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20050331 Thursday March 31, 2005

Core Competencies Has Google jumped the shark and been eclipsed by Yahoo!?

Clearly Yahoo!360 demonstrates Yahoo!'s competency: building a relationship with its users. All of the web mail, 'My Yahoo!' and 'Yahoo! Groups' user features are basically good personalized outward looking experiences with (more or less) single sign-on. Contrast this with Google's user features: the disconnected islands of GMail, Orkut and Blogger each have separate identities and user populations.

360 adds to Y!'s feature set social networking, blogging and integrates with (some) other Y! features seamlessly. I anticipate seeing Flickr and other innovative features making their way into this soon enough. So it's transforming from a personalized outward looking platform to one for personalized networking. Google's core competency seems to be stuck at "sooner or later, we're indexing everything" -- not that that's a bad thing. Unlocking the world's accumulated knowledge is cool.

So while I don't know if I agree that Yahoo! has overtaken Google, they're both clearly magnifying what they're good at lately. And I'm sure the Googlers aren't sitting still, they've got some smarty pants people there. In the meantime, Yahoo! clearly knows mores about providing a platform for people.

( Mar 31 2005, 12:36:39 PM PST ) Permalink

20050330 Wednesday March 30, 2005

Rob Zombie Becomes More Human How fitting that the week I found myself prowling around the grinding heavy metal equivalent of a nascar-for-nerds rally I've learned of Rob Zombie's blog. What's next? Lars Ulrich releasing music under a creative commons license?

I am the ripper
Man a locomotion
Mind love american
More human than human
...stranger, sicker things have happened

( Mar 30 2005, 10:51:43 PM PST ) Permalink

20050329 Tuesday March 29, 2005

EVDB The Events and Venues Database just went beta.

I'm looking forward to subscribing to a to follow specific types of events and seeing what EVDB does to identify important events.

( Mar 29 2005, 09:04:27 PM PST ) Permalink

20050328 Monday March 28, 2005

RoboGames 2005

There was almost a Homebrew Computer Club feel (not that I was there but I can imagine the ambient excitement and ferment) to the mix of people who turned for RoboGames 2005. This is the event formerly known as and it was heaps 'o fun!

In a future time
Children will work together
To build a giant cyborg

Robot Parade
Robot Parade
Wave the flags that the robots made
Robot Parade
Robot Parade
Robots obey what the children say

There's electric cars
There's electric trains
Here comes a robot with electric brains

Robot Parade
Robot Parade
Wave the flags that the robots made
Robot Parade
Robot Parade
Robots obey what the children say
Boy versus Robot
The boy has a better CPU but the robot has a blue samurai sword that lights up!
I took a few pictures. This is the kind of endeavor I could imagine sucking up all of my time. For now, I'm content to take an aloof armchair interest in robotics.

( Mar 28 2005, 01:12:05 AM PST ) Permalink

20050327 Sunday March 27, 2005

Tagbacks Just wanted to post a quick clarification from some of the discussion last month about .

The comment about Technorati's robots.txt is correct. There are no rules there for the tag pages there but in the tag pages themselves have instructed the googlebot with nofollow, this is in the markup:

<meta name="robots" content="index,nofollow" />
This won't stop tag spam that's just trying to get accidental clickthroughs (i.e. we know we have some more work to do) but it will deny google juice rewards (which is what they really want).

( Mar 27 2005, 06:17:23 PM PST ) Permalink

20050316 Wednesday March 16, 2005

The Web Spammed By Jesus There is no shortage of funny, sad and scary things fizzling out of the magma of blogs.

The recent interest Technorati has taken in web spam has perhaps inspired the divine. Note the recent appearance of http://jesus-the-lord.blogspot.com/ but linking to it without nofollow is most certainly a sin.

( Mar 16 2005, 01:59:38 PM PST ) Permalink