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The best search terms of 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by Nigel Jones

One of the interesting things about writing a blog is looking at the search terms that result in people visiting the blog. The vast majority of the search terms are quite reasonable. However, every once in a while a term pops up that brings a wry smile to my face. With that being said, I thought I’d share with you the ‘best’ search terms of the year. The terms appear below, together with my take on them…

Stay away from embedded systems
What can I say? This just conjured up images of someone’s mother telling them that going into embedded systems would be the ruin of them. It certainly was for me.

Crazy enough to use unsigned
I guess I must be a raving lunatic then.

Clueless consultant
I winced when I saw this. I’ll just note for the record that at least it wasn’t paired with my name!

Personality as it relates to programming eprom

Why is c so complicated?
A profound question indeed. So many responses came to mind, but at the end of the day none seemed adequate…

Should I correct grammer and spelling on my blog comments?
Not withstanding the irony that ‘grammar’ is misspelled I found this to be an unintentionally revealing insight into the minds of those that blog!

With that I will say goodbye to 2009 and welcome to 2010. I hope 2010 is a better year for the industry as a whole and for my readers in particular. I’ll be back to my ‘regular’ topics with my next posting. As always, thanks for reading.


4 Responses to “The best search terms of 2009”

  1. M. Eric Carr says:

    With regard to the search for "Personality as it relates to programming EPROM" — this is probably referring to "personality modules" (I.E. premade wiring-scheme patch panels with perhaps a few diodes and other passive components) for Heathkit EEPROM programmers. I bought one on eBay a few years back and came across some weird address-line-related behavior when programming test patterns. I finally found the manual and realized that a "personality module" was needed to map the address lines to where they ought to go. Mystery solved!

  2. Nigel Jones says:

    Well that certainly makes sense. Now I think about it I was aware of the term personality module. I guess it's just been so many years since I had to use a PROM programmer that I'd forgotten the term. Thanks for insight Eric.

  3. M. Eric Carr says:

    BTW, I meant Heathkit EPROM (and presumably PROM, too) programmers. It's been so long since I've used UV-erasable chips that adding the second "E" is automatic. Great blog, BTW — learning more C is high on my list for this year, and there is a lot of great content on here!

  4. Nigel Jones says:

    Thanks for the kind words Eric. Spread the word!

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