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August 1, 2015

Top 4 reason why Bing is better than Google

Filed under: Blogroll — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 1:40 pm
  1. Video searches on Google only searches Youtube. Which is stupid since if you want to search for Youtube videos, you’d simply use Youtube.com directly. Bing searches all sites for videos (including porn sites) and allows you to thumb though the videos before going to the site that hosts the videos, which helps avoid malware.
  2. Image searches will not display any pornographic images regardless of your “safe search” settings. If you search for “boobs” on Google, you’ll get images of clothed busty women, often as “demotivational” joke/meme images. On Bing you’ll get what you’re looking for.
  3. Google allows 3rd parties to pay Google to have their search results (i.e. Ads) appear at the top of search results, Bing shows more relevant search results, but otherwise the same searches.
  4. Bing is apart of Microsoft Live, you can earn points by doing searches with Bing, and redeem them for just about anything. I my self redeem for XBox Live $5 gift codes, and buy more games when on sale for virtually free. Wish I could do that on Steam.

That said, Google does have a very good reverse image search where you give it an image file and it will tell you more about that image, who is in the image, where you can find high resolution versions of the images, alternate copies, etc. Wolfram Alpha has their own take on this as well called, Image identification Project.

October 13, 2013

Google is useless now

Filed under: Blogroll — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 12:45 pm

For the past year searches on Google have been useless. Video searches only search whatever is on Youtube, not the internet at large. Image searches filter out nearly all porn and nudity even IF you have the filters turned off. Normal text searches return results based on who paid Google the most to appear at the top. I’ve been using Bing more for the past year for most of my common internet searches because Bing gives me the FUCKING results I’m looking for. Plus it has a nice rewards program for redeeming gift cards for Xbox Live! 🙂

However I had used Google’s Image search where you can upload an image and look for similar images. Usually I’m looking for a higher resolution of an image, or an un-edited version, or the site the image came from so I can find a pictorial set. Now when use Google Image search and drop any JPG or PNG file i get this BULLSHIT message

The image must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .tif, or .webp.

No results are given. just this useless error message. ALL my images are ALREADY .JPG or .PNG. Even if I use images I’ve used in the past that DID work on this page before, still give me this error. Doesn’t matter of it’s porn or LOLcat images; Google is broken and corrupt.  So now I have ZERO use for Google now (well except perhaps Gmail). Problem is no other site I’m aware of does searches based on uploaded images like Google Image search did. Bing image search only does text based for now. So any recos out there?

October 29, 2012

Rolling with Windows 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:50 pm

I’m now running windows 8 on my primary desktop PC. I’ve been running the consumer preview on another PC with little fanfare and quite frankly it was no big deal. I was able to score a copy of windows 8, legitimately for only $14.99.  This was the compelling reason for getting it and I’m no longer bootlegging it, or using some half-assed consumer preview version. No more will you have to spend upwards of $200 for Micro$oft Windows so-called Ultimate Edition. Heck even Mac OS X will be sold for about $40 but they also will be releasing new versions annually of OS X. I don’t know if Microsoft plans an annual re-release like Apple has been doing since OS X 10.7.0 (Lion).

The install was quite easy. What I opted to do was to download the OS over the internet, burn and ISO file to a DVD and do a clean install. Yes you CAN do a clean install on discounted “upgrade” versions of Win8 and it doesn’t bother asking you for the CDkey of the old OS, or asking for the old CD. So it’s bascially a full version of Win8, since really you’re really just buying a Product Code that the installer asks for during a clean install.

You simply use the Microsoft Upgrade Assistant app that you download and run on the PC you wish to upgrade where you buy the product key code, and download the OS. Then you have the option of an in-place upgrade over your existing OS (except windows XP). If you do an in-place update it won’t ask for the product key since the app alrady knows it. But this route seems to take LONGEST time do do the install since it has to move and delete all your old contents on your harddrive. But you seem to retain everything as long as it’s compatible for which the Upgrade assistant tells you before hand. The quickest and best way was to burn the ISO the upgrade assistant created (or create a bootable USB flash drive) and boot to that to install it. When the disk tools appear i just completely deleted all the partitions on my C: drive, and it only took like 6 mins to get it done.  Took longer to download and burn the DVD than it was to install it.

No longer do you have the start menu, you now have “Tiles.” However when I was tuning the preview version  it just seemed like it was in the way since most of the time you’re running windows apps that just brings up the desktop interface anyway. However, once you get your Live account set up with Win8, it all changes. The formerly-named “metro” interface then makes sense. People who have Windows phones will feel right at home with the “tiles.” These aren’t just icon replacements to your apps, they actually display and do stuff at a glance.

As Microsoft does, they tend to follow what Apple does. Windows 8 is also an attempt to blend tablet/portable devices with desktop computers. OS X Lion and Mountian Lion didn’t do this as much as Windows 8 does. Though at this rate Apple may be coping some tricks from Microsoft this time around. One of the things that bothers me with my Android Tablet, my Mac, and now windows 8 is there’s no simple way to close apps.  Sure the older “desktop mode” apps still have the “X” at the top right to close it.. But the native Windows 8 apps that launch from the Tile screen never close.  They don’t have a close button, and there’s no apparent way to close them. Sure they aren’t taking any CPU cycles when you’re not using them, but if you’ve opened many of these apps, and you press ALT-TAB to switch to some other app you have to tab though a dozen of these fucking icons to get to the app you want to get to.  I have to CTRL-ALT-DELETE to open up task manager so i can force quit these apps. That irritates the fuck out of me.

Chrome also seems to have an “app” version of it self as well as the normal desktop mode. If you launch it from the tile screen, it comes up in full screen but still functions like the desktop. However you do see the [X] button at the top right but it doesn’t do anything; it’s like a phantom button. So there’s no way to close chrome other than clicking the little (x) on every tab you have open. It runs as a separate instance than the desktop mode of Chrome which DOES have a working [X] close button.

But besides that I’m quite happy with my $15 purchase for an OS. Cheapest OS I ever did, and hell my best friend bought like 3 copies of it for this price for his laptop, desktop, and his wife’s laptop too. The promotion discount, by the time you read this, will no longer be available but even then the normal price for it is only $39.99 which is just plain cheap. I pay more for a Xbox 360 video game which I only end up playing for a maximum of 2 months before I’m bored of it. With an OS you’re gonna be using it for a few years.

I’m also glad Microsoft has paid attention to critics about past releases of windows having nearly a dozen different versions that made little sense to consumers. We had Basic, Home Basic, Premium, Professional  business  and the over priced Ultimate to confuse users about what OS they needed, plus there were separate 32bit and 64bit versions of all of these to contend with. With windows 8 that BS is gone. We now basically have four versions of Windows 8 with one of them that is intended for ARM based mobile devices; Windows 8 RT.  The rest “Windows 8” considered the basic edition, “Windows 8 Pro” which will probably be the most common one people will get, and “Windows 8 Enterprise” for server and IT professionals which has been available since August 2012.

This wikipedia page explains the differences between these editions of windows 8. It seems the Pro edition will be the most common used consumer version and found on OEM PCs. I believe most all of them will install on 32bit or 64bit based PCs using the same install since there is no further breakdown (nor confusion) of separate 32/64bit editions listed.

September 28, 2012

My first tablet!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:31 am

Nexus 7 (16gb model) is awesome but I’m feeling a bit confused with getting it to all jive with my goggle accounts and chrome. The whole google/chrome/android environment isn’t as cohesive as I thought it would be. To be upfront, I’m a google and chrome whore, and a big fanboy of Asus and Nvidia. So the nexus 7 was the perfect fit for me.

First of all, once you the nexus 7 set up you get an instant $25 credit towards Google’s Play store (app store) so I immediately bought Minecraft Pocket Edition, snagged a lotta games that were only 25¢ and some were even free! (seems most all of the angry bird games are free) Still looking for a book reader app for books I’ve already downloaded on my computer.  I can place files on my nexus 7 via USB cable, but after that it’s questionable if any app will see those files.

Comcast/Xfinity has a nice little app to control my DVR but to actually “manage” my DVR already recorded shows just throws me onto their webpage requiring another login (sigh) which really defeats the purpose of having an app if it just goes to a webpage that’s not set up for a touch screen. The app bascially just lets me view TV listings, set a recording, and command the DVR to change channels.

With Chrome on PC/Mac I can sync all my computers via a google (gmail) login and all my bookmarks, passwords, plugins all set up for me. Chrome on android doesn’t do any of that at all, not even with my bookmarks. Sure I can understand Chrome apps from my PC/Mac not to load up on my Nexus 7 (chrome for android) but at LEAST import my fucking bookmarks. It doesn’t even ask for a goggle/chrome account login, even though there is one for the tablet it self. Even when clicking “other devices” in chrome my nexus 7 comes up, so it KNOWS it’s there but just dosen’t really DO anything about it as it does on my other computers.  At least the calendar app works flawlessly.

So far i tried once to use Lumiya on SecondLife, with no real issues other than the inherent shortcomings with a device like this. It works well but it not good enough for me to use regularly. I can’t even figure out how to walk forward once I’m in 3D view, not even sure you CAN walk. Your avatar and other avis around you do not rez; you’re just a grey mannequin which really kills the experience of why I’m on SL in the first place.

It really confuses me how some games that are way more complex that Second Life run flawless on my tablet, but otherwise look like complete shit. I mean the PCs I used back in 2004 when I first started playing SL had much less power and memory than my nexus 7 has now. Single core sub-ghz pentium CPUs with 512MEGS of ram, 1gb HDD, and AGP video card that had 64mb vs the nexus 7 with quad core ARM cpu running over 1ghz, and a gig of RAM, and 16gb of storage WITH a higher resolution screen AND faster bandwidth.

That said I did pay for the Lumiya app, and I hope the developer continues improving on this because what you CAN do on this still cannot be done in an iOS device.

September 15, 2009

Bing Sucks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Hugsie @ 6:19 am

I have been using Bing as my default search and start page for about two months, and it just doesn’t feel right. But I’m switching back to Goggle.  Most of the time I’m looking up definitions for words and proper spellings, but Bing doesn’t support the [define: <word>] function like Google does. And doesn’t always “suggest” what word you meant to write when you can’t spell it proper.  Bing is just not as intuitive as Google.  Now perhaps Bing DOES have a [define:] function but I’m not aware as to what it is.  I’ve yet to see a “Hack Bing” page that explains all the advanced search tricks and tools like we all have seen for Goggle in the past five+ years.

September 4, 2008

Chrome

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:03 am

Yeah I know everyone been talking bout Google’s new web browser; I like it too.  The one thing I’m not really keen on is how it handles bookmarks.  I’m so used to having a left pane window listing all my bookmarks (in collapsible tree form), so I can just click on what I wanna go to.  Chrome doesn’t have this, it has a “home page” that shows little thumbnails of the most recent sites you’ve been on (like Opera has), plus a bookmark tool bar at the top, and your full list of bookmarks from a drop-down menu at the top right.

That’s all fine and dandy, but once you go to a page all of that disappears. This forces you to click on the home button (if you have it enabled) just to see your bookmarks again.  Sure you can enable the bookmark toolbar to always be on, but I like the extra realistate at the top. Most pages never fill my screen side-by-side on my widescreen monitor, so I don’t mind having my bookmark list on the left side taking up screen space that’s not going to be used anyway.  I’m sure that can be implemented with some kina plug-in. I also don’t like the fact that if you close your last tab, it closes the entire application.

That’s really my only gripe with the UI that the creators at google have done.  My other issues are with web site compatibility glitches. Sometimes the text formatting on entry fields (like in forums) will format weird, and it will appear to be over-writing text when it’s not.  It doesn’t really seem to have a spell checker yet it puts red squiggly underlines on misspelled words, but right clicking them doesn’t bring up the spell check. Hotmail doesn’t know what to do with Chrome, so it throws up a page telling me to update my browser, but it runs just fine once you’re in your inbox.

One site I like to look at from time to time is a site that has some webcams watching Mount St. Helens. The java just dosen’t seem to work, and behaves as if java plug-in isn’t installed. Yet if you read the 30+ page “comic” about thier phiosophy of Chrome, they go into anal-details about how thier Java VM works, but it dosen’t seem to work here.

Yes it does render pages very fast, unless the page your on has a lot of 3rd party banner ads that load off-site so those tend to appear a bit slower, depending on how the page is laid out. The concept they have for Chrome is brilliant when it comes to memory management, virtualization, sandboxing and all that technical stuff. I’m sure it will set a new standard that firefox blazed the path for years ago. Rather than the vunrabilities glitches that IE set about a decade ago.

August 5, 2008

Lively by Google sucks!

Filed under: Gaming! — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 9:59 am

My gawd this is the most confusing environment I’ve ever had the misfortune to use. You’d think coming from the likes a Google that user friendliness would be paramount, and that it would have an intuitive user interface; nuh-uh, nope.

The window you get is EXTREMELY tiny and is NOT resizeable.  You can detach it into a small movable window that’s slightly smaller but it feels very cramped especially when you’re using the interface to edit your avatar’s apperance. The camera is hard to control and thats the biggest issue I have with this.  Sure SL’s camrea controls are hard to learn but once you DO learn it’s amazing and becomes second nature to use, like riding a bike.  This is so counter-intuitive it goes beyond frustrating.

When you first start your instinct is to press your arrow keys around and walk around, and you’ll soon lose your own avatar (assuming you’ve ever seen it in the first place) and gawd knows what the hell you’ll be looking at. But really all you want to do is move your avatar around and explore!  The arrow keys don’t control your avatar, it controls your camera view in a BACKWARDS manor. If you want to look up, you press down, if you want to look at things at your left, you have to press right. It’s designed by a bunch of dyslexics!  Plus you have to press a combination of CTRL, Alt, or SHIFT with the arrow keys to get different camera movements. What were these guys smoking when they developed these retarded controls?

To move your avatar you have to click and drag your avatar as if it was an icon on your desktop.  This is incredibly stupid since once you finally get the camera positioned just as you want it, click and dragging your avatar snaps the camera view back and away into a view that reminds me of playing really bad console games with static camera angles you have no control, like those annoying J-RPGs.  You have zero control of the camera, so when you move your avi far away it reposition it in a predetermined position.  And with the screen so small, and the bad angle you have no fucking idea what direction you’re going. But even when you get the hang of this, you realize there’s very little to explore.

Fortunately the environments you find your self in are extremely small. It’s not like other MMOs where it’s one big world you can (theoretically) walk from one end to the other. On Lively, you have separated themed chartrooms. You’d think Google would be more innovative with this, since this nothing newer than IRC channels, and AOL chartrooms that we have already had for nearly 20 years now.  Common areas like a singles area and high school for kids, an adult dance club that looks like a strip bar but there’s no nudity as far as I can see… as well as TV show themed places like Lost.  There are a LOT of foreign places, mostly Brazil has a big pretense here. You can also create your own room, when I tried to make mine, it crashed firefox.  Though that might be more of a issue with firefox since I’ve noticed it’s been very flaky with me lately.

To further show how bass-ackards this game is, avatar nametags are under avatar’s FEET on the FLOOR. And if you can barely control your camera angles you won’t see anyones names.  Chat text appears in bubbles, akin to there.com but on this they are all over the place with long rubber banding lines pointing to the avatar (usually off screen) who just said that.  At least There.com don’t have cross-crossing chaotic chat bubbles that looks like a bizarre flowchart from MAD magazine.

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