Say goodbye to the online source…

Don’t panic – that’s just a play on words! 😉

On Twitter, someone was complaining that @factable is claiming, correctly as it happens, that “Goodbye” came from “God bye” which, in turn, came from “God be with you.” Without quoting a source.

The interim form, of course, is probably unlikely to have been spoken as it’s written above, which is most likely a rendering  of an elided spoken version of the original four words, perhaps “God Continue reading

Google now has a verbatim search facility…

Finally, Google have introduced a verbatim web search facility. This means that it will search for exactly what you ask it to search for, and not get bizarrely and unhelpfully creative, as we all know it so easily can.

However, Google being Google, the implementation is clunky. Their press release says “You can access the verbatim search tool under “More search tools” on the left-hand side.”

You can look in vain for any sign of it, and you won’t see it. You actually have Continue reading

Close Twitter and Facebook? There’s no point…

There are times when I wonder if this carpetbagger government is simply extraordinarily stupid, or whether they are just power-mad. Or both.

Take Louise Mensch, for example. There she is, in the Guardian (and on TV last night), supporting Cameron’s insane call for a shutdown of social networks and calling for a “temporary shutdown” of  Twitter. I’ve no idea how tech-savvy Shiny Dave is (Blair, his hero, was hopeless), but Mensch is to be found on Twitter, a lot, so should know better.

One of the most prolific tweeters of those I follow, currently, is Continue reading

Google searches and geolocation…

Have you noticed that Google use geolocation (see left-hand menu on search page)? Probably explains why they were snaffling router info on their mapping trips. Anyway, it’s a pain in the butt.

Google say that your location doesn’t affect searches – but it does (otherwise, why bother?). You must have heard by now that patients who aren’t too keen on visiting their GP  are being dumped from lists – miss 2 years and you’re history. People who barely miss a week are being dumped too, but that’s another story.

I wanted to find out if Continue reading

Google’s Chromebook – a solution in search of a problem?

Someone said to me, on Twitter, about Google’s Chromebook, a Cloud-based laptop, in a tone of dismay “All my stuff in the Cloud?”

No, absolutely not, in my case – I wouldn’t dream of it. As far as I’m concerned, the Cloud is an unnecessary and overhyped crock, OK for email, for those who think webmail is a good idea (again, not me), but not for much else.

All my Continue reading

The curse of Google…

When did Google get so crap?

Time was, if what you were looking for wasn’t there, it would tell you. Now, it just throws up pages and pages of irrelevant crap.

If I search – as I just have – for Florence White ebook, it throws up over 31,000 results, and guess what? Not one of them is any use. No, of course I haven’t looked at all 31,000+ – after a few pages it’s perfectly obvious what I want isn’t there.

Bing, though it Continue reading

Beware of WikiAnswers…

As I’ve just discovered, there’s a fundamental flaw with WikiAnswers (aka Answers.com) – any cretin with an Internet connection can screw things up. I had just posted an answer, and was in the process of expanding upon it when some twat – whose answer was actually wrong – overwrote my answer!

Naturally, I went back and put it right, but there’s no guarantee that the same retard – or another – won’t do the same thing again.

WikiAnswers needs to change things so that Continue reading

Getting the best from Google is up to you…

As regular readers will know, in my blog’s statistics is a section listing a selection of search engine terms that have brought people to my blog. Sometimes, what the person is looking for isn’t there, so that provides me with subjects for posts. All too often, though, I see a search term that is so rubbish, I don’t know Continue reading

Big Brother?

Did you know that the major search engines, like Google and Yahoo, retain detailed records of searches for up to 18 months? No, nor me but according to this article on Guardian Unlimited they do. Ha, that’ll make you think twice about looking for porn sites!

The implications, though, are rather more serious. How many of us, legitimately researching items related to, say, Islamic terrorism (other varieties of terrorism are available), are at risk of being actually tagged as terrorist sympathisers? Or even terrorists.

Paranoia? Maybe, but there are people incarcerated for years without trial or representation in Camp X-Ray (Guantanamo Bay), and even here at home who would give you an argument about that. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time – in cyberspace as in the real world – can land you in very deep shit indeed.