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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Google X

Hover and ye shall find.

The Google Labs now show the new Google X (I had some problems connecting to this with Firefox, whereas Internet Explorer worked fine).

Google X shows Google’s main search categories – like Google web search, Groups, Froogle, Local – on top of the search box as icons. You can then enter your query below, and click on any of the “mystery meat” icons (they will expand when you mouseover them, and unfortunately hide their title until then), to directly get to the search results.

This is a nice idea reminiscent of how Mac OS X lets you access programs at the bottom of the screen. Fittingly, the Google X page ends with a rhyme:

“Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you.”

Google employee Chikai Ohazama, who created Google X, says this new Google Labs offspring was a “fun late-night coding jaunt” to help him “learn Javascript & DHTML.” (DHTML is a cross-breeding of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, responsible for animations and such.) And it looks like it was another one of those 20% projects; all Googlers are requested to spend 20% of their time, one week-day, on side projects they personally like.


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