Amazon Gets Flash Driven Search Engine

This search engine visualize a relation network of products in Amazon, from the statistics data “customers who bought this item also bought”, by digging related products again and again. Amaznode is not only for searching but also good for researching and making an associate link.

Amaznode is a relation-based search engine for Amazon which is made with Adobe Flash9. It’s pretty slick compared to most search engines and reminds me of Google’s Wonder Wheel.
This search engine visualize a relation network of products in Amazon, from the statistics data “customers who bought this item also bought”, by digging related products again and again. Amaznode is not only for searching but also good for researching and making an associate link.
Amaznode enables you to make a direct link to a specific search query, and you can also add your own Amazon associate link.
You can see it in action at: http://amaznode.fladdict.net/#keywords=iphone&locale=us&searchIndex=Books&affiliate=fladdict-20
Google’s Wonder Wheel?
You can see it in action here:
http://www.google.com/search?q=technical%20writing&hl=en&newwindow=1&output=search&tbs=ww:1&&tbo=1
Google Wonder Wheel
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Google targets Microsoft with new Chrome-based operating system

Google is set to lock horns with Microsoft as it has announced plans to create a new operating system, based on the Chrome web browser, aimed at laptop and netbook users. “It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be,” it said on its Official Google Blog.

Google is set to lock horns with Microsoft as it has announced plans to create a new operating system, based on the Chrome web browser, aimed at laptop and netbook users.
“It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be,”  it said on its Official Google Blog. Continue reading “Google targets Microsoft with new Chrome-based operating system”

Fire closes down Authorize.net, US payment gateway service provider

Authorize.net has been down for several hours, which will have negative implications for its customers. : Authorize.net is used by tens of thousands of e-commerce vendors to accept credit card and electronic checks payments on their websites. PayPal and Google Checkout are still up and running.

Fire closes down Authorize.net, US payment gateway service provider

Techcrunch reports that Payment gateway service provider
Authorize.net has been down for several hours, which will have negative implications for its customers.
Authorize.net is used by tens of thousands of e-commerce vendors to accept credit card and electronic checks payments on their websites. PayPal and Google Checkout are still up and running. Continue reading “Fire closes down Authorize.net, US payment gateway service provider”

Google Documents backup utility – Use Gdocbackup to keep a local copy of your Google Docs files

Google Documents backup utility – Use Gdocbackup to keep a local copy of your Google Docs files

Gdocbackup is a freeware application that lets you keep a local copy of your Google Docs. The advantage of this is that you can access your files even if you are not connected to the internet. It also keeps them safe if there were to be any problems with Google Docs. Continue reading “Google Documents backup utility – Use Gdocbackup to keep a local copy of your Google Docs files”

Internet Explorer 8 V Firefox – Browser Comparison Chart

Internet Explorer 8 V Firefox – Browser Comparison Chart

Last week I took the plunge and downloaded Internet Explorer 8. I have to admit, it’s a lot better than I expected. I now have three browsers on my PC: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. Microsoft had put together a comparison chart of Internet Explorer 8 v FireFox and Chrome. Not sure I agree with everything but it made me re-think IE as a browser.

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Security
Internet Explorer 8 claims to have better phishing and malware protection.
Privacy
InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering help Internet Explorer 8 claim privacy victory.
Ease of Use
Features like Accelerators, Web Slices and Visual Search Suggestions make Internet Explorer 8 easier to use.
Web Standards
It’s a tie. Internet Explorer 8 passes more of the World Wide Web Consortium’s CSS 2.1 test cases than any other browser, but Firefox 3 has more support for some evolving standards.
Developer Tools
Debatable. With Internet Explorer 8, there’s no need to install tools separately, and it offers better features like JavaScript profiling.
Reliability
Internet Explorer 8 has both tab isolation and crash recovery features; Firefox and Chrome have one or the other.
Customizability
Sure, Firefox may win in sheer number of add-ons, but many of the customizations you’d want to download for Firefox are already part of Internet Explorer 8.
Compatibility
Internet Explorer 8 is more compatible with more sites on the Internet than any other browser.
Manageability
Neither Firefox nor Chrome provide guidance or enterprise tools.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer
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Wired.com Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain #2

Wired.com Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain #2

Gary Wolf writes in Wired.com that, “two years ago, my fellow Wired writer Kevin Kelly and I noticed that many of our acquaintances were beginning to do this terrible thing to themselves, finding clever ways to extract streams of numbers from ordinary human activities. A new culture of personal data was taking shape.”
The immediate cause of this trend was obvious: New tools had made self-tracking easier. Continue reading “Wired.com Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain #2”

New Google feature – direct links from search results to Stumbleupon

New Google feature – direct links from search results to Stumbleupon

It’s hard to keep up with Google these days. One of the new features is the new text link to the right of the search results URL. Continue reading “New Google feature – direct links from search results to Stumbleupon”

Bing Search Engine – Tips and Tricks 31 – 40

50 tips and tricks to get the most from Bing, the new search engine from Microsoft. Here are tips 31-40.

50 tips and tricks to get the most from Bing, the new search engine from Microsoft. Here are tips 31-40.
30. Remove the Bing background image
To remove the background image in Bing’s search engine, enter the following url:
http://www.bing.com/?rb=0
This displays the homepage without the background image, making the download faster. Continue reading “Bing Search Engine – Tips and Tricks 31 – 40”

Where is the Search Engine on MSDN Blogs

Microsoft still has a lot to learn about search engines. While Bing is very impressive, other parts of the Microsoft websphere aren’t so lucky. Here is the search engine on the MSDN site. Do you see it? No? There is no search engine – at least not at first glance – until you click the Search link. Then, and only then, can you search the Microsoft blogs.

Microsoft still has a lot to learn about search engines. While Bing is very impressive, other parts of the Microsoft websphere aren’t so lucky.
Here is the search engine on the MSDN site.

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Do you see it?
No?
There is no search engine – at least not at first glance – until you click the Search link.
Then, and only then, can you search the Microsoft blogs.
Why has Microsoft designed the site like this?
I don’t know.
I think it’s because they are a software development company and still think like developers – they haven’t made the switch to search. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong.
But I do know they need to re-define their search engine strategy or risk losing more market share.
Will Bing answer this?
We’re going to look at Bing later this week so stay tuned.
For a taster of what you get on Bing, look at the video. Go on, it’s free, and Bing is better than you think.
Find out more about Bing at: http://www.decisionengine.com/Default.html
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