Today I spotted an advertisement of Windows Live on Reuters.com while reading a story. The advertisement was a simple image made to look like a search box. Here’s a screenshot:
Microsoft Live Spamvertisement
What bothers me is the fact that Msft is trying to fool people into thinking its a search box and when non-tech-savvy people click on the “input box” to try and search news on Reuters.com it takes them to live.com instead. That might cause a lot of frustration and confusion for some people. Why did Microsoft Live have to resort to visual trickery to get people to visit its website?

Not only that trickery makes people confused, it also dilutes the brand integrity of Microsoft Live. Shame on you Microsoft Live, you are no better than those spam advertisers.

How about an advertisement that says “Search the web with Live.com”?
I am sure more people would be interested to use Live.com if they were invited rather than tricked into it.

Goobuntu

February 1, 2006

I heard speculations that Google is about to enter the Desktop Operating System market by launching Goobuntu, its own Linux distribution based on the popular distro Ubuntu but less than 24 hours later a Google spokeswoman rejected such plans.

Too bad, I was really looking forward to Goobuntu, despite the ridiculous name.

I’ve always wanted to switch to Linux but never actually did because I can’t live without my Adobe (and Macromedia) creative suite. WINE didnt quite work for me because I’d like to work with a software not fight it.

Read more about the Goobuntu hoax on the Ubuntu blog.

P.S. For those who are wondering about the new layout: Some readers complained that the old theme, called “Hemingway”, puts strain on the eyes so I decided to switch to a simple, clean layout.

I was browsing like usual on Sunday afternoon but suddenly my computer got incredibly sluggish so I closed some of the applications that were running to unload some pressure but it remained very much like before. I opened up Task Manager and found out that Firefox is eating up 300,000K (300 MB :O) of my total 512 MB, which is really shocking.

I closed firefox and kept looking at the Task Manager and found out that Firefox is still running in the background but eating up less memory, but the computer is still unusually slow.
Firefox

I closed the Firefox process from the tast manager and all the problems just went away in seconds. I’ve had the same problem over and over again ever since I upgraded from 1.0.7 to 1.5

Am I the only one with these wierd problems?

UPDATE: I searched google and found these:
http://chuck.mahost.org/weblog/?p=1147
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=175007152

Looks like i’m not alone on this one.

Just some rambling

October 22, 2005

Hello, this is my first post on my new weblog. I downloaded Flock and eventually got navigated to wordpress.com.

Here’s my take on Flock. Its a nice browser only for those who has a fast broadband and has a weblog and very familiar with web services like Flickr. Therefore, Flock would only attract about 0.001% of all internet users and most of them would say that they’re quite happy with Firefox and are not looking to change browsers. Read the rest of this entry »

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