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Google and Youtube April Fools Day 2015 Roundup

So, it has struck again. The first of April is upon us yet again and Google, as usual, has a few tricks up their sleeve.

But first, where on earth have I been? Well, yeah. I’ve been really busy with life (school is horrible for having time to write) and I just didn’t have anything terribly interesting to write about.

But, I’m back. Not sure how often I’ll be posting here, but hopefully it will be more often than once every 3 months or whatever it has been. I apologize to anyone who actually reads and enjoys my blog.

Anyways, on to Google April Fools day jokes.

Google April Fools Day Jokes 2015

I’m gonna do this via categories, sorta…

The Nostalgic Award goes to … Google Dial-Up mode!

With Google rolling out Uber-fast internet access to several cities around the country, they figured people would want to be able to slow down for a bit. And, as they say, give more hugs. And, 56k modem sounds man! Right there in your browser! It’s incredible!

It’s also a great way to get your kids off the internet. If they spend all day watching Youtube videos or chatting with friends, just turn on dial-up mode and make them feel the pain you did back in the day. (Granted, back in that day, 56k modems were all the rage. Buuuut….we’ll ignore that point.)

Next up, we’ve got the Party Award goes to … The Keyless Keyboard!

Basically put, it’s a fancy-ified party noise-maker. What makes it fancy you ask? Well, watch the video!

The Cute (or, should I say, Kawaii – かわいい ) Award goes to … Google Panda!

This cute little Asian stuffed animal is all you’ll ever need again. Need to know what it’s going to be like outside today? Just ask Google Panda!

Want a companion who can answer questions when you’re out running? Google Panda is there to help again!

Oh yeah. And it comes in two sizes. The Google Panda 5 and Google Panda 6.

The Gamer Award goes to … Google Maps – Pacman Edition!



If you want to give this one a go (and I’ll warn you, it ain’t easy), then read this post on Bustle on how to get started wasting your day eating dots and avoiding ghosts around your house and workplace. Who knows, maybe one of those ghosts is that boss you really hate!

Now, this one could really give the Dial-Up mode a run for its money in the Nostalgic Award runnings. I really had a hard time deciding. I know! You guys tell me down in the comments what you think. Should this one (Google Maps – Pacman Edition) or Dial-Up mode receive the Nostalgic Award?

General Absurdity Award goes to: Google! Or rather, elgooG!


elgooG - Mozilla Firefox_071

If you go to com.google (yes, that’s right. Just type in com.google in the address bar – it’ll work) this’ll come up. Interesting fact, this is the first that Google has used their top level domain name .google.

It’s a fully-functional version of Google, with everything reversed.

The Social Media Award goes to … Chrome Selfie!

chrome selfie

(Image from Bustle – click the image to read their post)

Now, I don’t actually have a mobile device, nor do I use Chrome, so this one … really doesn’t affect me. But hey, I’m posting about all of elgooG’s exploits today, no discrimination here!

The Futuristic Award goes to … Smartbox by Inbox by Google:

Tired of getting junk mail in real life? Tired of being bombarded by annoying catalogs of junk? Well, no more. With Smartbox by Inbox by Google, you’ll be good to go. It has a motion sensor, so you’ll never have to actually touch your Smartbox by Inbox by Google to get your physical mail, and it’ll even sort it into Smart Folders for you!

Don’t want certain mail? Well, Smartbox by Inbox by Google has you covered. It’ll electrically zap any annoying spammers!

And, apparently, you can have Google Hangouts chats on it too and it runs full Android. So you’re basically getting the world’s bulkiest tablet that also sorts your mail for you.

The Youtube Meme Award goes to … dudududu The Darude Sandstorm button!

Prepare yourselves ladies and gents. For you are about to be …. DARUDELY RICK-ROLLED!

Selection_072Just kidding, I wouldn’t Rick-Roll you. However, this is part of Youtube’s April Fools joke.

If you’ve been on Youtube and read basically any comments within, oh, the last 6 months plus, you’d know what Darude Sandstorm is. If not, you have narrowly escaped with your sanity.

Basically, if you search certain videos (Rick Roll being one of them, Rebecca Black Friday another, I’m sure there’s more) you’ll get that little Did you mean: Darude - Sandstorm by Darude popup-thing.

Youtube wants to make sure you’re nice and sandy.

In stupid infomercial voice But wait! There’s more! If you watch a video, you can play Darude Sandstorm over top of it! That way, you can listen to Darude Sandstorm while listening to Darude Sandstorm!

Just click the little Music note in the bottom-right-hand-corner of any Youtube video, and it will play snippets of Darude Sandstorm for you! You’re welcome.




If I find out about any more April Fools day jokes, I’ll update this post. But that’s all for this post. Thanks for reading guys!

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Epiphany – A speedy, highly-improved web-browser for the Raspberry Pi

As many of you Raspberry Pi nuts out there may know, the Raspberry Pi has been…lacking in the Web Browser department. If you want features, you had to use Midori, which, although a great browser, was very resource heavy and was not optimized at all. On the other hand, if you wanted speed, you went with NetSurf, but had to give up features. It was an annoying situation to say the least. Yes, you could muck about in config files, tweaking to get performance, but that’s pain for little gain.

Meet Epiphany

Epiphany is the new, improved, optimized, web browser for the Raspberry Pi, developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in coordination with Collabora. It is based off GNOME Web, which was previously known as Epiphany.

The first Beta was originally announced back in December of 2013, and it created some hullabaloo in the Raspberry Pi community. In the 8 months since then, the web browser has garnered an impressive set of features, becoming comparable to many full-fledged desktop browsers.

  • First and foremost, hardware-accelerated video decoding and hardware-accelerated video scaling has been added via gst-omx, making Youtube and other video sites useable. During the first beta of Web/Epiphany they were able to get 640×360 videos at 0.5fps, now 25fps 1280×720 videos play smoothly.
  • Next up, Epiphany features Javascript JIT fixes for ARMv6.
  • HTML5 support has been greatly increased.
  • Rendering is much improved, especially in regards to graphics, as new, ARMv6-optimized, blitting functions have been added.
  • Page interactivity and scrolling have been improved (more interactivity while the page is still loading and faster scrolling,) with the addition of progressive tiled rendering.

A full list is available on Marco Barisione’s blog; Marco Barisione being a developer at Collabora, and a member of the team that worked on Epiphany.

In future releases of Raspbian and NOOBS Epiphany will replace the venerable old version of Midori that currently ships with Raspbian Wheezy, but you can also install it to your current installation. Unlike the beta releases, you shouldn’t have to worry about it messing with your installation. However, it is still the first official release, so back up your installation prior to installing Epiphany, just as a safeguard.

The software is already in the Raspbian repositories, no need to muck about with compiling software, just fire up Terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser

I hope to try this out soon! Let me know down in the comments section what you’ve been using for your web-browsing on the Pi and what you think of Epiphany on Pi!

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Mozilla Firefox 29 Released Today – New Australis Theme

Some of you who follow my blog may remember I did a post way back in November of last year regarding the Firefox 28.0a1 build, which included a slick new theme, along with a bunch of other new stuff.

However, it was still in Beta, some people might not have wanted to use it. Well, fear no longer. Firefox 29 has been released across all desktop iterations, complete with the Australis theme!

Part of this major change (which has been in the works for over a year now – and in use on Firefox Mobile) there are some more, less obvious changes, as well as other unrelated to theme changes.

First off, the tabs are much more curved and there is much larger distinction between forward and background tabs, as you can see here:

Firefox 28 tabs vs firefox 29 tabs

There are also changes that affects the menus, with a new one being added to the upper-right-hand corner of the window, removing the well-known Firefox menu and several others.

firefox 29 menu

Firefox 29 with the new menu and Australis theme

You can now access all of the commonly used features of Firefox straight from this menu, and, it’s customizable. You can not only drag around the parts of the tool-bar, to and from the menu, you can drag and drop any of the many, many addons as well. You can move the search bar into the menu, add the Print button the the toolbar, or add a favorite addon to sit next to the Awesome bar.

customization menu in Firefox 29

New Customization features for Firefox 29

The addon bar has been entirely removed, and if you want to access addon options, you can add it to the menu or toolbar and access it from there.

The Bookmark button, which previously sat in the address bar (or Awesome bar), is now combined with the bookmarks menu, making accessing the sites you love that much easier.

firefox 29 bookmarks menu

Firefox 29 – Australis Theme – New Bookmarks Menu/Button

The Forward button now appears only when there is actually a page to go forward to, and the Forward/Backward buttons have a slightly different look, part of the new theme.

Firefox 29 Forward Button

Firefox 29 – Australis Theme – Forward Button

There is a new interactive tour feature, where it will take you through all of the new features that the average user would use. You can access that here.

Firefox 29 interactive tour

Firefox 29 Interactive What’s New Tour

Firefox Sync has changed, with new, more secure ways to sync your bookmarks, settings, etc.

firefox sync screen

New Firefox Sync – Introduced with Firefox 29

And on top of all of this, there are some slick new animations, as well as a new color scheme, to go with the Australis theme.

Other changes include:

  • An interactive onboarding tour to guide users through new interface changes;
  • The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account;
  • Gamepad API finalized and enabled;
  • Clicking on a W3C Web Notification will switch to the originating tab;
  • navigator.plugins is no longer enumerable, for user privacy;
  • ‘box-sizing’ (dropping the -moz- prefix) implemented;
  • Console object available in Web Workers;
  • Promises enabled by default;
  • SharedWorker enabled by default;
  • <input type=”number”> implemented and enabled;
  • <input type=”color”> implemented and enabled;
  • Enabled ECMAScript Internationalization API.

A full list of changes is available in the release notes, along with the currently known two bugs with Firefox 29.


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Brackets for Ubuntu PPA

Brackets is a Cross-platform (installable on Linux, Mac, and Windows) Open Source Web IDE, meaning it is focused on HTML, CSS, and Javascript, as well as built on them.

Brackets IDE

Brackets running on Ubuntu 14.04

It was originally created by Adobe, but is now community-developed, and it is an insanely well-done job. A slick, intuitive interface combines with good core mechanics, along with a raft of features, like over 100 extensions accessible right from within a built-in Extension Manager, live-preview which allows you to see the changes you make right away – no reloading the page any more, quick-edit that allows you to edit the CSS for the current tag without changing files, and more. Here’s a video, albeit a bit outdated, that provides a basic introduction to Brackets and its features:

Released in August of 2013, the version of this software for Linux has been on-par with its class-mates on Windows and Mac, though it does still have a few minor quirks, like the fact that it takes its own theme, instead of inheriting the system’s. There is also a bug where you have to click Close twice to get it to exit.

While this software is insanely great, I use it for all my web-development now, it is a bit of a pain to keep updated, as it lacks an auto-updater. Thus, every time there is a new version (which happens fairly often, usually ever 2 1/2 weeks or so,) you have to go and manually download the new version, and update it from that.

However, this is no longer the case. Web UPD8’s Andrew (or rather, Alin Andrei) has created a PPA that allows you to install and update Brackets natively in Ubuntu, like most other software. To get this PPA added and install Brackets this way, simply run the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install brackets

However, if you like the sound of this software and want to try it out for yourself, but don’t want to use this PPA OR don’t use Ubuntu, then the downloads can be found here.

And, for any of my readers who use Arch Linux, Arch Linux users can install Brackets via AUR: stable | git.

Leave a comment down below with what your favorite web editor/IDE is, or any experiences you’ve had with Brackets!

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Firefox 28.0a1 (2013-11-21) released with new UI

So, Mozilla has been planning a new design for Firefox that unifies the app’s look across all devices for a while (I first heard about it in June-ish. You can read about the release here: The Next Web and for techy-nerds the official wiki post: Mozilla Firefox Wiki.)

Firefox Australis running in Ubuntu 13.04

Now, it is out on Firefox Nightly and you can download it for all platforms via Firefox Nightly builds (http://nightly.mozilla.org/). This is great, except that if you want to keep a stable firefox running at the same time it might require some tweaking. (No. Not twerking. VERY different.)

Ubuntu actually makes this rather easy with a PPA that allows you to install Firefox Nightly right alongside with a stable version. You can read the WebUPD8 post here that tells you how to install the testing Firefox version alongside.

Firefox Australis has a ton of cool new features. The Mozilla blog has an official write-up here along with a video of the features. You can see a comparison picture of the taskbar here: Firefox comparison

One of the comments on the blog asks

I would like to hear about Australis’ impact on speed and memory consumption.

From what I’ve seen on my rather old computer (7 yrs. old) with the 1GB of RAM is that it does about the same as Firefox 25.0 and Chromium 30.x with several tabs open (6+ along with a Youtube video playing) if not better.

Australis is focused on simplicity and the status bar is quite nice. One of the big changes is in the look of the tabs and the fact that the Firefox button is gone. It has been replaced by a button that looks similar to the Chrome settings button, but once you click on it the menu that pops up is quite innovative really.

While this program is mostly stable for most basic web browsing (have yet to crash it once) it is still a Nightly (testing) build, so don’t download this and replace your stable Firefox version with it because it may have some bugs that need to be ironed out. However, if you’re like me and would love to try out new software, go ahead and download this and give it a whirl!

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