mardi, février 28, 2006

...And Happy Mardi Gras

One of the unanticipated cyber implications of living in France is that your computer knows where you are. Why or how this is, I don't know. But more to the point, the websites you visit know where you are. So when I want to go to Amazon, I first get kicked over to the French site, and then the UK Amazon site (I had to rejigger it to get me to an English language site--and it doesn't want to give me the 'States! It'll only give me the UK).When I do Google searches a lot of the answers will come up in English, but the banner ads and sidebar ads will often be in French. And I get the French eBay popping up a lot, tho' I've never bought or sold anything on eBay, U.S or French. Weird, huh? I rarely surf French websites because I can't read a damn thing, yet they are often where my machine wants to direct me.

Is that, like, globalism or something?


At mardi, mars 07, 2006, Blogger rickart said...

Not globalism, just people who want to sell you something.


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