Archive for January 2005
Recently came across Koders BETA while I was seraching for something on piece tables.
This is what it says about itself
“Koders is a search engine for source code. It enables developers to easily search and browse source code in thousands of projects hosted at hundreds of open source repositories.”
Perhaps this was a much needed initiative in terms of reducing the time and effort involved in the relevant code searching. Google search is just not good enough. You get all kind of furnitures, chairs, chess, some Katmandu dinner set for “piece table”, all on the first page, but to get what you are looking for you need eyes of a hawk.
Koders requires the code website to make itself listed to be searched, which is pretty reasonable, considering the ease of search that follows. Perhaps more of search niche search engines will come up in near future.
Well…I have been using the Copernic Desktop Search tool for sometime now. It has some amazing features apart from being very “light” on the system. While Google Desktop Search requires 1GB of space on C: to conveniently locate the index of your entire electronic existence, I didn’t find any such requirements for Copernic. Copernic doesn’t index secure web pages in its index, which Google does. Probably it is a good thing, you don’t want your visits to secure web pages to be available at the first place..meant to be secure include bank websites, Gmail and other e-Commerce sites.
So by its design itself Copernic seems to offer more security(?)…whatever that means. But overall I found myself more comfortable with Google Desktop search.
Any way, instant desktop search is a revolutionary concept, whatever the tool be…so, bye bye old days of Windows Search Companion which used to take painfully long time to search a mp3 or a file containing a phrase with unreliable results.
“I can find anything online in under a minute, but it takes me days to find an e-mail address on my PC.” Slate@msn has come up with comparative study in the background of the recent rage of desktop search applications-Google, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, and MSN already slugging it out, and Yahoo is poised to join the fray very soon. But surprisingly rather lesser known Copernic stole away the honour of being the top pick.
As it seems, the big news is that Microsoft is abandoning one of its most contentious attempts to dominate the internet after rival technology companies banded together in opposition and consumers failed to embrace the PASSPORT.net.
After the reports of eBay, far and away the most popular U.S. shopping Web site, ending partnership forged in 2001 came out, pretty much underscoring consumers’ unwillingness to embrace Passport outside Microsoft’s own MSN Internet network.
These developments conclude the foiling of one of the most ambitious attempts of Microsoft after xBox failed big-time to overcome SONY Playstation 2 by 15 million vs 70 million. Nevertheless, supposed and rumoured release of xBox-2 next month or by March followed by that of Playstation 3 promises the battle revisited and this time it is supposed to be even fiercer than last time.
the new year…hmmm…whats the difference….01/01/2005…another day as usual. But we people need “excuses” to celebrate, a birthday or an aniversary, diwali or holi, pongal or baisakhi, eid or x-mas,a sunny day or a rainy day, a sunday or a friday. A significent market is driven by and driving these moments of celebration. Everything seems so artificial at times, as if we are forced to be part of this whole thing, just because everyone seems to celebrate and its cinical not to be involved.