RSS … it’s coming

Well, I’m one of the converts now. No more surfing all the sites and blogs, just pull them into the RSS reader. Not convinced, see the posting on the TheRSSWeblog.

A quick quote from there: ”In 1994, if someone told you that in 10 years there would be just shy of a billion Internet users, more than 100 billion Web pages, and trillions of dollars of commerce based on a globally connected network, you might have thought the person insane. It was difficult to imagine then, as it is difficult to imagine now, that more than 100 billion RSS feeds will emerge in the next six years. It is difficult to imagine a different model of search where information (that you really want) searches for you. It’s difficult to imagine anything as geeky as RSS (i.e., machine-code in a URL) impacting non-technical users in every aspect of information and their daily personal and business lives. But it was difficult to envision a Web page 10 years ago.”

Censored by… Google???

An interesting article here on Slashdot:

Someone tried to search images on Google of Lynndie England, the US soldier that got in the news worldwide with the pictures taken of her with prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Nothing turned up. Enter a search for pictures of Abu Ghraib … no pictures with England either. Try the same on Altavista or Alltheweb … you do get to the shots you’d expect. So what is happening with the Google results… Google censorship or something else? It’s a scary thought that the (still) biggest search engine on the web should start to direct what we can and cannot see… Judging by this article, they’re certainly getting less popular.