I hate SEO with a passion and it annoys me no end how they manipulate to move up in results for searches irrelevant to what the topic actually is. Today I was searching for something not even related to images which is what Pinterest does and it shows up near the top of the results. Normally I don’t click on these links but I must not have noticed it but the old familiar page shows up with a few completely unrelated images and the login screen.
This morning I have been noticing a lot of websites and even for a time my email was unable to connect. Seems from what I am reading that one of the largest networks in the world shit the bed. Oops. That’s will be an interesting fuck up. It certainly does make you wonder though, with so many “smart” devices that require an internet connection. Which how many of them really relies on a active connection do do normal things what would happen if the major backbones were taken down.
I was reading an article last night in 2600 about phone systems and it brought up how much has changed. Growing up phones were expensive and certainly cell phones were out of the question. We didn’t even have a working landline. If we had one to call long distance would have been very expensive unlike now. For 40 dollars a month now I get a cell phone with unlimited calling anywhere, at least in the United States and maybe some other places but I don’t call them so I wouldn’t know.
I saw a link to a website with an article about Corona Virus last night so I decided to read it. The websites header took up a quarter of the screen and there was no way to make it go away. It was far too much of a distraction to read the article. I hadn’t seen these type of headers in a while but they seemed to be more of a fad a few years back.
I just spent entirely too much time trying to sign up for a a grocery store’s delivery or in our case pick up at the door service. They really do make that whole thing far more difficult than it has to be but I get it. They want you to go into the store and impulse buy stuff. The problem with going into stores right now is the whole inconvenience of them wanting you to follow lines and arrows and go through hopes in the name of social distancing yet other people just do what ever they want and have gathering chit chatting in the isles anyways.
I saw a post on hacker news today that mentioned textfiles.com so that was the end of going to bed early tonight. Into that treasure trove I went. There are just so many interesting gems there. In the 80s we didn’t have a computer and when we did get one it was a commodore 64 with no modem, we had no working phone line anyways. I read, well heard from the old books on tape about the whole BBS scene and that whole idea intrigued me.
I was searching for information on the Idaho earthquake last night and the first three links I clicked were pay walled. Not that there is anything wrong with paywalls themselves, it’s the publishers choice to have them and make money somehow. Hell, if prices were more reasonable and there was a safe, reasonable payment method I’d pay for a few sites. My only issue with them is when they show up as a top search result on a search engine with the full snippet of what you’re searching for but then when you click the link it’s pay walled.
This occurred a long time ago with someone who is extremely computer illiterate. By computer illiterate I mean practically needs help to hit the power button to turn it on. So one day we needed to help them out because their web browser was showing some strange thing on every web page they went to. That didn’t sound good so we burned a CD with all those old programs to clean up windows.
I’d say it started a little over a year ago. I noticed google was giving less and less of the results I wanted and more spammy SEO’d useless shit sites. Their home page is getting more and more cluttered. I’d tried DDG in the past but their results weren’t that good but for some reason when I tried around a year ago they seemed to be much improved. It’s been my default search engine for a while now and find myself going back to google less and less as time passes.
Comcast’s email service really really sucks. Some legit emails about transferring a domain have taken over a week to arrive in my email box and when they finally did arrive they showed up in the spam folder which I had to practically jump through hoops to find. As a test I’ve sent some emails to myself and they have yet to arrive and it’s been about a week. Nothing about them being rejected either.
I’ve been noticing recently some websites want my email address. This is nothing new but the trend seems to be a box popping up over the content I was looking for. It dims and disables the rest of the page. Note to the sites that use this. I find this intrusive and will immediately leave your site. I realize most sites are trying to make money but don’t be so fucking intrusive with it.