Google Chrome advert man must be very confused @#*%£!

June 6th, 2011 by Adrian


You may have noticed recently that Google have been advertising their Chrome browser on TV. The advert I saw showed a chap called Edward Lewis (fictional I presume) sending emails to his newly born daughter, Hollie. All very cute and sentimental, ahhhh. If you didn’t see it you can watch it on YouTube here.

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But you have to feel sorry for poor Mr Lewis (who is doing his best to provide his little girl with a valuable commentary of her early years), because at every turn Google are out to mess with his mind!

First of all he creates a new gMail account for Hollie with the username ‘dear.hollie’, only to find she already has 32 emails waiting for her in her inbox!

Secondly, he has been busy recording special moments of Hollie on his trust camcorder and diligently uploading them to YouTube for her to watch when she is older. We see him logged in to YouTube as ‘Edwardlewis599′ and he has already uploaded 11 clips.

Edwardlewis599 YouTube account

But, when we visit his YouTube page ALL his videos have been removed!!

Edwardlewis599 has no videos available.

Thirdly, at 42 seconds in, we see Mr Lewis trying to find where he needs to take his princess for her ‘First Day At School’. Obviously, not wanting to turn up at the wrong place he does a search using the Chrome browser address bar for ‘Park Road Primary School’.

Park Road Primary School

Luckily for Mr Lewis, the school he is looking for is top of the Google search results. However, for us, we find four different Park Road Primary Schools

And the school that Mr Lewis finds has obviously been taken in to special measures and then closed by OFSTED! Poor Hollie.

But to be honest, it’s lucky he ever found the school on her first day anyway. As Google Maps tells him that the school is located at 10 Park Road, NW4 84W.

Google Map

Anyone that lives in the NW4 postcode area of London will be able to tell you that they live in Hendon, near the end of the M1 motorway, not Ealing, which is where Google Maps is trying to take him.

Weymouth Ave

In fact, Google Maps doesn’t take poor Edward to Park Road at all. It takes him to Weymouth Ave in Ealing, a whole 9.2 miles (21 minutes) away. Me thinks Hollie is going to be late!

(Interestingly, there is also a Weymouth Ave in Barnet, just north of Hendon.)

A quick drag of the little yellow man on to the map reveals what the school looks like …

Hollie's new school

Very impressive!!!

Whereas, on Street Map what we see is …

Weymouth Ave on Street Map

Not quite as impressive. :-(

Maybe Hollie is actually meant to go to Little Ealing Primary School instead, there has just been an administrative error somewhere along the line …

Little Ealing Primary School

Ok, let’s suspend disbelief for a little while longer and assume Mr Lewis knows where he has to take his daughter.

Next we see a lovely photo of lovely Hollie with all her school bags ready to go. At the top we can see that he has geotagged the photo with the latitude and longitude …

Hollie in geotagged photo,-4.064941

Let’s find out where Edward and Hollie Lewis live. Yikes! They live in the middle of the Irish Sea!

The Irish Sea

That’s 223 miles away (according to Google Earth) as the crow flies.

I definitely think she is going to be late now!

All he needs now is Google Teleporter to get her there for registration.


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HexoSearch – A Search Engine Dedicated to Actionscript

December 21st, 2009 by Adrian


HexoSearch – The World’s First Search Engine Dedicated to Actionscript

I know this has been around for quite a long time now, but I had kinda forgotten about it. It is a seach engine that is set-up specifically to search ActionScript related sites for your search term. This can be better than just using Google because it helps filter out all the non-actionscript content for you.

You can also add HexoSearch directly into your browser.

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Search for images using Firefox Add-on PicLens

April 3rd, 2008 by Adrian

I recently discovered a Firefox Add-on called PicLens (created by a company called Cooliris) that nicely displays image search results in a seamless scrolling 3D space, and then allows you to view them as a slidshow. See screengrabs below …

It runs very smoothly and I am impressed with it’s ease of use. You can search Google Images, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo, Facebook and many more.

They also have a WordPress plugin that I haven’t tried yet, but will check out soon.

I recommend you take a look at it.

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