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It seems that Google has started working on a new project; a new online knowledge base (similar to Wikipedia), where information is contributed by users. Google claims that they will not serve as an editor in any way, and will not bless any content. The project is still under development and testing, and it is currently named knol (which stands for a unit of knowledge). You can read more about that project on the official Google blog.

This is actually interesting, since Wikipedia pages seem to show up really high on the Google search results, no matter what you search for. I wonder how this will change, given the new Google knol. Will Google favor results from their own knol over those from Wikipedia, or will it be a fair game based on which has the more valuable information? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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I haven’t posted anything here for a while, and then suddenly two posts within a few hours!! Oh well! I just couldn’t let this one go.

Speaking of the Heroes show I was just talking about in my last post, it seems that the fellows at Google have someone with mind reading abilities among them. (more…)

As most of us know, Facebook (a popular social networking website) has recently launched an open API platform, which allows anyone to write custom applications for Facebook. These applications can do pretty much anything, ranging from linking a user’s profile with this user’s account on another website (e.g. del.icio.us), and displaying their recent bookmarks on their Facebook profile, to letting a user rate other users based on whether they are “hot or not”, to many other kinds of applications.
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I have posted before about how the term “Thin Client” is being redefined. Applications that used to be thought of as something that can only be found on your desktop are now becoming accessible online, where you only need a browser. Word processors, spread sheets, calendar applications are all moving from the traditional desktop to their online versions, of course besides web email (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). In short, our need to have a ton of applications installed on our own computers is getting less and less everyday.

Now there is even more than just some scattered applications. I came across this web site called Desktoptwo, and the least to say is that I was impressed. By signing up in this website, you get a fully-functional online desktop inside your browser. This includes storage space (currently 1GB), email client, MP3 player (you can upload music files to your account then play them anywhere), calendar, instant messenger, RSS reader, and a lot more. It is very easy to use, just like you use your normal desktop! It’s really amazing how far web development technologies have come in the last year or so!!

Google Opens Writely

Posted: August 18, 2006 in Just Out!
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I wrote a previous post about the current definition of the thin client, and how a lot of online applications are emerging to replace (or strengthen) their desktop counterparts.
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Surfing the Web can pose a lot of threats. In the not-so-far past, a user had to download and execute a file in order to get infected with some virus. It was easy to avoid (for those who know better): Just don’t download or execute any suspicious files.
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Google Notebook

Posted: May 18, 2006 in Just Out!
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I’m sure this has happened at least once to most of us. You are working at your office, and suddenly you remember something that you have to do when you get home or something that you have to do at work later on. To remind yourself, you write it on a piece of paper and slip it in your pocket or in your hand bag. By the time you get home, you completely forget about this piece of paper and it sits there in your bag until it’s too late. This used to happen to me. Then, instead of using the infamous piece of paper, I started sending emails to myself as reminders. But then my inbox kept getting full of self emails.
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