Google Chrome hidden feature and Introducing Google Timeline

Did you know Google Chrome has a hidden feature?

ChromeOfflineErrorMessageOeleGeirnaertIt’s very frustrating if you’re waiting your train abroad and don’t have any internet connection to check your Facebook, Istagram, Twitter or anything else. But do you know you can still make some fun?

Please tell me how!

So please deactivate all of your internet connections (3/4G, Wifi, …) and try to visit a non-cached website. If you open Chrome and the webpage is showing up correctly, you need to reload the page. If you’ve done this, you normally should receive the following error message “You are offline.” (See Printscreen)

But have you already tried to poke that little Tyrannosaurus?


My thoughts

  • I really don’t know why they’ve chosen a dinosaur, don’t ask questions 🙂
  • I really don’t know how long this feature is already part of the Chrome browser, but i’ve discovered it recently.

Other Printscreens

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Google is rolling out their Maps Timeline.

You can visit your own timeline @

Before it was called “Location History” located under the link
So now they redesigned it with a more attractive UX (User eXperience).

Google Timeline

Google Calendar: Google wants to be predictive? Well, this change can help them…

Dear Reader,

It has been quite a while since I wrote something very very stupid on my blog.
But after my previous blogpost (about the bug in Google translate) I saw it really works (because they solved the bug) when writing articles.
(Honestly, I never got confirmed they solved the bug due to the article I wrote 😉 )

This being said, in this post I’ll talk about a missing change for Google in their Google Calendar App.

As we all know Google wants to be very predictive. But in my opinion they could improve their Calendar App with the following changes.

What we have today…

Today, when we create a new event in the calendar:

  1. You first have to create a subject/title.
  2. Second, you need to determine a location.

The following printscreen will illustrate it.


Google Calendar Today

This is how Google Calendar looks today.


What should we have tomorrow…

to become more predictive:

  1. First determine a subject/title of the event.
  2. Second, choose the guest you’d like to invite.
  3. Next, you’ll be able to choose a location depending the guests you’re inviting. (But you should still be able to choose another location than one predefined in the list.)
Google Calendar Predictive Future

This is how Google needs to become for better predictability.

But what’s the difference?

Well, in Google Contacts you can create different addresses for each contact you have. By default you can choose a “Work” and a “Home” location. But you can also create custom locations like I did (in the following printscreen).

Google Contacts Example

A Google Contact with multiple addresses.

An example

I would like to Invite the Google Head of UX Research Jhilmil Jain of a meeting.

You provide a subject like “Meeting Google Calender UX” and as guest I provide the name “Jhilmil Jain” (Who’s already in my Google Contacts).
Now Google can propose 6 different locations that may be relevant because they already knows my addresses and those from Jain:

  1. My Home Address
  2. My Work Address
  3. Jain’s Work Address
  4. Jain’s Home Address
  5. Jain’s Meeting Place
  6. Current location (via GPS)
  7. A last option should be: “Choose other”

See Example:

Google Predicts the location

Predicts the meeting/event location depending the guest you’re inviting…

Isn’t that genius from Google?

See you later,
Oele Geirnaert

PS: Do you know what they tell about history?

Bug in Google Translate…

Dear All, (Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 4 seconds. Contains 214 words)

As I’m a little freak (A.K.A. perfectionist), I would like to inform Google that there is a little bug in their Translate Web-App. The main problem is, I don’t know how to reach them. That’s the reason why I’m publishing this post.
(Google, if you’re reading my post I would like you to refer to my other post about a missing feature in Android too!)

But I know, all of you want to see this bug. Isn’t it?
Keep in mind, I’m using Google in English and I did not the test in any other language!
In the meanwhile, a friend confirmed. Using Google in Dutch gives the same result…

To simulate the problem, you need to follow this steps:

  1. Navigate to:
  2. On the right, you’ll find a little white star in a black box “Show Phrasebook”. Click on it…

    Phrasebook Button

    Where to find the bug?

  3. If you’ve clicked on it, a new column will appear on your screen.
  4. Congratulations, the bug is now showing up!
    The blue button on the right corner doesn’t have any text (yet).
    I suppose it should be labeled with “Go”, “Search” or “Find”.


    Google is missing text on a button. I suppose it should be “Search” or “Go”…

In my opinion the button is more charming when wearing text…

Solution!Should I be the first person who saw this? If this is the case, Astrid Bryan would say: “Oooh, it’s sooooo amazing!”

Cogito ergo sum,

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Nieuw Begin…

Op donderdag 4 augustus ben ik begonnen aan opleiding JAVA…
Gedurende één maand zal ik intensief getraind worden om alle aspecten
van deze programmeertaal opnieuw onder de knie te krijgen.

Het is immers al 3 jaar geleden dat ik nog Java heb geprogrammeerd.

Tijdens deze opleiding zien we ondermeer:

  • SpringMVC
  • Hibernate
  • Android
  • JSP
  • Servlets
  • Webcomponents

Bij deze wens ik jullie dan ook mijn CV even opnieuw voor te stellen:


Axxes geeft me de mogelijkheid om me om te scholen tot programmeur.
Bij deze wil ik hen hiervoor ook ontzettend hard voor bedanken…