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Old 09-01-2010, 09:56 PM
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Is it me, or are they going downhill fast?

Google Wave is a completely unusable piece of shit, and oh have I tried to use it! Now, I am having problems with Google Maps...and I mean things that should be simple like saving directions to My Maps.

I wonder if they have gone all Microsoft and are releasing new products and upgrades before they're ready for Primetime.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:30 PM
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Their core products are pretty damn good. So they're tanking at some of their social media type projects. Meh. You think Wave sucks ... check out Knol.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:35 PM
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I wonder if they have gone all Microsoft and are releasing new products and upgrades before they're ready for Primetime.
Technically, no. None of their non-core products are officially out of beta, so they haven't released any products that are not ready for prime time. You're just helping them beta test the stuff they're working on.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:44 AM
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They're dumping Wave, sad to say*. Better export your Waves while you still can.

*Sad because I loved the concept. Not so much the implementation.
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:43 AM
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They're dumping Wave, sad to say*. Better export your Waves while you still can.

*Sad because I loved the concept. Not so much the implementation.
The concept was like it was created just for me. And I couldn't make it fucking work at all.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:21 AM
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They're dumping Wave, sad to say*. Better export your Waves while you still can.

*Sad because I loved the concept. Not so much the implementation.

LOL. I remember watching one of their technical evangelists give this long-winded 20 minute wind-up speech about how this application was going to revolutionize the internet, and how you've never seen anything like it before, the greatest productivity booster since the invention of the spreadsheet, etc. etc.

Google should focus less on marketing hype and focus more on getting the user experience right.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:33 PM
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They're dumping Wave, sad to say*. Better export your Waves while you still can.

*Sad because I loved the concept. Not so much the implementation.

LOL. I remember watching one of their technical evangelists give this long-winded 20 minute wind-up speech about how this application was going to revolutionize the internet, and how you've never seen anything like it before, the greatest productivity booster since the invention of the spreadsheet, etc. etc.

Google should focus less on marketing hype and focus more on getting the user experience right.
I actually think gWave would have done fine if they had integrated it with email. Otherwise it was useless unless everyone you know was using it.
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The search engine can really piss me off from time to time, as they keep adding features guaranteed to generate false positives. The worst offender is the expansion of 'did you mean?' to just give results for the different search term(s) instead of the ones actually entered. None of this would bother me, except none of these features can be disabled under 'preferences.'
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The search also breaks up terms even if there are no spaces in between. Why should I have to put a compound word or smushed together words like usernames or email addies in quotations to get relevant results? Annoying.
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The search also breaks up terms even if there are no spaces in between. Why should I have to put a compound word or smushed together words like usernames or email addies in quotations to get relevant results? Annoying.
Statistics. The vast majority of users are sufficiently incompetent that working around their stupidity is, on average, a good bet.
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Sometimes, single words have to be put in quotes just to eliminate alternate forms, for instance searching for a noun and receiving mostly results for the adjective form.
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What seebs said. Also, if you're a horrible typist who mostly just bludgeons your keyboard futilely with your clumsy meatpaws (not that I know anyone like that), it actually does a decent job translating the garbled text you produce into a set of search terms that are relevant to what you had in mind.
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Case in point: Google, unlike the Free Though Talk Search Function, would have known what I meant when I just searched the media forum for "phatnoam menace".
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I quite like GoogleTM and think the folk who w0rk there are all fine intelligent people and if they are watching I wish them all the very best.
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Case in point: Google, unlike the Free Though Talk Search Function, would have known what I meant when I just searched the media forum for "phatnoam menace".
Obviously you were attempting to determine the threat posed to society by 'hip' leftist professors.
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Damnit! Who am I supposed to like now? I can't like Microsoft because of over handed business practices. I can't like Google because of privacy concerns and because they're falling apart as they get bigger. I can't like Apple because Jobs is a tool and Apple has to control every aspect of their business partners. Yahoo kinda sucked from the beginning.

Dell makes overheating crap products. Gateway needs to experience their own outsourced customer service, Acer was bought by Gateway so ditto there. HP should have stuck to printers. Emachines is great if you're grandma on a budget and happy to read email without rich text. Lenovo is just a stupid name.

Who is left? Woe is me! :whine:
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Oh by the way THE NEW GOOGLE is awesome!
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I dunno. :dunno: Seems like a gimmick to me.
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I'm just glad you can turn it off. I don't need my typos pointed out by foo king Google, of all things.
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As long as it doesn't start learning my preferences, I'm fine. I don't need it posting results for Asian Ass Sluts every time I type an a. I have a bookmark bar for a reason, folks.

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I thought that was Daniel Tosh.

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I thought that was Daniel Tosh.
You are correct, sir! :tiphat: Unless it was Dmitri Martin. My point is you are correct that I saw it on a standup and I got all mixed up in the head on the web comic issue.
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