Via MeFi: The Hotmail Team are beta testing a new interface for hotmail. Looks good, they took their time responding to GMail though. It’s not just about space – functionality and speed matter too. Good luck with dealing with the massive amount of Hotmail spam too, that was a nightmare when I used the service a few years back. This looks like a nice Outlook style interface. I’m surprised they don’t call it Outlook Online Mail or something. Be good to tie their Exchange OWA service with Hotmail and with the Outlook desktop client. Strenghten the brand or something.
Woah. From the initial pics I thought it looked pretty crap and that they needed a lesson in design from Sony or Apple but Russell Beattie pointed to this video of the Nintendo Revolution controller in action. This looks pretty damned good. Forget form factor for now, I’m sure they can fix that in the next version. I’d go with sexy technology and applications rather than form-factor.
Susan reports that AOL could be sold to MSN or Google. Wow, it took Time-Warner long enough to get rid of that embarassing wart on their face. To think a few years ago that wart was more beautiful and promising than them.
Google Blog Search is out. Remind me again how long ago they bought Blogger? Google has turned into that Battleship they should never have been. Does it really take this long to build a blog search engine? Everyone else is way before them on this, when they actually had the chance to be first on the market.
Besides it should be called Google RSS Search, not Blog Search. I get Irish Examiner RSS feeds in the results. They don’t do blogs. I’ve also noticed a few spam blogs in the first few results for certain searches. Some are blatantly obvious too. Perhaps there should be a “Flag This” next to the result or would that allow some jealous people to try and rig results?
When I typed in a search for my own name I had assumed I’d get results back with people mentioning me on their blogs, as I do with pub sub and IceRocket and so on. Nope. It returned back all the posts on this site. That’s shite. Hardly any of those blog entries mention my name in them, it’s just the name of my site. Rejig the algorithms Google. This is a monumental let-down.
The Irish Times tells us today that Hobbes threatened legal action over an article in the Village. Publication today was halted but it is to go ahead tomorrow with nothing changed, allegedly. Handy that it gets a mention in the Irish Times now. Should boost numbers.
On the Last Word yesterday evening Hobbes said he was not going on the Late Late on Friday. He has said he did not agree to appear on the Late Late Show. Is this just an attempt to have a better bargaining position with Pat Kenny to make sure that he is not eaten alive by the rabid Fianna Fáil pro-Groceries Order people?
Via Doc Searls is this fantastic Flickr photo of a note to a resident about their porn.
“Dear Residents of 2412 Fulton…, I was dumpster diving and came accross the abundance of porn in your trash. I have a friend who would love to have it.
Eddie goes head to head with the lobbyists or lobbyist backed FF politicos on the Late Late on Friday night. Should be very entertaining. Eddie has had exclusive interviews with all the papers. I love their definition of what exclusive is. We exclusively talked to him one on one for 10 seconds!
I noticed RGDATA have taken out big ads in the paper to say why the Competition Authority are wrong. Shame on them for doing a “won’t someone think of the children” propoganda style ad by asking us to think about the poor people and the charities who provide for them. Some charities have said killing the Groceries order will increase costs of goods for poor people. I wonder who convinced them of that?
Hobbs again today is all over the papers. Why is it every picture of him has him half scowling and his arms tightly folded? More commentary on Eddie: P45 Rant on Eddie Hobbs, Boards.ie thread on Eddie Hobbs, Bernie creates a list of what Eddie Hobbs wants.