Some more Google love. Mainly for the glorious question asked and answered.
O'Reilly Network: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Panopticon.
This is really nice! Jon Udell puts together a very simple Google API + wxPython APP, to browse Google in new and unexpected ways. The App: Hierarchical Google calls based on first search terms, then The titles of found pages. This is not selected by Google's own site as the primary page content marker - so you can't do searches like this from Googles own site, but it comes together nicely and easily for Jon Udell. Lots of very practical, very interesting comments on how to mine for meaning, and how to make the mining for meaning more meaningful if you are involved with putting together pages.
Interesting tidbit: What you can do to your site to utilise Google as a semantic engine around your site (Note btw. that around is a new interesting topicalizer to describe computation and meaning.) can't be used to keep people located at your site. This is the awesome power of the fully operational network in full effect! Very nice indeed.
In the spirit of the original beta, google offers user access to new functionality at
labs.google.com - Google Demos
Among the technologies a word categorizer creating sets of items by example (i.e. defining categories of words) Initial results are mixed. Cheddar + Stilton does define the category Cheeses, but Hitler + Stalin, does not define Dictator, Despot, World War 2 or anything else.
What's all this then: an xml.com guide to a primer to a format for describing other things located at URLs - themselves references. How much indirection can you take!
XML.com: Go Tell It On the Mountain [May. 15, 2002]
It may just be a rehash of The Innovator's Dilemma (Don't know - haven't read it yet) but in the latest edition of Technology Review Clayton M. Christensen has a nice short commentary on some basic rules of survival for the small non-incumbents in teh technology field:
The Rules of Innovation.
Warcraft 2 hackign can now go above and beyond design of scenarios. The FreeCraft open source game engine is stable and available. Now if I could just find the time to write a brand new world for it.
Personally, I'm a technological optimist (we owe technology everything, and there's usually a technological fix). For those of opposite mind there's a lot of proof to be gotten from this list of 10 Technology Disasters. The link may require a (non-free) registration.
It appears you cannot trust everything you read on the internet. Shocking indeed.
The current record over state of the art networks, but real world distance, for data tansfer rate has gotten better:
Slashdot | New Internet2 Land Speed Record
Here's another link classic in the making: On how to get a straight answer from customer support. The slang for this apparantly turboing.
The browser battle is on again. The official version of Mozilla 1.0 from Netscape is almost there. As reported on news.com:
Netscape 7.0 rekindles browser battles - Tech News - CNET.com
Stephen Wolframs bulletproof recipe for superstardom:
1. Be smart enough to run succesful company. 2. Take credit for enourmous amounts of work in complexity 3. Stay silent for 10 years 4. Publish 1200 page tome with notes from said ten years. 5. Lots of pictures, no math.
In the future every pop-science/futurism essay will contain references to A New Kind Of Science as well as the inevitable Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, Hans Moravec, and K. Eric Drexler references
Came across this wonderful sample of how terrible a world Where You Go Where Microsoft Takes You Today looks.