Google’s customized homepage URL

Dear Lazyweb, Google recently updated their customized homepage to include themes. This reminded me of a long-nagging question I’ve had about this service: why is the URL for it http://www.google.com/ig? I don’t know what “ig” stands for in this context, other than being short, easy-to-type, and hard-to-remember. Other similar services all have similarly short but […]

A glimmer of hope for American personal finance

In college, some of my favorite courses weren’t computer science, they were finance courses. There are no minors at Mudd, but if there were, I was pretty close to getting one in economics. I’ve been following the bull market of the past few years, along with more gloomy details on subprime mortgages, inflation, our national […]