opera browser

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 02:44 am
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I was getting ready to install one of the Opera browsers on my phone, but I noticed that their Google Play pages say "contains ads" - even though the browser itself supposedly contains ad-blockers. So where do the ads get displayed? Do they block the normal ads and inject their own instead?

The app details mention: Opera Mini may show ads from Facebook. To learn more, see https://m.facebook.com/ads/ad_choices
But that link results in a Facebook page with message "The page you requested was not found."

I did a web search and didn't find more info on that, but found this (from July 2016): Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million.
That is news to me.

It reminded me of something else I read recently that surprised me too. I thought that Lenovo was a part of IBM, and that IBM was still a PC/laptop manufacturer. But IBM sold "off its personal computer (ThinkPad/ThinkCentre) and x86-based server businesses to Lenovo (2005 and 2014, respectively)". And Lenovo "is a Chinese multinational technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China."
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Got a message on my answering machine with a guy's voice saying they need people for a one-day "focus group" which pays $250, with breakfast and lunch provided. It didn't even sound like a recording, though it probably was. He left a phone number for calling him back.

I've never gotten a message quite like that before, and couldn't tell if it was a scam. Focus Group? What could that be, and why would they pay that much money for it? I've got a job, so I'm not interested, but maybe my mom or niece would be.

So I looked online, and found a Craigslist ad for the same thing. It links to nelsonrecruiting dot com, which seems like a legitimate company for that kind of thing.

While looking up about focus groups, I came across the term "mock jury". I hadn't heard of that before either, so I looked it up. Apparently, if you're rich, not only can you hire a good lawyer to defend you, but your lawyers can hire people to act as mock juries, to find out which arguments are most likely to help them win their case. Sigh.

smell the rainbow

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 11:25 pm
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You know those hilarious PooPourri advertisements, such as Girls Don't Poop?

Today I saw a similarly amusing ad for a similar product, Unicorn Gold. This is the ad. Unlike the PooPourri ones, this one is both hilarious and disturbing to me (I wonder if other people feel disturbed by it or not). Today, I had accidentally opened the same YouTube video in 2 tabs, the same ad playing in both, so the audio was overlapping/echoing in a weird way. At first I thought it was meant to be that way, which made the ad even more intriguing. After stopping the double-play and watching more of it, I realized I had seen it before. When I see something really funny, I generally want to share it. So I had considered posting a link to this one before, but decided against it, because of how it disturbed me. But to avoid going through the same thought process again next time, today I'm posting the link.
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I paid at least $12 extra for the "Ultimate Stainless Steel Style" PUR faucet-mounted water filter at WalMart, compared to the "Chrome" version (which I had before and knew was plastic), only to find out that it is plastic too. That it's only designed to look like stainless steel.

PUR CSR reply to another misled consumer:
"I sincerely apologize for the confusion regarding our faucet mount system. The unit has a plastic housing and is painted Stainless Steel. I hope this information helps!"

The word "Style" listed in smaller font after the "Stainless Steel" part should have tipped me off. But isn't it natural to expect that the product is inherently different, when the price is 50% more? Especially when the higher priced one doesn't even have the neat reflective properties as the cheaper Chrome one?

Anyway, I'll be returning this then.

obnoxious ad

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 09:46 pm
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On the iPad, which I mainly use to play Words With Friends, I generally have 2 browser pages opened to 2 dictionary websites, for checking if words I'm considering using are really words or not. And for checking definitions.

Today, the Merriam-Webster site has an ad-banner across the top, "Would You FUCK an Older Woman?" with FUCK highlighted in red, and Older Woman underlined. Apparently it is an AdultFriendFinder ad, it having their logo in the corner. Not only that, but the banner itself is moving around in jerky manner in order to grab your attention.

Somehow, this surprises me. I suppose this must have slipped by the people in charge of the web site. Surely they wouldn't have allowed an ad like that knowingly, it being a dictionary website which one would expect kids to use too, and how easily offended some people are by the word "fuck".

yo baby yo

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 08:24 pm
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At the ObGyn office today, I glanced across at a display of brochures. Mostly pregnancy-related stuff, female incontinence, IUDs, how to deal with twins, prenatal something or other... then an odd one caught my attention.

The brochure's cover read "This is my baby / right now", and had a photo of a woman pushing a swing... but with a strange thing in the swing. It looked sort of like a fancy camera. Definitely not a baby. Eh? Why is there a camera in the swing? Is she taking videos with a swinging camera? Where's the baby? I didn't get it. The brochure said "Skyla" on it, and I made a mental note to look it up later.

So I did, and Skyla is a type of IUD. The top of the brochure says, "Up to 3 years of continuous birth control", but I didn't see that part before. The image might have made more sense had I read that part.

Tai Chi Zero

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 11:46 pm
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Tai Chi Zero - Martial Arts meets Steampunk.

This movie appealed to me so much while Qiao was watching it on Netflix, that I watched it from the beginning after he was done. There's also a sequel named "Tai Chi Hero".

The sponsored link I got when searching on the name of one of the movie's actresses was rather forehead-wrinkling:

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Hooks that help you carry stuff with true ease - Attention working people! When you are exhausted and on your way home from work, you will be so glad that you own the “Hooks that help you carry stuff with true ease”!

You can attach these “Hooks that help you carry stuff with true ease” to a pole for hanging straps and comfortably stay on your feet without using your hand.

I also came across a heated mouse, which actually sounds like a good idea.

advertising fails

Sunday, March 17th, 2013 12:06 pm
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Most of the time when I click on an internet ad, the page that opens does NOT display the item that was advertised in the link. Often, I am forced to enable JavaScript for the domain, in order to see anything at all. But even when I do that and re-open the page, most of the time, it shows a "sorry, page not found" message, or simply a top-level page with no mention of the specific item I was looking for. Or it shows a page full of various items, which may or may not contain an item like the one I was looking for.

What's the point of these companies even paying for advertisements, when their links don't work?

Even Amazon! I searched on a computer model, and the ads at the top of the Google page have a link to: http://www.amazon.com/Computers (not even specific to the model I was looking for), and yet the page at that link displays: "Looking for something? We're sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site "

Update: Part of the problem must be related to my browser security settings. The Google search results show the same Amazon link in IE. But when I click the link in IE, it opens up a different URL including the specific search string. Google must be manipulating the URL behind the scenes. Oh well, too bad. I don't care to change my security settings just to make some ads work.
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Today's episode of House includes asexuality as one of its topics/sub-plots. Yet to see how they end up dealing with it. They also showed a neat-looking large touchscreen computer panel/display thing in one scene.

And this commercial amused me greatly.

Video title: DIRECTV - Don't Have a Grandson with a Dog Collar 2012 Commercial
Posted by: Directtvdeals
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYyvBg9OHRw

spoiler for the House episode... )