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Posted by | Posted in Geek Stuff, Random, Technology | Posted on 15-09-2009

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Hmm, this year seems to be the year for celebrity deaths it seems. If you haven’t heard already, Patrick Swayze (of Dirty Dancing fame) died today of pancreatic cancer. I can’t say I was a big fan of his films, but at 57, it wasn’t exactly his time to go. Rest in peace.

On a lighter note, Google today announced the launch of Fast Flip – a kind of magazine-like application for reading through news stories in the same way as you might do with a real newspaper. It’s Google’s answer to recent criticisms that they’re responsible for falling newspaper sales, and are making money from other people’s content.

Perhaps they are, but at the end of the day, the content is being given away by newspapers for free, and all Google is doing is directing people to it. After all, that’s it’s job. The newspapers themselves are looking to make money from their online content, which isn’t surprising really. I’m just shocked at how newspapers and magazines have stayed in business for so long, despite the meteoric rise of online news publications (and even newspapers’ own websites).

Still, if this helps news outlets continue to report their completely unbiased, unfanatical ramblings to a population of people who pride themselves on their intelligence and ability to think for themselves, then who am I to argue…

Also in the tech-related news world today – WordPress 2.9 is to include a basic image-editing suite. Sounds awesome. I can’t say I’d ever have thought of it myself, but I can certainly see the advantages of being able to edit an image once it’s uploaded to your library. With it, new security vulnerabilities will no doubt emerge, but with the regularity that the WordPress developers spit out updates, it’ll not be long before any potential bugs will be fixed.

Also, Microsoft does something to something (again). This time they’ve added what they call ‘visual search’ to their rebranded search engine Bing, which as far as I can make out, is almost like a cross between image search and standard search results. Then again, I’ve not bothered to read the article.

I actually quite like Bing. Not only is it fast, but it returns some pretty relevent results too. With Windows 7 being launched on 22nd October (in Europe at least) then I can see a resurgence in the number of users who use the default search engine that’ll no doubt ship with IE8. Which (for a change) isn’t a bad thing. I’d like to see Bing have it’s chance against The Almight Google. Then again, 80% of the things I use Google for are not even search-related, so I guess I could say that. (If you want some pros and cons about Windows 7, here they are).

Things seem to be going a bit better at work today than they did yesterday, which is nice. In the overall grand scheme of things, I’m not generally impressed with work (who is?) but at least things are working today. Mostly because I gave up on the things that weren’t working…

UPDATE: Google Chrome version 3 is out now!

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