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Google Junky



I am a confessed Google junky. It's true.

I have been using Google Search since I don't know when - a long time (in Internet Time). I got my Gmail account about one year ago and am now a sworn Gmailer, having rid myself of all my other personal addresses. Since then I have created this Blog (older entries migrated from Movable Type), installed Google Desktop Search on my laptop, and use Picasa 2. Of course I use Google Local / Google Maps as well.

Why! Why? you shout and ask (as is clear from all of your comments on my Blog). Google's applications work and they work well. They are also free. Can you beat that?

Of course there is nothing stopping Google from letting the POWER go to their heads and developing a form of Evil Empire Syndrome (the virus mutates and once you're infected the only cure is to divide the empire [sometimes even this doesn't work]).

Books, books, books

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I'm reading a couple of books I'd like to briefly review.
Fortunes of War, Stephen Coonts, ISBN 0312969414If you're looking for the answer to the meaning of life don't look here...anyway we all know it's 42.

I really enjoyed this book. His description of what it would feel like as fighter jet pilot in a dogfight with cutting-edge technology aircraft is cool. The plot hangs together fairly well and is somewhat believable although consisting of a 'perfect storm' of events including a Russo-Asiatic conventional war on the brink of conversion to nuclear war. Character development is lacking but that is clearly not the focus. This is simply a thriller to be read quickly. Take it on an airplane or business trip - it will really eat up the hours. Do not, as I did, read it in bed. I am still recovering from sleep-depravation.
Future: Tense, Gwynne Dyer, ISBN 0771029780Gwynne Dyer is one of my favourite war historians. If you saw his public television…