Archive for November, 2005

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Friday, November 25th, 2005

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The Ice Harvest

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I went to see this movie with absolutely no expectations (which sometimes is a good thing). I just needed to avoid Rent — and it was going to be either this or Derailed. I kinda liked it. Not as bad as the mixed reviews may suggest.

Switching to Rojo

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

I’ve been badly in need of a new RSS reader for a few months now. When I started subscribing to RSS feeds earlier this year I was looking for a quick, web-based solution and ended up using Waggr, a pretty plain and simple app. For the mostpart, Waggr has served me well until recently, when the growing number of feeds made handling increasingly cumbersome.

Unfortunately, Waggr doesn’t offer an OPML export function. Today, I finally got around to manually adding my feeds into Rojo, my new RSS reader.

What is Rojo?
Rojo is a web-based service that allows you to efficiently organize, read, and share content—such as online news, information and blogs. Rojo is free and easy to use and there is no software to download.

Rojo enables users to subscribe to feeds that are published by online content sites, blogs, and various corporations in either an XML, RSS, or Atom format. (Rojo reads all three formats.)

These “feeds” are streams of information. For example, the New York Times publishes its headlines as an RSS feed. Amazon.com publishes various categories of its most popular books as an RSS feed. Cisco uses RSS feeds to communicate regularly with its customers and suppliers. Using Rojo, feeds are delivered to your desktop and presented in a way that enables you to quickly scan headlines or choose to view the full story.

Rojo also gives you the ability to share these stories with friends and colleagues, and discover new feeds.

Sort by most most frequently read - I’ve been waiting for that.

A definition of Web 2.0

Friday, November 18th, 2005

I like this description by Tim O’Reilly, posted a few weeks ago under Web 2.0: Compact Definition?:

Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

Thanks to Stefan Schmidt for posting the link to the wiki.

Riya launch party tomorrow night

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

I’ll be in Atherton, CA at the TechCrunch Residence/Office tomorrow night for the TechCrunch Meetup #4 - Riya Launch Party. Riya is a photo facial recognition startup (read the Techcrunch review to get an idea how it works). Rumor has it Riya might be in the process of being acquired by Google.

About Riya:

We want to begin a conversation with you about the next generation of photo search.

We started this company after realizing that we had 1000’s of digital photos on our computer all labeled DSC0009.jpg, that our friends just never remembered to send us the photos we wanted from them, and that searching for images on the web just doesn’t work very well.

We are a group of determined face recognition and text recognition researchers and engineers who believe it is time for a new type of photo search that uses technology to look inside and automatically tag photos. We hope this will revolutionize how people “see” the world.

This is a work in progress and we would love to have a conversation with you, our “charter” users on what you need. You can converse with us via email or via our blog. For over a year we have been talking in software code and building this service, now we want to listen, adapt, and improve.

- The Riya Team

About Techcrunch:

TechCrunch is a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new web 2.0 products and companies. TechCrunch is written by Michael Arrington, who also writes a companion blog, CrunchNotes. Additional Information.

200+ people have signed up. Should be fun.

GABA Bay Area Stammtisch tonight

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Heading off to Palo Alto for this month’s GABA Bay Area Stammtisch.

55 Ways To Have Fun With Google

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Philipp Lenssen, whom I met at Web Monday last week, is writing a book on 55 Ways To Have Fun With Google:

So what are some ideas I already have in mind? Here’s a selection — if you’re a frequent reader, you might know some of these:

* AnyRank
* The Google Snake Game
* The Google Irritation Game
* Dave Gorman
* Can You Find The Google Search Returning the Most Pages?
* The Disappearing Google Logo Trick
* Interviews, Cartoons
* Google Knows Celebrities
* Strange Spelling Corrections
* Google Orthography
* The Google Superhero Costume Parade
* The Best Google News Blunders
* and many more…

He explains his motivation for writing a book on Google:

What’s Google to me to write a book on it? Not a company (that book has been written, by the way). A metaphor, if you want, an approach — to tap the global brain. The book could therefore be called “55 Ways To Have Fun With The Global Brain, And Make It Talk To You” but that just doesn’t sound as catchy. But I do believe that whenever we type something into Google, we’re interacting with all the people in the world.

Bound to be good.

Portal Team open positions

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

As mentioned before, my team is still trying to fill two open positions. We are looking for a Web Java Developer as well as a Portal Architect. It’s a fun place to work, so come on over and pass me your resume if you’re interested.

Lufthansa FlyNet

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

I’m aboard flight LH 468 from Frankfurt to Portland, Oregon. I’m using FlyNet, Lufthansa’s new on-board Wi-Fi service. Neat!

Set-up is very easy. Even the pricing model seems reasonable. The only trouble is defining the right settings for this plaze.

Frankfurt, Germany

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

It’s been a short, fun week here in Germany. I got to meet many fresh faces and had a chance to get some good feedback on some of the ideas I’ve been toying with.