After being banned by Google for 7 months bie.no is finally back in the index. It must’ve helped sending those ‘reinclusion requests’.
I like the idea of web based word processors, like Writely. I have a laptop, a computer in my bedroom, and a computer at work – and I like the fact that I can just sit down and edit my documents without thinking about where they are physically located. Also, it’s ideal for people who want to work together – sharing documents, editing them – and be able to view the changes of others.
And best of all – you can save as Word, HTML or export to PDF! ..
.. but what I’d really like it a tool like this who could save as DocBook XML. I mean, it’s not hard – if you can export to HTML you can export to DocBook, so why aren’t these companies doing it? Maybe not enough requests for such a feature? Well, I for one would like to pay for such a service, so sign me up :-)
PS! I know I promised you I’d let the java crowd retaliate for the crude comments about java forwarded by random PHP geeks – and I will. Tomorrow. Promise.
In his latest Alertbox column Jakob Nielsen (you know, the usability guru) writes:
I worry that search engines are sucking out too much of the Web’s value, acting as leeches on companies that create the very source materials the search engines index.
He argues that people are using the search engines as ‘answer engines‘, and that they often do not visit the pages that create the content at all.
I see this myself. If I search for something, I often specify the search good enough so that I don’t have to visit the site. Especially when it comes to technology-related searches (e.g. config settings, etc.) – Google almost always display what I want in the text next to the title.
Why is this a problem? Well, the sites create the content, but don’t get the traffic. So, the search engines get the traffic (and the money that follows it) while the ones who actually create the content get nil.
And if the ones who create content want something, then they will have to outbid eachother on AdWords. I must say Jakob has a point.