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Well, the "Google NDA" post has been at the top of this page for a while, and it looks like it's not exactly going to be tomorrow that I get to post about (a) the fact that I've gotten my thesis receipt and am totally done with this PhD (that will be next week), or (b) what exciting thing I'm going to do next (that's waiting on the results of the previously mentioned Google interview, among other things). When media talk about "balance" it usually just means that they've punted on the idea of discovering "truth" and are about to give falsehoods equal time. But that's not what we mean here, dear Reader! Notwithstanding my real gripes with their aggressive (and not obviously-enough optional) pre-employment NDA, here are some more Googly bits for "balance":

  • Google Apps for your Domain is really great. If you've got a domain name sitting around underutilized, you can make the bits point to google, and google will then host page creation tools, email, and even calendaring for you. In my case I've let Google loose on ananian.com, to manage email for the domain behind the scenes. Addresses at ananian.com can get forwarded elsewhere or else my family members can use gmail on the ananian.com domain. I haven't really played around with the web page creation tools, yet, but it's gotta be better than what I'm putting up on that site at the moment (ie, nothing much!). It handles domain aliases (ananian.org, ananian.net), catch-all addresses, and SPF anti-spam measures, too. Groovy.
  • The mobile version of Google maps is really nice, at least on my Treo. The other mobile Google services are more of a mixed bag: I'm still waiting for a nice mobile version of Google Calendar (the SMS gateway is better than nothing, but I get charged for SMS), and mobile Gmail 1.1.0 worked great on my Treo, before the latest 1.1.1 release crashed and burned, making it obvious that Google isn't actually reading their support forum. (Or is there some other place I'm supposed to report that "your 1.1.1 JAR file is corrupt"? A newsgroup is not a bug tracker!)
  • OK, this isn't Google, but I just stumbled across Project Honeypot, which has some simple steps you can take to help nab email harvesters for spam.
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I've gotten my thesis receipt and am totally done with this PhD (that will be next week)

Wow, congratulations! That's excellent.

Good luck with Google, as well. My friend crs just accepted a place at Google Cambridge.

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