May 20, 2009

Article: "The cat with more than 500,000 Twitter followers"

Summary: Rudy, who is doing twitter, envies Sockington because now he has more than 500,000 followers in Twitter. Ruby only has 1,573 followers.
Ruby is a bird and Socington is a cat, which belongs to Jason Scott.
Sockington tweet: "stalk stalk stalk AND WHAT HAVE WE HERE deadly pillow enemy BANZAIIIIIIIII CRASH oh no busted PILLOW ATTACKED FIRST run run run." ……………….

I still don’t get why Twitter is having more users enormously. And now, birds, cats, dogs, house and etc… Could someone please help me how I could enjoy the social networking service with my dog while I am away from house?
from "The cat with more than 500,000 Twitter followers"

1.Internet Relay Chat
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.

2.Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails, often shortened to Rails or RoR, is an open source web application framework for the Ruby programming language. It is intended to be used with an Agile development methodology which is used by web developers for rapid development.

3.Starling (software)
Starling is a light-weight persistent queue server that speaks the memcached protocol. It was originally developed for Twitter's backend.

4.Scala (programming language)
Scala (pronounced /╦łskala/) is a multi-paradigm programming language designed to integrate features of object-oriented programming and functional programming.

Self-referentially short for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, an open source, server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages.

May 12, 2009

Article: "Gmail now translates your (scam) e-mails"

Summary: Translation is becoming easier way into more Google services, having been added to Gmail’s labs. If we receive in a different language, there’s a new link that’ll show up in the top of the message that les you translate it. We can also set it up to do the translation to any language of our choice. Translating is only few seconds and we get both the subject and body while retaining the original. We also can switch back to the original easily by hitting the translate link again.

The service will be great, especially someone who can’t communicate in their language. It helps me to make more connection with friends easily when I meet and want to keep in touch some people who don’t speak English or Japanese in travel.
from "Gmail now translates your (scam) e-mails"

1. Gmail Labs
Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally pick and let you all (who use Gmail) decide whether they're good or not.

Short for document type definition. A DTD states what tags and attributes are used to describe content in an SGML, XML or HTML document, where each tag is allowed, and which tags can appear within other tags.

3.CGI (Computer-generated imagery)
Computer-generated imagery (also known as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics or, more specifically, 3D computer graphics to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media.

4.Post Office Protocol
In computing, the Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is an application-layer Internet standard protocol used by local e-mail clients to retrieve e-mail from a remote server over a TCP/IP connection. POP3 and IMAP4 (Internet Message Access Protocol) are the two most prevalent Internet standard protocols for e-mail retrieval. Virtually all modern e-mail clients and servers support both.

5. Internet Message Access Protocol
The Internet Message Access Protocol or IMAP is one of the two most prevalent Internet standard protocols for e-mail retrieval, the other being POP3.

May 5, 2009

Article: "Google launches apps for sharing Latitude location"

Summary: Google has two new applications, for Google’s Talk service, which will update your chat status with your location every time your check in with Latitude and for a badge you can stick on your blog or social networking profile that shows precisely where you are. Yahoo has already hit Latitude applications, which called Friends on Fire application for Facebook. It lets users share their location with other Facebook buddies using Yahoo’s competing Fire Eagle service. Google is now promising more Latitude applications.

The system is good for parents, who have young children. I don’t know why the latitude service is used in Facebook to find their friends exactly where they are. It could be helpful if my friends are lost on their way to my house. Or for someone, who cheating girlfriend or boyfriend, it could be a dangerous application. (^_^)
Definition# 10
from "Google launches apps for sharing Latitude location"

1. Google Latitude
is a location-aware mobile app developed by Google. Latitude allows a mobile phone user to allow certain other people on his or her Gmail contact list to track where he or she is. These people can track the user (or more accurately, his or her phone) on Google Maps via their own iGoogle accounts.

2.Google Talk
(GTalk) is a free Windows and web-based application for instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VOIP), offered by Google Inc.
Instant messaging between the Google Talk servers and its clients uses an open protocol, XMPP, allowing users of other XMPP clients to communicate with Google Talk users. VoIP in Google Talk is based around the Jingle protocol. The technology used within the Google server network however is not publicly known.

3.Fire Eagle
is a place for you to store information about your location. Once your location is in Fire Eagle you can then choose to use it in all kinds of places all over the web.
Nothing is shared without your permission, you can choose how much information to share and you can change your mind at any time! Fire Eagle gives you control over your location.

4.Google Talk Location Status (beta)
Share your Google Latitude location as your status message with all of your Google Talk or Gmail chat contacts, including anyone that can already chat with you.
Automatically updates your status message with your current city's name as you move.

Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an open, XML-based protocol originally aimed at near-real-time, extensible instant messaging (IM) and presence information (e.g., buddy lists), but now expanded into the broader realm of message oriented middleware. It remains the core protocol of the Jabber Instant Messaging and Presence technology. Built to be extensible, the protocol has been extended with features such as Voice over Internet Protocol and file transfer signaling.

Apr 28, 2009

Article: "Five tools for the world's best teacher"

Summary: Nowadays, there are a variety of online tools to teachers. Many online tools for teachers provide the option to both crate and keep a grade book. Teachers are able to communicate with students such as upload assignments, keep track of their attendance or grade. Some tools are let teachers share grades with parents. Moreover, since the syllabus and assignments are online, students’ will have access to the class resources no matter where they are. The article provides top 5 teaching tools, Blackboard, Classroom2.0, Engrade, MyGradeBook and TeacherTube.
Blackboad can upload grades, monitor student performance, and administer tests.
Classroom 2.0is a social network for teachers. Educators can chat, send messages, and exchange ideas o how to best educate students.
Engrade provides students with a place to monitor grades and see how they've performed on quizzes.
MyGradeBook is an impressive utility. Once the teacher buys a license (prices range from $30.95 to $39.95 per license per year) he or she will find one of the most powerful teaching utilities on the Web.
TeacherTubeis a video site for educators. Teachers can upload instruction videos, which can be viewed by anyone anywhere in the world.

Some of sites are great tools for teachers and students. It provides more chance to communicate between them even though they are not in class together. However, I get scared.... Some of sites let parents easily to access and see how their children is doing at class which means children are no more allowed any excuses to their parents!!
Definition #11
from "Five tools for the world's best teacher"

1.Internet Explore
(formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer; abbreviated to MSIE or, more commonly, IE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. It has been the most widely used web browser since 1999, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003 with IE5 and IE6.

2.Google Toolbar
is an Internet browser toolbar available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox which records the surfing behavior of the user.

3.Global Positioning System (GPS)
is a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) developed by the United States Department of Defense and managed by the United States Air Force 50th Space Wing. It is the only fully functional GNSS in the world, can be used freely, and is often used by civilians for navigation purposes. It uses a constellation of between 24 and 32 medium Earth orbit satellites that transmit precise radiowave signals, which allow GPS receivers to determine their current location, the time, and their velocity.

is a proprietary software password management program developed by Siber Systems, Inc. It is available for many web browsers, but mainly supports Internet Explorer (and other browsers based on it), Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape, as well as support for Palm, PocketPC and Symbian.

5. Toolbar
In a graphical user interface on a computer monitor a toolbar is a panel on which onscreen buttons, icons, menus or other input or output elements are placed.

Apr 14, 2009

from "Wales giving up on Wikia Search"

(formerly Wikicities) is a free web hosting service for wikis (or wiki farms) operated by Wikia, Inc., a for-profit Delaware company founded in late 2004.[3]
Wikia was founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, respectively the Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Board chair of the Wikimedia Foundation

2.Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, and organized under the laws of the state of Florida, where it was initially based. It operates several online collaborative wiki projects including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks (including Wikijunior), Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Incubator and Meta-Wiki. Its flagship project, the English-language Wikipedia, ranks among the top ten most-visited websites worldwide.

3.Wikia Search
was an open source project run by Wikia to create an editable, transparent, and free search engine. It closed down in April 2009.

4. Wikianswers
Wikianswers is a site where you can ask questions and give answers. We're aiming to create the best answer to any question.

5. Google SearchWiki
SearchWiki is a Google search feature which allows logged-in users to annotate and re-order search results. The annotations and modified order only apply to the user's searches, but it is possible to view other users' annotations for a given search query.
Article: "Wales giving up on Wikia Search"

Summary: Wikia announced Wikia Search product was closing. The service was aiming to users could influence the rankings of result for all other users. However, it wasn’t on the right trajectory. On the other hand, Wikia’s other projects, Wikia Answers, are growing very quickly. Jimmay Wales, founder of Wikia said that he would return to Wikia search product again when the economy was good.
In November, Google launched Search Wiki, a feature that lets users prioritize, erase, supplement, and annotate search results. Google remembers the changes a user has made to search results via SearchWiki, so results for repeat searches will reveal the same customizations and notes.
While Wikia is exiting the search business to focus on reference works, Microsoft is leaving the reference business, which is Encarta. They announced the site will discontinued on October 31, 2009.

When Google search engine is quite comfortable to find out answer though other website,
Wikia search isn’t useful.
I also don’t think Encarta isn’t necessary or useful…

Mar 31, 2009

Article: "Report: Google testing one-stop shop for video ads"

Summary: Google is currently testing Google TV Ads Online and interface designed to enable advertisers to purchase ads. The Wall Street Journal reported that a limited group of advertisers was testing the service, which could debut in the month to come.
The reason why Google develop a one-stop system for TV and video advertising are consumers are increasingly using the Internet to view television show and full-feature films.

I think this program is very useful for advertisers. It is very simple and easy than before.
Advertising on TV was used to be required such as contract and negotiations through TV companies. Though the program, advertisers are able to set up such as target audience, TV companies and budget quickly.
from "Report: Google testing one-stop shop for video ads"

1.Google AdWords
AdWords is Google's flagship advertising product and main source of revenue. AdWords offers pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, and site-targeted advertising for both text and banner ads. The AdWords program includes local, national, and international distribution.

2.Google TV Ads
Google TV Ads is a flexible, all-digital system for buying more accountable and measurable TV advertising. Using the familiar AdWords interface, you can launch a TV advertising campaign in minutes.

3. Google Advertising Professionals
Designed for professionals who currently manage or want to manage multiple AdWords client accounts, the Google Advertising Professionals program can help you become a more successful ad manager – for free.

4. MySQL
is a relational database management system which has more than 6 million installations. The program runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases.

5. Ad server
An ad server is a computer server, specifically a web server, that stores advertisements used in online marketing and delivers them to website visitors.

6. Comcast Corporation
is a company founded in 1963 that provides cable television, Internet service and residential telephone service in the United States

Mar 25, 2009

Article: Google offers first looks at GeoEye-1 imagery

Summary: Google has started offering the first high-resolution imagery in Google Earth.
It is only as an optional layer in Google Earth right now but Dlayn Lrimer, strategic partner manager; and Jacob Schoberg, associate product manager says that we would start seeing GeoEye-1 imagery blended into their database and viewable through Google Earth, Maps, and Google Maps for Mobile soon.
Some shots of GeoEye-1 imagery can be viewed by downloading add-on imagery for Google Earth from Google’s GeoEye-1 preview site.
GeoEye company plans to launch another with a higher-resolution camera in 2011.
U.S. government limits the resolution of the images Google show to details measuring half a meter.

The higher resolution from GeoEye-1 provides us unexpected experience through computer because we could see lots of places by just typing address. I sometimes enjoy the Google map where I want to travel or see. I can’t wait to see more high-resolution imagery by Google Earth!
from "Google offers first looks at GeoEye-1 imagery"

GeoEye (Inc.) is a commercial satellite imagery company based in Dulles, Virginia that is the world's largest space imaging corporation.

GeoEye-1 is a high-resolution earth observation satellite owned by GeoEye, which was launched in September 2008.

3. API
An application programming interface (API) is a set of routines, data structures, object classes and/or protocols provided by libraries and/or operating system services in order to support the building of applications.[

4. Google Maps API
Google created the Google Maps API to allow developers to integrate Google Maps into their websites with their own data points. It is a free service, and currently does not contain ads, but Google states in their terms of use that they reserve the right to display ads in the future

5. Google Lat Long Blog Post
is news and notes by the Google Earth and Maps team

Mar 20, 2009

from"Google offers better-tested Chrome version"

1. Google Chrome
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
In Google Chrome, you can get anywhere on the Web with one box. The address bar that sits at the top of the normal Google Chrome window simplifies your Internet experience by doubling as a search box. You can also use it to bookmark websites and stay aware about the security of a website.

2. V8 engine
V8 is Google's open source JavaScript engine.
V8 is written in C++ and is used in Google Chrome, the open source browser from Google.
V8 implements ECMAScript as specified in ECMA-262, 3rd edition, and runs on Windows XP and Vista, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), and Linux systems that use IA-32 or ARM processors.
V8 can run standalone, or can be embedded into any C++ application.

3. Beta version
A 'beta version' is the first version released outside the organization or community that develops the software, for the purpose of evaluation or real-world black/grey-box testing. The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release. Beta level software generally includes all features, but may also include known issues and bugs of a less serious variety.

4. Beta
'Beta' is a nickname for software which has passed the alpha testing stage of development and has been released to users for software testing before its official release. Beta testing allows the software to undergo usability testing with users who provide feedback, so that any malfunctions these users find in the software can be reported to the developers and fixed. Beta software can be unstable and could cause crashes or data loss.

5. SunSpider
A benchmark suite that aims to measure JavaScript performance on tasks that are relevant to the current and near future use of JavaScript in the real world, such as screen drawing, encryption and text manipulation. The suite further attempts to be balanced and statistically sound. It was released by Apple's WebKit team in December 2007. It was well-received, and other browser developers also use it to compare the JavaScript performance of different browsers.

Mar 10, 2009

Article:"Mozilla Firefox Update Repairs Critical Memory Flaws"

Summary: According Sefanie Hoffman, Mozilla released new version Firefox 3.0.7 on Mar 4th with an upgrade. It was repaired 5 critical memory flows.
Mozilla's e-mail, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey were also repaired with the Firefox update.

I trust my mac that I update or download new systems when it shows to me to update new version of the system. After I read the article, I updated my Mozilla Firefox and I've learned that I should be more careful every time when I click something or even update.
from "Mozilla Firefox Update Repairs Critical Memory Flaws"

In computer security, an unethical or illegal attack that takes advantage of some vulnerability. See zero-day exploit and PoC exploit.

(Port Address Translation) A common method for implementing network address translation. See NAT for more details of the PAT implementation.

(MALicious softWARE) Software designed to destroy, aggravate and otherwise make life unhappy. See crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus and Trojan.

A self-contained module of data and its associated processing. Objects are the software building blocks of object technology.

5.Object-oriented programming
Writing software that supports a model wherein the data and their associated processing (called "methods") are defined as self-contained entities called "objects." Object-oriented programming (OOP) languages, such as C++ and Java, provide a formal set of rules for creating and managing objects. The data in an object model can be stored in the traditional table structure of a relational database (see O-R mapping) or, if the object model is very complex, in an object database, which is designed to hold object data

Mar 5, 2009

Article:“Turn to these sites if the weather is bad”

Summary: How do you check your local weather without Internet?
I used to check my local weather with TV that provided only specific time because I didn’t have a cable. Nowadays, great weather channels are available on Web and mobile applications. The author, Don Reisinger says how some of Web sites are great for finding your local weather information.

I recommend AccuWeather and The Weather Channel for web and WeatherBug for mobile app.
It is easy to check your local weather and know if you need an umbrella.
Definition #3
from "Turn to these sites if the weather is bad"

1. WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
It is a standard protocol for providing Internet communications and advanced telephony services on phones, pagers, PDAs, and other wireless terminals.

2. Spyware
It is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.

3. SYS (Short message service)
It is a communication service standardized in the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices.

4. Webware
Webware for Python is an object-oriented, Python web application framework. The suite uses well known design patterns and includes a fast Application Server, Servlets, Python Server Pages (PSP), Object-Relational Mapping, Task Scheduling, Session Management, and many other features.

It is an international communications standard for sending voice, video, and data over digital telephone lines or normal telephone wires. There are several kinds of access interfaces to the ISDN defined: Basic Rate Interface (BRI), Primary Rate Interface (PRI) and Broadband-ISDN (B-ISDN).

Feb 25, 2009

"iPhone for everybody campaign" Free iPhone 3G!

If you make 2 year-contract with SoftBank Mobile corporation,
you can get free iPhone 3G (8G)!!
(16G will be charged about $4.50/month - 2 year)

The campaign will start from 2/27/09 - 5/31/09 if you are in Japan...

Feb 24, 2009

"Twitter a Status Symbol on the Web"

Summary: Twitter, one of social networking and micro-blogging service, is becoming a main current of Internet users who are familiar with web-culture communities. The site is more quick chat between friends or family than Face book or My space. High technology, such as smart phone or laptop with wireless let users to update easily what they are doing. Twitter also helps in the realm of citizen journalism because the users who are around any happening or incident send a message to the site of their condition before the news come up to media.

The benefit for Twitter users is that their friends or family can easily keep updated about what they are doing, as the article says. The unique site makes us feel closer with our friends or family without talking on the phone for a while.

Definition #2
from "Twitter a Status Symbol on the Web"

Twitter is a social networking site, which provides micro-blogging service. People can send text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. It can be sent and received updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS (receive only), or though applications such a Tweetie.

It is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user.

Short Message Service (SMS) is a communication service standardized in the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices.

A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers.

5.Social media
It is information content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies that is intended to facilitate communications, influence and interaction with peers and with public audiences, typically via the Internet and mobile communications networks.

1. AdSense
This service is considered to be Web 2.0 because it is different from traditional web advertising. Instead of paying only for ad impression there is also per click service.

It is a peer-to-peer file sharing system. People can share music, movies and other contents for free. But the system is very controversial because many companies believe they are losing money, since many people can share one file.

It is an online version of an encyclopedia. The main difference is that Wikepedia is based on content submitted by volunteers across the world.

It is a website which provides an online version of diary, other writing, graphic or video that doesn’t require publisher or editing.

5. RSS (Really simple syndication)
It is a family of web feed formats to make it easy to share headlines or full text content with other websites. It also makes it easy for people to collect lots of content. For example, my yahoo and google reader are free tools to collect RSS feeds.

6.NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol)
It is an Internet application protocol mainly for reading and posting net news.

7.Google Maps
It is a worldwide mapping service, which provides detailed geographic information for most of the Earth.
“It offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by foot, bicycle, car, or public transport and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. It also can help with finding” (Wikipedia)
However, some areas are restricted especially by government for some security.

8. Amazon
It is America’s largest online retailer, which sells lots of product lines of books, DVD, CDs, Toys, electronics, apparel and so on.
Their web services are provided in *SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and *REST (Representational State Transfer).

9. Flickr
It is a community site for sharing images and video. Many bloggers use this site to show their photographs. The site is also easy to search some specific picture with key words. It uses Ajax.

10. Ajax (Asychronous Java Script and XML)
It is a combination of technologies used in web browser.
The essay by Jesse James Garrett defines Ajax as follows:

“Ajax isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
* and JavaScript binding everything together.”