Ever had it where you were in the video store, but had no idea what to rent? Or maybe you were at the library, and had no idea what type of books to read next?
Sure, there are categories or genres that define these categories, but what if you want a recommendation? You friends don’t know what you want, or maybe they do make a recommendation but it sucks? I’ve been in that boat before.
You may offer a suggestion to a friend about something that you liked, but they hate it. One example of mine is Napoleon Dynamite. Some people just don’t get it and call it stupid. However, I find it pretty funny. Get my drift?
Anyway, if you go to Tastekid.com, it is a search engine where you basically tell it what you like, and it will give you results similar to your interests. Of course, the more you feed it, the better the results. In the above picture, I typed in a favorite movie of mine, “Pulp Fiction”.
The results were astonishing! I have seen ALMOST every single move there except “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Mulholland Drive”. Now the next time I am in a mood for a movie, I know exactly what to check out!
Even more surprisingly, the movies that Tastekid recommended to me, I actually enjoyed them!
Similarly, if you type in a musical artist, say Linkin Park, it will give you similar artists. There is a 90% chance that the results coming back you will like for sure. If not, then I’d say you have a very distinctive taste that no website can satisfy except yourself.
So what are you waiting for, give it a try and let me know if it is right on or bogus.
I thought I write a quick insightful post on the review of software. Let’s face it, in the Window’s world, there are tons of software built for many different audiences. The problem is, how do you know which one is the “best” software?
Even declaring which software is the “best” is not clear itself. The word “best” is a relative term, so what is considered the “best” to one person, is not simply the “best” for another person. For instance, there was a time period when Zone Alarm was the best firewall out there. Now Zone Alarm has changed over the years from being strickly a firewall program to a security suite.
Now you got other firewall programs like Windows Firewall, Kerio, Sygate, Tiny Personal Firewall, Bitdefender, and more. For some people, they live by one of the programs mentioned above. For others, Zone Alarm is perfectly fine for them. Thus, in this advanced software age making a recommendation or review on a piece of software is partly objective, partly personal, and partly cynical.
On Freewaregenius.com, a virtual desktop program named Dexpot was part of the top 20 list. I tried it, and I didn’t like it. It just didn’t really “vibe” or click in with my personal computing experience. For other people, maybe this is just up their alley. In my review, I might have been biased, and for another reviewer, he may have given it praise.
However, from time to time there are software recommendations that we as a general public maybe able to agree upon. One example is what is a good anti-spyware program to use. I’m sure if you had a choice between the 2008 version of Ad-Aware and Spybot, the majority of people would pick Spybot because it is leaner and has less bloat.
But then, you may have Ad-Aware fanboys, so who is right and who is wrong? Where I am going with this post? The next time someone says a program is “interesting”, it doesn’t mean it is good or bad, or even a recommendation. To me, saying a particular piece of software is “interesting” is like not even taking a real side.
A good example is this new Microsoft Program that lets you take a webcam, and turn your monitor into this touch type like application area. Cool? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Do myself see it as a life changing event? No, but then again I may be phrasing the question wrong.
Every software has its niche audience, and for someone out there, the program is sufficient enough for them. As an author, I respect that. Some people may try to “push” programs onto me, and vice versa, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it.
The only way to truly satisfy your own personal computing experience is to try out software on your own, and develop your own preference. Live a little. Don’t be a drone. 😉
Am I off whack? Leave a comment. I’m curious how others act when someone “recommended” something to you, and you felt their recommendation was utter crap or useless. 🙂