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Google Mars

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Google has been at it again, and this time they are serving us mars on a silver plate! In cooler but similar fashion to their Google Moon. Special features include elevation map, infrared and (human) visible map.

In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we’ve created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.

Blog Searching with Google

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Google has released a beta edition of Google Blog Search. It is designed to index weblogs and related feeds. The advanced blog search is quite good and has special fields for blog title, post title and author name. Additionally you can limit by post date range as well as language.

Google has built it into blogger.com, so choose your favorite skin below.
Google Blog Search (beta)
Google Blog Search (beta)

Blogger Blog Search (beta)

A Comparision of the Size of the Yahoo and Google Indices

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Yahoo recently wrote on the Yahoo! Search blog, that their index now provides access to over 20 billion items (Compared to Googles 8.1 billion). A couple of days after Professor John Battelle responded with a post where he mentioned the fact that Google Scientists did not seem to fully agree on Yahoo claims. Well to make a long story shorter Matthew Cheney and Mike Perry, researchers at the NCSA under the supervision of Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, decided to make a brief study of the two rival indexes, and see just who’s got the biggest and most mighty index..

A Comparision of the Size of the Yahoo and Google Indices

Finding warez using Google

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

A short controversial article that focus on using Google or other search engines to harvest chinese, russian and similar countries pirate sites. Since it’s pretty obvious that the software companies will have a harder time fighting those websites compared to those in EU or US and the like.

Learn a few token-strings from the language (download, cracked, english version, pro etc..) and you’re basically ready to go warez hunting across the borders.

(Of course this should not be attempted, ever – since it’s illegal, but it’s pretty interesting to surf on foreign sites and attempt to make sense of it all..)

Finding warez using Google

Google China

Google Russia

Interview: Google Maps Creator

Friday, July 29th, 2005

“Addressing a crowd of developers in Sydney today, Google Maps creator Lars Rasmussen encouraged them to embrace bleeding edge technology in browser software. He cited the example of how Google Maps can command Internet Explorer to use VML (Vector Markup Language by Microsoft) to display a blue line between geographical points, but use a PNG graphic format and a linear description for the Firefox browser.”

From the article: “Firstly, the Web allows rapid deployment and there is no software for users to install. It’s also much easier to make sure code runs on multiple browsers compared with multiple operating systems like Mac OS X and Windows. The downside is that browsers don’t give programmers full access to a computer’s resources such as memory, process power and hard disk space. This is a bottleneck the engineer sees being removed in future, although he thinks the simplicity of the current Web browsing experience needs to be maintained.”

Take browsers to the limit: Google

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