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· · 2004
· · · September
· · · · 24 (2 entries)

Pix MisGoogled · Google indexes pictures all wrong. Here at <span class="o">ongoing</span>, I used to store all my own pictures with nice names I invented on the spur of the moment. Sometime last year, I realized my cameras were thoughtfully giving each shot a nice guaranteed-unique name, so I just started using that; for example, <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2004/09/23/-big/IMG_2663.jpg'>that slug</a> is in a file named <code>IMG_2663.jpg</code>. But, I’m careful to always supply an appropriate alt text, like so: <code><img alt='Vancouver slug' src='IMG_2663.png' /></code>. It turns out that Google pretty much ignores the alt text, which is irritating, so you’ll find my roses and prairiescapes and Foo Campers in Google only with a lot of effort. What’s really weird is that Google <strong>does</strong> put a lot of weight on the actual file-name. The reason I noticed this is that in any given week, the most popular image on <span class="o">ongoing</span> is the picture of Diablo found <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2003/07/25/NotGaming'>here</a>, apparently because it’s in a file called <code>diablo.jpg</code>. But you know, there are lots of pictures of Diablo out there, and not that many of <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2004/09/09/ThreeChapels'>the chapels at Brussels Airport</a>. So, Google could do a lot better here. <i>[Note: I’m talking about Google <a href='http://images.google.com/'>image search</a> here, not regular search. It’s still broken.]</i>
 
Smart EC · Because of the way <span class="o">ongoing</span> works I need fairly short headlines, which is a pity, because for this piece I wanted to use <i>The European Commission Makes Extremely Smart Moves Concerning Open XML-Based Office Document Formats and Browbeats Vendors Deftly; As a Result the Open Office XML Format Will Probably Become an ISO Standard</i> ...
 
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