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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Gridskipper and Lifehacker

Nick Denton’s Gawker Media empire offers two new sponsored blogs:

LPWS, the Lifetime Personal Web space

“What do we envision in referring to the lifetime personal Web space (LPWS)? Imagine a magnificently equipped (with software, communication, search, and multimedia tools), beehive-configured Web space that possesses sufficient organizational plasticity to accommodate the user’s developmental capacities and needs across a lifetime. The LPWS will thus be organized more like our brains than our file cabinets.

The virtual structure could consist of multiple cells with flexible entrance points. It would allow connections between internal cells, as well as seamless connections to external entities (Web based courses, mentors, peer reviewers, libraries, and so forth). The LPWS will store searchable content (personal, educational, social, business) that was important in a user’s past and make it accessible for future use, as well as current projects. Since technology changes over time, the older sections of the Web space (for example, K-12 grade content) might be technologically less sophisticated, but would connect nonetheless to newer additions (such as postgraduate work activities).”
– Ellen R. Cohn and Bernard J. Hibbitts, Beyond the Electronic Portfolio: A Lifetime Personal Web Space [Via Knowledge Jolt.]

German Heise Site Under Attack

Germany’s biggest tech news site has been under constant DoS attacks since Monday, and had been temporarily down for hours, German Spiegel Online reports. 10,000 Euro are up for grabs from Heise for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.

Oral vs Literate Thinking

Jim McGee analyzes oral management vs literate IT approaches in organizations in Bridging the IT Cultural Divide (Part 1, 2). While a “tech person” would be analytical and objectively distanced, a “suit” would pitch ideas by packaging them for easy consumption (for example, by wrapping them up within stories). Management is more situational, a world IT might think of as politics. I find it interesting the best of both worlds of this cultural divide, according to McGee, might be found in intranet wikis or blogs:

“They offer an interesting bridge between the oral and the literate by providing a way to capture conversation in a way that makes it visible and, hence, analyzable. As a class of tools, they begin to move institutional memory out of the purely oral and into the realm of literate.”

[Via Knowledge Jolt with Jack.]

Blog News Channel Press Release

Nathan Weinberg of InsideGoogle injected a funny press release into the PRweb system, mocking the recent wave of “boasting about Google results” announcements:

“January 28, 2005 –, an eight-week-old Internet organization of news blogs and other random goodies has reached top rankings for a majority of listings on popular search engines such as Google & Yahoo. The Internet landscape is highly competitive for blogs and citizen journalists and the need for an aggressive, multi-faceted blog news organization is critical.

Recently, ranked in the top search results for terms such as: “multicameraframe?mode=", “nicollette sheridan naked”, “cheap ipod”, “tweel tire flash”, “unwanted gift cards”, “volkswagon insurance”, “top books of 2004”, “walmart retail shares”, “vizio p42hde”, “blackberry 7100g cingular”, “picasa 2.0”, “marissa mayer”, “goooooooooooooooogle”, “reza behforooz google”, “corey archangel”, “fakenews”, “microsoft antispyware”, “malicious software removal tool”, “verna apprentice microsoft”, “bill gates tsunami”, “junto”, “bernie kerick”, “klimkewicz”, “earthquaketsunami”, “associate justice stephen h. breyer”, “roemer memo”, and “supreme court decision in january 2005 federal sentencing laws”. Further reasearch may eventually reveal these to be very important search keywords.”

Google Awards

The New York Times (subscription) reports that “Google has begun giving out an award that could be worth millions of dollars to employees who work on outstanding projects.” This is an incentive for those creative geniuses who want to start working at Google after the IPO, because it makes sure sudden wealth is within reach again. [Via Battelle.]

Google Dropping 101K Limit?

ResearchBuzz writes Google now indexes much more than 101K of each web page, even though I can’t reproduce her 33 results in a search for apple bassoon consequently deer wind xylophone yellow zip (I get zero results instead).

Interview With a Comment Spammer

Waxy points to an interview with a comment spammer over at The Register.

Google Now Registrar

“Google is now an ICANN-accredited registrar of domain names, providing it with yet another potential line of expansion. The fast-growing search provider is approved to sell names in seven top-level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz., info, .name and .pro. (...)

Cheap or free domain names could prove useful to [Google’s Blogger] in the notoriously price-sensitive blog hosting sector.”
Netcraft, January 31, 2005


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