Archive for July, 2005

Feedbrokers Hits


Have we got any idea of what the amount of hits on Feedbrokers (like NewsGator, Bloglines, PubSub, IceRocket, Feedster, and Technorati;) really mean? Robert Scoble started comparing ‘ link hits’ on this earlier this month.


Does a high ‘hit count’ on a keyword really is related to how hot a particular subject is?

Well at ZDNet they wrote this article titled ‘Setting Scoble’s record on Technorati straight ‘. It’s about the troubles with ‘doubles’ in the ‘Feed Search Results’ from Technorati and Bloglines. Thins is a real interesting story!


But say that in the near future these numbers are going to be 99% correct, the amount of results on links that have been found are no exact science about how many people are linking or reading these feeds, right?
We need a read count, a human rating and other thing like that..
Or am i missing something here?


I once published 16 feeds on Bloglines, but I haven’t edited this list in 8 months or so, and I have only looked at then a couple of times. One of those feeds could have a post on a specific keywords or phrase, but maybe nobody is reading this feed.


What does it mean when in one of your OPML lists (at a feedbroker), there is a post using a specific keyword or phrase? This OPML list could be a snapshot from a list you published a year ago!  This is an old snapshot of what you did read a year ago…. Maybe you changed to another aggregator and deleted half of your feeds and maybe you added another 50….   


How are we going to measure the ‘freshness’ of a published OPML list?Is there a date field in OPML for this purpose? Does it hold the publication date of a OPML file? I won’t be surprised if there is such a thing…



But what does this mean for the result of those feedbrokers?

Probably I’m forgetting something here, but….
Shouldn’t we have a categorisation of the results based on the amount of people who added the feed that has the result? And shouldn’t we categorize this by how long ago this OPML list was updated? Or even better.. How many people opened a particular post related to your search…


If this information is not added by all the feed brokers, we will never have a good feeling about ‘how hot’ a particular subject is…



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Office Communicator Mobile on Windows Mobile 5


Controlling your desk phone, your mobile phone, your voicemail box, your Voice over IP (VOIP) line, digital video and Instant messaging from you mobile phone or PDA…
This can be done using the product Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 Mobile, that probably would be released somewhere at the end of 2005…

I predicted it would come, and a couple of weeks ago (when i was on Teched Amsterdam) it was officially announced. 

Check this post on  Microsoft presents new features of Windows Mobile 5.0

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Microsoft MSN RSS Screensaver

My best download of the month…

Description from the download page:

Stay on top of news, weather, and e-mail with the next step in the evolution in screen savers. With the MSN® Screen Saver (Beta), you can display your photos, click news headlines, check the local weather, display your friends’ photos and blogs from their MSN Spaces, and set up your own RSS news feeds.

Get it now!



Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Betas


Last night Microsoft release the first beta of Windows Vista (formally known as Longhorn) with the first IE7 included. But they also release the IE7 Beta1 for Windows XP SP2!  


Check it out the Story from Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley ..

Microsoft Delivers Pair of Internet Explorer Betas

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Microsoft and Google Custom Startpages (Google has a RSS aggregator!!)


Google added RSS functionality to there service this week, at last…

The Googlepersonal page and the Microsoft site are looking more similar every day!
Look at the attached photo’s for a game of ‘find the differences’

This news will be a hot one on Technorati


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MSN Virtual Earth


MSN Virtual Earth Beta is live.
MSN Virtual Earth

It isn’t a Google Maps killer yet, but it has some nice detail photo’s.
This is going to be a nice ‘Mapping War’ that will change our lives.
Here is a nice Flash demonstration about the differences of both products (its 22 MB!)

Last month I showed Google Earth (the Windows app) to friends and family. They all responded in the same way ‘So Cool!’
And second: How old are these photo’s? Is this a ‘live feed’?

Hmmm, I guess the live feed will take another 5 years…


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A Bright Future?!

When I think about the future, I’m always thinking about the ‘good things’ to come…
But for the last year, three topic just couldn’t fully escape my attention.

Radio frequencies and Magnetic fields
There are a lot of reports on the possible negative effect of GSM/FM/WIFI/GPRS/UMTS to people. Most reports focus on the possible damaging effect of radio frequencies to cells in your body (there are 100.000 billion). A friend of mine let me in on an new view on this. It could be that the radio frequencies don’t damage our cells, but what about the communication between these cells?
At the moment we don’t know. We are not abele to really research the consequences of people living in a word surrounded by electromagnetic fields and broadcasts from millions of radio frequencies.

Global Flu
There are scientists who say that there is a 30 year cycle for ‘global flu’. This flu is so tough that it could kill millions of people. The last cycle was 40 years ago (the spanisch flu
At the moment there are children that are raised so clean, that they don’t evolve the natural resistance to bacteria. 
What has our understanding to the benefits of hygiene done to this 30 year cycle?
Did we cracked the puzzle or is there more?

The fact that people with different opinions and beliefs don’t like each other
News flashes of people who kill lots of other people to proof that they commit to there belief isn’t a good thing. There is something like a ‘common understanding’ that there are people who think different then you do, because they experienced other things in there lives. This is basic physiology, right?
How can this be a bad thing to a god? This happens totally random! Is this a war between gods?
Gods don’t battle right? They just sit together on clouds….and relax..and stuff..
I guess people are making bad assumptions about there gods..
People should focus on today and make there decisions for tomorrow.
Not based on what could happen when you die..


A promise..
This are the three ‘less positive’ topics that crossed my mind this year.
I promise that I will not think (and blog) about negative visions of the future for another year.
This is because there is a emotion that we don’t need on this planet, and that’s ‘fear’…
The future should always be seen as a brighter future, no matter what happens….

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