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Fuck a gsync.


libcrypt, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 20:44 (twelve years ago) link

Microsoft Lookout!

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

I don't really hate Google, but come on, isn't there SOME kind of global event ID that you can use here?

libcrypt, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 20:56 (twelve years ago) link

This may as well be in Braille for all the sense it makes to me.

VeronaInTheClub, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 21:44 (twelve years ago) link

The problem is that I set up both my Blackberry and Outlook to sync with Google Calendar, so that I could get Outlook events into gcal and gcal (non-default calendar) events into the Blackberry. There's obviously some kind of positive feedback loop here:

Blackberry <-> Gcal <-> Outlook <-> Exchange <-> Blackberry

Somewhere in there, events are passing thru as "new", since obviously there's either no global event ID or it's being stripped or ignored, keeping unnecessary duplication from occurring.

If gsync simply would allow either my Blackberry OR Outlook to sync ONLY a non-default calendar, I could probably cut the loop that's causing the duplication.

libcrypt, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

BusyMac might be in that loop too, but I don't think so, since my events appear to have multiplied since I've been w/o Mac in LA (and BusySync is on only an OFF Mac).

libcrypt, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 22:08 (twelve years ago) link

Seeing if turning off 2-way sync helps.

libcrypt, Tuesday, 12 August 2008 22:26 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

I wish synonyms were a special feature and not the default behavior for google search. these days if you search for oprah reptile meal periodical without quotes, you get results that include "lizard" but not "reptile", "food" but not "meal", and "journal" but not "periodical". it's not very helpful when you have very specific search terms in mind. you used to be able to search for +oprah +reptile +meal +periodical, but google got rid of the plus operator many months ago, and now you have to either surround each search term in quotes (cumbersome) or use the Verbatim tool (useful, but why is it a buried features that you only see if you click "show search tools"?).

I'm also butthurt that you can't access search settings and advanced search (on my browser, anyways) without logging into your google account, web history is turned on by default, Instant is turned on by default, and when you have Instant on, you can't view more than 10 results per page. I set this as my homepage (Instant off, Verbatim on, 100 results per page, safe search off) as my homepage, but it's a lot of hassle just to make google as useful as it was a few years ago.

barman's bar mitz (unregistered), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:41 (eight years ago) link

thought about starting a "rolling butthurt about google search" thread, but can't be bothered

barman's bar mitz (unregistered), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:44 (eight years ago) link

Yeah Ive had this happen too, and in my case the word wasnt even a synonym, the algotrithm made an assumption the word was another word (same spelling diff meaning) and just completely fubared my results. I wish I could remember what word it was nowbut feck that was annoying.


Pureed Moods (Trayce), Thursday, 24 May 2012 03:21 (eight years ago) link

ok not google but new thing about FACEBOOK i really hate; when someone messages you it tells them whether you've "Seen" the message, so if u don't reply they know you're ignoring them! WTF DUDE!? i perpetually ignore like 6 sociopaths/clingy people on fb do i have to delete them now?

flopson, Thursday, 24 May 2012 03:25 (eight years ago) link

...cant say Ive ever seen that happen and I used the priv message thing on fb a bit.

Pureed Moods (Trayce), Thursday, 24 May 2012 03:28 (eight years ago) link

the algotrithm made an assumption the word was another word (same spelling diff meaning)

same spelling, different meaning? I'm pretty hard on google, but I don't expect the algorithm to be able to differentiate between dog bark and tree bark. or maybe you mean something else...

barman's bar mitz (unregistered), Thursday, 24 May 2012 03:28 (eight years ago) link

No I did mean that but yeah thats fair I suppose. I guess I assumed it would work on context as well. Or well, NOT DO IT AT ALL.

Pureed Moods (Trayce), Thursday, 24 May 2012 04:35 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

how could they get rid of the "translated foreign pages" feature? that was so useful!

you can still go to translate.google.com and type (or copy/paste) a foreign-language website URL and it will display it translated into English

Lee626, Sunday, 7 July 2013 15:33 (seven years ago) link

of course you can still do that, but now it's harder to find the right foreign-language websites in the first place. with Translated Foreign Pages, you could enter a search term (say, "u-boot kapitän") in your language of choice, and google would present you with a list of sites (sorted by language) that contained the foreign-language equivalent of that term (i.e. all English language pages containing the term "submarine captain", all Spanish language pages containing the term "capitán de submarino", etc.). now the only way you can get all those results is by running the term "u-boot kapitän" through google translate and then doing a bunch of separate google searches for all the translated terms. needless extra work, y'know?

didn't know it could do that

Lee626, Monday, 8 July 2013 05:03 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

oh, fuck you for getting rid of your news archive search. did you think I wouldn't notice?

when skrillex just stood there (unregistered), Friday, 20 December 2013 00:24 (six years ago) link


now if you want to search for articles older than 30 days, your only options are to do a date-filtered web search (which doesn't limit your results to news sources) or to do a site-specific search for Google News (which yields only a fraction of the expected results — why only 73 hits for site:google.com/newspapers 'scott stapp'?). the archive apparently still exists, but there's no longer an effective way to search it, which is just baffling.

when skrillex just stood there (unregistered), Friday, 20 December 2013 00:29 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

was "working" on a Google Docs spreadsheet when I got this message:

Pardon the interruption
Copying and pasting requires the free Google Drive web app. This lets us access your clipboard so you can cut, copy and paste.

like, for fuckin' real?

Nhex, Friday, 21 February 2014 17:28 (six years ago) link

yeah, that's some bullshit. for some reason I thought it was no longer possible to use Google Docs at all unless you had the software installed, but it's not something I use regularly.

my latest gripe is that they removed the blog and discussion searches from the main search page (they used to be under the More dropdown menu). the blog search is still accessible if you click Apps -> More -> Even More in the upper righthand corner, but the discussion search isn't listed anywhere, although you can still access it at https://www.google.com/?tbm=dsc. I don't understand why Google keeps demoting/deleting useful search tools.

his eye is on the sbarro (unregistered), Friday, 21 February 2014 18:34 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

apparently Google disabled the discussion search entirely over the past few days. now it just says "Your search could not be completed with the requested search options. Reset search tools" when you try to search for something. c'mon google, sort it out!

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Sunday, 20 July 2014 01:31 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

now you get a 404 error when you go to google.com/blogsearch or follow the Blog Search link on the Google Products page. you can still access the blog search function at http://www.google.com/?tbm=blg, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they get rid of it entirely.

unregistered, Thursday, 14 August 2014 03:56 (six years ago) link

unregistered doing god's work bumping this thread tbh

heck (silby), Thursday, 14 August 2014 06:08 (six years ago) link

Old complaint, but Google, this isn't the same web search as the one I'm attempting to enter.


pplains, Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:16 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

grievance #9764390463: they finally got rid of the old google maps layout. now when you select the "return to classic google maps" option, you get a layout called Lite Mode, which suffers from most of the drawbacks of the default layout: the map panel is laggy and slow to load, the directions sidebar is minimized by default, the sidebar layout is ugly and inconvenient (the font size is too big for the narrow input fields, and you have to click the back button to revise your directions), there's no way to rearrange the order of your via points, the Get Directions button is gone (now it automatically gives you a new set of directions every time you add a new via point), and you can't print the directions without also printing the map. worst of all, the steps in the directions are collapsed by default, so you have to click every little > just to see the full list. once again, google has replaced a decent, fully functional UI with sleek, stylish, inoperable garbage. I hate google.

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:20 (five years ago) link

I've gotten to the point where I use Google only for the Street View, but Bing Maps for everything else.

pplains, Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:34 (five years ago) link

I'll also add Google's still the one to use to see boundaries of a county or city, but that's it.

pplains, Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:34 (five years ago) link

hmm, it never even occurred to me to use bing maps. but it seems to be a faithful ripoff of the old google maps layout (weird/blurry cartography aside), so I'll give it a try.

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:41 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

now you get a 404 error when you go to google.com/blogsearch or follow the Blog Search link on the Google Products page. you can still access the blog search function at http://www.google.com/?tbm=blg, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they get rid of it entirely.

― unregistered, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:56 PM (1 year ago)

I guess I'm the only one who cares about this anymore, but google discontinued its blog search operator as of December 2015, so google.com/?tbm=blg now just redirects to the main google search engine. why do you keep sabotaging yourself, google, why?

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:03 (four years ago) link

I had never heard of/used it.

Jeff, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:17 (four years ago) link

it was a godsend during the mp3 blog era

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:18 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

google jettisons another useful product, update #6395744:


Thanks for stopping by.

Google Showtimes was discontinued on November 1, 2016. You can now discover showtimes on the search results page by searching for the name of the movie you want to see or try searching for the word “movies” to discover what’s in theaters.


The Google Showtimes team

so instead of navigating to a single webpage with all the showtimes for all the theaters in your area, you now have to either google a movie title individually or google the word 'movies', which produces a clunky sidescrolling list of titles that you can click on one by one to display showtimes. is this 'progress'?

memories of a cruller (unregistered), Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:31 (four years ago) link

Didn't realize this was a separate product, just thought it was one of those google.com tweaks they did for stuff like sports schedules

Nhex, Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:14 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

neat, it's no longer possible to search for images within a narrow size range unless you click through to advanced image search. until recently the GIS toolbar included a wide range of options (larger than 800x600, larger than 1024x768, etc.), but now it's been pared down to large/medium/icon, which is the way it was in...idk, 2005? the exact size filter has also been removed for the toolbar, though you can get the same results by manually appending "imagesize:666x666" to your search. the "face" and "photo" options have also been removed from the image type dropdown menu, and the "full color" option has been removed from the color menu. great work, dudes: I can't wait to see what basic search feature you'll be eliminating next.

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Saturday, 7 September 2019 09:54 (one year ago) link

Yes, I noticed this. Also they have now sabotaged verbatim search to make it unusable, so have had to disable my previously lifesaving "default to verbatim" plugin. Switching to duckduckgo, which isn't perfect by any means, but it will do.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:00 (one year ago) link

I don't use duckduckgo very often, but from what I've seen it's even worse than google with regard to verbatim searches -- i.e. I'll put two phrases in quotes and the very first result might only include one of the terms, whereas with google at least the first few results will include both terms. maybe I need to mess around with it more, idk. on the plus side duckduckgo seems to pull up a smaller proportion of junk/spam/content farm pages than google does

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:24 (one year ago) link

Problem with google verbatim now is poor quality of results, it gives you weird wikipedia mirrors and results I obviously do want go missing completely, not sure if it has been left to fester or if this a ploy to stop people using it or a bit of both.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:44 (one year ago) link

Image search has been unusable for years now, bing is better but is also starting to get worse

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:46 (one year ago) link

why do you keep sabotaging yourself, google, why?

I was wondering this as well. The google ‘news’ function isn’t as good as it used to be searching historical news stories. They’ve also discontinued google trips, which enabled you to have reservations and maps and guides stored in a single app.

I was wondering if they get nervous about being challenged on competition grounds if their wider products disrupt other markets too successfully.

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 7 September 2019 12:47 (one year ago) link

So many things you can't do on an Android app but can do on a desktop. Eg Gmail - download all attachments to drive, Google Photos - I had this all set up nicely so I could access my husband's photos via Drive and now they stopped syncing so I can't just view 'his' photos on my phone without a load of faff, whereas on PC I can go to 'sharing partners' or w/ever.

I have moaned about Google Maps before but usually when I open the app on my phone it tells me I need location switched on to continue, but I don't, and this takes about three extra clicks to get rid of.

kinder, Saturday, 7 September 2019 13:43 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Lately, about ... 35% .... of the time I search for something on Google, I get a screen that just looks like this:


pplains, Sunday, 8 December 2019 16:23 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...

is there any way to display the number of results for a Google Books search, or has that feature been removed for good?

it probably doesn't matter anyways, since the results are limited for no discernible reason. if you search for "tip of my tongue" without a date filter, you get 10 pages of results, but it gives you a "your search did not match any book results" prompt if you go beyond page 6. if you search for the same term but limit the date range to 2010 to 2013, you get 5 pages of results and a "did not match" prompt after page 4. and for some reason the number of results will vary depending on whether you sort them by date or relevance. I don't think it was always that bad, but maybe I just have a rosy view of the past

stop trying to make fetch the bolt cutters happen (unregistered), Monday, 11 May 2020 23:30 (six months ago) link

have you tried

meisenfek, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:51 (six months ago) link

thanks -- the advanced search does have more features, but unfortunately you still get the same limited number of results when you search for a term within the text of the books

stop trying to make fetch the bolt cutters happen (unregistered), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:05 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

nice , it looks like google just crippled another of its products :D:D:D:D:D

until recently the results page for google groups (google's usenet search engine) looked like this:


each result would have the subject line and group name on one line, and beneath that would be a decent-sized snippet containing your search terms, similar to the regular google web search

in the new layout, the subject lines, group names, and snippets are crammed into a single line for each result:


some of the snippets are as short as five words long and don't even include the search terms, making it difficult to determine which results are relevant without clicking through to the messages. until recently you could revert back to the "classic" (i.e. functional) layout, but that's no longer possible

it's kinda sad that I've been bumping this thread for eight years, but the hits just keep on comin'

unregistered, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:17 (one week ago) link

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