Start.com rocks!

Less is more – and now it’s even more less than what you saw last time. I hope that http://start.com will set a new bar for a clutter-free search portal 🙂 Start.com it’s now my home page. Good bye, search.msn.com…

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Virtual Earth hacks

http://viavirtualearth.com/vve/Gallery/Default.ashx  I personally like Flash Earth.  


The simplest search portal. Ever.

What? MSN with no ads? 🙂 http://www.start.com/developer [source: Scott’s “SiteExperts” place]


What is the size of a GMail inbox now, and in the near future?

I just heard that Gmail is now finally open for subscriptions, so I headed to gmail.com. While looking at their web page, one weird thing caught my attention: an ever increasing counter of “megabytes” that was contiuously updated. Being a curious guy, I looked at the source. Would this query in realtime the server? Surprise,…

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Creating life from scratch?

There is always “one more link” for today… This time – news about an old subject – how to create “life” by assembling genetic components. Here is the link. They’re mixing, matching and stacking DNA’s chemical components like microscopic Lego blocks in an effort to make biologically based computers, medicines and alternative energy sources. The…

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Hitting the search relevance wall

There is a curious fenomenon going on in the search arena today – something I call the “hitting the search relevance wall”. The thing is that most search companies are getting so much better that it is hard to distinguish between them in terms of quality. The days when Google had the best search relevance…

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Bloggers, and the maximum coolness threshold

Statistics are fun to watch, as long as you don’t take them seriously. For example, while reading some blogs, I was just realized something funny about blogging quality: a blogger can only blog a fixed quantity of interesting things in a given period of time. To elaborate this highly scientific observation (ahem…), here is a graph illustrating the coolness bandwidth…


Neural networks used to improve relevance in web search

Did you know that the most recent version of the MSN Search engine uses neural networks to improve search relevance? The ultimate goal is to have near-perfect relevance. The algorithms were developed in collaboration with Microsoft Research, with help from Chris Burges and others. I used to program neural networks in college, but I haven’t read anything about them…

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New experimental pages from the MSN Search team

Someone just told me about two new pages from the MSN Search playground (http://sandbox.msn.com). The first page – http://www.start.com/1 – combines a very fast MSN search page with an online RSS reader. The original page is very small, almost 4K, and it loads pretty much instantly. After the initial page is loaded, it will start to load in background the RSS feed, while…

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The new MSN Search rocks!

I was just looking this morning to beta.search.msn.com – the MSN guys did an amazing work. I thought we went to catch up google but now it looks like we are way ahead in terms of usability. But this is just my personal opinion – go ahead and take a look for yourself! Some cool features:-…

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