Posts tagged ‘search’

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…

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 Semantic Blunder

April 8th, 2005

Just realized the importance of RSS search engines when looking at my traffic logs, realizing that one of the top 10 search strings leading visitors to my site is the phrase “iShuffle sucks”. Type this into Google and my page for entries tagged with music comes up as number 18. The problem here is that I don’t think the iShuffle sucks, in fact I think it rocks (but I did point out a few minor mistakes in the design the other day)!

What happens is here that Google mixes up this post with the post about Beatport and why it sucks! This would never have happened if Google had the least idea of the fact that it’s indexing a blog with separate posts about separate things! I find myself turning more and more to search engines like Technorati and Del.icio.us these days, and this little happening gives me all the more reason of doing so.