March 16, 2005 4:09 PM PST

Google's X files vanish

Google's latest technology experiment paid tribute to Apple Computer, but the Mac OS X-themed version of the search king's Web site was taken down a day after its debut.

Google software engineer Chikai Ohazama played up his work, Google X, on the company's blog on Tuesday. Located on Google's test site, Google X featured an alternate way to connect to various services, allowing people to click on a series of graphical icons in a method inspired by a feature in Apple's operating system.

Google OS X page

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, the Web page was inaccessible.

The site functioned much like the Dock feature that exists in Apple's OS X. There was a row of icons for various Google services, and as a user hovered over a particular icon, it was magnified. The similar Dock feature on the Mac exists at the bottom of the screen, allowing a user to quickly get to frequently used programs, documents and Web sites.

Google specifically called out the similarity with a message on the Google X page. "Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you," the message said.

Apple has sought patent protection for the "Genie Effect" used in the Dock.

Google and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Google and Apple run very different businesses, but the two companies vie for a coolness quotient that's largely unspoken in technology circles. Still, brand researchers try to quantify it. The two competed for top billing as the leading U.S. consumer brand, with Google winning No. 1 in 2003, but falling behind Apple in 2004, according to Interbrand. More impossible to measure is the cache of magazines, TV shows and films that tout the companies' products as hipster toys and tools for the "in" crowd.

Both Google and Apple have gone after Web sites or product makers that mimic their own. Google, for example, has sent cease and desist letters to the likes of Booble.com, claiming its pornography search site too closely mirrored its own. Apple this week won a cybersquatting case against a company that registered the itunes.co.uk domain, and in the past has asked sites to remove Windows XP themes that it felt too closely mirrored the Mac OS X interface.

Separately, Apple and Google have a licensing deal for search. Google provides a resident search box in Apple's Safari Web browser.

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Use google to find the page
Google "Google X" Go to the first non-news link and click
on the "cached" link. Scroll over the broken image icons
over the search box to see Google emulating the Mac OS X
dock.
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GoogleX screenshot
I went on the GoogleX website when it was out apart from the menu bar (which by the way I dont see any interest in) , there is really nothing worth looking at.

Here is a blog entry i made about GoogleX.There is also a screenshot of it :

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://javedmandary.blogspot.com/2005/03/googlex.html" target="_newWindow">http://javedmandary.blogspot.com/2005/03/googlex.html</a>
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That's not the genie effect...
"Apple has sought patent protection for the "Genie Effect" used in the Dock."

Read the text in the link more closely. The "genie effect" is not what this article is about. If this is relevant in some manner, like how Apple closely protects its design and behaviors in the OS, then add some supporting text to make that point. A line or two about the love-hate relationship that Apple has had with themes would be good.
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See GoogleX here!
When I saw GoogleX, I saved the source of the page so I could deconstruct the JavaScript. I have posted the page at the following URL for anyone interested:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/googlex/" target="_newWindow">http://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/googlex/</a>

I have also partially unobfuscated the JavaScript for those who might want to see how they achieve this effect. Enjoy!

-Andrew
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easy access version at http://www.yipiyo.com
another version exists at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.yipiyo.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.yipiyo.com</a>

I really this google 'update'!
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:p
another version exists at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.yipiyo.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.yipiyo.com</a>

I really like this google 'update'!

: )
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Mirror site still up!
There is a mirror site for Google X up if anyone is interested in
seeing how it works... while it still does...
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here's the address:
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.theplaceforitall.com/googlex/" target="_newWindow">http://www.theplaceforitall.com/googlex/</a>
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yes more mirrors!!
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://members.cox.net/zugasti/googlex.html" target="_newWindow">http://members.cox.net/zugasti/googlex.html</a>
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i made one by myself.
here is the link:

http://www.mediashit.com/

This is the complete dutch version by myself.
Use it :)
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