May 24th, 2007

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Looking for a doctor in Richmond

How come yellowpages.com.au is so very shit? Poor interface, poor search results, duplicate results, lousy interaction between the map and the search results. Grr.

Maybe I should lift up my monitor and grab the paper version. No wait: that's A-K and I need L-Z.

EDIT: As someone who uses Google frequently and rarely needs to find anything local, I've ignored ads for Yellow Pages competitors. But I've just tried TrueLocal.com.au and am pleased to say that it doesn't suck. It does suck that a lot of businesses have only a phone number and no website, but that's not the directory's fault...
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APEC "security"

Security plans for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Sydney in September include blocking access to some areas and encouraging people to stay out of the city by way of declaring a public holiday. Major, yet reasonable measures.

Another plan is to use helicopters with mobile phone jamming signals to counter the unlikely and impractical threat of bad guys using mobile phones to detonate bombs. Not a reasonable measure.