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Saturday, January 31, 2004

That excellent online magazine, Ariadne has a new issue, 38, now available. Reviews of the year passed, AHDS, Supporting e-learning, Access to the national libraries of Europe are just a few of the things you can read about. My column is about developments in search engines in 2003.

Friday, January 30, 2004

Lovely article by Greg on toolbars, entitled Toolbars: Trash or Treasures? As with anything Greg writes, it's a must read.
Ari Paparo Dot Com has an excellent listing of blogs, with a simple link to each in order to add your own.
If you've ever wondered about relevance ranking, there's a good essay on the subject from ongoing regarding exactly this.
"The Nigerian letter" is, as most of us know, a fraudulent attempt to get money from stupid people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of stupid people. This article gives a nice overview.
BBC Technology news has more information on the MyDoom virus and the new strain that might have been developed.
The chances are that you've not yet heard from a search engine called Dipsie, but you will. This new search engine claims that by the end of the year it will have 10 billion pages in its database. This article from CanadaIT discusses the implications.
If you get, and I'm sure you do, email that has supposedly come from banks asking for your details, Microsoft provides guidance on how to protect yourself.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

An excellent article from Search Engine Lowdown on what is going to happen in 2004. Worth the quick read.
If you're interested in scale models, wargaming, dolls houses etc then the Scalemodel website is one for you.
WWII photographs. This is the site that I mentioned earlier in the week, which has now been taken off line because they are redesigning the site to add more functionality; I think they were taken by the amount of interest in the site. I'll keep peeking back and will let you know when it's up and running.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

And another new virus intent on destroying the world. If you get an email with content saying anything like "The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment." the person who sent it to you has almost certainly got infected with this particular virus. I've had about a dozen copies already this morning from places such as BAA and Eusidic, as well as various academic institutions.
Even more development work by Gigablast which has added links to the Wayback machine, allowing people to see what an older version of the page looked like. If the search engine keeps on like this it's going to have to be taken very seriously indeed.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Microsoft Search Tool Takes On Google. I'm not sure 'takes on Google' (which was taken from the news quote) is strictly accurate. Anyway, M$ is playing catch up again with a toolbar offering for search, access to Hotmail and so on. Not the quickest on the block, but there you go.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Another improvement from Google - you can now do a site: search without worrying about putting in any search terms. Just do a search for and it'll tell you how many pages Google has indexed.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Personalised searching with Eurekster. This is an interesting one. The search engine works in conjunction with lists of your friends or colleagues who also use it, and the results returned will relate to your specific interests. All I need now are some friends to try it out with!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Search new additions to Google. This allows you to see what Google has added today, yesterday, last week or the last month.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Mix layout and content of two different sites. This is great fun - I tried the layout of the BBC website with the content of mine. I was very impressed!
Short case study on the way in which technology actually increases the number of people who come into the library.
A Google 'sinker' is a way to search for the term you're interested in, and then add in different terms to change or affect the results that you get. Fun, and very useful.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Not only 100 misspelled words, but how to remember how to spell them correctly. How many do you get wrong?
5,000,000 photographs taken during WWII are due to be released onto the net on Monday. These include images of concentration camps and D-Day. However, I wasn't able to get through to the actual site itself, this is just the Yahoo! news report.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Spellcraft are offering to create free instant messaging for your website. I've not tried it, since I'm playing around with one already (check the little red/green triangle, top left of the blog page), but if anyone does, please let me know! are offering people the chance to create their own search page. It's simple to use, but the page created is way overfull with links and such like that you can't do anything with. I really didn't like it, but if you want everything in one place and are prepared to look for it, this is a interesting place to start.
More RSS feeds than you know what to do with. Provides a category approach with things like computers, internet, news, regionals, business, companies and so on. Looks quite nice and if you're looking for new feeds to add to your aggregator, why not start there?
Where to find solid data on how many soldiers have been killed in Iraq. This is actually very interesting from the standpoint of someone who requires accurate information. It turns out that official sites are probably not as helpful or dare one say it, as accurate as they might be? This article points out that the most accurate and useful site has been put up by a civilian. So... official is not always best.
Nice listing of library weblogs although there's a fair amount of repetition and mine isn't in there! Other than that, not bad.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

More storage than you know what to do with. A terabyte allows you to store nearly 2 years of continuous music and a month of video on a single external hard disk.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Feedroll has done something very nifty - you can now add an RSS feed directly onto a page on your site. Needless to say, I had to add it to mine, so my headlines now appear, as if by magic, on my home page.
Gary Price has noticed that you can now do a truncation search in MSNBC using * (at least 3 characters prior to the asterisk) and NEAR - terms must be within 8 words of each other. It's also possible to sort the results

Friday, January 09, 2004

Short detailed article on page rank and link popularity. Didn't say much that wasn't obvious, but a useful quick read if it's an area you don't know much about.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The largest directory on the net which is Open Directory, and not Yahoo! has added an option to display the sites that it lists. At the bottom of their pages is a little red button. If you press that, the page reloads with images of the sites. The link goes to their category on Librarians so you can see what I mean.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004 is a commercial site that provides you with an indication of how much your domain name might be worth. Of course, you probably won't get even close to that amount, but it's a fun thing to try out.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Choosing a Domain Name for Search Engine Optimization Purposes is a nice short article full of good sense.
Non-surprise of 2004 - Yahoo! dumping Google. Given that Yahoo! now own a fair number of search engines they would continue to use Google because...? All fairly obvious I'd have thought.
BBC News article on wi-fi. Nice little article discussing the potential growth of wi-fi in the UK in the coming months and years.

Monday, January 05, 2004

No, it's not some new sex chat thing; I've added a chat option to my blog. If you want to chat to me, you can do. If the little icon in the left hand menu in the 'about' is green, that means that I'm online and available to chat. Try it out - I'm keen to experiment with it and so would welcome any chat, even if it's just 'hi and bye'.
Searching without Google, Ungoogle tries to make a virtue out of being a multisearch engine that doesn't use Google results. Well, nothing new there - plenty of others don't either. Having been asked to take a look at Ungoogle, I have to say that I don't think Google has anything to worry about. The results are not accurate, they are poorly laid out and in my opinion, the whole thing is a shambles. One to avoid!