Monday, July 28, 2008

Cuil Search Engine

 

Posted by Martin in Search Engines Tags: cuil, cuil search, Google, google search, search engine

The new search engine Cuil got some huge press coverage in the last few days from the likes of Techcrunch and The Guardian which also proved to be a test for their server infrastructure. Many startups who go public with their website either get no visitors at all or so many that their servers cannot handle the traffic and they effectively go boom within the first hours.

Cuil is still up and running which seems to speak for the server infrastructure but can they compete with the dominant Google search engine and the other competitors like Yahoo Search or Windows Live?

Search Engines distinguish each others by the relevancy of their results and additional services that might help the user in his search of the perfect website.

cuil front

Cuil presents us a simplistic fast loading front page that uses a black background color in contrast to Google’s white. The real surprise awaits users after typing in a search term and hitting the Search button; The results are not displayed in rows but in columns. The user can choose a layout with two or three columns. The amount of search results shown remains the same but the three column layout makes good use of widescreen monitors.

Search results are also mixed with images that do not always seem to come from the website that the result links to. A click on the image does however load the same link. This could however cause some confusion by visitors who expect to see the image on that website.

cuil

The real question is of course about relevancy and that’s tough to measure objectively. What I like is that Cuil is not having a maximum limit of results that are shown from one website in the results. A search for Ghacks displays many pages of my website. If I perform the same search on Google I get 2 out of 10 results for my website, Cuil displays 9 of 11. Not all are that relevant though.

The search quality on the other hand has to improve to match Google’s. That’s my opinion and based on a few keywords and phrases that I typed into both search engines. But for a first day it’s a solid start, one that could bring some fresh air into the search engine world.

Links:

Lifehacker: Cuil Search Engine Out to Challenge Google [Search Engines]

gHacks: http://www.ghacks.net/2008/07/28/cuil-search-engine/#comment-425752

Saturday, July 26, 2008

iPhone Jailbreaking For Windows

 

Posted by Martin in Mobiles, iPhone Tags: apple iphone, iPhone, jailbreak iphone, unlock iphone

The so called PwnageTool for Apple Macintosh computers was released a while ago that could be used to jailbreak the Apple iPhone which makes it possible to install third party applications on the iPhone. Users should not confuse jailbreaking with unlocking the iPhone. Unlocking would mean that it would be possible to use another phone provider with the iPhone.

The WinPwn software is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista 32/64 bit and users have to make sure to uninstall any previous version of the software and that a compatible version of iTunes, that is iTunes 7.7, is installed on the system.

The Apple iPhone Apps website published a detailed walkthrough of the process that it takes to jailbreak the iPhone under Windows and it is probably a good idea to use it for guidance.

Links:

Lifehacker

gHacks

Friday, July 25, 2008

Jing Still Makes Screenshot and Screencast Sharing Easy, Offers More Storage

Jing turns one, offers 10x more storage space for screencasts

Posted Jul 24th 2008 11:00AM by Brad Linder
Filed under: Utilities, Windows, Macintosh, Freeware

jing projectIt's been just over a year since TechSmith launched the Jing Project, a free utility for capturing screenshots and screencasts. Users can also upload their video recordings to Screencast.com to share with other users. Techsmith is celebrating Jing's birthday by increasing the amount of storage space it gives to Screencast.com users to 2GB. That's ten times more space than you would have gotten last week.
The program is pretty powerful as free screencast recorders go. But there's one major limit: You can only record screencasts up to 5 minutes. One of the reasons the company gives for this time limit is the sheer file size of long videos. Perhaps now that TechSmith is giving away more free storage space, we'll see the company remove the 5 minute time limit as well.
Jing is available for Windows and OS X.

Tags: jing, jing-project, screencast, techsmith

Links:

Lifehacker

Download Squad