Posted in All Other Stuff

When teh crowd can’t spell

I don’t know where I received my education, or where other people receive theirs, but for quite a few years, I’ve noticed that people simply CANNOT spell!

As you may have seen on the Internet in blog posts, forums, articles, etc., below are some of the most common mistakes that I run across on a daily basis.

quite – quiet (It’s quite in here). You mean, it’s QUIET in here.

it’s, its – Its a hot day. Or…It’s a hot day. Now, IS IT?

And more than ever, when it comes to belonging:

“I don’t like it’s color.”

where – were “Were did you go?” Or – “Where did you go?”

their, there – “Their coming home.” Or… “They’re coming home”, or “They are coming home.”

whose, who’s “Whose coming to your party?” Or “Who’s coming to your party?”

your, you’re – “Your funny.”

THEIR refers to belonging! “It’s theirs.”

grammar, grammer: This is funny. I actually saw someone tell someone else: “Your grammer is terrible!”

REALLY? WHOS grammer are we talking about here?

I saw “it’s” being used where “its” was supposed to be used, and vice-versa in a PRODUCT MANUAL! I won’t mention the company.

I am no English major, nor a perfectionist, but it’s just really irritating to see our future Presidents, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers have such terrible writing skills.
My take: If “your” not sure how to spell it, don’t use combined words.

Posted in Technology

Google Supersizes Their Search

Thursday afternoon I opened Safari on my Mac (Mac OS X 10.6, running Safari 4.0.3) and immediately notice a super-sized search box and buttons.
“Maybe my settings?” – I thought. Although I never adjust the zoom on my browser, it’s always on actual size, I considered this.
“Nope. The zoom is set to actual size.”
“Maybe it’s Safari… let me try Firefox.”
After firing up Firefox (no pun intended), I also discovered that the same was there. Unusually large search box and search buttons.
So I ask my wife to open up to Google on her laptop running Windows Vista on IE8. Still the same… LARGE SEARCH BOX AND FONT.
I thought it may have been a fluke, so kind of ignored it for the rest of the afternoon.

On Friday at work, I continued to notice that it was still super-sized. After a brief pause, I proceeded to type in the new and enormous Google Search box “google search size” and searched away. Within seconds, I was presented with a plethora of results of websites all talking about how Google has “S-U-P-E-R-sized” their search box and buttons, in thoughts of making it more “clearly.”

Excuse me, Google. This is an offense to all your loyalists and users. We are NOT blind, and we have a ZOOM button on most modern browsers today. If we wanted to display larger fonts, we know how to do so.
If granma and grandpa can’t view what they type on the search box, nor can they view the two buttons – how on earth are they supposed to view the results of their search? – which are, by the way, the original “regular” size.

I’ve found numerous of people complaining about this, and of course, I agree.

Change it back. Make it optional. Make it part of iGoogle’s Homepage or something.

Google is my default homepage, and I’m sure it is so for other millions of computer users. I will NOT accept this change and demand that it be either given as an option or removed all together. If Google decides to keep this new “look”, I will change my homepage as a means of showing my dislike.

Does one person count? No. Two people? Nope. Three? Nah, I doubt it. But rest assured, there are A LOT of complaints roaming on the Internet regarding this atrocity.

Google's new S-U-P-E-R-sized search box and buttons
Google's new S-U-P-E-R-sized search box and buttons

CHANGE IT BACK!

What do YOU think?

Posted in Technology

Google’s Chrome Browser

I’ve always been a Firefox user ever since I discovered it, before it started to gain market share, on the early days when it was still on version 1.xx and have been a happy camper. I was somewhat reluctant to try anything else, since Firefox does everything for my browsing needs and it’s fairly fast.
Recently, I’ve decided to take the plunge and try out Google’s Chrome browser, version 2.0. There is an immediate notice in terms of speed, simple and streamlined user interface, but this comes at a great cost.

There are many features which make Firefox superior to Google’s Chrome, which include private browsing and immediately deletion of the browsing history upon closing the browser windows. These two, in my humble opinions, are one of Chrome’s biggest downfalls when compared to Firefox, Safari, and even Internet Explorer 8!

Safari is my main browser on my Mac, while Firefox is my main browser on my work’s PC.

For the time being, I will continue to use these two browsers as mentioned, since they work great in their environment. Firefox for the Mac isn’t all “there” yet, so I’m sticking to Safari.

Google Chrome is a great and speedy browser, but it’s feature-needy. Keep the interface clean as it is, while allowing users a bit more control of their browsing privacy. And also – please, give us an option to remove the most visited thumbnails from always coming up when the browser is launched.

Now, I’m off to finishing the remaining posts that I have sitting on my “drafts” folder.