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Google's Imperfections

The ever-entertaining Nat talks about Google’s desktop search (for Windows), and says “Google shocked the world by releasing something highly imperfect.” Really? Google’s been imperfect a lot lately.

  • Have you tried using Gmail with Safari? It pops up three windows every time you click a link.
  • Orkut? Bad server, no donut. (Actually, the issues seem less bad the last few weeks.)
  • Blogger, and its lack of RSS feeds. (Yes, ok, there are Atom feeds. But they’re harder to find, with no icon showing by default. A Nudecybot also complains about the lack of categories.)

What Google did is that show us with care and attention, software can be so good you enjoy relying on it again. And that’s an impressive achievement. But they’re sure not perfect.