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Apr012010

April Fools’ Day 2010 – Google Pranks

Google Docs lets you store ANYTHING. “Ever wish you could CTRL+F your keys? Store your keys and other objects you commonly lose with Google and you’ll never’ve to worry about finding them again. We’re testing a new mail courier network integrated with Street View fleet. We’ll show up within 3 hours to pick up anything you choose to store in Google Docs, guaranteed. At $0.10 per kg, you can store a grand piano for the price of lunch.”

Google Voice added a standard voicemail mode, which brings your voicemail back to something reminiscent of 1997, with features like: * Automatic voicemail deletion: messages will be deleted automatically after 14 days * Numeric keypad access: access to voicemail will only be available via your phone * Beeper interoperability: your beeper will be paged every time a voicemail is left * Message maximums: store a maximum of 10 messages at any given time * Numeric page: people leaving you voicemails will be given option to send a numeric page.

Google Mobile Search found a way to return better results for queries like “where am I”. Try this query on your mobile phone and you’ll find a lot of interesting results:

Gmail’s login page no longer uses vowels and greets users with a short message: “Wlcm t Gml”. The cause “We’ve determined that the letter ‘y’ is not impacted.”

AdSense added Wingdings as a font face option. “During our extensive alpha testing, we found that this font performed especially well on sites catering to two specific audiences: cryptologists and carrier pigeons.”

Google added “LifeSize” on Picasa Web Albums, an easy way to create and print larger-than-life versions of your photos. LifeSize uses intelligent shape detection software to find the subject in your photo and automatically determines its approximate real-life height based on background scenery, surrounding objects, and the ratio of the subject’s foot-to-navel length and the navel-to-head length.

Google Wave roll out an early preview of “Google Wave wave notifications”. You can enable notifications through the drop down menu that appears when you mouse over the Inbox link in the Navigation panel. You can set volume for your notifications to Silent, Medium, Loud or Vibrate and pick your preferred notifier.

Google Reader launched first rewards program “ReaderAdvantage” that get one point for each item you read. The more you read, the more you get. Then you can trade in your points for cool stuff. And because we believe in a little friendly competition, there are four levels of ReaderAdvantage status: Novice: 999 points, Gold: 25,000 points, Platinum: 133,700 points, and Totally Sweet: 314,159 points.

The time has come for browsers to speak up and be heard. “Taking an earful of inspiration from HTML5 audio tag, we’ve spent past few months deep in psychoacoustic models, Whittaker-Nyquist-Kotelnikov-Shannon sampling theorem, Franssen effects, Shepard-Risset Tones, and 11.1 surround sound research to build a cutting-edge audio-driven user interface for our users, available through a new Chrome extension. With this extension, Chrome will provide audio feedback as you browse to web pages and interact with the browser.”

So you’re running Microsoft System Center, here’s how to back up internet using DPM 2010. We’re going to need all the power MONAD scripting can give, free iSCSI software, a lot of agent deployments and a nifty registry tweak on the DPM server. Lets begin with registry changes on DPM server: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\April\Fools\Internet.

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