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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Re: Google Blog Search Searchable

Following up on my recent report on how Google forgot to disallow spiders to index its blog search results, Google now created a robots.txt file on the sub-domain. (The Google index still shows the old listings, though.) It’s good to know they’re listening, and acting quickly.

Pixel Art

Pixen is an OS X app to draw “the forgotten art” of pixel-based graphics. (I like to play around with pixel art myself.) [Via Waxy.]

Google and Nasa Collaborate

From a Google press release:

“NASA Ames Research Center, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, and Mountain View-based Google Inc. today announced plans to collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities that will couple some of Earth’s most powerful technology resources.

NASA and Google have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas, including large-scale data management, massively distributed computing, bio-info-nano convergence, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry. The MOU also highlights plans for Google to develop up to one million square feet within the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field.”

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says Google and NASA share a common goal: “to bring a universe of information to people around the world.”

Cheaper Urchin?

Urchin is Google’s statistics software. Justin Pfister tries to shrink the price with a group-buy.


The meta search engine Rollyo allows you to define specific “search engines” searching over a sub set of web site URLs you provide (e.g., and so on). They base their results on Yahoo, and I suppose they are using the Yahoo API. The site is nicely designed, somewhat too verbose on help texts, and the idea is interesting though not revolutionary – especially considering Google’s SiteSearch already allows you to enter multiple URLs (separated by semi-colon) to be searched through. [Via SEW.]


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