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Friday, 2 December 2011

Language Translator - Code Update - Dec. 2011

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia
Language Translator - Code Update - Dec. 2011


I've updated the Language Translator (gadget) at the top of this blog. New languages have become available.

You'll see the inclusion of Basque, Armenian, Azerbaijan, Georgian, Bengali, Tamil, and Indian dialects Gujurati, Kannada, Telugu, and Urdu. Although the Indian flag is used, hovering your cursor over each one will tell you which language it is. Tamil is also an Indian dialect but is spoken in Sri Lanka, as well, so I included it with their flag.

For those of you who use this gadget, you just have to copy the code for the languages and paste it over the code you have, without the 'form' script. You can, of course, replace the whole lot, but remember to include YOUR BLOG URL.

Add the script to an html/Javascript page element, then drag it where you want.

Translates the - whole - blog. Not just a page, or a section of a page.



The code starts below this line
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<form action="http://www.google.com/translate">

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

<!--

document.write ("<input name=u value="+location.href+" type=hidden>")

// -->

</script>

<noscript><input value="http://YOUR BLOG URL/" name="u" type="hidden"/></noscript>

<input value="en" name="hl" type="hidden"/>

<input value="UTF8" name="ie" type="hidden"/>

<input value="" name="langpair" type="hidden"/>


<input title=" Afrikaans | South Africa | Afrikaans " value="en|af"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StLizqawtEI/AAAAAAAAAhk/aGuY6R70tNw/s320/South+Africa+af_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Shqip | Albania | Albanian " value="en|sq"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SulXteeOTLI/AAAAAAAAApU/zzVdH9EYg3Q/s320/Albania+sq_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" հայերեն | Armenia | Armenian " value="en|hy"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W7D7Za5isok/Tt2KnltUdII/AAAAAAAAFLQ/mPws5vWdKL0/s320/Armenian%2Bhy_%2Bflag.png" onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px; " width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" العربية | Saudi Arabia | Arabic " value="en|ar"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/358406/gse_multipart12399.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Azərbaycan | Azerbaijan | Azerbaijani " value="en|az"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QYwSBs2abGY/Tt2KnuXYdWI/AAAAAAAAFLY/ryFvl8ayUlM/s320/Azerbaijan.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px; " width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Euskara | Basque Country | Basque " value="en|eu"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-v4bj6zNNOx8/Tt2Kn_fb4sI/AAAAAAAAFLo/jbrLhkNUDiM/s320/Basque%2BCountry%2Beu_flag%2B2.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px; " width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Беларуская | Belarus | Belarusian " value="en|be"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StRavKvYSqI/AAAAAAAAAic/Mf3R1Dx51CY/s320/Belarus+be_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" বাংলা | Bangladesh | Bengali " value="en|bn"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yPOn4bv3Tuw/Ttg9SxKJD8I/AAAAAAAAFLE/vn2tK5dS-8g/s1600/Bangladesh.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px; " width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Português | Brazil | Portuguese " value="en|pt"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SszcoxN7x2U/TtgjMa2ty4I/AAAAAAAAFK4/invh7eCSAKQ/s1600/Brazil%2Bbr_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" български | Bulgaria | Bulgarian " value="en|bg"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiXtQx-uLI/AAAAAAAAG6I/RuLPDhnFMXY/s320/Bulgaria+-+bg_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Català | Andorra | Catalan " value="en|ca"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fM7vwhSI/AAAAAAAAHl0/ZoZkfhEb01M/s320/Andorra+-+Catalan+-+ad_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 中文(简体)| China | Chinese (Simplified) " value="en|zh-CN"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/546049/gse_multipart12397.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 中文(繁體) | China | Chinese (Traditional) " value="en|zh-TW"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/208681/gse_multipart12398.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Hrvatski | Croatia | Croatian " value="en|hr"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMhVoigYF0I/AAAAAAAAG5s/naE3NObTVZs/s400/Croatia+-+hr_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Čeština | Czech Republic | Czech " value="en|cs"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiX9aMIL3I/AAAAAAAAG6o/4-RYadolKWQ/s320/Czech+Republic+-+cs_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Dansk | Denmark | Danish " value="en|da"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiX9nD1NZI/AAAAAAAAG6w/ZnIBEtLIHEw/s320/Denmark+-+da_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Nederlands | Netherlands | Dutch " value="en|nl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZWUAFSOI/AAAAAAAAG74/lsNT2NI_oFI/s320/Netherlands+-+nl_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" English | United Kingdom | English " value="en|en"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SuU4xptKkfI/AAAAAAAAAnk/nk9JgVc_C-I/s320/United+Kingdom+uk_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Eesti | Estonia | Estonian " value="en|et"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StT4ASM2ZsI/AAAAAAAAAis/PmQSwtOQNLc/s320/Estonia+et_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Suomea | Finland | Finnish " value="en|fi"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZwsOFndI/AAAAAAAAG8w/VlBr_zN32q8/s320/Finland+-+fi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Français | France | French " value="en|fr"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/327620/gse_multipart12413.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Galego | Galicia | Galician " value="en|gl"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StfhOOzBp9I/AAAAAAAAAks/qinFZhMlyd8/s320/Galicia+gl_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" საქართველო | Georgia | Georgian " value="en|ka"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StcYKte4fCI/AAAAAAAAAkM/OT0Ka44NxBY/s320/Georgia+ge_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px; " width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Deutsch | Germany | German " value="en|de"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/734899/gse_multipart12400.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Ελλάς | Greece | Greek " value="en|el"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CKOqA_bjI/AAAAAAAAA8A/7bmPVwaFDcQ/s320/Greek+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Kreyòl ayisyen | Haiti | Haitian Creole " value="en|ht"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/TBhgm6fUYbI/AAAAAAAAB4o/DidcfgV9A7o/s1600/Haiti+Creole+ht_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" עברית | Israel | Hebrew " value="en|iw"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNBP-7LI/AAAAAAAAHmE/fJeA_Sbl9w4/s320/Israel+-+il_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Magyarország | Hungary | Hungarian " value="en|hu"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StRtqlXKToI/AAAAAAAAAik/R38R7O52aDU/s320/Hungary+hu_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Íslande | Iceland | Icelandic " value="en|is"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SteuRylaOeI/AAAAAAAAAkc/eRI7XsLEz34/s320/Iceland+is_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" हिन्दी | India | Hindi " value="en|hi"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title="ગુજરાતી | India | Gujurati " value="en|gu"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" ಕನ್ನಡ | India | Kannada " value="en|kn"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" తెలుగు | India | Telugu " value="en|te"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" اردو | India | Urdu " value="en|ur"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Indonesia | Indonesia | Bahasa Indonesian " value="en|id"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNKvGgZI/AAAAAAAAHl8/UESh2PimM5U/s320/Indonesia+-+id_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Gaeilge | Ireland | Irish " value="en|ga"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SugR7i9pedI/AAAAAAAAAoU/HG7Sod0eQdQ/s320/Ireland+ie_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Italiano | Italy | Italian " value="en|it"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/306145/gse_multipart12401.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 日本語 | Japan | Japanese " value="en|ja"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/443122/gse_multipart12402.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Kiswahili | Kenya | Kiswahili " value="en|sw"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/Sugd4gdlhQI/AAAAAAAAAok/Pyselb6uWtE/s320/Kenya+ke_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 한국어 | Korea | Korean " value="en|ko"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/581031/gse_multipart12403.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Latviešu | Latvia | Latvian " value="en|lv"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNX2rCXI/AAAAAAAAHmM/1LRWqh7YQBA/s320/Latvia+-+lv_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Lietuviškai | Lithuania | Lithuanian " value="en|lt"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNrJizVI/AAAAAAAAHmU/kdaran4uffk/s320/Lithuania+-+lt_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Македонски | Macedonia | Macedonian " value="en|mk"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SumJcBVBZpI/AAAAAAAAApk/kY7CqDLy-Y4/s320/Macedonia+mk_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Bahasa Melayu | Malaysia | Bahasa Malay " value="en|ms"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StVfgdeTNAI/AAAAAAAAAjE/7Vcnxzvy0eE/s320/Malaysia+ms_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Malti | Malta | Maltese " value="en|mt"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StVnV4GqUAI/AAAAAAAAAjM/UUE5FAHZdyA/s320/Malta+mt_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Norsk | Norway | Norwegian " value="en|no"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZWYWSvEI/AAAAAAAAG8A/7sOoou7far0/s320/Norway+-+no_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" فارسی | Persia | Farsi / Persian " value="en|fa"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/Sul5V-oc-6I/AAAAAAAAApc/1YIKlfK7L70/s320/Iran+fa_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Polska | Poland | Polish " value="en|pl"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CAvKA_bgI/AAAAAAAAA7o/pKLqrW8EpD4/s320/Polish+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Português | Portugal | Portuguese " value="en|pt"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/670301/gse_multipart12404.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Română | Romania | Romanian " value="en|ro"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CAvaA_bhI/AAAAAAAAA7w/HTWQoR8M6lQ/s320/Romainian+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Русском | Russia | Russian " value="en|ru"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/111692/gse_multipart12405.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Cрпски | Serbia | Serbian " value="en|sr"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f7_imioI/AAAAAAAAHmk/ytbpoyJHbmo/s320/Serbia+-+si_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Slovenský | Slovakia | Slovak " value="en|sk"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f79KzfyI/AAAAAAAAHms/-I315jcpHN0/s320/Slovak+-+sk_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Slovensko | Slovenia | Slovenian " value="en|sl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f8P0fwiI/AAAAAAAAHm0/Lzeh8mXiWvE/s320/Slovenia+-+si_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Español | Spain | Spanish " value="en|es"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/998398/gse_multipart12407.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" தமிழ் | Sri Lanka | Tamil " value="en|ta"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c4guJth1I_U/Tt2KoZ-WCUI/AAAAAAAAFL4/XT7zSSdbc3c/s320/Sri%2BLanka.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />

<input title=" Sverige | Sweden | Swedish " value="en|sv"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZwrYspyI/AAAAAAAAG8o/uVUWBAyZkVc/s320/Sweden+-+se_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Tagalog | Philippines | Tagalog " value="en|tl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f7gyN2aI/AAAAAAAAHmc/x_LSaXlHtCs/s320/Pilipnas+-+ph_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" ภาษาไทย | Thailand | Thai " value="en|th"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StKoTKbCsMI/AAAAAAAAAg8/JfICxQ5m6yk/s320/Thailand+-+th_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Türkçe | Turkey | Turkish " value="en|tr"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StLWW4Zyu6I/AAAAAAAAAhU/FU5iu_D0TLQ/s320/Turkish+-+tr_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Український | Ukraine | Ukrainian " value="en|uk"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f8Bg1AMI/AAAAAAAAHm8/b4jhQQPSvj4/s320/Ukraine+-+ua_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" tiếng Việt | Vietnam | Vietnamese " value="en|vi"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-gZakjpuI/AAAAAAAAHnE/fwfNZkisDOA/s320/Vietnam+-+vn_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Cymraeg | Wales | Welsh " value="en|cy"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SugQR0g60cI/AAAAAAAAAoM/rmVA-1LvU4g/s320/Wales.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" ייִדיש | Jewish | Yiddish " value="en|yi"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SupeM9if5gI/AAAAAAAAAp8/1gp_kA_Mhnk/s320/Yiddish_Star.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid white; padding: 3px;"width="30" name="langpair"/>



</form>



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Friday, 9 September 2011

Update on the Slowdown

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


I suffered a stroke, on Sunday, 21st Aug., eight days before my 60th birthday. Damn. I had been feeling crook for a while, leading up to the actual event.

Considering all that could've happened, I guess I have been lucky to escape with just a speech impairment, some weakness on the right-side, and a bloody computer-keyboard which refuses to type, and spell, correctly.

Frustrating.


The Speech Pathologist described my condition as similar to a computer. All known words are on little files which the brain is so used to using, that it 'senses' the file which is going to be used, and gets it ready in advance. Trouble is, that there has been a major earthquake in Bobtown, and the wrong files are being prepared. I think I am going to say the correct word, then everything goes haywire.

So, I have to train the brain differently. It'll be a slow and exhaustive process.

I hope my readers will understand, and hang-in there.



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Friday, 2 September 2011

Bump in the road

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


To all my readers ...

Thank you, especially to Sue, of traverselife blog, for her kind words, and support, at this time in my life. What a friend!

Thanks also to Hilary, Zuzu, mybabyjohn/Delores, and Jocelyn.

I'll be back as soon as I can.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Quitting Google+

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


STOP THE GOOGLE+ TRAIN! I WANT TO GET OFF!

If this is you, and you don't like Google+, you can stop. Google realises that not everyone will like it, and some may want to stop using it, after joining it...
"We understand that your identity on Google+ is important to you, and our Name Policy may not be for everyone at this time. We’d hate to see you go, but if you choose to leave, make a copy of your Google+ data first. Then click here to leave Google+."


That seems fairly easy, but, what is my Google+ data, and can I stop without deleting my Google Profile, as well? What about my Google Account?

The answers to those questions are as follows.

Google+ Data is, according to Google, your photos, profile information, contacts, circles, stream posts, and Buzz posts. Google allows you to make a back-up copy of this information, and to download it to your computer. Google does this through their new Google Takeout, and that is brought to you by a service called - wait for it - The Data Liberation Front! Give me strength! (Sounds like some radical 'Save the World' group, to me.) Anyway, if you want to download a copy of your data, you start from this screen ...



Then, to keep your security in tact, you have to re-sign in, although your are already signed-in ...


Then, you get this screen, where you choose which information you want to include in the 'archive' ...



Once you select which data you want, you click on 'Create Archive', and watch as the pretty green lines fill up...



Then, when the green lines have completed, you see this next screen, where you'll need to click on DOWNLOAD. Once again, you'll need to sign-in, then you'll be able to select where, on your computer, you want to store the files.

WARNING: Naturally, this can be a very large file download!



Once the download is complete, check your Folder to make sure everything is correct.



OK. Your Data Information has now been copied, and you are ready to kill the account - that's your Google+ account, NOT your Google Account! Phew! Google calls it 'Downgrading from Google+' ...




Your Google Profile will NOT be deleted unless you choose to do that! Don't click the wrong box!

This next screen is called - 'Delete Google+ Content or Your Entire Google Profile.' It states -
"If you delete Google+, Google attempts to restore your experience of other Google products to the way it was before you joined Google+ and to permanently delete your Google+ circles, posts, and comments. If you delete your Google profile, you delete Google+ as well as other services and their data that depend on a Google profile..."




Have a really good look at this last image, folks! If you have associated accounts and information, you best make sure all the information is backed-up before you tick the box and execute the command!




You'll see on the above image, the last section - Your Public Google Profile will be removed. Under that, it states in a dot point, that "Deleting your public profile will not affect the status of your Google Account."

Then, under that is - "Other Google products which require a profile will be impacted."

NOTE: The last option on the above images is:


REQUIRED: I understand that deleting this service can't be undone and the data I delete can't be restored.


Don't confuse Downgrading with Deletion (as is one of the options on Google+ Account Overview - Services).


Now, there's some choices for you!

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Your Name and Google+ Profiles

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Not that long ago, it was heralded, somewhere, that change was possibly in the wind, in regard to Google Products - and in particular, the new Google+ Profile. Exactly what that was, or what the change(s) was/were to be, was not made clear - at least as far as I was concerned. I was just made aware that it was coming, and that I was expected to embrace it, as if I had a choice?

Well, I suppose, in fairness to Google, I do have a choice. I can maintain my account(s), and accept the big G's policies, or I can ditch Google, and move on - but, move on to where? Mmmm - some choice! Nah. Not that dumb!


What, exactly, was happening, was also causing confusion, and it seemed that that confusion was everywhere! It may also have caused possibly mis-informed discussions in various forums, and a clarification of Google's intentions, was indicated.


So, what is Google's policy for their Google+ (your) Profiles? See the Google+ Project ...




One salient point, which you may, or may not, agree with, is:
"... it’s important to use your common name so that the people you want to connect with can find you."

That's subjective. Many people I have associated with, over the years, myself included, are better known by their nicknames, or 'monikers', as we call them in Australia. However, I'm sure if someone Googled 'Grumpy1', which I used for years, on the Google Groups, they would not find me. I've tried. So, Google requests that we use our more common names - our 'Real' names. After all ...
"Google+ makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world..."

Apart from the fact that I think there are two 'Real Worlds', Google's, and mine, Google does allow for my sobriquet to be used ...
"If you’re referred to by more than one name, only use the one that commonly identifies you, and place the rest in the “Other names” or “Nickname” section of your profile."


I may not like it, however, "Cum Romae faciam sicut a Romanis!"


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Google's Got More Privacy Policies than...

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


When I started blogging, it was some time before I became aware of a Google Privacy Policy - of any kind. That was not because I was interested in knowing what it was, or because I was not interested in privacy, which I always have been, it was because I just didn't need to know it at the time. I like to think of myself as an 'average Joe Blogger', who just wants to get on and blog. How things have changed.

With the advent of new Google Services, such as Google+, Picasa, +1, Mobile Privacy etc, Google has developed a policy for privacy, which is pertinent to each. You should be aware of their existence... each and every one of them !

Do yourself a favour, and check - for each product you use.


Remember: If there's personal information published, it's generally because YOU let it be!

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Friday, 5 August 2011

Which Characters can you use in your Blogger Labels?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Occasionally, someone will have a frustrated plea in the Help Forum, regarding the humble Ampersand '&' - which appears differently, naturally, in various fonts.

eg:
Courier &, Georgia & , Helvetica & , Times & , Verdana & , and Trebuchet &

"I want to make a Label like this: 'Cakes & Pies'. How do I use the ampersand (&) in my labels?"

According to Blogger Help - you can't. Certain characters are considered to be crucial to the syntax rules of XHTML, therefore (∴), you can't use them. OK - lost me, but 'dem's da rules'.


The following characters cannot be used in labels:

&, <, >, @, !,

Other entity symbols, which are all constructed with the Ampersand as part of the code, can be used in the text body, but NOT in the Labels, because they all have Ampersand (&) as part of the entity itself ...

eg: &fnof;, &uarr;, &darr;, &larr;, &rarr;, &crarr;, &harr;,&forall;,&part;,&empty;,&infin;,&equiv;,

which yield :

ƒ, ↑, ↓, ←, →, ↵, ↔, ∀, ∂, ∅, ∞, ≡... and many, many more.


So, instead of "Cakes & Pies", you may have to settle for just "Cakes + Pies", or even "Cakes / Pies".


From what I was able to glean from searching, different rules apply for different software languages - XML, HTML, XHTML etc, (I think). I'm treading water, here, folks! Sinking quickly, too!


As a substitute for &, you may consider using the + character, and it seems to be very popular with Google, these days ...

see: W3Schools

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Your Google Profile - What's Visible?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


With your Google+ Profile, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", or at least, the information you want them to see, is!

Following a recent change to your Profile (policy), the question of what you make visible to the Internet (hence, the world) comes up.

Google has recently changed it's rules for Profiles. Apart from your real name, you don't have to share anything! Or, you can make visible what you want the world to see. It's that simple.


What's visible on my 'normal' Profile on Google+ ...



What it could be like - if I wanted (and I could still take off the 'brief' description, below my name) ...




Your Profile is yours to include what you want, and if you are using Google+, you can include (make visible) the people that you have added to your Circles, and are following, or the people who have added you to their Circles - either, or, both. You may even like to include the option for people to email you, although your email address is not displayed, and therefore, not disclosed to them.


Sending an email ...



The sender's email inbox - no record of an address sent to ...



So, with all the flexibility of visibility, afforded you by your Google+ Profile, you can choose. You may not like to have, apart from many other information fields available, your email contact visible, your Circles visible, or the people who have added you to their Circles, visible. That's up to you. Here's some images to show you what to do ...








You select the visibility setting to suit ...



That's how it's done. As little, or as much as you want to share.


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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Android - What is it? Is it in Australia?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Is it something from outer space? Can I catch it?
Ha Ha.

I have little knowledge of the mobile phone market, as I don't use mine for Internet access - however, I am interested in it and wanted to find out what the fuss was about.

When I heard the name, Android, I immediately thought that my neighbour had become famous. Wrong, again!

Android developers say;
Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications.

Infoworld.com reports that Android has captured nearly half the world market!

Talk Android explains the market.


What does Google have in mind for Android? There's heaps of posts on the subject in Google Mobile Blog!


Is Android available in Australia? Not at present, apparently, say participants in the Whirlpool.com discussion forum.

The 'Whirlpool.com' website, also published this list of current, obsolete and upcoming Android phones, in Australia.

It won't be long, though!


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Don't Forget - There is a Google+ Help!

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


When Google Plussing ... (is there such a term? Oh, well, there is now!), don't forget that there is a Google+ Help section, close at hand!




For instance, when you want to add style to a Stream Post ...

  • Use underscores to italicize. _ italics_ → italics
  • Use asterisks to embolden. * bold* → bold
  • Use hyphens to strikethrough. -strikethrough - → strikethrough
  • Use + or @ to link to someone's profile... eg: +Natalie Villalobos


Plus 'heaps' more!


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Using a 'Link' on your Google+ posts

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


The other day, I finally had a go at posting something on Google+ 'Stream', and added a link to it. It didn't give me the result I wanted, because the link picked up lots of unwanted rubbish/information from a gadget I have at the top of my blog. The gadget was OK, but I didn't want information from it to appear in the 'link' on my G+ Stream (post). This may, or may not, have occurred to you, or happened to you - yet. Let me explain -

This is the Header and Language bar gadget on my blog ...



The circled links in that Language Bar gadget are being posted in my G+ post, when I use the Report blog post URL... see next image ...



Fortunately, Google+ gives you a way to eliminate that, before you do the final publication... see the 'Remove Description' option, and the little 'X' on the following image, in the blue box?




When you remove that information, what you're left with, I think, is a cleaner link, to post.



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Market Share increase by Chrome

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


With the ever increasing choice we have, (or should that be 'enjoy'), in which Internet Browser we use, it is interesting to watch the trends. Naturally, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, being pre-installed on most computers, still holds the lead, however, it is not having everything it's own way.

In my little slice of the world, Browsers are a means to an end. I really prefer Firefox, and Chrome, but that's my choice. I have four Browsers at hand, should I need them - Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer. The version of each is nearly always kept up to date unless there are well documented errors, or problems with it. I don't upgrade just for the sake of it.

Something I always bear in mind is what Google mentioned just recently, and came into play yesterday, August 1st - they would not continue to support Browser Versions that are not current, or immediately previous, versions.

Also, yesterday, August 1st, Pocket-lint, a website I follow, published an article by Hunter Skipworth, entitled; "Google Chrome second most popular Browser in U.K.", in which he suggests a 22% market share for Chrome. Worldwide, it is reported to be sitting in 3rd position.


When I look at my blog Audience Stats, over a two year period, this trend for Chrome is not borne out - in fact, it is 4th on the list ...



Audience Stats over the last month ... 3rd on the list




According to Lars Bak, Google's engineer behind Chrome, speed is the underlying reason for people choosing Chrome, although most Browsers are very fast, in today's market, but I have noticed that Chrome is very fast.

Your choice!

Vive la différence!


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Monday, 1 August 2011

Google+ - Changing the Order of Circles

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Just recently, Jennifer Van Groves, from Pete Cashmore's 'Mashable' website, let us know of an Update to Google+ which allows us to Manage our Circles more easily.

The simple way to explain this is to say; Drag and Drop your Circles - where, and in the order, you want them!




This will help those Google Plussers who have many circles to organise.


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Google+ Profile Page - a handy tweak

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Without wishing to stir the fire, which is raging at the moment on the subject of Privacy and Google+, largely attributable to the debate about Google's new policy on Real Names in Profiles, and perhaps some misunderstanding (I'm sure), I'm not going there, but I wanted to publish some posts on the Profile and ways to improve it, or tweak it, to suit your preferences.

This post will be the first, as I discover new facets of the Profile, and it's application in Google+, for those people lucky enough to have joined.

Last week was hell - trying to catch up on everything being written by techie-people, with far more understanding than I have, but, that's how I learn, too. One of the tweaks I found concerns your avatar, or Thumbnail icon and the information displayed when someone hovers their mouse over it.

Normally, if you see a Profile Thumbnail in Google+, and hover your mouse pointer over that Thumbnail, it will show just the name of the Plusser (that's Google+ lingo for someone who has joined G+, which is also lingo for Google+), which you can click on to see their full Profile, or any information that they wish you to see on their Thumbnail - such as Location, Education, Occupation, or a Website name etc. It also gives you information such as how many circles you have that person in, (never which ones), or an opportunity to 'add' that person to your circles. It will, generally, show you their face (image icon), and the members that you have in common... eg:





There is a way to vary that information, to let people know a little more about you, when they hover over your Thumbnail icon.



This doesn't stop them from clicking on your Thumbnail to 'Add' you, either. So, how is it done?


Edit your Profile.

If you are like me, you give very little, if anything, away. I just include things which will NOT produce a problem for me (I hope). Name, Introduction, Sex, Nicknames, Other Names I'm known by. That's it!

In the Employment section, click on it and the following screen pop-up appears ...




As you can see, the section of my Profile is the 'Employment' section, and I have included extra information in the first box, or the 'Employer Name' box. The next step is to make sure the date is set to 'Current'.

It's that easy. You may need to clear the Browser cache and re-boot the Browser, before it will display for you.


Reference -

see: Mashable - Google+ Tips and Tricks: 10 hints for New Users, written by Amy-Mae Elliott.


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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Google+ Posting Privacy - How it works!

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Here I was, today, having breakfast, enjoying a cuppa, when my friend called.

"Hey Bob - I've added you to my 'Circles', but, I see that you haven't written anything!"
Me - "Hi Dave - I have written lots of things on my G+, but I didn't include YOU! That's why you can't see anything!"

That started me thinking that, as much as I didn't want to get into writing posts on Google+ (I like to stick to Blogger issues), I needed to. The reason is because Dave wasn't the only one I've seen with the mis-conception of what Google+ is about - and, how it works!

Look at this statement from a plusser, on a Google+ discussions group -

"I agree. It is just irritating that people can add you to their circles without permission. My block circle is going to get really big once this goes fully public. An option to require authorization would be great."


WRONG !!!!!


Let me put this issue straight. All the people in the world, can add you to their circles - no problem. They don't need your permission to do that. If you don't add those people to YOUR circles, they can't see anything other than your Profile!

eg: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has, at last viewing, over 400,000 people who have (fruitlessly, so far) added Mark to their circles. Why fruitlessly? Well, because Mark Zuckerberg will NEVER add them all to his circles, and unless Mark posts something, with a 'Public' Share, they will NEVER see anything from him!


Google+ is NOT the same as TWITTER.

You can Follow anyone on Twitter, and get feeds from them. You can't do that on Google+ !


Let me give you another example. I have lots of circles. The following image is an example of what I mean ...



Say, for instance, I write a post on Fishing conditions, my Gym Club circle would not be interested in that because they are all beautiful women (ha ha) who do NOT go Fishing - only my Fishing Club friends would be, so I 'LIMIT' the circulation by 'SHARING' that post ONLY with that 'FISHING CLUB' circle. No-one else can see it!

Posts on Google+ are 'PUBLIC', by default. YOU have to change that, when you post. It's the same when someone else posts, too. Unless YOU are in the circle(s) they post to, you won't see their post! So, it doesn't matter if all the people in the world add you to their circles, if you don't add them, they will NOT see your 'SHARED' posts if you 'LIMIT' the circulation. Therefore, why would they need your permission to add you to their circles?


eg:




I don't want the 'PUBLIC' to see this silly post, so I will send it ONLY to my 'FRIENDS' and 'FAMILY' circles. No-one else will be able to see it - ever! The reason? Simple. I have dismissed the 'PUBLIC' share, and replaced it with the circles I want.





The same goes for people my friend, Dave, has in his circles. Mary, Fairy, Bill, Dill, and Donk! If I am in his 'FRIENDS' circle, and Dave posts something which is 'LIMITED' to 'FRIENDS', then we will all see it - however, if Mary, from the dairy, posts something, unless I am in HER circle, I will NEVER see it!



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Thursday, 28 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Comments 2

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


In addition to the post I did previously on the New GUI Comments, I wanted to show the different screens for this feature.

The Comments screen can be accessed from the Overview screen, as follows...



The Comments screen - Published, Awaiting Moderation, or Spam, is then clicked on...




Published Comments - shows only those Comments that have been approved for Publication by the blog owner - if Moderation has been selected in Settings.


Published Comments can have the Content Removed, or can be Deleted, or can be listed as SPAM.

eg: Content Removal ... removes the content, but leaves notice that someone did, in fact, leave a message. Deleting the message, does.



Comments - Awaiting Moderation - You select whether, or not, to Publish the Comment, Delete it, or mark it as SPAM.



Marking a Comment as SPAM, can be undone, if you make a mistake...


In comparison to Comments in Production Blogger, there is not much difference in how things work - just a convoluted way of finding them!



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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Blogger Help Forum TC ... to Aisle 4

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia
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I know it is a sign of the times, and these companies must have their reasons, but WiFi access at Supermarkets? Really!
It's great to know that in the face of increased competition for your dollar, in the Internet Access market, the United Kingdom's Tesco chain, is considering providing this facility for (they hope) customers.

I have a wicked sense of humour, and have been chuckling to myself about geeks squatting in the aisles, or resident Blogger TCs on hand to answer Blogging questions - kind of like the in-store Help Desk, but in reality, Tesco's boss intimates that a tight control will be taken in monitoring usage patterns.

I have to say congratulations to Tesco for their gumption (that's also in Cleaning products - aisle 7).

It's only going to be in the U.K. at first, but there's a lot of stores around the world. Big market for Tesco, if it works.

Time will tell.


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The Google+ Phenomenon

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


So far, I am impressed with Google+, and use it often. I've invited some of my friends, and associates to join, and I've started following some people who should know a lot more than me about it, like specific Google personnel. I still get confused as to what I post to my 'Stream', though. I am always asking myself, "... am I confusing Twitters, with Pluses?"


I don't (won't) use Facebook, so it's either Twitter, or G+ for me, and on the face of it, they can be confusing in one way - that of 'Stream'. I'm working on which suits me best, and what I am going to get out of either. That's one of the best things about choice. I have been so busy over the last week, reading reports and posts by the 'techie-type' pundits, like Pete Cashmore, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and others.

It seems nearly everyone has gone G+ crazy. In fact, over 20 millions of people are now Circling the wagons, so to speak - Circles being specific terminology of G+. Take the Tour, and see!

The growth, as mentioned above, has been absolutely phenomenal, as also borne-out in this graph-image:


Once you join, you'll see various features which set G+ aside from other platforms of the Social Network ilk. A couple of features that I like are the ability to isolate posts to be read only by certain circles, and the picture uploading and management of albums. Be surprised - have a look. Of course, there's also the blending of Search and Social !

I don't intend, at this stage, writing much on Google+, because I am interested in Blogger. There's enough topics there to keep an old reprobate like me, busy, however, I urge you to make your own decisions about Google+, but, please, don't think it's another Facebook, because, IMHO, it is far from being that!



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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Google kills Toolbar for Firefox 5

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Are there big Browser changes going on? I've, apparently, missed most of the news, however, Pocket-lint, the self-professed "...leading independent consumer tech and gadgets site in the UK covering all the latest tech news, reviews, features and much more... " seems to be on par with what's going on - especially at Google - and recently reported:

Google kills Toolbar for Firefox 5

Further down the report is a very interesting paragraph -

"For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browser. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions."

Perhaps this is another reason why I wonder about the rapid releases of Firefox Versions. It only seems like yesterday, that I was happy with V3.16.1, then, before I knew it V4 was out, then recently, V5. Go figure?

I'm not 100% happy with Chrome, but I figured I may be better-off with it in light of the fact that it's Google, Blogger is Google (now), and my email is Google, and everything else I use, apart from my computer and OS, is Google - oh, I do have a Colgate toothbrush! haha.

Interesting times!

see: Google Toolbar Help


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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wow! What is Happening at Google?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


I don't know about your personal situation, but I am reasonably well-stuck on Google - and have been for years! Yes, I have Hotmail accounts, and Yahoo accounts and 200 other email possibilities at my finger tips, via my Personal Domain, but I chose Google (Gmail) for my primary email addresses, maybe around late 1990s? Can't remember, exactly, but it's been a long time. I have also had a few accounts - closed some (stupid, I know), but I have continued with Google for many different reasons.

Perhaps, now, I see why. The last few months has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride with Google, in the light of their acquisition of Blogger. I'm sure a lot of the changes have been the result of that, too - and I'm just starting to appreciate the big picture. Maybe, I'm not as quick as some of the younger geeky-types, and techie-types, but I eventually arrive, in some manner or form - kinda like Aesop's tortoise.

As I am not across all Google products, I'll probably miss, or duplicate, a couple of projects here, but here's a few of what we have seen so far ...


The more I look at Google+, the more I am impressed, too. It offers so much more than my previous experience with Facebook.

I can also feed my blog posts to my Twitter account via Feedburner. So easy... Feedburner, Publicise, Socialise - (If I had a Twitter account, that is!)

The more I look at my Google homepage, the more I like the new black Links toolbar, which is affording me access to many of Google screens, that I had to go looking for, previously. I can access what I want at the click of the mouse. It's great!

I would go so far as to presume that the Navbar on Blogger, may well accommodate some changes, too, in the future. Why not?


It's exciting for me. Hope it is for you!


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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Permissions Problem in the New GUI

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


One feature on the Settings - Basic screen of the New GUI, which is already creating some concern, is the inability to change the Status of a Blog Member, from Admin back to Author.

I've tested this numerous times, in various Browsers, and come against a brick wall - every time.

At present, though, there is an out! You don't have to use the New GUI - you can use the existing Production Blogger, and I guess, you'll be able to do that for a long time, yet!

It would be nice, too, to hear some Feedback from the Feedback we send Blogger!

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Monday, 18 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - An Overview - Pt. 2

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


This post is a follow-up to the first part of my overview of the New GUI, available in Blogger in Draft.

One of the major changes to what you will be used to, is the fact that when you use the New GUI, the screen which seems to open, almost as a default screen, presents a Blog List of all your Primary Blogs - as did the old Dashboard, in Production Blogger. However, you'll also see a little 'House', or 'Home' icon. This takes you to a Dashboard for each and every blog in your primary list! That's going to be confusing, too!

There has been many reports of confusion concerning the Post Editor of the New GUI, and I understand why. One aspect of the New GUI is that unless you know for sure, it is difficult to say whether you are in Compose Mode, or html Mode - and as Nitecruzr observed,

"...With the New GUI, you have a pair of "buttons" - "Compose" and "HTML". You hit one button or the other, to change mode. Unfortunately, neither button indicates which mode is currently active..."

You can determine which Editor you are in by the amount of options on the Toolbar - more for Compose Mode than for html Mode, but I must agree, that it would be far friendlier to have the Tab change colour when active, however, that's not the only thing I don't like about the Editors, that I have observed, so far.

I like the ability to extend the Post Box - click and drag, which is available in the html Editor. I don't like that it's not available in the Compose Mode! Unless you know that tabbing-down with the < ENTER > key, you'd think that the box is very small. It was only by accident that I discovered this feature, and I had to ask - why?

One thing I did worry about, was the difference in viewing some features, when using various Browsers. For instance, I was using Chrome Browser when testing the Delete/Restore functionality. I noticed that some buttons - namely, the New Post and Delete buttons were not populated, as you would expect. They were empty boxes. In Firefox V4, they were. This shows up in the post mentioned.

I must also mention the Scroll-bar. Talk about hard to see! What a chintzy, little, non-descript, after-thought. Don't tell me Blogger Engineers couldn't find more space for it, than that!

The Permissions feature, on the Settings - Basic screen, leaves me a little cold, too. Adding a Blog Author is as easy as, and changing the Status from Author to Admin is as easy as, but try doing it in reverse! Admin to Author - nope! Can't do!

Another screen, the Template, is basically the top part of the New Template Designer screen - all the possible, available, templates for your blog. However, at the bottom of this screen are the very important options of Template Back-up, Edit Template, and Revert to Classic Templates. I like this screen, yet I wonder why those important features are squeezed in at the bottom.


The Layout screen (goes straight to what we originally called Layout, then later, Design screen) is basically the Design screen - however - the name has been changed - again... talk about confusing. Blogger has added the Favicon option, which is great - and well overdue. It works like a charm, too!
The only thing I don't like about this screen is the 'Save Arrangement' button. What was wrong with just 'Save'?

Stats, are great, and easy to access. One thing I discovered was the sneaky links from the Blog List screen - just under the blog title. There's a blue graph-like squiggly line, and a blue Posts count. The squiggly line takes you to the Stats screen, while the blue posts count link takes you to what we know as the Edit Posts screen.

The Edit Posts screen is now hard to find, unless you discover it by moving your mouse around the Dashboard, and seeing a pop-up when you hover over the right icon, which is like two books. It appears to me, to be now called Manage Posts. There are a lot of changes to the functioanlity of this screen. There are mouse-over pop-ups, secret options, and different ways to do things.

You know what I hate? I hate it when you always use the html Editor, and go to Edit a post which gets opened, by Default, in Compose Mode. That's what I hate!

The option to 'Save' only saves to Draft. Then, the Publish button is needed. The 'Auto-save' function appears to have been disabled - thank goodness!

The Pages function is fairly straight-forward, too. Although I don't use this feature, I think I covered it all in that post.


One feature I was not impressed with, so far, was the Locator (Geotagging). I couldn't get it to work.


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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Transliteration - Post Editor Alternatives

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


The Blogger feature known as Transliteration, has been disabled by the Blogger Engineers, ostensibly 'until we work out a few issues' on it.


One alternative, is to use the New GUI, available via Blogger in Draft. You'll need to post via the Compose Mode Editor. I have written a guide in this previous post.

To use it, you highlight the text you want translated, and then copy and paste it into the Post Editor... eg:それを使用するには、コピーしてポストエディタ...などに貼り付けてその後で、リンクされた後に上記のように、翻訳したいテキストを強調表示し、:


Then, I have translated that Japanese, to Greek -


Για να το χρησιμοποιήσετε, το πρόγραμμα επεξεργασίας μετά και στη συνέχεια να αντιγράψετε και να επικολλήσετε ... κλπ., όπως περιγράφεται παραπάνω, μετά τη σύνδεση, επισημάνετε το κείμενο που θέλετε μετάφραση:


This may be of assistance to bloggers who routinely use the Transliteration function. For those who prefer something else, there is also the Google Language Tools, which operates on a similar principle of copy/paste, however, sometimes Formatting errors can occur when pasting, so you should be aware of this, and take measures to eliminate these during editing. Still, it is a viable alternative to having nothing.

*Note: Translations vary from language to language and back again, so check them.

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The New GUI - Blogger in Draft - An Overview - Pt.1.

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


I've started investigating the New Graphic User Interface (GUI) which was released in Beta, in Blogger in Draft, and have found more about it that I like, than I thought I would. It is very simple to learn, yet intricate in ways, secretive in ways, and novel in other ways. Then, there are the new differences in how screens work, or are presented, and what's there, and not there.

I hope this overview helps you get used to it. There's no need to panic, and, as Nitecruzr says, you are under no obligation to start using it straight away, however, now would be a good time to start learning your way around it. The New GUI will replace what we call Production Blogger, in the near, or not so near, future.

I've just finished around 20-odd posts on various aspects of the GUI, and still have some more to go. I started out with the Dashboard, and then moved on to the Settings screens, which have always been so very important (in my opinion), and which most bloggers only tend to look at when they have a problem. So, let's start there, too.


The New GUI Dashboard is very well set out. It is basically divided into two sections -

  • Blog List,
  • Reading List, for the Blogs that you Follow.

There's nothing new in that, however, the screen collapses when the Reading List title is clicked on, to make it more compact, and display it, rather than having to scroll down. I like that very much. What I don't like - at all - is the chintzy, scrawny, little scroll-bar, which looks like a blot on my screen.

There are new buttons which display pop-up screens for -

  • Viewing your Profile,
  • Signing - out,
  • Account Settings.

A new Gear Wheel icon is placed on the top right of the screen, for various options, depending on the screen. This icon allows you to give Feedback, or to see Blogger Help.


Other new buttons are for -

  • Blog Language (59 Languages)
  • Make Blogger in Draft your default
  • New Blog
  • New Post (Pencil icon)
  • Dashboard (Home icon)
  • Settings (a small Down Arrow)
  • View Blog button


One new feature is the Tab called Primary Blogs, with a blog count. This also is discussed in later posts.


The Listed Blogs can be accessed by clicking on the Title, as well as by clicking View Blog. One thing I like here is that under the blog title are two links - one to the Stats screen (click the blue graph, or pageviews), and one to the Edit Posts screen (click the post number).



The 5 Settings screens are vastly different to what you are used to. Their names are:

These Settings are accessible from the small arrow icon immediately to the right of the Dashboard (Home) icon. It is a drop-down menu.


The final part of the Dashboard screen is the Reading List. I think the new design affords a better reading area. The reading list has lots of good features, as does the existing version. The 'Hide/Show' function is slightly different, but inline with other 'Hide/Show' functions on other screens of this version. Viewing in Google Reader is just a click away, as is Adding a Blog to Follow, by URL, or from your Google Reader.

What you won't find on the Reading List, is a blue Manage button. That function for Managing the Blogs you Follow, is incorporated into the Reading List Gear Wheel, on the right-hand side.

Although I don't like the 'faded', 'washed-out' colours of the New GUI, I think it's OK. I'm sure there will be changes made before it goes into production, though.

More to come.


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