Searchers Go for One More…

BetaNews | Study: Searchers Use Multiple Engines
58 percent of Google users use a second search engine, the lowest of the top three search engines, while 70 percent of MSN users and 71 percent of Yahoo users turn to another of the top three.

Blocking Google Toolbar From Adding to Your Pages

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report
…you can do something about the part where they mess with your website, adding links you didn’t create.

Namely, you can download this script from Threadwatch, install said script on your server, and link to it from the of your web pages.

Much has been said elsewhere about the antics of the new Google toolbar, but at least you can fight back.

Consuming MapPoint Web Service in PHP

MapPoint Developer Center: MapPoint Web Service Technical Articles: Consuming MapPoint Web Service in PHP
Learn how to consume MapPoint Web Service by using PHP and the NuSoap toolkit. This article is accompanied by sample code that illustrates how to implement a simple proximity-locator application.

The sample code looks pretty straight forward. Of course MapPoint costs money to use…

Online IP Courses


WIPO is offering free online courses starting next week in what lawyers like to call “intellectual property

CALI has thought of doing this sort of thing, but as a serious of lessons, not so much as a complete course.

Virtual Hosting for Apache 2.x Project details for mod_vhs
mod_vhs is an Apache 2.0 Web server module allowing mass virtual hosting without the need for file-based configuration. The virtual host paths are translated from any database supported by libhome at request time from MySQL, LDAP, PAM, or a system password file.

This may be of use for Harolds little project:)

Podcasting Attracts Startups

The New York Times > Technology > For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting
The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web’s next big thing.

That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city’s Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting – the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.

The guys behind Odeo are Evan Williams and Noah Glass, responsible for Blogger and AudioBlogger respectively. Seems like they may be up to something that looks to tie the various pieces of podcasting together, at least that’s what Dave Winer thinks. It is intersting to see all of this energy in this space even as I managed to push out ClassCaster.

Oh, but wait, I haven’t exactly explained ClassCaster yet. Well here’s the pitch: grab a phone, dial a number, record a lecture or an analysis of something for your class, hangup, go to your blog and listen to it. All done with Asterisk, VoicePulse DID, MetaWeblog API, and 67 lines of PERL. It is nice and it works. No it needs a pretty dress:) We’ll tie it to our database and offer it up to CALI members and release the idea into the wild…