I am really disappointed with Google Zeitgeist, since they continue to ignore several major european countries by not including results in the reports. Portugal, Austria, Belgium are all major european countries and they are not at the list but at the same time Greece is present (i don’t think greek economy is up to compete with austrian or belgian), so i am thinking that may be the reason for this ignorance is the population. But after checking that Czech Republic has almost the same population as Portugal or Belgium, i really see no reason at all of ignoring those countries. I do not see any sequence in including one countries and excluding other ones. Also notable is the absence of Romania, with more 22 Millions of population, surely they deserve their place at Zeitgeist.
Two local search engines that i have used for years are Google Austria and Google Portugal, and since Google shows in Zeitgeist the results of other local search engines, i think it would be easy to include Portugal and Austria as well.
From programmers point of view, there is no reason at all of not doing it. From internet marketing point of view, its a terrible situation, for webmasters being excluded for quite some time, with apparently no reason at all. For example, for me the really interesting public is the portuguese at the moment, so without data from Google Zeitgeist about most popular searches i can feel a kind of ignored.
Factuplus 2006 is the worst piece of software i have ever seen in my entire life. Really. Seeing a popular in Portugal program in a year 2007 which has a look and feel of a 1989-1993 program makes you feel – “i want my money back”. Paying 180 euros for such a shameful software makes me feel guilty; next time i will definitely chose a different software.
During Factuplus 2006 installation, you notice, that you cannot switch to any other task in windows, and while windows is meant to be a multi-tasking operating system, it annoys hell out of me, when something is blocking my access to other software. The dialogs that Factuplus 2006 installation is using are from Windows 3.11 and i am not kidding and not exaggerating it, thanks God that software itself is using Windows 95 dialogs. =O) The activation procedure is annoying as well as one has to register twice on the Sage’s site, besides that when you call them for the first time to get the activation code, they redirect you to the register procedure, asking to call them about 30 minutes later after that. Continue reading
In the next couple of days, i am looking into finally getting a MacBook Pro (MA610LL), my very first Mac. Through my life i have owned quite a number of computers, (and still have) but never had owned any Apple hardware, so i decided that now it is the right time to make this move, as i really need a notebook, and i do not see myself using a pc-based one.
So after long months of thoughts i think i am ready getting one of those beauties, the one in the middle of the line (MA610LL), with 2GB or ram, and 256MB of video – anything less is not to be considered seriously. As for processor speed, i think one can be really satisfied with a Intel’s Core Duo 2, at any clock speed available. I do not wish something too big to be transported, that’s why 15” is more then enough for me, i would even consider ultra-portable (something like 13” or 12”) if there would be one from the Apple. With that hardware i count for a good couple of years, which this
notebook MacBook will serve me well. =O)
I am excited to start working on Os X, since i have no big Os X experience, but at the same time, i have had quite some time working with the NEXTStep at the university, and i have always referred to that experience even while submitting my CV in the “windows world”, i think that the most of the people have not had any idea about what it is … =O) hehe
Finally, after much deliberation Google has finally allowed the webmasters to see which links it really indexes. As it was written today in “Discover your links” and “Google provides backlink tool for site owners” posts, Google has finally added this so much requested functionality to their Sitemaps tool. I know a couple of guys who went to register in Yahoo SiteExplorer just because Google’s link: has not worked properly for ages, and Google Sitemaps has not provided anything close to this functionality, but finally we seem to have it working. Still far from being perfect and even not reaching 80% in my opinion, but it is a major improvement.
There is an interesting fact, written twice with bold on the same page by Matt Cutts – “Do not assume just because you see a backlink that it’s carrying weight”, and it makes a lot of sense for me, since for some of the sites i know there are quite a number of links but judging by the pagerank number – the most of them are still far from being counted. At the same time it is a kind of a protection for search engines against those who build thousands links by robot programs, because once the link carries no relation or significant connection, it should not be counted.
Now we have a possibility to trace all those who link to us, and it is a quite an important information. Of course one can always trace from which pages the visits are coming from, but there are a lot of pages, from which you wont get a click, but you might have a link, which could help you improving your pagerank at Google and final ranking in all major search engines, and in the end effect this is what all webmasters are looking for – to be at number one of the search results in all important keywords combinations.
I am looking forward of getting more information from the Google Sitemaps, especially since i can compare it with the one from Yahoo’s SiteExplorer and see which one sees which links.
This month is a very busy one. I have got quite a number of projects to work under, that i do not have much more free time as i thought before. I am going to publish a complete new web site, as well as some updates to the sites i am supporting at the moment, besides that the work for Scatti Design and Web Caravela Design are in progress, as well as Pintaroxo might come online in early March. Some updates i am going to do may include some serious changes in the business logic, which will occupy some serious time, and i am already starting thinking about managing it all in a reasonable timeframe, as i am interested in opening an interesting online project, completely in portuguese, during one of the summer months.