Saturday, March 29, 2008

ClearForest SWS Gnosis

ClearForest - Gnosis provides a Firefox add-in that performs entity extraction on any web page: 
ClearForest Gnosis is the cutting edge of real time semantic processing for the web. By evaluating the pages you read – as you read them – Gnosis immediately locates key information such as people, organizations, companies, products and geographies hidden within the text.
ClearForest also provide a web page to test their Semantic Web Services on any document or pasted text.

Monday, March 24, 2008

20 Differences Between Internet and Enterprise Search

20 Differences Between Internet vs. Enterprise Search - And Why You Should Care - Part 1

One difference - Faceted Navigation:
Data in the enterprise often has more meta data, and can therefore allow users to drill down into search results; some vendors call this parametric search. We're talked about these terms in previous articles.

If the docs lack meta data, but are at least organized in some type of overall logical order, then a taxonomy might work.

If the content is completely unstructured, a sometimes-acceptable alternative is to use unsupervised clustering, but we usually view this as a workaround – if you have good meta data (or database fields), or at least some type of overall rule-based organization, faceted / parametric navigators or taxonomies will usually give more pleasing results.
via Enterprise Search Blog

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Welcome to Fire Eagle!

Welcome to Fire Eagle!:
Fire Eagle is the secure and stylish way to share your location with sites and services online while giving you unprecedented control over your data and privacy. We're here to make the whole web respond to your location and help you to discover more about the world around you.

Encyclopedia of Life

Kevin Kelly has a great write up on the history of the birth of the Encyclopedia of Life

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ideas in the Shower

Why good ideas come to you in the shower
I lunched today with a well-known quantum physicist, who mentioned that about half his ideas, and most of his best ones, happen in the shower. I asked him whether he knew why.

Being a physicist, he has developed a model to explain why. It goes, loosely, as follows:

1) There is an unconscious part of the mind that processes things without our knowing it, and in fact while our conscious mind is doing its thing.

2) Ideas are either algorithmic, like working through a differential equation, or non-algorithmic, which means they get worked out more or less randomly.


We need a certain amount of sleep, and the unconscious mind must also be kept away during that time, as well. But in the morning, in the nice, warm, safe shower, the brain’s gatekeeper says, ‘okay, now’s a good time to toss out those ideas you’ve been working on.’
via Peter O'Kelly

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Obsolete Skills

Obsolete Skills 

Robert Scoble came up with the idea in a recent blog post to make a list of 'obsolete skills.' He describes these skills as things we used to know that are no longer very useful to us, a few examples include:
  • Dialing a rotary phone
  • Putting a needle on a vinyl record
  • Changing tracks on an eight-track tape
  • Shorthand
  • Using a slide rule
  • Refilling a fountain pen
  • Operating a dictaphone
  • Using the eraser ribbon on a typewriter

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What exactly is Enterprise 2.0 Anyway?

LexaBlog asks: What exactly is Enterprise 2.0 Anyway?:
As good as Google, is almost never good enough in corporate applications. If that presumption were true, FAST, Autonomy and Endeca simply wouldn’t exist, we’d all own Google Appliances for our Enterprise level search needs.

The thing I always think is missing inside the enterprise is scale. Google, Flickr and any tool that relies on the wisdom (or otherwise) of crowds only works effectively if there is a large crowd. Most enterprises don't have the internal critical mass needed.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Nokia N95 V20.0.015 Firmware

I've just upgraded to the latest N95 firmware...

Why? because, as My N95 Hints and Tips says:
Version 20.0.015 firmware for the Nokia N95 classic is now available via Nokia Software Update. This includes demand paging, so 30MB plus free RAM after booting, faster operation, N-Gage game store previews and portal stub, new camera software, integrated Search, new Welcome apps and more.

Changes include a new Welcome application, tweaks to the camera software with faster shot times, the Nokia Music Store client (though the servers aren’t up and running just yet), new My Nokia SMS tips, and a host of other tweaks and new options. If you have the device, go take a peak and download it for yourself. Just remember to save your data before you make the upgrade.