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Archive for July 2008

Gotta have this!!! Who needs a cartridge? Stick a hard drive instead!!!

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July 30, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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Skeptical as it is, being a controlled environment, Vista’s been good to me

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I have been on Vista since Beta 2 days and till today. from AMD x2 to Intel Quad (DIY built, as always… Never own any branded PC in my entire life) now to all sorts of motherboards and graphic cards and RAMs… Vista has been nice to me, with no hardware drivers issue but only software compatibilities in the early days.

They are all modern stuff (less than 2 years old) and of course the experience with Vista ought to be all right. My short statement of Vista is simply this, ‘It’s the best Windows operating system ever, the most secure, the more elegant… and it’s still a Windows after all’ I won’t even be bullish to claim it is the BEST Operating System out there… cos that really depends on what you measure.

Vista will run fine on modern machine! Linux fanatics will brag about their five year old machine running modern Linux OS fine and blah blah… Tell that to Apple OSX! But OSX won’t run well with old machine and needs, just like Vista a modern machine… Why? Cos it got all the bells and whistles on top of the core OS stuff… and THAT is exactly what bogs Vista down on a less than modern machine.

The software issue are more of less fixed by now after Service Pack 1… just like XP days as well. The delays and the over promised under delivered feature stuff, in my opinion has been what kills Vista before it even open its gate to showcase. Negative press after another on that… just sank the whole thing and Microsoft did nothing.

I for one thought that Microsoft management were noble enough not to retaliate like the Coke – Pepsi ads in the 80s and 90s… there is just no end. I don’t know if that was part of the reason of not retaliating or simply too ashamed to speak up. :)    

Here’s a recent campaign from Microsoft to finally, turn the marketing pitch on Vista up another notch. After almost 2 years of bashing… It’s finally time! What took them so long? 🙂

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July 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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Microsoft Live Wave 3… coming

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According to a discussion with a friend in the localisation (translation of content to localised language) industry whom is in charge of Microsoft account, that there’s some exciting stuff coming this year end of the Live initiative front! I asked him what is that all about as they are already localising the contents (help, menu…) but he refused to disclose due to NDA, which is very respectable.

That only left me to speculate what could possibly be coming from the new Live stuff?

Guess this might be the only clue I know for now…

More information on Windows Live Wave 3

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July 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

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Could this be true?

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A little trick and the truth about Vista came out?

It’s all in the perception… and Microsoft certainly did nothing in the last 18 months… simply because Vista and its’ compatibilities & drivers issue are real. Since SP1, things have changed.

Have fun with Vista!

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July 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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Finally… Thank you Yahoo for offline access… for FREE!!!

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After years… decades… finally… one can access your Yahoo mail, OFFLINE for FREE!!! Via Zimbra Desktop!!!

Check it out and start downloading from your unlimited Yahoo mailbox!!!

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July 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm

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Microsoft… reacting or responding?

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Came across this article from ZDNet entitled ‘Microsoft turns to users for new wave of Xbox games’ and the part that interest me was the 70% revenue for the game developer! Sounds familiar… Oh I got it! Apple App Store is having that strategy as well and surprisingly, it too is on a 70% revenue split for the developer!!!

I have been reading great stuff on the XNA tools initiative for years now… and had never seen Microsoft looking at their market base and doing something like the way Apple did with the App Store!!! Microsoft had years of head start with the XNA Game Studio… but only now this announcement? Is this a reaction or responds to the Apple App Store?

Honestly, it does not matter as long as Microsoft learn something from it! It’s not about not taking the risk but about looking at your market, at your customers, and offering tools / ways to keep them EASY hooks to your platform and keep building on it. All of Microsoft ecosystem is like that… but sometimes, at the expense of bottom line / business… the entry penetration is costly / harder due to the cost involved.

Perhaps this model would work better… 70% of Microsoft stuff to be charged while 30% of it is given away free!!!

Just another rant…

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July 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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Technologies behind Google Ranking…

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Following up with a previous article from Google on Google Ranking Explained… we now have the so called part 2 of it which talks about the technologies behind Google Ranking. Not a must read for anyone in the online digital space as understanding the technologies behind does not necessary gives you any advantage to ‘fool’ or ‘trick’ the system… but it’s just amazing to see many of the academia stuff are making head ways into commercialisation. Google being heavily on that, recruiting professors and top scholars out of universities… Microsoft with it’s Research arm… The explosion & speed to market is getting more crucial in this day and age. Not necessary the first mover advantage but how to do the same thing, better. Google was never the first in online search… Alta Vista, Yahoo were some of the earlier pioneers… but Google with a ‘better’ system just came from the back and took over.

In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking. As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking. The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR). The IR community has studied search for almost 50 years. It uses statistical signals of word salience, like word frequency, to rank pages. (See "Modern Information Retrieval: A Brief Overview" for a quick overview of IR technology.) IR gave us a solid foundation, and we have built a tremendous system on top using links, page structure, and many other such innovations.
Search in the last decade has moved from give me what I said to give me what I want. User expectations from search have rightly increased. We work hard to fulfil the expectations of each and every user, and to do that we need to better understand the pages, the queries, and our users. Over the last decade we have pushed the technologies for understanding these three components (of the search process) to completely new dimensions.
When we talk about queries at Google, we use square brackets [ ] to mark the beginning and end of queries (see "How to write queries" by Matt Cutts), a notation I will use throughout this post. (Pages and search results change frequently, so in time, some examples used here may not behave as explained.)

  • Understanding pages: Over years we have invested heavily in our crawl and indexing system. As a result we have a very large and very fresh index. In addition to size and freshness, we have improved our index in other ways. One of the key technologies we have developed to understand pages is associating important concepts to a page even when they are not obvious on the page. We find the official homepage for Sprovieri Gallery in London for the Italian query [galleria sprovieri londra], even though the official page does not have either London or Londra on it. In the U.S., a user searching for [cool tech pc vancouver, wa] finds the homepage www.cooltechpc.com even though the page does not mention anywhere that they are in Vancouver, WA. Other technologies we have developed include distinctions between important and less important words in the page and the freshness of the information on the page.

I hope my two posts about Google ranking have made it clear that we live and breathe search, and we are more passionate than ever about it. Our fervor for serving all our users worldwide is unprecedented. We pride ourselves in running a very good ranking system, and are working incredibly hard every day to make it even better.

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July 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm

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