Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Death of the Relational Database

Just read Hank Williams's "The Death of the Relational Database" and it is very interesting.

Online dressing room

KnickerPicker has a very interesting online dressing room with real person model.

I think this is one of good example of web application. Well done!

Microsoft will deliver the next big thing?

Robert Scoble wrote "Microsoft researchers make me cry" saying that based on research of Curtis Wong and Jonathan Fay, Microsoft will release something big on/after February 27th.

And more interestingly someone might solve the mystery already.

Ok, let us wait and see what Microsoft will release and if it it related to Photosynth.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Information is useless while knowledge is useful [Part 2]

Point #2 Knowledge Serialization needs to be solved.

Basically we need an extended "storage" of our brain -- just like you have external hard-drive for your computer.

The functionality of knowledge serialization is not only for storage, it is a solid foundation for machine(computer?) to have the same knowledge-base for any further process.

We write notes, use online bookmark, search information... All these are early stage of ways of serialization, although this serialization is more about information, not about about knowledge.

[to be continued]

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The future of the internet

Markus Frind wrote "The future of the internet".

For those who does not know him, Markus is the founder of, one of the largest free dating site in the world.

I agree with what he wrote and think it is actually an issue of what I called "Brain Integration".
If my brain can communicate with your brain directly without go through writing/reading/talking/listening, things will move as fast as we think!

In order to achieve that, one of steps will be able to backup our brain -- just like backup your data.
More technically speaking, serialization of the content of brain.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Bombay Company

From its website

"The Bombay Company is discontinuing operations and all stores are closed as of January 21, 2008. We would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for your business over the past years."

I liked this company. Too bad it is gone :-(

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Information is useless while knowledge is useful [Part 1]

As of now, I think the technology solutions we have are pretty good to process INFORMATION.

With so much information in web right now, just like other people, I feel the information is so much that it almost becomes useless. It is more and more difficult for me to find the information I want.

So it is more and more urgent to come up a solution to process KNOWLEDGE.

People did so many research in artificial intelligence(AI) field for so long. Yet I did not see a good solution so far, for AI in general and in knowledge management particular.

This shows again that how little we know about our own brains :-)

I am not an expert on this and am not doing research for living. But I am interested in this enough to do some research and do my own thinking during spare time. I will try to write down what I know(or I think what I know) here. Hope to come out at least 2 good things:
1) your comments;
2) organizing my own thinking.

Enough meta-information. Here is the point one.

Point #1 It is not possible to develop a software as an AI solution without human intervention.

The reason is very simple, if it is possible, it should have been done already. So I think it is a wrong approach to develop any 100% automated software system as AI solution.

Well, if you think my "prove" is too naive, let us try another way. Software is nothing but a set of logic, or in a more concise way, Any software can be formed into a formula(OK, OK, a complicated one). You give inputs, and you will get the predicted outputs. But logic becomes static as soon as you finish the development. And this static, predicted logic will never being intelligence.

Intelligence is more about a dynamic process instead of a static state.

[to be continued]

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Links from 20061126

A good article about Friendster and MySpace and some links about social web

Friday, November 24, 2006

Spam Farm

The Spam Farms of the Social Web is a excellent post.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hack Attack: Set up and host a blog on your home computer

Common Errors in English

AllAdvantage 2.0

Yahoo Memo: The 'Peanut Butter Manifesto'

From wsj.


Simply Google

Good tool


Friday, November 17, 2006

TechCrunch New York Meeting!

Went to TechCrunch New York Party last night at BED in Manhattan.
I talked with a lot of interesting people and it was pretty good.

And a lot of interesting companies showing up and I had chance to talk with people from the following list: HitTail PartyStrands BuddyLube Me.dium RightMedia Eurekster Genius BlogTalkRadio Helium Gotuit CivilNetizen Citizenbay Multiply Cozmo Media Freewebs Snap

For more informatin or complete list, please see Michael Arrington's techcrunch

Thanks Michael for the party and looking forward to joining the next one!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Warren Buffett says, "I would say success is really doing what you love and doing it well...It′s simple as that."

CNBC one-hour special on Monday, November 20th at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM ET.

You do not want to miss that!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Managing Collective Intelligence - Toward a New Corporate Governance

A book from Olivier Zara.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Buzz -- What is hot right now

What the top seach keywords

-- from

Local Search

here is a list of good blog/site for local search

Wiki Demonstrates How Yellow Pages Are Obsolete -- Gets Sued For Its Efforts
Amateur reviews changing approach of small businesses online ratings
The Power and Importance of User Reviews really good!!!)
Optimizing websites for local search engine traffic
Right keyword research

And here is a list of good examples of local newspaper and sites


According to

TenHunt is a live online scavenger hunt. You are given 10 questions and 10 corresponding websites to find each answer.

It is interesting to see how this goes from here.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

EBay: The OS for E-Commerce?

Gartner's 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle Highlights Key Technology Themes


Web 2.0 Traffic list

Here is link.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Mac as a Java Development and Execution Platform


Thursday, August 10, 2006


From Screenwerk:

Here are the main companies offering versions of "guaranteed clicks" or "simplified search" (SEM or SEM+ SEO) to the local market through partner-aggregators:

  • Local Launch
  • WebVisible
  • Reach Local
  • Marchex/Traffic Leader
  • (now owned by WebSitePros)
  • Matchcraft
  • ClickForward (now owned by YellowBook)
  • Inceptor (now owned by SuperPages)

Another one:

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Cool applet about zip code

From mit.

And other info about zip.


Want to talk about your boss, BossBitching is for you!

Sunday, July 30, 2006


According to Business2

New York-based startup Inform, which last year launched it's own consumer news aggregation site, is rebooting as a search utility for mainstream news sites (yes, HuffingtonPost, welcome to the club). Inform is offering to replace the sub-par search on most news sites, and add in results not just from their own articles and archives, but from the Web as well (including blogs, video, and audio).

Free Math

Overview: The End of Paper TV Guides

A good article from TechCrunch.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Some real money

According to The Washington Post:

"David Miles Jr. and Kato Leonard, two 20-year-olds in Louisville, say they collect $100,000 a month from their year-old site,"

"Daimler and his wife now work full time on SeatGuru, which gets 700,000 visitors a month. About half of the site's revenue comes through AdSense -- $10,000 to $20,000 a month -- and the rest comes from ad deals that Daimler makes with companies directly."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Top 50 SEO Resources

Thursday, July 27, 2006

.net magazine

From uk:

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mighty Mouse

from Apple

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ten Websites I Can't Live Without

By Wendy Boswell from about.

Google's growing list of domains

Have you ever wondered how many domain names Google owns? Currently Google owns 520 domain names.

And among them, here is google's top 20 properties( from Hitwise).

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Review, review and review

Attention Economy

From blog of znet


Bookmarking tech articles:
Similiar to dzone.

Google gets into Binary Search

From PCWorld

A little-known capability in Google's search engine has helped security vendor Websense uncover thousands of malicious Web sites, as well as several legitimate sites that have been hacked, the company said today.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Bubble 2.0?

There are so many sites coming up almost every single day. And some of them, IMHO, just a random combination of some buzz words: social, tag/tagging, ajax...

For sure, down the road in few years, there are some winners will emerge to surface. But for the rest of them, they will just disappear.

It does not hurt to ride the tide. But just following the crowd will not lead to win.

Just my two cents. We will see :-)

And just found this Dead2.0.

Group Blogging is a site for GROUP blogging.

To start a social networking site?

Please rethink it again.

300+ social network startups in less then 2 years

And here is a new summary from TechCrunch:

Online Dating 2.0: Thirteen Sites To Find Love

Shop + Wiki

Shop + Wiki = Shopwiki.

I think it is a good idea.

I had a post of on line deal site before. Here are another two I just noticed


Gool ajax app:

Bezos Expeditions invests in 37signals

From 37signals:

Today we have a very special announcement to make: Bezos Expeditions, a personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, has made a minority private equity investment in 37signals.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Google’s Secret billion dollar revenue stream


From BurningDoor:
TechCrunch becomes the new F---edCompany-type site.

Top online properties and categories

From Yahoo:
comScore Media Metrix today released its monthly analysis of consumer activity at top online properties and categories.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Web2.0 Comliant?

Sunday, July 16, 2006


This is an great article about google.

"Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked"

According to Charlie Paglee.

Friendster's Patent Possibilities

From BusinessWeek: may be losing some of its "friends" to upstart But the old-school social-networking site just got something that MySpace lacks: a patent on—you guessed it—social networking.


Pud(Philip Kaplan)'s AdBrite is a good idea and sucessful site. Here is an article by The Wall Street Journal and the blog.

Here is an interview with Philip Kaplan.

And AdBrite network status.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

24 hours live - 5.4GB served

It is amazing that Who Are You served 5.4G traffic in the first 24 hours live!

It is lanuched by

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wired Finally Gets Its Website Back

From business2blog:

After years without its own Website, Wired magazine (or, rather, its parent company, Conde Nast) is buying back Wired News for $25 million. Back during the bubble years, Wired had sold the news site to Lycos for $83 million. So it's as if Lycos was borrowing the site for the past seven years and is now returning it like a used car and taking whatever cash it can get for it. (Albeit, it's a nice used car—the folks over at Wired News cover their beat well given their up-till-now limited resources).

Although the site continued to host the magazine's content throughout the years, it wasn't controlled by Wired—which in turn was contractually barred from doing anything else online. The deal will overturn this bizarre and (to Wired editor Chris Anderson) frustrating situation. But you can bet that the real impetus behind the deal is that online advertising is finally becoming a viable source of revenues for major media companies like our competitors over at Conde Nast (as well as us over here at Time Inc.), and the one of the few ad sources that is actually growing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


ActiveCollab is an easy to use, web based, open source collaboration and project management tool

Habbo Hotel

Habbo Hotel is a virtual world similar to Cyworld, Hive7 and Gaia Online.

3000 Singles, Speed Dating


Over 3,000 singles have pre registered to attendthis massive speed dating event in a town of only 150,000 people

Markus Frind started in 2003 as a free dating site, and as a way to teach himself ASP programming. The site gets over 200,000 logins every day and received 3.2 million unique visitors in June 2006. It is the #3 dating website in Canada and #6 in USA for May 2006 (see

And here is ranking for dating sites.