October 29, 2006
Many years ago, I started by using Yahoo.com to do research in the internet - all kinds of searching at all. It is easy, you just go to the website, and type in anything that you want to know in the space provided, and after a few seconds, whatever that you are trying to find will come out.
Now, the catch: re-read the last paragraph and you'd find the word "a few seconds".
That's one main reason why I am using Google right now, because it redirects you to many different links within a second. This is, of course, really depending on your computer and internet connection. But let's say everything else stay the same, Google still saves your time, by a few seconds, that is. I mean, it does get really irritating to be waiting for the result of your search, especially when you are in a hurry.
My current PowerBook also has this little bar at the right corner of my Safari, allowing you to type in whatever that you want to search in there without having to go to Google's website - how convenient! You can be reading something online, and opps, you find something that you don't understand, and hey, your search is just an "enter" away. I thought it was the best invention ever, when it comes to searching.
On the right corner of my Safari, there's also a drop down menu that shows your previous search, so therefore if you searched for something that you have never heard of, or even something that you don't know how to spell, you are sure to find records of it, and you never have to know how to spell it (this is really useful for weird medical, or technological terms).
Of course, there is the Advanced Search, where you can narrow down your search in many different ways. It can be found on the right side of the space if you were to go in to Google's website. And then there's the Preference option, where you can even choose which language you want your result to be in.
You can also type anything at all, and as many words as you want, and they will figure everything out for you, even if you have some spelling mistakes. Example: you heard a nice song but you haven't a clue as to what the title is? Catch some of the lyric and type them in, and in a second, you'd be directed to links as to where to get the lyric, the chords, etc.
Since the homepage of Google.com is solely for the purpose of searching, you don't have to try figure out where to type in your search, it's there right in front of you. This is different from other search engines, like Yahoo or MSN, where their homepage include everything else that they have, and you know, too many stimulation can confuse you at times.
The best about Google: you just have to say, "Google it!" and people know what you mean. You don't have to take the trouble to say, "Go and use the search engine!" because Google has successfully branded the whole idea.
October 21, 2006
Apple and Motorola on Cell Phone
After hearing about this gossip for so long, I thought that I should put down some of my thoughts. For those who don't know what it is about, Apple is thinking of making a cell phone with Motorola.
Some of my concerns:
1. Touchpad like iPod, or buttons?
If it is a touchpad, it will be too much like Chocolate, unless they made sure that everything, including the number pads, are all touchpads. That will be cool, though pretty irritating at times when you need to use the phone while driving (I know you're not supposed to do that, but who doesn't?) because you can't feel the buttons. If it is buttons, then it will be too conventional - hey, after all we're talking about Apple, the logo that we relate to the word "innovation". Unless of course, they come up with something totally new that is not in the market yet.
2. Which provider?
Verizon? T-mobile? It will suck if they choose only one provider, because it will be limited to those people with those provider only. I wonder if they will sell the phone in the market without the provider just like that. Some people don't buy phones through the provider anyway, like me and my Chocolate.
3. International market?
Will it go international, or is it going to be available in the US? Apple is never big in Asian countries, and I, perhaps, am one of the few Indonesians currently using a Powerbook. It will be a pity if Apple's cell phone comes out after my graduation when I'm never going to be back here until a few years later, because I really do want to try that electronic device; hey, I'm a big Apple fan.
4. Built-in iTunes = iPod substitute?
So many phones have mp3 function in them, but if similar function is to be built into the new cell phone, will not it be like another iPod, and more useful actually. Will that be an iPod substitute, crashing the iPod market? Or perhaps they have already made some plans to ditch iPod and move onto cell phone that has more useful functions, like camera! Oh yes, camera - I wonder about the quality if they do have that function.
5. Will it "burn" like Macbook?
No pun intended. What I mean by burn is flopping down the drain. Sure, Macbook is cool, and I'm still dreaming of it even after I've heard about all the bad stories, like keyboards falling apart, and the heat burning your lap... Getting an Apple device fixed costs a lot of money, and if there is going to be a lot of problems with the cell phone, I'd think twice about making the purchase. If Apple can mess up a laptop, an industry that it's been competing in for many years, what about a cell phone market that it has never been in?
But I guess there's only so much that my anticipation can lead me to. Perhaps Apple will monopolize the cell phone market - who knows, they've got the cool image, the innovativity and creativity, and who doesn't know that they spend a great fortune of their profit on research and development? We'll wait and see. Well, at least I will.
October 05, 2006
I've always wanted to get myself one of those black MacBook since it came out, just because it's cool and hey, it's Mac - it's THE technology for technology retards like me. The PowerBook G4 I have right now never bothered me with anti-virus updates, and they have automatic update installation system. That's great, it's hassle-free.
Then MacBook came along, with the whole Core Duo and Intel Chip (I have no idea what they are, but I do know that they use Windows) and that means that I will be able to play a lot of games with that (finally!), and sell the currect Dell PC I have that is used solely for the purpose of gaming. They also have the magnetic power outlet, something that's very innovative. I've always tripped myself because of those cords that are lying around in the house (very common, especially when we have 4 laptops plugged to the same outlet), and I certainly do not want my computer to come crashing on me when, and if, I accidentally were to trip on it.
Though I haven't figured out what are the differences between MacBook and MacBook Pro except that the MacBook Pro doesn't come in the 13-inch size, I really want to find someone who knows about this. Oh, don't forget the student discount that you get when you're buying it, and especially if you get it in the Union (do they sell it there?), get yourself the student bundle discount; it's worth it. I remembered getting my 12-inch PowerBook G4 with 3 in 1 HP laser printer and 20 gb iPOD for about $1600 or less (of course with all the rebates and such).
One concern about MacBook though, what if it starts getting messy and I start getting all the virus alert system, just like my Dell PC? I also have heard cases where the keys on the keyboard fall off (!!?!?!?!?) and being an Apple customer, you have to be ready to spend a lot on these kinds of problems. They want your money all the time, other than the fact that the services that they provide are not all that great, or so I've heard.
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