26 March 2007
Google has a very weak incentive to “support” content of quality. Put another way, Google’s incentive to “support” content creators diminishes in quality.
Think about this intuitively: the more crap there is, the more stuff you have to wade through – the happier Google is (at least in the short run).
Let me put this even more succinctly. Google doesn’t care about absolute levels of quality – it only cares about relative levels of quality. And the more media it indexes, the stronger this dilution of incentives gets.
22 March 2007
Joyent (the longest lasting beta test I’ve ever participated in) just announced Slingshot, a lightweight framework which allows Ruby on Rails applications to run offline on your PC/Mac and to easily sync the data between the online/offline versions. A desktop release of the Connector is scheduled for the end of next month. I can’t wait.
22 March 2007
urlTea is another URL-shortening tool with a nice twist: it let’s you annotate the shortened URL [http://urltea.com/9x?urltea-tiny-urls-with-semantics], and it also has a simple API.
21 March 2007
Make Link – a useful Firefox extension which speeds up the process of creating links. It’s configurable, so you can create your very own link types (e.g. for Textile)
17 March 2007
Cute project from Microsoft Research (who knew?): Asirra
Asirra (Animal Species Image Recognition for Restricting Access) refines captchas by asking users to identify photographs of cats and dogs and is offered as a free web service.
They’ve partnered up with petfinder, who provided Asirra
with over two million images of cats and dogs, manually classified by people at thousands of animal shelters across the United States. In exchange, we provide a small “Adopt Me!” link beneath each photo, supporting Petfinder’s primary mission of finding homes for homeless animals.
14 March 2007
I really admire Joshua Schachter for his ability to innovate (sometimes seeing the obvious first vs. adding features), for his resistance against popularity contests (i.e. digg, Technorati WTF) and for leaving out the crap.
12 March 2007
You get the same sweet features as their paid service (check out the 7 minute demo), the only difference is that all data are publicly accessible and licensed under a Creative Commons license.