Let Me Google That For You

If you work in IT Support, or even just have a reputation for being pretty good with computers, I can imagine that a lot of lazy people ask you dumb questions about computers. For me, one of the most frustrating aspects of working in IT Support is constantly being asked to help people that won’t help themselves. The initiative to actually look for answers to common problems oftentimes seems to be completely missing

Finally, Dave Child of Added Bytes has developed the solution: Let Me Google That For You Bookmarklet. Simply brilliant.

Hitting the Google Jackpot

I finally know what it feels like to hit the jackpot of a number one hit on Google. This blog is officially the number one hit for the search “huge horses“.

A screenshot of Google search results for Huge Horses

All of this is stems from this single post, almost two years ago. Odd indeed.

Microsoft Offers $44.6B for Yahoo

Wow. From the Associated Press:

Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.’s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.

That’s nuts. I don’t use Yahoo, but I’m already seeing it infiltrated by little rainbowy butterflies spreading craplets.

Via Daring Fireball.

Update: The more I think about this, the bigger it is. I was just thinking about Yahoo search mostly. What’s going to happen with Flickr if this goes through? YUI? I can’t imagine Microsoft not screwing these things up. I’m not trying to bash Microsoft, they just don’t have a very good track record. Hotmail anyone? Gruber has some more articulate thoughts (as usual).

Pyrrhic Victory

Last night I actually learned a phrase while watching football. During the New England vs. San Diego game, one of the announcers used the phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” to explain why it was not such a good idea for the San Diego Chargers to attempt a field goal on a fourth down, goal line situation at the beginning of the third quarter. Why? Well, they were down 24-0. With that score, three points is just a drop in the bucket while seven means you might actually have a chance at getting back in the game.

For the record, they went for it, and got the touchdown. Not that it actually mattered though.

On a side note, I’d really like to thank Google for inadvertently inventing the ‘common sense’ spell checker. How do you look up a word in a dictionary when you have no idea how to spell it? Google a phonetic, or somewhat phonetic version of the word and chances are you’ll find a result. I googled “puric victory” and got this delightful little page, which gave me the correct spelling. Interestingly enough, it describes the phrase as “a staple of every political analyst’s rhetorical arsenal.” I wonder why I’ve never learned this?

Top 15 Google Street View Sightings

Here are 15 truly amazing sightings from Google’s Street View.

My favorite: The Void

A screenshot from Google's Street View called The Void

I can already tell that there are a world of possibilities here. At least the photos are about nine months old now.