New Google UI

When searching on Google today I noticed a new UI for the results page – lots more whitespace, no-underline links and softer colours including grey sites links in place of green. Apparently it’s common for Google to “test” changes on a set of users – no doubt a small percentage but large number of users given their customer base – and it would appear I’m included.

Here’s what the new and old results pages look like for me on Google.co.nz and Google.com respectively (Firefox 4 on Windows 7 while logged into my Google Account),

New UI:

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Old UI:

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Personally I like it, mainly because I’ve been running a very similar colour scheme here on my blog and on my personal site (noble.gen.nz) for some time now. In fact, I think Google just copied my scheme! Ah well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?!

May the 4th be with you

Nice little nod to Star Wars Day on Trade Me today:

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And less than 12 hours now until the May 4th Star Wars announcement (presumably about the Blu-ray release of the Star Wars series) via maythe4th.starwars.com:

Wild weather and meddling Americans

On my news radar this morning…

Re the Albany tornado:
‘Miracle’ only one death in Auckland tornado: MP
Forecasters had no warning of chaos
with photos and associated videos including here and here

Re the newly amended Copyright Law:
Internet users face flood of warnings
WikiLeaks: US offered to bankroll New Zealand piracy crackdown
IP-Address Is Not a Person, BitTorrent Case Judge Says