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America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. -Stalin

Friday, February 11, 2005

Mac Mini - Wait

I like the Mac Mini, especially if you are replacing an exsiting home system that is primarily used for Email and surfing the net, downloading digital pictures from your camera, and maybe making home movies. If you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, your ready to go or can hook it up to your TV. But there is two words of caution.

One - Its first generation Apple techology. There will be problems, always has been with first generation anything even Apple. Therefore I am saying wait until fall. Also, I expect to see OS 10.4 released this fall as well. Apple is rather bad about not giving away new OSes. I purchased my iBook a week before the release of OS 10.2 was announced. I was preparing to leave for Germany at the time and didn't have the luxury of waiting another week. If I had, I would have gotten OS 10.2 free when it was released. Instead I had to pay for the $70 student upgrade at the time.

Two - Lack of a Superdrive. The current offering is a DVD/CD-RW combo drive. You can still play DVD's and burn CD-Roms, but you cannot Burn DVD's. I imagine that Superdrive will be an option in the next generation of Mac Mini's. Then you can Play DVD and burn home made videos to DVD or CD-Rom.

I do believe that Apple has plans for a downloadable movie service much like the iTunes store and that the Mac Mini will be a home run seller for Apple and will be a great product. I would just wait for the next product offering this fall and then purchase.

1 Comments:

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Yahoo Boasts Size of Its Search Engine Index



Trying not to include any phallic analogies, Yahoo this week announced that its overall search engine index is much larger than Google’s and is the most in depth index of ‘web objects’ on the search market. On the Yahoo Search Blog, Yahoo disclosed that its index now includes 19.2 billion web documents, 1.6 billion images and more than 50 million audio and video files - over 20 billion items.

Yahoo is usually shy about disclosing the size of its search index, but the Yahoo Search Blog is celebrating its first year anniversary and Tim Mayer thought that somewhat of a retrospect was in order - since Yahoo has grown into its own as a search engine powerhouse over the past 365 days.

From the YSearchBlog : While we typically don’t disclose size (since we’ve always said that size is only one dimension of the quality of a search engine), for those who are curious this update includes just over 19.2 billion web documents, 1.6 billion images, and over 50 million audio and video files.

Note that as with all index updates we are still tuning things so you’ll continue to see some fluctuation in ranking over the next few weeks.

Greg Sterling of the Kelsey Group, however, makes the distinction of quality over quantity What I, Joseph User, care about is accuracy, quality and relevance. The available index does matter in terms of bringing me a sufficient quantity of results. (And if I’m looking for something really obscure, having that thing in the index is obviously important, which may go to size.).

But there’s a major case of diminishing returns—there’s already way too much information online for people to assimilate. Throwing more volume at me does nothing but make my eyes glaze over. What I want is enough relevant results.”

Index schmindex, the moral of the story is what Yahoo has accomplished over the past year and what the next 12 months will bring with not only Yahoo Search, but the Yahoo Publishers Network, Yahoo LinkSpots, Yahoo Pay Per Call, and Site Explorer. What has Yahoo accomplished over the past year? Well, here’s Tim’s rundown :
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