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Hi, I'm Joris Roebben, an online enthusiast from Antwerp (Belgium) and co-founder of bakerMEN. On this blog you can read my personal musings and online encounters. Feel free to skip the boring parts and don't hesitate to join the conversation. Enjoy!

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20 January 2009 5 Comments

Google favicons, a history…

Since almost two weeks, Google uses a new favicon. It’s the second time in less than one year Google changes its favorites icon:

Google favicon 1

This classic favicon was used for almost 8 years.

Google favicon 2

In May 2008, the favicon was changed for the first time ever. The protest was immense and in June 2008, Google started to encourage users to submit their own favicon suggestions.

Google favicon 3

In January 2009, a final new favicon was deducted from all user suggestions. Once again, the reactions are not exactly enthusiastic. But I’m sure we’ll get used to it…

Since the last update, the GMail favicon has unfortunately disappeared completely , but the Google Analytics favicon still stands… for now.

GMail favicon

Google Analytics favicon

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14 November 2008 5 Comments

Hey YouTube, I don’t want to search before watching an embedded video!

As YouTube stated, almost 44% of all YouTube videos are watched embedded on other websites. No need to say the YouTube guys are looking for ways to seduce those embedded viewers into watching more videos and thus spending more indirect time on YouTube.

And that’s why in the beginning of november a few new features were launched, including a search box at the end of the video you just watched:

YouTube embedded search box at the end of the movie

Smart and handy if you ask me. I’m sure this extra feature will increase the time users spend watching YouTube videos. But today I saw a little variation I haven’t been able to reproduce yet. On a page with three different embedded YouTube movie, one of the three had a search box added to the player at the beginning of the movie (hey, I don’t want to start a search before watching the video…). I don’t know whether it was just a test or something they plan to roll out in the near future. It looks something like this:

YouTube embedded search box at the start of the movie

Looks strange, doesn’t it? Maybe you can reproduce it or know something more about it. So far, I found several articles and posts about a search box at the end of the movie, but I didn’t manage to find one about a search box before the movie starts…

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22 September 2008 3 Comments

The battle of the search engines

One way to decide the battle of the big three search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Live Search) is this one:

Google vs. Yahoo!:

Google vs. Live Search:

Yahoo! vs. Live Search:

You can vote on Search Engine Rap Battle.

3 September 2008 0 Comments

YouTube anno 1985

What most people don’t know is that YouTube has been around for ages. Even in 1985 everyone could create an account, upload his own movies and enjoy the biggest video collection in the world:


2 September 2008 6 Comments

The Google Chrome browser countdown has begun

Google Chrome browser logoIn a few hours, Google will launch the first version of Google Chrome, an open source browser, powered by Google. The rumors have been around for a long time and there were even moments when Google denied they were working on a Google browser. But today, a little earlier than expected, a mail containing a comic book about Google Chrome was sent to a few Google minded bloggers. As a result, Google made an official statement confirming the imminent launch of Google Chrome.

Apparently, Google took the best elements of all browsers available and mixed them into what they hope to be the ultimate browsers. I can’t wait to give it a try. And there’s more, all code will be made open source. I know which page I’m going to check first thing tomorrow morning…

Google Chrome browser

Another small step for Google towards total internet domination ;-)

26 August 2008 1 Comment

Facebook hits the 100 million users

Earlier today Facebook was proud to announce its 100th million user. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social networking site announced it himself on the Facebook blog:

Facebook not really protecting your privacy

We hit a big milestone today — 100 million people around the world are now using Facebook. This is a really gratifying moment for us because it means a lot that you have decided that Facebook is a good, trusted place for you to share your lives with your friends. So we just wanted to take this moment to say, “thanks.”

We spend all our time here trying to build the best possible product that enables you to share and stay connected, so the fact that we’re growing so quickly all over the world is very rewarding. Thanks for all your support and stay tuned for more great things in the future.

Trends indicate that Facebook is now growing faster than rival MySpace that counts more than 200 million users. It took Facebook four and a half years to hit the magic number of 100 million users while MySpace did it in just 3 years.

The new Facebook design that was launched a few weeks ago seems to be a big success (?) since more than 20% of the users has already adopted the new interface.

1 August 2008 2 Comments

Del.icio.us becomes Delicious.com

As from today, you can enjoy the redesign from del.icio.us to delicious.com. It all looks a little smoother (finally) and the main changes are explained in this small YouTube movie:

Too bad they changed the old domain name, I really liked it…

19 July 2008 0 Comments

“Here’s Google!!!” – The Googling

The Googling is a series of terrifying YouTube videos by The Vacationeers, warning us about the dangers of Google. It’s funny, but in a way, it really makes you think as well. But judge yourself:

The Googling Part I: Google Maps

The Googling Part II: Google Moon


15 July 2008 0 Comments

WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” released

As from today WordPress 2.6 is available, almost 1 month ahead of schedule. This version is called WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” after jazz pianist McCoy Tyner and it contains a few new features that have to make WordPress a more powerful Content Management System (CMS):

Check all new features here.

18 June 2008 1 Comment

Googolopoly: Monopoly, the next generation

Monopoly 2.0, Googolopoly by box.net:


Download your own version of Googolopoly.