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July 8, 2005

Google Hate / Google Love

After testing out the Google Web Accelerator and giving it (in my opinion) a fair chance I've decided to stop using it on all my computers. It really didn't live up to my expectations. First, I didn't see the promised speed increase and second, I didn't see the promised speed increase.

However, I did install the Google Toolbar for Firefox today. I took a look at the Options for it and I think I found something cool! They have this "extension" (for lack of a better term) called AutoLink that will make some information on a web page into linkable objects. For an intro see this page [google.com]. From the intro

For example, if you see a street address, you can click AutoLink and you will get a link to a map of that address. AutoLink works for:
  • Street Addresses
  • DHL, FedEx, UPS and USPS tracking numbers
  • Book or publication ISBN
  • Automobile VIN

I tested it out on some restaraunt's websites to see if it would recognize their addresses and most of the time it did. I there's some funny formatting, like a | (pipe) between the street address and city/state then it won't recognize the address. Obviously there needs to be some tweeking, but not bad for Beta.

Posted by Guy at July 8, 2005 3:55 PM