Have you ever worn a 37.25 USD T-Shirt?

UPDATE: It took a while, but Google eventually refunded me. See my post about that.

Apparently, I am going to be the “proud” owner of a 37.25 bucks Google Desktop T-Shirt.
The same T-Shirt I was suppose to get for free from Google and apparently, If you are outside of the USA they will ship it ONLY in UPS Express.

For god sake, can’t you just USPS it? Normal Air Mail?! it will cost like $7.
This is an amount of money that can be expected for a “FREE” T-Shirt.

Most of the T-Shirts in the GoogleStore cost ~12 dollars so shipping it in USPS will set you back around ~20 bucks. I thought Google have a LOT of money. I’m sure they could have taken the shipping costs on themselves.

The annoying thing is that I knew they might charge me for that (which is OK) but it never said in anywhere that I saw that it will be shipped in the MOST expensive way.

It better be from a fine material, not that scartchy cheap stuff they make most of the geek merchandising shirts of.

I’m pissed.

Goolge are not so bad after all!

The saga of the geeky Google Desktop T-Shirt continues

Do you remember my rant post about not being able to order my free Google Desktop T-Shirt that I got after submitting a Google Search API .NET Wrapper?

I’ve decided today that I’ll go to the GoogleStore again and try again.
I got in, enter the coupon code and it work. Oh what joy!

Expect to see me with my Geeky Google T-Shirt rollering around Tel Aviv on my newly bought K2 Exo 4.0 Rollerblades (I’m still a rollerblades virgin, so you’ll probably see me more on my ass than actually roller blading).

Google Maps API Finally Released
On another Google note, Google released their first version of the public API for Google Maps.
Now that’s something I’ve been waiting to see.

The only thing I find missing is the Search Ability they have in their own Maps site which enables you to write something like “Pizza Place, Washington D.C., USA” and get all Pizza places in Washington D.C..

They don’t expose it yet, but they do give a link to a query in Google for free geocoding sites that can give you geographic locations for streets and places.

I wonder if I can cook up a web site that will let you do a few things:

  1. Search for location using text queries (like “Pizza Place, Washington D.C., USA”) and show them on the map (similar to Google Maps)
  2. Let you add new places by marking them on the map, adding their address and some text to them and saving them to my database.
  3. Add a Web Service that will enable everyone to query my database.

What do you think?

My so called Google Desktop Search Plugin

If you remember, I talked in one of the previous posts about the Google Search API .NET Wrapper I wrote that includes a single coherent API for both Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS)?

I submitted it to the Google Deskop Search Plugin program almost a month ago and I just got an Email saying that it got in. You can check it out here.

How lovely :-)

The Email said I get a Google Desktop Search T-Shirt for free, but when I entered the site and entered the coupon code it said that there are no more T-Shirts like that available. Bummer.

I Emailed them and hopefully I’ll get a response soon. I’ll keep you posted if I’ll actually get a T-Shirt out of this.

Another thing I got was $20 for AdWords. Haven’t used it before but it looks interesting. Perhaps I’ll publish my other blog, Advanced .NET Debugging, through it.

Google’s Search APIs

I’ve been messing around lately with Google’s Search APIs including the Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS).

This is part of some experimentations I’m performing in regards to productivity and search engine/applications.

I’ve wrapped both GDS and GWS APIs in a nice .NET assembly (source code in C#). Both of them have the same interface and can generate the result as a .NET DataSet, as an XMLDocument and return the raw format that is being returns from both GDS (string) and GWS (their result structure).

I think its useful for people that wants to access both searches in the same API and integrate this into their applications.

So… here it is.

Click Here Download GoogleSearch assembly (both source and binary)

Enjoy and don’t forget to send feedback!