SEO tools and technologies - typical subject matter would include RSS and CMS systems

From Google to specific video point - Very Cool Tech

Thread Title: Vodium: Linking from Google result to a particular point in a video Thread Url: Thread Description:

This is actually very impressive.

Try this:

Do a search on Google for the phrase "innovation-based cultures"

Now, click on the first result. The listing should be "NICK VALERY Our next session is on the innovators themselves. Who ..."

That should take you to a page, which opens a window. In that window, you'll see a video of a presentation (along with synched-slides and a rolling transcript). The spot in the video to which you are taken is not the beginning of the video, but rather (and this is the cool part), the spot in the video in which the phrase "innovation-based cultures" is said. This trick would work with any phrase in the text. It's just that this result scores #1 for that unique phrase.

his is the handiwork of a company called Vodium and it definitely points to a compelling future. This is not the result of Google's video search. It's the result of Vodium's ability to make the transcript of a speech indexable and linked to the video itself.

I am not sure, however, if Vodium is partnered with Google to do this. Does anyone know?

Gates + Windows = Interoperability?

Thread Title: Building Software That Is Interoperable By Design Thread Url: Thread Description:

Bill Gates has issued a letter to Microsoft customers that outlines an intention to design it's software with interoperability in mind, primarily in the form of XML

Simply put, interoperability is a proven approach for dealing with the diversity and heterogeneity of the marketplace. Today I want to focus on two major thrusts of Microsoft’s product interoperability strategy: First, we continue to support customers’ needs for software that works well with what they have today. Second, we are working with the industry to define a new generation of software and Web services based on eXtensible Markup Language (XML), which enables software to efficiently share information and opens the door to a greater degree of "interoperability by design" across many different kinds of software. Our goal is to harness all the power inherent in modern (and not so modern) business software, and enable them to work together so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We want to further eliminate friction among heterogeneous architectures and applications without compromising their distinctive underlying capabilities.

and from beta news

"I think Microsoft is premature trumpeting the open-format messaging. And to be clear, by any definition typically applied to file formats, Office isn't open," Jupiter Research senior analyst Joe Wilcox told BetaNews.

But Gates made clear in his letter that interoperability does not equate to open source. He said that interoperability is about how different software systems work together, regardless of licensing and development. Gates claimed that open source could actually have a detrimental effect on making software interoperable.

The comments in the Beta news piece are not kind - much talk of FUD heh...

Speculation on Skype Ousting SMS

Thread Title: Skype to Replace SMS Next? Thread Url: Thread Description:

Personally i can't think of anything more annoying than SMS and refuse to take part on general grumpy principle but Stuart Henshall has some interesting thought on current technologies Skype, Symbian and Voice Messaging technology.

It will work like VM... Skype will enable a text only program with VM capability... so you can receive and send VM and text... there is no need to yet go to voice on a Skype Symbian solution and most of the phones wouldn't cope. In some countries SkypeOut to mobile will be a good deal, in others it isn't. The presence indicator makes moving to SkypeMobile attractive while the application upgrades will enable you to broadcast presence as on mobile for text, for VM or invisible.

So Skype targets Nokia and begins selling this as an App which means the cell co's ca even retail it too. They are happy because Skype isn't eating their lunch tomorrow on 3G handsets while the Wi-Fi mobility app is already available for Windows PDA's

Whatever way Skype gets used it really is coming into primetime eh?

Google Step up Gmail Promotion

I logged into my gmail account today to discover that instead of the 6 Gmail invites that I had remaining to donate, I now have 50...

So it looks like Google are finally rolling Gmail out to the masses, or flooding the market with invitations at least...

Instead of going through a mini form process to hand out invites, you can now just enter the email address of the person you want the invite sent to.

It can't be all that much longer until they roll gmail out can it, or will they keep it as invite only?

Skype for Linux & Mac Launches

Thread Title: Cross-platform Compatibility and Extensive Features With Skype Thread Url: Thread Description:

Good news for me as a Linux guy and also for the Mac crowd today as Skype breaks it's betas out into full versions of the free VoIP software for both platforms. Features include:

Skype's Global Directory - the user-built global Skype contacts directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool Instant messaging – cross platform messaging ability Conference calling – instantly create a free 5-party conference call Logs – reference or discard call and message history Presence – easily manage availability and view status of contacts Customization – MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options File transfer –send and receive files via Skype Mobility – sign in to a Skype account anywhere in the world SkypeOut –pre-pay to call traditional phones around the world, at local rates Multiple Skype accounts on one computer End-to-end encryption for superior privacy

You can grab the downloads here

The Anonimity of the Net

A few years ago I wrote a P2P based anonymising application.

In principle it was very similar to what became known asFree Net, but no where near as elegant.

I had a reason to reinvestigate the principles, this evening and came across the TOR site. I thought to myself, "What is the point of dusting off my old code, when something like this exists?"

It seems a well rounded and elegant manner to deliver pseudo anon communications for whatever it is you want to do.

Now I've started to read more about TOR, I can honestly say my pallete is well and truly whetted.

N.B. Link spamming isn't something I would do with the net as total anon isn't needed nor even sensible as there is always a paper trail back to the spammer, and the greater the anon the slower the throughput, but certain research that assists with SEO would definately be sensible done this way.

I know what I would do with the TOR or other anonymising network but what ideas have you got to help you in your business?

LifeHacker Now Live

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Earlier today we reported on the launch of LifeHacker, Nick Denton's new Gawker Media property.

It's live - and im hoping for good things...

From Nick's post on the launch:

Lifehacker is to software as Gizmodo is to hardware. I wanted the site myself, as a reader, because I'm a bit sick of all the download directories out there. Say you're looking for freeware to convert Word documents into a PDF: you end up downloading half a dozen applications to find the one without spyware or a heinous interface. In future, Lifehacker will be the guinea pig.

It's on my RSS, for now...

No Microsoft Desktop Search for New Windows

Thread Title: Microsoft Won't Bundle Desktop Search with Windows Thread Url:,1759,1757197,00.asp Thread Description:

Looks like M$ have been forced to rethink thier integration strategies for Windows as a result of recent antitrust rulings:

Speaking on a panel on search technology at the Harvard Business School's Cyberposium, Mark Kroese, general manager of information services and merchant platform product marketing for MSN, said the federal antitrust battle Microsoft waged with the government has made the company think twice about what technologies it can add to the operating system.

There are some search engines out there right now breathing a little sigh of releif no doubt though they mention nothing of integrating a toolbar for IE for their MSN Search stuff...

The $100 PC - MIT, AMD, Google and Samsung

Thread Title: MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte pushes a cheap PC for the rest of the world. Thread Url: Thread Description:

RedHerrring report in the threadlink above on Nicholas Negroponte's brainchild to develop a $100 PC to be aimed at developing markets. China will be first on the list with the units shipping no less than 1 million orders at a time.

Mr. Negroponte’s idea is to develop educational software and have the portable personal computer replace textbooks in schools in much the same way that France’s Minitel videotext terminal, which was developed by France Telecom in the 1980s, became a substitute for phone books.

AMD, Google, Motorola and Samsung are among those that have pledged support for the project.

Google as a semantic AI system?

The National Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam are experimenting with using the Google database to teach meaning extraction to computers according to NewScientist

Quote: To gauge just how closely, Vitanyi and Cilibrasi have developed a statistical indicator based on these hit counts that gives a measure of a logical distance separating a pair of words. They call this the normalised Google distance, or NGD. The lower the NGD, the more closely the words are related.

Google already sort of do it with their ~ function (no it isn't a synonym search whatever they call it, not unless someone redefined synonym while I wasn't paying attention) but in principal it could be interesting if someone can make it work really well - and I wonder if Google will require use of the programme in return for them running it on their database? Now that could open up a lot of possibilities.....

Hosting on the Cheap - You get what you pay for?

If you make your $$$'s on the WWW then you'll be at least passingly familiar with the hosting dillema - To do it cheaply, or shell out what can sometimes appear to be a lot of money comparably.

Mrs Nick W and I have been having an argument for nearly 10yrs now - Ivana is cost concious and money just burns a hole in my pocket - my argument is always the same when she presents me with what i perceive to be the "cheap option": It's a false economy! Sure we can buy that one for $99.99 but we'll end up buying another one for $99.99 in a year dammit! Let's take this one at $149.99 as it has a gauruntee and may see the day out...

Does this apply to hosting?

I think it does. I've been with numerous hosts over the last 4/5yrs and the cheap ones are invariably lacking - things like:

Tech support Advanced features Response times to DDoS attacks IP allocations

all seem to suffer with a low price tag.

So, why do some people insist on the cheap option? Maybe it's for IP allocations, getting lots of small hosts with different IP addresses - maybe they're just tighter than a ducks arse?

For me, im happy where i am - somewhere in the middle - good tech support, good IP allocations and good features etc etc

So, do you host cheaply or not?

Well, do ya? And if so, why? What factors do you think are important in professional grade hosting and what reasons might there be to do it on the cheap?

RFID Implants - Neuromancing Exec gets Chipped

Thread Title: Health CIO is RFID-Enabled Thread Url: http:// Thread Description:

Wow, when i read Gibson's neuromancer i thought it'd be quite a bit longer before we started seeing chipped implants in humans. Engadget had this to say on the above story:

While privacy advocates grumble about the potential for abuse inherent in the new tracking technology, Halmaka, CIO of Boston’s CareGroup Healthcare System, has gone ahead and gotten himself chipped — for science. Halmaka’s VeriChip carries a 16-digit ID number that can be matched to a medical database, allowing doctors to scan him and pull up his records (we’d prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, by handing over our insurance card, but that’s just us).

RSS meets Social Networking - Social Feed Aggregation

Thread Title: So what are you reading these days? Thread Url: Thread Description:

Interesting piece in Tech Review on Rojo Networks (hmm.. nice site..), a year and half old startup headed by Chris Alden who founded Red Herring that plans to use it's Rojo aggregator tech to link feeds in a social networking environment.

San Francisco’s Rojo is one of dozens of RSS aggregator companies. Like some of its competitors, Rojo has an RSS feed search function and gives readers the ability to flag stories they find important or interesting. But in enabling users to draw on the insights of friends, family, colleagues, and others in their social networks, Rojo departs from most of the competition. Rojo users can invite others to sign up for Rojo accounts; those accounts are linked, much like the accounts on the popular website Friendster. Rojo users can see what RSS feeds the members of their networks are reading and which stories they are flagging. Network popularity also affects the ranking of results when the user searches RSS feeds. “We all depend on our community for content discovery,” says Chris Alden, Rojo’s cofounder and CEO. “Any successful media service has to tap into that.” [Disclosure: Technology Review’s editor in chief worked for Alden when he was CEO of Red Herring.]

As rafat notes, the important question is if users will start new social networks to discover feeds when they probably already maintain networks at places like Friendster...

Hypertextual Lunacy or the Future of the Internet?

Thread Title: Information Wants to be Liquid Thread Url:,1284,66382,00.html Thread Description:

Straight out of the madness that envelopes everyone that thinks too hard about information occasionally comes this concept: It's like hypertext on steriods, and just as confusing as the analogy.

Froge Heglund of liquid information who works with Doug Englebart at the University College London's interaction center has some truly unique ideas on the next stage of the internet and how information should/could be presented and linked:

Hegland's idea is simple -- he plans to move beyond the basic hypertext linking of the web, and change every word into a "hyperword." Instead of one or two links in a document, every single word becomes a link. Further, every link can point to more than one place, pulling up all kinds of background context from the web as a whole.

Click on a politician's name and find out who donated to his or her campaign. Click on a town name in a news story and find out what else has happened there.

"We feel that a large part of the history of technology, digital and otherwise, has been about the production of information," Hegland said. "It's time to focus on consumption, to help people navigate through information and get relevant information into their heads."

You can see a working example here - just point your mouse over any non-linked word.

Hundreds of problems exist with this idea as pertains to "the internet" but i could see uses for doing this with certain kinds of data in certain situations - perhaps on a Wiki project, maybe on WIkipedia itself, but as the next stage of the internet? Nah...

Tags & Folksonomies - What are they, and why should you care?

Tags, or folksonomies are actually a lot simpler than much of the acedemic debate surrounding them. Put simply, they are a user defined method for organizing data. Im going to try to explain what they are, why they are important to marketers and web devs and suggest some ways you might use them. Follow the title link above for the full post.

Lead Firefox Engineer to work for Google

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News in via neowin says that lead Firefox engineer Ben Goodger is to work for Google - fueling rumours that the dreaded GBrowser that was denied in October last year may once again be on the table.

From Inside Firefox:

My role with Firefox and the Mozilla project will remain largely unchanged, I will continue doing much the same work as I have described above - with the new goal of successful 1.1, 1.5 and 2.0 releases. I remain devoted full-time to the advancement of Firefox, the Mozilla platform and web browsing in general. I'm sure you have many questions. While I will be spending more time at Google, I will work out of the Mozilla Foundation offices regularly as the need arises.

Now if that doesn't fuel a few conspiracy theories and wild speculation im just gonna pack up go home heh..

And from Neowin:

Mozilla and Google have been working closely in 2004 behind the scenes. A recent Mozilla Developer Day 2004 was held at the Google campus allowing those interested in developing applications for Firefox to learn more. Google have invested heavily in JavaScript powered web apps like Gmail and Google Suggest. Some have speculated on Ben Goodger and Chris Wetherell teaming up to make new Gecko based programs. Google is currently featured as the default homepage and the company have a 'customized' search engine for the Firefox browser.

13 Things to do with your Mac Mini

Thread Title: Mac Mini -- More Than Meets the Eye Thread Url: Thread Description:

Technology review have a nice list of uses for the oh so cute Mac Mini. I'll bulletpoint the list here but check the article for a description on each point:

As a Portable Depot for Digital Pictures As a Portable Depot for Digital Pictures As s Regional X10 Server As a Christmas Lights Sequencer (give me strength..) As Part of a Home Theater System As a Car Enhancer As a Hardware Firewall for Laptops As a Physical Security System As a Server and/or Gateway As a Component of a Low-Cost Parallel Processing Array As a SCADA system As a Beowulf Cluster As an iPod Feeding Station

I was thinking of using mine simply as a seperate net media center...

Customising FireFox - Building a Dream Browser

Being fairly new to FF I am keen to get into it even more.

I have switchproxy installed which I use from time to time and the webdev extension which is damn cool.

rcjordan talks of blocking out adsense units with FF and a little tinkering.

Well any of you care to share how you do this tinkering?

I heard a rumour about showing the nollow links with CSS which I heard GooglGuy mention. How do you do that?


RSS Info Remix - Beyond Rip/Mix/Burn

Thread Title: RSS Info Remix - Beyond Rip/Mix/Burn Thread Url: Thread Description:

When your forte, albeity self-proclaimed, is Information Remixing you tend to be in a position to make predictions about the future. Richard MacManus of Read/Write Web is an Info Remixer and does make such predictions on the future of RSS,

In the not too distant future, more people will subscribe to topic/tag/remix feeds than feeds of actual people.

This piece of RSS future-speak is in relation to Richard's coverage of a Rael Dornfest speech at the currently ongoing Amazon DevCon (get updated at Amazon's Web Services Blog). Richard pulls out the information remixing bits of Rael's speech for further analysis.

Of particular note is how Richard uses the following Rael statement to define the impact of blogging on journalism, "blogging is re-mixing journalism" says Richard, now from Rael,

RSS reinvented syndication, [it's] not a remix. RSS is still an approximation of something, not sure where it will go. Tiny compared to where it will be. Everyone monetizes RSS. Perhaps a bubble already.

I started using this same info search-technique (topic/tag/remix feeds) recently by searching keywords at Feedster and subscribing to that search with BlogLines. I find it useful to re-mix keywords and save them as RSS feeds. The best analogy I could draw to this technique is its like using Legos(tm) to build an airplane and then re-using those same blocks later to build a castle, where Feedster and BlogLines are like the building blocks this time around.

To take a chew from an early music re-mix master, Kool DJ Red Alert, "Its time to put on those golden RSS re-mixing gloves!"

Automation Heaven - Button Pushers Wishlist

I've been reading about it in loads of places, thinking about it almost all the time and chatting on the phone till BT scare me with the phone call charges,about this type of thing for a while now, but a discussion that led to the phone with some colleagues made me think it is worthy of a post here.

What can be automated and what can't in SEO?

which leads onto

What would you like to see automated that you do manually at present?

In all honesty I prefer the idea of what can't be automated as it sets a challenge to be beaten and I LOVE challenges.

I'll try to kick the discussion off with what can be automated succesfully.

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT saying I do these things manually, in an automated fashion or know of anyone that does or does not have the knowledge, skill or codebase to undertake these tasks. This is merely a discussion document, hypothesising about what MIGHT be possible. ;)

Blog finding tools - Automated Forum finding tools - Automated Blog content addition tools - Automated Forum content addition tools - Automated etc etc etc for other types of CMS Page theme analysis - Automated Proxy hunting - Automated Multiple proxy usage without code or network changes - Automated Search Engine Algorithm reversal - Automated (LMAO, do some of them need a tool?) Site Building tools - Automated Crap Content Building tools - Automated Good Content Building tools - Semi Automated Page Element extraction/analysis - Automated Auto correcting grammar checker - 99% Automated Crap Quality Link Building - Automated

NOT Automated - High Quality Link Building

That's a start from me, what do YOU think can be added to the list?