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Collaborative search

Collaborative search is the latest buzz word going around in the technology space after Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia has announced his plans to build a search engine.

At a conference in Tokyo this week, Wales declared that Wikipedia’s commercial counterpart, Wikia, plans to grab around 5 percent of the lucrative Internet search market.

Using the term ‘black boxes’ to describe commercial search giants as they never disclose their ranking algorithms, Wales said that collaborative search technology can indeed change the way people search over the Internet.

In the collaborative search users can actually work together to improve search engines, and that constant improvement would make search technology foolproof. This is exactly the way Wikipedia works and by going by it’s example we will have a very powerful search engine in the making which will be improved faster than any commercial product.

My new found Love

Trying out new software, Operating systems has always been my pass time and of late i have added programming languages to it. Recently i am hooked with python. Even though i wrote programs in python as part of my course work it didn’t quite catch my attention at that time.

It all started when i read this article by

I have found another fascinating article comparing programmer’s productivity while using Java and python which concludes that programmers using python are more productive than java.

Even though both Java and Python both have their own pros and cons the above two articles prompted me to learn python and thanks to swaroop’s byte of python i am now a good enough programmer in python within two days.

Down the memory lane

Three years is a long time, specially in the field of technology. I attended my first technical interview three  years back and even now i remember the  questions i was asked. I couldn’t forget those just because it was my first interview and more importantly i think its because i couldn’t get through it.

Now after  three years, when me and two of my friends were discussing about interviews in general, the question i was asked in my first interview came to my mind. You  might see me as a  dumb person not to answer that but i am pretty sure many won’t be able answer it either . It was ” What does Hypertext and Markup mean in HTML ?”.  All these years i don’t know why i didn’t bother to find out and after neither of my friends could convince me  i googled for the answer and finally got it.  Hypertext is text which contains links to other texts and markup is the process of taking ordinary text and adding extra symbols that tells a browser how to display the text.

I am afraid how many years the question i was asked about an year back in the oracle’s final round of interview will haunt me. I was asked to design the database for cricinfo.com website. I couldn’t manage it without errors and bang  came the reply “You can leave”. I know i was just not good enough on that day.

Now all  i can say is it gives me immense pleasure in doing things people say you cannot do. I have experienced it twice and that keeps me going.

Interesting ventures

As usual i was roaming around in the digital world and i came across two very interesting ventures. One of them is Joost and other is Pageflakes.

Joost was started by people who were behind skype. Their Faq says Joost is a new way of watching TV on the Internet which allows searching for channels and programmes and includes features like chat. It uses a secure peer to peer technology to stream programmes. I think it has got a funky interface (that is what i felt after viewing their screenshots). I have applied for their beta-test program and waiting for the access. If any one of you out there have a spare invite do send it to me 🙂 .

Now coming to the other one PageFlakes, it is all about bringing together all the popular websites and displaying on one single page. Each website or feed form little modules on a page which can be moved around thanks to their pretty ajax interface.

PageFlakes is all on one page that you can access from anywhere and we can also share this page with people we invite or make the page public. We can add more pages if one is filled up. It has many cool features including but not limited to adding an email account with pop3 access as a flake or starting a blog.

Can joost create a revolution like skype ? Can PageFlakes become the access point for all the popular websites ? Only time can answer. So lets wait and see.

My first LUG meet

I have been using Linux since last one year in a start stop manner as part of few courses that i have taken as it was mandatory. Even though i was fascinated by Linux I don’t know why i never gave it a thought of becoming a power user may be it has to do with the effort required to perform basic operations and more importantly our LAN games which we used to play.

Now a days after entering the corporate world i have been thinking to become a Linux professional and as part of it yesterday ( 24-02-2007) i have attended my first Linux Users Group (LUG) meet here in hyderabad.

There was 1.5 hrs session about shell scripting and a BOF (Birds of Feather) session about philosophy of Open Source, India contributing to the Open Source community and many more topics.

There was a right blend in the crowd that attended the meet. It had students from HCU, NIT warangal and experienced users from Virtusa, CA, Satyam and newbies like me. Above all the moderator for this group is a google system administrator.

The yahoo groups page is here.

How-to guides for Business

I stumbled upon this great site while browsing. It has guides about almost everything you need to run a business starting from choosing a name for your business and  writing a business plan to handling  the legal issues of a running a business.

Moreover all the  guides are free to use which is the best thing.