The OpenSearch 1.1 specification

I just installed a recent Vista build on my dev box, and I noticed a new set of options to add a custom search engine in IE 7. Which got me digging. For your browsing pleasure, here are some links:- This page describes the current list of providers, and what else needs to be done…

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My top 10 tech predictions for 2006

Let’s see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. 2) Someone, probably Yahoo, will buy digg and memeorandum. These sites are hot. 3) In 2004, Google captured everyone’s interest with GMail, GMaps, etc. In 2005, the tables turned the other way…

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Windows Local Live is out in the wild!

Here it is: http://local.live.com Check out some cool bird’s eye images:- Space Needle- Microsoft campus. [Update – Dec 8, 11 PM] It turns out that the service is not exposed to the public yet.  Funny enough, it works fine from my dev box, but not from my home computer. Maybe they block all the non-Microsoft…

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Will the giants fade away?

Something interesting happened in the last few years. Something that I haven’t explicity realized until I read Ross Levinsohn’s statement. (Maybe you already know – Ross Levinsohn is the president of Fox Interactive Media, a large company who owns the the CNet/ZDNet duo, along with the very young MySpace.com)   >>> if you sit and wait…

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Search Technology Center – opened by Microsoft in China

I am watching with a lot of interest the evolution of search technologies in China – everyone knows about baidu.com (which seems to be the fifth most visited site on the internet, according to Alexa, just behind MSN, Yahoo and Google). But one interesting piece of news (that I’ve missed in my vacation). Microsoft is…


Did you know that MySpace.com runs ASP.NET 2.0 on x64?

I found this quote interesting: The Internet Information Services 6.0 Web server featured in the OS has been enhanced with 64-bit support. This provides access to more memory and scalability for applications, Goldfarb said. “In high-performance scenarios, it’s very, very important.” 64-bit computing translates to needing fewer servers, requiring less management and lower licensing costs,…

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digg.com – the new Slashdot?

I just discovered digg.com a few days ago, and I am hooked. So far, it seems surprisingly good. IMHO, it is almost as good and even surpasses Slashdot in many aspects: traffic (although alexa.com might be misleading here), volume of posts, fresh news, and of course better overall quality of discussions. I am still going to Slashdot every once in a…

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This time, a real blog about Google

I am reading an excellent blog written by a few ex-Googlers. I especially like Doug Edwards’s posts, which seems to be a funny guy. The blog describes how Google felt like, from the inside, in the early days, and how the atmosphere evolved over time. It reminded me of the early days of Microsoft. Then, I…

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SSE – an RSS extension for two-way synchronization

Ray Ozzie mentioned an interesting variation of the RSS protocol. RSS is essentially a one-way synchronization protocol. What it would take to change the RSS standard in a very minimal way, such that it will work for two-way replication. A simple idea, with very deep implications. The new RSS is now called SSE: Simple Sharing Extensions. You…