Entries from January 2009

Is Google destroying the planet?

January 11th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

In Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass, the White Queen tells Alice that she’s “believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”. Well, it’s a good thing I read this post about the environmental impact of Google searches before breakfast. It cites physicist Alex Wissner-Gross as saying that the average Google search generates 7g […]

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A Word of Thanks to Thanx Media

January 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Word of Thanks to Thanx Media · General

As I hope I’ve made abundantly clear in the past, this is not a corporate blog, and I try to avoid even the appearance of being a shill for my employer, our customers, or our partners. But I hope you will understand that, in this case, it’s personal. A couple of months ago, SLI Systems […]

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If you’re an IR / NLP person looking for work…

January 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on If you’re an IR / NLP person looking for work… · Uncategorized

I get pinged from time to time by colleagues and recruiters looking to hire IR / NLP people, for everything ranging from short-term contract work to CTO-level roles. Unfortunately for them, I’m very happy in my role at Endeca, so the best I can ever offer is to route them to colleagues. That’s where you […]

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Is online friendship worth less than a piece of meat?

January 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

In a brilliant marketing campaign, Burger King is offering a coupon for a free Whopper to anyone who “sacrifices” ten of their Facebook friends. The “whopper sacrifice” campaign is earning mass media coverage, including in the New York Times. I checked it out myself and took the opportunity to trade ten of my more questionable […]

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Making Whuffie

January 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I know it’s unseemly to brag, but I’m very excited about the feedback I’ve gotten about the “Reconsidering Relevance” presentation, and I wanted to share that excitement. Here’s some of the whuffie I’ve received: Selected as the Top Presentation of the Day on the SlideShare homepage A nice review by Ken Ellis, Chief Scientist at Daylife Picked up […]

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Google Tech Talk: Reconsidering Relevance

January 8th, 2009 · 20 Comments · General

I’m still waiting for Google to post a video of the talk to YouTube (the wait is over!), but in the meantime I’ve posted the slides to Scribd and SlideShare. I’ve included speaker notes designed to make the talk completely self-contained. I’d like to add that my hosts at Google NYC were very gracious, particularly […]

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The Real Twitter

January 7th, 2009 · 23 Comments · General

I just came back from the monthly NY Tech Meetup, whose theme this evening was “Built on Twitter“. While the meeting was well organized (a testament to Nate Westheimer, who received the torch from Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman, I had mixed feelings about the demos. Everyone is capitalizing on Twitter’s buzz, but so few people seem to […]

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Back to the Future: Amazon lets Data Providers Charge for Access

January 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Back to the Future: Amazon lets Data Providers Charge for Access · Uncategorized

Jeremy Kirk reports in Computerworld that: Amazon.com Inc. has rolled out a new option for its Simple Storage Service (S3) that lets data owners shift the cost of accessing their information to other people or entities. This may not seem like a big deal; all they’re doing is offering data owners the opportunity to shift […]

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Upcoming Google NYC Talk: Reconsidering Relevance

January 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m givng a talk in the Google New York office this Wednesday (1/7) at 3pm entitled “Reconsidering Relevance”. The title is an allusion to Tefko Saracevic‘s paper, “Relevance Reconsidered“. I’m not sure how many NYC Googlers read this blog, but I encourage you all to attend. I’ve also been able to put a few folks […]

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Enterprise Search Hype: An Example

January 5th, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

I was going through my alerts this morning for enterprise search and found this nugget in an interview with an enterprise search executive (the interview is easy to find on the web): What is the basis of your firm’s technical approach? XXX provides a highly scalable and manageable information access platform built on open standards. […]

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