Geeky nitty picky
posted by shuri on 2012-03-09 10:00:02
tags: news,django,yacc,python,email_re

I have been working on an amazingly exciting new project, that is some sort of excuse as to why I have not updated this blog in a while.

For people who love me and will not understand what I am about to write in this post: I love you too and I will write some more approachable stuff soon.

Anyway, two little technical annoyances that I overcame.

Using Yacc with Python? Maybe with django? Getting annoying permission denied messages about parser.out? Initialize Yacc like this (for example):

parser = yacc.yacc(debuglog=yacc.PlyLogger(sys.stderr))

You can also put another file inside there but this at least keeps it from failing.

 

Another one? Switching from django 1.1 to 1.3? Using email_re? You can do this:

try:

  from django.forms.fields import email_re

except ImportError:

  from django.core.validators import email_re

Hope it helps someone.

 

Steve Jobs - Life
posted by shuri on 2011-12-06 05:58:12
tags: life,apple,jobs,Steve,news
0MQ or ZeroMQ, either way it is cool.
posted by shuri on 2011-03-15 14:15:31
tags: zeromq,0mq,news
Being a Researcher and/or Entrepreneur
posted by shuri on 2010-11-16 11:36:58
tags: news,research,entrepreneurship

This is a quote from "the black swan: the impact of the highly improbable":


If you are a researcher you will have to publish inconsequential articles in "prestigious" publications so that others say hello to you once in a while when you run into them at conferences.

...

Many people labor in life under the impression that they are doing something right, yet they may not show solid results for a long time. They need a capacity for continuously adjourned gratification to survive a steady diet of peer cruelty without becoming demoralized. They look like idiots to their cousins, they look like idiots to their peers, they need courage to continue. No confirmation comes to them, no validation, no fawning students, no Nobel, no Shnobel.  "How was your year?" brings them a small but containable spasm of pain deep inside, since almost all of their year will seem wasted to someone looking at their life from the outside. Then bang, the lumpy event comes that brings the grand vindication. Or it may never come.

Dropbox Founder and CEO
posted by shuri on 2010-10-22 15:08:40
tags: news,dropbox,founder,ceo

Video of the talk given in the lean startup circle meetup:

Drew Houston at Lean Startup Circle from David Binetti on Vimeo.

Kevin speaks openly and frankly
posted by shuri on 2010-10-10 22:07:26
tags: news,kevin,rose
Yes, I am a Kevin Rose fan.
Scale at Facebook talk
posted by shuri on 2010-06-13 00:12:14
tags: news,facebook,scalability

Good detailed overview of scaling at Facebook. (via highscalability). Some good bits about the facebook culture and how they manage to out-execute everybody else with very few engineers.

What motivates us
posted by shuri on 2010-06-09 21:14:20
tags: news,motivation
Digg, do not just "Follow" but Upvote
posted by shuri on 2010-05-28 23:48:53
tags: daily,bits,news

The new upcoming Digg seems interesting. It seems they are trying to reclaim their territory back from Twitter. Simplifying and streamlining submissions while adopting the twitter follow metaphor.Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian responds claiming Kevin is getting sidetracked by VCs. Not sure if I completely agree. There is nothing wrong with embracing good ideas of competitors and evolving your product.

However, I would want to see Digg going beyond the "follow". Let us call it upvote a user instead. If you upvote a person, you do not have to show everything the people you upvote say nor are you limited to displaying only that. Furthermore, you do not have to reveal to a user which users upvoted him. This takes care of the noise caused by reciprocity. What is in a name? An upvote fits better with what Digg is and what Digg offers, and can offer a more useful semantics. I think there is room for a cleaner Twitter, one without all the chatter and Digg could become it. As for streamlining the submission process, I am a great believer in the "Path of Least resistance" so that is definitely a good thing. Now we can sit back and watch.

 

The missing API: Business API
posted by shuri on 2010-05-24 20:54:24
tags: news,business,api

API, Application Programming interface are a set of agreements or contracts between a program or a library and any other programmer that wishes to use them. For example, the iPhone API allows programmers to easily make use of the iPhones GPS, touchscreen and motion detection. The programmer is usually assured that this contract will keep working with the current version of the iPhone which will be supported for the next few years.

I would argue that much of Twitters success is the combination of missing features along with very open API. Third party vendors helped make the platform useful quickly while developing what they believe to be complementary business plans. The problems start when "complementary" is ill-defined. The trouble usually does not stem from the software API changing or being discontinued, although that happens too. Lately, what breaks are the business APIs.

First let us take a look at Facebook. Let us ignore the implicit contract with the users. What about the contract with facebook application developers? Zynga invested a lot in bringing highly addictive games to the facebook platform. Needless to say both companies benefited. However, facebook is now going to change the business API requiring application developers to use the Facebook Credits and pay a 30% Facebook tax. Facebook and Zynga did eventually reach an agreement.

The reason Twitter could grow at such an amazing rate is that third party developers provided all the missing functionality, turning Twitter from a very limited social blogging platform to an empire. But then the business API changes. Some of the functionality provided by third party applications is made redundant by the expansion of services offered by the company. Examples include search and native clients. The most recent change bans third party application developers from in-stream advertisement, which may foil some business plans.

 

The reason the precise definition of business API is needed is exactly due to the investment needed by third parties. Investment a platform company relies on. Similarly to developing the software architecture around the software API a platform company needs to develop the business plan around the business API. Unless they know that the API will not change for the next X years it may not be worth it to invest the time in the platform.

So, I argue that to bootstrap an empire based on minimalistic functionality and an open API, a business API makes sense for all sides.

Daily bits: Tuesday May 18th 2010
posted by shuri on 2010-05-20 23:24:24
tags: news,riak,cassandra,hbase

Mozilla explains why they chose Riak over Cassandra and HBase!

daily bits: Sunday May 16th 2010
posted by shuri on 2010-05-17 01:44:24
tags: news,daily,bits

Cute prototypical social network startup video spoof.

Richard Stallman visionary, utopian or ocd?

How to scale with Python.

A good video from Jack Dorsey on his take-aways from starting companies like Twitter and Square, What I found interesting is that it seems he sees the roots for both Twitter and Square in ideas he has been carrying with him since he was a kid. He also talks about how important it is to flesh out and share your ideas, listen to your users and based on what you hear either adopt ideas like the @ symbol, the word tweet and the concept of a re-tweet or quickly kill the project.

Some good observations and tips for being more productive.

Daily bits: Friday May 14th 2010
posted by shuri on 2010-05-14 11:32:30
tags: news,daily,bits

Techcrunch reporting on domainfest Dating.com sold for $1,750,000.

Targeting a facebook ad at a single person, wow that is cool...and freaky. To be fair, you cannot be sure it is only targeting that person but still very cool.

On the other hand, targeting who you hope would be your future boss, that is just genius.

Good tips from Naval Ravikant on how paranoid to be about your ideas, how important is being in Silicon Valley and more

Diaspora (the open facebook) and Kickstarter (an unintended startup fund)
posted by shuri on 2010-05-13 20:26:58
tags: news,facebook,diaspora,kickstarter

The privacy concerns everybody has been having regarding facebook is undoubtedly what caused 3033 people to pledge 116,902 dollars on Kickstarter to the open source project Diaspora. It took them only twelve days to reach 10,000 dollars. Diaspora, as far as I can tell is not much more than an idea at this point. This did not stop the New York Times from covering them already, an article which quickly people discovered includes a very geeky unix joke :), which was then promptly removed. See the guys behind Diaspora on youtube... oh so that is how you pronounce it.

It is worth sidetracking for a second to talk about Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a new type of funding site that is not actually focused on startups and software but on "art, music, design (fashion, product, game, app, etc), film/video, food, journalism, and other" which is an interesting spin. It is not a crowd sourcing investment site since the creators keep 100% ownership. Crunchbase does not have much to say but you can check their FAQs. With all this attention, more people are going to take notice of Kickstarter but both sides are going to be slightly surprised.

Back to facebook. Is facebook going away? No not really. They still have over 400 million users which means at least some of your friends are likely there and it is a great way to stay in touch and to create new connections. The pivot they are currently doing might actually make them more successful. However, Diaspora represents an opportunity to try and create new open protocols that in the long run will level the playing field and give more power to the users. The idea, I believe is to ultimately reclaim ownership over your personal data. Let us watch what happens next.

 

 

 

Daily Bits: Tuesday May 11th 2010
posted by shuri on 2010-05-11 19:51:05
tags: news,daily,bits

lessons learned at reddit: A FOWA 2010 presentation by Steve Huffman. Interesting stuff about how they use postgresql in a schemaless manner, how they avoid joins, how they use memcache and memcachedb, and other high scalability tips.

More input from reddit this time about slowness downtime and some good details about working with cassandra

No techcrunch50 this year. instead Jason and Arrington will each do their own thing. The more the merrier?

If you have not stumbled upon Jason Calacnis new empire, checkout thisweekin.com not to be confused with the equally excellent twit.tv.

Daily Bits: Monday may 10th
posted by shuri on 2010-05-10 16:53:28
tags: daily,bits,news

Rather than pouring my "creative" energy into twitter, I am going to do "daily bits" blobs of random thoughts and links. We will see how that goes.

Tips on bootstrapping a marketplace startup.

Great visualization of the evolution of privacy on facebook.

The death of the file metaphor?

stop talking start doing

Heroku, an interesting ruby on rails in the cloud service.

Discussion, which one to start with? NoSQL or SQL?

 

Facebook: Pivotting a Planet
posted by shuri on 2010-05-05 12:38:40
tags: news,facebook,privacy,pivot,social,networks

The latest buzz word on all the startup blogs seems to be "pivot" (see also here). The idea is as follows. Let us say you are a young startup: you already raised some money, assembled the team, started developing software and maybe even have some clients. Things are going great! Great that is, until at some point you discover you are headed towards a dead end or maybe an even a greater opportunity. what do you do? You pivot. Being so young here is an advantage. You can talk to your small team and convince them that this new direction is much more promising. Ideally, the new direction would work even better for your existing clients and would allow you to salvage some of your efforts uptill now. Congratulations, you pivoted. There is a nice thread on the lean-startup-circle attempting to break down the concept to a whole pivot taxonomy.

Now what happens if your company has been running for more than six years, you raised several hundred million dollars, have over 400 million active users and now, for some reason you want to pivot?

You are positioned as the safe haven for you and your friends and you are great. Everybody loves you and trusts you. However, suddenly you become jealous of the new guy (Twitter envy?)? Maybe you realize monetizing social networks is tricky? Maybe you realize there is a whole web out there and you want a piece of that too? You make up your mind you are going to pivot. Pivot the whole planet; Pivot your 1200 employees, the code and the concepts. You also have to pivot the 400 million active users into thinking their safe haven was actually a public park all along. That public is the new private. You can learn about the new APIs facebook introduced: the open graph, facebook on connections and eff on connections., I am not going to go into details.

Some people find it scary? A lot of people are upset, trying to hold on to the wall and pivot the thing back. Returning your privacy one site at a time. Some people just want to leave their violated safe haven. Politicians as well as the eff also found it necessary to voice their concerns.

Facebook made a strategic decision to try and aggressively encourage people to be more public about their information. I am not sure that is such a big sin. They were one of the first companies to face the need for these type of privacy controls. Quite frankly, I think Facebook offers the users amazingly fine grained privacy controls which should be studied and adopted. Facebook is a business, and the owner of the business made a strategic decision to attempt and speed up social evolution. If nothing else it is a daring attempt that is very interesting to watch.

5 dollars 2 hours go!
posted by shuri on 2009-10-30 17:54:34
tags: startup,business,entrepreneurship,news

Nice story from Tina Seelig which I found on VentureBeat. Six minute video embedded below

What's NoSQL?
posted by shuri on 2009-10-19 07:44:31
tags: news,nosql,databases,storage

If you "like" databases and are "into" file-systems you should become familiar with NoSQL. The short story is, in order to achieve good scalability you may be willing to give up some of the power of a full fledged ACID guaranteeing, SQL compliant databases. Linux magazine has a nice article on it.

The nontrepreneurs and my 2cents
posted by shuri on 2009-10-11 21:11:38
tags: news,entrepreneurship

Bear With Claws has a nice piece about the nontrepreneur. Basically he talks about the talkers and encourages them to do. This article spoke to me but I think there is a bigger picture.

There is an evolution or a hierarchy of people who aspire to be entrepreneurs.

  1. The idea guy: He has tons of ideas, some of them even good. A good idea guy, keeps one of those little notebooks, maybe even some electronic device to keep track of all his ideas. He keeps it very very secret and does absolutely nothing with it. Happily counting them off as others build them and make them popular.
  2. The Talker a.k.a the nontrepreneur: He wants to get something going. He wants to find the right partner to somehow get beyond the idea stage. He talks to his friends and they talk back. Maybe they spend a lot of time convincing each other that their ideas are not good enough.
  3. The starter: The  starter picks one of his ideas and starts working on it. Maybe he does a bit of research, writes a design, buys a domain. An advanced Starter may even start implementing something. Eventually the starter will lose interest, get distracted, lose focus and move on.
  4. The finisher: This guy knows that beginnings will get you nowhere, you need to finish something. He will finish a prototype. He has the focus necessary to stick with something for more than a week. He might be one of these guys that does not want to leave in the middle of a movie even if it makes him physically sick (Cloverfield?). He might even post a link or give it to one of his friends. Eventually, since he built it and they didn't come, he'll forget about it.
  5. The Successful Entrepreneur All the previous categories were easy, they defined what was missing, what might stop you from being a successful entrepreneur. But what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? I cannot really say. Maybe it's having ideas, identifying the good ones, having the focus and determination to start and finish something, getting friends to help you, getting friends to try your product, pushing and pushing, changing the focus when needed... Maybe it's having a business plan?

Maybe someday I'll have a better answer, if and when I move to the next stage :).

Advice from Successful Domainers
posted by shuri on 2009-10-11 15:21:55
tags: news,domains,domainers

Eliot's Blog has a great series of posts asking 50 successful domainers for "one piece of advice they would give to a part-time domain investor looking to build his business.". The series will consist of 50 experts, 10 experts in each part. Part 1 and part 2 are already available. Cool.

Got rejected from YCombinator? Don't give up
posted by shuri on 2009-10-09 09:08:14
tags: news,ycombinator

Bottom line, if you are serious keep doing what you have to do. Rejections should not stop you. YCombinator backed Directed Edge says it nicely here telling the story how they got rejected a year before they got accepted and finally got backed. Here is the video of their second application.

A Startup Howto Video from the founder of Mint
posted by shuri on 2009-10-08 12:08:39
tags: news,startup,howto,mint
A nice walk through of how Mint was founded.

Mint CEO Aaron Patzer on Startups from Techcrunch on Vimeo.

How to get your site popular, a video by kevin rose
posted by shuri on 2009-10-05 17:30:08
tags: news,traffic,marketing

Kevin rose describes how to make your site popular:

Taking your Site from One to One Million Users by Kevin Rose from Carsonified on Vimeo.

Some of the points discussed:

  • leaderboard
  • give credit and recognition to your users
  • Don't assume anythin, build, release and measure. Repeat as necessary

On the perills of almost awsome execution
posted by shuri on 2009-06-29 17:32:15
tags: news,awsome,execution

I spent a few hours installing moinmoin. I chose moinmoin because it is implemented in python and having enjoyed python lately I wanted the option of adding some stuff to the wiki.

The installation was long but not painfull, I figured out what I needed to do, I did it and it worked. All the features I expected seemed to be there, so I spent a few more hours entering and importing content into it. Finally, our group had a meeting to review what to do next.

One of my mac friends, showed up with his new shinny macbook pro. I've been thinking of getting one myself and seeing one made resisting harder. Unfortunately, moinmoin refused to show the WYSIWYG editor in the safari browser. Bummer, that's a deal breaker.

Moinmoin may be a brilliant piece of engineering but we are going to switch to twiki which does work in safari. One missing feature, bug or quirk is enough for ungrateful people to toss all your hard work aside and go play with somebody else. This feature happen to be the killer feature for us, but any other feature may be the killer feature for your users.

I experienced a similar incident from the other side of the table, albeit with a much more humble half-baked endeavor. I wrote a small site for personal use, a site I have been using for over a year. But it was in no way, stable, debugged or ready. I showed it to a friend and the thing crashed quite horribly. Now, even though I prefixed this demo with all the usual disclaimers it still made a bad impression. Next time when I show him anything he will approach it with reserve and apprehension. Bummer.

What's my point? You can't do it all, but anything less than awsome is just not good enough.

 

(update: we're trying to follow up on moinmoin. It uses FCKEditor which should support safari now, and supposedly so should moinmoin since the FCKEdit version is high enough. You get the picture.).

Musings on the value of domains
posted by shuri on 2009-06-20 10:44:13
tags: news,domains,name,brand

When I have an idea for a new website, I like thinking of names for it. Actually, my fondness of coming up with names goes beyond my possibly pointless hobby slash addiction with domain names. I often joke that the achievement I am most proud of in all the work on my masters degree is coming up with its name: "Do Not Crawl in the DUST: Different URLs with Similar Text". But do domain names have a value beyond proving your copyright abilities?

A name is a way for people to reference a specific person or entity. So when I say youtube you can easily guess or search how to find the site I'm talking about.  So if you can't spell it right (Did you say U2?), pronounce it easily, or if a search can't find the site or the ranking of your site for your name is very low this name might be problematic.

A name has to be memorable.That usually means it has to be short, composed of simple parts and preferably pronounceable by as many people around the world.

Finally, you want to build your name, meaning you want to create a widely accepted mapping between certain concepts and your name. Certain such mappings already exist in your mind: "video", "social" and "a friend" for example. Building on such concepts should be easier,

Taking all that in account, and assuming that domain names are here to stay, people choose and buy domain names in hope it would ease establishing their unambiguous, memorable and appropriately associated name. Fame and fortune is sure to follow.

Having said that, I find it interesting that 10 of top 50 properties according to Comscore are short, pronounceable but many are not inherently related to the concepts they represent and many are quite common words: Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, AOL (America Online), Fox (Fox Interactive Media), eBay, wikipedia, Amazon, Ask and Time Warner. A few of these have great association to desirable concepts: America Online for an Internet provider, Ask for a search engine, Microsoft for a company providing software to microcomputers and wikipedia for an online encyclopedia. One could argue for Time to be included in this group as well. However, eBay, established their associations in the minds of millions without any natural association. A quick wikipedia peek reveals that: "The company officially changed the name of its service from AuctionWeb to eBay in September 1997." They change their name from the "perfect natural association" keyword match to the name eBay. According to internet-story, they became successful as AuctionWeb and switched early in their success.

The last three domains are Yahoo, Google and Fox. Fox has the additional "Interactive Media" in its name. Google is hard to spell and was actually a misspelling of the word Googol which is a very large number. Despite the misspelling and the fact the word wasn't known to many Google managed to get their name in the dictionary! Isn't that the ultimate proof of establishing the association between concepts and a name?. And what did they do? They tried to fight it! Well apparently, if you do too good a job, you may lose your trademark. Finally, Yahoo established their name against all odds and against the current. The word is taken from the novel Gulliver's Travels and had 'become synonymous with "cretin," "dinosaur," and/or "Neanderthal."' due to this book.

To summarize, short, memorable and pronounceable are great. The great ones build their name from scratch and even overcome existing negative connotation.

 

 

Brilliant Digg Founder Kevin Rose Interview
posted by shuri on 2009-04-21 13:46:05
tags: news,entrepreneurship,startup,business,digg

Michael Arrington gets a brilliant interview with Kevin Rose. Kevin Rose tells a lot of what happened on the business side from the idea, running out of money, angel investments, registered users, unique visitors etc. Cooooool.

WWW2009 Starting later today
posted by shuri on 2009-04-19 18:31:06
tags: news,www2009

Arrived a day early in Madrid for WWW2009. The first day seems packed with good stuff, all at once which means you have to choose. Currently thinking of going to one of: "Search Metrics User Satisfaction", "Query Log Mining" and "Web Search Result Summari­zation and Presentation".


Today was nice, some food, some presents and nice weather. Updates to follow.


posted by shuri on 2009-04-11 15:45:10
tags: twitter,news

I've been using twitter for...about two months now. Not exactlt a heavy user, I've made 85 updates in 2 months. When looking at Twitter, one thing that is undeniable is how fast it is growing. So I would say for now it's a success, and as such, it is interesting. But why is it a success? What did they do right? What did they do wrong?

First of all what's good about twitter. When you like someones tweets, you follow them. However, unlike in facebook, somehow its more acceptable not to follow them back. That's a good thing in this case. It allows different types of relationships between people, not just symmetrical friendship.

Next, twitter limits the size of their posts, your tweets. This immediately creates a different medium. Whatever you say on twitter is much less "official", less heavy and serious than your normal blog.

The size limit also forces you to use services like tinyurl, because otherwise a single URL could use up the 140 characters you have per post. The value of URL shortners was recently discussed in many places whether or not they are a good thing. Generally, I think it is a bad thing causing needless redirections, shortening the expected life of your content and fragmenting the "Universal Resource Locator" into different URLs. Just take a peek at my dust paper to see how useful URLs can be.

One thing twitter clearly did right was release an API early. This created a whole eco-system of third-party applications. I believe this still serves to fill the void of missing functionality needed to make the service trully useful.

Which brings us to the next problem. Twitter doesn't scale, at least not in its current level of service. I'm not talking about the computers, the architecture, memcached mysql and what not. No. It doesn't scale for us, the human beings. If you follow around 50 carefully chosen people, you already have to spend way too much time keeping up with them. Many of the posts are going to be duplicates, many of the people you follow will have other "non-interesting" interests and many will hold conversations with people you don't follow which will end up appearing non-sensical on your end. The signal to noise ratio is just too big. Now imagine what happens if you follow 4000 people..

How did Twitter become this popular? I still can't fully understand it. It can't be all PR and hype, right?

And yet...I'm still using it :).

How do Digg and Facebook work behind the scenes?
posted by shuri on 2009-04-11 14:57:23
tags: news,scale,scalability,digg,facebook

Check out these two videos of how digg and facebook work behind the scenes. (Wow, what a relief it is to use normal length URLs). Both definitely worth a watch.

They both praise memcached and mention that relational databases can only go so far.

One more thing worth mentioning is that digg was originally launched by hiring a programmer for ~2000$ and throwing it on shared hosting. So don't over-think it.

Oh, and myspace too.

Blitzcc, An easy way to keep in touch with the latest research
posted by shuri on 2009-03-13 15:33:50
tags: blitzcc,news

I am the coordinator of our group's seminar at UCLA. That means I find people who find people who give talks :).

I decided to try to organize something a bit different. The basic idea was to have 20 people give three minute talks. This way, every person needs to read one paper and you get a good idea of the whole conference in an hour.

So I decided to start with WSDM 2009. I set up a blitzcc wiki with links to all the papers, and some instructions on how to choose a paper. Finally, I sent off a mass email to our group asking people to join our blitzcc. I didn't want to put up flyers yet, I wanted to keep things inside the group and keep it small, at least for the first time. Unfortunately I did not get a single response. Disappointing to say the least.

I didn't want to give up yet, so I went over the students in our group, went over their latest publications and wrote personal emails with the subject line "Papers that might interest you", listing the papers they might find interesting. That got much better responses... two people volunteered.Together with me and Mike Welch the coordinator that made four people :).

I was still a bit disappointed, I was hoping to see... excitement! In the end we had four people presenting and instead of three minutes per speaker, each speaker took 10 minutes. Overall, it went well. The responses were positive and the papers we covered were interesting.

We'll see what happens next quarter.

Looking for a good problem
posted by shuri on 2009-01-27 12:52:49
tags: news,research,graduate

I like asking Professors what they think a Ph.D. is supposed to teach you. Recently I got an answer I like from one of my Professors. Basically he said, and I apologize because I am paraphrasing, students are supposed to learn how to come up with problems, identify the "good" ones and solve them. This is the best answer yet!

But if you can't come up with problems of your own, dropping another quote "great artists steal". Yahoo research labs have published a list of "Key Scientific Challenges" which can help you. If that didn't grab your attention they also mentioned something about 5000$ :).

Eye Openners
posted by shuri on 2009-01-17 18:22:21
tags: news,innovation,design

There are certain moments when you see something new and it makes you go "Ahhhhh! Wow! I get it." and maybe even "That's cool". That is what people aim hope for when they are doing "research", that's what you may hope to feel when reading about a new startup or when Steve Jobs says "one more thing". 

Then there are certain people who say a certain problem is (90%  sovled).

That's why it makes me happy  to see things like this. Are electric sockets and chords a 99% solved problem?

That's before we get into that whole wireless energy thing.

Palm is back (from the dead?)?
posted by shuri on 2009-01-11 20:25:05
tags: news,palm,pre

I thought palm was dead. I thought there was no way for them to come back (from the dead).

After watching this video I think they might have a chance. Keyboard, innovatove user interface and integration of information from different web sites inside your calendar and contact list are some of the cool features. Looks very cool.

That being said, it remains to be seen if their customers and mainly if their developer community will remain loyal in the face of yet-another palm os.

Google, Seattle, Back in LA
posted by shuri on 2009-01-07 12:41:39
tags: news,personal

Google was great. It is a very unique place to work at. Seattle is super, even with the rain and snow it is still leagues better than LA can ever hope to be. I'm back in LA, back in kerckhoff in my favorite corner. I'm full of hope, even if it is just for a second.

My...
posted by shuri on 2008-08-31 20:44:38
tags: news,personal

My favorite uncle in the whole wide world just died.

Visualization Strategies
posted by shuri on 2008-08-26 11:46:52
tags: data,visualization,news

I have always been fascinated with data visualization techniques. If you are not familiar with digg labs you should take a look. Tim Showers collected some nice text cloud like visualizations. Science News has an article on how mathematicians attempt to visualize higher dimensional objects. An interesting example can be found in the seedcamp blog. Another one by IBM.

Why Apple should buy Pandora?
posted by shuri on 2008-08-20 14:37:50
tags: pandora,news

The rumor that Pandora may be forced to close down has come back to haunt us. For those of you who still don't know Pandora is an interactive personal music streaming service. You seed it with a few artists or songs you like, and it starts playing. As the songs are played, you can either thumb them up or thumb them down.

I have been a big fan of Pandora for a long time. The thing I like most about Pandora is that it allows you to expand your musical horizons without feeling ignorant. I got to know Hendrix, blues and metal better through Pandora. Another cool thing is there is very little crud: once you log in and tell it an artist or two, just type in pandora.com and it immediately starts playing. So Pandora is great, why isn't making enough money?

Well, in order to make money you need to spend a little and make a lot. Pandora is currently haunted by the evil RIAA. It is being charged more than satellite radio stations do, and certainly more than terrestrial stations that apparently pay nothing. The way it makes money is through visual ads and through affiliate marketing (I'm guessing those links are not just for our convenience). The design of the advertisements are very smart, you hear nothing but music but if you want to give Pandora feedback, when you look at the screen the ads change, grabbing your attention. That's really smart. So what's the problem?

Apparently, with the inflated rates the RIAA, these ads are not enough to cover them. So what can they do? Either lobby their way to lower rates or make more money. How about both?

I argue that if apple buys Pandora they can achieve both. Hoping for unlimited music from Apple may be too optimistic. However, Apple's pull with the music companies can still get Pandora a good deal. Integration with the iTunes music store will sell more songs. Having Pandora pre-installed on all iPhones and iPods can get it to a greater audience. Having Pandora on iPhones will sell more iPhones. Everybody wins. But I think there's more money to be made here.

I always thought Pandora is not reaching their full potential with the visual ads. Are audio ads such a sin? Podcasts do them? Is that so wrong? In case you really want to have uniterrupted music, add an additional 1 dollar a month to your monthly bill and you get ad free Pandora goodness.

No need to thank me...well...

Cool Word Based Visualization
posted by shuri on 2008-08-14 10:19:07
tags: news,visualization,search,engine

There's this cool tool called wordle which creates cool keyword cloud like visualizations of blogs. Check out some search engine related examples.

Cool Innovative Image Viewing
posted by shuri on 2008-08-14 08:28:43
tags: news,image,processing

What I admire is truly creative research that also has practical implications. This image viewing work I think qualifies. Checkout the video explanation here.

Are you male or female? This site can tell you
posted by shuri on 2008-07-30 17:55:11
tags: news,hacks

So there is 92% chances I'm male according to this site. Go there and check for yourself, just to make sure. They also can magically tell you your browsing history. It uses a something that can be viewed as a security bug in most modern browsers. Cool though and creepy.

Can you spell S-T-U-P-I-D
posted by shuri on 2008-07-30 09:32:49
tags: news,scrabulous,business

Scarbulous is apparently shutting down their facebook app. I was mid-game and as far as I can recall winning too. You can still play on their site which I find weird.

This is not the first time companies kill potential cash cows. A thing I find silly to do at best. An analogy will help clear things up.

Say someone grew a whole field of corn on your land, better crops than you ever managed to grow on the land in the last five years. What do you do? Do you:

  1. Chase him off, sell the corn and enjoy a one time profit.
  2. Reach some agreement with him and let him continue successfully growing corn on your land while you collect a monthly check.
  3. Burn the corn and shoot the other guy torture his family and swear vengeance will be yours forever.
  4. All of the above

There is no "correct" answer but I'd go with number 2.

Don't be bogged by vision
posted by shuri on 2008-07-25 09:29:49
tags: news,vision,startup

Nice little article on how to avoid vision overload.

An alternative to advertising for web 2.0
posted by shuri on 2008-06-06 05:59:01
tags: news,business,models

Mashable has a nice article on alternatives sources of revenue for web companies. First of you've got to clarify what's wrong with the current ad based model?

What worries me about ads is their reliability. The article suggests donations instead. I think a more reliable sources of revenue would be good for companies since it gives you a source of income you can plan on. Personally, I like the two service level subscription model. The first level is free the second one is premium. The dating industry is big on that model. So why can't other web companies adopt that model?

It's the VC's fault really. Any web company that would start charging subscription fees would face competition from VC funded free services. Then data portability gets thrown in the mix. You end up with a business where the user can switch to another service as easy as switching to a different brand of toothpaste, only the other toothpaste is free and just as good. How can anybody build a sustainable business this way?

For those interested in web design
posted by shuri on 2008-05-23 10:05:49
tags: news,design,web

For those interested in web design checkout this list of thirty websites to follow.

Tips for Hacking your college life
posted by shuri on 2008-05-23 09:54:42
tags: news

Check out these insightful tips for college student productivity.

How it's done in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science.
posted by shuri on 2008-05-23 09:36:11
tags: news

Checkout this readwrite article describing a site called gwap, a nice timewaster that harnesses the power of the people to characterize images, find objects in images and learn world facts. A lot of it is due to the captcha guy also of Carnegie Mellon. Very nice execution and good buzz for Carnegie Mellon.

Is this for real? multi-iphone-pong.
posted by shuri on 2008-05-22 09:00:20
tags: news,pong,iphone,multi

I had this idea to write a ping-pong application for the iphone. But I had not idea how to figure out what the distance was between the iphones. Anyway checkout multi-iphone-pong for the iphone.

Where is the web headed?
posted by shuri on 2008-05-22 08:41:58
tags: news,web,disruptive

Check out this article from readwriteweb covering some of the more disruptive changes to "the web".

Enhance your productivity with Startegic Procrastination
posted by shuri on 2008-05-20 21:52:09
tags: news

I've been making certain advances in my personal productivity and I wanted to share one of the more amusing realizations with you.

Consider the following situation. You have two open ended projects, you could spend hours, days or years on each of them. The first is you research project. If you do a  good job on it, a really good job, it might get into a leading conference, that will later help secure some job offer you really want to get.

The second project is a project in a course. Nobody expects it to be published. If you do an excellent job you'll get an A, a mediocre job will still get you an A, and if you do a really bad job you'll get a B. Sounds simple so far, right?

Alas the story gets complicated. And like any good tragedy you the main character have a flaw that will doom you. You want to excell. You really hate doing a bad job. Some might even try to insult you and accuse you of being a perfectionist. How do you overcome this tragic character flaw. The answer lies in strategic procrastination.

These two words that seemingly should never go in the same sentence come together to help you get over yourself. First step, assess the number of hours the average team will spend on the class project. Let's say the number is 30 hours. Step two, wait until deadline - 30 hours. Remember to factor in sleeping into the equation. Step three, procrastinate.

Some of you will read this and laugh. That's o.k. To you I say... ha ha ha... I'm being funny. Some of you just don't get it. Since I am a polite guy to you I say... ha ha ha... it sounds funnier in Yidish. To the rest of you, I sincerely hope that at some point in your life I'd have helped you,

Who online is analogous to a Cable Co.?
posted by shuri on 2008-05-18 20:53:46
tags: news,video,online,cable

What I blog is not always exactly news. For this reasosn, you already know the "right answer" to the question asked. Facebook VP says Facebook is analogous to a cable company. I say, really really bad analogy. So who is is analogous to a Cable Co.?

Maybe it is Hulu? I was all excited to see TV commercials on-line. They certainly can become an on-line "cable company". But they post incomplete seasons, trying to tease the users I guess. Tease them into what? Going back to the television maybe? That is a bad recipe towards becoming an on-line cable company. We want new content. We don't want to have to buy a cable box. We have the eye-balls, don't you want them?

The current analogous to a cable company is sidereel.com. No, strike that they are the tv-guide. The back-end, the pipes are sites like 56.com, megavideo.com, tudou.com. These sites cannot be simply dismissed as youtube want-to-be-s. They host videos longer than 10 minutes, some of them have nice features like being able to play several episodes in a row automatically. Should they be dismissed as simple pirate sites?

Compare Hulu to sidereel. Hulu just re-posted last weeks episode of house. sidereel on the other hand has above 17 links to the full episodes. Granted, sidereel's links are sometimes too slow and that is annoying. The fact that they don't include commercials doesn't make me too happy. I would prefer a source that would deliver the stream fast enough and would be happy if I can watch commercials to help sustain the model. Hulu needs to be better than sidereel.

Take southparkstudios.com, the official southpark site. They make the content available immediately after it finishes to air. They get it.


Youtube thrived on illegal content as well. They proved that illegal content, with brilliant business peoplel, can make business sense. The next cable company is somewhere out there, I am highly skeptical of it being Facebook, Hulu? Maybe.

 

51 of 100 largest economic entities are now corporations
posted by shuri on 2008-05-18 10:37:38
tags: news

Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries. That's what's claimed by http://www.corporations.org whoever they are. I find that amazing.

The people closest to you in culture can most likely be found on-line, very likely in a different country. Could this change the country's part in people's life? Can digg.com declare itself a country? How about having a Limited Land Country (LLC)?

An opinion aggregator of things to come
posted by shuri on 2008-03-24 17:22:45
tags: semantic,opinion,swotti,news

A semantic opinion aggregator named swotti is definitely intreresting and worth checking out. Searching for the MacBooc air gives you summaries of specific opinions regarding its design, weight, battery life as well as general comments. The site seems slow these days, probably due to unanticipated or premature popularity. Sign of things to come.

TubeSpy and YouTube awards
posted by shuri on 2008-03-24 16:38:13
tags: news,youtube,ajax,api

Some youtube news checkout TubeSpy, as covered by readwriteweb. An amusing lively way to see what youtube users are currently viewing. Apparently this was implemented using jquery and the youtube api. cool.

Also, if you are a youtube fanatic, checkout the youtube awards.

 

Hulu is the future of video
posted by shuri on 2008-03-13 15:25:30
tags: news,hulu,tv,online
I've been playing with Hulu for a couple of weeks now. I have to say it is brilliant! Comparing it to youtube is insulting. These are not amateurish webcam made videos of your neighbor. These are quality episodes and even movies you would have bought on DVD or rented in your video store. Whole seasons of "bones" movies like "the shape of things". Good stuff.
Am I being silly for being excited to watch commercials online? Sure, and yet this is a clear sign of things to come.
Mark Zuckerberg, Sarah Lacy the interview video
posted by shuri on 2008-03-10 14:37:59
tags: news,mark,zuckerberg,sarah,lacy,video,interview
There's been some buzz on the web about the Mark Zuckerberg interview in SXSW by Sarah Lacy. So watch and enjoy.
Apparently this was much ado about nothing, just a rather predictable mellow interview with a bit of audience noise in the end.
Scaling web architectures
posted by shuri on 2008-03-09 17:27:27
tags: news,scalable
An interesting video on Google video about scaling Youtube. I also found an interesting blog that deals with scaling web architectures.
The Google talk, together with this blog post that talks about how digg is implemented, all point to the fact that very little code needs to be written in c/c++ today.
A moment of goodness
posted by shuri on 2008-03-08 13:03:08
tags: news,goodness
I am sitting here in the corner bakery cafe near my house, woke up a bit late, talked to my parents and my little sister, and I'm thinking that despite the deadline for VLDB and the hard work and stress, this moment in life is great.
Stage6 closes stage9 launched
posted by shuri on 2008-02-28 14:37:52
tags: news,stage9,stage6
So I already wrote about how my beloved stage6 closed. Naturally, as I do, I checked in godaddy the domains for stagesix, stage7 and others. Today, mashable is reporting that Disney is launching something they call stage9. I cannot help but be amused. Apparently it is some sort of internet video original content site. What I want to know is what will happen to joox.
UNG is not GNU which is not Unix
posted by shuri on 2008-02-27 10:02:42
tags: news
Microsoft may be implementing a version of GNU software and libraries called UNG which stands for UNG is Not GNU. That in turns stands for GNU is not UNIX.
An interesting question is whether Microsoft can is allowed to maintain a GNU compatible library stripped of the GNU license via some sort of continuous clean room implementation?
An amazing account of how easy it is to ruin a great business
posted by shuri on 2008-02-26 15:06:06
tags: news,techcrunch,stage6,joox
Techcrunch has the inside story of what exactly happened to stage6.com. It seems they were very close to making a great deal and then ego got in the way. That is really ashame.
Oooh, I have a prediction
posted by shuri on 2007-12-26 10:34:09
tags: prediction,apple,news
After the proof of concept release of the Kindle by Amazon, Amazon and Apple will work together on releasing an ebook. This play will finally start to make a dent on the book industry. For the record, no Apple ShuffleTooth so far.
Digg the song
posted by shuri on 2007-12-24 10:10:17
tags: digg,news,song
Digg the song, as found on techcrunch.
Bubble 2.0 Summary
posted by shuri on 2007-12-04 11:19:36
tags: news,tech,bubble
As found in techcrunch here.
Crazy speculation about the future of Google
posted by shuri on 2007-11-01 11:43:23
tags: news,crazy,speculation
It all starts with google healthcare which in 2012 starts volunteering to store your DNA and data mine it for possible illnesses matching them with cure advertisements. So far so good.
One year before that in 2011 justin.tv will have been bought by Google. Google and justin.tv will then focus on full sensory 24 hour capture and data mining.
Together these two acquisitions almost complete the picture. All that is missing is technology envisioned by the island, resident evil: extinction, of course the matrix, and brave new world that will enable Google to grow clones of everybody on earth using their own DNA while feeding them the sensory input of their original version. Later the clones knowledge can be harvested or just replacement parts sold to the owners.
That is however a bit wasteful. Using what they call OpenSocial API and an algorithm much like PageRank they will intelligently decide which people are worth cloning and which are not.
Crazy? I am not sure.
Is Facebook worth 15 billion? Dvorak does the math
posted by shuri on 2007-10-29 14:32:00
tags: news,facebook,dvorak,math
Is facebook worth 15 billion? Probably not. Check out the math Dvorak is doing. Some pretty interesting results.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page Video Interview
posted by shuri on 2007-10-27 13:12:03
tags: news,interview,google,larry,page,sergey,brin
Microsoft's web strategy
posted by shuri on 2007-10-19 10:05:33
tags: news,microsoft,web
Nice little article about Microsoft's web strategy. The article argues that although Microsoft is following Google they are doing a good job at it. With solid software like microsoft office live and interesting stuff like popfly they are certainly a worthy competitor.
I personally still think that Microsoft has a good chance of becoming the number one search engine within the next few years. Sure, Vista doesn't seem to be exactly a success, it doesn't mean that the Windows is dead. With greater integration of their web services in the OS, a move that makes architectural sense not just business sense, they can still leverage their existing market to boost their online offerings.
10 future webtrends from readwriteweb
posted by shuri on 2007-09-26 03:31:16
tags: news,web,trends
Interesting article from readwriteweb on 10 future trends. No, there are no big surprises if you read the right web sites, still interesting.
EntityRank: Searching Entities Directly and Holistically
posted by shuri on 2007-09-26 02:55:35
tags: vldb,2007,mynotebook,news
Cool paper on entity search in vldb. They allow entity search, looking for data like somebody's phone number, returning the numbers and pages supporting it. For example "Amazon Customer Service #phone".,br> They use the surrounding content to detect the entity.
In order to do this they use the distance from "Amazon Customer Service" to something that looks like a phone number. They also include the quality of the supporting pages.
Then there is this paper which seems to do similar things only on steroids. A much richer extraction and it builds an entity relation graph. Very cool.
Interview with facebook guy
posted by shuri on 2007-09-25 05:14:06
tags: news,video,facebook
Social Graph or Social Network, what's in a name?
posted by shuri on 2007-09-23 04:58:11
tags: news.social,graph,news
Readwriteweb discusses discusses what the "social graph" means and whether the classic social network is a better term.
I tend not to agree that social graph should be retired. I think it is more than just a mathematicians way of defining a social network. It describes the next race of capturing the structure of the global social network and leveraging the internet and graph theory to allow people to manage and utilize their network better. That was a long sentence.
Technorati CEO steps down, RW-Web examines what went wrong
posted by shuri on 2007-08-30 10:31:48
tags: news,blog,search
Read-write-web examines what went wrong with technorati in light of the CEO stepping down. Interesting discussion on premium services, free ad-backed services, and other interesting issues. Check it out.
Brilliant resizing of images
posted by shuri on 2007-08-29 10:12:50
tags: news
Read about this brilliant algorithm for resizing images in a way that does not change the important parts of an image. There is a short video demonstrating the technique. The guy who wrote the paper already joined adobe to add this functionality to Photoshop. Very very cool.
Google's growth has come at a price
posted by shuri on 2007-08-20 10:50:38
tags: news,search,google,privacy
An interesting article on Google's growth which brings concerns regarding its acquisition of DoubleClick as well as concerns to transparency and privacy.
Wikia buys Grub!!!
posted by shuri on 2007-07-27 14:00:36
tags: news,search,crawl
Wikia Search which aims, in their own words to "build a new open global search engine" just bought grub. Not grub the boot loader but grub the distributed web crawler. Kind of like a crawler version of seti@home. This could be interesting...
How to get into techcrunch
posted by shuri on 2007-07-25 11:07:01
tags: news,techcrunch,startup
Check this out. Ever wondered How to get into techcrunch?. This video will answer your questions.
Guy Kawasaki "The Art of the Start"
posted by shuri on 2007-07-24 20:53:29
tags: news,interview,startup
A talk by Guy Kawasaki "The Art of the Start". Author of The art of the start.
Youtube co-founders old interview
posted by shuri on 2007-07-24 19:22:53
tags: news,startup,interview,youtube,founder
An old video interview with youtube co-founders before they were bought by google.
facebook co-founder interview
posted by shuri on 2007-07-24 18:49:36
tags: news,interview,facebook,startup
A video interview with facebook co-founder. Cool.
10 Questions Venture Capitalists will Ask you
posted by shuri on 2007-07-23 20:58:54
tags: bookmark,startup,business,news
10 Questions Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Are Going To Ask. Nice overview.
Entrepreneurship Podcast
posted by shuri on 2007-07-09 17:11:11
tags: news,startup
I found a great podcast about entrepreneurship. The podcast includes interviews with Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology Ventures.
iPhone password cracked
posted by shuri on 2007-07-03 16:30:09
tags: news,iphone
iPhone password cracked. The passwords are really simple which makes you think that apple kind of wanted the phone to be hacked. This is both cool and smart since it is sure to bring cool hacks.
Cool stuff from yahoo
posted by shuri on 2007-07-02 09:44:49
tags: news,ads,search,yahoo
Now that I am working at Yahoo, for the summer anyway, it is very nice to see cool stuff from yahoo. The idea is simple but seems powerful, provide personalized ads based on the user's profile. The example they give is if I am looking to buy a blender, target might show their selection of blenders. Cool.
Google Video indexes MySpace, Yahoo Video
posted by shuri on 2007-06-16 11:21:43
tags: news
As part of the grand "Google acquires Youtube" plan, Arstechnica is reporting that Google has transformed Google video to index videos from several sites rather than hosting content. Yahoo has been doing this for a while not to mention good old Altavista. This makes excellent sense.
A small test indeed shows that Myspace videos do show up. Youtube videos seem to be dominant but it is hard to tell if they give these videos higher weight. It might make sense to do that.
Cross Site Scripting in Yahoo
posted by shuri on 2007-06-15 17:31:37
tags: news,security,privacy
It seems that yahoo has some major cross site scripting site. Security and privacy are a major issue that to me seem to be an indication of the maturity or lack-there-of of the web application world. Solutions?
Amazing joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
posted by shuri on 2007-05-31 03:08:21
tags: news
Amazing joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. What else can I say?
Goodbye privacy, introducing google street view
posted by shuri on 2007-05-30 18:16:07
tags: news,google,street,view,privacy
Your privacy may have already been invaded. Take this woman for example:

as captured on the google street view feature.
The expectation of privacy is slowly being eroded. The way I see it either people start objecting or the next generation will have a different expectation of privacy than us.
Google face search
posted by shuri on 2007-05-30 16:57:28
tags: news,google,search
So I was thinking a few weeks back that you could quite easily combine face detection with an image search to make for an easier people search. No sooner said than done... by google.

google face search


The long version is that you can add an "&imgtype=face" at the end of the image search URL. The short version is to try this:
This is face detection. The next stage is face recognition. Once you found the person you are looking for you should be able to ask for other pictures of this guy. Go ahead google/yahoo implement my ideas why don't you ( :) ).
Hugo award winning short story online
posted by shuri on 2007-05-30 08:51:24
tags: news,hugo,scifi,short,story
Check out this (as in Sci-Fi) winning short story in mp3 form.
AT&T Offering Television Programs
posted by shuri on 2007-05-27 20:16:25
tags: news,att,cingular,antitrust
Slashdot reports that AT&T is going to offer television programs over the phone line. After buying cingular, what I was wondering was, could AT&T become such a monopoly that it would have to be broken up again?
Techcrunch covers MyMiniLife
posted by shuri on 2007-05-20 09:25:02
tags: news
Techcrunch is talking about MyMiniLife a friend of mine's startup. The basic idea is an embeddable second life sort of world.
Tech crunch says that this is a very hot space right now. It is very cool being mentioned on techcrunch and being mentioned in the same paragraph with millions of dollars. So check it out
The end of crawling and privacy
posted by shuri on 2007-05-16 12:29:43
tags: news
Many things are changing, sometimes its hard to notice. Crawling used to be the only way of discovering pages and fetching content. Sitemaps was one of the first ways that this changed. Web sites pushing lists of URLs and notifying search engines that the site was updated. The popularization of RSS feeds also offer a never ending stream of URLs with new content.
An interesting paper in www2007 talks about "Navigation-Aided Retrieval" which augments the retrieval model with the assumption that the user is willing to navigate a bit to find what he wants. Could this mean that a less exhaustive crawl would still be just as good?
Google's Web history is another interesting application that sprung lately. Using the google toolbar and any other method they can use they record the URLs you visit. I do not know if they did this before but they are doing this now. Everybody is talking about the implication for personalization. I am saying another hit for crawling and a bit of a hit for privacy.
Regarding privacy and toolbars, Microsoft presented a work in WWW2007 that analyzed password strength. They collected the information for this research using the windows live toolbar. Most of the people that heard the presentation seemed more interested in the use of the private data than in the password strength.
To summarize, there seem to be two loosely related trends, brute force crawling is getting slightly less important than it used to be and you can safely assume that you do not have any privacy.
Search in english, get results in english... even if the site is french
posted by shuri on 2007-05-16 11:59:47
tags: news
Techcrunch reports of a new cross language Google search service to be launched soon. The idea is simple, if a French site, for example, has a good answer to my query, automatically return it translated to English.
A friend of mine had a similar idea for a startup. Wait enough time and someone will think of your idea, and unlike you, actually do something about it.
Allfreecalls.net is back?
posted by shuri on 2007-05-13 17:17:07
tags: news,free,calls,phone
Techcrunch has kindly brought to our attention that the service that brings free international calls for all is back.
It seems that they changed the service a bit, possibly to avoid being stopped by "the man". You register your own number and ten other numbers, and then dial their access number. For those of us who try to keep in touch with friends and family over seas this seems like a good deal. Go on, try it.
www2007 initial summary
posted by shuri on 2007-05-13 17:02:38
tags: news,www2007
The www2007 conference is over. It was fun. There were some real good presentations. I summarized and linked to some below. I am sure there are many more good papers that may have been missed during the conference due to the presentations.
The yahoo party was fun and I won a squeezebox music player :). The banquet was fun and I thought the food was good.
Banff is amazing, a small town of 6700 people according to wikipedia which is largely only there for tourists. The main street is a long street with almost nothing but restaurants and gift shops. Lake Louise is really close by and everything is beautiful. Wild life, snow, mountains, forests, all very beautiful.
One of the interesting things about the www conference is that it is so diverse, people from the academia and industry all come here to look for good ideas. Furthermore, the Internet touches almost every field these days and the conference is just huge. A production of this scale is really difficult and all in all I think it was a great success.
So, I hope to be back in Beijing, China in 2008.
Why We Search: Visualizing and Predicting User Behavior
posted by shuri on 2007-05-12 13:18:15
tags: news,www2007
This paper by Eitan Adar et al. is an interesting paper that tries to find correlations between topic event streams generated from blogs and news sites, and try to use one stream to predict the others shape. They use dynamic time warping to map individual segments of the curves such as peak, rise, fall and run.
They explore various ways of visualizing the topic behavior through time.
Learning to Detect Phishing Emails
posted by shuri on 2007-05-12 10:21:33
tags: news,www2007
Very nice work by Ian Fette et al. The first thing they do is define "identifying phishing spam emails" as a different problem than just regular spam. Then they use a decision tree based classifier and a set of smart features to identify phising attacks.
The features include: when the domains in the links were registered, ip number links and comparison of the domains of the links in the email to the domain of the "click here" type of links.
Predicting Clicks: Estimating the Click-Through Rate for New Ads
posted by shuri on 2007-05-11 13:20:03
tags: news,www2007
How to determine ad ordering if you do not have extensive click-through-rate probabilities? That is what this paper does. They use machine learning, logistic regression, to predict the click-through-rate (CTR).
The basic model builds on previous work. The first thing they try to add a notion of ad quality, the landing page quality, and relevance. They further tried to improve the results by adding features, which key terms appear in the title and the tex, and using machine learning to learn quality.
A New Suffix Tree Similarity Measure for Document Clustering
posted by shuri on 2007-05-11 10:01:35
tags: news,www2007,suffix,tree,similarity,document,model
This paper, which is based on this interesting paper talks about a new similarity measure. Looks cool, still need to read the details. Basically it combines the suffix tree document model with tfidf.
Finished www2007 presentation
posted by shuri on 2007-05-10 14:41:58
tags: news,www2007
Just finished the www2007 presentation Do Not Crawl In The DUST: Duplicate URLs Similar Text. As far as I can tell it went pretty well. If you missed the presentation you'll have to read the paper instead.
Page-level Template Detection via Isotonic Smoothing
posted by shuri on 2007-05-10 10:00:26
tags: www2007,mynotebook,news
Cute work about template detection, short summary follows.

Previous work, site based, two phase. The limitations of this technique, pages may not be processed in site order, new sites may be a problem and processing may be inefficient.
Essentially, they:
  1. obtain training data site specific
  2. learn site specific templates
  3. try to learn a global detector for templateness.
Features they use include: placement on the screen,back ground color, identify series of links that are likely to be part of the template, average sentence size. Then they use a classifier to differentiate between the template parts of a page and the content.
In the results they show that shingling after template detection works better than shingling without template detection.
Web Projections: Learning from Contextual Subgraphs of the Web
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 15:27:47
tags: news,www2007
General idea of "Web Projections: Learning from Contextual Subgraphs of the Web" is trying to extract a sub-graph according to some context, for example a query, and then using that sub-graph and machine learning to predict such things as the quality of the pages, and user behavior. Cool.
Sample room from the Banff Springs Hotel
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 10:33:56
tags: news,www2007,photo
Another view of Banff Springs Hotel
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 10:32:38
tags: news,www2007,photo
A Banff View
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 10:30:17
tags: news,www2007,photo
Banff Hotel
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 10:29:36
tags: news,www2007,photo
Efficient Search Engine Measurements
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 10:08:51
tags: news,www2007,search,engine,measurement
If you happen to miss the www2007 talk "Efficient Search Engine Measurements" by Ziv Bar-Yossef and Maxim Gurevich you should go and read the paper.
The paper describes an efficient and accurate method of estimating various properties of the search engine such as the size of the document collection. It does so through the standard query interface. I will not do it justice if I try to describe the details so go and read it.
Navigation-Aided Retrieval by Pandit and Olston
posted by shuri on 2007-05-09 09:49:02
tags: news,www2007,user,model,ir
The basic idea of this work is to assume the user of the search engine is willing to do some navigation to find what he is looking for.
The question then becomes not what is the most relevant document but where should we "drop off" the user, for him to be most likely to find what he is looking for. Cool.
Further, they highlight the paths that could lead the user to interesting pages.
For those not in WWW2007
posted by shuri on 2007-05-08 11:00:14
tags: news,www2007
If you are not in www2007, and you still want to see a cool lecture, go here and look for PRABHAKAR RAGHAVAN. This excellent lecture covers both Yahoo answers and advertisement auctions. The implication of any optimizations to advertisement auctions means big money and that is why you should care.
WWW2007 worth a read
posted by shuri on 2007-05-08 10:54:40
tags: news,www2007
When attending the Query Log Analysis of the WWW2007 conference, this work seems good. The presentation talks about a better model of search engine users and the way they click. For example, the user model takes into account if the user considered a result and its attractiveness.
I am in WWW2007
posted by shuri on 2007-05-07 14:19:11
tags: news,www2007
That is it. I am here in Banff Canda, in the WWW 2007 conference. I will be presenting my paper Do Not Crawl in the DUST about identifying different URLs with similar text. I am excited to see my Israeli colleagues, Maxim Gurevich and Ziv Bar-Yossef who are also presenting a paper about efficient search engine measurement.
I will try and update the web site with anything I find interesting.
Guerilla marketing
posted by shuri on 2007-04-22 15:49:52
tags: news,adver,ising
You have to check out these inspiring images of guerilla marketing.
Why paper to-do lists work better
posted by shuri on 2007-04-22 15:43:21
tags: news
It took me some time to figure this out, but for me, paper todo lists work better. Now the great Life Hacker are agreeing with me :)
They link to two lists with five reasons and six more reasons why paper is better.
I tried to figure out why paper works better for me, what I came up with is:
  • Limited storage: You can only write so much on one page and you can only do some much in a week.
  • Easy Access: It is very easy to clear your mind GTD style.
  • My horrible hand writing: For some reason it is easier for me to read my horrible hand writing.

I believe that someone can make a lot of money by finding out why paper works better and using that to improve the electronic methods. Paper won't be the best method for ever, but for now, paper works for me.
Podcasts you should know about
posted by shuri on 2007-04-08 01:22:45
tags: news,podcas,s,online,shows
There are a few podcasts on the web that you should know about. But first, let us make something clear. No, you do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts. For that matter, you do not even need an mp3 player, just any old computer will do. You just go to the webpages, and click on the links or play buttons.

Now that we have got that out of the way we can give some good links to podcasts. The first I think should be diggnation. In this podcast, the founder of digg and his sidekick slash friend Alex Albrecht cover some of the week\'s most popular stories. But one thing should be clear, people do not listen to the podcast to catch up on these stories. People listen to this podcast because these two guys are funny and interesting. Especially when they get drunk, and they do get drunk on the podcast a lot!. Personally, what I find amazing is the founder of a company like digg, who has, in my opinion, changed the face of the web, remains real and can get drunk each week reminiscing on stuff they did as teenagers.

The second podcast that is excellent is also part of the revision3 podcast empire and its called InDigital. This is a podcast that is produced with simply amazing quality. Each undetermined amount of time they release a podcast that includes several interesting technology reviews. Again, good stuff!

Cranky Geeks is the third show I watch regularly. A very fun show where John C. Dvorak and a changing panel of cranky geeks assemble to complain about the latest news. A very entertaining and interesting show. Especially entertaining is the obsessiveness at which John C. Dvorak plugs his blog and the cranky responses he receives when doing so.

Yet another good podcast is This Week In Tech or TWIT for short. This is one of many excellent podcasts offered by the twit.tv "network". This podcast comes with no video, and covers some of the hot news in tech every week. Again, a very fun podcast. Checkout the twit.tv website for more excellent podcasts about macs, security and open source.

These are the podcasts I listen to on a quite regular basis. Notable is the attempt of several players, such as revision3 and twit, to become a network of podcasts. It will be certainly interesting to see what happens in this space and who will be the major players three years from now.

I am sure there are many more podcasts out there I should be listening to. I am setting up a podcast page so email me if you think there is some podcast I would like.
Healthy food and Subway vs. Quiznos
posted by shuri on 2007-04-07 22:27:13
tags: subway,food,fast,news,diet,heath,quiznos,heal,h
One thing that disturbs me about the US is how hard it is to eat healthy food. On the next commercial break, try and pay attention to what is being pushed to your head.
There are two things that are publicized very often, two things that have opposite effects on your body. On the one hand they are trying to sell you fast food, greasy food, unhealthy food. The other most popular type of commercials sell you diet pills, ab muscle contraptions, and expensive diets. As long as they can keep you buying both, why should they care?
Back to Subway vs. Quiznos. Quiznos is good, its tasty, but I do not think it is as healthy as Subway can be. Quiznos sells you their pre-configured sandwiches. They taste great, a bit more expensive, but the sandwich-people will not let you configure the sandwich however you want it.
Subway on the other hand, let you choose the bread, the size,and each and every individual ingredient. You can get exactly the sandwich you want, exactly as healthy as you want it and at a good price. So although I sin every once in a while with a Quiznos, I think I like Subway better.
Oh, oh, and at least in westwood, UCLA students get a discount.
Announcing iPod ShuffleTooth
posted by shuri on 2007-04-06 19:15:46
tags: news,ipod,apple
I will get to the iPod ShuffleTooth in a minute. First I want to talk about a few theories, hopefully soon to become full-fledged rumors.

Many things bothered me about the non-existing iPhone. The first thing that bothered me was that it seemed to me, Steve Jobs was forced to dedicate the entire key-note speech to a product that will not come out for six months, giving out its specs in an ultra-competitive market for all the phone makers to try and match. Rephrasing an IBM motivational slogan, "people expect more from Steve Jobs". This is why I think we can expect some surprises along the way.

The second thing that bothered me was the price. Summing up the price of a phone and an iPod seemed wrong. Surely the two share some circuitry? Surely the price can be lower? Given that you have competition, you can't just sum the prices up? Right? That is why I think that one of the surprises we can expect is a much lower price for the iPhone.

Finally, as wonderful apple is in designing superbly intuitive products for the people, disregarding all hockey pucks that may have slipped by, would they expect us to actually hold this big square to our ears? Is this their idea of good human design? Furthermore, I have this notion that they want us to have more than just one iPod per person. This is why I think one of their products is going to be the ShuffleTooth, a bluetooth supporting ipod shuffle that will support communication with phones in general, and offer superb-integration with the iPhone. You tuck away your iPhone safely in your bag, clip that tiny shuffle-tooth to your shirt and plug in the ear-phones. No heavy, big, bulky bluetooth headset hanging from your ear. You can answer calls with one click, simultaneously pausing the music. The iPhone may even push more music to your shuffle after a period of time. But will that be the last iPod you will ever need?

The next obvious step, a step many scientists have been talking about for years, is making the iPhone your gateway and hub of your personal area network, a small wireless network that exists only in a small space around you, used only by yourself, and is shared between all your gadgets. A bigger video ipod can then be used to watch movies or read books. The sound can be streamed directly to your ShuffleTooth while the video will be pushed to your big screen video iPod.
Am I right? Time will tell. But I hope I am right because it sure does sound cool.
Books on writing
posted by shuri on 2007-04-05 23:00:56
tags: news,writing
I have recently read two good books on writing I wanted to share with you. The first has the populistic and somewhat provocative name "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" by James N. Frey. It is simply an excellent book! The book gives the reader a speedy introduction to all the basic concepts of a novel, including characters, conflict viewpoint and dialogue. So, even if you have never taken a literature course in your life, you will get to know all the concepts you are expected to know. The book also contains many references to other books so you know where to get further information.

Another excellent book, albeit totally different, is called "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. Lamott covers some of the same issues that Frey does but in a much more "zenful" sort of way. The book is full of personal stories and experiences that should help the novice writer. The first 100 pages were great. At some stage it became a bit too...zenful for me.

Many issues are common in such books: accepting your first draft is going to be bad in order to overcome the perfectionist's freeze, not forcing your ideas on your book and getting to know your characters rather than forcing them to act the way you want them to.

One more book I suddenly remembered is "On Writing" by Stephen King. If you like the author and want to be a writer too you should enjoy it. It is a combination of writing advice and a personal memoir that is fun to read.

So read, write, and be happy.
Interview with Kevin Rose
posted by shuri on 2006-01-26 15:27:48
tags: news
O.K. If you have not heard about digg you should not waste time any more time.
Start off looking with the latest video podcast ("t.v" show delivered over the internet?!) in diggnation.
This podcast supposedly covers some of the stories on digg. It is actually very very funny watching these two guys try and talk while consuming more and more alcohol. So check it out
Digg is one of the hottest things on the net. A real competitor to slashdot in the nerd news departement.
Why is it so hot? It leverages on the current "everything social" trend.
If you inisist on using the web2.0 buzzword do it youself. The digg spy is a very interesting AJAX application of although I am afraid it is not very useful.
So anyway, check out this interview with him. Good times :)
online application uses xul
posted by shuri on 2006-01-17 13:18:31
tags: news,web
Wow. I simply did not know this was possible. Yes, you need to install the best browser around to see this.
Some more details are available there.
There are a lot of technologies floating around today. Ajax, xul, xaml and xforms. Some seem like buzzwords (Ajax, web2.0). But you can see some applications are already out there.
Where is the web going? You can either wait and see or try and do something about it.
I am sorry I do not have a forum yet.
Apple on intel and tiger
posted by shuri on 2006-01-17 13:18:31
tags: news,apple
Apple is about to switch to intel chips. The interesting thing is that they have done it before a couple of times. Also, check out the tiger review.
How you could have made a million dollars
posted by shuri on 2006-01-16 17:47:13
tags: news
I am jealous. This guy made a million dollars by selling pixels... PIXELS! The first time I read about this I dismissed it immediately. Who wants to buy pixels for a dollar each? Practically charity, right? But it turned out to be pure genius. The initial publicity for the site made the price reasonable. The last 1000 pixels were sold on eBay for 38,100 dollars.
You could say it is just a scheme. But the real funny thing is the buyers got their moneys worth in advertisement. Read about it some more on yahoo.
Rubiks Cube competition
posted by shuri on 2006-01-16 12:48:20
tags: news
The Rubiks cube lives on. Check out this video which shows a new world record. The video also talks about solving it blindfolded.
Craigslist: Craig Newmark
posted by shuri on 2006-01-14 21:24:36
tags: news
Interview with the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark. A former IBM systems engineer, refused advertisements and buyout offers. eBay finally manged to get 25% of the company by buying shares from a former employee.
Narcissistic Leaders
posted by shuri on 2006-01-14 20:58:50
tags: news
This is not news, only new for me. Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons. An interesting paper that tries to analyze leaders according to their personality type, specifically narcissistic leaders of course.
The article mentions Jack Welch, Larry Ellison as well as Napoleon Bonaparte. It mentions the benefits of having a sidekick which made me think of comic books and super heroes. A good read.
Thinking of quitting your job and openning up your own website?
posted by shuri on 2005-12-22 23:34:05
tags: news
Thinking of quitting your job and openning up your own website? Maybe you should THINK AGAIN
Seagate BUYS Maxtor
posted by shuri on 2005-12-22 23:29:30
tags: news,storage
I am out of storage space and I need to buy a new hard disk. I have been asking myself should I buy Seagate or Maxtor disks? Well, soon it will not matter! From my limited experience Seagate make great hard disks.
Bruce Eckel Rants about Java, Perl, Python and Ruby
posted by shuri on 2005-12-22 23:24:36
tags: news,java,perl,python
Interesting stuff from Bruce Eckel of "thinking in ____" fame. The title reads: "The departure of the hyper-enthusiasts" but he talks about everything including ruby, ruby on rails, java, python and others.
Yahoo buys del.icio.us!
posted by shuri on 2005-12-10 12:36:31
tags: news
Yahoo buys del.icio.us!!!
I keep being impressed by what Yahoo does. I hope they are indeed smart enough to get the most out of these kinds of purchases. Keeping the del.icio.us community happy while working the technology into their sites.
Strong Typing vs Strong Testing
posted by shuri on 2005-09-21 12:40:07
tags: news
No this is not exactly news, but it is interesting. Strong Typing vs. Strong Testing Bruce Eckel, of "Thinking in Whatever" fame writes about strong typing vs strong testing. His conclusion is that strong typing is not necessary because it is merely an incomplete form of testing.
Also check out This presentation talks about why Bruce Eckel likes Python.
Interview With Hans Reiser
posted by shuri on 2005-09-14 14:03:18
tags: news,linux
As you may know I like filesystems. Not only the simple systems challenge aspect of them. Filesystems are also interesting as a system for organizing and representing information.
Hans Reiser is responsible for reiserfs. The folks at Namesys are working on reiser4 that is supposed to bring some cool stuff like filesystem plugins and small file efficiency.
But even if you know all that the interview is worth a read. Hans talks about his background and about the discipline needed to compete in the filesystem market.
Distributed Filesystem using BitTorrent and Kademlia
posted by shuri on 2005-09-04 13:10:24
tags: news,file-systems
An interesting link found here points to a project called Localhost.
This project seems to build a file system over BitTorrent and Kademlia. I gave a similar project this semester, a distributed file system over Chord. It even works.
Beagle desktop search
posted by shuri on 2005-09-03 18:00:58
tags: news,search,linux
A nice review of the beagle Linux desktop search.
Next Gen Intel Chips
posted by shuri on 2005-08-19 01:23:52
tags: news
The Inquirer has a piece speculating about the next generation Intel chips. Multi-core VLIW with Transmeta style translation of code and a big pile of cache. Performance per watt is the new motto, which is what, they claim, lured Apple to do the switch. Interesting.
Yahoo, Alibaba and Jack Ma
posted by shuri on 2005-08-15 15:02:51
tags: news
It is already old news that Yahoo baught Alibaba. This story in the new york times tells the story about the man behind Alibaba. You may find this story interesting as well, it is an interview of Jack Ma from October 2004. It talks about Yahoo eBay and Alibaba. Jack Ma talks about the mistakes eBay made in china. Impressive guy and interesting stuff.
Yahoo buys Konfabulator
posted by shuri on 2005-07-26 17:16:12
tags: news
Yahoo bought Konfabulator and then made it available for free. I think this is a very interesting purchase and might allow Yahoo to more easilly acquire desktop real estate. Go yahoo.
The Konfabulator saga is interesting. Konfabulator was a good candidate to be purchased by Apple. Only then Apple made Dashboard, kind of a Konfabulator clone. So they added support for windows machines. Now, Yahoo buys them, interesting.
Perl on Java?
posted by shuri on 2005-07-24 14:53:35
tags: news
Check out this article which talks about Sleep, perl on java?
Also check out Jython and JRuby and possibly even jacl
You can find more programming language news in PLNews
Sandy, our dog, died
posted by shuri on 2005-07-21 08:55:21
tags: news
Our dear beloved dog Sandy died two days ago. Goodbye Sandwich.
Cool GUI Invention
posted by shuri on 2005-07-20 11:17:07
tags: news
I like people who manage to innovate in fields that have been around for some time. Check out this Fold n Drop feature. You can watch the video and there is a nice java demo.
Cringely says Intel is going to buy Apple
posted by shuri on 2005-06-10 16:39:14
tags: news
Robert X. Cringely says that Intel is planning on buying Apple. He says that otherwise the switch to Intel processors does not make sense. Mind you this is just speculation.
John C. Dvorak says that Linux has the most to loose from this deal. O.k. (Free registration required.)
ArsTechnica (Jon "Hannibal" Stokes) has a very interesting piece about this as well.
Smarter worms with darker motives
posted by shuri on 2005-06-08 11:41:29
tags: news
Worms Are getting smarter. The motives for releasing them are getting darker.
IBM is expected to buy open source startup
posted by shuri on 2005-05-10 10:55:27
tags: news
Gluecode sell Geronimo which is some kind of java application server.Check it out here. Or visit the Gluecode website.
Google and Walmart compared...
posted by shuri on 2005-04-26 11:41:24
tags: news
Interesting Google, Walmart comparison here.
Open Media p2p broadcast network
posted by shuri on 2005-04-26 10:59:06
tags: news
Take all those buzzwords, mush them all together and what have you got? A startup! Open Media, p2p broadcast internet network with Tivo.
IBM, Israel and the open way
posted by shuri on 2005-04-26 10:48:35
tags: news
IBM agree to foster development of open-standards technology by Israeli start-ups. cool.
Intersting things in KDE, Tenor
posted by shuri on 2005-04-15 15:28:16
tags: news
The KDE guys are doing interesting things regarding search, contextual navigation, contex link engine.
Amazon printing books? On demand?
posted by shuri on 2005-04-13 17:09:19
tags: news
I do not know what amazon is planning. Maybe you do not need big warehouses when you print and ship on demand?
Anyway, they bought BookSurge, a company that specializes mainly in out-of-print books. here and here
One step closer to mind control?
posted by shuri on 2005-04-13 12:14:44
tags: news
Of flies? Maybe. Check it out here
Mandrake changes its name to a stupid one
posted by shuri on 2005-04-08 16:25:35
tags: news,linux
My favorite GNU/Linux distribution a.k.a Mandrake by Mandrakesoft is changing its name to a new and stupid one Mandriva. Details here. Originally read at osnews
VB Business Opportunity
posted by shuri on 2005-04-07 15:07:39
tags: news
A few weeks ago in class I suggested that the end of the VB 6 license is a good business opportunity. Apparently Real Software think so too. Check it out here
Seagate and DVRs
posted by shuri on 2005-04-07 15:03:42
tags: news,storage
I like Seagate, I trust their hard-drives. They seem to be trying to be more than just hard-disk makers.
They are doing something with Digitial Video Recorders (DVRs) and digital rights management. Check it out here.
Unlimited email storage from google
posted by shuri on 2005-04-02 15:59:55
tags: news,google,email
I do not think this is an april fools joke. Google is going to offer two gigabyte mail boxes. Supposedly, the storage capacity will be increased daily. Read more here
Yahoo offers 1GB email and buys flickr
posted by shuri on 2005-03-27 16:17:37
tags: news
Yahoo matches the email storage offered by Google and raises quota to 1 gigabyte of storage
Yahoo also bought flickr, photo storage sharing and organization including tagging.
Yahoo just keeps doing stuff.
Ask Jeeves bought for $1.9B
posted by shuri on 2005-03-27 10:50:53
tags: news
IAC/InterActiveCorp bought ask Jeeves for 1.9B through exchange of stocks. News At cnn.com
What does IAC do? They own: Ticketmaster, big e-commerce site that sells tickets, home shopping service HSN and the popular travel site Expedia.
HSN started as a retail radio station in florida. Now it is the 4th largest cable television network in the U.S (according to their site).
The never-ending longhorn saga
posted by shuri on 2005-03-27 10:38:42
tags: news
Longhorn, the next windows release expected May 2006. Checkout the release schedule at Paul Thurrott supersite for windows
Punch-cards are coming back
posted by shuri on 2005-03-16 11:27:30
tags: news
IBM is showing off the long awaited next generation of punch-card technology. Well... sort of.
Checkout the news.
Why is this interesting? Because a square inch can hold about a terabit of information.
I always said that hard disks are nothing but a glorified record players.
WinFS on XP? Back to the future or blast from the past
posted by shuri on 2005-03-06 17:42:45
tags: news
WinFS, the next windows file system or future storage or whatever.
Is it back from the future? Well maybe. You decide
Yahoo search services
posted by shuri on 2005-03-01 11:52:52
tags: news
Yahoo is opening up an API so anybody can use their search services.
News here. The actual site is here.
They do not use SOAP, they use something called REST.
Yahoo just keeps doing stuff. Sure it is about three years after google did something similar, but it is still great. I like yahoo.

It is also an opportunity for google to support more than 1000 queries a day. Competition is good. Bill, is MSN next?

Yahoo has rate limiting too. Web Search is limited to 5,000 queries per day.
Attacks Against Local Search Engines
posted by shuri on 2005-03-01 11:21:25
tags: news
Well, this guy describes some attacks on web servers. The attacks mostly leverage a "local" search. The index is built from the files directly.
Guessing is also mentioned which I find interesting personally.
Fiorina leaves HP...
posted by shuri on 2005-02-13 13:48:04
tags: news
This amazing woman, Carly Fiorina, is forced to leave HP. She will be remembered for merging the two giants Compaq and HP with her bare hands. I am sure a lot will be written on what went on in there.
This nytimes piece talks about it.
This nytimes piece talks tries to answer the question: what would happen if she were a guy?
news.com talks about the money she gets. Other news and related comments everywhere
And another one trying to figure out what went wrong
Ohhh. Finally. QT4 will be offered GPL for windows
posted by shuri on 2005-02-08 00:15:31
tags: news
What this means is that a great crossplatform native commercial quality framework, that includes GUI, will be available free (as in speech) for practically any platform. Sababa (which sort of means cool or great).
KDE for windows? Konqueror conquers windows?
Google domains, browsers and the unexpected
posted by shuri on 2005-02-07 13:53:44
tags: news
Recent activity in google should get you thinking.
First off they had been granted a right to sell domain names.
Cool. But why? Collect statistics? sure ok. But that is probably not the whole story.
Maybe it has something to do with their much speculated browser
Does this give them any additional rights other than selling domains?
The cool, amazing thing about google is that they constantly make you expect the unexpected. Surprise you and make you see what was under your nose the whole time.
Web Search Sites See Clicks Add Up to Big Ad Dollars
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 17:21:48
tags: news
Big money in web ads
"Google, the most popular Internet search company, announced that it had passed a significant milestone by selling $1 billion of advertising during the last three months of 2004."
"Google did not invent the concept of keyword search ads..."
"But so far Google has been the most successful"
PSP is A OK
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 15:42:30
tags: news
PSP is A OK "The PSP will go on sale in the United States and Canada on March 24 for $250."
primarily been designed as a game device; can do more. a copy of the Sony film "Spider-Man 2" loaded on the new 1.8GB Universal Media Disc (UMD) format Sony has debuted with the PSP.
"do for digital media what the Walkman did for analog music"
"three to six hours on a battery charge"
Who will become the Intel of photography?
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 15:36:01
tags: news
chips in cameras: "Digital photography could become one of the next big opportunities for the chip industry" "Improve the picture by combining the image sensor with a massive array of analog-to-digital converters. With this somewhat-novel architecture, signal degradation and lighting problems are reduced because pixels are independently monitored and controlled."
"Kodak and Hewlett-Packard use TI chips extensively in their cameras, she said, while Olympus and Panasonic have picked up the companys chips for select models."
PlayStation 3 Cell chip aims high
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 15:26:55
tags: news
cell processor for playstation 3 Intel have already started working on dual-core chips,
Cell goes several steps further
Cells processing units--called "software cells"--can handle completely separate jobs
allowing the processor to perform a type of distributed or grid computing,
Cell bakes security into the silicon with innovations such as a memory design that allocates memory into secure chunks
PlayStation 3 will be the first major piece of hardware to use the Cell
Also check out these arstechnica links I II
Science Fiction Authors Hoax Vanity Publisher
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 15:07:49
tags: news
Crazy dudes write bad stuff on purpose and get it published.
"28, 2005 -- Over a holiday weekend last year, some thirty-odd science fiction writers banged out a chapter or two apiece of "Atlanta Nights,"
Their objective: to write a deeply awful novel to submit to PublishAmerica, a self-described "traditional publisher" located in Frederick, Maryland."
security concern: support C and C++ in the common language runtime in .NET
posted by shuri on 2005-02-06 14:54:29
tags: news
This article:
"C and C++ in the common language runtime in .Net one of the"
"has left open a security hole large enough to drive many, many large trucks through"
"C++ allowed you to do arbitrary casting"
"Microsoft developer evangelist Charles Sterling didnt entirely disagree"
Postgresql and php tutorial
posted by shuri on 2005-02-05 16:33:26
tags: news