“Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you.”

That’s the inane little postscript the elves over at Google Labs appended to their latest creation, Google X , an OS X-style dock that centralizes access to the company’s various services. In a post to the Google Blog, engineer Chikai Ohazama describes the tool’s evolution from “late-night coding jaunt” to sanctioned lab project. “Google X … came about because I wanted a quick fun way to access all of Google’s services,” Ohazama writes. “I gave it to a few friends in the company, who gave it to their friends, some posted it on their blogs, others sent it around on mailing lists, and it eventually made its way to Marissa Mayer, who liked it enough to say, when do you want to put it up on Labs? So after some spit and polish from some enthusiastic Googlers and the keen eye of the UI team, Google X is here. I hope all of you enjoy it — especially Mac users, who I’m sure will appreciate its lineage.”

 
 

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