Multiplexer is a sexy seductive device

One of colleague asked me about Multiplexer, since her younger sister wanted to use it in her college project. As I had no idea about Multiplexers I went searching for Multiplexer and the results were shocking. I normally use Google for searching. Once the search results came up I saw the following entry

In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a sexy seducive device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals

I was taken aback, I could understand why a college student needed a seductive device but the question was how would a college student design it? Is it possible that a future Nobel Laureate is currently studying in some college in Karnataka? With these thoughts in mind I decided to read further.

I do agree the word “seducive” doesn’t exist may be it was a typing error may be somebody meant “seductive“.

Attached the image below with highlighted text.

Google's search result

Google’s search result

I went ahead and checked the wikipedia page. Ironically it had no reference to “sexy” and/or “seducive” device.

In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals

Actual Wikipedia page

Actual Wikipedia page

Well I tried the search again on Bing this time. The result was different from the one that Google threw up.

Not "sexy seducive" device according to Bing

Not “sexy seducive” device according to Bing

Finally I started checking the revision of the wikipedia page and found the guilty revision.

The change was posted on 28 October 2013 at 17:04 and was corrected on the same day at 17:54. Googlebot (Googlebot is the search bot software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.) had parsed the wiki page in these 50 minutes and was showing the text.

Complete list of revision history of the page.

It turns out my colleague’s sister isn’t a mad scientist in the making after all.


Search engine selection

I recently installed Google Chrome on my machine and was pleasantly surprised to see this dialog.

Google Chrome search engine selection dialog

I hope all browsers support this soon. User should be allowed to decide which search engine should be default search like he decides which web browser is the default browser.

Bing and Google

I read an article by Simon Mackie, the article is 10 Simple Google Search Tricks. It is a must read. It makes life much easier for guys looking for stuff on-line.

I took 9 out of the 10 tricks explained by Simon and tried it on Bing search engine. I just wanted to see how similarly or differently does Google search engine and Bing search engine handles the search queries. Staying honest to the original post I will only use the topics of the original post. To read more about the topics you would have to visit the original post.

Let’s start the fight!!!!!!!!!

1. Use the “site:” operator to limit searches to a particular site.
Google and Bing

2. Use Google as a spelling aid.
Google and Bing

3. Use Google as a calculator.
Google and Bing

4. Find out what time it is anywhere in the world.
Google and Bing

5. Get quick currency conversions.
Google and Bing

6. Use the OR operator.
Google and Bing

7. Exclude specific terms with the – operator.
Google and Bing

8. Search for specific document types.
Google and Bing

9. Search within numerical ranges using the .. operator.
Google and Bing

For Bing to beat Google, Bing has to provide all the features Google supports so that it is easier for people to migrate to Bing. And from the looks of it, Bing has to do some catching up.