Daniel 12: 4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”
Knowledge is a wonderful thing, we have libraries and encyclopedias, and these days we have the internet. Its easy to look up something in an instant.
About 5 years ago, I was travelling on a bus in Haifa Israel, and accidentally went past Google’s R&D labs. I remember few years back, Google doubled their whole efforts in Israel.
So with the gospel coming out of Israel, and part of the hi-tech big names setting up shop there, its no coincidence Israelis are find their Messiah mostly through the internet, which is why I love all these testimonies happening from OneForIsrael.
When using Google’s mail and calender services in Israel, sometimes a few slightly odd things happen.
When using Gmail, the login screen changes to Hebrew without warning. I think this mainly happens when using Chrome. Quite a few people I know have switched from Firefox to Chrome, I haven’t done so because of this. Its mainly a problem for travelers to Israel with a laptop, and the browser finds your IP address is in Israel and pre-empts that you need Hebrew, which of course for people who don’t speak or aren’t very skilled in Hebrew this can be a problem trying to get it back to English! Also, as an IT system admin in the holyland I use the business version of Gmail (no complex nightmares of Exchange for me!) this happens when I create new email accounts for new members of staff, even though the Google control panel is configured for English.
Thus here above is a way to fix this if this happens to you. Of course, the icon layout is reversed, if you find your language changed to Arabic instead or some other language, you can probably ‘guess’ where the options to change the language is based on this:
Also, I have also had a case when using Google maps, I see Israel with no place names at all, but all the surrounding cities (Damascus, Beirut, Amman, etc) labeled in Arabic? I guess the maps are rendered according to preferred methods of a particular political viewpoint but sometimes it comes out wrong! Google has a big R&D facility in Tel Aviv and Haifa and I think their headquarters for the Arab market are in Dubai. Hope Google can fix these problems 🙂
I have always been a big admirer of Google, they always have exciting projects on the go, I like the fact they are the most innovative company on the planet, driven by creativity, leveraging a vast number of talented people to make all kinds of large records accessible to everyone previously not possible.
One of the ugly sides of the internet is hate groups. Quite a significant amount of this is antisemitism, and quite a significant portion of antisemitism is holocaust denial.
Google are now inviting those who had family lost or survived the holocaust to submit pictures and data to this site as a big collaborative project, to stop history from being forgotten or revised, especially as the number of people survived this ordeal are getting few. Google use a fair bit of their own OCR software to turn scanned text into searchable data.