Thursday, October 13, 2011

Agiliq Blog | Django web app development

You can find me now Blogging at where blog about Django Web Development.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Google Code - Updates: Google Singleton Detector released

Google Code - Updates: Google Singleton Detector released

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Google limits its results to 1000.

When you search for any common term in google, above the result you will see the number of webpages which matched your querry.
Results 1 - 10 of about 211,000. So what if you wanted to see, say the 1056 th result? Sorry buddy, you are out of luck. This is what they say..
Sorry, Google does not serve more than 1000 results for any query.
Any way why would anyone like to get to more than page 100?
Related Trick:
To directly go to page x of search result for a querry, see the URL in the address bar of your browser. There would be a term like &start=(some number). Modify the some number to the number of search term you want to start with.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Google analytics launched.

Google launched a new service called google analytics. Earlier it used to be called Urhic and was for dead serious sites, and cost something like 250$ per year. Now its free and you can use it for your homepage, blog, whatever. Right now its closed due to excessive demand. Typican google marketing strategy. Create demand by limiting the supply. (Orkut, Gmail all are invites only).
So captain G has even more more info about who visits you site. Google though has said that it will not be used except to tell you about your site. But then who is to gtop Google from using it to *improve* its search algorithm.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Captain Google new clothes.

If you were like me, you would have had "get firefox" banners on your blog long, not so long ago. Now captain goog has a new ally, the Firefox. Under its new refferal program you can make a dollar for each person you refer to download firefox. Currently its available only to US citizens.
Now I dont know if I should be happy or sad. It helps spread firefox and infuriates m$. But with so many people using the google toolbar, it just increases the google database.
With urchin already free and growing in numbers, google has a way to get stats about the sites. With toolbar they get to know the color of your underwear.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

POK part of Pakistan?

While the threat that Google Earth apparently poses to national security has been grabbing headlines, there’s another potential controversy that’s been overlooked.

If you open the political map of the subcontinent in Google Earth, you’d find that there’s a well-defined boundary between India and Pakistan, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is on Pakistan’s side. Further, Aksai Chin isn’t a part of either India or China; it is a separate political entity.

There was a similar controversy reagding Taiwan/China. Earlier MS had a similar row in India with win95 product. They had to change their political map after India's protest. We need to make similar protests this time too. Might be, the people of Google India, can take this up with their employer, apart from at a diplomatic level.

Google Earth threat to national security?

President A P J Abdul Kalam has expressed concern over the security threat posed by Google Earth's free mapping program available on the internet.

Speaking at a top-level meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday, President Kalam voiced concern regarding "sensitive areas clearly marked on Google Earth". He asserted that terrorists and other subversive elements would use these images for their nefarious activities. Kalam also said that present laws are inadequate and that stringent laws are required to restrain the use of these pictures.

It certainly seems that Google is insensitive to security concerns of India. It shows high resolution maps of high security military installations. India has already made its concerns known and yet google refuses to do anything. It is fooder for the terrorists. I am really for the freedom of knowledge, but this is streaching things a bit too far.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Google's Power?

Top ways Google can (mis)influence you!

Yes I am a Googlophobe. Why? Partly it is because I believe it when Jack Welch says that “only the paranoid survive”. Google is too big, too powerful for my taste. I really can’t see such centralized power. Also it did not allow me to sit for its placement proceedings Not that I wanted to go there, but not even a chance? That hurts. But enough cribbing.

If you are like 70% of other people, including me, either you have a Google toolbar installed, or first page you fire up is Google. Now imagine if instead of giving you the most relevant results (which it could find) it gives you the results *it* wants. Just imagine if the last search query you typed was not influenced by the money of some deep pocket adwords advertiser. And what is to stop Google from doing it? They do not publish the algorithm used to determine the relevancy of results.

What tool do you use to decide the worth of a web page? Well I have the Google toolbar installed, and it tells me the pagerank. What if Google increases the PR of its advertiser and/or decreases PR of its competitors?