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Monday, January 31, 2005

 
Ariadne has been published today, issue 42, with a bunch of interesting articles. Mine on search engines looks at other reasons for choosing a search engine than just search. I did want to call it 'Whose corporate whore are you?' but understandably my editor wasn't keen!

Friday, January 28, 2005

 
Seeking Better Web Searches is an article in Scientific American. Worth a read.

 
Gary notes that Google Increases Maximum Number of Query Terms from 10 to 32. This is very good news, and way overdue.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

 
I somehow think that Doogle won't last long once Google gets to hear about them!

 
The National electronic Library for Health has started to offer RSS feeds for news aggregators. What an excellent idea, and really nice to see RSS is starting to be taken seriously in the UK

 
Google has added a sort of video search feature and the linkAbout Google Video goes to their help page. I think it's misnamed to be honest, since it's a collection of exerpts from television programmes from American stations, such as ABC and Fox News. However, it's an interesting approach if you need multimedia information, but I don't rate it highly in comparison to what Yahoo is doing in this area.

Friday, January 21, 2005

 
I won't be blogging much, if at all, over the next few days. I'm running a course at the St Petersburg centre of the British Council in Russia.

 
Interesting article from eWeek titled Internet Explorer Use Keeps Falling. IE use is down to 90.3 percent, Firefox use has risen 0.9 % to reach 5%.

Monday, January 17, 2005

 
Well, despite people telling me that Multimap still works, it just doesn't for me. Consequently I've moved to Streetmap instead, which works as well as Multimap did and I'm very happy with it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

 
Story:Yahoo! News - Hard-Core Porn Takes Over Political Site is a good reminder - you don't own your domain name, you just rent it.

 
Gary, over at SearchEngineWatch reports that Exalead's Index Passes 1 Billion Page Mark, Prepares to Launch Desktop Search App.

 
BlogBib is an annotated bibligoraphy on weblogs and blogging, with a focus on library/librarian blogs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

 
Fun little search engine this one. FindForward relies on Google search, but it has a host of options, such as Ask Question, RSS, related pages, a search grid, weblogs, date, just files and whole bunch of other things. Interesting!

 
Yahoo! has lagged behind the others on this one and has only just released the Yahoo! Desktop Search Beta. To be honest, it's not one that I'm going to be loading - I'm already using Google, MSN and Copernic desktop search on my machines, so I'll wait and see what others have to say about it first.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

 
Interesting and balanced article on the Wikipedia is to be found at: apophenia: Academia and Wikipedia

Monday, January 03, 2005

 
Robin Good, one of the Microsoft Search Champs has written an interesting piece entitled Free Fall: Internet Explorer Has Now Lost 30% Of The Browser Market . While these are his own statistics, it does make compelling reading and should make Microsoft sit up and take notice.

 
Nokodo Search is an engine that launched on New Years Day. I do try to be positive when looking at new search engines, but this one is dire. No results counter, no advanced search functionality, virtually no help screens. One to avoid.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

 
The BritishCouncil did a survey to find the 70 most beautiful words in the English language. They came up with some interesting results. Included in the list are: bumblebee, whoops, hen-night, loquacious, blue and aqua. The top 5 are 5)eternity 4)love 3)smile 2)passion 1)mother