Bwo, who is leaving for Houston later today, says the reason my blog is so dammed boring is that I don't complain about the 80% of life here any more. It's true. So one gripe that keeps coming back to annoy me is google. Yes, that wonderful life enhancing company called google. It has got to do with this annoying invasive, all knowing, arrogant way of deciding where you are and what language you speak. No matter how many time, and how deeply I set my defaults or language options on every machine or operating system, every now and then google decides I only speak Hebrew. This happens at least once a week. It's particularly visible on logging into blogger. Suddenly I get a screen in Hebrew where there is not one word of English and I need to log in to change the defaults. What happens to people who speak no Hebrew what so ever! How do they deal with this. I notice that once it has decided you are in Israel and therefore speak Hebrew, even changing the language is in Hebrew. So you have to scroll down on the language list and select "anglit" all written in Hebrew!
I remember a few years ago when we were on vacation in Hungary. I surfed over to blackpetero.blogger.com to do a spot of blogging when suddenly my screen was in Hungarian. Luckily I remembered where the login in button was. I am all for localization, but there is a limit. Just because you are geographically in one country there is no reason to assume that this is the only language needed. Even Microsoft allows you to set persistent language defaults not geographically based. I can just imaging some Google squint being completely proud of the way he has added "intelligence" to the internet (definitely a male).
This is very 80% of google. Stop making decisions for me. If I have set my user interface to English on my machine, never assume I want a completely local language screen. Is that so hard? Not to mention the annoying habit of asking me if I want to translate every Hebrew page I go to. What's that all about?
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