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Lots of people have been comparing the new Google Blog Search with others like Technorati, PubSub, and Bloglines. Until the last few days, I've been using Bloglines and Bloglines Citations to keep track of blogs talking about or linking to my own blog or my company's RSS feed. Now I'm finding that Google is doing a better job. For example, a search on Bloglines of all blogs for "IP*Works!" gives me two results (really one, since both of their results are the same blog post!) A search on Google Blog ...
Google Talk is just another IM client, including voice. The difference between Google Talk and other IM clients appears to be that you are required to have a Gmail account to use this one. So the Beta that this is doesn't really offer any revolutionary new stuff, but I'm sure the Google Team has a few aces up their sleeves. If they don't, why did they even bother creating Google Talk in the first place? (hint: right now, GAIM gives you much more versatility and agility) ...
“It was ambitious beyond the state of the art. We won't do that again. We'll be ambitious within the state of the art.” ...MS CEO Ballmer on Windows, Vista's scale back and delay: Newsweek September 26th, 2005 pg. E6. WHAT? I thought it was up to Microsoft to define the “State of the art” and for the rest of us to follow like a bunch of Lemings. Mr. Ballmer's statement baffles me, but it may very well define the difference between Google and MS. --chaz ...
Robert Scoble is spending a bit of time refuting this point. The latest post is here where he refers to responses to the current company meeting. He is in a good position to refute these claims as he has a broad view of what products are coming at Microsoft. I do find the premise that “Microsoft is done for” a bit naive. I'm sure people have reason to be skeptical about recent management changes, execution of new projects, and as far as I know, concerns about company morale and cohesiveness. ...
This is one more super duper example for the power of AJAX (Asynchronus Javascript And Xml). We had GMail, Google Suggest, Google Groups, GMaps etc already showing the power of it. I had already tried it out for a Pubs database using C#, just like Google suggest. But the dictionary idea is real good. Check it out: http://www.objectgraph.com/... How does it work: http://www.objectgraph.com/... ...
The Aggregator Service Orchestration Background Think of this implementation as a BizTalk orchestration imitating the functionality of a Windows Service i.e. you have the ability to start, interrupt and stop the orchestration, otherwise like a service it keeps on running (when not processing BizTalk dehydrates it). The orchestration asynchronously spawns other orchestrations and waits for call back from them. We used this implementation to aggregate results from multiple instances of (asynchronously ...
After working on net for almost 5 years, I think the key to success of any browser is based on the usability features and improvements done for making them comfortable to users. After thinking over what I have liked in the browsers I have used so far, below is the top 10 key features I would prefer to have in a single browser. Most notably I think these would be a preferred feature for any internet browser user, do let me know your list through feedback 10. Developer tools {Developer’s developer’s ...
I really like the MapStats provided by BlogFlux. They provide a Google Map with the location of people that have hit my blog as well as referrals and pages visited. I'd like to see them open the data up a bit, they have been messing with RSS a bit, but it's not quite right yet. I'd rather have a web service where I could query the hits by a certain date range. That would be cool. Then I could overlay the data and see if the same people that hit my blog also hit Where's Tim and/or EnGraph. That's ...
In this post, Scott Miller talks a bit about his internet footprint, and how some companies (MS in particular) might google you before actually talking to you. So this made me curious... Here is what I found: Googling for: Christopher Williams returns 21,000,000 results and I do not appear at all in the top 100 results. Googling for: Chris Williams returns 29,000,000 results and #5 of the top 10 is my blog (that you're reading right now). I appeared a total of 3 times in the Top 100 results. Googling ...
On JobsBlog on MSDN Blogs, there is a recruiter suggestion that your identity might be googled prior to an interview to find out more about you. (Bite of Advice - The Art of the Search Part 1). So to experiment with this, I googled my name and city. I get this blog at the top. I get appsguild.com, my original site and original blog, and I get a bunch of other Scott Miller stuff. Scott Miller is a common name, even in Kansas. (I remember being five years old and, like a "big boy", telling the receptionist ...
Mike Pegg was nice enough to mention Where's Tim in his Google Maps Mania blog. Check his site for the latest cool Google Map mashups, or better yet, subscribe here. Technorati Tags: GPS, Google Maps ...
For security reasons, our company does not allow public IM systems such as AIM, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, etc. I am currently evaluating various solutions for our corporate LAN. I have already evaluated Jabberd 2.0, winfesor, Akeni Corporate Instant messaging and so far they are quite good. Jabberd 2 was more diffucult to install compared to the Akeni IM products. I will let the users evaluate each product and see which one they prefer. I forgot to mention that some of our computers have SuSE linux ...
I find it interesting that a post I made on Tuesday of this week (9/13/05) managed to hit the #1 spot on Google by Thursday (9/15/05) morning. I'm sure a lot of you have heard (or used) the term Google Juice before, and I know Jeff is pretty proud of the amount of "juice" GWB has. So I'm wondering how all of this really works. When you think about it, TWO days (more like 1.5) is pretty damn fast to show up in Google. How much of it is Google's attraction to GWB and how much of it is just Google getting ...
Trevor Manternach talks about uploading a Google Map image of his town to Flickr and overlaying it with links to pictures and videos. He says: I know that people have hacked the Google Maps to have those little red pinmarks that will link to pictures and videos, but from what I have read, it is really really hard to setup. It's really easier than you may think to set it up. If you wanted to do it yourself, with a little web development experience and all the documentation here and here, it wouldn't ...
So Kyle says to me, "I guess its pretty cool to see your location on a Google Map, and that's neat that it uses AJAX to populate the map so I don't have to see a nasty page refresh to see if your location has changed, but what I really want is to have it just automatically give me a new map when your location changes..."So using a simple setInterval javascript function and a variable that is populated on the onkeyup event of a textbox, we made it happen. Just enter the number of seconds you wish ...
Here is some javascript code that we use on Where's Tim. It will only recenter the map if the new point is out of the map view. We use this code on the AJAX refresh button. map.clearOverlays(); var pointA = new GPoint(-95, 38); var bounds = map.getBoundsLatLng(); if ((pointA.x > bounds.maxX) || (pointA.x bounds.maxY) || (pointA.y //only executes if pointA is out of the bounds of the map { map.centerAtLatLng(pointA); } var markerA = new GMarker(pointA); GEvent.addListener(markerA, "click", function() ...

This is a cool application that uses Google maps to create a dynamic guest map. Very neat stuff.

Add yourself to my guest map here. You can even create your own.

Awesome.

Ok... I've gotten a few requests for the details behind this, so here it is: Like most good stories, the truth of what happened probably isn't quite as interesting as the aftermath, but here goes... about 7 years ago, I was at a small (dare I say... dinky?) convention in Glenvar, VA. Unless you live within 20 miles of there, you've probably never heard of it... No big deal. The convention was Rising Star and it's held at Glenvar High School each year. Rising Star was one of two cons that emerged ...
http://www.smartstartkansas... It shows all the available places to get Ignition Interlock devices installed or serviced. Couple tricks for working with multiple icons on a Google map: 1) Make sure your “point” and “marker” variable have distinct names. If you are building the icons based on an array, use the iterater to name your variables (point0, point1, etc...)2) Make sure to "centerAndZoom" on a point that will display all the icons. For this app, I ...
Ok, I’m not trying to dupe Slashdot here but it is some very interesting stuff. Google Maps has posted updated (August 31st) aerial photos of the New Orleans area post hurricane Katrina. The NOAA has also posted a set of very detailed aerial shots. I suggest you check out both sets but if you want some really detailed views of the damage spend your time with the NOAA shots. You can view the new google aerial shots here or you can go to maps.google.com and search for New Orleans then click the ...
[Update 8th Sep 2005, 1845 hrs IST]: This bug has also been fixed by Yahoo! Well today seems to be a particularly nit-picking day for me. Earlier today I had published a post about Blogspot / Blogger missing Google Talk! as one of the options to select from your IM Username, now I happen to see my yahoo not displaying my name in the welcome statement (screen shot below). Not that it is giving me any depression or something but I happen to notice these things today :) ...
[Update 8th Sep 2005, 1835 hrs IST (GMT + 0530 hrs)]: Yahoo 360 works fine with the given URL ( http://vganesh.geekswithblo... ), and now I am able to get the feeds. Thanks Yahoo! Okay, currently i am using both the personalization option offered by google and yahoo. The first thing I noticed on both of them is the difference in ability to parse my feed in their feed aggregators. While google has no problem in parsing http://vganesh.geekswithblo... but yahoo 360 (Feeds (via ...
Inspired by what Rob did with geotagging Flickr, I built something similar with Where's Tim that I talked about yesterday. You can click the “Fly To With Google Earth” button and it will generate a .kml file that will open inside of Google Earth. It wasn't that hard to generate. I used a XmlDocument to load the core .kml file (I actually renamed the base.kml file to base.xml because XmlDocument will not load a file that doesn't end in .xml) I then use a XmlNodeList to find the specific ...
Using EnGraph's GPSParser, Air-Trak's Cloudberry AVL data and Google Maps, I built a web page that shows my real time location. It took a little over an hour to put together. That shows the ease of EnGraph GPS Management tools and Google Maps. Here's the page - www.timhibbard.com/wheresti... ...
If you take the security settings in a GPO, and look closer to the audit policy. You will see 2 logon events. Audit account logon event and audit logon event. What are the differences and why did Microsoft give them such a confusing name? I was looking for some resources to answer this question, when google show me this page. http://blogs.msdn.com/ericf... a blog from the windows auditing team. So here is there explanation for the bad naming. The answer is actually ...
Sorry Yahoo, your name didn't fit. So I've been thinking a lot about Instant Messaging lately. I think Chris got it right in his post last week. Since I just wrote a lengthy response over on Scoble's blog about this... I'm just going to cut and paste it here. Yeah, I'm lazy... but it's 9pm and I haven't left the office yet. So forgive me. I think what the IM companies are trying to figure out is... if we don't tie the client to the service, how does the service make money? As wonderful as it would ...
So I have begun geotagging some of my photo’s on FLickr! Since I dont have any kind of GPS device, and certainly non built into my camera, I have to add the Londitude and Latitude manually. Thankfully, this process had been made rather easy by Geotagging community, who are centered around geobloggers.com In partular the greasemonkey scripts and web-services by Steeev are the ideal way of adding geo info to your pictures, you can basicly use google maps or google earth to tag foto’s in ...
I tried posting a comment on the respective post, but the page just seemed to refresh ignoring the comment (I made sure the Image Code was correct; including preserving the case). So I am giving my feedback as a post. I would like to give a feedback on recent Tariq's post on Google Talk. Google has made a right move here. Instead of creating an altogether new IM protocol, they have considered and implemented an existing open platform server for the purpose and this only means even more extensibility. ...
I really don’t see what the point of Google Talk is. Unlike GMail it is just another IM client to the already cluttered domain of IM clients. Nothing really innovative there, or at least not yet. But for those of you who are like me and are side stepping all of these IM clients by using something like Trillian (or Gaim for that matter) ForeverGeek has a post showing the Jabber settings used by Google, so if you are on Trillian you can get the Jabber plug-in from here. Update: Google themselves ...
There has been quite some critisism on the tech scene of Google talk, people often siting thats its nothing special, that it lacks features, thats it too basic. But it seems to me that its simplicity is exactly the point. With Messenger clients increasingly bloated with features, a nice, clean, simple and elegant IM client is refreshing. As part of the Google Desktop it sites unobstusively in the sidebar, or simply invisble until the preview of the message pops up. Dispite its simpleness though, ...
I can't emphasize enough the usability of Google's products. I'm pushing GMail everyday. I was a HMail user for years, but had enough of the ads and useless navigation on their website. When they took away the OExpress access I was completely through. Now I'm using the Google Desktop Beta and am happy with this APP too. It's not very innovative, but once again is best in usability. If only Google and Apple could work together... .
So when is Google going to unveil their office suite and operating system? Google Talk.
I (like thousands of others) recently downloaded version 2.0 of the Google Desktop and have begun to play around with it. I wasn't too impressed by the first version but this one is looking much cooler already. My biggest problem is the lack of Canadian cities for the weather module. I can approximate the weather in Vancouver by adding Seattle, no biggie but try finding a proxy for Montreal. Plattsburgh, NY? “No Weather Information“. OK, something a little bigger. Albany? “No Weather ...
Yesterday I mentioned that I revisited an old Google Adwords demo that I worked on a while back. Here's the tutorial explaining that demo. I've updated the demo, which previously was a VB6 app that was basically just a list of functions, to a more functional app. If you're interested, you can download the demo app here (source and compiled executable). This could be easily translated into .Net, ASP, Delphi, BCB, C++, Java, PHP, etc. Just let me know if you're interested ...
I just read on the CodeCanvas blog that Google has entered into the IM race.If you ask yourself what Google is up to and you already know the secret google masterplan go and watch Epic 2015.Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson produced a great video about a fictional future of the media. (especially about Microsoft, Amazon and Google) ...
Update [26th Aug 2005]: Google has given the configuration details for third party applications in their help center. Have fun. Happy happy!! Google has entered the instant messaging race as well. I downloaded the Google talk client and instantly logged in to my account, only to remember that I don’t have any of my friends online on this network yet. So, an alternate would be to download a Jabber-compatible client which also supports other IM networks like MSN and Yahoo! I choose GAIM, it is ...
The new beta of Google Desktop is available and it’s pretty cool. This version incorporates a “sidebar” style layout for your feeds, e-mails, to-do lists, weather, etc. While it’s not as pretty as some other sidebar programs, like DesktopSideBar (freeware), it is Google and we all like their stuff. At the very least you should check the new version out. On a side note if you sit behind an ISA Server be sure and open up POP3 Secure to your machine or else the indexer cannot ...
Okay MSN, Google is throwing down. Do I have to wait for Vista to get a cool MSN sidebar?
I have a mirror of my old blogs in TechRepublic http://techrepublic.com.com... I am sure that the TechRepublic blog pages were searchable in Google on some stage, but the search doesn't show them now. It is possible that the link to the TechRepublic blog was on one list page(e.g somethink like New TechRepublic Bloggers) but later link was removed by newely joined authors. Now I want to check would the link from this post help to make my techrepublic blog searchable ...
I guess most of us dealing with Citrix Issues on a regular basis have just come to accept the fact that Citrix just doesn't allow the Google Bots access to their systems, and certainly not the Support Knowledgebase, and as a concequence I do tend to save a lot of their information locally and mine it with Google Desktop. Chatting to one of the Citrix Support staff yesterday it would appear that there may be a change on the way. In the past iteration of the Citrix Forum it was quite clear that it ...

The last thing the internet needs now is egomaniacs.

Call it feeds, blogs, news, journals or syndication.

Do like Google and be cool, use Atom.
Do the world a favor, use Atom.
Microsoft, do yourself a favor, use Atom.

Call 'blog' a blog, and 'feed' a feed.

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I've been getting a good deal of traffic over on the original Gmail Problems post so here's an update for all the people looking for answers out there. Things have been working fairly well for me over the past week or so but there have been reports of people who could not connect for days. Mostly the issues seem to be transient and trying again in 15 minutes seems to do the trick. There does however seem to be a lack of “official” news from Google. Are there any Google bloggers out there ...
I had a very busy last week. For those of you who were wondering what I was upto, I was in stage 2 testing and rollout. Stage 2 what? you say. Well, I like to call it Stage 2 testing and rollout because the developers have run it on their machines and a patched demo version is now working. The real integration and testing starts at Stage 2. All that I really do is make setup files for all the components and arrange them in CDs. Also, I check if there are any major holes in the system, aka show-stoppers. ...
Never underestimate the amount of information contained in the PowerPoints, have a look through the following selection and pay particular attention to the additional notes underneath each slide. If you are lucky enough to be just using one PC and not bouncing around customers sites all the time then perhaps consider saving these files locally and then installing the Google Desktop so that you can include your local stash when searching for possible answers to your Citrix Issues?Citrix Enterprise ...
As opposed to my first IE7 post, I wanted to point out some good stuff about the new browser. I rarely run beta software on my machines. I made an exception this time, mostly because intense interest. I waited almost a week to see if the early adopters had gotten burned by anything. I was amused by the people who used a Beta 1 software package for 15 minutes and then declared it to be inadequate when compared with their current tabbed browser. There were both good and bad aspects about the IE7 Beta ...
There were a lot of solutions in Google but my problem was solved by a simple remedy. The folder in which the Access Database file resided had to be shared on the network. There's another option in Windows XP Prof. which had to be checked - “Allow network users to change my files”. A few days back I had accidentally removed the sharing on that folder and as a result, had to go thru so many difficulties... I feel relieved that I did not have to workaround the problem with the umpteen solutions ...
So I'm working on this project that I inherited and there are these Flash buttons with embedded links. I don't have the FLA files, just the SWF files. I Google around a bit and find a couple of products that will decompile SWF files back into FLA so I can open them with Flash. (For the record, I don't use Flash ever... or ColdFusion... but I'm a glutton for punishment.) So I download both of the utilities... and of course both are crippled to the point of being useless to me. So after much deliberating ...
So I'm at Google and I type in ColdFusion (why is not important) and press

First hit that comes up... Microsoft! So I'm curious... I click the link and it takes me to the Download Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Beta 2 Today page (here).

That's just wrong. Funny yes, but wrong.

I'm trying out Mercury Interactive's QuickTest Pro. The recording feature, of course, doesn't do exactly what I'm expecting, so I go to the “expert view” to see the code behind. My first thought is about the IDE. It uses VBScript. The VBScript IDE is not user friendly. It would be prefferable to use Visual Studio with a Mercury extension. Second.... Mercury is not providing any help on their web site. You have to register, and it's for paying customers only. I'm using an evaluation version! ...
I tried out My MSN a few months back, and it looks like a great service. I would never have considered using it, however, because it had a ridiculously HUGE banner ad right at the top of the page. I was so disappointed that I sent some feedback to the team. Imagine how surprised I was to receive a response to that feedback today, from "Justin", a program manager on the MSN.com Portals Team. Here it is: Hi, My name is Justin and I?m a Program Manager who works directly on the My MSN site. You?re receiving ...