June 2009

You know you’ve been spending too much time at work when you try to open the door to your house with your lab key over and over (and over and over….) and cannot figure out for the life of you why the stupid key all of a sudden won’t fit in the door.


I’ve been using Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, for the last few days since getting a new laptop. I’m fairly satisfied so far. The first thing that strikes me is that it is much more aesthetically pleasing than anything they’ve released in the past. Ever since its inception I couldn’t stand to use anything other than google only because everything else was amazingly cluttered and frantic. But it seems MS figured that part out, I could have told them if they had asked. I haven’t used many features yet, but one thing I did really like is that you get a small text preview of each link when you roll over the orange dot next to each link when the link itself is rolled over. For instance, I needed to find out the open hours at amazon pool. Bing returned the link to the pool as the first result and when I rolled over the orange dot a list of open hours showed up.

I am finding, though, that google and bing speak different languages. I, like most other half intelligent computer users, have learned how to speak to the google search engine in such a way as to get relevant results immediately. I’m sure it’s possible with bing, I just haven’t learned its dialect yet.

Another thing that I’ve had to resort to google for is searching for error messages when compiling programs or installing things. Google seems to be really good at finding these types of results, Bing not so much.

I’m going to give bing a ride for a little longer to see if I can figure it out. I’ll let you know how it goes.