Archive for June, 2009

Sarnia Computer Group Newsletter

June 24, 2009

For some good tips and reviews please have a look at my final edition of SCUG Report magazine. I have resigned as Editor of the Sarnia Computer Group. I was spending too many hours each month whereas now I can use to explore new avenues in Cyberspace.

(CLICK HERE for a copy)

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This move will allow me more time for other projects that I deem more important now.

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I am also working on a new murder/mystery novel and lovin it. To see the novel writing ideas and progress CLICK HERE for a Novel Idea.

This blog is updated now on a regular basis keeping the Computer and Internet Tips flowing freely.

So don’t forget to check back here at least weekly for NEW TIPS being added all the time. And check for the upcoming FREE Basic Computer and Internet seminars

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Bing vs Google – a New Engine In Town

June 22, 2009

Google Stand Aside – There’s A New Engine In Town

“bing” – The Decision Engine by Microsoft – www.bing.com

by Gregory West
(as published in the July 2009 issue of First Monday magazine and SCUG Report)

Given Google’s supremacy, who would ever have thought that there would be any competition in the Internet search business? Most of us would bet the farm that would never happen. But wait, hold your bets, because there is a new engine in online who is giving Google employees a major headache. Welcome the brand new search engine owned by Microsoft named: “bing”.

So what makes bing a competitor that can stand up against Google? The answer is quite simple:

* “Searchers can choose the best scope for their search query
* Bing can provide best match and useful links and information
* Quick Preview of any website
* Bing can provide Instant Answers
* Bing will Auto-Suggest the search queries” (toputop.com).

Soon, many of us will do our searching using bing for everything from travel, to shopping, and targeted researches. The main reason to switch to bing is you retrieve accurate and related websites in your search, rather the clutter that Google is now producing in their first five or ten listings. Google is gathering too many junk results for search requests. In that regard, I believe, as many others do, bing will put a serious dent into Google’s dominance in the world of search.

Is Google scared?

You bet. The New York Post says. “You’d think nothing would get under the skin of search giant Google. But co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft’s rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service”.

Great praise for this new search engine is pouring in as INFORMATIONWEEK reports, “Bing includes features that allow users to book travel and engage in other e-commerce transactions with just a few clicks.”

To get a real taste of bing watch this VIDEO. It demonstrates the accurate search results that are more targeted results as Google squirms: http://tinyurl.com/mrsjum
One must admit, “bing” is kind of a wimpy name, but hey, what about the name Google?

“Back in the day”, or so they say, I remember when nobody used Google because it was a strange name. There was another strange named search engine along when Google started up named: “Dog Pile”. Dog pile never made the big time as Google certainly did and it never became a household phrase like “Google it”. However, “Dogpile search engine earned the 2006 and 2007 J.D. Power and Associates award for best Residential Online Search Engine Service”, according to Wikipedia.com.

This new engine in town is a “must” to test drive.
See for yourself: http://www.bing.com

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Gregory West is a software reviewer, basic home computer consultant and author. Gregory provides free basic Computer – Internet seminars at Central United Church. Gregory can be reached at gregorywest@bell.net
Check out his blog for free Computer & Internet Tips:
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