We thought Roe v Wade was fixed in stone, but we were wrong. Clearly, it was only pencilled in.
Today, though, I discovered something that does seem to be eternally fixed, and I doubt that even the US Supreme Court can change it. The Google logo and search bar are deliberately placed just slightly above centre on my computer screen, and nothing and no-one can move them.
I decided to change the background on my screen to show a family photo but when I did, Google intruded on its aesthetic appeal. It chose to place itself across a significant part of the photo and to almost completely obstruct the view of my own face. As much as I want to see my family members’ faces, I would also like to see my own smile in their presence.
Now I’m wondering to what extent my frustration comes from vanity, but I have decided not to go there. I may not like what I discover.
In my naïveté, I thought that I could simply click on the logo and/or the search bar and move them to a place lower on the screen and away from my face. I was wrong. That is not do-able.
Then I thought I would search the Internet for advice from more tech-savvy people. I assumed that someone, somewhere would know how to fix this little problem. Initially, I was pleased to find some suggestions but, sadly, none of them worked. The Internet is, it seems, devoid of people who know how to move a Google logo.
Now I’m engaging in paranoid delusions about the power of Google to control my universe. Someone should stop me. Regardless, this sucks.
Google, please let me move you, just a little.
I can see how that would be very annoying, but in the larger scale of things…?
Of course. Like most of my thoughts, this is just a triviality.
Oh, don’t say that!
Here is my suggestion. I just tested it and it works. Install an extension called CaretTab. When you next open a tab and choose to customize the page, it’ll ask you questions like “Do you want a clock” “Do you want a to do list” and you can say no to all of them. Then you can choose to further customize. From here you can choose your background photo, and then turn off the search bar. Let me know if you have questions! Good luck!
Oh, wow! Thanks, Jamie. You are a genius. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Yay! It worked! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Wow! I’m impressed with the solution! And surprised you didn’t find that on your internet search. I appreciated your post. I saw the first lines about Roe v. Wade, and didn’t have the emotional ability to read it when you first posted it. I was/am having quite the grief reaction. I related to your concern about Google. Once a big machine (the U.S. Supreme Court) interferes with my personal life, it’s easy to mistrust any big machine. And Google is definitely a big machine. In replying to you, I wondered what Google’s stance is. Here’s an interesting read: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/01/google-will-delete-location-history-for-visits-to-abortion-clinics.html And this one: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/abortion-google-workers-can-move-to-states-where-abortion-is-legal-roe-v-wade/
That gives me some hope.
I apologize for the opening lines. They were not the most elegant or sensitive I could have chosen.
Thanks for the links. I understand that a few major corporations I providing similiar solutions for their employees, which is encouraging. Not enough, but something.
Oh, I think I understand your use of the opening lines. And I agree; what Google is doing is helpful, but only federal protection is adequate.