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Blah [Apr. 30th, 2008|02:46 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Getting seriously irritated with Google's latest interface update. Pissing me off.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-04-30 08:26 am (UTC)
Which one are we despising? Where would I go to loathe it?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-04-30 08:42 am (UTC)
It's just regular old www.google.com so far as I know. They recently started providing search phrases based on what you're typing. You type and a list of phrases that start with what you're typing appear, left justified with the number of search results in green, right justified. If you highlight one of the phrases, any quote marks you were using vanish and it goes directly into searching (when it isn't failing - see below).

The downside is that (a) it no longer remembers what you typed in there when you hit the back button (which I used to do all the time to shift my search) and (b) it periodically just fails to work. You typey typey typey, hit return - NOTHING. Hit the "SEARCH" button, NOTHING. Reload the page and your text vanishes, but it allows you to run searches again. I've had to cut&paste my searches several times over tonight alone.

One problem may be with my behavior - I have a mental THING about needing to go back to the first page I started. So if I'm searching and I click through 23 pages, I eventually go back (usually using the pull-down on the back arrow) 23 pages to my original screen. Most other people just go forward and forward and so on. This is probably why I won't be able to get a neural net connection when they eventually arrive. Great. Another thing to stress about.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-04-30 08:57 am (UTC)
Bleargh. OK, I hate that ... I also want to be able to unstack a thread back to a branching point. Usually I do that with tabbed browsing, but Google shouldn't force me to do that.
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[User Picture]From: robotech_master
2008-04-30 11:57 am (UTC)
Huh, this is the first I've seen of it. 99% of my searches these days are run from a browser toolbar search box, or else hitting Ctrl-Ctrl for Google Desktop's box. But now that I go to see, it looks as though they've given their entire search page a makeover. They're a portal now. (My little Google, growing up so fast…)
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2008-04-30 08:07 pm (UTC)
You mean this new theme?

You can turn off iGoogle (the system with all the plug-ins) by just clicking on "Classic Home".
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2008-05-03 12:28 pm (UTC)
That feature is called "Google Suggest" and can be disabled. Here's an article about it.

I find it a fairly useful feature... especially when I'm not too sure what I'm looking for.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-05-06 11:13 am (UTC)
Um, I can't load the article. Firefox can't even find the domain. Googling for how to disable it all leads back to his site, which won't load. The Google Suggest Labs webpage "Learn More" link is busted too.

I wouldn't mind it so much if Google didn't break whenever I go beyond the suggestions.

For instance, when I type "comics iron man" (without the quotes), Google makes suggestions as I type "comics i" then stops giving me suggestions as I continue to type. Then, when I hit return, nothing happens. When I click the Google Search button, nothing happens. I have to reload the page to re-engage the search engine, BUT reloading loses my search parameters. So first I have to highlight and copy them, then reload, then paste them, then search.

Although it seems better than it was in that the search button broke, I hit reload, and it didn't lose my search parameters, which was nice.

For reference, I'm using Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.14 on the XP platform (running on an old machine I bought back in, um, 2002 or so, I think). I don't log into Google, I just go to the website and type in my stuff.
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2008-05-06 01:19 pm (UTC)
That's not how mine works at all. Do you think there could be a firefox plug-in, virus or proxy cache that is screwing this up?

Try clearing your browser cache. Maybe new javascript didn't replace an older release.
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2008-04-30 01:01 pm (UTC)
Ack. That sucks. I wish that people would not change things that are working just fine. *snarl*

Google Mail is all wonky! When I check my Gmail inbox, I get a little box on the left with it that I can't enlarge, and the rest of the browser window has nothing at all. I can access the messages, but it's a pain to do so. The previous way was much, much better and easier.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-04-30 03:03 pm (UTC)
I don't get that, mine is still the full page.
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2008-04-30 08:42 pm (UTC)
It was the fault of a bug in my cache. yesthattom was kind enough to tell me how to fix it. I'm glad that you didn't have to go through the irritation that I did. *wry grin*
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2008-04-30 08:08 pm (UTC)
That sounds more like a bug. Try clearing your browser cache and logging back into gmail.com.

Google makes hundreds of minor changes each month. You won't notice half of them unless you take a snapshot every 6 months. Sort of like how day-to-day a parent doesn't think their child looks any different, but pictures year-to-year show big changes.
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2008-04-30 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! You were right - I cleared my cache, and all was well with Gmail again. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2008-05-03 12:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to help!
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