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Month: June 2008

Screen Capers with Copy Scrapers (sploggers)

PirateThe online world is dominated by search engines and internet portals. The three biggest, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Live, determine what content a site has by using software robots to surf the web and “crawl” (like a spider) for content. The spider reads the content of the website (the words or copy that you write) and returns it to the search engine for processing. When a web user comes along they type in keywords and get a list of search results based on the data the software robots have retrieved for the search engine.

Great minds think alike (day 1 of 30)

So here I am on day 1 of my 30 day challenge to design, build and release a new software product within 30 days. I’ve got a few quiet weeks (i.e. no major releases planned for existing products) and already have one customer signed up to use a service similar to one I’m already using for in-house reporting and monitoring. Only our in house service is MySQL/PHP based (so doesn’t support .NET Web Services or WCF) and since it’s only me looking at the stats – the interface is rather raw. Compared with the existing web stats services, it’s ugly.