A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First,
they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and
free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily
available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second,
getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for
those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or
access to medical libraries.
This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24
hours. You can get other “plans” that allow unlimited access for more
money. Does this sound familiar, like renting movies? Got it. Their search
engine is very simplistic — you can’t sort by date for example. But you
can enter an entire abstract into the search query to narrow things down.
I have been a long time donor to Kiva.org, a peer microfinance lending site
that has been around for several years. When I first heard about it I thought
it was an interesting idea and donated some money to fund a few different
third-world start up businesses.
Kiva works by hooking up generous folks with microfinance lenders by
promoting the individual beneficiaries on their Web site. You get the feeling
that your donation is going straight into the pockets of these worthy folks.
And you can watch your donation be repaid in painfully small increments as
the business o... (more)
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
I hate those end of year lists, made especially tiresome this year being the
end of the decade (which really doesn’t end until next year, but we won’t
get into that).
Nevertheless, I will call your attention to this list where I reside at #26:
Ulitzer Names The World’s 30 Most Influential Virtualization Bloggers
I am honored to be among such great company.
Happy new year everyone!
iPad on Ulitzer
Pardon me for adding yet another iPad analysis (certainly, when a computer
product launch makes it into Doonesbury, we have crossed a new threshold of
hype), but one thing actually missing from the copious words and videos on
yesterday's event at Moscone was the simple fact that we have a new browser
war on our hands, and it isn't a pretty sight.
The browser wars of yesteryear between Microsoft and Netscape seem so quaint.
(And look what happened to Netsacpe, too.) Today it is all about Adobe Flash
versus the multi-touch swipe technology that is part of Apple's pr... (more)
Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as
many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take
over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical
infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against
Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war,
declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google
doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were
fired doesn’t make it a... (more)