So there was Bossy a few days ago, innocently opening her laptop and beginning that day’s work, where innocently equals gah you don’t want to know, and that day’s work refers to things Bossy isn’t paid for.
When suddenly from her prostrate position on the living room sofa, Bossy’s curses rose like a curse rising from other curse-like things, “Something is wrong with my Google,” she screeched, because, of course, whatever likely international Google malfunction underway was only affecting Bossy and her MacBook Pro.
The search font. The search font. It was big and easy to read and therefore rejected by Bossy because Bossy likes change as much as finding out Target changed the packaging of their pink Christmas Tree lights.
And thus Bossy’s frantic investigating began: checking Google from this computer, and then that computer, all while instant-messaging her friends to see if their Google was all weird, followed by a large font hold breath sister mercy Google search which revealed that the new larger font wasn’t a coding fluke, it was a plan.
In the intervening days, Bossy has grown somewhat used to this new annoying wholly readable font, which is to say Google if you change back now Bossy will cut you.
But for those of you with younger eyes and similar tolerance for change, did you know you can un-supersize the Google font with this?
kristin @ going country saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 8:01 am
Yeah, I had the same reaction. It was like opening a library book and discovering I accidentally got the large print version: easier to read, perhaps, but NOT RIGHT.
Dawn in Austin saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 8:26 am
I noticed it, too but was having enough other computer problems that I just added it to the bottom of the list. Thanks for all your legwork, now I can cross it off. You don’t happen to know why all of a sudden it takes 37 seconds to open an email (every email), do you??
hulagirl saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:13 am
How great that is for middle aged eyes! Or so I hear.
Alison saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:14 am
Thank goodness you wrote this. I thought it was something with my laptop and didn’t begin to think I could or should check with others and/or google. Mystery, though small, now solved.
FL Liz saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:31 am
Wow……………I didn’t even notice. Not sure if I should feel scared or not. Thanks for the chuckle though.
Grandma J saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:43 am
Oh darn it Bossy! And here I thought it was all the Kerotonin I was taking…along with the eye arobics.
If it’s supersized and free, I will take it.
Tuli saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:43 am
Oh my gah, the Google font change happened simultaneously with a battery change for my laptop. I thought the battery had super-magical powers that caused it to change the font. I’m glad to know it was *planned* and that I can quit worrying my battery will sprout legs and carry my laptop away.
tuesday saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 9:47 am
I noticed it also, I just thought I was going crazy
Meg at the Members Lounge saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 10:16 am
I use IGOOGLE which lets you customize your screen, and that application doesn’t supersize the font. I went to Google classic as they call it, it was a bit startling! My Mom will love it.
APeetsMom saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 10:58 am
Thank you Bossy for clearing that up! I was CERTAIN my 12 year old boy was screwing around with something on my computer that I wouldn’t know how to fix myself! I actually am appreciating the Senior Sized font now!
Reeb saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 11:20 am
That’s our Bossy, always looking out for us.
First time I saw it last week, I felt like two Roger-Rabbit (or Bugs Bunny, if you will) gloved fingers had zoomed out of the computer screen to poke me in the eyes. I backed up far enough so the text looked right. Of course then I couldn’t reach the keyboard.
Keetha saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 11:23 am
Apparently, I’m not much observant, as I didn’t realize Google had upped its font size.
Martie saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 11:31 am
I hate change too, unless I benefit from it in some way. I am 41. I am in denial that I need, ummm, errr, reading glasses to umm, you know, read. So Google getting all BIG and all? I get to step away from the glasses.
Amber Star saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 11:38 am
i hadn’t noticed it being bigger, but just checked and so it was. One less thing to worry about.
Lizzy saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Would you be disappointed in me if I said that I didn’t notice a darn thang? Maybe it’s because I have been wondering why I can’t open any email attachments from my kids’ school thereby missing things like “jeans day” “geometry test” and “no school” and minor stuff like that.
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heyjoe saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm
And here I thought it was just on my computer.
laurellee saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Bossy, why can’t I click to see previous post from your main page, but I can on Guess and Press and Favorite Things? This question perplexes me.
Shelley saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm
That’s so funny…I noticed the Google thing, but didn’t think much of it, you know? Like one of my kids messed with the computer again, and the font is weird…but I like it better now! It never even occurred to me that it was something that Google did on purpose. Is it possible now that I love Google more now than I did before? I told my husband that Google was my boyfriend. Because Google always knows what I MEAN, even if I don’t know quite how to spell it. What man can do that?
linlah saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Google’s already a little pushy with its “did you mean” and now I feel like it’s getting all stern with its hands on its hips like “I’m bigger NOW can you read me”
Domestic Goddess (in training) saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm
Google’s American, whaddya expect? We do everything supersized in this country.
David saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm
You are so lucky you don’t have my job. Things change hourly here.
Pop and Ice saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm
I didn’t notice a thing. However, my screen is already SUPERSIZED because I’m BLIND AS A BAT. My eyes went to hell in a hand-basket when I turned 40 – see what you have to look forward to? Yes, increased screen resolution size to eliminate excessive squinting which lead to more wrinkles. You’ve been warned.
chook saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm
change is hard!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm
It seems as though Bossy and I are living parallel nightmares of change except my change involves spare change because that’s what I had to dig for today since the dining hall where I work decided to up its prices for the first time since the year 1776.
What *just last week* cost me $3.00 (yes, I could get a salad the size of Oklahome PLUS a sweet iced tea for 3$) now costs me twice that amount thanks to said price hike aka CHANGE.
I realize I will get no sympathy from those normal people who live in the real world where six dollars doesn’t buy a cup of Starbucks, but just play along, the point is change sucks.
Momish saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm
OK, so I didn’t even notice. So what? It’s not like I live on Google, just wrote a post about Google or even have Google as my home page or anything. Oh wait, but I do, I did and it is… UGH! If you were to Google “idiot”, I’m sure my name would be at the top of the page, in large font no less!
Amber saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm
I usually use the Google toolbar in my browsers, so it took me a while to notice the change. When I did, I was certain I had increased the font myself by accident. Nope…they made it oldie friendly 😛 JK!!!!
Victoria saysSeptember 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm
Well thank Goodness for this post, because I thought I was just losing my mind!
Maya Gonzales Berry saysSeptember 15, 2009 at 1:54 am
I knew something was wrong, but didn’t even think to try and figure out what!! Thanks for the entertaining post.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysSeptember 15, 2009 at 9:38 am
Thank heavens I’d seen BOSSY’s post title in my Google Reader before I’d Googled or I’d have been rebooting computers all over the house and accusing people of messing with my preference settings and stuff.
Life with Kaishon saysSeptember 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm
I was astounded when I saw this change!