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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.

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Yahoo! IM Inside E-mail

(Extracted from Reuters, February 12, 2007) Yahoo! Inc., the world’s largest consumer e-mail provider, on Monday said it has embedded instant messaging features inside its e-mail program, bridging a generational divide that has confused many users. Heavy Internet users, especially younger, Web-savvy users of social networking sites or office workers, have long toggled between e-mail and instant messaging services. But for more occasional users of consumer e-mail services, the allure of instant messaging has remained far from obvious. Consumers can now run the two programs in one Web browser. There is no need to download Yahoo! Messenger software, a complication for users who are not technically inclined. Each instant messaging dialogue will take place in a new conversation window within Yahoo Mail, allowing people to chat with multiple friends simultaneously, without leaving e-mail. John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo! Mail, said in a phone interview embedding instant messaging makes e-mail “an even more social experience” — by transforming how one communicates from a letter-writing experience into a back-and-forth chat.

This was the feature I was waiting for a long time.

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Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.

The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley, seeks to understand the meanings between words, akin to the way humans understand language — and is thus called “natural language.” It has been thirty years in the works.

The move is significant because Google’s own technology, based on “page rank,” has been virtually replicated by other search engines like Yahoo and MSN, and so isn’t as difficult to emulate as it was a few years ago.

If VentureBeat is to be believed then Google has a to do a lot of catching up with Powerset when it comes to technology.Powerset let VentureBeat see a limited demo of the Powerset technology.

According to VentureBeat if we searched for “Who acquired IBM?” Google will give you lots of results about companies that IBM acquired, even though that’s not what we asked. Powerset, on the other hand, will give results of the companies that acquired IBM units, including Lenovo, and AT&T. Moreover VentureBeat said Powerset showed it can answer more complex questions.

Finally we might get to see a competition in Search. Hope there would be competition in OS development aswell

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Dojo the next Mojo

The Dojo toolkit is a modular open source JavaScript toolkit (or library), designed to ease the rapid development of JavaScript- or Ajax-based applications and web sites.

Features:
Widgets
Dojo widgets are prepackaged components of JavaScript code, HTML markup and CSS style declarations that can be used to enrich websites with various interactive features that work across browsers.

Asynchronous communication

One important feature of Ajax applications is asynchronous communication of the browser with the server: information is exchanged and the page’s presentation is updated without a need for reloading the whole page. Traditionally, this is being done with the JavaScript command XMLHttpRequest. Dojo provides an abstracted wrapper (dojo.io.bind) around various web browsers’ implementations of XMLHttpRequest, which can also use other transports (such as hidden IFrames) and a variety of data formats. Using this approach, it is easy to have the data a user enters into a form sent to the server “behind the scenes”; the server can then reply with some JavaScript code that updates the presentation of the page.
JavaScript programming

Client-side data storage
In addition to providing support functions for reading and writing cookies, Dojo also provides a local, client-side storage abstraction named Dojo Storage. Dojo Storage allows web applications to store data on the client-side, persistently and securely and with a user’s permission.

Visit Dojo Home Page for more information.

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Vista asking too much

Microsoft Windows Vista…. is the latest buzz word in the Technology world. For the past few years it always been in the news be it, for its funky user interfaces or comments about copying Tiger OS or its hyped file system and Powershell.

Personally Vista has been a disappointment for me. Look below for minimum requirements and you will figure out that your old PC cannot support it.

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
    • WDDM Driver
    • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio Output
  • Internet access.

Vista is asking too much and for that jazzy user interface i would be better off installing a free Tiger OS theme rather than shelling out 30000 odd bucks for a new pc and vista.

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