Entries from September 2008

Wacky Day for GOOG

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Reuters reports: The Nasdaq Stock Market said it will cancel some of the late trades in Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), whose shares appeared to plunge as low as 1 cent at the close of North American markets on Tuesday. For those who prefer pictures:

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This Conversation Will Be Recorded

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · General

Much as traditional journalism has given way to a world where everyone can be a publisher, traditional journalistic notions of “off the record” conversations have given way to a norm of unbridled exposure. As Mark Evans writes in “Is Anything Off the Record?” that “everything you say/write is public, even casual conversations over a coffee, […]

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PageRank: Get Over It

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · General

John Battelle posted a plea to Google today to increase the granularity of PageRank, which he calls “the unofficial, and official, and semi-official, arbiter of value on the web.” Alternatively, he proposes that Google “just go dark and don’t tell us anything.” I have an another suggestion: stop worrying about PageRank. It’s not even clear […]

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Scott Prevost Explains Powerset

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Just noticed this Jon Udell interview with Scott Prevost, General Manager and Director of Product for Microsoft-acquired Powerset. I’m as skeptical as ever, but I thought readers here might appreciate the link.

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Enterprise Search Acquisitions Since 1999

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I don’t know if Dan Bauhaus reads this blog, but hats off to him for adding a list of acquisitions to the List of Enterprise Search Vendors Wikipedia entry. He even does a respectable job of disclosing the undisclosed sums for some of the aquisitions.

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Eleven Myths of Computer Science Research

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Check out Jeff’s post about a presentation that Dave Jensen and David Smith recently gave at UMass entitled Myths of Research in Computer Science I particularly like his take-away: The code you write today won’t run in five years. Get over it. What will be used? It is the understanding derived from running the code.

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The Sea of Health Information

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Just saw this piece in the New York Times entitled “You’re Sick. Now What? Knowledge Is Power.” The lede: “Are patients swimming in a sea of health information? Or are they drowning in it?” No earth-shattering revelations, but a sober reminder that, for all of the health information available on the web, we still have […]

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Faceted Classification on Wikipedia

September 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

No, I’m not talking about a faceted search interface for Wikipedia, though that would be a great idea! Rather, I’m talking about the Faceted Classification Wikipedia entry, which until recently contained a list of faceted search vendors, including Endeca. I removed this list for two reasons. First, I’ve seen how a list of vendors on […]

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The Future is Mostly Cloudy

September 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

GNU and Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman told The Guardian that cloud computing is a trap. Like Nicholas Carr, I think Stallman is a bit late and a bit paranoid. I agree with him and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that cloud computing is overhyped to the point that the term has lost meaning–at least […]

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Not Marching to Google’s Vision

September 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

I try to avoid partisan posts about my employer on this blog, but a recent blog post I read was so out of line that I feel the need to respond here personally. In a post entitled “The Future of Search is Simpler“, the Enterprise Search blog states that Google provided a clear vision: you […]

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