PostHeaderIcon Why does just 1 review show up on my Google Business?

and the REST of the question – “…and my page shows 9 reviews?”

Wow, this question from an old friend of mine stirred up the smoldering embers of anger regarding Google. Just thinking about all the decisions that have been made in the past 4 or 5 years by Google. Don’t let anyone kid you or fill you up with anti-Microsoft “protection by obfuscation” rhetoric – Microsoft has NOTHING on Google. Google wasn’t around until the late 90s and I really remember doing a fist pump and thinking “One for the little guy! Finally a company that will make things EQUAL and FAIR!” This was in response to the then current Evil Empire – Microsoft and Bill Gates.

Now, in comparison, Microsoft is warm and cuddly. Google does everything it can to infiltrate every portion of your life.. I can smell a whole new rant, and we’re just going to leave that hostility for another day.

This was my answer to her…

The best I can tell you is “Because it’s Google.” I’m sure they have their own justification of however they do whatever they seem to think constitutes their view of the way the internet should work. Should that information be reliable or even reasonable is another whole story.

My guess is that these reviews may or may NOT be trusted because of course Google reserves the right to make those business-breaking judgment calls – unilaterally. They DID come in (many of them) about 4 weeks ago which does look a little fishy.

The big one is the “4 weeks ago reviews” appearing. So if you for example had very few reviews for 5 years for the business being open and then you got 5 reviews in one week? That looks a little fishy. Is it possible that COULD happen? Sure. You COULD have had a big off-web promotion and encouraged people to review your business at an open house and got that kind of response. Not saying that is what was done, but…

Google also tests IPs. If your reviews came from an IP in the middle of the Pacific or out of the area – even just over the border in VA? GOOGLE reserves the right to DECIDE if the people that review your business are legit – unilaterally. When you’re a local business, you need to be getting local reviews from local IPs. Now if you are reviewing something like a product that you bought off Google that can be used anywhere, then it makes sense to get the reviews from all over.

Then I see two more that just list the reviewer as “A Google User.” To me, that indicates that there was either a question about the veracity of the user – or Google lost the data in the transport through the many system iterations that they have had across the last several years, and you, of course, will pay THIS price unilaterally.

There are also the multiple Google systems that have been in play over the last few years. Ongoing Google decisions have made working with their systems very challenging. Google is NOT stupid by any means. On the contrary, there are VERY good minds at work over there. However, I think they often think they are smarter and better than they really are and don’t take into account the average user that is NOT living inside their main compound. This leads to a lot of very poorly planned, explained, and executed moves on their part.

The point is that Google is always changing what they do, how they do it, why the do it, with little to no explanation or warning… It may be justified or unjustified, but in either case, it can and often does cause a lot of chaos. If you’re trying to figure them out and left scratchin’ your head…. Welcome to my world.

PostHeaderIcon Choosing a Computer Repair Technician

happy-angier-computer-userWe can not deny the fact that nearly each house has a computer. Nearly all the things we do now, work, school and even interaction are mostly done through computers. It is then important that we have knowledge on how to do computer repair. It doesn’t require us to know everything about computer repair because there are things that only trained technician can do, but at least we have an idea about computer repair.

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When choosing a computer repair technician, you need to see to it that they are capable of fixing different kinds of PC problem. Computer issues can vary to the most straightforward to the most technical issue. Occasionally, the most effective way to stop computer repair would be to understand the best way to take care of your computer nicely. You must know what shouldn’t be done to your personal computer to stop damage. In addition, you need to find out what the signals that consideration is needed by your computer are. It’s extremely significant as well that you follow directions carefully.

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Computer repair servives are extremely helpful in this day and age. In case your concern is budget, you can contact a company beforehand that they will be assigned in fixing your computers when you need them.

Also, computer repair is one facet in our own lives that we need to take note of particularly that we all are dwelling in a computer era.

PostHeaderIcon Setup Private Nameservers Explained

Great posting over on AssortedGeekery.com on setting up private nameservers – sticking it here so I can remember WHERE exactly I found it. Very helpful!!!

PostHeaderIcon The Talk

Watching TV – naturally – but today is the Sunday shows – “Face the Nation” – and there is a discussion of race going on. Great piece about how things have come along since the early 60s and integration/voting rights were initially attempted. Conversation about walking across the Pettus bridge – named after a Confederate general and then later a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Bob Shaeffer related a blurb about when Rep John Lewis, who was there at the original marches for voting rights and equality, was asked should the name of the bridge be changed. Rep Lewis indicated no, that the country needs to remember from where it has come.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina at both ECU and UNC, students are raising a ruckus and want to rename buildings because the names originally given to a single building at both the campuses HAVE racial implications. I’m not sure which campus went first, but I’ve no doubt one or the other just didn’t want to feel left out. Youth. Got to be protesting something.

As I believe I wrote in another piece, I don’t feel that continually rewriting and obscuring history due to political/racial/ leanings of the day is ever good. Like in Orwell’s 1984, if we’re at war with the East, we’ve ALWAYS been at war with the East. Or West. It does nobody any good to constantly reframe the realities from which we draw our perspectives on history – and the truth. Like Representative Lewis indicates he feels, being able to compare and contrast things over the years allow us to understand how far we HAVE come, and how far we have yet to go, IS important.

I would say though to all those who scream about how bad and far away we are from equality – there IS more to this process than moving to a new house. When you move to a new house, you take the things you want and plop everything into a structure that’s just the way you want it. You leave something that was just not workable anymore and go to someplace where you can now get what you want and keep the good things that you had before (to some degree). Improving something like race relations is neither that quick nor that easy. We can’t just move everyone to a new house where everything is under a 10 year warranty and everything will be fixed. We have to take the old house we’ve got and retrofit it – and that takes time. Period. Tehre will be pulling down some walls, there will be patching some walls, putting some windows in, replacing some windows – and maybe finally, some new doors. The “outside” of the “house” can be all prettied up with lots of laws and words protecting this or that, but where it REALLY comes down is inside where we all need to be getting along – and that’s just NOT going to be changing as quickly. But it will eventually. All in all, I think there’s a lot of same thinking between people regardless of race – at least more than we seem to realize. The news will always focus on the discord – and NOT the places where we have similarities unfortunately.

“The Talk”
So why is this particular blurb titled, “The Talk”? Because the conversation turned to the horrible murders of 3 Muslim 20 somethings here in the Triangle area last week. I have to agree with the opinion that it was more of a vile nut job issue than a hate crime issue, but the hard details really haven’t been outlined yet. What we have heard is pretty much that this monster hated everything and everybody – which leads me to believe that it wasn’t a “hate crime” in the legal sense of the term. He didn’t likely target those 3 individuals because they were Muslim – they were targeted because he hated humanity and they happened to be the humanity in front of him.

One of panel mentioned something about Muslims now needing to have “the talk” with their children like black families need to ostensibly. That is where this particular piece got started. I personally think that ALL parents should be having “the talk” with their children – about authority, responsibility, and getting along as decent citizens and HUMANS in our world. My parents taught me to respect the police and authority in general. You don’t pick a fight with them. IF you think you’re right and they’re wrong, you aren’t going to win an argument by being confrontational. You may sway them with logic, but it surely won’t be by being disrespectful. I’ve seen way too many videos that ended badly by someone, or someones, wanting to meet a police bias or perceived police prejudice with anger and subsequent escalation. I don’t believe that this is just limited to blacks, whites or any other group. Do we have some corrupt cops out there? By god, yes, we do. That DOES need to be addressed. But as in some of these videos to which I refer – you’re not going to change it at 12:30 am when you are shifting around outside a a convenience store in a high crime area and a cop asks you what you’re doing. Not the time or place. Parents – THIS is the conversation that needs to be had with your children.

I can only imagine what it must be like in a place that has traditionally been repressed, be it racially-based or any other reason. We’re in the South here with a lot of very rural areas. I am fully sure that there are areas that you don’t WANT to be even perceived as causing any trouble in – regardless of your race, religion or anything else. When things are obscured from public view and review, they have a nasty tendency to take their own turns and twists perhaps based on the “way it should be” – perhaps not.

My point? It doesn’t matter what color you are, what religion you are, or any myriad of other personal attributes – to operate in society, you need to operate IN society. There are methods for addressing grievances in our legal system, in our judicial system and in societal methods as well. Use them.

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