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Tagging: Searching using community expertise

Excerpted below is an article from the January/February 2007 issue of The Atlantic Monthly about social searching and tagging. It provides a good introduction to how it works, and describes how it improves the ability to find information.

Tag Teams

Social-search programs like Flickr and del.icio.us guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.

by James Fallows

Flame on lame software companies

I just tried playing one of my favorite Shockwave games on my Intel Mac Mini. It works perfectly on my wife's PPC iMac and on my PPC iBook, of course. But the Shockwave plug-in doesn't work. Why? Well, because as Adobe says in a TechNote, they haven't "yet been ported to run natively on the new Intel-based Macintosh computers and currently only runs in Rosetta emulation mode." The date of this TechNote is May 12, 2006.

IE7 is a coming tsunami

Funny how moving one's family from one continent to another sucks up all your free time. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. In the meantime, the topic at hand:

As my colleague wrote in his blog:

The Answer for Intel Mac?

The Parallels Desktop looks like it might be just what the doctor ordered for users who want to get away from the many annoyances of Microsoft Windows, or for the Mac zealots who just need to run the one or two Windows-only applications. It's also possibly the best thing since sliced bread for software developers who want to develop in the Mac OS environment, but need to test on other Intel platforms. Parallels doesn't just provide a way to run Windows. One can virtualize FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris and even OS/2.

Save the Internet

"Net neutrality" is a concept that most Americans don´t know about. It´s essentially the First Amendment for the Internet -- allowing Web users to go where they want and do what they please online. This standard is why the Internet has become a revolutionary force for economic innovation and new ideas.

Large cable and telephone companies are planning to do away with Net Neutrality. They´re asking Congress to pass legislation that allows them to control which Web sites get priority over everything else and which ones are left behind.

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