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December 27, 2005

How does Google collect and rank results?

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From Google’s Newsletter for Librarians. §


AIDS expert has theory on vaccine’s delay

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 12:12 pm

In an unusually candid admission, the federal chief of AIDS research says he believes drug companies don’t have an incentive to create a vaccine for the HIV and are likely to wait to profit from it after the government develops one. §

Ya, anything is possible in this world …

New Year’s Day 2006 delayed by a second

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Get ready for a minute with 61 seconds. Scientists are delaying the start of 2006 by the first “leap second” in seven years, a timing tweak meant to make up for changes in the Earth’s rotation. §

December 26, 2005

Tunatic: free music identification software

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 1:05 pm

Interesting. Let this software “hear” ur song, it will hook up to its database on the Internet and identify the artist/ name/ etc for you. Cool! I was confused initially on how it is different from other software that do similar automatic-tagging for you, till I realized that those don’t actually “listen” to your song. They just analyze the mp3 fingerprints or whatever of your song — Tunatic actually listens. §

Ajax Office Roundup

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 12:23 pm

I seriously didn’t know sooo many alternatives were there! §

How to Download Google Video

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:37 am

Wowoweeeee!! §

December 24, 2005

What is Flock all about?

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 10:47 am

When was the last time you thought twice about the fact that you’re talking to a digital signal every time you use your cell phone?

Or how about the fact that your instant messages (which indeed seem so instant) actually travel over thousands of other people’s computers and servers before they reach you?

And your email? Even worse. If you think herding cows is messy, you should see the way email is schlopped all over the place.

The point is this. These technologies have become second nature vehicles for communication and expression. And blogging, podcasting, vlogging and the whole lot of recent ‘mecasting’ technologies aren’t as integrated, aren’t as easy, aren’t as accessible as they need to be for them to be picked up and made as commonplace as the telephone (or cellphone, if you prefer). Point Four Percent of the population is nothing (that’s 23.6 million blogs as a percentage of the world population by the way). And yet another extension is not the answer. I don’t even know if another browser is. But we need something that works to solve this problem… or at least to make it better. §

Chris Messina (Flock chap) speaks out against all the Flock bashing that’s been going around. A nice read.

Personally, I still use Flock. Inspite of Firefox 1.5 being released. And inspite of the del.icio.us and Performance whatever extensions being released. For me, Flock is all about integration of these “social” features right into the browser itself. And while it is tempting to see new new extensions being released for Firefox, and there is an urge in me to try out Firefox coz its obviously feels nice trying out new new things, I strongly resist. I’ve had enough of extensions and their problems! I like things to work out-of-the box rather than having to download a bunch of extensions to add the functionality. And not just that, with extensions its a bother when you have a copy of Firefox both at work and at home — very difficult to keep the two in synch as one has to download and install each extension on each copy.

I wish a new version of Flock would get released soon though. Something which takes care of the existing bugs, and integrates things more.

Going deep inside Windows Vista’s kernel architecture

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Rob Short is the corporate vice president in charge of the team that architects the foundation of Windows Vista. This is a fascinating conversation with the kernel architecture team. It’s our Christmas present to all of the Niners out there who’ve stuck with us day after day.

This is a very candid interview. We even ask ‘do you ever wish the registry had never been developed?’ Charles Torre does this ‘going deep’ interview. Out of all the interviews we’ve done this one is the most interesting because this team has such a deep impact on how reliable, scalable, secure, etc Windows Vista actually will be.

Interesting to see stuff like this happen. Microsoft is being a lot more “open” nowadays than it used to be earlier. All thanks to competition like GNU, Linux, Open Source, Firefox, Opera, etc etc etc. Cool! §

A Search for Search That Works

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:29 am

Yahoo!’s definitely got it right if their effort is to redefine web-search, moving away from the algorithmic methods defined by Google. §

A very interesting read. Also highlights the problems with Google’s PageRank algorithm. Made me realize what Yahoo! might be at with its recent acquisitions of del.icio.us and Flickr etc — its all about searching, but in a more “human” way.

Dave’s 2006 predictions

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Many small countries in Africa, Latin America and south Asia adopt the Google as their national currency. The Google money website, money.google.com, will list the current Google stock price expressed in googles, of course. They will stop reporting sales and earnings, instead reporting Gross National Product and trade surpluses and deficits. When all this rolls out, Google’s share price crashes, and takes the real estate market in Santa Clara County with it. §

I found this damn hilarious! Read on for more. :)

December 21, 2005

Eminem and Dr. Dre music used for torture

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 4:28 pm

Turns out the US ran a secret prison near Afghanistan where they used Eminem and Dr. Dre music as a form of torturing detainees.

Eminem music is quite a torturous thing as it is — a lot of negative energy, if you ask me. Add torturing and sleeplessness to that, and all I can think of is *shudder*! §

Google free proxy!

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 10:48 am

Access restricted web sites using Google language tools service as a proxy. §

Thinking Outside the Box Office

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WIRED: Why did you decide to release Bubble in all formats at once?
Name any big-title movie that’s come out in the last four years. It has been available in all formats on the day of release. It’s called piracy. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, Ocean’s Eleven, and Ocean’s Twelve – I saw them on Canal Street on opening day. Simultaneous release is already here. We’re just trying to gain control over it. §

Glad to see somebody’s on the right track of things. :) Seriously, I think its a lot sensible to create low-cost DVDs — and make less money than now — rather than make high-cost DVDs and then spend all that money trying to curb piracy and make all these draconian laws!

If the price is right, original DVD are always preferred — coz they are legal … and well, original. With pirated DVDs you always have the risk that the movie might be cut or not have a good quality or may be simply be non-working.

More on the Google-AOL deal

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 10:12 am

America Online said Google had agreed to invest $1 billion to take a 5 percent stake in AOL, as part of an enhanced pact where Google will move beyond text-based advertising to allow AOL to sell graphical ads to Google’s fast-growing ad network.

Hmm, so Google’s moving beyond text-based advertising? Woooo! Now that’s definitely evil isn’t it? §

Google Zeitgeist

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 9:03 am

It turns out that looking at the aggregation of billions of search queries people type into Google reveals something about our curiosity, our thirst for news, and perhaps even our desires. Considering all that has occurred in 2005, we thought it would be interesting to study just a few of the significant events, and names that make this a memorable year. (We’ll leave it to the historians to determine which ones are lasting and which ephemeral.) We hope you enjoy this selective view of our collective year. §

December 20, 2005

Eeeeeeevil! :)

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:01 am

Well, everyone’s talking about how Google’s become more “evil” than Microsoft thanks to the deal with AOL. From what I understand, Google is going to show AOL’s videos in its video search results — giving them preferrential results over others, but without explicitly mentioning that these results have preferential treatment. Ideally Google should mention that these results are on top coz of the agreement or whatever — but it is not, and is instead passing these results off along with the regular results (and putting them on top these regular results) — and that’s what’s big time Evil.

Read more: § §

December 18, 2005

del.icio.us tips

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 11:36 am

I found this post very informative. Hadn’t ever realized that there are sooooo many possible uses with deli.icio.us. Wow! §

December 17, 2005

Alexa (Amazon) Looks to Change the Game

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 2:45 pm

Anyone can also use Alexa’s servers and processing power to mine its index to discover things – perhaps, to outsource the crawl needed to create a vertical search engine, for example. Or maybe to build new kinds of search engines entirely, or …well, whatever creative folks can dream up. And then, anyone can run that new service on Alexa’s (er…Amazon’s) platform, should they wish.

It’s all done via web services. It’s all integrated with Amazon’s fabled web services platform. And there’s no licensing fees. Just ‘consumption fees’ which, at my first glance, seem pretty reasonable. (‘Consumption’ meaning consuming processor cycles, or storage, or bandwidth). §

December 7, 2005

Wi-Fi Music Player

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The Tao Wireless Media Player is the first-to-market MP3 player that automatically locates and accesses hotspots to allow the consumer to download music, audio books, talk programs, major newspapers and more. Customers can listen to their content at the lake, their local coffee shop, on a bike path or even while on an airplane. Simplifying usability, the Tao Wireless Media Player allows users to store, access and organize content in whatever manner they wish. §


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Today, Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license. §

New IM worm chats with intended victims

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 9:06 am

According to IMlogic, the worm, dubbed IM.Myspace04.AIM, has arrived in instant messages that state: ‘lol thats cool’ and included a URL to a malicious file ‘clarissa17.pif.’ When unsuspecting users have responded, perhaps asking if the attachment contained a virus, the worm has replied: ‘lol no its not its a virus’, IMlogic said.

Boy … scary! §

December 6, 2005

Eric Schmidt Interview

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 3:42 pm

When I showed up, I said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Then one day, very early on, I was in a meeting where an engineer said, “That would be evil.” It was as if he’d said there was a murderer in the room. The whole conversation stopped, but then people challenged his assumptions. This had to do with how we would link our advertising system into search. We ultimately decided not to do what was proposed, because it was evil. That kind of story is repeated every hour now with thousands of people. Think of “Don’t be evil” as an organizing principle about values. You and I may disagree on the definition of what is evil, but at least it gives us a way to have a very healthy debate. §

December 5, 2005

Humor Formula

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The core of humor is what I call the 2-of-6 rule. In order for something to be funny, you need at least two of the following elements:

Cute (as in kids and animals)




Recognizable (You’ve been there)

Cruel §

December 3, 2005

Ten things we love about Microsoft

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 10:29 am

Over the last thirty years, Microsoft’s unrelenting charge toward world dominance has brought computing technology to the forefront of society. While many will argue that Microsoft is a great hindrance to the spread of computing, we are certain that without the Microsoft-Intel duopoly computers would still be the purview of pocket protector adorned, horn-rimmed glasses wearing geeks (sorry, no offense).

Nice read. §


Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 9:22 am

The big question with clones is how they get their souls, assuming souls exist. If God gives them brand new souls, then they aren’t actually clones at all. They’d be fundamentally different. But it also makes God more of a soul gumball machine than the omnipotent creator of the universe. The scientist who makes the clone would, in effect, be controlling God by making him pinch out another soul to inhabit the clone. That’s disturbing on many levels, not the least of which is the way I phrased it.

I found this damn funny. §

December 1, 2005

AJAX based IM

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 10:29 am

Want to chat using your web browser, the AJAX way? Then check out Meebo (for AOL/ Yahoo/ MSN/ GTalk/ Jabber) or GTalkr (for GTalk/ Jabber with additional features). § §

GeoNews = GMaps + GNews

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Combining Google News and Google Maps. For a change I read bit more news headlines today than usual. Interesting. §

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