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Google and Opera Mobile

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

BetaNews reports that Google has teamed up with Opera to be the default search engine of choice on their Opera Mobile and Opera Mini applications. Even though Opera trails dramatically in the desktop browser race, Opera does have a strong foothold in the mobile arena and Google, recognizing that mobile computing through cell phone usage is the future, has already staked their claim. However, the partnership very wisely for Opera, only is for a single year. 2006 should hold a lot of ad

Secure RSS?

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

An interesting topic sprung up at Search Engine Watch about the ability to track website changes. At first, I dismissed the article with a "Uhhh RSS and Atom?", but then decided to take a look at the tools mentioned.

One of the major issues that RSS, Atom and other blog feeds have when trying to keep up-to-date with changes to your favorite pages is the ability to securely see "behind login" content. The article suggests a tool (which I have no experience with) that can actually monitor pages that are secured by user login. This got me thinking - why aren't RSS feeds being secured? Email requires you to login, certain HTTP GETS require you to login so why not RSS?

Meta Keywords in Body Content

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

For all you search engine optimizers, the Search Engine Roundtable talks about whether or not there is a penalty for using META keywords that don't appear in the body of your page. Interesting topic and one that I hadn't thought much about recently.

The consensus on the forums is that as long as you are on topic that this won't cause any type of penalty. However, when you think about the way crawlers are written and the lack of human intervention, I almost think that this conclusion is incorrect. I believe it

Gmail GreaseMonkey Scripts

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Persistent has released two new GreaseMonkey scripts - Gmail Macros and Gmail Label Colors. These two scripts greatly increase the functionality of Gmail by altering the CSS used for the page.

I'll be using both of these scripts with my FireFox 1.5 install. Hopefully, Google will take notice of these scripts and add this functionality into Gmail by default to alleviate the need for these extensions.

Video Codec Comparison

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

I'm just on a comparison kick today.

Doom 9 has completed their video codec roundup and it's a must read for those looking for information concerning the available codecs. Doom 9 compares:

  • Ateme High Profile Encoder
  • DivX 6.1
  • Elecard AVC encoder
  • HDX4 1.5.4
  • LMP4
  • Nero Digital ASP
  • VC1
  • VP
  • x264 revision 387
  • Xvid 1.1
  • Xvid AC

Pretty comprehensive list and the main reason why I linked this story.

Compression Tools

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Usually, I link directly to the news story source, but to get the full usefulness out of this posting I am going to link to a discussion thread.

Slashdot has an article and discussion talking about compression study where two relatively unknowns, WinRK and Squeez, show better compression ratios than such well known apps such as WinZip and WinRAR. However, as the Slashdot comments show, no evaluation was done when testing high quality, slow compression settings. Therefore, you should read the review linked on Slashdot with a careful eye (as you should always when reading news on the Internet).

WordPress 2.0 Tips

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Ok, so the holiday season is almost over and the news posting and tutorial writing shall start again.

First up post-Christmas comes from ProBlogger concerning WordPress 2.0. The new WordPress blogging tool really makes them a leader in blogging software and anyone previously using older versions should definitely read this. I know for my own blogging system here, I will be trying to see how WordPress does things in their new version and trying to implement my own feature

Working @ Microsoft vs. Working @ Google

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

The Mini-Microsoft Blog talks about a poster comment who recently left Microsoft and joined the Google team (the value of the Mini-Microsoft blog really is the comments and not the actual posts themselves). The conclusion of the article can really be summed in the following quote:

This is the kind of energy that I think is missing from Microsoft. It was definitely there in the old days.

I don't buy for a minute that the empty offices and empty parking lots are because people are working from home. Instead, I think that the fat cat partners are in meetings while they wait for their stock to vest (== empty offices). And the guys in the trenches have no incentive to work extra hours.

Yahoo! Search Shortcuts

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Today's very cool idea is brought to you by Yahoo!. They have introduced new shortcuts into their search engine that allows users to really increase their searching power. so what can you do now?

You can create your own shortcuts to:

  • Instantly navigate to any URL on the Internet
  • Easily recall common searches on Yahoo!
  • Quickly search favorite sites
  • Jump start frequently used Internet applications

We already developed a few Open Shortcuts to demonstrate how you might use them:

Switch to GMail

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Google, making a clear move to help users switch to their service, has released a tool to help users export their address book and import it into Gmail from such services such as Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail. Functionality like this is extremely important to getting non-technical people to migrate their email accounts to Gmail. Nice move Gmail!