Google Says You can trust us, really, on data security

Google Says You can trust us, really, on data security

Google described on Tuesday how it secures the mountains of data that it handles every day, saying that it has highly automated processes and employs the best and brightest in Web security.

On the Official Google Blog, Douglas Merrill, a vice president of engineering, spelled out the company's philosophy, processes, and technology that the company employs for security.

He said that the company is developing its own security software, particularly to address areas such as large-scale computing and automation.

Google's processes are set up so that sensitive personal information can only be viewed by exception, Merrill said.

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Google's Click versus Facebook's Click!!!!

Google Second Click

For those of you who haven't read Dave Morgan's article on Google trying to capture the "second click" you should do so here: MediaPost - The Fight for the Second Click. It's a couple months old, but worth the read if you haven't seen it.

The point is, because of Google's position as the de-facto start page of the internet, they are able to control where users go - and that control makes them powerful, because traffic = money. The fight for the "second click" refers to Google thinking about how they can control not just the first click (Search!) but also provide a shortcut to answer the query on a second click. And because of their control of the search engine result page (SERP), they can always place their content above everyone else's.

It might seem like a big deal to do this, but you can imagine that if you ran a business in weather, real estate, dictionary reference, or movies, you'd want to know where Google was planning to expand here.

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Best Javascript Image Galleries!!!!

Best Javascript Image Galleries!!!!

There are a large number of Flash image galleries but sometimes Flash is not equired or cant be used so we turn to Javascript and CSS. Here is a roundup of some of the better Javascript and Ajax based solutions to our gallery requirements …

Modified Hoverbox Image Gallery - This following is a modified version of Nathan’s incredible Hoverbox Image Gallery. This version uses a single image for thumbnail/larger view and partially supports :active and :focus states for keyboard only users

FrogJS Javascript Gallery - FrogJS is a simple, unobtrusive javascript gallery. It’s not a replacement for other thumbnail galleries like Lightbox JS, but a different way of showcasing galleries
slideViewer - slideViewer is a lightweight (1.5Kb) jQuery plugin wich allows to instantly create an image gallery by writing just few lines of HTML such as an unordered list of images

(E)2 Photo Gallery Made With Mootools - (E)2 Photo Gallery is a open source gallery built with Mootools Javascript Library the compact, modular, Object-Oriented javascript framework. Designed to allow you to upload your photos to a desired folder, tell the (E)2 Photo Gallery what folder to look at and it will automatically load the images using PHP

jqGalViewIII - Here we have yet another photo / image gallery, except at this point it is only a proof of concept. I see a ton of photo galleries in Flash and see a lot of effects that just can’t be done in JavaScript, but a ton of effects that can be achieved

Zenphoto - Zenphoto is an answer to lots of calls for an online gallery solution that just makes sense

Imago - Imago is a small, simple and easy to use Ajax Image Gallery. Its plain JavaScript (using mootools) and uses no server side scripting

Hope you find these links useful.

How to Create a Ajax Based Style Switcher?

Unobtrusive Degradable Ajax Style Sheet Switcher!

Boy are you in for treat today ‘cause we’re gonna have a whole lotta Ajaxifida Unobtrucitosity CSS swappin’ Fun!

Okay are you really kidding? Nope. I’ve even impressed myself on this one. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to tell you the ins and outs of what I actually did to get this to work. We’re talking JavaScript, CSS, PHP...Ajax. But don’t worry about that. I’ve always believed that a good A.P.I. is an invisible A.P.I… and this I felt I achieved. The only thing you need to know is how it works and what to do.

What I did to achieve this was used server-side cookies instead of JavaScript cookies. Hence, PHP. However this isn’t a “PHP style switcher” – which is where Ajax comes in. For the extreme technical folks, no, there is no xml involved here, or even a callback response. I only say Ajax because everyone knows what ‘it’ means. With that said, it’s the Ajax that sets the cookies ‘on the fly’. Got it? Awesome!

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How To Use Ajax and Flash together?

Aflaxtm stands for Asynchronous Flash and XML. Defined simply, Aflax is a development methodology which combines Ajax and Flash to create more dynamic web based applications.

Developed by Paul Colton, the Aflax technology is available as a library that enables developers to use JavaScript to fully utilize all of the features of Adobe's Flash runtime -- including graphics, networking, video and camera support.

How to : Make SlideShows using Ajax!!!!


I’ve been thinking about creating an AJAX-based slideshow for a while, and today it happened! Today I wrote my first line of code in this project (probably not the last one), but for the moment I feel very content with the results. The code is probably not perfect, but I’m going more for the concept here. The tweaking options are endless.

The idea came to me because I wanted a lightweight slideshow based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but I also wanted to separate the data of each page from the actual code that presents it. Therefore, I decided to move the data into an XML file and then use AJAX to retrieve it. The name AJAX-S is short for AJAX-Slides (or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML Slides, if you want to).

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How To: Use Ajax for Designing Purpose, For Designers!!!!


For some AJAX is marketing speak for something that has been around for years. For others, it is the salvation they have been looking for, for seemingly centuries. I would tell the former group that the latter group finally caught up, and you should revel in the growth of your new community and accept them with open arms. Snobbery really won’t help anyone.

Recently Jesse James Garrett from Adaptive Path wrote an article for the duo at Ok-Cancel called “Why AJAX Matters Now”. As usual Jesse is insightful and dead on about why AJAX has arrived. More aptly I would say that Jesse describes well why the world is now ready for
AJAX where earlier uses of the same technology had really no chance of taking off.

Jesse does still speak of AJAX’s arrival in his article, and while it is not such an important distinction, I would like to correct him and say that AJAX (as our former group notes above) has been around for a while, and that other environmental variables have been put in place to make AJAX consumable.

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