E-tales: Chrome fail

Parents can be a worry and a pair of Google fails

A web designer tweets

Parents can be hard to understand at the best of times, but it can be downright disconcerting when they move beyond email and take to social networking.

Take this Tweet spotted by one e-taler last week: “Well — that was my mother on the line wanting to know how to post comments on my sister’s blog. Under a fake name.”

Parents say say the funniest things.

Storage makes Woz feel like dancing

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a busy week last week. As if revealing that he is to feature in the US version of Dancing With the Stars wasn’t enough, it was also announced that the Woz has taken up the role of chief scientist at Fusion-io, a storage start-up. Fusion-io’s flagship product is the ioDrive, a PCIe express card loaded with flash memory that is inserted directly into servers. A recent innovation has enabled the device to make flash memory available to all servers in a network.

Wozniak has said of his new employer: “The technology marketplace has not seen such capacity for innovation and radical transformation since the mainframe computer was replaced by the home computer”. No wonder he feels like dancing.

According to The Register, the “light and trim Wozniak” will be taking time off from his demanding new duties “strut his heavyweight stuff around the floor”. the site then goes on to suggest other ICT figures it would like to see on the show, including Carly Fiorina and Jonathan Schwartz.

“Carly’s free, and the way Sun’s going...”

Climbing the career pole

An E-taler was amused when searching the Seek jobs site to find an ad for a Telecommunications Rigger.

“Scale new career heights with this growing Kiwi company”, the ad stated.

Whether it was an intentional joke related to the nature of the job, we don’t know — if it was, we have to say it’s not a bad one.

Chrome fail, Google fail

Who went out and built a brand new browser to boost the performance of internet applications and forgot to support its own? Why that was Google, at least according to this screenshot doing the rounds.

Then there’s the one showing Google’s Suggest service on its search engine offers a search of “I am extremely terrified of Chinese people” to some hapless user. Apparently there is an article on that topic making a few waves and Google, well, just couldn’t help itself.

Google Earth is turning up some useful stuff — for people who don’t use Chrome. Like a little heart shaped island in the Adriatic that is, according to a report on ananova.com anyway, becoming a Valentines Day holiday hit. “It has been incredible. We think it is the most perfect heart-shaped island in the world,” said Vlado Juresko whose family owns the 130,000 square yard islet of Galesnjak.

“Nobody lives there so if lovers really do want to spend time alone it’s the perfect desert island.”

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