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.