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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Why Google PR is quirky -- Google PR bug

Recently I have been informed that the PageRank provided by pagerankstatus, a Firefox extension is different from official Google Toolbar. Since, I have been slightly involved with the development of this extension, I have studied the reason behind it.

Example
Target site: http://benmccann.com/
Pagerankstatus's PR: 4
Official Google Toolbar's PR: 0
Reason: Google's bug
Analysis

Pagerankstatus

What pagerankstatus requests: ...features=Rank:FVN...
What Google returns: Rank_1:1:4
Official Google Toolbar (IE)
What Google Toolbar requests: ...features=Rank:...
What Google returns: Rank_1:1:0
Official Google Toolbar (FF)
What Google Toolbar requests: ...features=Rank...
What Google returns: Rank_1:1:0
Google info XML file: ...info:...
PR inside XML file: 4 (
This might be the right PR. Same as of pagerankstatus.)

Conclusion (Google bug)

Official Google Toolbar has downgraded the category/directory option; that's why now not sending "FVN" as "FVN" is for category. But, Google is supposed to return same PR for "Rank:FVN" and "Rank:", but returning different results. Let's hope, Google will fix this bug soon.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

How to pronounce Opera

To my knowledge, most of the people here in India pronounce Opera as Oh-pe-raah. Some software professionals just started a new version of pronunciation: Oh-pey-raah. Because of the confusion, I decided to ask the Opera developers. To my surprise, they told me the right pronunciation of Opera is the first one in http://www.answers.com/opera That is, the right pronunciation is AH-per-ah

Links

Google implemented my suggested features!

It's quite ironic. But, once I had shown enormous interest in Google and did post my suggestions at news:google.public.support.general

What I suggested
But, sadly they didn't fix many bugs that I have reported. Here is one such bug list on broken GG2 (news:1092037200444279@googlegroups.com)