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SilverBlade
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Icon 1 posted January 05, 2006 10:06      Profile for SilverBlade   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Google can't stay golden forever!

He makes some interesting predictions- and I am curious about the Apple mobile phone!

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted January 05, 2006 11:06      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm not convinced "community-based" search is really anything to get excited about. It may work for simple searches, like "coed lusty donkey", but when you start piling the keywords on the liklihood that a significant number of people searched for the same combination falls drastically. Google already has very good algorithms for determining which sites are most reliable and popular. But in a pinch I'm sure they could easily add a "user rating" component to the rankings.

I'm also not holding my breath for TelCos to, um, boraden their broadband availability/speed. Even if this VDSL2 works as advertised it will take time for it to gain traction.

TV viewing on cellphones seems like another non-starter. It may catch on a bit with passive commuters (subway riders, etc.), but the general trend lately has been towards bigger screens for a more immersive experience. Little portable TVs have existed as far back in the 80's I think. If the idea was good, wouldn't the concept have caught on and matured by now?

He may have something with the Apple cellphone, though. As soon as I saw the Nano I thought they should have added a fold-out keypad and called it a RAZR KILR. They could start an Apple-branded MVNO and be in business with no need to convince an existing wireless provider to sign on. I'm sure it's not that simple, but I do think it could happen.

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supaboy
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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2006 07:53      Profile for supaboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by SilverBlade:
I am curious about the Apple mobile phone!

Me, too. It sure sounds like an interesting thing. I think there's room for improvement in cell phones. Like, it makes sense for my cell phone to show up as a modem when it's connected to my computer via a USB cable. But to do anything else with it requires jumping through hoops and using the (extra-cost) atrocious (it puts a picture of the phone on the screen, and you interact with the software by clicking buttons on the keypad of the phone on the screen!) software to copy a picture or sync the address book.

The phone itself isn't bad- it's much smaller and much more convenient to carry in my jersey pocket when I'm riding my bike. It would be nice, though, if it also showed up as a flash drive you could copy to and from using whatever your interface of choice was. Make folders for pictures, sounds (it'll do MP3 and MINI ringtones), and one for vCards. Oh, and if a RIM Blackberry can charge its batteries over a USB cable, so should a cell phone. The port is already there fer cryin' out loud!

So yeah, a smart company like Apple could certainly make a phone that Just Works better than what's out there already. Stick a number pad on an iPod nano (or use the click wheel sensor for "rotary" dialing, whee!) and you're halfway there.

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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2006 15:09      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by supaboy:
... Stick a number pad on an iPod nano (or use the click wheel sensor for "rotary" dialing, whee!) and you're halfway there.

[Applause] [Big Grin]

i like that idea

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splitpeasoup
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Icon 1 posted January 11, 2006 12:38      Profile for splitpeasoup         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have lately started having issues with Google. I have used them for years, and in the past year the order of sites has changed drastically on a given search, and I don't know why. Even if I search under my own real name, the things that used to come up first no longer do, and more and more advertisement shows up on the first page. What I'm trying to say is that I am interested in ANY alternative. [Smile]
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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted January 11, 2006 12:47      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by splitpeasoup:
I have lately started having issues with Google. I have used them for years, and in the past year the order of sites has changed drastically on a given search, and I don't know why. Even if I search under my own real name, the things that used to come up first no longer do, and more and more advertisement shows up on the first page. What I'm trying to say is that I am interested in ANY alternative. [Smile]

That's not really google's fault though -- spammers (read: worthless maggots) have figured out (more or less) how google's pagerank works, and how it indexes pages, and have exploited that to get their worthless garbage higher in the search engines.

It's unfortunate, but until governments make it legal to torture these fuckwads, it's something we all must deal with.

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