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NET::ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY Google Chrome warning — November 26, 2018

NET::ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY Google Chrome warning

What should you do when you see this warning message in your web browser, i.e. Google Chrome?

NET::ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY Google Chrome error
  1. Don’t panic. You didn’t do anything wrong, per se. Take a deep breath. Ahhh.
  2. This error means the website is using an SSL certificate that is obsolete. (You can read more technical details if you want.)
  3. You could go ahead and click on the “Advanced” button on the lower left corner to proceed to the site. However, avoid entering any personal information while visiting the site, since the site is unverified and insecure.
  4. If you want to be a “Good Samaritan,” you can contact the webmaster of that site, and mention that their SSL certificate needs to be renewed and upgraded. Share the link to this blog post.

What if you’re the webmaster or site administrator?

Symantec and DigiCert will replace all affected certificates at no cost. Learn more about how to do this at symantec.com.

If your website users are seeing warning messages in Chrome and other browsers, you need to replace your Symantec-issued certificates and stop user warnings from displaying on your site. You can read more of the technical details too.

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Can I add Google Analytics to a WordPress.com site? — September 17, 2018

Can I add Google Analytics to a WordPress.com site?

To get Google Analytics site statistics on your website powered by WordPress.com, you will need to upgrade to the Business plan.

Here’s how it’s stated at this WordPress.com support article about Google Analytics:

Google Analytics support on WordPress.com is available as a feature of the WordPress.com Business plan. Visit Settings → Traffic under My Sites to enable Google Analytics.

If you paid for the right upgrade, you’ll be able to see a screen that looks something like this:

Is the answer yes or no for using Google Analytics on WordPress.com?

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How to turn off Google Smarts in Chrome browser? — September 14, 2018

How to turn off Google Smarts in Chrome browser?

The latest Google Chrome browser released in September 2018 has a nifty feature called Google Smarts. It makes the omnibox even smarter, the announcement describes it as:

Smart answers directly in your search bar

You know the box at the top of Chrome that combines the search bar and address bar into one? We call it the Omnibox, and we built it so that you can get to your search results as fast as possible. Today, we’re making it even more convenient to use. It will now show you answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab—from rich results on public figures or sporting events, to instant answers like the local weather via weather.com or a translation of a foreign word.

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Disable that Google Smarts feature

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Google Registry’s .APP domains are available in May 2018 — June 26, 2015

Google Registry’s .APP domains are available in May 2018

// (3/3/18) Google announced important launch dates for .APP domain name registrations—

Here are the important dates to be aware of in 2018:

Mar 29 – May 1: Trademark holders can register .app domains (known as the “Sunrise” period).

May 1 – May 8: Anyone can register available .app domains for an extra fee (known as the “Early Access” period).

May 8 and on: Anyone can register available .app domains (known as “General Availability”). //

// Google announced on 12/14/17— “We are currently finalizing plans to launch .app and .dev as open top-level domains in the first half of 2018. If you’re an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, please send a request for more information.” //

// [chatter @ stackoverflow January 2017] “Little update, almost two years later and still no news. Google seem to keep the .app to themselves, to protect their Play Store.” //

// [update April 2016] Announcement at registry.google = “We’re currently working on plans for .APP… If you’d like to know when and where you can purchase your own .APP name, please check back here for updates or with your chosen Registrar.” //

Perhaps the most popular domain extension on the Internet will be domains that end in .APP, so much so that Google paid $25 million for the .app domain — that is the most any company has paid in one of ICANN’s auctions so far. Wouldn’t you want a domain that ends in .APP, especially for your app?

app-price

When this becomes official is marked by an event called delegation, the occasion when the Internet will recognize .APP domain names. According to the official ICANN website, the status of the .APP top level domain is:

Application Status: Transition to Delegation

Application Status: Delegated

And the official Delegation Record for .APP will be posted at  http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/app.html [delegated June 29, 2015]

Then the website http://nic.app will be up and running! And that will be the only .APP domain name allowed to be active for the 90 days after delegation, or about 3 months. Stay tuned for on-going developments…

The next announcement will be when the Sunrise Period starts for .APP and that will be posted at the master calendar newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/sunrise-claims-periods and a web page will be created at newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/sunrise-claims-periods/app

[update 10/16] this chart gives you perspective with the most expensive top-level domains, those that were runner ups compared to .APP— [update January 2016] and .SHOP was auctioned for $41.5M— [update August 2016] .WEB was auctioned for $135M, and .BLOG was auctioned for $19M
Statistic: Most expensive generic top-level domains (gTLD) worldwide as of August 2015 (in million U.S. dollars) | Statista
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see what Google cache has stored — May 31, 2012

see what Google cache has stored

After quite a research trip, found a way to lookup the Google Cache to see what web pages have been preserved even when someone has removed a website for whatever reason. The URL prefix to use is —

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://djchuang.wordpress.com

and what you’d do is replace what’s after the colon with the full URL for which you’d want to check the Google Cache. For example, here’s what it’s got for the cache of djchuang.wordpress.com