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|Linux Software RAID vs. Hardware RAID
Over the years, I've configured and happily used Linux Software RAID on numerous servers. It has proven to be amazingly resilient and quite stable.
How to deal with slow HTTP clients?
Every now and then a bunch of really slow HTTP clients decide to suck down pages off my web site. This is bad because when enough of them do this, it dramatically lowers the number of free Apache processes available to handle requests from the rest of the world.
Bloggers Take Sides on Some Issue
In today's episode of "bloggers take sides on some issue" I present the Flickr Old Skool Debate.
If Microsoft Bought Yahoo...
[Disclaimer: Though I work at Yahoo and know several Microsoft folks, I have absolutely no insider knowledge related to this post.]
Use Our APIs, We'll Pimp Your Stuff
In Renkoo visits YDN (part 1) on the YDN blog, you can see the first in a two-part series about Renkoo and how they're using various Yahoo! APIs in their service.
Integrating MyBlogLog With Yahoo
The MyBlogLog team has been on-site in Sunnyvale most of this week.
OpenID's Tipping Point
The noise and interest around OpenID, a distributed and open lightweight identity system, has been growing for a few years now, but my sense is that it has dramatically accelerated in recent months.
Did Gmail's Spam Filtering Freak Out Recently?
While I've been a big fan of Gmail for a long time now (especially the spam filtering), earlier this week things really got bad.
Get it Saturday with Amazon
I happened to find myself on the Amazon page for the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack yesterday when I noticed that the bar at the top of the page looked a bit different.
Prayer of Silicon Valley
A little while ago one of my coworkers alerted me to the fact that news vans were showing up on campus. (I'm at our Mission College office right now, just a few miles away.)
Don't Confuse Blogging With The Echo Chamber
Now and then I see people write about "blogging" when they're really talking about the less than 1% of blogs that find themselves writing about each other in an almost herd-like and insular fashion sometimes. Often they'll all devote many bits and bytes to some trivial topic of the moment related to Google, blogging, Microsoft, patents, or government.
You Can Google on Yahoo
In reacting to Google's Do you "Google?" post, I think Ben Metcalfe speaks for a lot of people. In Google can go shove their lexicographical ‘advice' up their ass he says:
Sick of Sharing
More precisely, I'm sick of being told to "share" every damned piece of "content" I run across on the Web.
Given that I helped start the Yahoo! Developer Network and once again spend my days (and some nights) working on it, you should not be shocked to know that I think APIs are pretty important.
Hit Counter 2.0, Or "Web 2.0 Metrics"
Way back in the early days of the Web (you know, before AdSense, blog spam, web mail, and dynamic HTML) were these things called hit counters.
A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools
In an effort to replace my home backup server with Amazon's S3, I've been collecting a list of Amazon S3 compatible backup tools to look at.
Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3
Not too long ago, Amazon released their Simple Storage Service (or "S3" for short). It provides a hosted storage platform which developers can build all sorts of applications on top of. Smugmug, a popular photo sharing web site, is using it to store and host pictures.
Yahoo! Open Hack Day
Yahoo! Open Hack Day Starts Tomorrow. Well, "tomorrow" means "today" by the time most of you read this.
Yahoo's Browser Based Authentication Launched
Last night I mentioned that we'd have a few more announcements on the Yahoo! Developer Network today.
Thoughts on my del.icio.us Network
When the del.icio.us team recently added social networking features, I kind of groaned to myself. I didn't look at it very closely because I was busy and half feared that I'd discover a case of annoying social software and that would make me sad.
People More Interesting than Memes, Echos...
I just spent some time cleaning up my Bloglines subscriptions. I was finishing up my daily ritual of reading various blogs and new sources when I realized how sucky it felt.
Seven Ways to Explicitly Trigger Network Effects
A few weeks ago, Dion Hinchcliffe wrote Creating Web 2.0 Applications: Seven Ways to Fully Embrace the Network which contains some crazy business-speak and some good ideas about making it possible for your applications to harness network effects.
Yahoo! API News: del.icio.us and Answers
From the API news department...
The AOL Search Data and Liquids on Airlines
These are two mostly unrelated thoughts, but that's what you get some days.
Bloglines Share of Feedburner Numbers?
I know a lot of folks out there use FeedBurner to outsource the hosting and metrics of their RSS feeds. I've not done so (yet?) but am curious about one thing.
Ubuntu Linux on Thinkpad T43p: Wow!
After reading report after report of people using Ubuntu Linux on various flavors of desktop and laptop computers, I've finally decided to give it a try.
Python Developer Center on Yahoo!
Thanks to Simon Willison, we now have a Python Developer Center on the Yahoo! Developer Network.
Thoughts About Working at Yahoo!
A few weeks ago, Matt McAlister wrote Thoughts about working at Yahoo! after one year in which he summarized his favorite and not so favorite things about working there.
Web OS and Changing User Expectations
Back in April when I wrote Rethinking the Web OS from a user's point of view, I used a lot of words in my attempt to get across a simple point.
Zawodny On Open Source Citizenship
With a title like "Why Google and Yahoo! can't be better open source citizens" one might think that our companies were squeezing as much as possible out of the open source world and giving little back.
Sun Should Use apt
It's funny, when I read Tim Bray saying this:
Should I Learn Python or Ruby Next?
I've been programming (when I do program) mainly in Perl for the last 10 years or so. But I've been itching to learn a new language for a while now, and the two near the top of the list are Ruby and Python.
JotSpot 2.0 Takes Complexity Out of Wiki
A few weeks ago, Ken gave me early access to the upcoming JotSpot 2.0 so that I could kick the tires a bit.
The Ajaxifiation of Yahoo
Jeffrey Veen, echoing what Mike Arrington said ("Millions of people may have their first interaction with Ajax in the coming days."), asked Is Ajax ready for prime time?
MySpace vs. Yahoo Mail or Apples vs. Oranges
It's pretty amusing watching everyone misinterpret the recently released Hitwise data. Claims of "MySpace Bigger than Yahoo!" sure make for good headlines, but only if "good" means "attention grabbing" not "based in reality."
The Satisfaction of "It Just Worked"
Last week, I asked the question Where does your sense of accomplishment come from? I'm reminded of this because of a related experience I just had.
Where Does Sense of Accomplishment Come From?
A few weeks ago it occurred to me that a sense of accomplishment is pretty important but it's not always obvious where it comes from.
Yahoo Messenger for Mac Beta Released
I meant to write this up last night but got home a bit too late for that. If you've been a suffering with Yahoo! Messenger on your Mac for the last few years, download the new beta and rejoice.
What Should Be in a Yahoo Groups API?
Back a few months ago when I asked How to revamp Yahoo! Groups?, I got a ton of great comments.
Zawodny Back in Yahoo Developer Network
Now that the cat's out of the bag on at least one internal mailing list, I figured I'd mention it here as well.
Thoughts on Microsoft's Future
The recent Microsoft news (Scoble leaving, Gates taking a reduced role, Ray Ozzie stepping up) combined with the last 10 years worth of evolution in networking and of the web really got me wondering about Microsoft's role in the future.
Yahoo! Maps API Goes Commercial
As posted on the Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
No Love from Ask.com Blog Search
Apparently my ability to stay under the radar is more effective with some blog search engines than others.
Nofollow No Good?
In Google's embarrassing mistake, which I thought was going to be about Google Web Accelerator, Dylan calls nofollow a failure.
The hReview Microformat in Yahoo! Tech
Alex points out a nice little gem in the new Yahoo! Tech site. All the reviews are marked up in hReview.
Rethinking the Web OS from a User's Point of View
When Tim O'Reilly and others began using the term "Web OS" (or sometimes Internet Operating System) to talk about the evolving landscape of companies and web services, I was skeptical.
GData, MySQL, and the Future of on-line Databases
In reading Richard MacManus' Why Google is extending RSS, I couldn't help feeling that he was missing the point a bit.
Heading to WebmasterWorld PubCon 2006 in Boston
I'm heading out on a late night flight for Boston this evening to attend the WebmasterWorld conference in Boston.
Platforms and Ecosystems
The word "platform" has become quite popular in the Yahoo! vocabulary in recent months.
Bad Names For Good Things
Derek Powazek makes an excellent point in Death to User-Generated Content:
Digg is to Slashdot, as Reddit is to Kuro5hin
After very careful consideration, I've come to the conclusion that my current understanding of Digg and Reddit can be expressed in the form of an SAT analogy and terms of a pair of "community" sites from the previous generation.
How to Revamp Yahoo! Groups?
I've been thinking a lot about Yahoo! Groups recently. This is partly because I'm a member of more than 30 mailing lists hosted there.
Why Google Finance Makes Me Sad
I've had several folks ask me what I think of Google Finance. There's already a fair amount of good commentary out there on the topic ...
The Flip Side
I knew it would happen. Someone would latch onto my story about Yahoo! Finance and extrapolate to the whole company. It's human nature.
As previously noted, I'm at Microsoft's MIX06 conference right now. Sadly, I can only be here for the day due to scheduling problems.
Freecycle and On-Line Local Community Software
On Friday, Jon Udell came to visit Yahoo and give a longer version of the presentation he delivered at this year's ETech conference.
Startups, Y Combinator Style
In the last week I've had the chance to play with a few new services that have begun to appear:
In Defense of Web Developers, Again
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a blog post titled Respect for Web Developers in which I said:
Aggregated Diminishing Returns and a Feed Diet
It's easy to get sucked into things. You can sit down with a good book for a few minutes and before you know it, several hours and a few hundred pages have gone by.
Backups, On-line Storage, and Stupidity
We're living in interesting times. With today's release of Amazon.com's S3 on-line storage service, we're one step closer to the cheap on-line storage that so many don't believe will be useful.
Doug Cutting is a Yahoo!
I kinda suspected this day might come:
Performancing Blog Metrics Launches
Nick has just announced the availability of Performancing Mertrics, which he describes as "a professional grade blog statistics service aimed at professional bloggers."
Quote of the Week: Ev on MSN Branding
This made me laugh out loud... and then cry:
Why is on-line Gambling Illegal?
I was reading an article called Catch Me If You Can in which Forbes discusses the success of Calvin Ayre and his Costa Rica based Internet gambling business:
ETech 2006 Thoughts
I spent the last 2 days in San Diego at O'Reilly's ETech conference.
Firefox Earned $72M in 2005 from Google
The browser business isn't a half bad place to be, it seems.
Wunder Blog: A blog for Weather Junkies
For years now, the Weather Underground has been my first choice for on-line weather.
SES NYC 2006 Wrap-Up
While I was only at the SES conference for a day, I enjoyed my time there.
Ranting Against Press Releases
I read with some amusement (and agreement) Tom Foremski's rant titled Die! Press release! Die! Die! Die!.
I'm way behind on stuff I'd planned to write (and read) and am also now partially sleep deprived thanks to weird schedule gyrations, SES New York, and The Fire Alarm From Hell at the Sheraton (a story for later). So take this with a grain of salt or two.
Discriminating Trust and Corporate Leaders
Over on the Church of the Customer Blog I read the following:
Yahoo! Developer Network's PHP Development Center
Woohoo! The PHP Development Center is now live on the Yahoo! Developer Network.
The Boss is Blogging
Bradley Horowitz, who manages the Technology Development Group at Yahoo, has been bitten by the blogging bug.
Tom's Future of Web Apps, Translated...
I've had a tab open in my browser pointing at Tom's Native to a Web of Data slide for a few days now. It's been nagging me.
Oracle Acquisitions are Not About MySQL
I've been thinking about this for the last day or so and have come to the conclusion that Oracle's acquisition of Sleepycat Software (and Berkeley DB) is not about MySQL.
Hey TailRank! Flickr just called...
And they want their error message back!
Oracle Buys Berkeley DB, Sleepycat Software
Wow, the rumors were true. Oracle is snapping up Open Source Database companies now.
The Yahoo! Music Blog Rocks
I've recently realized that the Yahoo! Music Blog is my new favorite Yahoo blog--official or not.
Yahoo! UI and Design Patterns Released
As noted over on WeBreakStuff:
Loyalty Programs for Search
A number of folks have commented on the survey that some Yahoo! Mail users received about search incentives.
Earn Your Traffic
Seth answers the question "how can I get more traffic?" by questioning the word "get" in the question.
Connecting People Via Search
Ken Norton makes a very interesting observation about "people search":
When Committees Suck the Life Out of Great Ideas
A few days ago, I saw a nice graphic on the Creating Passionate Users blog which was intended to illustrate Death by risk-aversion:
Google vs. BMW, a Sanity Check
Okay, I'm officially puzzled by those who are complaining about Google's treatment of BMW's SEO techniques.
Someone AJAXified mytop!
Check this out. Someone has built and AJAX powered version of mytop, the little console based MySQL monitoring tool I wrote years ago.
Broken As Designed (BAD)
It's funny how some services scream their inadequacy at us, yet we continue to use them.
Now Hang On a Sec...
This week it feels like someone must have cursed our house with a Chinese curse and we've suddenly been thrust into "interesting times." Yikes.
About that DOJ Request
I've waited several days and thought quite a bit before saying anything about the Department of Justice asking search engines for search data.
Comparing Spam Filters
Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch has been running a quantitative comparison of the spam filtering capabilities of Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and SpamCop.
Work vs. Life Balance in the Extreme
With all the "work vs. life balance" talk one hears from the executives and HR folks in large Silicon Valley corporations these days (thou shalt not burn out), it should (on the surface, at least) be surprising when folks leave with the intent of not working again for quite a while.
The Google Maps of Aviation Sectional Charts
Recently someone pointed me at SkyVector.com which can most easily be described as "the Google Maps of Aviation."
Yahoo! Acquires Unnamed Company
Ah, satire. If you ever wonder whether you company is getting a reputation, just wait for the blogosphere to make fun of you.
Slashdot is Going out of Style in 2006?
Okay, since I'm apparently in "2006 doom and gloom" mode here's another observation that I can re-brand as a 2006 prediction.
Yahoo! Acquires Webjay, Launches Yahoo! Music Blog
I know that Steve Rubel outed the Yahoo! Music Blog back when it was... in beta (yeah, that's it!).
Feedster Will Die in 2006?
Is it just me, or has Feedster been completely useless for over 6 months now?
Publishing on the Edge will Change the Game
Keith Teare has published The first law of RSS (updated) which says:
Sponsored Links Update
Well, the last month has been entertaining and educational.
Struck the Sponsored Links Nerve, Did I?
Well, judging by the reaction to my sponsored links post I've struck a nerve. And I have to say, it feels like there's a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of FUD out there. I'm still trying to digest everything. But so far I've found that there are at least three sides to this issue.
MovableType on Yahoo! Web Hosting
As of today, it's official. You can get MovableType on Yahoo! Web Hosting.
John Battelle at Yahoo!
As part of the weekly speaker series that our Technology Development Group runs (well, really Chad does all the work), John Battelle visited to speak of a room packed full of Yahoos.
Platforms, Mashups, and Markets
Yesterday Greg Linden asked Is Web 2.0 nothing more than mashups? In that post, he makes the following claim ...
Resizable Textarea Extension for Firefox 1.5
The Resizable Textarea extension for Firefox has been incredibly useful for blogs and on-line forms (as well as forums).
Steve Jobs Ruined My Thanksgiving
I recently got an iPod Nano, mainly because I'm annoyed at the limitations of my iPod Shuffle on long trips (like flying half way around the world).
Joyce is Getting MyWeb 2.0
I was reading Joyce's comments on MyWeb 2.0 last night and realized that I needed to write something about it, but I wasn't sure what. So I waited a bit.
Jeremy Zawodny: The Simple Things
Sometimes the simple things amaze me (or amuse me) most. Here are a few I've come across on this trip ...
Google is Building Yahoo 2.0
In his posting titled Reading the Google Tea Leaves, Tristan compares various product offerings from Google against those of the "big three" (AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo!) and concludes...
Extend Firefox, Win Prizes
If you haven't yet seen the news, there's a contest going on called Extend Firefox ...
How To Use the Yahoo Geocoding API in PHP
You know you've got some cool APIs when Rasmus takes the time to write some code against them and then show the world how easy it is: GeoCool! ...
Yahoo! Local Events Browser Demo
One of the coolest things I've seen recently came out of a small group of hackers in the Search group at Yahoo.
Scoble's Obesssion with Google is Good News
If even a small percentage of Microsoft employees take him seriously (and many at least read his stuff), then this will only serve to help Yahoo.
Fortune Cookie Wisdom for Self-Assessments
Today I'm spending a bit of time to learn about how our annual review and self/co-worker assessments are different from last year.
A LOT of Growth Left In Search Advertising
Last weekend I traveled to Atlanta to participate on a panel about "Harnessing the Buzz Power of Blogs" at the annual conference for the Direct Marketing Association.
My Web 2.0 Doesn't Require Toolbar
PC Magazine reviewed My Web 2.0 and concluded: Though still in beta, the 2.0 version of Yahoo! My Web is a more fully realized social bookmark engine than either del.icio.us or Shadows.
Unlimited Spam Blogs For $247
"This Is Not Simply A Blog and Ping Tool! RSS to Blog Pro Is A Full Automated Content Blogging Solution For Your Business." ...
Playing with Sphere Beta
Tony Conrad, CEO of Sphere, came by Yahoo! on Friday to give a few of us a look at the blog search technology they've been building.
Blogs as the Web Evolves...
The picture at the right comes from one of my favorite groups on Flickr: California Desert. I like this image in particular, because you get the sense that there are times when a path is quite clear.
Teens Don't Use Yahoo!
Jeffrey McManus posted some notes from a session about "What Teens Want" at the Web 2.0 conference. Much of it isn't terribly surprising ...
Yahoo! Podcasts Plugin for Yahoo! Music Engine
You didn't think we'd launch a podcast site without also doing something to make it easy to get this stuff in Yahoo! Music Engine, did you ...
Zawodny: My Blog is For Sale
I'm kidding. Really, I am. Then again, if someone really thinks it's worth $2.5 million (or heck, even half of that), I'll take it.
Oracle Innobase Purchase Impacts MySQL
As reported in several sources Oracle has acquired Innobase Oy for an undisclosed sum of money.
Following On-Line Conversations is Hard Work!
"Markets are conversations" That phrase comes from the Cluetrain Manifesto and appears frequently in blog postings and comments.
Upcoming.org Team Joins Yahoo!
Over on the Yahoo! Search blog, Paul says: "In just a few years, most of it spent on nights and weekends, the Upcoming team has built an excellent site with a loyal and growing following.
Yahoo! Hiring a Blogmaster in Southern California
I spotted this post on the Digital Squeeze today, which links to a job posting on Craigslist ...
Three Year Plans at Internet Companies?
Earlier today I was with a small group entering a conference room for a meeting that I can't tell you about.
MySQL 5.0 Release Candidate Available
It's been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over (and well worth it). If you haven't been following MySQL 5.0 development very closely ...
NYT on Yahoo's Media Plans, Bloggers
Saul Hansell, in a multi-page New York Times story titled "It's Not TV, It's Yahoo" describes Yahoo's new media plans and a few of those leading them.
Transparensee Search Technology Applied to Shopping
Steve Lavine, the CEO of Transparnsee, is in town this week and I had a chance to talk with him for an hour or so this afternoon. During that chat, he gave me the green light to show off something I'd seen a few weeks ago when it was still in development.
Goodbye iTunes, Hello Yahoo! Music Engine
A few weeks ago I wrote about My Recent Switches and said: From iTunes to Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
Lesbian Spanking Stories Made My Life Easier
I was looking at my referral logs recently and noticed a couple hits from google searches for "lesbian spanking stories" hitting one of my pages.
MSN Offering "Blog This" Button on News Stories
Wow, it's about time the big sites started doing this. Spotted over on the Microsoft Monitor weblog ...
Yahoo! Mindset Widget
Corey Porter from Yahoo! Research Labs has created a Widget to get at Yahoo! Mindset.
Of Course Size Matters!
I've been trying to stay out of the size debate for the last few days while I digest what others have been saying. Now that I've done that, I get to react to a few of the things I've been reading.
Yahoo Open or Yahoo Closed?
Well, it seems that I get to quote Greg Linden a second time today. He points to the Yahoo's Personality Crisis article that's been stirring up a bit of discussion about whether Yahoo! will be opened or closed.
You Cannot Buy My Traffic...
An email excahnge that I had this week with a dumb spammer (whose company name I have removed) ...
Please shut up about Google and CNet
I'm getting tired of this story. It was amusing for a minute or two, but seems to have stuck around far, far longer than it should have.
When Will Blogging Peak?
While I don't claim to know or predict the future, I do feel like this whole blogging thing is gonna peak sooner or later.
Technorati is for PR Professionals
What surprised me was how aggressively Mr Hirshberg was pitching Technorati's expensive blog tracking services to this audience of agency and corporate communications professionals.
Who Picks Questions for The Governator?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming to Yahoo! on Monday to speak. I know this because an all-company e-mail message came out a few days ago to let us know.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks To Yahoo
I'm listening to the audio stream from the Governator's talk at Yahoo today. I'll try to note bits and pieces here while still getting a bit of work done.
Put Add to My Web Links on Google
If you find yourself on Google occasionally and would like "add to my web" links on the search results, I have a Greasemonkey script for you.
My Web 2.0: Social Search
You know, life would be a bit less crazy for me if we weren't trying to launch new stuff at work when I'm supposedly out on vacation. Thankfully, the world doesn't revolve my schedule.
Surprising User Expectations
One of the most enlightening experiences I've had in my 5+ years at Yahoo was sitting in on some usability tests. Being on the "watching" side of the one way glass is fun.
Yahoo Search vs. Google and Technorati: Link Counts and Analysis
In what I'm sure will become a heavily linked to article, Tristan Louis offers up his recent analysis. I haven't had time to digest it fully, but his conclusions are...
Heading to New Orleans for Webmaster World Conference
I'm off to New Orleans for the Webmaster World Search conference. It looks like the weather will be a bit warmer and more humid than I'm used to.
Death to IMAP Clients
After a long drawn out experience with numerous email clients (mutt/isync, mutt/mailsync, Thunderbird, Eudora, Mail.app, even Outlook Express in a moment of desperation)...
WordPress Search, Powered by Yahoo!
Last week Matt Mullenweg asked me a few questions about the Yahoo! Web Search API and Yahoo! Site Search. It turned out that he was looking for a better way to provide search for WordPress.org and thought we had just what he needed.
LAMP Engineer Needed for New Yahoo! Site...
Jeff Boulter (engineering manager for Y! News) is looking for a few good hackers for a new Yahoo! site focused on technology ...
Google Playing Catch Up; Corrections for Stephanie Olsen
So I'm reading Google readying Web-only video search over on ZDNet and am struck by a few things. First off, this "web-only" moniker is a bit odd. I read the whole article and was still left not entirely sure what "web-only" really means.
CDs, Visual Memory, and Digital Music Subscriptions
While waiting for someone to show up to a meeting, a few of us were chatting about music. Greg was playing a selection from his "music that'd scare you about the rest of my music collection" (or something like that).
Google's Polite and Human Take Down Notice
As has been widely reported, Bret Taylor (PM for Google Maps) sent a "take down" notice to gMerge because it was violating the Google Maps Terms of Service.
Asa Understands Normal Users and Firefox Users
It's always refreshing to know that the folks working on some of the highest profile open source projects realize that they (well, "we") live in our own bubble...
Yahoo! Local Send Bookmarklet
Brian Cantoni, a fellow Yahoo, has written a bookmarklet for IE and Firefox that makes Yahoo! Local URLs a bit more e-mail friendly (meaning it strips the cruft).
Secrets of Product Development and What Journalists Write
Before I came out to California to work at Yahoo, I watched the business and culture of Silicon Valley from a distance. I read lots of the trade rags, tech web sites, and books about early Internet companies (the Netscape era).
Google Sitemap vs. Ping Servers
Sometimes I'm a little surprised by how long some ideas take to bubble up. Other times I'm surprised by the form they take.
Yahoo! Employee Blog Guidelines: The Official Version And My Own Advice
After a lot of work internally, the Yahoo! Employee Blog Guidelines have been published. Yahoo! employees can find them on Backyard (our corporate Intranet) and the rest of you can get the PDF file by clicking that link.
GMail vs. Thunderbird: GMail wins!
I don't really remember why I decided to do this, but roughly a month and a half ago I began automatically forwarding copies of all my email to my GMail account.
Google Personalized Home Page Makes It More Portal Like
"Google is not a portal!" they cry. "Google is different..." we're told. But a funny thing happened today.
RSS Feeds for Yahoo! Web, News, Image, and Video Searches
I'm a little surprised that people still ask me "when will you guys have RSS feeds available for your search results?"...
Okay, it's actually called Yahoo! Music Engine (or YME for short), but a lot of us at the office prefer to call it yTunes.
How Much Does Anchor Text Matter?
One of my all time favorite web searches is for the words "click here." Whenever someone asks how much anchor text matters, I tell them to search for those two little words.
FAA Making Sure Boeing 737 Doesn't Explode
With the help of aircraft makers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) often requires aircraft owners to make changes to their planes.
Yahoo Seeking Contextual Search Scientist/Engineers
From time to time I post jobs here. We have a couple openings in our contextual search group.
Tech Journalists Getting Fed Up With NDAs and Embargos
I read Molly Wood's Inside tech journalism: the NDA game with great interest for two reasons.
Firefox Market Share on O'Reilly Sites
Over on O'Reilly Radar, Tim writes about the browser stats they're seeing across the O'Reilly Network and summarizes by saying...
Winning the Inbox Battle in Thunderbird
This has been a quiet week at work: no big projects, few meetings, several coworkers gone.
Yahoo! 360 Team Start Blog
The Yahoo! 360 team has a blog, hosted on Yahoo! 360 of course. Good move. I forsee more Y! team blogs.
Search Engine Ingredient Labels?
Halley recently wrote about the lack of search engine transparency in Search Products On The Supermarket Shelf and said ...
Web-Mail Bridges Gap Between Thunderbird and Web Based Email
A coworker pointed out the Mozilla Web-Mail project: "The Web-Mail extension creates a platform which other extensions use to integrate web based email accounts into Mozilla Thunderbird.
Wikis for Yahoo Users?
Swaroop wants to Wikify Yahoo! Notepad. Did you even know we had a Yahoo! Notepad? I bet many of you did not.
MySQL Users Conference Coming Up
The 2005 MySQL Users Conference isn't far off. It runs from April 18th - 21st at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
What if Intelliseek Bought Technorati?
The more I think about Intelliseek, the more I think they'll either try to muscle Technorati out of their market or they'll buy 'em.
Yahoo Has Its Mojo Back
I've seen numerous folks commenting on Om Malik's recent posting about Yahoo: How Yahoo Got Its Mojo Back. In it he credits several things...
The Flickr Analogy
Earlier today, we invited a group of folks to Yahoo for a preview of Yahoo! 360. Danah Boyd wrote a bit about the event this evening.
The Future of WordPress and MovableType
There more I look at the blogging "market" these days, I see things falling into fairly well defined places--at least in my head.
Respect for Web Developers
Back when I was first paid to build web-based applications (around 1998 or so), the world of Web Development as we know it today did not exist.
Yahoo Buys Flickr
The first time I used Flickr, I knew it was something different and something important.
Transparensee's Discovery Search Engine
In Grokking Transparensee, John Battelle of the said the following: This is powerful stuff when you think about it ...
What About Microsoft's Upcoming Contextual Advertising System?
I keep reading all these speculative posts about Yahoo getting into the contextual advertising game ...
To Portal or not To Portal? Wrong question.
It seems that the portalization of Google comes up now and then. I just ran across ...
Lunchtime Blogging Presentation by Charlene Li
Forrester analyst and blogger Charlene Li spoke to a packed room of marketing, PR, and other interested folks today at Yahoo.
Hello Google Desktop Search, Goodbye Yahoo Desktop Search
Finally there's a desktop search product that's actually useful to me: Google Desktop. I had tried the previous version of GDS a bit ...
Visiting Yahoo! Japan
In about 5 hours I hop on a flight from San Jose to Japan. I'm visiting Yahoo! Japan for a few days.
Yahoo! Search Web Services Launch!
Yeay ... I'll write more about this later, but it's really late in NYC, I'm stuck on bluetooth/verizon since the Hilton's network sucks, and I'm getting tired.
Being Mean Is Against GMail Rules...
This is a little odd. I was reading the Gmail Program Policies and noticed this in the large list of things that users may not do.
Search Engine Strategies New York Begins
On Monday morning I'll be heading to New York for the Search Engine Strategies conference.
The World Could Really Use Google Calendar
There's been a lot of speculation about Google Calendar recently. And you know what ... I sure as hell hope they do it.
Hitchiker's Guide to the Blog Universe
On Thursday of this week, I'll be one of four panelists speaking at a lunchtime meeting ...
TiVo + Flickr = Cool
Okay, I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't have sold my TiVo last year. If nothing else , this ...
Craigslist is a Community, Not an Application
A few days ago, I read of Rohit's speculation about an "open source" craigslist. At the time I wanted to shake my head and write something about how he's completely missing the point.
Soaring is an Addiction
We've often joked about it at the airport, but the signs were quite evident today. With the uncertain weather forecast, I arrived hoping to fly but expecting to do little more than update the airport database in my LX-5000 flight computer.
Web Spam Summit CFP
As Dave Sifry notes, there's going to be a Web Spam Squashing Summit next week: Thursday, February 24th.
Amazon Prime Rocks
When I read Nelson's Amazon Prime post, I realized that he said pretty much everything I was going to, including ...
Emerging Tech Dinner at Yahoo
A couple days ago, I was leaving work and was really surprised to run into Scott Rafer (Feedster CEO), Rich Skrenta (Topix.net co-founder), Ross Mayfield (Socialtext CEO) and a few others.
A Chat with Mark Jen (Blogger Fired by Google)
John Battelle asked some good questions about the Mark Jen controversy. Believe it or not, I met Mark tonight (err, "last night" to most of you at this point) and had a chance to chat with him about his brief time at Google and various other things.
A Talk With Mark Jen About Google Firing
John Battelle asked some good questions about the Mark Jen controversy. Believe it or not, I met Mark tonight (err, "last night" to most of you at this point) and had a chance to chat with him about his brief time at Google and various other things.
I believe you've met your match. More on this later--unless 50,000 other folks have written about it when I wake up. Then I won't bother.
Google Hoarding the Pie?
Om Malik looked up some of Google's SEC filings and found the following information ...
Y!Q on my blog...
I've just updated the template for my individual post pages to include Y!Q, which I wrote about on the Yahoo Search blog.
Firefox: Bigger Than AOL?
Firefox is the energizer bunny of web browsers. I just keeps going and going and going.
Tablet PCs at Yahoo
First it was Powerbooks. I was seeing them more and more around campus. But today I was in a meeting where two of our execs appeared, both sporting Table PCs.
Russell Becoming a Full-Fledged Yahoo
Excellent news. I ran into Russell at URL's (the cafeteria) on Friday and he told me the news: he's going to become a full-time Yahoo soon.
Well, my primary box was cracked by a dipshit going after the recent awstats.pl bug.
Tivo's HME SDK
Tivo has released a Software Development Kit (SDK) for their broad-band connected Tivo units ...
Ham Radio License in a Day
With the aviation frequencies we use for air-to-air communication (123.3MHz and 123.5MHz) becoming more crowded, a growing number of sailplane and hang glider pilots ...
The Mysterious eBay Note In My Cube
I came back to my desk after 3.5 hours of meetings and presentations to find the following on a post-it note stuck to my laptop ...
Google's Per-User AdSense Tweaking
As reported by Inside Google: Google is testing out a new functionality for AdSense ...
Reactions to the Pew Study on Search Engine Users
I'm seeing some amusing reactions to the just released Pew study on Search Engine Users. Disclaimer ...
Tracking Overture Campaigns with Google AdWords
This is really interesting. As Candida writes on Silicon Valley Watcher: Check out Google's latest ...
What's your favorite Flickr group?
There aren't many contributors, but the stuff that shows up there really appeals to my sense of desert scenery.
Link Condoms Reduce the Risks of Unsafe Linking
And you thought nofollow was the solution to all your linking woes ... Not so ... The new ...
SUVs Are Keeping Tahoe Blue
I've noticed that the vast majority of vehicles I see sporting the Keep Tahoe Blue bumper sticker are SUVs.
The Blogging Community Look Like Idiots
This International Bloggers' Bill of Rights makes the blogging community look like idiots.
Debugging and Plumbing
As Murphy would have it, I had to visit the DMV today and try to figure out a plumbing problem. In doing so, I realized that good plumbers and good programmers have a lot in common.
Correction To The internetnews.com Story
In Search Leaders, Bloggers Band to Fight Comment Spam, Susan wrote the following based on an interview with me yesterday ...
Former Yahoo Employee Blogging From the Jungle
Kalyan was one of the early employees of Yahoo's Software Development Center in Bangalore, India.
Reference Tracking Via Technorati, Feedster, and Bloglines
I was listening to the Jan 14th Gilmor Gang a little while ago. This is the first time I've listened to the show.
Symantec's Confusing Anti-Virus Alerts
My company notebook apparently has Symantec AntiVirus installed, 'cause it just popped up an odd dialog box.
FeeBay: Spinning the eBay Price Increases
I've always wondered what journalists have to put up with when trying to write a story about unpopular corporate decisions.
Where Will You Store Your Data?
Over on SiliconBeat, I ran across their How big is Bloglines? story. Before I get into what I really wanted to say ...
Windows Mobile, Flickr, MapPoint, AT&T, and Photoblogging
This is interesting. The Windows Mobile team has combined Flickr's moblogging capabilities with the location data from the AT&T network to produce an interesting technology demo.
Staying Power of the Friendster Post
I've noticed a recent spike in hits to my famous Fired for Blogging post, in which I broke the story of Friendster's stupidest move and tracked the growing coverage for a few days.
The First 106 Miles
A bit over an hour ago I got home from the first meeting of 106 Miles, which Joyce describes as: a networking group for entrepreneurial engineers in Silicon Valley.
The Yahoo Problem
If Dave can call something the "Yahoo Problem" then I can call it the Dave Winer Problem. It's good way to make sure we see each other's stuff, huh? :-)
Putting the Mac Aside in 2005
Something has been bugging me for the last few months. Though I got my nice new Mac and switched to using it has my main personal desktop/laptop machine, it's been a frustrating experience at times.
Tapping into Tags
Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion (also published in WebProNews) gets it. He's telling folks to watch Flckr tags for their products and such...
Parking Lot Indicatr Photo Group on Flickr
Ross Mayfield (of Ross Mayfield's Weblog) has started a Parking Lot Indicatr group on Flickr.
Yahoo Travel is Hiring!
If you've ever wanted to work for one of the largest and most popular on-line travel sites, now's your chance. Yahoo Travel is hiring in a number of areas, including:
Using mod_rewrite against stupid comment spam bots...
You'd think the comment spammers would be a bit smarter, but apparently not. Over 80% of all attempted spam hits on my site provide no HTTP Referer data.
I Don't Believe The Search Numbers...
A whole bunch of people at work today asked me if I had seen a recent posting on the Google Blog News Channel: What Search Engines Do Search Engine Companies Use?
I'm with Tim on Podcasting
I was reading Tim Bray's take on Podcasting a few minutes ago and realized that he's done a good job of saying what I've been trying to figure out how to say for a while now.
Firefox Downloads: 14 million and counting
Asa Dotzler, mozilla.org Staff Member/Driver, has posted a graph and write-up of the Firefox web browser download numbers.
Why do Wiki RSS Feeds Suck?
I'm a not a big fan of Wiki technology, mostly because I find the markup annoying and the random nature of Wiki changes difficult to follow.
Denial and Television 2.0: The BitTorrent Effect
If you're at all interested in copyright, the movie industry, BitTorrent, or Bram Cohen (its creator), I recommend reading The BitTorrent Effect from the January 2005 issue of Wired.
Storage Costs Continue to Drop
After reading the /. story about IBM trying to build a 100TB tape drive, I found myself over on Pricewatch.com ...
Family Tech Support Recommendations
Ross provides his simple recommendations for the annual family tech support ritual otherwise known as the end of year holidays.
Google Buying Flickr?
Adam thinks that Flickr will be bought by Google early next year. This isn't the first "Google wants to buy Flickr" rumor I've heard, but it is the first one I've seen on a blog.
Slate to thank for hyperlinks?
I'm catching up on e-mail as my flight is delayed in O'Hare and came across the following tidbit about Slate Magazine in the latest Edupage mailing ...
Celebrex Lawsuit Demand Driving up Keyword Prices?
According to a post on over on InsideGoogle, "Celebrex Soars, At Least In Ad Dollars", we learn that ...
Comment Spammers Have Blogs
Would you be surprised to know that some people who work in the search engine industry know who is responsible for a lot of comment spam ... I met some of them recently.
Yahoo News was most cited news source by blogs in 2004
According to Intelliseek, Yahoo News was the most cited news source on blogs in 2004. Congrats to the Yahoo News team ...
The Yahoo Blog Is Not All Recipies
Over on the Unofficial Yahoo Webog ... as opposed to my weblog, which is even less Yahoo and less official ...
Some Comment Spammers Have Blogs Too
Would you be surprised to know that some people who work in the search engine industry know who is responsible for a lot of comment spam ... I met some of them recently.
Tom Foremski on Google and Yahoo Culture
It's interesting that Tom Foremski wrote this today--the day I got to meet him in person ...
AOL Got Some Balls
Welcome back to the world of the relevant, AOL. It's a bold move, but it's about time you woke up and noticed the World Wide Web.
Email and Browser URL Extraction and Search via a Personal del.icio.us
A few minutes ago, I needed to send a note to Russell about Yahoo Desktop Search.
Blogging The Microsoft Way
I haven't said much of anything yet about MSN Spaces, but it's been amusing to watch the reaction to their lame attempt at censorship of blogs.
Emacs Beginner's Tutorial
Emacs is one of the most popular and powerful text editors used on Linux (and Unix). It is second in popularity only to vi. It is known for it huge feature set, ability to be easily customized, and lack of bugs. It's large feature set and ability to be customized actually are the result of how Emacs was designed and implemented. Without going into all the details, I'll simply point out that Emacs isn't ``just an editor''. It is an editor written mostly in the programming language Lisp.
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