Sunday, October 30, 2005

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink

I have a beta Wink account, it’s early days, but the first thing that didn’t happen for me is that all my tags did not get sync’d. Seemed like only the lat 30 tagged links came over, with their associated tags.

That aside, it looks like it has legs…

What is Wink? In their words…with spelling errors ;-)

“Wink is a search engine. It provides great Google results, but it also gives you the freshest information on the web by serving up the most relevant taggged links for your search. We crawl and index tags from all over the web, and serve them up with web results, for a combination of freshness and accuracy. We also include other user-contributed content, such as answers from Wikipedia or the Wink Wiki, which is added by people like you.

Wink also allows you to "tag" your results. A tag is similar to a bookmark, but it allows you also annotate that bookmark with words that you associate with that site. For instance, if you tagged, you could notate it with the terms "camera", "photography" and "film". Your tags are stored in your "My Page", so if you want to then go look at all the sites you use for photography, and any others that you have tagged will be there.”

Friday, October 28, 2005

BBC covers Flock with a slot on Newsnight too

“Now somebody has launched a web browser that is designed to let you write to the web just as easily as you read it.”

BBC NEWS Internet Part II: Return of the geeks?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

"Computer, play interview with Captain Kirk"

The Archive of American Television Interviews considerable library is now on line via Google Video. Replay William Shatner....

Archive of American Television Interview with William Shatner Part 1 of 5

The BBC immense archives are waiting in the wings....

Tagging gets real

Skype: Exploits patched

  • bugfix: fixed certain Skype calls that were vulnerable to buffer overflow
  • bugfix: fixed a bug in networking code that made Skype vulnerable to remotely induced crash

Full change log:

Skype for Windows Change Log


I'm considering OpenOffice, and after not a lot of digging, I've starting to get concerns balancing 'free' versus 'time' when it comes to performance of OO 2.0. Guess next step is to install, and look for myself.

George Ou's review over at ZDNet

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Base; Getting ready to take a bite out of eBay?

Google Base, it made a brief appearance, then it went, but at least Google responded:

Official Google Blog: Rumor of the day

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

DAB Radio - very nice

A replacement device was needed for the kitchen. A Roberts had the right price/features/form factor. It's in place, and though we don't get the full range of stations, we get all of what we want :-).

The sound quality (at least of our choice of stations) is excellent, and surpasses FM.

Google Web Accelerator - No thanks

Seems the next beta is/was out; "Google Web Accelerator works with your browser to help web pages show up in a snap". Some say GWA no longer identifies itself in the browser header. GWA is a tool I wont be using.

Google Web Accelerator

Sunday, October 23, 2005

It's not pinin', it's passed on!

A parrot that died in UK quarantine had the deadly H5N1 bird flu that has killed 60 people in Asia, officials say.


The "Dead Parrot" sketch (alternatively and originally known as Pet Shop or Parrot Sketch) is a popular sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
It portrays a confrontation between disgruntled customer Mr. Eric Praline (played by John Cleese), and a shopkeeper (Michael Palin), who hold contradictory positions on the vital state of a Norwegian Blue parrot. The skit pokes fun at the many euphemisms for death used in English culture. The sketch aired in the eighth episode of the television series.

Dead Parrot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Are you a "New Puritan"?

A generation of young, educated and opinionated people determined to sidestep the consumerist perils of modern life. So if you own a 4x4, spend all your time shopping, or are simply overweight - watch your back. Lucy Siegle meets the moral minority aiming to mend our ways.

Read the story, take the test. Looks like I seek impulse-led, evironmentally damaging, unsustainable pleasure with the boorish commitment of a pig sniffing out truffles.....however, I aspire to be a "New Puritan"; socially conscious and socially critical, "young" :-(

The Observer Magazine Just Say 'No

It's Hard to Make a Buck When You Are Storing Everyone's Stuff for Free

A great piece by Robert Cringley, who makes the point that "...we're entering another period of Internet exuberance. Yes, a lot has changed since 1999, but it's amazing how many of the ideas being pushed are the SAME ideas, just empowered now by dark fiber, cheap broadband, and six years of Moore's Law. And this time I think it will actually work and the Internet will change even
more than it has the ways we live and work. But it isn't going to come easy and it isn't going to come cheap."

PBS | I, Cringely . October 20, 2005 - Seeing Is Believing

Yet Another (Visual) Search Engine

If you like a cartographic approach to your search results, try Kartoo. I can't vouch for it's results, nor can I say I find the UI useful navigational metaphor me (that said, I do love mind mapping!). Fun to play with for a while. A weighty Flash navigator makes use of the bandwidth more & more "Web 2.x" apps assume you have.

On the subject of YASE, I would, however, suggest you take a second third look at Exalead.

Then look out for Sphere, YA(Blog)SE.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Flock...trying the Flickr thing....

Flickr Photo

Drag drop from the Flickr topbar to Blog post.....

Post via of many tests people are doing I guess

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of parity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sony T7 Macro Shot

Moth #2
Originally uploaded by Pavonis.
Initial test shots with my new Sony T7. Macro capability is amazing...moth shot through the window, the camera is about 15mm (including the glass) from the moth. Camera angled slightly to avoid flash bounce directly off the glass.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Lessons from Silicon Valley

Lessons from Silicon Valley (BBC) records some fascinating insight into the time when Google & Excite were each trying to take the high-ground. Peter Day’s producing some great pieces for his “Work in Progress” exploration.

Thursday, April 07, 2005