Google Gears

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  • #240695

    Has anyone here accessed Google Gears for use on WordPress? I did install it, but have yet to confirm the use of this program on WordPress. Any information you can give me would be deeply appreciated.

    #241060

    raincoaster
    Member

    I tried to install Google Gears some time ago, but it won’t run on my system (too old) so I can’t help you.

    #241063

    andrew
    Member

    Google Gears has been spotted in WordPress 2.6, the next release of self-hosted WordPress. See:
    http://www.geniosity.co.za/musings/wordpress/wordpress-26-and-google-gears/
    So it is likely that at some point we will see Gears in WordPress.com.
    In what may be related news, my WordPress.com blog behaved in a Gears-like manner this morning. That is, I had no internet access, but my blog behaved as though I had.

    #241066

    raincoaster
    Member

    Google Gears is already here. Look on your Dashboard, at the far right top corner where it says Speed Up. Click on that and see where it takes you.

    #241067

    raincoaster
    Member

    Which I really hope isn’t mandatory, because I’m running Windows 98 which will not work with Google Gears and I would have to take all my blogs to independent hosting if GG became mandatory.

    #241071

    mark
    Staff

    It is entirely an option and will only appear for supported browsers.

    Activating it will first ask for the Gears extension to be installed.
    When you then go to your blog admin you can speed up that admin – it takes a minute or so to download the files. It’s a per-blog thing right now (a Gears limitation as I understand).

    It makes a noticeable difference to me.

    #241093

    So, it is a perfectly safe and secure program to run? I was hesitant to say “yes” at first, which is why I came here.

    #241097

    andrew
    Member

    Gears is a Google product, not some cracker pretending to be Google. I have no particular security qualms about it. (That’s not to claim that it is perfectly secure software.)

    #241109

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Hmm – when I click on “speed up” it just takes me back to my dashboard. What am I missing? (Using Firefox 2.0.0.14 btw)

    #241110

    vivianpaige
    Member

    nevermind. I figured it out. Adblock Plus wasn’t allowing it.

    #241113

    teck07
    Member

    Google gears??? also My dashboard says how may comments I approve and how many I have
    did we have another dashboard upgrade……….

    #241115

    mark
    Staff

    All the way right in the admin bar – but only if your browser is supported.
    (It’s Google who decide what is/is not supported, not us)

    #241116

    mark
    Staff
    #241119

    dlager
    Member

    Before i download gears,
    Does google keep stats with on with this thing?
    or keep a program running in RAM when i’m not using it?

    #241120

    dlager
    Member

    *stats on me…(you think i’d learn to proof read by now.)

    #241121

    muzzak
    Member

    Mark, specifically what difference; just speed? I’ve got it on my MBP 2.4 with Firefox 2.0 and all it does is load files into a cache, which seems not to do anything more than a browser does alread.

    #241188

    lloydbudd
    Member

    dlager, it doesn’t talk back to Google. It’s a browser addon that does all its work local to your PC.

    muzzak, it is a different type of cache. It is a smart cache and data store.

    #241189

    teck07
    Member

    So it basically stores the information on the
    hard drive to make the admin panel more faster??

    #241190

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Dear staff, yes, please do tell us more! What functionality is added with GG?

    #241191

    mark
    Staff

    It makes everything faster.

    Install Gears and it downloads 197 files from your blog. So when you go to the Write page instead of your browser waiting for all the files there to download (which could take some time if you have a slow connection) it knows they are already cached on your machine so it grabs them from there. It makes using your blog much faster.

    Want to test?
    Log out of your blog. Clear your browser cache. Login and go to your Write page.
    When it has fully loaded, click the Turbo button and install Gears
    Log out of your blog. Clear your browser cache. Login and go to your Write page.
    You will see the difference.

    And as foolswisdom says your privacy is not compromised in any way.

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