While working on the redirection of articles from Builder AU to our new home here at TechRepublic, we needed to do some searching to find out where some of our articles original homes were.
The article in question in this piece is this one, which was replicated on our sister ZDNet Australia site.
Let's check Google:
Everything is in order and as it should be.
As a bit of a test, I wanted to see what Bing would return. This is the result:
That's not the best, I'll follow its advice and use the plus notation:
If I went to the top link, I could find the story, but this is meant to be a search engine and it should be returning the article whose title is "Microsoft dallies with open source".
In one last vain attempt I decided to use quotes around the title, maybe that would work:
No luck there either. In fact, the second and third links point to an article, but it is the wrong one!
Firefox is offering a build with Bing as the default search engine, but after this experience (and many other related queries) I wouldn't want to use it.
The frustration stems from the fact that even when using quotes and plus notation, Bing could not find the primary source yet Google found it first go.
As a test, let's come back in a month or so and see if Bing can find the quote in this article.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.