Archive for October, 2008

The New Yahoo Homepage

October 31st, 2008 No comments

Yahoo did more than just putting a custom logo for Halloween today. They also released a new homepage, currently visible probably to a small percentage of users. Lucky me…

The new home page is much cleaner and lighter that the previous one. The focus is put on search (note the yellow halo around the search bar), user’s personalized applications (mail, weather, stocks, movies, local events, etc.) and news.

A few changes to highlight:

1. Bye-bye red logo. The home page logo is also wearing purple.

2. Bye-bye white background. Say hello to the blue-gray gradient frame around the page’s content.

3. The “My Applications” box was moved to the left and increased. When you click on an application, a slider opens to the right to provide a large preview area.

4. A few boxes that existed on the old page are gone (Marketplace, Small Businesses, Today’s top searches). This helps reduce the noise and put focus on the key services – search, applications and news.

Here are couple of screen shots of the new page. More photos here.

and the old page with Halloween logo…

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Google AdWords US Elections Promo

October 23rd, 2008 No comments

Google really wants to get people to the polls, and they now are promoting it inside the AdWords console.

I wonder if soon they will offer advertisers a $25 credit if they complete their duty.

Google AdWords-US elections promo

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Xoopit – another must have Firefox add-on

October 21st, 2008 5 comments

Do you know these house organizer services you hire to come to your house and organize stuff? Well, one of the best things that often happen when they organize your house & closets are the forgotten photos and other items they are able to find.  Things that you know are somewhere in the house but you have no clue where exactly.

Well, Xoopit is the same but for your Gmail (as long as you use Firefox). It is a great inbox search utility that makes it easy to find attachments (photos, videos) and browse through them inside Gmail.

You should give it a try.

Xoopit for Gmail - Detail View

Finally – Babylon for Mac

October 16th, 2008 3 comments

I am big fan of Babylon and have been using this utility extensively. It is much more than a translation tool for me. It is the ultimate reference utility. I use various topical glossaries (technology, finance, sports), dictionaries, thesauruses and it is among the top 5 software I use most every day (only email, browser & IM/Skype are ahead of it).

But since switching to a Mac I had to find all kinds of workarounds that allowed me to keep using Babylon. Such as copy and paste terms from Mac applications into Babylon for Windows (I have a Virtual Machine on my Mac). But the experience was not the same.

Earlier today, and just by coincidence, I discovered that Babylon has finally released its version for the Mac. The Mac version costs exactly like the Window version ($89) so there is no "Apple Tax" in this case.

BTW, I wonder how this piece of news was not published on Mac/Apple related blogs and sites.

You can buy Babylon for Mac here.

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Israel #16 on FIFA’s World Ranking – HA?!

October 8th, 2008 1 comment

Don’t get me wrong. I cheer for the Israeli football national team and wish them only success. I long for the day I will be able to take my boys to watch the Israeli team at a World Cup or the Euro.

But, at the same time, I can not understand how the hell the team is ranked #16 on the latest FIFA Word Ranking, before teams who have participated in major tournaments (World Cup, Euro, etc.), like Greece, Ukraine, Mexico, United States, Paraguay or Ghana.

The ranking algorithm FIFA uses simply does not do what it is says it is supposed to do: “Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team’s performance over the last four years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team.” (source: wikipedia).

FIFA should hire some search experts to tune up the algorithm and its relevance. Otherwise, it is just a matter of time before Israel passes England.

FIFA world ranking - oct 2008

FIFA world ranking - oct 2008 (source: