java google toolbar

Scott McNealy sometimes forgets to ask my permission when he arranges large press releases, and this time I'm left in the dark. I read Sun's web page about the Google Toolbar and Java. But I don't get it. That article reads like the Google Toolbar is the best thing to happen to Java since it got support for generics (\*ack\*, \*ptui\*). But the Google Toolbar isn't written in Java, so I don't get what the connection is. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

I have NO objection to Sun and Google getting on stage together and annoucing we're going to work together on some unspecified projects. That PR, pure and simple. I have no problems with that. It's really just the "feature" story on that confuses me. (Although it's probably mirrored in most "articles" that cover the announcement.) I was curious if I was missing something, and so I did a google search on "java google toolbar". I got two results like these:

Google Toolbar blocks Java's showDocument and Yellow Explosion ...

And one result like this:

Google Toolbar Help Unfortunately the Google Toolbar is not able to recognize java applets and it is not possible to whitelist these types of popups. ...

Those are unfortunate hits to come up first in the list on the day that Sun announces a new partnership with Google. Although I'm actually kind of happy about it too. It's proof that google doesn't proactively tweak its results.

thank you

Posted by Chris Steininger on March 17, 2006 at 11:22 PM PST #

I'm just trawling through the sun blogs looking for some insight on this myself.

I have to say though, that both tools have something in common: both are extra step downloads that users of Windows need to actively seek out in order to replace those bundled by Microsoft (.Net and MSN Search in this case, though competitors to Office and Windows are also mentioned).

Also, they both act as conduits to services/applications that reside on the web. The toolbar is 'just' a series of buttons, but it gives me access to a continually updated and improved search tools, translations service etc. Java is 'just' a runtime but it gives me access a thousand different rich apps on the internet.

Anything that makes it easier to a) download or b) publicize the existance of one or both of these is a smart move. They should look into speaking to Apple, look at all the people now installing the Quicktime platform because they installed iTunes because they bought an iPod. And of course I wouldn't count out Google bundling Java with Picassa, Hello, Google Earth or any of its slightly larger 'free' downloads either.

Posted by dave on February 01, 2007 at 07:08 AM PST #

Google is going to buy Sun - the article is just the start of the PR compaign.

Posted by Lisa on February 01, 2007 at 07:08 AM PST #

To Dave: I can understand the point you're making, but I don't really agree that it gives Google Toolbar and Java something in common. BTW, Quicktime is evil because it re-installs the little bug in the status area of the task bar, and every time I update iTunes, I have to hack my registery to get rid of the little icon. I never use it for any media unless there's no other option available. Every time I use it, I get adware popping up and telling me to buy the professional version. This is one area where Apple screwed up.

Boy, having a blog is great. I can say whatever I want and I don't have to wear my "be nice in a public forum" hat.

Posted by Chris Q on February 01, 2007 at 07:08 AM PST #

Now if I could only blog what I wanted at my work without getting fired... \*sighs unhappy\*

Posted by Jeffrey Olson on February 01, 2007 at 07:08 AM PST #

Has there been any progress about Google Toolbar in Solaris?

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on December 09, 2008 at 10:22 AM PST #

I haven't heard anything new about Google Toolbar in Solaris.

Posted by Chris Quenelle on December 10, 2008 at 03:12 AM PST #

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