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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Google Anagram

Even during IPO and Gmail craze it should be noted it’s likely only coincidence Google Inc is an anagram of logic gone; after all we can find anagrams for everything.

Google Business Book

Building Your Business with Google For Dummies by Brad Hill might make a good read. [Via Search Engine Roundtable.]

Ask Jeeves to Increase Storage

There you go: butler Jeeves joins the storage party and is serving free 125 MB.

“Ask Jeeves has announced that they’ve upped the mail storage on the email of their three portal brands – My Way, Excite, and iWon – and that Excite Gold Users will get 2 gigabytes of storage.”
Ask Jeeves Joins Gigabyte-Plus Hit Parade, Ends Site Submit (ResearchBuzz), June 24, 2004

Google Search Scraper Bookmarklet

I don’t know exactly what this bookmarklet can be used for – it converts a Google search results into a comma-delimited list which opens in a new window – but it does looks interesting. [Via ResearchBuzz.]

Googling Images With PHP5

The following PHP5 script screen-scrapes Google Images to display an image search engine (note I will not run code like this on my public server because of the Google ToS).

You can also listen to the video commentary [WMV].

header("Content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8");

$q = ( isset($_GET['q']) ) ? $_GET['q'] : '';

        1.0 Strict//EN" "DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns=""
        xml:lang="en" lang="en">
    <title>PHP5 Screen-Scraping:
            Image Search</title>
<body style="margin-right: 30%">

<h1>Image Search</h1>

<form action="<?= $_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME'] ?>"
    <input type="text" name="q"
            id="q" value="<?= $q ?>" />
    <input type="submit" value="Search" />


$dom = new domdocument;

if ($q != '')
    $baseurl = '';
    $url = $baseurl . '/images?safe=off&c2coff=1&q=' .


    $xpath = new domxpath($dom);
    $xNodes = $xpath->query('//td//img[@src]');

    foreach ($xNodes as $xNode)
        $imgsrc = $xNode->getAttribute('src');

        $arrIgnore = array(

        $doIgnore = $imgsrc == '';
        foreach ($arrIgnore as $sIgnore)
            if ( !(strpos($imgsrc, $sIgnore) === false) )
                $doIgnore = true;

        if (!$doIgnore)
            $href = $xNode->parentNode->getAttribute('href');
            echo '<a href="' . $baseurl .
                    htmlentities($href) . '">';
            echo '<img src="' . $baseurl .
                    htmlentities ($imgsrc) .
                    '" alt="[Link]" />';
            echo '</a> &nbsp; ';


Earful of Spam

Google’s Gmail does a good job filtering out most spam mail. Even if it doesn’t, you still have enough storage to go through the inbox to delete spam. For some of us however this routine consists of more than a few quick clicks.

“Blind users are finding that they are spending disproportionately more time sorting through their junk e-mail than their sighted colleagues. That’s because sighted users can simply scan large batches of messages for that one important piece of mail, whereas blind users must listen to the subject line of each message before they know whether it’s spam or not.

It’s a process that has become so unbearable that some blind users say they are giving up on e-mail altogether.”
– Amit Asaravala, Blind Get Earful of Spam Daily (Wired), Jun. 22, 2004 [Via Jerz.]

Shady SEO and Google Update "Garbo"

“I cannot believe this: We have been dropped by google. After 5 years and over 3 years at #1 for our most competitive searches, after a pr5 we are now pr0 and even a search for our url comes up as “Sorry, no information is available for the URL”

This is my own stupidity I’m afraid. We hired an SEO firm who used some shady practices. I was leery about this but decided to try it. We saw some nice results for two months and now this. I had been looking at even up until the other day but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Last night I frantically removed all of the code this SEO company used but obviously it’s too late.”
– Mike,, 2004-06-23

250 MB Hotmail Coming

Microsoft said Wednesday that it will boost storage limits in its Hotmail Web e-mail service, a move intended to counter similar steps taken by rivals Google and Yahoo.

The upgrade will increase Hotmail’s free e-mail storage limits from 2 megabytes to 250MB and its paid e-mail service, which costs $19.95 a year, from 10MB to 2 gigabytes. The changes will begin in early July.”
– Jim Hu , Hotmail to offer 250MB of free storage (CNet), June 23, 2004


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