Archive for July, 2004

The Long Now Foundation

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

I’ve always been impressed by people who take the long view – they don’t expect results immediately, or even in their lifetimes. They just start the ball rolling, and let time take its course.

The Long Now Foundation

In designing something like an Internet index, it’s a good idea to take the long view. What is the lifetime of the Internet? How long can you expect your software to be relevant? Will it evolve with the system? Where will it be in a thousand years?

Those who write open source software might expect that their work will be built on by others, and could persist for untold lengths of time in some form or other.

Open source software is meant to be built upon. That means it can develop and evolve and grow over many, many years and generations. Isn’t that the real potential of open source?

Objects Search – Free Search Engine APIs

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Nutch-based ObjectsSearch has an API available for you developers. From the site: “With the ObjectsSearch Web APIs service, software developers can query from their own computer programs. ObjectsSearch uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so a developer can program in his or her favorite environment – such as Java, Perl, or Visual Studio .NET.”

Objects Search – Free Search Engine APIs

Wired News: Beyond Google: Narrow the Search

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

I like the idea of different visual approaches to organising information. That’s why Kartoo is on the links page. But then again, 10 years ago I was ready to bet the house that virtual reality (VR) was about to take over and soon we’d be gesturing our way through virtual libraries. That didn’t work out, but I remain optimistic. Maybe someday.

This Wired article from January 2004 discusses some products (Grokker, Vivisimo, TouchGraph) that promise to analyse and categorise search results. It’s not all ‘visual’, but maybe that’s for the best.

Wired News: Beyond Google: Narrow the Search

Patents raise stakes in search wars | CNET News.com

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Patents and copyrights can provide many roadblocks in devloping software. It isn’t enough to figure out a way to do something – you have to figure out ways that other people aren’t claiming were their idea in the first place. That presents serious obstacles to development.

I’ll be covering more on this topic as time passes. For now, here’s a Feb 2004 aritcle that discusses some of those roadblocks.

Patents raise stakes in search wars | CNET News.com

LLRX — Coming Soon: the Death of Search Engines?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Do you think the search and indexing race is over? Is it all sewn up by a handful of state-of-the-art megaliths that have so much of a head start there’s no room for anyone else?

Not according to the following article. Searching is hard and getting harder. The old ways don’t work and there’s room for improvement.

LLRX — Coming Soon: the Death of Search Engines?