Google, You Win.

September 8, 2010

If you are in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Russia and you use one of the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac or Internet Explorer v8, you should go type something in Google right now. I KNOW! It’s AWESOME! Google figures it cuts searching time by 2-5 seconds, which adds up to hours if you use the internet as much as I do. I figure it adds 25% more nerdgasm into my day.

But seriously, this is really cool. And it’s unbelievable that computing power has leapt forward so much that this is even possible. I can’t even think of how you might do this at a local system, searching a local database, but the guys (and girls) at Google figured out how to do it over the web! Along with the addition of the “live feed” feature (which shows twitter and news posts that match your search term and adds them into your results page in real-time), Google is making me want to marry them so that even if they go away someday, I still get half their stuff.

Advertisements

MICROSOFT OMFG WTF?!?!

October 28, 2009

For those of you who don’t know, the Microsoft Xbox 360 has the ability to store any files (such as profiles or saved games) on a removable memory card that can then be taken to a different Xbox. Pretty nifty, except Microsoft only makes 512 MB cards, which is about as capable of holding data on it as a peanut shell is of holding the Encyclopedia Britannica. Not too useful.

Microsoft lost to this thing.

So thank God that Datel makes a memory card that holds 2 or 4 GB of data, and can be upgraded via microSD card to hold up to 16 GB! Once again, a third party saves Microsoft’s ass.

But it seems Microsoft isn’t too happy that people are buying a competing product. Instead of improving their own offering, what is Microsoft’s solution? To eliminate the competition by making all “unauthorized” memory cards cease to operate.

So now I have a $30 piece of plastic that can’t do shit. At least I can reformat the microSD card and use it in my phone.

Microsoft: FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOUR MOTHER TOO. I FUCKING HATE YOUR GODDAMN FACE YOU MOTHERFUCKER.


Microsoft Security Essentials Benchmark Tests

September 30, 2009

Just kidding, Microsoft Censorship Department. Crawl back in your holes.

Guess what? The free MSE software that Microsoft has released recently has all kinds of restrictions that prevent you from seeing how it compares to commercial products. Check out this statement in the MSE End User License Agreement (EULA):

You may not… disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval.

Wait… what? This restriction means that nobody can test MSE and compare it to other products and then publish the results. If I downloaded a crapload of viruses to see which ones MSE could detect and posted the results here, I would be violating the EULA and Microsoft could sue me. What the hell?

Read the rest of this entry »


Google Chrome OS: Concerns and Answers

July 9, 2009

Google Chrome OSAlright, I thought I was gonna dump this blog out of loss of interest, but after Google announced their own operating system for netbooks, I had to chime in.

The first thing that I want to point out is that now is not the time for people to be freaking out on either side of the spectrum. I’m all for getting excited, but this product is still a year away at least, and until we actually see a release candidate, there’s no way to know what the specific strengths and weaknesses this OS will have.

With that in mind, I’ve been hearing different concerns regarding wether Google Chrome OS will be a viable alternative to Windows 7 or not, and I’d like to respond to each in turn.

Read the rest of this entry »


Google and Mozilla: Unfair, Unfair!

February 25, 2009

Apparently Google (along with Mozilla, the folks behind the enormously popular Firefox browser) thinks that Microsoft is being unfair by packaging Internet Explorer with Windows. so much so that they are joining a European antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

google-logoNow wait a minute: doesn’t Google “package” its other services within each other? For example, if I do a Google search on “porsche picture,” the very first result is some sample results from Google Image Search. Is this fair? Of course it is. If you wanted a Yahoo! Image Search result, you could have used Yahoo! search in the first place.

So why is it unfair to include Internet Explorer in Windows? Let’s be smart about this. If Internet Explorer wasn’t included, how the hell would people get online to download other browsers? As much as I hate IE, it simply isn’t feasible to ship an OS without a browser. Besides, nothing in Windows prohibits (or even inhibits) the user from using another browser.

Honestly, if anybody should be sued for antitrust, it should be Apple.