Where Have You Been Google Street View?

The Google Street View of my house is quite old. This is what is shown now.


It was taken in September of 2012 before vinyl siding was put on the house, all of the trees were cut down, and the yard was completely landscaped.


Other than the snow this one from November 2008 isn’t much different.

Google Street View has an update schedule, but Michigan isn’t even listed.

Why Do [People|Women|Men|Kids]…

Google search suggestions can be quite interesting. I’ve seen people post similar screenshots in the past and one morning, before I got out of bed, I came up with the idea to see what “Why do…” would show. I used an incognito window so the results wouldn’t be influenced by my Google account.

The MagPi Magazine: Issue 57

This morning when I saw the latest issue of The MagPi Magazine came with an exclusive Google kit, I wanted it. I was up early for a golf meeting and some errands so I stopped at Barnes & Noble to see if they had any copies. I was excited to find a couple on the shelf!

Easy to find in a sea of magazines.

The woman working the register said she had just put them out and there was actually a 3rd copy that was coming apart so she was going to glue it back together.

At $15 for a magazine, I don’t think you can really call this a “free” kit, but it’s still a good value. I don’t think I’ve ever “unboxed” a magazine before…

I love the emphasis on the maker here. Google is in this together with us.
The actual magazine is the first thing you see when you open the box.
A sheet with the typical warnings and instructions.
The fun stuff! Various electronics parts and cardboard pieces to make a case.
I guess the kits come with either a green, yellow, red or blue button.

This will be neat to mess around with. I’ve thought about turning one of my Pis into an Alexa type device to put in my office or bedroom and could easily do it now. If you have any project ideas involving voice, let me know.

Historical Currency Exchange Rates

Usually when I need to get a bunch of past exchange rates I use the GOOGLEFINANCE function in Google Spreadsheets. Something like this…

=GOOGLEFINANCE("EUR", "price", DATE(2016,1,1), TODAY(), "DAILY")

It’s quick and easy, but once in a while you’ll run into a currency where this doesn’t return enough precision, compared to the value you get when using Google’s currency converter. Even worse, today it was giving me a bunch of data that was quite different from what Google Finance showed for the current and historical data.

I found a site run by the University of British Columbia that’ll give you whatever data you need. It’s not pretty but it does the job. Those Canadians are always so generous!

Goodbye Firefox

I’ve been a Firefox user for a long time, but it’s time to throw in the towel. The most common issue I run into is video playback not even starting, but overall the entire browser experience seems to be getting slower. I also run into development issues at work where team members uncover a Chrome bug, where Firefox works fine and as I’d expect it to. Yeah, I know, I should get better at testing. 😉 One recent example is the default behavior in Chrome is to allow a form to be submitted multiple times; double-click the submit button or even keep smashing it and Chrome will send as many requests until your page reloads. Am I the only one who thinks this behavior is really dumb? Firefox doesn’t do this.

The long holiday weekend seems like a good time to make the switch. I looked back to see the first time I mentioned FF on my blog. It was more than 12 years ago, where I mentioned testing in FF and IE6! Times have changed.

Google Flights Doesn’t Support Google Crawler

Last night I wanted to check out Google Flights on my iPhone so I did a quick Google search. I was surprised to see the search result description:

We have detected that you are using an unsupported web browser. We support Firefox 3.5 or later, Chrome, Safari 4 or later, or Internet …

You’d think step one of building any new site at Google would be to make it work with their own crawlers.