Technical Support

Google Calendar is Down? There’s a First.


Google Calendar is down? Now there’s a first.

I was working in Adwords… sorry, Google Ads, all morning and noticing that things were a little on the slow side.

Of course, in the case of Google Ads, “on the slow side” really means “on the slower side” since that new dashboard always takes forever to load.

Anyways, after I saved up some work, I went to add an event into my calendar and then the fun started happening.

After adding a meeting, I got a message saying that the calendar couldn’t create this event and to please try again later.

I X’d out the notification, and then it popped up again. And again. And again.

Nothing like a spin around the block.

Finally, I refreshed the page and that’s when I got hit with that little 404 message up there.

Definitely not something I’ve seen before – nor expecting from Google.

Usually, that company gets pretty creative with its error messages and pages not found. Just check out what happens with Chrome when you try to browse and you’re not connected to the internet.

Why is it apps always seem to break when you need them the most? Here’s hoping it comes back to life soon.

Technical Support

Google Adds Star Wars Easter Eggs to Search Console May 4th

It’s almost May the 4th – the official day celebrating George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise – and it looks like Google added a couple of Easter Eggs this year.

I happened to be doing some work on a client side when I noticed this little guy up here in the top right of the header.

At first I thought it was some some-sort of DJ. I don’t know why. Maybe it looked like a head wearing headphones?

Either way it’s C3PO and you can go right up there and give him a click. When you do, you’ll get a little title crawl asking if you want to activate the Easter Eggs.

Once you do, not a lot is different around the console, but there’s a couple of nice touches and one that scared the hell out of me.

Head down to your Coverage and…

This little ditty with the lightsabers honestly spooked the bejesus out of me.

I was wearing headphones with the volume turned high, with my music turned low. Needless to say, it sounded like someone was drawing a lightsaber right next to me.

Depending on what you have selected, it will change colour from red, to orange to green and even a really odd-looking grey one.

Fortunately, the others are less intense and kinda fun.

When you go to examine errors, warnings or other indexation issues, you get greeted by these little guys.

Very apt observation there, Chewbacca. (and may he rest in piece)

Most are iconic characters and some are pretty well played.

There’s another couple of secrets hidden around the search console that are worth looking up.

I haven’t checked to see what other products have Easter Eggs like this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t the only one.

Technical Support

Battlefield 4 Mouse Not Working Bug – Solved

Battflefield 4 is a buggy, but still somehow glorious, game. Too bad the damn thing doesn’t work most of the time.

After owning it for roughly a month and not being able to play without getting a blue screen of death every time the map loaded (yup, haven’t seen one of those screens in, oh, 5 years) the guys at DICE finally patched that problem and my video card no longer self-destructs on entry. However, as soon as I booted up the game again hoping to get some me time in with my system, a new bug stopped me at the gates.

Battlefield 4 doesn’t recognize my mouse or keyboard inputs.

The game gets to the deploy screen without a hitch, but I can’t get past the damn thing since it’s as if my mouse and keyboard aren’t working.

However, my mouse and keyboard are working since I can see my cursor move and easily ALT+TAB back to windows. So what’s up?

The Problem:

After some head scratching, I figured out what was causing the game to ignore my mouse and keyboard!

The problem is rooted in Google Chrome and the fact that Battlefield 4 has to launch through a browser.

Whenever you have Chrome running in the background, the game will still think you are using the browser and not register any of your inputs.

The Solution:

“60% of the time, it works every time”

As soon as you load the deploy screen, ALT+TAB your way back to windows.

Close every window of Google Chrome you have running (including the one that the game launched through), and then ALT+TAB your way back into the game.

And presto: with Chrome out of the way, Battlefield should now recognize that you have a working mouse and keyboard!

I’ve talked to some other people who were experiencing the same thing and this solution worked for them as well, so I’m not crazy.

Curiously, other web browsers seem to have no problem running the game – such as Internet Explorer!

Sadly, Chrome is my default browser but I have no intention of playing around so that the game opens up in IE every time I want to play.

So the best we can hope for is that they fix this little glitch in another patch down the road.