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December 8, 2012

Google, doing it wrong again

Filed under: internet,world wide web — takaita @ 14:00
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For some reason I wanted to install another browser on my system, next to Firefox and IE. I picked Google Chrome. That was a mistake. Because, even though my OS is in English, Google thought I’d prefer a Dutch version. No way to change that it seems. And I also wanted to install it in the directory of my choice, not in the directory where Google thought it should be. No way to change that.

It is not the first time that I see Google doing it wrong: see Google is losing it.


July 10, 2009

Google is losing it

Filed under: internet,world wide web — takaita @ 07:25
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The search results from Google are getting worse to a level that is annoys me. The reason is that Google search has been made “smarter”. While searching for a couple of terms, Google now supposes that the search results should include also search terms that are supposed to be related.

Some examples.

As I am interested in dragonflies, and I am Dutch (the Dutch word for dragonfly is “libel”), I do quite frequently use the search term “libel”. I am aware that this word has a totally unrelated meaning in English, but that meaning is mostly suppressed by using multiple search terms in Dutch, or for example adding the name of an area in the Netherlands. Or by setting the language to Dutch. But, searching for “libel Nederland” gives as the first hit a Dutch woman’s magazine called “Libelle”. Yes. I see the similarity in the words. Words can be similar but can have a totally different meaning.

Another example. Recently I was trying to find some information about legislature on internet privacy. The words “internet” and “privacy” are used in Dutch to, but legislature is “wetgeving”. That last word exists only in Dutch, so you’d think that it would return only Dutch search results. Well, it doesn’t. Check it out: searching for “privacy internet wetgeving” makes Google think I might also be searching for something wet, like “wet dreams poetry” or “wet women” or “wet ink printing”. So stuff like this is inserted between the results.

Google thinks it is smart by supposing I am dumb. That is really annoying.

May 10, 2007

I took my camera and shot back

Filed under: idea,internet,photography — takaita @ 19:14
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Finally I had the nerve to do it after thinking about it for months. My response to the violation of my privacy. The interweb is getting everywhere, it’s logging all that I do, based on anti-terrorism laws. Yes, I am a suspect, I need to be controlled because I might be dangerous just like anyone. Who knows what I search for on the interweb, what I post, about what I discuss, which nick names I use, what my real name is, what my number is, where I live, who I love, what I do for a living and how I spend my money, where I post my photos (with EXIF-data and preferably geo-tagged), what I think and of course what my garden looks like. Yes, that is right. I looked up my house on Google Earth and I clearly saw the two garden chairs which I own, standing in my garden. I must have been lucky that I wasn’t there when the Google satellite passed by. But who knows when i comes along next time. I can no longer sit quietly in my garden, because every moment that satellite might fly over and photograph ME. They’ll know what I am drinking, what I read and in a while the satellite might even monitor what I think.

I am just sitting in my garden.

What can I do? How can I hide? Can I hide at all? I just want to be by myself and with the people I chose to be with. Not with some spying satellite around that will post me and my garden on the interweb.

So slowly my plan took form. It took me weeks to think about my little revenge. Then I started planning, the weather must be just fine, the colors of the sky just right. And I had to overcome my fear. What if….What if that satellite just was there. Or what if it just wasn’t there. I needed luck. The satellite should have to be there, but it should photograph something else, not my garden.

Then one day I dared. I took my camera and shot back.

I took my camera and shot back

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