All Geek to Me

November 17, 2007

USB Devices

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 5:56 am

USB connections are useful for connecting keyboards, mice, iPods and other devices to your PC. They can also be used for this.

November 11, 2007

Google and its Fast Food Obsession

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:08 pm

Back in July, on my main blog, I mentioned that an article about the uniforms worn by staff at Hot Dog on a Stick was by far my most read article. Four months later, that is still the case. In the last thirty days it has been linked to from a search engine nearly ten times more frequently than the next most commonly linked article. However, increasingly it is the article’s title that is the reason for it being found, rather than the content. I jokingly used the title “Violation of the Bill of Rights”; as I called the uniforms “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”. Why do people find my article when looking for such a serious subject? The answer is that search engines seem to have odd priorities in their algorithms.

Ask.com has it as the ninth highest ranked article and Google, the clear search leader in popularity terms, has it at third. Yes, according to the mighty Google, despite current events, the third most important article on the entire web about violations of The Bill of Rights is my little piece on fast food uniforms. If I had actually written an article on the threats to the freedoms enshrined in the ten amendments that make up The Bill of Rights, I would be flattered, as is it makes me think I should switch to Yahoo or Live.com, both of whom avoid linking to the article anywhere in their top fifty results.

November 10, 2007

iPhone Review Part 3 (iPhone as an iPod)

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:22 pm

I have a 20 GB iPod, which at 70% of capacity holds my complete music collection. The iPhone has a capacity of 8 GB; so is not a replacement. However, that is sufficient capacity for the podcasts which are my daily listening and a good range of play lists.

The iPhone has several interface advantages over the original iPod. The headphones have a microphone built into the cord; pressing this pauses the current track and the ringer volume switch on the side adjusts the iPod volume. Both of these are easier to reach while out and about than getting to the click wheel with the iPod in a pocket.

The much vaunted album cover flow view, is visually appealing, but offers no real ease of use gain over the click wheel. The standard list view of artists, songs, or albums is a great improvement as down the right-hand side is the alphabet. With one touch you can be at P and select Pink Floyd, a lot quicker than scrolling through the list.

There is a small in-built speaker for the phone, but this can be used for the iPod. The sound quality makes it unsuitable for music play-back but for podcasts it suffices and is a good option if you are at home and don’t want to wear headphones.

As a replacement for a large capacity iPod I would have to rate it A-, but alongside a regular iPod, it smokes the original and is fully deserving of an A rating.

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