Google, Google, Google, what did you do to my Chrome?

Okay. I’m a heavy user of Google Chrome. I use it ALL the time. Even on my iPhone. I just got used to opening up to the Chrome App page, but now on the desktop (Windows or Mac) when I open up Chrome now, I get this:

To get to the actual Chrome App page you gotta click that box of boxes; more on that below…

Okay, fine. Maybe this helps get people back to Google.com? Maybe? I don’t understand. But typing in the search box doesn’t even work. If I type in the box, it jumps up to the Omnibar. Now I love the Omnibar and in fact I prefer it to this janky screen with a box to type in… but if you acually try to type in it, you get this:

Why? Beats me?

About the same time they did this (because Google updates your browser all the time, which IS cool) the mucked up the Apps page, but is had been the default "home page". To get there now you gotta click the box of boxes thing, remember?

I have about 4 or 5 that I actually use, but I have a few more that I test/try and basically never use again. So used to keep the one I liked on the first row…. ESPECIALLY GMAIL!!! It usually looks something like this:

But now when open the Apps page, my GMail button (and others) jump to a place I didn’t wan them go to!

I guess I just call 1-800-GOOGLE-HELP…. Oh ya, sometimes free ain’t great….

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Multipath Networks wants to mix and match your broadband to give you a faster pipe

Interesting, but I’d be worried about combining a home FTTH/DSL/Cable unlimited broadband with a metered LTE connection. Seems like you’d get overages up the wazzu. The FAQ on Multipath’s website didn’t seem to help explain it much.

Gigaom

An Irish startup has launched an Indiegogo campaign that wants to help people make the most of their existing bandwidth by combining all of their connections together. This means your 6 Mbps DSL line and your 5 Mbps LTE connection could work together to give you 11 Mbps.

Justin Collery, the CEO and founder of Multipath Networks, offers a few other variations and benefits, such as getting a boost from sharing a connection with your neighbor, or getting around network disputes like what happened when CBS blocked Time Warner Cable customers from watching its content during a retransmission fight.

Multipath has built a router that retails for about $200 and can combine up to four connections to boost both the connection speed and the reliability of the resulting network. There’s also a $5 per month subscription fee after a free trial period that covers the cloud-based intelligence that makes the…

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Shocker: Anonymous Microsoft investors want to give Bill Gates the boot

I can understand how investors would want someone that’s full time in this role. Smaller companies tend to have chairman’s that sit on several boards, but the Cisco, HP and IBMs of the world tend to have full-time Chairman/CEOs.

Gigaom

Is it times for Bill Gates to go? Apparently some Microsoft shareholders think so.

For the 13 years since Gates ceded his CEO slot, he stayed on as chairman of the company he co-founded but spent the bulk of his time on philanthropic endeavors. During that time there was nary a whisper of complaint about that arrangement. No longer. Three of Microsoft’s top 20 major shareholders think Gates’ time is up, according to Reuters which did not name the discontented parties.

If true, this is big news since there are many inside and close to Microsoft who would love to see Gates back as CEO, now that Steve Ballmer has said he plans to leave that post within the year.

The gist, from Reuters;

The three investors are concerned that Gates’ presence on the board effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new…

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Great Job Oracle

so, ya. I’m job hunting again so what!? Anyway I go to check out Oracle’s to see what they got going:

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Great job guys! I’m I impressed that you’re trying to eat your own dog food? Meh… How about making sure it works!? What your up-time on your own software? And yes, I’m posting this because it didn’t work the first 3 or 4 times I tried it and yes, it was more than a few minutes between clicks. Come on guys! Get it together.

Passion Fruit Kit Kat

A few months back I was in Narita on my way back to the US and saw a huge Kit Kat box with 15 different flavors of Kit Kat:

  • Edamame-Soybean
  • Pear
  • Blueberry Cheese Cake
  • Shinshu Apple
  • Hot Japanese Chili
  • Brown Sugar Syrup
  • Strawberry Cheese Cake
  • Wasabi
  • Red Bean Sandwich
  • Cinnamon Cookie
  • Matcha-Green Tea
  • Hojicha-Roasted Tea
  • Citrus Golden Blend
  • Strawberry
  • Purple Sweet Potato

Most of these were pretty specific to Japan. Unfortunately most of them weren’t that good. Almost none of them were “regular chocolate” based, but white chocolate.

I think they are running out of flavors… Today in the 7-11 next to my apartment, I found Passion Fruit Kit Kat.