jolicloud 1.0 – REVIEW

As my girlfriend is the proud owner of a Samsung N210 netbook; i found myself itching to test out Jolicloud; an OS designed entirely for Netbooks. Jolicloud 1.0 is the most recent ‘cloud-based’ operating system; it is built on an Ubuntu 9.04 build and is stripped down for lightness and speed. The essence of Jolicloud is ‘keep things online’; a harkback to the days when cloud-based computing was still in it’s infancy.

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TinEye – Reverse Image search engine

Came across TinEye; a ‘reverse image search engine’ today. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and they also accept contributions of complete online image collections. At the time of writing this, TinEye has indexed 1,572,822,693 images from the web to help you find what you’re looking for.

There are also a number of extensions available for the main web browsers, as well as a mature, paid-for API (designed for commercial searches etc). It is definately one to watch!

Google Me? Research suggests social push by the Chocolate Factory

In a killer 216-slides-with-footnotes presentation posted on SlideShare, Google UX researcher Paul Adams laid out the full gamut of challenges for today’s web designers. It’s a topic of great importance for every product designer, interface designer, web startup and social media consultant struggling with social groups in the online space.

There is speculation that this may indicate a push by Google to release ‘Google Me’; their social media (a-la Facebook) platform. Kevin Rose (of Digg.com Fame) tweeted a rather cryptic rumor, citing a ‘very credible source’ that Google have been working on ‘Me’…

It appears that Google Buzz was a bit of a FAIL; this coupled with the exponential growth that Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, et. al. have experienced over the last few weeks/months/years may explain various sources highlighting that Google are dedicating a rather large team to this project.

Ze plot thickens…

BBC News primed for refresh

One of the most popular websites in the world; BBC News; is set for a refresh in the next week or so. BBC editor Steve Hermann gives the skinny on what we can expect:

What’s new:

  • a fresh, updated design, with more space for the main stories of the day
  • better use of video and images
  • clearer and more prominent labelling and signposting of key stories, whether you are on the front page or a story page
  • a better indication of which are the most recent headlines
  • easier ways to share stories with others, for those who wish to

Some things are staying the way they are:

  • all the same content is still there: the best of the BBC’s journalism in text, audio and video
  • the latest news headlines will be as quick and comprehensive as ever
  • accuracy remains at the core of our editorial values
  • we’ve been careful to keep things simple and easy to use; you have told us how important this is