Posts tagged ‘google’

Wolfram|Alpha

May 17th, 2009

Jyri showed me a new “search engine” that just got out of private beta, called Wolfram|Alpha. I put “search engine” in quotation marks because it’s actually much more than that. It’s really clever natural language parsing combined with a reasoning engine that seems very powerful. The goal of Wolfram|Alpha is to make all the world’s knowledge not only searchable but also computable. Quite a formidable challenge, but only seeing these first steps makes me think this could be possible.
Check this screencast if you don’t believe me…

AppEngine is the new HyperCard

April 12th, 2008

“It feels like the web has been trying to claw its way back to the simple utility of Hypercard ever since Mosaic. GeoCities was the first massive-uptake anyone-can-build-here website haven. But it was all static html…” Rich Skrenta: AppEngine – Web HyperCard,  finally

HyperCard is how I learned scripting. Much has happened since, but I will never forget how easy it was for me as an 8-year old to get started with that brilliant tool. The web, and even AppEngine, still has ways to go.

Open Wins, note on App Engine

April 9th, 2008

With recent cool announcements from Google (Amazon? Nah, too expensive!), I hear a lot of people bursting out in great enthusiasm “Ah, fab, let’s move to App Engine!”. But I think it’s always good to step back and think twice… even though it is *darn cool stuff*. Here’s something to keep in mind:

“The bottom line is that if you build your application on App Engine, Force or EC2/S3, you are locked into those platforms. Moving off will require a substantial re-engineering effort.”

Although Joyent aren’t exactly neutral in this matter, they do have a point. Here’s the full post.

Google better than iTunes, AllOfMp3, P2P

June 8th, 2007

So, I just had to find the mp3 of the absolutely beautiful ballad sung by Caetano Veloso in Almodovar’s motion picture “Talk To Her”. Here’s the heartbreaking scene I’m talking about.

Ok, so I go on to iTunes. Nope, not available, only a strange orchestral version. Then on to AllOfMp3. Ah they have it! But “credit cards are currently disabled”. Hmm, wonder why that is? Haha…

Then I remember a blog post about finding mp3:s with Google. So I type in:

intitle:"index.of" (mp3|mp4|avi) cucurrucucu.paloma

And voila, there it is in pristine quality for your listening pleasure (and here are the lyrics). Thanks Google.

Google Docs

November 1st, 2006

Best collaboration software in years, hands down. Subethaedit still rocks for pure code, but I’ve been looking for a cross-platform wysiwyg dito for a long time. Combine it with Basecamp and you are… teh p0werful. And now those smart Googlers acquired Jotspot, too. Microsoft is truly in danger. Boy does Word sux0r on Intel Macs.