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Wikia’s search is a piece of crap

When I search for “iMac” on Wikia’s new search, the only Apple result on the first page is number 7.

I’m a big Stargate fan and earlier I was looking for an episode recap or description for “Misbegotten”, an early episode of Atlantis‘ season 3 and I got nothing useful from Wikia Search, though I got excellent results (the exact site I was looking for, in fact) from Google and Yahoo! Even Live Search or whatever from Microsoft gave me usable results.

I, apparently, am not the only one who’s not impressed:

In trying out the service, BusinessWeek.com put Wikia Search through a history test and the engine did not score well. In response to a query for “Abraham Lincoln,” three of the top four search results provided links to elementary and high schools bearing Lincoln’s name. Amusingly, Google’s results for the same query led off with Wikipedia’s entry about the former President—absent in Wikia’s own results—followed by a string of biographical articles that one might expect. By contrast, such entries were buried deep within Wikia’s results. #

Maybe in two or three years it’ll be something worth checking out again.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 1:46 am

Posted in Internet, Software

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I was about 10% of these.

Well, the Gizmodo page views anyway.

For the geeky amoung you, WordPress.com is now using about 260 megabits per second of bandwidth average, with spikes as high as 820 mbits earlier today from the Apple Gizmodo liveblog. (Which did up to 941 requests per second all by itself during the keynote.) So last month we used about 80 terabytes of bandwidth.

August Wrap-up « WordPress.com

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm

I love Audio Hijack Pro

I use it to schedule and record an audio stream from Chicago Public Radio so that I can hear Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace without having to actually be listening to it at the time.

Audio Hijack will, on a schedule, run an Applescript that plays an audio stream in iTunes. It will then add the resulting file to an iTunes playlist of my choice via a second Applescript file. It’s completely automated. Just set it and forget it.

The Applescripts are really, really simple.

The first, to play the audio stream:

tell application "iTunes"
play track "Chicago Public Radio" of playlist "Chicago Public Radio"
end tell

I could leave out the of playlist part, but I sometimes listen to the stream without Audio Hijack so I don’t want to sort through the entire music library to find it and searching is usually too logical for me to think of.

The second script that adds the result file to iTunes is a modification of one of the stock scripts that comes with Audio Hijack:

(* Audio Hijack Script *** (C) Copyright 2003-2004, Rogue Amoeba Software, LLC *)

on process(theArgs)
--Coerce args to be a list
if class of theArgs is not list then
set theArgs to {theArgs}
end if

--Into iTunes ye files shall go
tell application "iTunes"
repeat with theFile in theArgs
add theFile to playlist "AudioHijack Recordings"
end repeat
end tell

end process

All I did was add to playlist “AudioHijack Recordings”. It’s that simple.

Rogue Amoeba – Audio Hijack Pro: Record any audio on Mac OS X

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Posted in Audio, Internet, iTunes, Software

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Newshutch Revisited

I wrote recently about Newshutch, an online RSS feed reader. I liked it, but wouldn’t use it because it wouldn’t import my OPML file. Well, I got the file to import last night and have been using it since.

The folder structure of my OPML file was maintained but the feeds that were “loose”, that is not in a folder, were just scattered throughout the other folders willy-nilly. I had to make a special folder for them and move them. That’s not really a big deal but it’s a little bothersome.

Now the only drawback I can find is that I can’t view an entire folder’s new items in one go. I have to move between each individual feed. I can live with that.

Newshutch is good stuff.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 11:37 am

Posted in Internet, Software

Newshutch

I like Newshutch but I won’t be using it. Why won’t I be using it? It won’t import my OPML file from NetNewsWire (or any other app that exports an OPML file for that matter). If it could import the OPML file, I’d certainly give it a try for a week or so.

That said, there are a few things that I like about it, though:

  • The AJAX-y (I’m assuming) joy of it. There aren’t any page reloads, it’s all done through javascript.
  • It’s un-cluttered.
  • The “mark all read and open next item” button. This pretty much does what it says. It marks as read and moves on to the next feed. As feeds are read, they disappear from the list on the left.
  • It has folders. I like folders. I can’t stand to have hundred of feeds outside of folders.

newshutch

I think the only bad thing I can say about it is the dodgy OPML importing. That’s not so bad if you’re just starting out but if you’ve got hundreds of feeds you come to rely on exporting and importing OPML files.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 3:25 am

Posted in Internet, Software

Rated R: Too gay

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Friday, June 22, 2007 at 2:38 am

Internet Explorer is a piece

Why is IE (6 and 7) such a piece of shit that it doesn’t even know that ' is supposed to be an apostrophe and not just some bit of text to be rendered?

Written by Jeff

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 3:13 am