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Gio giovanni

    dentaku said:

    One thing that annoyed me recently about Bing is that it doesn't do conversions like 6.3 litres/100km to mpg
    Google converts that for me right away.

    Otherwise it seems to be pretty good. The image and video search is certainly very nice because it doesn't care what country you're in like some other features.

    Yes, conversions are a little more limited in Bing than in Google. I never figured out how to convert surfaces and volumes either (m2 and m3 to ft2 and ft3 respectively). But that takes me again in the direction of Wolfram Alpha.

  • What UAC Controversy?

    I found UAC useful when I installed a wellknown and very expensive 3D cad program and found out that on admins account there is an updater.exe that requires admin privileges at EVERY log on. I think UAC is usefull to discriminate good and bad programming practice, but hey, you can tweak it according to your needs.

  • Windows 7 E

    You are right, consumers should choose, not OEMs! I wish there would be a way of slipstreaming the browser of choice into an installation of Windows.

  • Google Wave

    Bass said:
    intelman said:

    Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation

    Yes, I remember his comment, but can't find it right now. However, I think the problem is what you want to put on the "cloud." Pictures from my last trip so that my friends can download them? Who cares if big brother (MS, Google or others) takes a little look at what's inside. Actually, I don't mind a few targeted adds, at least I get to see adds for climbing equipment and not for viagra. The projects my company is working on? On my dead body! This is as closed sourced as it can get.

  • Microsoft Money 20xx/Plus

    Honestly, I think Microsoft needs to clean up its product line. They have too many products small and bi(n)g ones - sorry for the bad joke - and they are scattered in too many market segments. I usually like less products that better define the brand and that are well supported. Regarding Money, I think you can do 80% of it with an Exchel chart and if you have more advanced needs, there are many alternatives on the market.

  • What the point of Office Live?

    Well, Office Live is more like a light version of Sharepoint where you can track document changes and so on, but without basic document editing, I also end up using skydrive all the time. The site has been in Beta for ages, I hope it will integrate with the online version of the next Office and get a facelift.

  • WWDC

    Bass said:
    dahat said:

    Let me explain how they think, it's not a contradiction in their mind.

    Apple's slogan with Snow Leopard is "The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned." Basically they are saying Leopard is the world's most advanced OS, and Snow Leopard "finely tunes" it. Since Apple considers Vista synomious with crap, the same slogan doesn't apply. Apple's Windows 7 slogan would be something along lines of "A turd. Polished".



    So basically they have no innovation to introduce...

  • WWDC

    Bas said:
    Ray7 said:

    But.. if you can't restore from it, then what is the trash bin for?

    Ah the good old days when I was working on a Solaris workstation: type rm and then call IT to restore a file from the last backup because the trash can was there just for decoration.

    How can they say that Windows 7 is based on the "same old tech as Vista" when vista is based on NT and OSX is based on BSD? One could argue about better and worse, but old tech?

    Honestly it looks to me that Apple had absolutely nothing to say.

  • Optimizing multi language website for search engines

    Dodo said:

    Simply use sub-directory or sub-url (whatever you call it) for each of the sites and add the language meta tag. On the index site, just use comma seperated all available language codes. However, you shouldn't use welcome pages, search engines don't like those either (nor do users) Instead, use some geoIP service to detect the country. Google uses multiple crawlers for each country.

    For automatic language settings, you should do this:
    Check for a language setting cookie
    If unavailable, check the HTTP header for the accepted language
    If that is unavailable, use geoIP.
    If all the above is unavailable default to English.

    Display the language selector in a corner of the website, top left or top right is best, and store the setting in a cookie.

    Thanks. For the moment I will have to do with the welcome page. The company that designed the website never told me it was a problem... The next project will be to get read of it.

  • Optimizing multi language website for search engines

    I have a question in order to optimize a website for search engines (or decision engines, whatever you want to call them). The site is translated in three languages (EN, FR and IT) and the user chooses the language from a welcome page. Now, on the welcome page there is a section titled "Search Index Page Description" with a short description of the content of the site. Right now the index page description is in one language only and in that language the site ranks 3rd in google and 1st in bing. I would like to add the other two languages to the description, but I am a little skeptical that a single page with multiple languages might be confusing and not indexed correctly. What do you suggest?