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Trying the Google Portal

I have been playing around with the new Google Portal and the experience is interesting but unmoving.

I like being able to drag-and-drop live content around on the Google portal page. The interface and environment needs a lot of work but that probably won’t happen because Google loves ugly!
If you want a mature portal interface, Yahoo! Plus is a real knockout.

I find Yahoo! Plus the easiest portal to manage. The Plus version, at least, looks really good.
I exclusively use the Yahoo! Plus beta RSS feeds for all my news now. I love seeing the minute and hourly feeds updates instead of the conventional dry once-a-day news updates I used to see there.
Give the Google portal a try. You might like it.
Then try Yahoo! Plus. You’ll like it better.

You Look Like an Australian Cricketer

The other day I was in the Rutgers bookstore and a cashier told me I looked like Australian Cricketer Mark Waugh. After I asked for, and received, the definition of Cricketer, I told that student I was going to look up Mark on the web and I said, “if he is ugly there is going to be trouble!”

As I was leaving, the student told me Mark has a twin brother Steve and that I may be the missing triplet.

It’s interesting how people have never been shy about telling me who I look like.

In high school I was told I looked like movie star Tom Cruise.

In college I was told I looked like actor Tom Hanks.

In graduate school I was told I looked like former Yankees pitcher Matt Nokes.

As an instructor at both Saint Peter’s College and Rutgers-Newark my students told me I looked like outstanding actor Edward Norton.

Perhaps one day I will simply be recognized as me.