Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-9-2017: Searching for Engines


You’ve possibly worked out I’m something of a Mac fan, over the years.

Turning it into the tech fan’s equivalent of football thuggery.

And meant seeing historical footage of former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, bigging up the Mac platform something to see.

Not something that would happen, these days, I think.

He’d not even get an iPhone.

Not ON iPhone.

As it turns out, though?

He has bought an Android job.

Which probably tells you what he thinks of Windows phones … !


On top of all that … ?

I’m happy at work.   No, really.

I’m happy at work.   But HAVE had the occasional issue: where the hours go up and down.

Which is why I’m happy I’ve got tomorrow off.

It meant that, should someone at a local taxi firm suddenly want to interview me for a call centre agent job, they can.

It’s at eight in the evening: tomorrow!

Nervous doesn’t even START!


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Beatles-themed Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions and answers, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) Which search engine claims 27th September, 1998, as its birthday: Ask Jeeves, Yahoo or Google?
Q2) What’s that search engine’s parent company?
Q3) Those companies?   Are headquartered in Mountain View.   Mountain View is in which US state?
Q4) That HQ is called what?
Q5) The search engine itself, searches on what: the ’Net, the World Wide Web or databases?
Q6) Name either of the company’s two founders.
Q7) The search engine uses an algorithm to rank pages, and present them to us.   That algorithm is called what?
Q8) Not counting the white background it’s on, the search engine’s logo features how many colours: two, three or four?
Q9) Rival search engine, Bing, is owned by which computer company?
Q10) Finally?   According to one of the buttons on the engine’s default home page?   I’m feeling … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 26th September saw the UK release of Abbey Road, the last recorded album by the Beatles.   In which year of the 1960s?
A1) 1969.
Q2) The cover shows the band crossing which road?
Q3) The band crossed the road on a what: pelican crossing, zebra crossing or puffin crossing?
A3) A zebra.
Q4) The album was recorded in the Abbey Road Studios: hence the album’s name.   The studio was owned by whom: EMI, Virgin or HMV?
A4) EMI.
Q5) What was the first song on side one of Abbey Road?
Q6) Name either of the two George Harrison penned songs on Abbey Road.
Q7) The last Beatles song to feature Ringo on vocals was on Abbey Road.   What song was it?
A7) Octopus’s Garden.   (It’s also one of a few songs written by Ringo, himself.)
Q8) One of the songs on side two — in the medley section — was covered by Booker T and the MGs.   Which rather plastic song are we talking about?
Q9) Who was the album’s main producer: Tony Visconti, Trevor Horn or George Martin?
Q10) Finally?   The last track on the album was originally not mentioned in the track listing.   What was that track?
Here’s a thought …
“I use [it] all the time, I’m happy it’s there. But just as when I read The New York Times or the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal knowing that they have ways of selecting and shaping the material that reaches you, you have to compensate for it. With [it], and others of course, there is an immense amount of surveillance to try to obtain personal data about individuals and their habits and interactions and so on, to shape the way information is presented to them. They do more [surveillance] than the NSA.”
Noam Chomsky.
And a Kraftwerk song … 

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        THere’s another one I haven’t seen in a while, Olga: Eden Lake!   It’s a shame I’m going to be busy on Thursday, there‘s a few films and box sets to catch up with.   Always seems to be the way!   (I‘ve got series three of Twin Peaks sitting around, AND a couple of episodes of the new series of Star Trek … !)

†        I wouldn’t, Debbi: Ronnie and Ronnie and STILL funny, however old you are!   Actually, they worked with John Cleese on The Frost Report: the Class sketch — at about the 9 minute 25 mark — is something of a classic …


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Google
Q2) Alphabet Inc .
Q3) California
Q4) Google Plex
Q5) the World Wide Web
Q6) Larry Page, Sergey Brin
Q7) PageRank
Q8) Four
Q9) Microsoft
Q10) Lucky

Keep me posted! By the way, I forgot to comment but I love the Two Ronnies.

Debbi said...

Wow! Happy birthday Google. Cool videos about Mac! :)

1. Google
2. Google Inc.
3. California
4. Googleplex
5. the World Wide Web
6. Larry Page and Sergey Brin
7. PageRank
8. four
9. Microsoft
10. lucky