Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from August, 2005

Google has nifty feature.

If anyone can figure out how Google is selecting what links appear on certain searches, I would really like to know.

Here is what I'm referring to:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cnet
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=yahoo
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=microsoft

Each of those three searches return four select links to sections of each company's website. What I want to know is how Google is deciding what links come up. This is possibly the biggest feature they have put together in a long time. It seems to me that anyone can benefit from this, but the rules seem really sketchy at best. It looks like different subdomains are favored, but then why is CNet inconsistent? It also appears that you can only have 15 characters for each displayed link.

I've not cared much for SEO until now. This, however, piques my interest because this potentially allows searchers to quickly find what they are looking for if they know your company name or website name bu…

Misinformation

Misinformation is abundant. For instance, I needed a read/write locking mechanism for Windows and was hoping to get some development tips and ran across this as one of the top ten results from Google:

http://www.joecheng.com/blog/entries/Writinganinter-processRea.html

That's all fine and dandy...if you want application performance to, to use a technical term, suck. Performance really goes down the tubes if 10 threads want to write all at once. Every thread wanting to write has to line up and then 1000+ synchronization primitives have to be acquired before the last one can finish writing.

If you are a software developer with less than 5 years of experience and don't know the first thing about a topic, please, please, please do NOT blog on it, do not write an article, do not visit a forum declaring knowledge of it, do pass GO, and do not collect $200. (If anything, you owe the world a formal apology and you owe me $200 for wasting my time). Google and other search engines will…