Archive for the ‘Tech’ category

Black Friday’s off to a dumb start

November 28, 2008

Checking Google Trends this morning to see what the most popular searches are for today, here’s what I found:

dumb surfers

dumb surfers

Remember, dear readers, these are the most searched for phrases in Google today.  They are Google searches, conducted by thousands and thousands of people.  With that in mind, I have highlighed the dumbest searches that stand out.   These searches consisted of people (many, many people) entering the website address into Google.   Were I a smart ass, I would have taken another screen shot with the measurement of the distance between the Google search bar and the address bar. (truthfully: I couldn’t find a ruler).  This example illustrates 2 things: tech guys will always be employed & they will always be condescending.

Set my heart a Twitter

April 30, 2008

So, wait: just when I have this blogging thingy mastered, now comes micro-blogging? (Actually, it’s been out a while).

Move over Speak & Spell

April 18, 2008

I read a post on Gizmodo this morning that surprised me probably more than it should. It was about a visual search engine coming to the iPhone & the video below explains it. What captivated me was the potential for the next leap in search technology. Obviously, integrating voice search will be a major advancement in search, but visual search seems to be more feasible for the present. The concept of being able to take a picture of an item, even if that item is partially obstructed, and being able to submit it to a search engine got my mind to spinning. I know it may violate the concept of being unplugged, but imagine a hiker coming across a plant & wondering if it is safe to eat or if it, in the words of Ralph Wiggum after eating a berry from such a plant, “tastes like burning.” You could take a photo of a rash to see what it might be or a bug bite to see how to treat it or even a bug to see if it will try to kill you if you put it under a magnifying glass. Anyway, I think this concept is very cool & I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

What recession?

April 8, 2008

Sooo, after some wheeling & dealing, I got a new toy tool.

ipod touch

With Wifi capability for email, calendaring, searching, maps, etc, the iPod Touch has what I need want. Now, dear reader, you may be saying, “Hey, why not just go with an iPhone?” Hey, shut up. Just kidding. Seriously. I need you people. I get pleasure watching the traffic stats for this blog. Besides, have you seen the rate plans for an iPhone?!?

I’m the Edward R. Murrow of blogging

December 7, 2007

Actually, it’s probably more like Wayne Murrow…..

Ditch Microsoft Office

December 6, 2007

Now, I’d be remiss if I did not mention that Office 2007 Ultimate is available to students for about $60 until the end of April. Although it has lots of sexy features, it requires a lot more of your computer’s resources.

And although Google Docs is available anywhere you can get online (note: yes, English majors, I used “is” and not “are” because I’m referring to the singular product “Google Docs” & not the plural, so you can unpucker now), Google indexes a copy of all the contents. You didn’t actually think you had privacy online, did you?

Social bookmarking

September 26, 2007

I use del.icio.us & love it as a centralized place to keep track of sites.

I’ve been chumpatized

September 17, 2007

kongOn Sunday, Lady Tinkleton & I saw “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” at the Art Museum. Having played video games most of my life (although not to the extent of those on screen), I was really looking forward to this film. It chronicles the culture of gaming, specifically the original arcade classics such as Donkey Kong, Centipede, Pac-Man, Defender, etc., but mostly focuses on a rivalry between 2 world class Donkey Kongers: Billy Mitchell (Gamer of the Century, ass) and Steve Wiebe (middle school science teacher, derelict father).

At a gaming competition in 1982, Mitchell set the record for Donkey Kong at 874, 300 points. In 2003, Wiebe attempted to & successfully did break Mitchell’s score by playing, for hours on end, on his personal Donkey Kong, Jr. arcade machine in his garage. This set off a nationwide competition between the two, ripe with the kind of passive aggressive, anti-social behaviors you would expect from hardcore gamers.

I really liked this film. Apparently, so did CineRobot. This is the kind of film I enjoy not just because I could relate to it on a personal level due to my past & present gaming, but also for the bad ass, “magazine full of hairstyles that you flip through while waiting for a hair cut” look of Billy Mitchell. Also, there is a strategically timed performance by Leonard Cohen, tied into the creation of Billy’s look, that is just priceless.

Breaking the monotony

August 1, 2007

Today at work, the IT department was holding a general information seminar. Before the session, I joked to one of my co-workers that they should demonstrate to the crowd that the porn filter worked. Sitting next to our boss, this person proceeded to try it out. With the porn filter not working, his screen was soon bombarded, providing us with much laughter. Our boss looked over & gently scolded him to “not look at porn at work.” She went on to say, “I didn’t say anywhere, just not at work.” Big smile.

Pownce

July 30, 2007

I have 6 5 7 Pownce invites. Email me if you’d like one.