Google Nose Hacks


I was playing around with the Google Nose (beta) tool and found a really nice hack. I found that the in the namespace oils can be reversed which is not documented.

So if you code


for instance you get a sharp smell of cheese. I haven’t really found the complete list of constant you can use here, not all numbers are in use but a lot of them make really cool smells.

I have asked on stackoverflow for the complete list of constants.

D66 subsite gehacked?

Ik surfde naar een D66 subsite en kreeg de volgende melding van Google:


Meestal… krijg ik die melding op een van mijn sites als er via een of andere weg weer een onverlaat een manier heeft gevonden om e.g. javascript inserts in te voegen (maar ik moet zeggen… het laatste jaar is me dat niet meer gebeurd, ik heb de security danig vergroot).

Ik zal eens iemand tweeten (was net bezig met )

update: gefixed :)

Geni merges with MyHeritage WOW!


I’m still glad that I’m on top of things on the Internet like I wrote 2 days ago about promoting “Gangnam Style“. Now this… I predicted this more than 1.5 years ago…

26 september 2006 – before it started I was looking for a sort of Google Genalogy (read it!) which would show you with every person the relation you have to that person (so the blood relation not the “friends relation”), since in the end… everyone is family of everyone else (true wether you believe in the bible or in dna). It seemed like an awesome idea.

14 january 2007 – then… 5 months later…  Geni launced (read it!), where … everyone can add anyone and slowly you can see with everyone on the planet how you are connected to that person (in bloodlines). I have added my family to it. I posted some more blogs about new features in Geni…

19 februari 2011 – then… the problem became that a lot of people were joining another large service “myheritage” … so on februari 2011 (!!) I wrote “Social Family: Geni or MyHeritage?”  (read it!) which I ended with “Companies: PLEASE MERGE!” (because I can’t maintain 2 large trees in 2 systems which are the same and different).

28 november 2012 – and now… 28 november 2012 it seems … I am an Internet visionary because I got the following e-mail:

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Google Glasses


During Google IO, Sergey Brin gave a demonstration of the much buzzed Google’s Project Glass. His friend JT jumped out of an airplane  and the audience could follow the sky via Google+. The glasses contain a touchpad, a microphone, small speakers a gyroscope, accelerometers and a compass.

It will be available for € 1500 early next year.

It’s amazing how Google again has “the coolest thing around”. In a year or two I can go to the zoo with my kids and stream everything live on my Google+ account meetup so my family can join us. While I look around, I will see via layers information about all the animals and  a gps map of the zoo. While I walk around I hear in my headphone various family and friends talking and I can see their faces on my glasses, I can talk back to them while being there. While walking I have a little screen where I can watch the show I missed that day before. When I look around I see above the heads of people their social network stream and profile. I suddenly see someone who is fan of Keith Laumer and decide to send him an invite first, I then talk to him. Great to have instant meet-ups. 

The next day I drive to a new work location and I realize that I never used the build-in gps before, I now see the road and the directions projected in my glasses including traffic information and layers of information via the TomTom app for GG. in the bottom right I scroll through the news of that day after which I switch to the streaming news update. When I enter the building  I see a summary of the people that are in there including their distance in my social network. I don´t need to ask directions, the glasses guide my to the place that was sent to me in my mail. While I scroll to my mail and read the meeting summary I see the Linkin profiles of the people in the meeting. And while walking I see someone who also works at my company, above his head it shows he knows some colleagues of mine also so I say hi to him (I always forget names so I can not even live anymore without these glasses). When I enter the meeting coffee is already ready because it picked up my preferences from my coffee meeting app. On my left eye a powerpoint presentation is shown. while I have a calculator in the bottom right (yes, all transparant 30%). A cool new app I downloaded in my glasses is called “cold-reading-app”, the basic version recognizes 10 basic emotions of people but the pro version even shows you advanced information on people’s wishes while it uses some intelligence to mix it with information from their social network. So when I have to react to a question the app shows me 10 choices of answers, 5 funny and 5 serious. It also shows the answer it expects  from that person and the reaction which I will give after that. Pretty handy, could not live without it. I pose the joke and the app calculated it right: it matched with the situation and baselined with all the people present.

I leave and a skype message for GG pops up. It is my kid, he saw that the meeting was over from my shared agenda, so he decided to call me, I can see that he is in a football match, so I coach him while he is running on the field (extra durable GG glasses). I bought him the football pro app, which display lines in front of him and calculates, based on the stats of other players, the best route to score a point (I spend months developing smart algorithms for the team).

On the GG lifehacker app I read that Apple and Samsung are planning to release some new glasses with integrated projectors. That seems cool, so you can then project a window what you see on any surface, Much like having a TV we used to have back then, more than a year ago. I arrive at home and see my dungeon (I bought the dungeon template for $40 for the augmented pro app). Some orcs attack me, so I draw my sword and slay them and enter my dungeon. My house now knows I am at home and turns on all devices.

My wife is reading a e-book and watching a movie on the left lens. I turn on the layers for wild nights app and she turns on hers.

What a great day (and night)

The Google + Social Network

So… let me see how Google’s new social network looks like.


The first thing I read and saw in the instruction video are the circles. You can drag people into circles. Which means that you can set up a sort of tags on people and make all kinds of relational groups.

This is pretty handy to make interest groups.

  1. The problem here is more or less how I will name my circles. E.g. I have 4 friends which I want to group because we often do activities together. But we never gave ourselves “a name”, so I have to think on some funny labels for some collections of contacts.
  2. Another problem is that I have not really organized my contacts well, so I have multiple time the same person here and I have a big @todo to merge contacts into one being
  3. Another thing I notice is that none of them carry an avatar. I assume I can add this somewhere to make it more graphical but I have not found out where
  4. When my amount of circles begin to grow I would like to color them in different colors and also group them in topics


I dragged some family to the circle “family” and noticed that each circle also has a stream:


In my family stream I can add pictures, movies, links and my location, I can also share my message via e-mail to this complete group. This is pretty nifty when using my phone and share some pictures with my family. Streams can also be added in tabs, so you can have access to them quickly.

One cool thing is that I can also activate my webcam and have live chat with my stream in a so called hangout.

Let me first complete my profile and create some circles now and drag some people in it to uncover more functionality, this seems pretty handy to use with a phone.