Tuesday, September 11, 2007

SOTI Roundup 11.09.07

montageagoogle While I was away on the conference circuit, a few stories escaped me. Some are shiny, happy tech news (thanks Cali), some are ...

Google Reader adds search. This is a big deal - no, really, it is. All the Googley goodness you would expect of a Google app, but more. Since this is a way of filtering RSS, it takes Reader closer to being a web 3.0 application. Very soon, Reader will recommend feeds to the user, based on previous subscriptions and other Google activity.
I'd be tempted to abandon Bloglines - if Reader worked properly with Safari.

Unfortunately, the GigaOm Show is a huge let down. The producers just don't understand the format. The file sizes are huge yet the quality is poor, the running time is too long and the talking head format could be done better with audio. Om Malik looks tired and several times said "I can't be bothered to talk about this". Well Om, I can't be bothered to watch you. You need to watch WebbAlert to learn how to put together a video podcast.

Montage-a-google is a simple web-based application that uses Google image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on search terms entered by the user. Nice.

How many teachers does it take to become a journalist? Err, most of them, it seems.

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