Live.com tragically forgotten by Adsense engineers

December 17th, 2006

There’s been some buzz lately on the disappointing results of the Live.com search, further loosing market share to Google. Even to the point that Microsoft is going to revive the MSN brand ( see this NYT article). Adding insult to injury, Live.com has been overlooked so far by Adsense engineers in their quest for contextual ad relevancy… (more…)

Recording a Skype call: (Windows) tool comparison

November 30th, 2006

I needed to record a Skype phone call. In a previous stint, both my correspondent and I each used Audacity to record our own voice (directly from the microphone), and I synchronised and merged the two separate MP3 files afterwards, again with Audacity. This time, I only could record on my side of the line. A simultaneous recording of your own voice and the incoming Skype call still happens to be a non-trivial activity on Windows. I found these options: (more…)

ReviewMe reviewed

November 13th, 2006

Aaron Wall,  a reputed SEO, and Text-link-ads.com, an ad broker, have teamed up in Reviewme.com, a place to connect companies with bloggers that want to review their products for a fee.  Bubble 2.0 overspending?  Corruption of bloggers’ ethics?  Let’s see: (more…)

Screencasting: online video sharing sites compared (2)

October 31st, 2006

Here are the scores (on a max of 6) I came up with, after my evaluation of online video sharing services:

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Screencasting: online video sharing sites compared (1)

October 31st, 2006

A screencast (a video capture of your screen) is a powerful way of explaining how to use an application, or perform a task – just by showing it. Apart from the difficulty of recording a screencast (and editing it into something presentable), there’s the issue of hosting the files. Over the past month, I’ve been experimenting with my del.icio.us mp3 screencast on several video sharing sites. In a following post, I’ll list all of the services I tried I and their evaluation. I found two services to be great, two almost OK, and 10 others not fit for the task… Here’s how I proceeded: (more…)

Ultimate Tag Warrior on WordPress and Windows Live Writer

September 27th, 2006

Ultimate Tag Warrior (UTW) is a popular and powerful WordPress plugin to tag your posts*. Windows Livewriter is a great (for once, that’s an understatement!) desktop blogging client tool Microsoft released last month. Here’s how you combine both, by configuring the UTW embedded tags in WLW**: (more…)

Newspapers demanding Google cache removal being zapped from index alltogether

September 18th, 2006

The newspapers that asked and obtained in court their removal from Google Cache and Google News  respectively, have been erased from the Google result pages alltogether (Le Soir, La Libre…).  That is… on the Belgian version: (more…)

Belgian court ruling on Google News both confusing and a dangerous precedent

September 17th, 2006

A court in Brussels has ordered on September 5th that Google remove all news stories from the French and German-language Belgian publishers*.  “Removing” means: both from Google News, as well as from the Google cache of the regular search Google.be/.com search engine.  The verdict is confusing because it mixes up aspects of the regular search engine and the news.google.be portal, both in its analysis and its ruling.  And it is a dangerous precedent, because it assumes search engines should explicitly ask permission to to index and cache content. (more…)

Catching loose MP3s with Greasemonkey and del.icio.us

September 12th, 2006

You encounter a link to an MP3 file but it takes ages to download before you can even start to listen. You probably even haven’t got the time to sit down and listen right now, so you’d want to save it on your MP3 player without too much hassle – the way you do with MP3s in a podcast. Recognize the situation? If so, here’s my MP3 lifehack for you: (more…)

Google Blog search bookmarklet updated

August 27th, 2006

Google blog search stopped auto-prefixing urls with the “link:” operator when you enter them in the search box. A search for something starting with http:// or looking like a domain name, used to be converted automatically in a search for backlinks (for a specific post, or for links pointing urls within a domain).

That’s no longer the case, as you can see in the screenshot, whereas an explicit link:pascal.vanhecke.info still gives the expected result **: (more…)

More Direct link versions of Digg Feeds

August 26th, 2006

I’ve updated my list of direct link feeds for Digg.  Note: I used this WordPress plugin that inserts a “Digg this” button automatically as soon as your story gets dug (and you get an incoming referral click). 
If you’re a Digg fan, you might also want to check these 2 Digg tools collections and the Digg blog: