The Anonymous Widower

A Million Items Short Of A Full Search

A new search engine called Million Short has arrived on the Internet.

You search, just as you would with Google or your preferred search engine, but it cuts out a required number of results, like a million or a thousand, from the most used web sites.

Click here to try the search.

It might tell you something useful, but on the other hand it’s fun!

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

Why Has Google News Got Worse?

When I want details on something, say like Dalston Junction station, I will use Google to search for it. Then for any news, there used to be a simple button, which repeated the search on just the news.

That seems to have disappeared and now in most cases I have to open up Google News and start the search again. I supose, it’s an improvement setup by some idiot just out of nappies.

I also find that it always wants me to sign in to my GMail account to store my alerts there.  But I prefer them on my standard e-mail, which has nothing to do with GMail.

I suppose they are annoying me, so I use my GMail account, which can then be processed to send me all sorts of spam for products I don’t want.

As they don’t pay enough tax in the UK, I think I might look for another search engine, that does pay the proper rate.

January 2, 2013 Posted by | Computing, News | , , , | Leave a comment

“Local Business Lending Partnership” Gets Hijacked

Lancashire and Funding Circle have called their partnership a Local Business Lending Partnership.

But type that into Google, even with quotes and you get adverts for Wonga and Lloyds TSB.

Click here to see what you get!

Not what you’re looking for at all!

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Business, Computing, Finance | , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t You Just Love The Internet

The Internet is the natural home of all those who see reds, blues and oranges under the bed and want to further all sorts of wacky causes.

As an example type.

Adolf Hitler Angela Merkel

into Google.

You get enough rubbish to fill every skip in London.

The only trouble is that many believe these sorts of stories. There are millions born every minute.

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , | 5 Comments

Do Advertisers Get Value?

I wanted to read a report on the Ipswich match at Birmingham on Saturday, so I typed “Birmingham Ipswich” into Google.

I got a few serious reports from papers as I expected, but I also got an advert trying to sell me a cheap flight from Birmingham to Ipswich.

I assume they meant Ipswich in Australia.

All very helpful.

November 5, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

How Good Are The Companies You Deal with?

I found this on a financial forum, but it applies in so many fields. The guy is talking about where he invests his hard-earned money.

One criteria for me was to Google Maps the address of each company (a crazy idea maybe but try it). put the yellow man on and walk past the firm

Is it a big corporate office or is it above a pizza take away (as one is).

Whilst offices might not mean a lot (Equitable Life,Alba,Northern Rock,Icelandic banks etc)
it is one yardstick

I aren’t giving my money to a firm that is not filthy rich.

I’ve tried it with a few people I deal with in various areas.  In one case the results surprised me.

October 14, 2012 Posted by | Computing, Finance, World | | 1 Comment

How To Find Those Born On Your Exact Birthday

I was searching for those, who were born on or around my birthday and I’ve found a pretty sure way. Suppose, you’re looking for someone born reasonably famous born on the 30th September 1960.  You just type.

wiki “born 30 September 1960″

into Google.  Make certain you get the quotes right.

September 30, 2012 Posted by | Computing, World | , | Leave a comment

A Stray Airliner?

In my exploration of the Gospel Oak to Barking line, I decided to follow the line on Google Maps. All went well and I was able to see where the electrification stopped and kicked in around South Tottenham. And then I found this image, as the railway passes south of Seven Sisters station.

I wonder how many stray planes are available to view on Google Maps?

Can anybody identify the tail to determine the airline? Judging by the silhouette, it looks like it’s some variant of Boeing 737.

If you want to find it, type “Seven Sisters station” into Google and then select maps.  The plane is just south of the station.

As someone, who has over a thousand hours in command of an aircraft, you are taught under Visual Flight Rules to fly with the line feature on your left. So it could be they’ve taken off from Stansted and they’re following the railway. But then, they wouldn’t be under these rules over London, except in very special circumstances.

Identifying the airline would help solve the puzzle!

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Computing, Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments

An Interesting Slant On Apple

I found this article on the BBC web site. I like this interesting snippet.

This is what happens when a company is too cheap to invest in research and development. Did you know that Apple spends far less on R&D than any of its rivals – a paltry 2% of revenues, versus 14% for Google and Microsoft?

I’ve run R&D and you must spend to keep ahead of the game. Perhaps, Apple are too interested in making money?

But mugs will still queue up for the iPhone5.  I won’t!

September 12, 2012 Posted by | Computing, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

MPs Don’t Like Google’s Tax Affairs

According to this article in the Daily Telegraph, Google only paid £6m tax on revenues of £395m.

Obviously, it is not in the interest of the UK, that major international companies pay so little tax.  It’s also not in the interest of small UK companies, who perhaps pay high rates of tax and see their foreign competitors in the UK, paying very little.

Years ago, I was involved in monitoring the perception in the press of major companies. After a couple of quarters bumping along at the bottom, companies quickly picked their ideas up.

So perhaps a publicly available table on the Internet, showing the turnover, tax and a few other figures of companies, might not be a bad idea.

Suppose say it was obvious that a well known restaurant chain, was paying a very low rate of tax.  Would it mean that customers went elsewhere? Possibly, but it might mean they did other things to justify the low rate, that were of benefit to the UK.

August 13, 2012 Posted by | Computing, News | , | Leave a comment


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