The other day I was doing some surfing as googlebot (using firefox’s user agent switcher plugin) to try to debug some weirdly cloaked spammy search results I was seeing. I had accidentally done 3 searches as googlebot when I was redirected to sorry.google.com with this error screen:
This may be old news if you’re one of those people who follows all the Google product blogs. I don’t, so it’s new to me. I just did a search for avatar and was pleasantly surprised by the next 2 show times at 2 nearby theatres. There’s only one problem with the results, Google Movies only seems to know about 3 cinemas showing Avatar in Winnipeg. I Wonder why.
Google has started to roll out it’s streetview across Canada. As of right now, cities include:
Hopefully more cities will be added soon.
This is an expert from a Gmail Blog Post re: the recent gmail outage:
Unexpected side effects of some new code that tries to keep data geographically close to its owner caused another data center in Europe to become overloaded, and that caused cascading problems from one data center to another. It took us about an hour to get it all back under control.
This sounds exactly like the types of bugs I create. The fact that Google makes these sorts of mistakes, even though they do a lot more testing and have bigger teams, etc; makes me feel good about my programming skills.
Looks like Google has added just about every major Interstate and small town to Street View. This means you can now see the Canadian border in many different locations.
Here’s the link