Google Launches ‘The Google’ For Older Adults

The popular search engine Google announced plans Friday to launch a new site,, to appeal to older adults not able to navigate the original website’s single text field and two clearly marked buttons.

“The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses,” said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. “All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ‘,’ and press ‘return’ – although it will also recognize,, and ‘THEGOOGLE’ typed into a Word document.”

Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet as the most popular search engine for users over 55

[The Onion]

Updating the blog

No, not with new posts, but the backend software… I’ve been getting a ridiculous amount of spam via the comments feature, and finally had enough. So I’ve updated to WordPress 2.12 and added the akismet plug-in in the hopes of eliminating all of the gibberish coming through. So if anyone would leave real comments (hint hint), I may actually see them now!

BTW, the return of the baby countdown (and the obligatory explanation post) is coming shortly.

Let Me Blow Ya Mind

OK, so the classic Rubik’s Cube wasn’t particularly difficult once you knew the patterns. Rubik’s Revenge (A 4×4 cube) was significantly harder. But I have no idea what to make of this:

Magic Cube 4D

If that weren’t brain-twisting enough, how about a Rubik’s Cube with five dimensions? And three people have actually solved it – I can only imagine what kind of mutants they are.

Bye Bye Blogger

After four years of using Blogger, it’s time for a change. I’ve switched over to WordPress, since I can host the entire thing on my website, and it’s far more customizable (I particularly like the Categories feature). So now the new address is – the old address will still get you here as well.

Speaking of the New York Times

In my previous post I referenced a link to the New York Times, which reminded me of the fact that I was actually interviewed by them several years ago for an article on retro-computing. The article is still on their website, and the article is still wrong. Quoting the relevant part:

In the early days, programmers looked for creative software solutions instead of glitzier hardware. ”In a way it was simpler back then,” said Lane Denson, a Nashville farmer who has set up a computer museum in his basement. ”You didn’t have 20 or 30 sound cards and you didn’t have to worry about upgrading every other week.”

…except for the fact that I’ve never been a farmer, and I don’t have a basement, nor a computer museum (Well, Emily might debate that last point). I contacted the writer at the time and she said she’d publish a correction, but it never happened. And they didn’t even bother to publish a link to my Commodore 64 website, which is how they got my name in the first place. Oh well – it’s not every day you’re quoted in one of the world’s largest newspapers.

Here’s the link to the full article (may require registration): Living the 8-bit Dream in a 32-bit World

Pet Peeve

…people who insist on inserting “www.” in front of every single website address. Yes, there is the random website that requires “” instead of “”, but 99 times out of 100 it is not necessary, particularly when it has a subdomain.

At my job we set up website addresses that are easy to remember, then others try to complicate things by adding “www.” for some unknown reason. It’s not necessary!

For example, go to – works perfectly. No www. in sight.