Friday, November 19, 2010

Google: 20 Things I Learned

Webmonkey contributor Michael Calore reviews on Google's newest book; Beautiful Websites: Google's Book of 20 Things. The tag line, or perhaps virtual book flap, promotes Google's 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web pronouncing "For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on." One of the things I learned today is a snarky message displays when the title is opened in an IE 8 browser sans a Google Chrome Frame plug in.

"This illustrated book was designed for HTML5-compliant browsers and will not work with your current browser. For the best viewing experience, please download a modern browser, or install the Google Chrome Frame plug-in and try launching this site again."

I spent a few minutes browsing through the book (it's rather cool the page actually appears to be moving in the browser) and was particularly interested in the chapters on browsers and privacy, identifying malicious URLs, and cloud computing. Written in a friendly, narrative format, this book is worth sharing. Luckily, there are convenient share options embedded into the book.

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