"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Federated Search - What's in a name?

Amazon.com Widgets

'Federated search' is also known as, meta-search, cross-search, combined-search, integrated search and aggregated-search. First, it is about simultaneously searching, with one-click, in several electronic sources. Second, it is about getting all the search results displayed in a single browser.

But then, some tend to use the term, Federated search, for searching OPAC / Union Catalogs / serial holdings, see: 360 Search service and R-search; and some extend to searching Websites (not just the surface web, they attempt to reach the deep web), see: here and here -- the latter refers to an example of Dogpile, as an aggregator (see much more on meta-search in relation to Search Engines, yahoo, google, bing, etc.).

On the same shelf:

  • Federated Search - Reading now
  • Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Why user reviews are worthless: Customer Reviews!!!

    PS. This is not a review from my desktop.
    By Christopher Null

    Why user reviews are worthless - Computers - Yahoo! Canada Tech

    Say you are in the market for a new frying pan. How do you go about figuring out which one to buy?

    If you're like many shoppers, you probably log on to Amazon.com or another shopping site, poke around to find the size you want and something that's in your price range, but still find yourself faced with a choice of maybe a dozen potential options. How do you pick from that point? If you don't go with the cheapest of the lot, chances are you'll buy one based on which has the best rating as provided by prior purchasers of the item."...



    "Bottom line: Merchants may try to temper this stuff, but as a consumer, you need to keep your expectations in check, too.

    For more on this topic, I invite you to check out my book on film criticism, which has several pages devoted to grade inflation. I'm happy to report it has a perfect five-star rating on Amazon.com, so you know it's good. continue reading


    On the same shelf:
  • Citation links @ Amazon by Dr. Mohamed Taher
  • Tuesday, October 06, 2009

    GEOCITIES is Going: How to redirect your website now?

    This post is continuously updated, April 11, 2012.
  • Fire in the Library BY MATT SCHWARTZ, WITH REPORTING BY EVA TALMADGE,JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012, Technology Review.
    The GeoCities archive was so big that at first Scott put out a call asking anyone with an available terabyte-sized hard drive to mail it to his home, where he would load the files and arrange for return postage. More than a dozen people from Scott's network volunteered to help safeguard the GeoCities cache until it was ready to be released as a torrent. continue reading
  • Nov, 2010: Geocities Lives On as Massive Torrent Download

  • Extract: "If you don’t want to download 0.65 terabytes of the web equivalent of space junk, you can merely browse one of the several mirrors the Archive Team has set up at reocities.com, geociti.es, geocities.ws and oocities.org."
  • Not gone!.

  • My Geocities' site along with others in so many Neighborhoods--found via Archive.org--now at: http://reocities.com/ResearchTriangle/thinktank/8596

  • Former GeoCities customers:
    Sorry, the GeoCities web site you were trying to reach is no longer available.
    Although you have signed in to Yahoo!, you can no longer access the GeoCities Control Panel. Please visit one of our other Yahoo! sites or learn more about this change in the help center

  • 28 Oct, 2009 -- site accessible till 6 PM, EST.

        



  • R.I.P. GeoCities: A Community is Killed Yahoo Shuts Down Property with 10m Unique Monthly Visitors
    By Chris Crum, WebProNews
    Yahoo has officially shut down Geocities.The company has said that it did not count the property among its priorities, so it is simply getting rid of it. Yahoo has shut down about 20 services in less than a year.

    23 Oct, 2009

  • Strange, but is it true? what do you think: "I can't read Japanese, but Yahoo! GeoCities Japan doesn't currently mention anything about closure on it's index page." SCONEHENGE


    Base on the above news, even today geocities @ Japan says, nothing about closure. It is all about continuity of technical support, not end of support: "October 2009 from October 22 to perform server maintenance every Thursday."

    Background news:

  • Yahoo Quietly Pulls The Plug On Geocities, by Leena Rao on April 23, 2009

  • News about My New home: Geo sites By Chris Crum - Fri, 10/09/2009.


    Now, I have posted the following at BlogCatalog. In case you are not a member of BlogCatalog, please post your comments here.

    GeoCities is closing on October 26, 2009. Thanks to Timethief, we have the background of GeoCities' announcement to CLOSE and what else is already done.

    If we do our own back-up and post our content on any other websites, the content will be with us, touch wood, forever. Otherwise, our Geocities' content will be lost in the deep web.

    I have done some research (see the links below), and tried my best to get back to the surface web--I just did my 2 cent, and not sure of the results. Hence, please try and let's share our results, of what works, and what does not work.

    Here are a few links I found:


  • How to redirect a web page, the smart way: www.stevenhargrove.com/redirect-web-pages





  • Geocities closing 301 redirect to maintain search ranking: forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=1419350"





  • Using the Link Rel Canonical Tag: www.devshed.com/c/a/PHP/Using-the-Link-Rel-Canonical-Tag/





  • Learn about the Canonical Link Element in 5 minutes: www.mattcutts.com/blog/canonical-link-tag/




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