Monday, December 20, 2004

Google lost VP Marketing

Post-IPO effect ? The viral marketing approach of that person was genial ! Dommage.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Google Complete ?

A new entry in the Robots.txt of Google is disallowing the Complete directory. At first I was thinking it was there for the Library project, but this is located under the Print subdomain. After I thought is was for Google Suggest ( but I'm don't think the Suggest function need a directory for that because it is mainly a javascript program on the client side.

Anybody have a idea what the Complete Project stand for ?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Google Suggest Reversed Engineered

Nice work by Cris Justus to decode the javascript process of Google Suggest !

Yahoo Maps Real-Time Traffic Report

We can't stop progress !

For trafic in Montreal this morning you can look here ;-)

Yahoo Promote Media RSS with his (new) Yahoo Video Search

Nice thing, but should be embed in file by hardware/software as well, like the meta information embed in jpg with the digital camera. Here are the draft specification. And there is the Yahoo Video Search.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Huge victory for Google on trademark ads

Here is the Reuter short story. This will rise the buying of your own trademark in Google Adwords !

Promise of publication : Yes Sylvain is the number one

Little inside : Yes, my friend Sylvain is still number one on is first name on Google. The proof right here on his Treo 600 :

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The most important university libraries will be Googlize

Google gonna digitize millions of books available at Stanford, the University of Michigan, Harvard, Oxford and the New York Public Library to make them available in its index.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Google News add new languages

Argentina, Chile, Canada Français (yé), México, Österreich, Schweiz or Suisse.

Google add real-time suggestions to is form

Google suggest is out for english queries :

The number of results is a really smart idea, because if you see huge number, you will refine your search before having results page. à

Update : Also work in french.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

IBM PC unit going to China

A $1,25 billion deal have been made with Lenovo of China. Big Blue turning red !

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Copernic Desktop Search v 1.2 now fully support Mozilla Firefox

Here is the press release :

December 7, 2004, Boston, MA – Copernic today announced the availability of a new and improved version (1.2) of its award-winning Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) product that fully supports the Mozilla Firefox Web browser. CDS 1.2 also features up to 200 percent faster indexing of PC hard drive content, reduced memory usage, and better compliance with French, German, Spanish and Italian content.

“CDS continues to get rave reviews from press, analysts, consultants, and bloggers, and has won multiple awards, including the CNET Editors' Choice award,” said David M. Burns, CEO of Copernic. “And now CDS is the only production desktop search product with full Mozilla Firefox support.”

CDS 1.2 features lightning-fast indexing of PC hard drive content and improved PC memory usage. The new CDS version also indexes browsing history and bookmarked sites from Mozilla browsers. According to Web analytics company, Web browser products from the Mozilla Foundation continue to gain on Microsoft’s market leading Internet Explorer (IE). Although IE still owns 88.9 percent of the market, Mozilla-based products jumped to 7.4 percent in October. The Mozilla Foundation reports that more than 5.6 million copies of Firefox 1.0 have been downloaded in the two weeks following the product launch.

“We are happy to see that Copernic is providing support for Firefox,” said Chris Hofmann, Director of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation. “We are close to 10 million downloads in almost a month since the release in November, and developers are taking notice.”

“CDS 1.2 is our third significant product update within three months, while competing products are still in the early development stage,” said Eric Bouchard, EVP of Products for Copernic. “CDS is available in five languages and is simply ahead of the pack in every aspect: features, usability, speed, quality, manageability, user privacy, localization, and now full support for Mozilla’s Firefox browser.”

Improvements in CDS 1.2 include:

* Mozilla Firefox history and bookmarks indexing
* Up to 200 % faster indexing of hard drive content
* Support for the latest PDF file format (v1.5)
* Optimized PC memory usage
* Improved handling of French, German, Spanish and Italian content
* Redesigned user interface for Web searching
* Miscellaneous performance and compatibility improvements

About Copernic Desktop Search

CDS brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you to instantly search files, e-mails, and e-mail attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive. Using a streamlined, intuitive user interface, CDS performs sub-second searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDF's, all popular music, picture and video formats, contacts, browser history, and favorites. With seven separate technology patents pending, CDS represents the state of the art in desktop search design.

CDS works with Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Internet Explorer 5.0 or later. It can be downloaded for free from More information about what's new in version 1.2 is available on the product Web site.

Friday, December 03, 2004

WebSphere will be more SE friendly

Finally somebody wake up at IBM to improve the resulting URL of Websphere !

Hera a example of the resulting URL of WebSphere fo now:!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/

Incredible no ? They should keep that version for encryption purpose ;-)

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Microsoft launched MSN Spaces Blog service

Here it is with the possibilities of photos, lists, music and categories. But like the lauched of MSN Beta Search few weeks ago, it seem suffer from heavy traffic at the moment and you get a lot of errors like ".NET Passport Unavailable at This Site" ;-).

Interactive Printed Edition

Finally a good use of web stats!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Blog is THE word of the year !

A bit late for my point of view but a good news to spread ! Will RSS will be the 2009 word ?

Google handle around 30 petabytes of data

In this interview of Zdnet, Urs Holzle, VP Engineering, give some metrics on Google GFS.

1 petabyte = 1024 terabytes
1 terabyte = 1024 gigabytes

FYI : The Internet Archive Wayback Machine deal with only 1 petabyte!