Hoke’s Ramblings

Archive for November, 2008

Websites that are too smart

by Chris on Nov.26, 2008, under Tech, Travel

I wrote a post ages ago saying how cool it was that websites could figure out where you are based on your IP address. The downside of this is that they sometimes mistakenly assume you speak Kazakh, just because you happen to be sitting in a hotel room in central Asia.
What ticks me off even more is that to try and find the English option, there’s nothing that actually says “English”. So not only do they assume you can speak the local lingo, you know what your own language is called in it. I had to resort to “Pirate” and then after that I could choose English in “Me Likes an’ Dislikes”.

EDIT: I subsquently found a “Google.com in English” link at the bottom of the pge, but the main point of my rant stands – language selections usually tend to be based on the langugage you’re stuck in at the moment, which sometimes makes it very hard to work your way out.

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WebMarshal Fail

by Chris on Nov.22, 2008, under Personal, Tech


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