Sunday, January 29, 2006

This Website -- http://chatfu.com/ -- will cartoonify your Web chat. Very interesting.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I've cloned four apps. They can be found here:

dvdmovies.ning.com

baltimoreeats.ning.com

tasteofindia.ning.com

tasteofindia.ning.com

Regarding Ning, I have a feeling that within six months -- once the company launches more apps, it will be in the top 1,000 Websites (ranked by Alexa). And within a year, in the top 500.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Ning is one of the best Web concepts I have seen since I began using the Internet in the late '90s. The others being: Email, search engines (www.clusty.com, www.technorati.com www.a9.com,), maps (www.maps.google.com, www.maps.yahoo.com/beta and www.mapquest.com). The others that come close to Ning are www.del.icio.us and www.digg.com.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I am getting more impressed by search engine Clusty (www.clusty.com) every day. Today I was trying to find out from when the minimum postage price was going up. So, I went to Google and typed in "when does postage go up 37." The first three results:

http://www.bartleby.com/95/37.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/PollVault/story?id=1421748

http://www.boingboing.net/


None of these results answered my question. So, I went to clusty and typed the same query. The first result was a link to a Seattle PI story.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Economy, stocks, and markets

Google regularly updates Zeitgeist by country. While most of the countries are non-English speaking, one can find some good tidbit from this data.

For instance, their most recent November 2005 Zeitgeist shows that Australia is obsessed with personalities -- six of the top 15 searches were regarding people (excluding Harry Porter), while its neighbor New Zealand had only three.

India was the only country with a programming or computer related query -- Java -- in the top 15.

Harry Porter was in the top 15 for all countries except France, Japan, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.

The only query to be No. 1 in more than one country was Wikipedia -- in Germany and Poland.

Bill Gates says IBM is its biggest threat and not Google. But from everything Microsoft, it looks like the company is paranoid as hell about this search engine.



IS google Evil or not -- a $120 billion and growing question. Find out here.

DIgg vs. Slashdot

This article compares the ongoing digg vs. slashdot effect.


St. Lawrence of Google

Very interesting article by the economist on Google.

About a a month ago, I put up a site counter on my two blogs. The main purpose of this was to get an idea the OS and browsers people use to come to these blogs. More information on this can be found here.

I now have a data sample for 600 visitors to my two blogs. And the data is quite startling. Close to 22% use Mac X, 69% Windows and 9% Linux. Among browsers, Mozilla based browsers (FireFox, Netscape) accounted for 60%, Safari was 15% and IE 25%. Opera was about 1% but I have bundled that with Mozilla since the share is so low and I was to lazy to create and monitor another category.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Clusty (www.clusty.com) launched an interesting page today dedicated to Benjamin Franklin (www.ben.clusty.com).

The teamed up with with:
* The National Science Foundation
* Pennsylvania Commonwealth Libraries
* Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
* The Carnegie Science Center


For a niche search engine like Clusty that is trying to compete with big boys, addition of such small functionalities could go a long way in getting them the required visibility.

The few search engines that are worth watching are Clusty, www.ask.com and www.a9.com


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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I have been following Alexa trends quite regularly for the past six weeks or so. Today was the first time that I saw Clusty's (www.clusty.com) ranking in rise to just above 2,000. Usually, it had hovered around 3,900.

I think Clusty is one of the most underrated search engines and I think the Website would be in the top 1,000 by the end of the year.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Cost of war in Iraq

Columbia University economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and
Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes have published a study that says that the long-term cost of war in Iraq would be close to $2 trillion if disability payments for the 16,000 wounded U.S. soldiers, about
20 percent of whom suffer serious brain or spinal injuries is taken in to account.


That's close to 20% of the current U.S. GDP or more than $100 billion if the cost is amortized over 30 years.


The small cap dominated Russell 2000 closed at an all time high today and crossing the 700 mark for the first time. Compared to that, the S&P 500 is still 20% below its all time high and the Nasdaq has to almost double from here to cross its peak. I am wondering if this in anyway indicates that large corporations are bad users of capital?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

I was disappointed by Google's announcement. There was nothing new -- one that would change the way we use the net or the PC. Even OpenOffice is not bundled with the Google Pack.


Couple of things Google could have added that would have added some oomph to this announcement were:


  • Offer this same bundle of software for Mac and Linux users

  • And Google should have borrowed a page from Ubuntu's book and offered free shipping for Google Pack to those who request it.

  • Bundled OpenOffice with Google Pack with their own tweaks that would load OO faster and allow you to publish blogs directly Blogger.


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Sunday, January 01, 2006

China's economy going strong



The booming economy is contributing the the government's tax buffer.

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<meta content="OpenOffice.org 1.9.129 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR"/><meta content="20060102;181800" name="CREATED"/><meta content="20060102;340300" name="CHANGED"/><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <style><br /> <br /> </style><br /><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Alexa</span> (<a href="http://www.alexa.com/">www.alexa.com</a>)<br />offers some very nice information and ranking of Websites based on<br />the number of visitors it gets gets. For the past few weeks, I have<br />been following about few new Websites and few search engines to see<br />if they are in or out of favor. Here are some findings so far:</p><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br/><br /></p><br /><ul><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Ranking for Lycos (<a href="http://www.lycos.com/">www.lycos.com</a>),<br /> GlobalSpec (<a href="http://www.globalspec.com/">www.globalspec.com</a>),<br /> Snap (<a href="http://www.snap.com/">www.snap.com</a>), Blinkx<br /> (<a href="http://www.blinkx.com/">www.blinkx.com</a>) and AskJeeves<br /> (<a href="http://www.ask.com/">www.ask.com</a>) have fallen in the<br /> past three weeks.</p><br /> </li><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Among the big gainers are<br /> <a href="http://www.del.icio.us/">www.del.icio.us</a>, Clusty<br /> (<a href="http://www.clusty.com/">www.clusty.com</a>) and Technorati<br /> (www.technorati), Rollyo (<a href="http://www.rollyo.com/">www.rollyo.com</a>),<br /> and A9 (<a href="http://www.a9.com/">www.a9.com</a>) has also made<br /> some significant headwinds.</p><br /> </li><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">News tracker Memerondaum<br /> (<a href="http://www.memerondaum.com/">www.memerondaum.com</a>) and<br /> Blogdex (<a href="http://www.blogdex.com/">www.blogdex.com</a>) have<br /> gained solid traction.</p><br /> </li><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Flickr (www.flickr.com), whose<br /> 3-month average currently ranks it at 121, could soon be in the top<br /> 100.</p><br /></li></ul><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br/><br /></p><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Will get more clear trend info once I<br />have about eight to 10 weeks of data. <br /></p><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br/><br /></p><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">***</p><br /><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">This Blog was written using word<br />processor <strong>www.openoffice.org</strong> on <strong>Ubuntu Linux<br />operating system (www.ubuntulinux.org</strong>) and published using Internet Web<br />browser Flock (www.flock.com). <br/></p><br/></p></div><div style="clear:both; padding-bottom:0.25em"></div> </p> 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