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Google Instant Search + Blue Arrow October 1, 2010

Posted by Daniel in Search Engines, SEO.
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This morning, Danny Sullivan pointed out the new blue arrow in Google’s search results. At first I agreed that it was a little bit of an overkill addition to the already turbo-charged Instant Search update. But after using it in a few searches, the blue arrow kind of started to grow on me. It’s a nice function to not have to reach for my mouse to scroll. But the over-simplicity is starting to remind me of 2 things – parodies on over-simplification. (The 2nd is from teh Google themselves)

1. The Onion’s Apple Spoof – Announcing the Macbook Wheel

2. Google’s April Fools joke from 2000 – the MentalPlex

Personally – Instant Search is annoying and visually overwhelming. But I guess when Google’s only hindrance is us in speeding up search – whats left to do but annoy us into “faster” search behavior.

Two More Reasons Apple is Overrated September 19, 2009

Posted by Daniel in WebApps, WebStuff.
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A follow up to the Top 10 reasons Apple is Overrated

Reason number 11

A claim by security expert Charlie Miller that “Snow Leopard’s more secure than [previous release] Leopard, but it’s not as secure as Vista or Windows 7.”

Interesting when one of the loudest horns Apple keeps tooting is their resilience against virus’ and spy-ware.

Address space layout randomization (ASLR) is the key difference Miller points to.  Vista upgraded their version of this random memory placement tool, but Apple has ignored Vista’s updates and made none of their own.

Charlie says that Macs get hacked less, but not because they’re harder to get into, but simply because there are significantly less out there than there are PCs.  He says “That’s because if [the hacker] can hit 90 per cent of the machines out there, that’s all he’s gonna do. It’s not worth him nearly doubling his work just to get that last 10 per cent.”

So Apple’s claim to security fame… not so impressive.

Reason number 12

Apple has been lying to the FCC – a federal offense.

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Ok so I know it’s not a technical reason, but still. Apple has rejected (or according to Apple, is still pondering over) the Google Voice app. Apple has been denying this rejection but Google recently submitted a letter to the FCC stating that they have screenshots documenting the rejection.

But Apple won’t back down and in a recent letter to the FCC still says they have “not rejected the Google Voice application and we continue to discuss it with Google.”

Apple lists in that letter that Google Voice falls in the same category as 3 other third party GV apps.  Those apps strangely enough have all been removed from the app store.  In fact, the company behind one app sent a screenshot confirming their rejection from the app store to Tech Crunch. So why would Apple categorize Google Voice with other rejected apps if GV wasn’t rejected, but merely “under consideration.”

Lying to the FCC – there’s an app for that.

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