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Friday, July 28, 2006

We've Moved

We've moved from this blog!

You can read about Sachin's blog about databse development with Visual Studio Team Edition here.

You can read my new blog, AdaVox, here.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Amazon.co.uk's DVD Rental by Post

Haven't heard much about this, so I was surprised when I noticed that Amazon.com has joined the fray against Blockbuster Online and Netflix in the UK with DVD Rental by Post in the UK. I suppose it makes sense since Amazon has already had to make the investments to be able to ship things everywhere.

This is a really interesting development since Netflix has recently been busy suing Blockbuster for copying its business methods and the subsequent patents on its of no-late-fee paid subscription model. Is this really that innovative to deserve patent royalties? Hmm...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Google PigeonRank

Things that make me go "what???"

Google PigeonRank: "By collecting flocks of pigeons in dense clusters, Google is able to process search queries at speeds superior to traditional search engines, which typically rely on birds of prey, brooding hens or slow-moving waterfowl to do their relevance rankings."

Other quotes:

"While some unscrupulous websites have tried to boost their ranking by including images on their pages of bread crumbs, bird seed and parrots posing seductively in resplendent plumage, Google's PigeonRank technology cannot be deceived by these techniques."

"
Brin and Page were the first to recognize that this adaptability could be harnessed through massively parallel pecking to solve complex problems, such as ordering large datasets or ordering pizza for large groups of engineers."

Monday, February 06, 2006

Super Bowl XL Commercials on Google Video

In case you missed them, Super Bowl XL Commercials on Google Video.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

For those of you that don't follow the IEBlog, Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview is here!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Google Base shows itself to be useful??

The Google Base blog has a story about how David Sanger Photography benefited from the Google Base service. The reason why Google Base is so useful for him as a photographer is that it allows people to search for each individual photo by its tags, as opposed to the traditional method of browsing through a catalog.

Google Base has been described before as a chaotic, confusing way of making an online classifieds (heck, I even put this blog on it as an item, and it let me). However, when you think about it as a way to quickly categorize and sort individual items, then it has some implications for creating "micro-markets" and unbundling larger products (e.g., a photo-set to individual components, or maybe a magazine with content articles) and making it feasible to sell each picture off individually due to lower search costs.

Cool Flickr Toys

What an interesting idea on what you can do with your Flickr pictures - flagrantdisregard.com Flickr Toys - make trading cards, calendars, magazine covers, movie posters, photo fortunes, etc! Much more interesting than just printing the photos and trying to be crafty with them.