In my opinion, one of the greatest things that has occurred since the internet became available for public use was the arrival of Google.
Whilst initially just another search engine, it has expanded into so much more than just that with features such as the Google News service, their language translation facility, Google Maps, and many more.
Now when the latest version of Microsoft Word flags a spelling error but it cannot suggest the correct word, I simply either copy the incorrect word into the Google search bar or start typing it, whereupon Google invariably displays the correct spelling.
Likewise, when I see an unfamiliar word in an article, I simply copy and paste it into the Google search bar and the meaning of the word is instantly displayed.
When my wife’s father passed away in 2009, our family all gathered in Cairns for his funeral during which our son, our son-in-law, and my wife’s youngest brother were sitting around her mother’s dining table working with their Dell laptops to keep up to speed with their respective employment positions.
I mentioned to them the news item that day in which some Australian university hotshots, (I think it was Newcastle), claimed that Google was a “dumb” search engine and they were developing the world’s first “smart” search engine, to which they all concurred we can’t wait to see it.
Now some 9 years later, I cannot even find any mention of it, even with the help of my good friend, Mr Google.
When my wife and I first visited the USA in 1993, she wanted to visit Graceland which we did.
We went on a bus tour of Memphis and one stop was at Schwab’s which is listed as the oldest store in the city.
During our visit, we bought some of their souvenir pencils which were inscribed with their motto “If you can’t find it at Schwab’s, you’re better off without it”
My motto now is that “If you cannot find it with Google, you are probably better off not knowing it”.