How to Add Google to Firefox in Linux Mint as Default Search Engine

In Firefox on Linux Mint, Google is not in the default list of search engines. Linux Mint has its criteria for adding search engines while Google seems not in those suggested by Linux Mint because “Amongst commercial search engines, only the ones which share with Linux Mint the revenue Linux Mint users generate for them are included by default” while Google seems not share revenue with Linux Mint. » Read more

Google PageRank Update 2011

Update 3: sees minor PageRank updates on November 8, 2011. For example, some tooles and some posts get PageRank of 3 from 0. Update: Confirmed that Google updates the PageRank in toolbar on November 8 2011. Update 2: Google updates the PageRank in toolbar on August 05 2011. Update 1: Google updates the PageRank in toolbar on July 18 2011. » Read more

Verifying WordPress Blogs with Google Webmasters

Note: this may not be working anymore with latest WordPress and Google Webmasters. Considering this as a historical reference. Google Webmasters gives two methods for verification: Meta tag and HTML file. The meta tag method can not be used for ones that do not have the permission to upload plugins. And usually theses users such as me on do not have the permission to upload files to the root directory either. » Read more

Using Google Apps Account for GTalk in Pidgin

I believe many users are using pidgin and google apps. Google apps support Google Talk. Can we use it in Pidgin? The answer is yes. How to use Google apps account for Google Talk in Pidgin will be introduced in this post. Let’s use my email address as the exapmle: eric[at] First add a new account in Pidgin. The configure the new account like this: Basic Tab: Protocol: XMPP Username: eric (First half of Email address) Domain: (Second half of Email address) Resource: gmail.comAdvanced Tab: Connect port: 5222 Connect server: File transfer proxies:       » Read more

Colossus: Successor to the Google File System (GFS)

Colossus is the successor to the Google File System (GFS) as mentioned in the recent paper on Spanner on OSDI 2012. Colossus is also used by spanner to store its tablets. The information about Colossus is slim compared with GFS which is published in the paper on SOSP 2003. There is still some information about Colossus on the Web. Here, I list some of them. » Read more