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October 6, 2011

 

Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

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Happiness 2.0

September 29, 2008

My 7 day trial version of happiness
expired on Friday
They had promised me 21 days
I guess I clicked a wrong button
now it won’t make me happy anymore

I spoke to their representative
A nice lady with a nice accent
She asked me to pay $19.95
for one year of happiness
version 2.3

She said she liked my name
my voice was hot too
so she threw in some love
version 1.6
for only $10 extra

She asked me for my credit card number
I don’t have credit card I said
I have a debit card
Suddenly she did not sound so nice
my voice was not so hot either

I searched the forums for a hack
which would allow me
a few more days of free happiness
But most tried to sell me Viagra and crack
None of them offered Prozac

I have my own shop now
Sell happiness from Juneau to Japan
If you don’t have credit cards, even debit cards will do
I also take post dated checks
Even a friendly hug will do

The Search Engine’s Lament

September 12, 2008

Someday all your questions will be answered
Everything you search for will be found
All that is written will be indexed
And every photograph will be tagged

Every music file you covet will be uploaded
That movie DVD ripped and seeded for eternity
No more software will you look for
Nothing left to execute

Malware and viruses will be history
A cult of hackers commit hara-kiri
For no passwords will be used
It will all be out in the open

Then I will rest my crawlers
My indexers I shall idle
The rotten caching of pages can stop
For no one will ever care

No more queries will you ask of me
No more reason to know me
Not that I shall miss you
As I lay me down to sleep

A suggestion tool for bloggers

March 30, 2008

Zemanta is a European startup which was reviewed by TechCrunch here. They have a Firefox plugin which looks at the content you are writing and provides you with related images and links for that post. Incidentally I was reading this article on Semantic Web, and Zemanta is a practical use case of semantic algorithm.

Other than being a tool for bloggers, Zemanta could in the future help improve search algorithms. I assume they collect or can collect data on what links, tags and images a user adds to a certain post. Add to this the fact that a lot of content on the Web today is user-generated. So either Zemanta can work on a web search engine of its own or wait for Google to buy them out.