product reviews

A Few Problems with Google Services

February 6, 2007

In the past few weeks, using the various Google services, I have encountered the following issues: Orkut seems to be repeatedly failing. I keep getting the “Bad, bad server. No donut for you” message. At first, the message was rather funny. Now I just want the links to work. Important operations like saving a scrap […]

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Link Rich get Richer

February 4, 2007

The Hawthorne effect is the principle that “when people are observed in a study, their behavior or performance temporarily changes.” As Google Search has become the de facto search engine, webmasters and web designers have changed their activities to meet the requirements of obtaining higher ranks in Google search results. Mostly, strategies have revolved around […]

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How to Make Live Search Better

February 4, 2007

Since Google Search has a better reputation than Live Search, it attracts far more users. That is no surprise — probably as redundant as it gets. Apparently, even Microsoft’s developers are using Google instead of Live. The problem for Live Search here is that unless it attracts more users, it is very difficult to improve […]

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What the Gmail Calendar!

February 4, 2007

This was a very surprising feature, but wrongly implemented. In addition to putting an event in Outlook, I usually tend to email myself details about an important meeting. I accidentally sent this to Gmail (instead of Yahoo Mail Beta that I normally use). As you can see on the right hand side, a box appears […]

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January 2007 in Review

January 31, 2007

The first month of 2007 ends today which means only 11 more months to complete all the New Year Resolutions. Here is what happened on the technology front. I started writing my novel on Zoho Wiki. I hope to publish it sometime during this summer. Semi‐autobiographical, it is a collection of stories and anecdotes. I […]

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Quick Review of Google Products

January 27, 2007

As most people would have, I switched over to using Google Search the first time I tried it after a recommendation from a friend. Over the years, Google has added many products to their portfolio and I have tried to use many of them. Here is a quick review of my experiences with each product. […]

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Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta

January 27, 2007

A few weeks back, I complained that Yahoo! Bookmarks was the lowest on my ratings of good bookmarking software. I learnt since that there was a beta version available. The initial good impression it conveyed convinced me enough to move all my bookmarks into it (from IE and Live Favorites) and also install the Yahoo! […]

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Experience with Google Analytics

January 20, 2007

Ever since I started my website long back, I have been interested in knowing statistics about site visitors. I have gone through different software, from using basic counters to downloading web logs and using AWStats with Perl on IIS. Last year, I switched to using Google Analytics. Recently, I also added the code to my […]

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Netflix, Snow, Google and AIDS

January 16, 2007

I know the title is kind of weird, but it just describes the 4 paragraphs below. Probably more interesting than saying “Updates on past posts”. (is “past post” an alliteration?) In my “Hair Down” post, I talked about Netflix vs Blockbuster where the Total Access program seems to me like a big Netflix killer. It […]

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New Search Engines

December 31, 2006

Here is a new search engine: http://quintura.com/ with an interesting look‐and‐feel. The blog which had this link expresses my thought exactly: http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/003581.html It will take a huge effort or fundamental shift in how Internet search is done to displace Google from their current position as search leader. For example, Live Search, Yahoo! and Ask are all […]

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