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The Silent Man
5 of 5 stars
Another great John Wells book. I previously compared Alex Berenson and his hero, John Wells, with Vince Flynn and his troubled CIA agent/assassin, Mitch Rapp. Towards the end of Flynn's short life and in his final Rapp books, Flynn got a...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
Getting Started with Hobby Quadcopters and Drones
2 of 5 stars
When I was looking up reviews of drones on the web, I found several mentions of this "book" (a pamphlet,really). It's OK,but all the information can be easily found elsewhere online. The repeated warning about crashing your drone and sta...
tagged: non-fiction
The Martian
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just . . . wow. This was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. The story is fabulous and the execution wonderful. Basically a diary of an astronaut left behind in an escape from a failed Mars mission (though...
tagged: fiction
The Target
2 of 5 stars
I can't even begin to imagine why this book has gotten good reviews. I have read and enjoyed Baldacci's books before, but this is the first book in the Will Robie series that I've read. Probably the last as well. It's the third one of t...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
3 of 5 stars
I didn't love this book. While I generally like Gladwell's style and analysis, he seems to be running out of interesting observations or topics to cover. There are a few good tidbits and the book is short. If you love Gladwell, it's wor...
tagged: non-fiction
Anthem
4 of 5 stars
I love Ayn Rand's thought-provoking books and stories. I'm fundamentally aligned with her libertarian way of thinking so, for the most part, her stories are just one's that drive home a point that I already agree with or, at least, under...
tagged: fiction
Thinking, Fast and Slow
5 of 5 stars
This is simply a fabulous book about how the mind works and how our behavior is driven by our levels of thought. It's not a terribly difficult book to get through, although it does require a lot of System 2 thinking - Kahneman's term for...
tagged: non-fiction
Killing Jesus: A History
4 of 5 stars
As with the other "killing" books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, I really don't like the positioning that the book is based entirely on fact - insinuating the other crappy books I've read are made up. In the documenting of Jesus' li...
tagged: non-fiction
Wooden: A Coach's Life
4 of 5 stars
How can one not like a book about John Wooden? The man is a sports icon. Most of all, of course, he's a teacher, which is exactly what he wanted to be and prided himself on. He based his entire life on teaching basketball fundamentals an...
tagged: non-fiction and sports
Dead Eye
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just. Wow. This is a great book. In the ex-CIA-troubled-assassin genre, this may be my favorite book ever. Greaney does a fabulous job of balancing action with storyline. Never gets boring, but the reader is overwhelmed by ridiculou...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin

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I’m Likin’ Bing

While I’m addicted to search like most people, I’m not married to a particular provider.  I have a load of search engines in my Firefox search drop-down list which, conceptually, lets me choose the most appropriate one to get the fastest access to the best results.  That said, Google has been my default search engine for as long as I can remember and I’ll usually hack through what Google feeds back to me before I bother with others.  Just lazy.

Since I’m never happy with anything and feel the need to tinker with everything, I changed my default search engine to Bing a few weeks ago.  I like it.  It’s not life-changing or anything, but I’m impressed with the results and the flexibility it provides.  There are three things in particular I like. 

  • Each returned entry has more follow-on links than Google provides.  If I’m really just looking for the “Downloads” link, for example, I don’t have to navigate to the home page of the searched site and click on that link.  It’s in the Bing entry.  Yeah, Google does this sometimes, but it’s much more frequently done with Bing.  For some sites there is even a search box for the found site inside the the Bing entry (see below).

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  • I like the “Related Searches” list in the sidebar.  In search, sometimes it’s all about how you enter what you’re looking for.  When I don’t get what I want, I often find that clicking on one of the related searches gets me there fast just because other keywords were better than those I entered.
  • Images.  I can’t imagine why, but Bing returns a much better list of images than Google.  They’re organized better, too.  When you see an image close to what you’re looking for, you simply click on “show similar images” and you get more sizes and varieties of similar images.  Nicely done.
  • Sports results.  I search for sports scores and standings frequently.  See below, Bing just does a better job.

Bing - Red Sox Google - Red Sox

Note here that I didn’t include the results themselves as a differentiator.  I think that the Bing results are slightly better, but it’s not yet clear to me that this is so.  The presentation of search results, though, is much nicer in Bing, IMO.  For now, I’m a convert.

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  • http://www.searchanimal.net/ Popular Searches

    I too like Bing. I have been a Yahoo guy for as long as I can remember. I liked the one click for just about anything….Google though was my real preference when I really wanted to search.

  • http://www.searchanimal.net Popular Searches

    I too like Bing. I have been a Yahoo guy for as long as I can remember. I liked the one click for just about anything….Google though was my real preference when I really wanted to search.

  • http://www.abso-bloody-lutely.com/ Adirec Torytski

    The statements regarding the images is right on the nail. Doesn’t seem to be a suitable explanation – Yet! but they definitely do current return a better list of images at Bing than Google for the same search. Also that option to click on show similar imagines comes in very handy. I also have a variety of options but previously also went straight to Google and will now perhaps give Bing a bit more of a chance just based on the other points you have raised.

    No doubt there will be more upgrades and improvements as well, as long as they remain on top of it and keep doing what they are only better than some others…

    Thanks
    Adirec

  • http://www.abso-bloody-lutely.com/ Adirec Torytski

    The statements regarding the images is right on the nail. Doesn’t seem to be a suitable explanation – Yet! but they definitely do current return a better list of images at Bing than Google for the same search. Also that option to click on show similar imagines comes in very handy. I also have a variety of options but previously also went straight to Google and will now perhaps give Bing a bit more of a chance just based on the other points you have raised.

    No doubt there will be more upgrades and improvements as well, as long as they remain on top of it and keep doing what they are only better than some others…

    Thanks
    Adirec

  • http://www.melatoninfaq.com/ melatoninlady

    Microsoft Bing would be the closet competitor of Google. but i still use Google because it shows more relevant results on the serp.

  • http://www.arthritistreatmentlab.com/ George

    i have been evaluating the search results of Microsoft Bing compared to Google and they are comparable. Bing gives almost the same relevant search results just like Google.

  • http://www.acnetreatmentdigest.com Acneboy

    Bing search engine gives almost the same search results as Google. Looks like Google will now have a tough competition when it comes to search engine technology.

  • http://www.anxietydepressionfaq.com/ Jade

    Bing does give search results much like Google but i would have to say that Google still gives more relevant search results.

  • http://www.projectorlampinfo.com Kymm

    i think that Bing is not as good as Google. Google would still index new websites faster than Bing. Microsoft would still need a lot of catching to do with GoogleBot.

  • http://www.acnetreatmentdigest.com/ Acneboy

    Bing search engine gives almost the same search results as Google. Looks like Google will now have a tough competition when it comes to search engine technology.