The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Google, I think we need a little talk …

So I came across “What Colour are your bits?” for the nth time, and I thought I might link to it, but I want to make sure I haven't linked to it before. So I do what I usually do and try a Google search. Nothing comes up. But hold on—it's “colour,” not “color” so let me try that and even less comes up.

By now, I'm sure I have linked to that article before. A somewhat-­quick-­but-­not-­entirely-­quick search locally on my server revealed that yes, I did link to that article.

Okay Google, what gives? You index everything pretty much instantaneously. I use you pretty much all the time to search my blog. And you can't find a single entry with an exact phrase? Are you just having a bad day?

And now I'm curious—what if I tried … oh … I don't know … BING?

Well, I didn't expect this—first result, exactly what I wanted to find. Well, Google?

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