Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results
Try "Why is windows crashing so often". Same hilarity.
And this is something I would have a reason to search about. Or do you want to imply that anybody outside of Slashdot would never be critical of microsoft?
Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions
Interesting that IE8s dialog for choosing a search engine to replace bing (in addition to being utterly confusing), manages to list Google almost the last.
So, in every case they choose a different ranking function, one that suits them. But of course, who would expect otherwise...
Microsoft Changing Users' Default Search Engine
It is of course possible to formulate the selection criteria so that Google will come extremely unprominently shown somewhere at the bottom. Which Microsoft did in this case, quite successfully.
I actively tried to switch the default search engine to Google, and guess what, it was hard to find even knowing what I'm looking about.
If I was Google, I'd file an antitrust petition against this NOW.
How To Get Out of Developer's Block?
Perfect for procrastination.
Just sit down with it, but instead of writing new code, clean it up, or add some tests around it. There are two benefits:
- It will start looking much better, and you'll have a better feeling about it.
- You'll get yourself back into context, and before you know it, you'll find you want to do some development at it.
I have a similar problem: I have a project that I would really like to work on, but can find time only occasionally. I have found that coming back to it after a long time is very hard. I have my lists, but starting something is just formidable. So, I start by reading around, doing little stuff here and there and just cleaning it up, until I feel confident enough to do something.
And in general, it's very good to have your code thoroughly tested. Read about it here: http://manent-notes.blogspot.com/2008/08/developing-under-severe-time.html
Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview
Guess what, Google is not mentioned there.
Even nicer, try to search "google" and "microsoft" on bing. Compare.
I for one wouldn't trust a search engine so biased.
I'm a PC and I'm 4-1/2
Despite Gates' Prediction, Spam Far From a Thing of the Past
Same here. And looking in the Spam folder of my gmail account, there are 448 messages which, on the first glance, appear to be 100% accurate.
Easy, Reliable Distributed Storage and Backup?
Easy: yes, after a first setup. Reliable - yes. Versioned: you bet! Actually, every backup you do is accessible as a different version, with a very little overhead.