Finding Brothels With Google Maps

Internet Week > Google Maps finds whorehouses > Quickie Google Search Lays Out “Brothels” > May 12, 2005
What do the University of Oregon’s history department in Eugene, Ore.; the Happy Ending bar in Manhattan; and the Abstinence Clearinghouse in Sioux Falls, S.D. have in common?

According to Google Maps, the for-free location and driving instructions service that the San Francisco-based search giant operates, all are identified as houses of ill repute.

Better try this one out while it lasts as I smell a googleprank here.

Slashdot | Google Acquires Dodgeball

Slashdot | Google Acquires Dodgeball
Dodgeball.com, a service that uses mobile phones to help people meet up with friends who are in the same location, said on its website on Wednesday that it has been bought by Web search leader Google Inc. Also available on the official site is a Q&A about the deal.” From the article: “As a two-person team, Alex and I have taken dodgeball about a far as we can alone. Since we finished grad school, we’ve been trying to figure out how to grow dodgeball and make it a better service along the way. We talked to a lot of different angel investors and venture capitalists, but no one really ‘got’ what we were doing – that is until we met Google.

Firstgov.gov RSS Feeds

Library Stuff
A big “Hip Hip Hooray” and a tip of the ol’ Mets hat to Marylaine Block who mentioned the First Gov – U.S. Government RSS Library in her Neat New newsletter today. Finally, a directory of government RSS feeds. I hope they keep it current and update it regularly. In fact, an RSS feed for new feeds (how meta) would be nice…

Hmm, I may have menitoned this already.

FCKeditor 2.0 Released

freshmeat.net: Project details for FCKeditor
FCKeditor is an HTML/DHTML editor for ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, PHP, and JavaScript that brings to the Web much of the powerful functionality of known desktop editors like Word. It’s very lightweight, and doesn’t require any kind of installation on the client computer.

My favorite WYSIWYG browser editor hits 2.0!

7 Criteria For Evaluating CMSes

Seven Criteria for Evaluating Open-Source Content Management Systems | Linux Journal
Using a content management system (CMS) to manage a Web site used to be a luxury within the reach of only those who had the technical resources to build a custom solution or the financial resources to afford a proprietary one. In recent years, numerous pre-built open-source CMSes have emerged as viable alternatives to costly proprietary products or custom-built solutions.

Given the number of CMS sessions at this year’s conference, this article is worth reading.

Common Computing Crises, Causes, and Cures( C5 )

Common Computing Crises, Causes, and Cures( C5 )
We’ve been spoiled by computer hardware and operating systems that are far more capable and reliable than those of even five years ago. However, there’s one drawback – we’re more likely to overlook mundane computer system upgrades and maintenance that keep our systems healthy, user-friendly, and fast rather than degenerating into C3 ( Crashes, Chaos, and Crisis).

Good article, by a lawyer, on some of the basics you can cover to make computing a happier experience. Worth the read.

Copyright Office Adds RSS Feeds

Library Stuff
The U.S. Government has a long way to go with implementing RSS into their content delivery systems, but this is a step in the right direction. It looks like the Copyright Office, which is part of the Library of Congress, has launched 4 RSS Feeds.

Well, its a step in the right direction. But each feed contains exactly one item and the links in 3 of the 4 items point to generic pages. I’ll beinterested in seeing if they actually followup with anything useful.

GroupServer: Group Collaboration System

GroupServer: home
GroupServer is a GPL open source collaboration server. It supports many-to-many interaction in groups and communities via email and an integrated web forum interface.

Websites supported by GroupServer provide secure a personalised content structure with member directories, postings by topic, RSS and e-mail digest modes, document sharing, and web-based forum management. GroupServer renders XML content dynamically using XSLTs and is built on Zope and written in Python.

Microsoft and Redhat Execs Meet

A Microsoft-Red Hat warming trend? | CNET News.com
The chief executives of Microsoft and Red Hat held a private meeting in New York, CNET News.com has learned, an indication that relations between the rivals might be warming.

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Red Hat’s Matthew Szulik met for more than an hour at a McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in New York in late March, sources familiar with the situation said. Microsoft initiated the meeting, one source indicated.

ActionScript/JavaScript integration

Kevin Lynch: ActionScript/JavaScript integration
There’s increasing interest in connecting ActionScript in Flash with JavaScript on web pages, and we’ve been working on techniques for accomplishing this well. An example of this working today is the Macromedia weblog aggregator report that was developed by Christian Cantrell and Mike Chambers.