Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Big week for Google.. And a candy for developpers

Google is having its biggest week since a while. Google Video that now includes ... videos... Google Earth that is the rebranded KeyHole software. And this little API that really makes me happy:

Google Maps API

After lot of hacks and screen scraper tools, Google finally launch the official API. That means legitimity and stability (maybe not for the first weeks but soon)..

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Chat'N Search

This site enables you to chat with others searching for similar keywords. Pick your favorite search engine and start searching. A chat window will popup and list others who are looking for similar keywords. No login necessary.

Applied Minds

An interesting article on an interesting company that has an interesting post-google era web site and do research in combining art and science...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Google API is running slow?

Try the Yahoo! API! It is clearly faster and the features dominate. Maybe too much people is using Google API for SEO and keyword ranking applications? Let's hope this speed will last...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Skype Adds Voicemail to VoIP Services

Skype Voicemail was launched yesterday, allowing customers to continually maintain their Skype availability while offline.

Customers with Skype Voicemail can leave unlimited Voicemail messages for all Skype users when they are unavailable or offline, and can receive Voicemails from any caller.

Here's a screenshot.

Monday, June 13, 2005

You Want Salt With That?

This article explores five user authetication scenarios, from a simple one to a fairly robust one. Beyond hashing passwords, it proposes "salting" them and adding "the challenge".

Friday, June 10, 2005

Photos of Robots

Robots that dance, assist humans in lifting charges, play drum and more...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Screen Scraper toolkit for Firefox

Screen scraping is (among other) the action of rendering a web page in a different manner than what was expected, to underline or combine information.

The Piggy-bank project allows rapid development of screen-scrapers for Firefox. Using javascript, you are feeded with the web page DOM tree and you simply have to reword the web page in RDF.

Many utilities are built-in. For instance, extract longitude and latitude from web page and put your own information on Google maps. This is a clear evolution over the first libraries of the genre...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The future of Radio

Can podcasting (blogging audio content) be the future of radio?

Imagine a station where peoples from all around the place report what they see: accidents and crimes as well as spectacular achievements and peaceful moments.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Yahoo! Mindset

Yahoo! Mindset sort commercial results from information-intensive ones.

If you search "blog" on Yahoo! Mindset, you find blog hosting companies on one extreme. On the other extreme, there is the wikipedia definition.

Search for "Lego" and you'll range from boutique and Amazon to Lego tutorial and labs.

Google Lab Papers

Most researchers publish paper to lead the field or open new avenues.

Google publish papers when the technology is well known and implementation is at a production stage.

Good reading though...

(Also so the list of old publications of all slaves that now work for Google ;)