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

Email Newsletter Software: What do you recommend?

I have a client who wants to take the emails from his web form and place them into a database for a newsletter. (All legit, no scraping and no auto subscribe checkboxes.)

I want an off the shelf software package that will easily allow my client who knows very little html to write up a newsletter to some or all of his email list. I'd also like this software to track and give some metrics if that is possible.

Google Sitemaps Upgrades

Last week, Google announced some upgrades to their Sitemaps tools, including expanding reporting of the pages where Googlebot encountered errors on the site

Google's Project 02: two football fields, with twin cooling plants...

In A town peeks behind Google's silicon curtain The New York Times / IHT take a look at a new super data center:

On the banks of the windswept Columbia River, Google is working on a secret weapon in its quest to dominate the next generation of Internet computing. But it is hard to keep a secret when it is a computing center as big as two football fields, with twin cooling plants protruding four stories into the sky.

Is Too Much Paranoia a Bad Thing?

Thread at WMW about Google Browser Sync For FireFox appears to divide posters there between those in favour and those against it.

Google definition of it is

Google All Your Bookmarks Belong to Us ... err We Mean You ...

While we're still wondering about the mole like qualities of Firefox 2 Google is busy rolling out a firefox extension to sync all of your browser data from one computer to another via Official Google Blog

Google Attacking Microsoft Office

The WSJ reports that Google is to offer up Google Spreadsheet, an online spreadsheet that might be a potential Microsoft Excel killer.

Google users promised artificial intelligence

A search engine that knows exactly what you are looking for, that can understand the question you are asking even better than you do, and find exactly the right information for you, instantly - that was the future predicted by Google yesterday.

Link Value Calculator

Some TWers probably already have similar internal tools, but Text Link Ads recently announced a new tool to price the value of text links.

I can't read the price on DaveN's blog though.

Google Dumps Trillian

Without reason or warning Google recently dropped Trillian from Google Pack.

Linus Torvalds Interview

CNN recently interviewed Linus Torvalds. Hard to pick a quote, but...

KLS: Over the years, Linux has spawned other open technologies and even an open source spirit or open source philosophy. It has engendered stuff like Wikipedia, the online open source encyclopedia or even, some could argue, citizen journalism. What are your thoughts about that?

Google releases framework for AJAX development

Google has just released a framework to enable developers to build AJAX applications using Java with the Google Web Toolkit. This is bound to become popular, considering the mashups that have already spun from Google Maps.

E-mail Battle with Spammers Lost By Blue Security

The Washington Post reports that, at least for Blue Security Inc, the battle against e-mail spammers has been lost.

Apple Moves All Laptops to Intel

BBC report that Apple has launched new MacBook laptops to replace its previous consumer model, the iBook.

Quote: "Apple began the transition to Intel Core Duo-based notebooks in February with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and now just 90 days later we have completed the transition with the release of the all new MacBook," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

Bid Tools: What Do You Use?

I'm at the end of my rope. I need to do keyword research for a PPC campaign, and I need to find a tool that gives *accurate* bids for Yahoo. (This particular campaign is for Yahoo, not Google.)

Wordtracker sometimes gives accurate results, but often will tell me there is a $0.00 bid for terms that have a bid. I don't have time to screw around with clearing my cache or manually clicking down to 'dig more' to get a bid.

Scan This Book!

In the article Scan This Book! The New York Times Magazine section takes a look at the book scannng, index and retrieval projects underway to create the universal digital library (needing a mere 50 petabyte hard disks). While it has been the tussle between Google and book publishers that has made headlines, there is more at stake:

Adult Industry - Giving Consumers the Instant Gratification They Want

The adult industry is charging boldly ahead and embracing new technology and giving consumers what they want, while Hollywood fat cats sit on their laurels and wring their hands. Vivid entertainment announced today it wil be giving customers the ability to download movies and burn them directly to DVD Porn Maker Allows Downloads for TV Viewing - Yahoo! News

AOL - Out Of France And Germany (Access), Into VOIP

From The Guardian - AOL to sell French and German businesses.

The internet service provider AOL is understood to have put its French and German businesses up for sale. The company, part of the US media group Time Warner, is retaining its British business and will continue to operate internet portals in Germany and France.

Google Pushing Downloads

It looks like Google not only wants to make their Google Pack free, but now they are paying people to get others to install it.

New, From Our 'Dumb Patents' Department - MS Invent The Cookie

From Techdirt: Microsoft Patents Multi-Domain User Tracking With Cookies

A patent for Tracking usage behavior in computer systems was granted to Microsoft Tuesday after the software giant explained how it can use invisible images and 'small sized cookies' to surreptitiously track visitors on its own and others' web sites." The claims seem to get fairly specific, concerning keeping the cookies small (as to be less resource intensive) and using the system across multiple domains (generally frowned upon for cookie usage) to track usage outside the single domain.

Voice Dictation Software: A Test Run of IBM's ViaVoice

I am writing this entire paragraph by dictating through ViaVoice. Well this takes much longer then typing something for me, at least now I am more productive. I have chosen not to correct the mistakes in this paragraph so you can see how accurate the voice is at translating might voice into text.