First Underwater Panoramas in Google Maps

Very exciting stuff (click on the images to go straight to the maps in Google):

Snorkelers in Oahu's Haunama Bay.

The first underwater panorama map from Google in the world, which is a quest which they have undertaken to become the first map makers to provide a comprehensive, accurate and usable map in the world.

Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fishfollow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset—just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year. You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online.

At the moment you can’t get too far deep into the water / reefs, however I’m sure once Google captures more imagery we’ll be able to explore the depths of the oceans with a couple of clicks of a mouse.

That’s pretty darn cool.

Mapping systems matter as they are the interface between online and offline worlds. We all know that Google is in direct competition with Apple—who will control the future of the mobile phone industry (where maps is an integral aspect of it’s ecosystem). You’ve seen all the speculation between Google and Apple maps on mobile phones. Apples strengths are of course it’s product design and retail marketing whilst Google’s strength is clearly information or geo data. Whoever can cover the whole globe comprehensively whilst providing an accurate and useful representation is likely to stay ahead.

If You’re Hated You’re Doing Something Right

There is truth in the saying if you’re in the middle then you’re just boring, neither here nor there. As I’ve grown and gained confidence in my understanding I’ve automatically ventured forth and shared my view on things.  I’ve been hated much more than I’ve been loved and you know what I’m fine with that.

I like those who like me….

Think about it:

  • If you’re popular you are doing something very wrong and that’s just being liked for the wrong reasons. You’re being what people want you to be.  Politicians are masters of the art.
  • Every great man or woman has been hated and not just by one person but by many others. They’ve been belittled, ostracized disrespected and abused both in public and private.

I have a strong sense that people wish they could be more like me, that they wish they had the guts to take a stand and express their real selves—yet they’ll will never own up to it. Understand that it’s in a haters blood to hate. It’s not that they hate you, but rather they hate themselves or hate others who have. The distaste a he/she has for you will only grow over time if you continue to suceed, so push forward.

If you’ve spent most of your life living in the boring middle ground try being hated for a change. Try voicing your opinion, taking a stand in what you believe in; there are countless situations in which you can apply this approach.

Mediocrity is boring.

You might not be liked but you’re sure to be respected.


Cookies Policy: A Simple Yet Necessary Feature

A snippet of how the Guardian educates their readersFrom your normal users to your power users, just about everyone knows what a cookie is. These days web surfers have become more aware about how sites use and store these small files within your web browser and especially with the amount of privacy talks you read about over the web one ought to understand their rights as a web surfer. We have all types of cookies, session cookies, performance cookies, tracking cookies and so on and so forth.

Some site use third party applications which set cookies that will be out of there control, however the universal rule should be giving the user (web surfer) all the control he / she can get during a session on their site. I’ve noticed this feature trending on major British News sites such as The Guardian and the BBC. The Guardian has a fantastic approach whereby they visually show you the areas on their site and which cookies it uses. The London Olypmics 2012 had a cookies policy as well. British Telcom  even gives users a chance to switch their settings via their cookies page, without having to go into your browser of choice—quite nifty indeed.

It’s about educating your users and having them feel comfortable about their privacy whilst surfing your site—with the users consent. I didn’t this policy or feature on CNN or Yahoo and other U.S. sites.

I can only wonder why they haven’t…


Interesting Http Requests—Jul. 26, 2012

Handpicked links that caught my eye.

Zynga Stock Dives on Loss: Down 40% from last years frenzy and IPO hype…

Google Stock For ZYNGA


PHP – The Right Way: There’s a lot of outdated information on the Web that leads new PHP users astray, propagating bad practices and bad code. This must stop. PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review: Excellent review, however extremely long for a quick read. Recommend to save for later and go through at your own leisure. See what Gruber and Marco had to say also.

The Coming Automatic, Freaky, Contextual World and Why We’re Writing a Book About it: Very interesting and extremely scary. App > File > Privacy > Save All Information (hahaha).

We will take on the fears of this new world and explain why users will end up giving over their most private of information. You will store everything you do in life in this system and, to most, that is extremely scary. Yes, these systems can even tell when you are having sex and, worse of all, will know what brands you like and where your favorite gas station is.

Still very exciting stuff, do check it out….

How Google is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind:  Creepy and a must read. For a Google-augmented life, you must grant the Googlebot unprecedented privileges to monitor your personal information and behavior.

You can follow me on Twitter @tech_blend for more short and interesting updates….

IE 6 Rant. Die Already..

I’d like IE to die, rather I’d like IE6 to die. Only because it’s a pain to design and develop for the worlds most hated browser—any developer will tell you that they curse IE6 at least a couple of times a month.

Can I not have a well structured CSS document without adequately supporting this browser as well? Meh, might I add we all love to write well structured code. Of course there are ways to get around the bugs and shortcomings of IE6 and IE7.

Yet it won’t:

As of May 2011, 10.9 percent of Internet users around the world were still using the outdated browser. Many of these users are in Asian and Arab countries. China has the the biggest user base with roughly 33% of Internet users accessing the Internet using IE6, and South Korea in second place with about 22%.

Most of the organizations that we create web pages for here in Pakistan have Windows XP installed with guess what? Default IE6 installed. Some people will install Firefoxcomm and Chrome, however most upper level management use the default IE6 to test the websites we create for them.


This is an age old rant and we’re all quite used to it already, just had to b!tch and moan about it. Ahhhh,I feel better already. We’re pretty much stuck, especially here in the Eastern world.

You do know that you can render IE in Chrome? Just use this extension.