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The trouble with online textual communications is that all we have are the words. There is no body language, no tone of voice, no facial expression. Just the words. So you can’t normally detect the emotional state of the writer, can’t tell if they are teasing or pulling your leg, can’t see their facial expression to work out if they are happy or sad, angry or afraid, just plain tired or tired-and-emotional. This lack of emotional information can lead to misunderstandings and occasionally heated arguments.
On Wednesday I posted a blog about getting TortoiseCVS working on Windows Vista. Out of curiosity, I googled for it the next day using the search term “TortoisePlink has stopped working” and it was at number two. On Friday it was at number one. Today (Saturday) google doesn’t appear to have heard about it - no matter what search terms I use, Google returns everything but. I even tried “TortoisePlink has stopped working +site:dereksorensen.com”. Very strange. I’m not really bothered about it, just wondering how this can be.
I notice some porn site (going by the name of Lord Matt) has copied the first line of the post and is now number one in Windows Live Search; I wonder if this is related?
Sometimes I think the internet is such a snake pit, we were better off without it.
Ok, I decided I’d had enough of spammers and so have finally got around to adding a Captcha to the comment form. It should work just fine, but if you have problems posting please let me know at the email address on this page.