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Google Maps: Boston Street View

It was announced yes­ter­day that Google Maps’ Street View comes to more cities, includ­ing Boston. So nat­u­rally, I looked up our pre­vi­ous apart­ment in Cam­bridge, MA. The weird thing is that myself, and our friends/upstairs neigh­bors Tyler and Sarah are pictured!

Creepier!

We’re hav­ing our mov­ing sale, and that’s my Saab in the fore­ground. I can prob­a­bly peg the date taken to August 11th or 12th, 2007 – the week­end before we moved.

Click the photo to see notes, look at it big, or check it out on Google Maps your­self. I am a lit­tle creeped out.

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Prioritizing RSS Feeds

Now that I’m work­ing full-time (more on that soon), I don’t have as much time to loll about and read every­thing that comes into my RSS reader. Rather than unsub­scrib­ing from all of the triv­ial stuff, why not cre­ate a “high pri­or­ity” label in Google Reader, and apply it to the “can’t miss” feeds? Matt Wood explains this strat­egy on 43 Fold­ers:

Noth­ing wrong with keep­ing a long list of other labels, (sports, nyc, pho­tos, etc.), but by adding this new label, it’s easy to pri­or­i­tize the impor­tant feeds. Then, when I get time, I can catch up on Julia and Jakob.

Gmail Adds IMAP Support

Via the Offi­cial Google Blog:

Gmail adds IMAP sup­port
“Are you guys ever going to do IMAP?” Well now I can say: Yes. Yes, we are doing IMAP. In fact, we are doing it for you for free on all devices and platforms.

This is great news, espe­cially for iPhone users, (instruc­tions here). Now, you can keep your mail account synched between mul­ti­ple com­put­ers and devices.

UPDATE: Derek makes a good point about some advanced mail set­tings on the iPhone – make sure to align your Drafts, Sent, and Trash folders.

Google Acquires Jaiku

I don’t know many Amer­i­cans that use Jaiku, a Twit­ter–like ser­vice that allows you to micro-post your day from the web, or mobile phone. But, with the announced acqui­si­tion of the Finnish com­pany by Google, I bet more will take a look.

A Q&A on the deal is avail­able on the Jaiku site, but they are freez­ing new sign-ups for now.

Google Kwanzaa

google kwanzaaHappy Hol­i­days, from Google. If you search for cer­tain end-of-the year hol­i­days, you get fes­tive bor­ders on the Google results page, (look between the results and text ads)

Are there more?

Google Secure Access client

Jeez, Google is branch­ing out in to all kinds of new busi­nesses… the lat­est is a ven­ture to pro­vide the world with a secure WiFi con­nec­tion, espe­cially use­fule in pub­lic places.

Dubbed Google Secure Access, it pro­vides a free VPN con­nec­tion to Google. Some observers are already ques­tion­ing Google’s com­mit­ment to user pri­vacy, which gives pause — but, I for one, would love such a ser­vice. Too bad the down­load is avail­able only for WIndows.