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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
So Unmotivated

I really suck at this whole blogging thing. I’ve had so much I could write about over the past couple of weeks, but I’m just way too unmotivated to do it, even though I sit at work all day with very little to do. I guess I can give a quick summary of some stuff.

Google has apparently started penalizing poker blogs, or any blog that sells paid links without rel=”nofollow”, or something. The result is that people can’t actually find what they’re searching for. Search for my name, and this page doesn’t come up until the sixth page of results. ColorPearl (http://www.geekandproud.net/blackberry-software/) isn’t there until the third page of results. Both of these use to the first hit, and most likely what people were actually searching for. I realize there are other people with my name, but three out of the first four hits on my name are about me, just not this site. Someone had to post this: http://forums.crackberry.com/f79/looking-softreset-app-48982, looking for one of my other Blackberry apps. Google is failing. I might have to find a new search engine. “softreset blackberry” doesn’t show my page until the fifth page of results. Also, the spam filter on gmail has been seriously lacking for a while now. They need to get their act together again.

Update: Just searched for all those things on Yahoo! The Blackberry software comes up as the first hit, and the search for my name brings this page up as the second hit. Google is broken as a search engine.

The fire in the area has moved away from the city, and there’s nothing left to burn between here and there, so my house should be in no danger. I moved a bunch of stuff from home to the office, anyway, though. Things could change, I suppose, and I’m going on vacation tomorrow, and will be gone a while. While there’s not really any danger anymore, that hasn’t stopped the power from going out every day since Wednesday. It’s been quite annoying. If you’ve been following me on twitter, you probably knew that. I was in the new bar Wednesday night (it opened Tuesday, but I was bowling), and at some point during the night walked home, got a flashlight, and walked back. It was a fun night.

Tomorrow morning, I fly out to NY, where I’m staying for a week and a half. Hopefully, I’ll get to a game at Shea while I’m there. I’m also going to a Billy Joel concert at Shea, and quite possibly the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. I’m flying back directly to LA, not Santa Barbara. The next morning, I’m bowling down there the CA state bowling tournament. It’s going to be a good couple of weeks, I hope.

The Mets are starting to show signs of life. They’re above .500 again! They just took three of four from the Phillies, but the last two games were a whole lot more interesting than they should have been. Last night, they had a 9 run lead, and almost blew it. They won the game 10-9, with the tying run on base. Now they get to face the Giants, so if the recent pattern follows, they’ll lose this series. They’ve been beating the good teams (Phillies, Angels, Yankees) and losing to the bad ones (Padres, Rockies, Mariners). It’s very frustrating.

Damn, some of my vacation days for this trip might have to be taken unpaid. That sucks. I kept asking how many days I had left, and kept getting no reply. Maybe I can take them from the next quarter.

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Posted by alan to [baseball, bowling, general, google] at 10:44 am PT | Link | Comments (2)

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Comment by Jeff
2008-07-28 22:30:34

Hey dude, since the comments section on the software page is closed….

Any idea when a working version of Colorpearl compatible with OS 4.5 is due? I’ve tried using the current version on my 8100 with 4.5 and it has the small problem of leaving the LED light on instead of turning it off after reading email/SMS, calendar appt etc. It’s like the ‘state’ of the light has been reversed or something? I dunno…

Thanks! Love the app by the way. I work for a company that trains people on BlackBerry (Mobile Mentor) and I regularly recommend your app as a WOW feature. I have a memo saved with the OTA URL and then just forward this on to people to download direct – super easy! I’ll get around to donating one day 😀

Comment by Derek
2008-08-16 22:28:58

I have recently noticed the issue you described about Google and how it lists your site. Months ago when I had a Blackberry Pearl, ColorPearl was at the top of the list. Now, I had to link through a forum just to get here from one of the first few results. As much as I like Google, I think this is pretty messed up and they’re more concerned with making money rather than providing content… I might have to start looking for another search engine myself…


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