Google Indexes Televison

Visit video.google.com and do a search. Google is now using data streams of closed-captioning to index TV content on certain channels. Eventually they hope to index all television. It's a great service.

In about 1989 Brandt Redd, genius programmer of Folio Corp. (at the time) figured out how to capture data streams from closed-captions and import them into a full-indexed Folio infobase. He demoed this to our team and we were all blown away.

Finding Good Articles Online

Sometimes searching Google 8 billion page index is a big waste of time.

I know someone who spent nearly a full day searching the internet for something specific in order to write a school paper. When I found out what she was looking for, I suggested using elibrary.com (now highbeam.com) since I was a subscriber and I knew the site was full of high quality articles from hundreds of publications. Within a few minutes we found exactly what she was looking for.

If you can afford to, subscribe to highbeam.com and use it when you need to do serious research and don't want to waste time. If you are cheap, try findarticles.com, which is a good free service.

For scholarly content, Google is making good progress with Google Scholar which seems to have 300,000,000 pages indexed.

Too Busy To Blog

My apologizes for being absent for the last 10 days or so. Blogging is one of my top priorities and yet lately I have been unable to make time for it. There are a few reasons for that.

Firstly, several of our companies have needed more time from me lately.

Acquisition Creates Blogging Powerhouse

Six Apart which produces the Moveable Type publishing system and TypePad blogging service raised $10 million in venture funds in October. Today it announced the purchase of LiveJournal, a blogging service built on open source that claims 2.5 million users. Together they have 6.5 million blogs, according to TechNewsWorld.com. That seems way high, considering that Pew Research says about 8 million U.S. adults have a blog. (The vast majority of them only post once, however.)