Google Timeline

Just discovered a cool feature of google search. I am sure I am the last person to find it, as I am usually a bit behind, but well … here it is anyway.  Google has a nice Timeline view of info about subjects. You can get this by adding a simple parameter and parameter value ( &tbs=tl:1) to the query string.

Google Address bar

when searching via Google, after entering your search text and running the search, if you modify the resulting HTTP query string and add in the parameter “tbs” and value “tl:1” , which looks like:  “&tbs=tl:1” and rerun that query (different depending on your browser but in most, if you just press the “Enter” key on your keyboard it will run it), you will then see a timeline like:

 

Google Timeline view

 

 

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Install Google’s Go programming language using a proxy

Installing the Go Programming Language is pretty easy, but can be a pain when done behind a firewall and there isn’t one page with all the information necessary. So, here is the one page.

For step: “$ sudo easy_install mercurial”

“mercurial” is probably already in your favorite distro, it is for debian at least. So instead of using the easy_install script, try your distro’s package management app. For debian, apt-get install mercurial did the trick.  If you insist on doing it manually, you might need a proxy statement in your env like:

export http_proxy=”http://user:pass@myproxy.example.com:1234/”

For step: “hg clone -r release https://go.googlecode.com/hg/ $GOROOT”

You should probably have an .hgrc file with proxy information in it, including the user name and password for the proxy (be sure to take the credentials out again after install, and only put em in when using hg again)

———– .hgrc with just the minimum necessary contents —————-
[http_proxy]
# Used to access web-based Mercurial repositories through a HTTP proxy.

host=myproxy:1234

passwd=mysecretpassword

user=myuser
——————————————————-

For step: “$ ./all.bash”

At the moment there are tests ran during the build, requiring network connectivity. There is discussion on the go-nuts mailing list about fixing it,  but until then removing “http” and “net” from tests in the make file:

$GOROOT/src/pkg/Makefile

will get you “Go”-ing again.

To do this, search for NOTEST and add entries “http\” and “net\” to the end, using tabs for the indentation. The complete list should look like the following when complete:
NOTEST=\
debug/proc\
exp/draw\
go/ast\
go/doc\
go/token\
hash\
image\
image/jpeg\
malloc\
rand\
runtime\
syscall\
testing/iotest\
xgb\
http\
net\

How do I get Google to look at (index) my web site

I get asked this a lot from my non-web savvy friends when they are making web site, and I can never remember what to tell them and then look …. well less than web savvy for sure.

Here is the place with the resources to get it happening:


http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools