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Wandering around the web

12 February 2016

Wandering around the web is like living in a world in which every doorway is actually one of those science fiction devices which deposit you in a completely different part of the world when you walk through them. In fact, it isn’t like it, it is it.

Douglas Adams

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6 Comments to “Wandering around the web”

  1. It’s one of the greatest tragedies of our time that Adams didn’t live to see what the Internet has become in the years since he died.

  2. With an active search, it’s sort of limited by imagination, or even just memory. I can’t Google a movie if I don’t know what the title is, and algorithms can only offer suggestions based on past performance, not what we might be missing or what we haven’t seen yet, or might like to.

    • “With an active search, it’s sort of limited by imagination, or even just memory. I can’t Google a movie if I don’t know what the title is, and algorithms can only offer suggestions based on past performance, not what we might be missing or what we haven’t seen yet, or might like to.”

      You have obviously never used Google (or Amazon, for that matter) to its fullest. I find stuff all the time without a title. And the algorithms always give me suggestions based on all sorts of things besides my past performance: what other people have looked for, my age, my gender, where I live, etc.

    • For years, I’ve wanted to re-read a book I loved in grade school. Sadly, I couldn’t remember either the title or the author, soooo. But a year or so ago, I googled the name of the horse. (Yeah, I know!) Found it. Olympic Horseman by John Richard Young. Now if I could only afford a copy. Sigh.

  3. Cortana has opened up the web even further. It makes no difference what browser you use as your default, you get an amazing number of answers for the most basic questions.

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