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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


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Given the choice between internet video and television, I choose to sit on my couch and watch television. Currently it's more convenient for me and with the rise of DVR's, it has become even better.

Other than the occasional online video, the only reason I do watch internet videos is because I can basically watch any television show at any time of day. The downside, waiting for the video to buffer, websites down, internet slow, small screen, and lower quality video/sound.


Hey, Michael. If you haven't already heard about it, Google has already had their 1-800-GOOG-411 service for a while. I use it all the time in place of a phonebook, and unlike 411, it costs nothing. It's occasionally tricky to get exactly what you want for businesses with lots of locations, but you can always play with the system to get it down to a street/zip level. (For example, say the city "Chicago Illinois", then say "Walmart at North Ave" to get an exact location.)

You can also get it via SMS/texting by sending your request to GOOGL (46645), and you'll get a completely detailed text message back with street address, phone #, etc.

The GOOG411 service was originally for testing their voice recognition software, and perfecting speech-to-text with a live testbed of voices. I guess the investment is finally paying off with this Google App.

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