Entries from September 2008

Information Accountability

September 15th, 2008 · 7 Comments · General

The recent United Airlines stock fiasco triggered an expected wave of finger pointing. For those who didn’t follow the event, here is the executive summary: In the wee hours of Sunday, September 7th, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (a subsidiary of the Tribune Company) included a link to an article entitled “UAL Files for Bankruptcy.” The […]

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Is Blog Search Different?

September 14th, 2008 · 11 Comments · General

Alerted by Jeff and Iadh, I recently read What Should Blog Search Look Like?, a position paper by Marti Hearst, Matt Hurst, and Sue Dumais. For those readers unfamiliar with this triumvirate, I suggest you take some time to read their work, as they are heavyweights in some of the areas most often covered by […]

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Progress on the Migration

September 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Please check out http://thenoisychannel.com/ to see the future of The Noisy Channel in progress. I’m using WordPress hosted on GoDaddy and did the minimum work to port all posts and comments (not including this one). Here is the my current list of tasks that I’d like to get done before we move. Design! I’m currently […]

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Probably Irrelevant. (Not!)

September 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Thanks to Jeff Dalton for spreading the word about a new information retrieval blog: Probably Irrelevant. It’s a group blog, currently listing Fernando Diaz and Jon Elsas as contributors. Given the authors and the blog name’s anagram of “Re-plan IR revolt, baby!“, I expect great things!

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Fun with Twitter

September 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I recently joined Twitter and asked the twitterverse for opinions about DreamHost vs. GoDaddy as a platform to host this blog on WordPress. I was shocked when I noticed today that I’d gotten this response from the President / COO of GoDaddy (or perhaps a sales rep posing as such). Seems like a lot of […]

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Email becomes a Dangerous Distraction

September 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Email becomes a Dangerous Distraction · Uncategorized

Just read this article citing a number of studies to the effect that email is a major productivity drain. Nothing surprising to me–a lot of us have learned the hard way that the only way to be productive is to not check email constantly. But I am curious if anyone has made progress on tools […]

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The Clickwheel Must Die

September 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Clickwheel Must Die · Uncategorized

As someone who’s long felt that the iPod’s clickwheel violates Fitts’s law, I was delighted to read this Gizmodo article asserting that the iPod’s clickwheel must die. My choice quote: Quite simply, the clickwheel hasn’t scaled to handle the long, modern day menus in powerful iPods. Fortunately Apple recognized its mistake on this one and […]

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Incentives for Active Users

September 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

Some of the most successful web sites today are social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. These are not only popular web sites; they are also remarkably effective people search tools. For example, I can use LinkedIn to find the 163 people in my network who mention “information retrieval” in their profiles and live within […]

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Is Search Really 90% Solved?

September 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Props to Michael Arrington for calling out this snippet in an interview with Marissa Mayer, Google Vice President of Search Product and User Experience on the occasion of Google’s 10th birthday: Search is an unsolved problem. We have a good 90 to 95% of the solution, but there is a lot to go in the […]

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Applying Turing’s Ideas to Search

September 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on Applying Turing’s Ideas to Search · Uncategorized

A colleague of mine at Endeca recently pointed me to a post by John Ferrara at Boxes and Arrows entitled Applying Turing’s Ideas to Search. One of the points he makes echoes the “computers aren’t mind readers” theme I’ve been hammering at for a while: If the user has not phrased her search clearly enough […]

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