SOPA and Protect IP Are Scary

I love the internet.  No really, I LOVE the internet.  It provides commerce, education, music, video, and tools for me and most of the connected world.  The food I provide for my family is paid for by the work that I do on the internet.  I am usually not keen to get too political on my little slice of the net here, but I would ask that you view the following short video about the Stop Online Piracy and the Protect Intellectual Property acts.  This is a real eye opener.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Center For Rights on Vimeo.

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Google Makes Advanced Changes

Looks like Google is making more changes to their search results again.  While every company puts out new releases and with these changes can come modifications to the UI, when google makes a change it can have a pretty big impact on people who get very used to the screen being a certain way.  If you recall, when Google rolled out the “instant” search technology, which I admit I love, it also removed the bottom search box that if you use the new “instant” search you really wouldn’t need it.

But now Google has made another change on something I use on almost every search.  I often use the advanced search function that resided just below the search box on a results page.  But it recently, and I am not sure when because I don’t see it mentioned in the Official Google Blog, has been moved to the bottom of the page.  It can also be accessed via the “Gear” icon at the top right of the page.  Now, I am fine with changes to an application, as I said above I know every company puts out new release and is constantly trying to change things for the better.  In this case however, I think that maybe a bit of form over function may be in play here.

End Mini-Rant…