Friday, April 30, 2004

Google IPO..

another (and not the last) post..

Here's the IPO Plans that was filed by Google on Tuesday. Here are some cool excerpts:

"We soon were generating cash, removing one important reason why many companies go public."

"Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served—as shareholders and in all other ways—by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains."

"We will live up to our “don’t be evil” principle by keeping user trust and not accepting payment for search results."

"Our principal executive offices are located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, and our telephone number is (650) 623-4000" (Hello... Mr. Brin Please. :p)

"Our unregistered trademarks include: AdSense, AdWords, Blogger, Froogle, Gmail, I’m Feeling Lucky and PageRank"

"Risk factor: We face significant competition from Microsoft and Yahoo. "

"We expect our growth rates to decline and anticipate downward pressure on our operating margin in the future"

"New technologies could block our ads, which would harm our business. " (Yup, you can modify your host file)

"If we fail to detect click-through fraud, we could lose the confidence of our advertisers, thereby causing our business to suffer." (wanna be rich? find the solution..)

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Google IPO... immmmmminent!

The day Google will IPO will be the day I'll start using a new Search Engine.
I hope this Search Engine to be a start-up, packed of nothing-to-lose programmers.
And, more than everything, it should have at least two O's in its name.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Thumbshot.org

Live Instant Thumbnail of any DMOZ page..
Just paste this text in a web page and that's it!


<img src="http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=[LINK]"
border="0" onload="if (this.width>50) this.border=1" alt="Preview by Thumbshots">


Here's an example for Citeseer (why not?)
Preview by Thumbshots

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

FreeDB.org now mirrored in Montreal

FreeDB are happy to announce a new official freedb mirror server in Montréal, Canada: ca2.freedb.org

Sunday, April 25, 2004

The "Le Réverbère" Manifest

(a free translation)

1. I'm against dividing the world in two clans;
2. Right and left are spacial orientation concepts;
[...]
9. There is no contradiction in thinking that CNS and FTQ have too much political power and wanting that Walmart associates create unions.
[...]
15. I'm not stupid only because my opinion is different from your. There's other reasons.
[...]
17. To love and to protect French language doesn't mean to reject English language.
[...]
19. There's no contradictions between wanting more money and rejecting superfluous goods and services.
[...]
24. To approach a subject with humour doesn't mean that's not serious.
[...]
25. All cats are mortals. Socrate is mortal. Therefore Socrate is a cat. So I am.
[...]

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Blogosphere Ecosystem

Not that this concept is new and exciting but I found it interesting to look at blogs as a collective living system where links appears between cells following the old good natural selection law.

This site is basically a listing of blogs of interest (I'm in :p) ranked given their number of in/out links.

As of today, I receive the diminishing rank of "Insignificant Microbe".. But It's gonna change!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Happy to have been chosen to beta test gmail :D..
For the non-bot who are reading, you can reach me @ gmail.com..
More to come about the service..

What if ... The entire Net shuts down?

- Programmers, technical writers and researchers productivity will drop at the level of the eighties
- Pron industry will lost millions
- Music industry will recover millions
- Lot of people will try to reboot their modem
- Lot of people will try to reboot their computer
- Lot of people will try to reboot their monitor
- IT guys will burn-out
- Someone will try to buy the keywords "shut down" on Google Voice Search adsense.
- ... and I will be working instead of blogging :(

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Habs complete historic comeback

Monday, April 19, 2004

TopCoder

Solve puzzles and practice programming skills through rated contests.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Tonight, I attend Caroline Barrière Untied and Unlaced contemporary dance show at the Ottawa Arts Court.

Her work can be described as half-theatrical, with scene decoration and movement, and half-pictural, with colors and expressive shapes. A musical background offers another dimension sometimes guiding body movements. The sounds goes from traffic, to great outdoor, to raw piano and to eyes-wide-shut-like ambiance.

The show is divided in three acts. All are really abstract (it is important to read the description before :)

In the first act, she sits on a stool and tries to escape.
In the second act, she walks in a corridor of light and seems to positively evolve.
In the final act, she dresses and undresses in a strange, complicated world, full of gender stereotypes.

At least this is what I understood.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Québec Urbain

Exceptionnaly blogging from Québec city today :)
Let's discover a great local blog: "Quebec Urbain". This guy knows everything about Québec urban development. And there's great before/after photos of the city. Take a look at "Le carré d'Youville" in 1958.

Friday, April 09, 2004

40th anniversary of IBM's System/360



In 1964, IBM invested 5 billions in a mainframe computer projet that changed the computing world. Whilst most computing system are rapidly forgotten, the IBM/360 architecture can still be found in current mainframes like IBM eServer zSeries 890. See the original instructional sheets

See also the Computer History Museum

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Bedeviled

(L.A.Times article require an account)

I always appreciate a good article about human behavior that relates experiments made on kids :o

The Marshmallow Experiment:
In the 1970s, scientists at Stanford University used marshmallows to investigate temptation's power. Preschoolers were left alone with instructions that they could eat one marshmallow right away, or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows.

A decade later, researchers tracked down the children and, according to news reports, found that those who had waited for the second marshmallow were smarter and more self-confident.

Bottom line:
Studies show that people with strong self-control are happier

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Bugmenot

Don't want to register again and again on sites to read content or post comments?

try it:
www.nytimes.com --> usr: applebanana8 pwd:
www.slashdot.org --> usr: w32.klez.a pwd
etc...

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Holy Microsoft

On March 16th, Microsoft said:

Microsoft exec: Open-source model endangers software economy
'The thing I'm puzzled by is how there will be a software industry if there's open-source,' says Jim Gray

Today, Microsoft announced:

Microsoft goes open-source with WiX tool
It's offering the tool under the Common Public License

What next?

Monday, April 05, 2004

Top Search Engine to Ban Gambling Ads..

Ever search for "casino" on your favorite engine to give them some click-through easy money? At some time, back in early 2000, a click on a "casino" link worth more than 20$ on Overture... Wonder if it's still the case? Seems that "les années folles" are coming back..

At your keyboard, let's make them pay ;)

If you like Google, click here: "web hosting", "debt consolidation", "wireless"
If you prefer Yahoo! click here: "web hosting", "debt consolidators", "wireless"

Words that matter

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Hello Marie-Claude ;) xxx

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Why I love and I hate Wal-Mart...

I have contradictory feelings about Wal-Mart. Some years ago (before obtaining my degrees in CS :p), I applied to become a Wal-Mart associate in my region. I was not chosen since there was a fierce battle in the electronic department. I was however convinced to be the best in dancing the Wal-Mart twist.. Anyway..

Wal-Mart has great news coverage these days. That wakes up my love and my hate for this American giant.

I love Wal-Mart:

  • Because of their Lindows and Sun systems for the mass;

  • Because of their participation in 99 cents online music service (hu.. 88 cents @ Wal-Mart);

  • Because of the overall shopping experience. Walk in, find everything I need to wash me, wash my clothes, wash my house, wash my car, walk out (sorry, I still buy Dell. Not Wal-Mart computers ;)


I hate Wal-Mart:

  • Because they sucessfully brainwash Jonquière (Quebec, Canada) employees that were trying to receive Union certification

  • Because it is the perfect impersonation of Capitalism..

  • Because everytime I scout around the electronic department, I remember that once upon a while they decided I was not enough qualified to sell their generic batteries and cheap 2-head VHS.


Thursday, April 01, 2004

Welcome to Gmail

:o

Google attack! (arrgg.. I hope this is not the another Google April Fool hoax... )