Archive for January, 2009

Directory Publishers: Phone Book – YP WP

January 31, 2009

Here is a list of phone book / directory publishers that I have compiled. If you have any others to add, leave a comment and I’ll update the list.

3L System Group The Little Green Books Bahamas GoldenPages
Lawrence, Kansas Internet Yellow Pages Your Online Advertising Partner Your Source for Information
The Little Blue Book Data Publishing Directory Publishing Solutions
The Big Print Book... Always On Top First To Be Chosen™ Always There™ Golden State Directory Corporation
A CenturyTel Company Hometown Phone Book Impact Directories
The Business Directory That Helps Support Local Businesses in Australia Bermuda Yellow Pages Chile Yellow Pages
MacVan Publishing Bilingual Yellow Pages Five Star Phone Books!
Antigua & Barbuda Telephone Directory Large Print Directories Easy-to-Read™ Yellow Pages
The Readable Yellow Pages™ Salt Lake Community Telephone Directories The Better Book... Since 1985
The Guam Phone Book The BEST phone books in town! Your Guide to the Pacific Northwest
Tarheel Publishing Company Northern Directory Publishing Canyon Publishing
A Beautiful Place to Call Home South Dakota's - Find It Here - Telephone Directory eScout
Personal Touch - Advanced Communications

Source: InformationPages | PARTNERS.

Video Demo: ZenDesk

January 26, 2009

ZenDesk

“ZenDesk”
Company: Zendesk ApS, Denmark
Type: Help Desk, Hosted Solution
URL: http://www.zendesk.com
Platform: Ruby/ HTML

Competitive Advantage:

Zendesk is a professional-grade help desk system that has an API for extensibility and a low cost proposition.  It has been designed using ITIL best practices and is in every possible way geared towards providing support and service. Not customer relationship management, bug tracking or project management.

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Google’s Gadget Infrastructure: Shindig

January 22, 2009

On the topic of gadget infrastructure, I found this on the Official Gmail Blog:

“We’re using common gadget infrastructure, such as the Apache Shindig project, and working with other gadget containers to make gadgets more portable.”

And, from Shindig’s site…

What is Shindig?

Shindig is a new project in the Apache Software Foundation incubator and is an open source implementation of the OpenSocial specification and gadgets specification.

The architectural components of Shindig can be broken down as follows:

  • Gadget Container JavaScript — core JavaScript foundation for general gadget functionality. This JavaScript manages security, communication, UI layout, and feature extensions, such as the OpenSocial API.
  • Gadget Server — used to render the gadget XML into JavaScript and HTML for the container to expose via the container JavaScript.
  • OpenSocial Container JavaScript — JavaScript environment that sits on top of the Gadget Container JavaScript and provides OpenSocial specific functionality (profiles, friends, activities, datastore).
  • OpenSocial Data Server — an implementation of the server interface to container-specific information, including the OpenSocial REST APIs, with clear extension points so others can connect it to their own backends.

Here’s a pretty good write up on the Shindig Java API.

Interesting.  I wonder what other gpl “Gadget” specs are out there?

Gmail Gadget: Monitor Twitter Feeds

January 22, 2009

Gmail Gadget

I was reading over the Google Blog regarding a new feature that allows you to add any gadget by pasting in the URL of its XML spec file (e.g. http://www.google.com/ig/modules/youtube_videos.xml). I tested the feature and found that you can’t edit the Gadget settings within Gmail.  So, I hacked a quick Gmail Gadget. (more…)

Graph Visualization: Graph Gear

January 21, 2009

Graph Gear is an open platform for graph visualization (the mathematical kind, not the bar chart kind). It allows you to create an interactive graph with force directed layout that has a good interactive user experience.

Graph Gear Visualization

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An Experimental RDF Graph Visualizer

January 21, 2009

From HP Labs, Craig Sayers has produced an experimental node-centric approach to RDF graph visualization.  (more…)

Video Demo: SmartSpaces, Social Platform

January 19, 2009

SmartSpace Thumbnail

“Smart Space
Company: GoDaddy
Type: Social Aggregator
URL: https://godaddy.com/gdshop/domains/landing.asp?app_hdr=0&ci=12906

Platform: Flash / HTML

Competitive Advantage:

Godaddy has integrated Smart Space as a way to let anyone register a domain name and then instantly turn it into a social web site.  All the technical work is done for you – the site builds itself automatically.

Pricing Information:

Prices for SmartSpace start at $4.99/month for 2 months. From there, the prices are as follows: 12 mo: $4.74/month, 24 mo: $4.49/month, or 36 mo: $4.24/month.

Video Presentation:

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Transcript:
Welcome to the home of a SmartSpace domain.  SmartSpace is a robust, unique and personalized web experience that is tied together with a blog, photos, email, chat and more.

The functionality is ready to go, so your job is to pick what goes best with your domain.  It could be a blog, a podcast and chat.  Or, photos, email and a website.  Or, social space, an easy way to share everything you love about the web.

Want to start a conversation?  Fire up a chat application that gives you full administrator rights.  Like the ability to manage users and moderate public and private chat sessions.

With SocialSpace, you can pull information from all corners of the Web.  Flicker, YouTube, Google News.  Anything with an RSS feed is fair game.  You can even add personal stuff, like a FaceBook profile.  How ever you build it, your SmartSpace content will be housed under a common header that keeps everything under one roof.

We’ll even throw in seamless and simple navigation just because we can.  So check back often and in the meantime, pick up your own SmartSpace to create a Web experience that everyone will be talking about.

Thanks for watching.

[cb type=”company”]GoDaddy[/cb]

[cb type=”product”]SmartSpaces[/cb]

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Open Source Haptic User Interface For The iPhone

January 18, 2009

Haptic UI for touch screens is something I’ve been waiting to see go live since viewing Nokia Morph Concept back in 2007.  Now, it may be coming soon to an iPhone near you thanks to the the Computing Science Department of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Oh, and it’s open source too.

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SVG for Semantic Data Visualization

January 15, 2009

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) seems like simple and effective method for data visualization.  I just noticed that Evri.com is using a great example of SVG in the form of an RDF graph.  This is interesting as I have been working on a Semantic Research application, as part of Domain Labs. (more…)

SVG Database Server?

January 15, 2009

One drawback that I’ve noticed is that SVG may be too intense on the client side, especially when dealing with large datasets or mobile applications.  Performance issues are at play.  To overcome this, a SVG database server may make sense to handle the relational data.  Check out this report: (more…)