送到你邮箱,你不想跟进这条信息了就一个mute,然后世界清静了。