Archive for ‘Google’

February 2, 2009

More Google troubles?

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: Here are some tips to backup the various data on Google.

Mark Gousch shares a short essay at Weblog Tools Collection about his experience with Orkut, a social media-like app from Google.

I trust Google. I use GMail as my primary email address and store stuff in my mailbox that is of crucial importance to my existence as a citizen of this modern world. Over the past couple of months, Google’s Orkut has dealt a deadly blow to that trust that is making me rethink my allegiance towards anything Google.

It womewhat mirrored my experience with Google support. The comments are worth reading.

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January 23, 2009

One that tickled me

by thoughtfulconservative

A tweet from JJGravelle at The Daily Scoff brought to our attention the following gem.

Remember how the liberals “Google bombed” George Bush’s biography and It seems to have backfired.

Note that this doesn’t occur in Google, which now instead links to an article telling how Google diffused the “bomb.” The Google one was more fun because you could have people click the “I feel lucky” button and it would take you straight to the site.
The geeks can go here and here for more information. Of course, the geeks probably already know these things.

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August 4, 2007

It had to happen

by thoughtfulconservative

Musings of a Thoughtful Conservative on Blogger has been taken over by a spammer. I’m not even gonna link.

This just the peak of frustration with Google that began with my Gmail account being erased somehow (I suspect a hacker, cuz I sure didn’t erase it). This was all explained here.

UPDATE: I see The Diamond Mine is now in Bahasa Indonesia or some related language. I hope the same thing didn’t happen to him. His last post was May 8.

June 21, 2007

Gmail and Google Apps

by Dean

From folkbum’s Rambles and Rants.

First of all, I just want to thank Jay for providing blogging space for me, during my transition. But I wanted to just describe my trials here for my first post so that others may benefit.

Fittingly, there was an article in eWeek magazine this week about Google and its wonderful applications that make collaboration possible. It’s true.

Until you lose the email account that you use all this wonderful stuff with.

Early last week, I discovered I could not log on to my Gmail account. Interacting with the Gmail Help group, I tried several things to no avail. I’m still waiting for a human from Google support to get back to me.

Since I use that account to log on to Blogger, there is no blogging to be done at my blog until this is fixed. And the way this has happened, I doubt I’ll blog there even if it is fixed. So look for me on WordPress for now.

Google calendar? Gone. Docs and Spreadsheets? Gone. iGoogle? Gone. Reader? Gone. And the list goes on.

And every account that I’ve used the Gmail account to log in to has been lost to me. And the newsletters that I had sent to that account.

One, in particular was the WordPress site. It had been hacked by S— Eater 007. I don’t know if there is a connection, but I suspect there is. Fortunately,’s support is better than Google’s, so that’s fixed.

And this has also sent me into a password changing frenzy.

I’ve changed my method of operation now also.

1. Every Gmail account has a secondary account. You can do this very easily and I highly recommend it if you haven’t already.

2. If I ever get my original site back, I may keep it, but will add myself under another email as an administration author. Hopefully, if one goes down, I can still log in with the other.

3. I’ll backup my blog. Blogger gives instructions for doing it, but I always put it off. The template was backed up, but not the posts. I’ll take advantage of every backup. For example, WordPress has an API key. Write it down someplace.

4. I may even set up a shadow email account and auto-forward everything there.

There may be other things I’ll do, and some of you may share things also.

Again, thanks, Jay, for letting me post here.