October 31, 2005

Javascript Moving Window due to Strong Man

Pablo sent over this link:

moving window: make sure javascript is turned on, your window is not maximized, and click on the link. Warning…didn’t work for me on Firefox/OSX but worked on Firebird/OSX as well as IE/Windows.

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October 29, 2005

Free Remote KDE Desktop

found here:

CosmoPOD.com offers free remote KDE desktops over NX. Anyone can sign up to have their own desktop accessible from any computer with a network connection. CosmoPOP uses KDE’s Kiosk framework to ensure security for their system. To find out more about the service and why KDE was the chosen desktop, KDE Dot News spoke to the man behind CosmoPOD, Stephen Ensor. Read on for the interview.

…and, BTW, this link was found at digg. Check it out…it lets users submit stories and other users decide to “publish” it by giving it a vote ( you “digg it” :-) ).

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October 26, 2005

Google Taking on Trip Advisor

Looks like Google has added a travel module at the top of their search results, similar to what Ask used to have (they had an Orbitz module which seems to have disappeared probably because parent company, IACI/Expedia have their own travel vertical competing with Cendant’s Orbitz…let me know if you can find it).

Google’s model, however, seems to compete with Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor asks for input of fields such as a date rang for travel and provides you with links or popups to multiple travel sites which match your parameters. This is how thy make their money…a performance-based system that drives traffic to these sites…but it seems to me like this might be what google is doing now. I wonder if Google has worked out deals with these travel partners or if it was put in only as a consumer-benefiting product.

Update: Yahoo will launch a trip planner.

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MSN Joins Open Content Alliance

First, MSN joins forces with Yahoo to make insteroperable IM platforms.

Now, MSN is joining the open content alliance that yahoo had been one of the companies (along with Adobe, Internet Archive, O’Reilly, HP, and others are a part of or had been a founder of.

This is in direct opposition to Google Print which is allowing you to do full text serching against books they’ve scanned in (and have recieved a lot of push back on from editors, authors, the French government, and others.

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October 25, 2005

Google Base Confirmed

Google finally acknowledged the existence of Google Base:

You may have seen stories today reporting on a new product that we’re testing, and speculating about our plans. Here’s what’s really going on. We are testing a new way for content owners to submit their content to Google, which we hope will complement existing methods such as our web crawl and Google Sitemaps. We think it’s an exciting product, and we’ll let you know when there’s more news.

Here are some of the speculations and screenshots.

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Web Calendar for George Bush

I was looking for good web calendaring software when I came across Planzo.com…but I didn’t stumble across their home page. I came across them by stumbling onto George W Bush’s calendar on their site. :-)

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October 14, 2005

CPAN with Annotations = AnnoCPAN

AnnoCPAN allows you to register and annotate the modules.

annocpan

Cool & convenient!

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Top 10 search results whenever you search in Google

Jim Boykin hypothesizes on Google’s Top 10 Choices for Search Results.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything, but it is interesting. The rules are fairly generic and oversimplified and I’m sure a company of thousands of engineers spend far more time than just using these rules…but these rules should be taken as good, possible rules of thumb.

For example, the first item states:

The College Paper top 10 Listing (.edu’s). That .edu link that might not have much to do with the topic, but Google will serve you the best it can find from a college site.

Well, try searching for “search” and note that AltaVista is first, Google second, a number of the most popular search engines afterward (all .com).

Then, try searching for “pagerank.” Google’s page comes first, followed by various SEO and other pages before getting the stanford document that started it all. :

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Yahoo starts researching AOL too

I mentioned the news about AOL speaking with MSN and Google…now Yahoo is getting involved with AOL.

My guess about why Yahoo is getting involved: 1) do the others know something that Yahoo doesn’t know? and 2) in any case, they would be a a) great distribution channel for yahoo and b) great win over their current ad provider, google.

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October 13, 2005

The Shining Parody Movie

If you liked The Shining, check out The Shining Parody. [via Debra B]

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