What the f*** is Googling?
If it has anything to do with the web I wouldn't go near it.
So far, my experience of the web is that it is time consuming
Why not just give the man an answer to his question, it seemed
to me to be fairly simple.
not the point Dave - you and I clearly understand "Googling" to mean
'using Google's usenet archive to research previous posts' but the first
entry Google www-search returns when presented with the term Googling is
an article at <http://www.wordspy.com/words/google.asp
On Sun, 7 Sep 2003 17:27:11 +0100, "Alan Holmes"
Go to http://www.google.com and submit words relevant to the topic you
are interested in. You will get back a list of web pages on which
those words appear, click on the link to take you to that page, and
therein will most likely be the answer you are looking for.
Then you are (a) missing a great opportunity to learn and (b) resigned
to living in the past.
I find it rather amusing that you have managed to figure out how to
connect up to and use usenet, and yet fail to be able to use the
Usenet makes use of the Internet in order to transfer messages around
the world. You might not see that level of detail in your use of this
forum, but that's the way that messages find their way between here
An answer to your question was provided. It appears you did not like
The main reason why you were politely informed to use google is that
the responder noted that the topic you raised was discussed in some
detail in the recent past. He made you aware of that to save you
further time. You would presumably not be a happy camper if you
offered someone detailed advice and then a few days later someone else
came along to ask pretty much the same question, and you then had to
spend further time recounting the same detail.
Many of the people using this forum are professional tradespeople who
provide their time and energy for free - you aren't paying for that
advice. I happen to value the contribution these people make, because
almost on a daily basis my level of knowledge increases based upon the
responses that I read herein. It would be idiotic to presume that
these professional people should spend enormous amounts of their
(billable) time manning an Internet helpdesk (which this forum
essentially is), for which they get zero reward - beyond the
satisfaction of helping others (or at least, helping those who are
intelligent enough to want to accept advice when it is offered, those
who don't subscribe to that modus operandi quickly get consigned to
the twit filter - and will never receive advice from those sources
BTW, I realise from your response that you aren't particularly
net-savvy, so a word to the wise. When you see the work "Plonk!" in
response to a message it means that the individual is most likely
plonking you into their personal twit filter - meaning that any
further messages you post will be ignored by their newsreader. They
won't ever respond to you again :)
It was indeed a simple enough question Alan, and I could certainly have
answered it directly, but this would necessarily have been a personal view
limited to my own experience. Do you not think it was more helpful
to Brendan to explain how he could independently find the answer for
himself, and in so doing, access the many other opinions and ideas aired
previously in this newsgroup? He may even consider some more relevant
or valuable than mine. Had the questioner asked for the resonant
frequency of reactive components in a given circuit, I probably would
have provided a direct factual answer but may also considered it helpful
to explain how to calculate it so that next time he could avoid the need to
I'm a little surprised that my well-intentioned reply has generated so much
additional traffic unrelated to the original post.
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