Monday, March 27, 2006


Approaching 500

Paper Stats:
Abstract Views: 7449
Downloads: 1771
Download Rank: 504

(keep scrolling for table . . .)

Day Mo YrPaperrankDownloadsPageviews
27 Mar 0650417717449
07 Dec 0558915604250
09 Nov 0569514123245
24 Oct 0577013292818
18 Oct 05100012262506

update 3 April 2006:

Paper Stats:
Abstract Views: 7549
Downloads: 1779
Download Rank: 500


Harry Potter without JKR

Gwen pointed me to an interesting wiki -- one where the fans are writing the last Harry Potter book instead of waiting for JK Rowling to do it. Cool.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Amazon beats Google at the G: Drive

I received an email from Amazon today announcing their web service for storage. It read in part,
Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale
computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services
interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any
time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same
highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure
that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service
aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to
Just two weeks ago rumours of Google's G: Drive surfaced on digg. Now Amazon's beat to the punch.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Giving Presentations in Second Life

O'Reilly Hacks shares the Linden Script Language (LSL) code for giving briefings in Second Life.

Also, there is a that presents a birds-eye view of the Second Life landscape by entering a valid Second Life geo-coordinate. For example,


Rub a YubNub

Remember the command line interface to the operating system? In response to a caret one would type a command like this:
> dir *.*
The operating system would respond with a listing of all the files in a directory. Then came the graphical user interface (GUI) popularized by Macintosh and taken to the bank by MS Windows. Web browswers are a graphic user interface to the World Wide Web (WWW).

But what if we reconceptualize the WWW not as a collection of pages and applications, but as an operating system. Wouldn't it be cool to have a command line interface to the WWW operating system? Well now there is . . . YubNub. It allows you to type in a command line like:
tec "disordered cogitations''

which searches technorati for blog references to disordered cogitations. So now with the command line interface, I don't have to surf from site to site, I can interact with my favorite places (like amazon, wikipedia, ebay, google, yahoo, etc.) from one place with simple english-like commands, with none of the traditional complicated pointing and clicking nonsense found in the browser..

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