We should stop even pretending Google is trying to do The Right Thing™
St 18 září 2013
While reading blogpost by Karl Dubost of Mozilla I was again irritated by the quotation Karl used which mentioned Google’s claim of the universal access to the world knowledge. I have replied in probably not the best way on Twitter and lead Karl into confusion on what I wanted to say.
When I was writing last year about the problems I have with Google, one Google engineer seemed offended by my despect towards Google’s lack of openness. However, if I am not mistaken, there is still no offline Gmail support for non-Chrome and I haven’t heard anywhere else about plans of creating one. And offenses towards the open Web still continue: not only my petty problem with Google Groups (although, didn’t Google named itself a steward of all Usenet content?), but also ActiveX^H^H^H^HNaCl proprietary technology which seems to sneak silently into their platform, weird state of Google Hangout (yes, XMPP S2S communication as of today still works, but for how long? I don’t see any Google’s commitment to the open standards anymore), breaking OpenID delegation (actually, I may be wrong on this one), and some others.
Concerning Google Groups I have also found this post which seems to follow the same logic as I am poorly trying to express.
Update: After comments on this post, I have actually managed to create a script for semi-automatical scraping of Google Groups