The Google Answer Machine

Search Engines vs. Answer Machines I’ve often said that in five years, Google won’t exist. They’re so used to search engines that they can’t imagine it could disappear. But they also forget search engines didn’t exist until...

Poems at my website

A few years ago, on a lark, I added a few poems to my website. I like poetry quite a bit and keep copies of favorites. Last year, I went to a weekend poetry reading. For many years, I’ve been translating Rilke’s poetry. I assumed few people cared about...

Will the Web Kill Languages?

Q. Will the Web kill languages? A. I studied at Universitaet Heidelberg (Germany). It’s the #1 German university. When I went to Germany in 1977, only a few students spoke English. Only two or three professors could speak a bit of English, and only at a low...

How Facebook Controls the News

What happens when large web sites hire journalists? > (…) many former employees suspect that Facebook’s eventual goal is to replace its human curators with a robotic one. (They) started to feel like they were training a machine, one that would eventually take...
Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10

After some 450 reminders from Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10, I began to think about it. See? Advertising works 🙂 So I’ll document how I’ll do this. Tues, Jan. 12th, 2016: Will I Yes or Will I No? I have Windows 7. The full name is Windows 7 Home...