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Google, Googlism and Emoticons

Here are three interesting and fun things I have recently stumbled on:

Google sets:

Google sets is a Google Labs product that automatically creates sets of words from a few keywords. You enter a few keywords from a set of things, and then press “Large Set” or “Small Set” and Google tries to predict similar keywords in the set. For example:


Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google “thinks” of certain topics and people. To try it out, I entered my name and got this back: “Sorry, Google doesn’t know enough about eddie awad yet.” Oh well, I’m not famous yet. But when you search for “Tom Kyte”, you get:

  • tom kyte is the vice president
  • tom kyte is a columnist with oracle magazine and is the tom behind the asktom website
  • tom kyte is the author of expert one
  • tom kyte is of a rare breed
  • tom kyte is that rare individual a true technical expert who can communicate clearly and effectively
  • tom kyte is among the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry
  • tom kyte is the respected oracle guru known for his question and answer site
  • tom kyte is also the host of an online forum
  • tom kyte is correct
  • tom kyte is smart
  • tom kyte is an oracle guru
  • tom kyte is that rare individual a true technical expert who can communicate
  • tom kyte is usually right on the money
  • tom kyte is an oracle professional who works with the oracle services industry technology group in reston virginia usa

Emoticons search

Yesterday, introduced the emoticons (aka smileys) and instant messaging shorthand search by simply typing the smiley or the shorthand into the search box. For example:

Now, if you get an email with all this Internet jargon, you know where to go to look it up.

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Anonymous annoyance now a crime

A new federal law states that when you annoy someone on the Internet, you must disclose your identity:

Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person…who receives the communications…shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

It will be interesting to see the effect of such law on blogs that allow anonymous comments.

Read the full article. (Via).

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Higher-Speed Internet

Competition is good. As soon as Verizon finished installing its own fiber optic network in my neighborhood, and promised higher Internet speed, I got a letter from Comcast (my current ISP) informing me that they had just bumped up their standard downstream speed to 6000 Kbps. Sweet. I immediately power cycled my cable modem and went to this site to test my Internet speed. Here is the result: Continue reading…

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Wayback When

I found this the other day and I thought it was cool. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine is a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible.

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Sharing big files on the Internet

It is not always easy to attach those big files to e-mail messages as the attachment limit for most ISPs is about 10MB. Don’t be disappointed – there are some slick –and free–Web sites for sending really big files. Both Dropload and YouSendIt let you send single files of up to 1GB in size. (Warning: For professional users on fast broadband connections, only. Do not try this on dial-up.)

Both Dropload and YouSendIt are quick n’ easy to use, with no ActiveX installations or other hassles. With YouSendIt, just tell the site the location of the file on your drive and who the file goes to, and the file is on its way. I like being able to send the file to multiple addresses. Dropload’s advantage is that once you’re registered (and don’t worry, it’s benign), you can save recipient e-mail addresses. That’s handy if you need to send a file to the same person at a later date.

Using another free service RapidShare, you can upload the file on their server and Rapidshare give you a unique URL for each uploaded file. However, free users have to wait for a few seconds before the download begins. And only Premium Member can resume broken downloads.

Quick Tip: All these services allow only single files to be sent. If you have more than one file, just zip them into an archive file with any one of a bunch of free compression utilities downloadable from PC World like FreeZip. (Via)

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I don’t understand that internet jive

I always notice that many people end their e-mails or newsgroup postings with three or four letter words that I do not understand. So, I start questioning myself, is it because English is not my native language? Is it because my English vocabulary is poor? Is it because the writer made a spelling mistake? Well, It turns out that these are acronyms frequently used in e-mails, and especially in internet chats and Newsgroups. Here are some to get you started: Continue reading…

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