This isn’t the first time, but it’s the longest period of missing user review’s yet. At least a few dozen people have been caught up in this mess and at least 2000 reviews have gone missing. On Oct 25th, a Google employee posted this (and this) on the Google Places forum:

“We suffered a temporary indexing outage beginning of October that prevented us from correctly serving reviews for some listings. The reviews should now be restored. Very sorry for the trouble this has caused for some of you!”

However, the reviews have not been restored. There has been no mention of any updates or any progress towards fixing this problem on Google’s end while more and more people continue to reply with stories of their reviews missing (all occuring around Oct 20th).

Google, please help out us small business owners. Google Places is a fantastic business portal, especially for small businesses with customers willing to take the time to leave us positive feedback. But when the feedback disappears, it hurts business big time. Please let us know if/when this issue can/will be resolved.

Just curious if anyone else reading this has experienced extreme slowness with the OpenDNS servers for about the past 2-3 days. I finally just switched all DNS entries back to my ISP and everything is working much faster. A big disappointment to me, especially after posting an article about how OpenDNS will SPEED UP YOUR INTERNET! Boo OpenDNS! I’ll try again in a few weeks.

images.jpegAccording to a new Apple Knowledge Base article entitled “Mac Maintenance Quick Assist,” the #6 “Top Tips to Keep Your Mac in Top Form” is unfortunately:

6) Check for Viruses
Macs are far more less likely to get a computer virus like Windows PCs are prone to but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you don’t already have antivirus software, you may want to consider making a purchase. If you have the software installed, be sure to keep your virus definitions up to date—you can find the latest updates on your software manufacturer’s website.”

Not sure the significance of this statement (are there more Mac viruses around then I think?), but it’s certainly disappointing that Apple would even mention this. Viruses are one of the top reasons people move from PCs to Macs — Macs DON’T get them!

Plus, Macs are supposed to be “maintenance free” — and they are! Why even write a Knowledge Base article about this topic? Or why not just say, “it will take care of itself.”

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