Microsoft and Yahoo Vs. Google

I saw on Fox News this morning that Microsoft and Yahoo are going to merge and Yahoo will start using Microsoft’s Bing search engine.  I don’t know why.  Anyway, they said that Google has been kicking Yahoo’s ass in the search engine department so MS and Yahoo are going to combine to kick Google’s ass.

Shep on Fox said that Bing seems to be a way better search engine but I don’t know about that.  I just did a Bing search for my name “Xanapus” and it didn’t seem that special to me.  It has a pop up on the right side of each item that shows you whats in there but who really cares about that?  It’s not a little mini image of the page, its text.  I don’t see how it’s better than Google personally.

Also, a few nights ago we went to visit friends of ours and when I went to look up the directions I opened Windows Live Mail (which I find easier than Outlook Express) and opened up the address book to copy the address to paste in Google maps but the address was a link so I clicked it and up came Bing Map.  After awhile trying to figure out just how I was supposed to get directions to that address I finally printed the directions with a map.  Well, those directions got us lost because they put us somewhere else.  They told us to turn left when we were supposed to go to another street 2 streets up on the right.  We ended up having to call to find out which street to go to and found out right and not left.

Google in my opinion is way better for search engines and for maps.  I’m probably not going to change.  There are some aspects of Google I don’t care for like Google Chrome browser because it doesn’t give me my Yahoo toolbar.  I’m kinda sorta looking forward to Google Chrome OS only because of the claim that it starts up faster than Windows but we will see if I can still use my Windows software since it will be Linux-based.  One service of Google’s that I do love is their free 1-800-GOOG-411.

Good luck Microsoft and Yahoo.

Friendly Spam

Is there such thing as friendly spam?  I don’t know, all I know is I much prefer spam fried and on bread with mayo.

I get a lot of emails every day advertising something like porn, penis enlargement, weight loss, and from various companies like Pepsi and Dairy Queen and even news emails from newsmax.com.  I don’t care for them, I just immediately delete them, that is if they don’t find themselves in my spam folder.

If it wasn’t bad enough getting those spam emails, I get tons of other spam from people that I know.  Friends send me spam constantly.  I get either petitions or chain letters and they are all guilting me into sending them to 10 or more people.  The petitions say that I have to sign my name at the end of the email then forward it to 10 people and those 10 people sign it and forward it.  First of all, those petitions don’t do any good because they never get to who they are intended to go to and 2nd whoever they are sent to don’t take them seriously.

The chain ones say if you don’t send it out to 10+ people you will have bad luck.  I don’t believe they will give me good or bad luck.  No voodoo priestess enchanted an email to give you good or bad luck OK.  There is no luck with chain letters or chain emails.

The spam I hate, really really hate are religious emails that friends and family send me.  Sometimes that’s all they send me and when I email them they don’t even respond to my emails at all so I start to wonder why I even have them in my address book at all.  Why don’t I just block their emails from coming to me.  I hate religious emails.  It’s like they are shoving their god or Jesus down my throat.  I don’t send gay emails to everyone shoving homosexuality down their throats so what gives them the right to do that to me?

This one person who I met on the greyhound as I was going to visit my aunt in 2000 or something who I gave my email address to sends me nothing but religious emails and yesterday she spammed me with about 10 emails with all of her YouTube videos.  Yeah, I’ve seen them and they aren’t new, I don’t know why she feels the need to share them with me again.  One of them is a video of this guy in his 50’s or 60’s and he’s sleeping with a laptop on his lap and he’s sleeping sitting up but hunched over the computer and she’s laughing and saying MySpace addict.  I didn’t see MySpace up on the screen.  It was just the desktop with icons.  How does that make him a MySpace addict?  It just makes him a laptop addict.  That makes no sense to me so I don’t even respond to it.

Frankly, I’m sick of getting emails from anybody because that’s the only crap they send me.  I think there are 2 people who send me emails with conversation in them who I correspond with and that’s it.  All the rest feel the need to spam me on a daily basis.  I don’t mind the jokes or the puppy/kitty/baby pictures, those I love to see and the jokes and comic strips are really funny.  But don’t shove god/chain/petitions down my throat unless you are prepared to get a 20 page email about homosexuality.