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Web Comic

This has some funny slides in it, just go ahead and view it!

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SearchCamp in Chennai

As far as my research goes it is the first SearchCamp happening. On october 6th & 7th people who are into the topic as well as interested in it will meet in Chennai India at Tidel Park. Which is the 2nd largest Technology Park in India regarding the Wikipedia entry.

SearchCamp Logo

The SearchCamp runs as an un-conference just as the BarCamp style. Though the same rules apply everyone is an organizer or speaker and there is supposed to be no passive audience. The sponsor are not fixed yet. But interesting to see some prices in the wiki they seem pretty reasonable for me, don’t they?

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend it. Such a pity, that they will it in Chennai instead of Bangalore. Thereby with a presentation on FAROO I would have such a good contribution to the part which discusses the alternative search engines. By looking at the suggested topic list it appears to me that the event might be a bit SEO overloaded. Although ROI and measuring success is important I am missing a bit the topics concerning social aspects and influences of search engines on the society. Besides I miss a topic on user and hies/her needs or user behavior on search engines.

Well, right it’s an un-conference even if I can’t be there I’ll add a social topic to the SearchCamp wiki. Let’s see maybe I find a blog post after the venue finished to gain an insight in the indian search engine market.

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40 startups # of the week

While observing my everyday walk-the-blogs in the morning I hit on this list of 38 german startups. I recognized 2-3 startups out of the list which I know from one of those web2.0 events. Actually I think some are missing and the certain services already complained about it by leaving comment on the blog post. What a wonderful transparent blogger world! That is the reason why my title say 40 # of the week instead of 38.

The second destination of my walk-the-blogs hit on TechCrunch as usual. Where they just thrilled announced that TechCrunch20 is converted into TechCrunch40.

After reviewing the 700+ applications that we received from 26 different countries, and after personally interviewing 175+ businesses, we decided that there were just too many strong start-ups to limit the conference format to 20 company presentations. So we […] determined that we could successfully break 40 companies at the conference and still leave room for interesting discussion and debate about new business models and verticals with our expert advisory panel.

T20 aeehhmm 40

Techcrunch2040 will be held on September 17-18 in San Francisco, CA. People from across the globe are attending this conference event. Since today forty out of 700 startups got the chance to announce, present and demo their products over a two day period at TechCrunch2040. The entire event is sponsored by a generous group of corporate sponsors and the startups do not have to pay a single cent for it. They had to pass through a row of interviews with a jury of twenty experts who judge the merit alone. The audience will be integrated into discussions – totally web2.0 like – afterwards until the final judge will be felt . The winner is offered a $50,000 cash award and other in-kind services and awards.

Though, I am really looking forward to T40. The most exiting moment will be when finally a list of the presenting startups will be public. And than compare which one out of the german startup list on blognation is mentioned on that agenda. Won’t be there but would like to – unfortunately i am to far away on the other end of the globe.

No better opportunity of rising attention ? !

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video review on barcampcologne2 & general notes

I liked the following video created by the “Elektrischer Reporter” so much that I decided to post it on my blog, ignoring the fact I didn’t attend this event. But also the facts and figures mentioned in it are quite overwhelming and interesting and amazing.



I summarized some of them for those who are lost with the German language!BarCamp | FooCamp (friends of Oreilly: Tim O’Reilly is the inventor) “foo” also is considered as a wild-card/placeholder within different programming languages.The informal and unforced get together characteristic of BarCamps make people just loving these type of un-conferences.Meeting very nice people who have the same intention to share KNOWLEDGE on a wide variety of political, social and technical internet aspects. There isn’t any stupid questions who can be asked. I talk on my own experience when I first started visiting the so called grassroot-events of the web 2.0 movement. Further, it amazes me how much you can learn from each other by having a nice weekend while listen to panels and discussions. Just dive into new internet issues get a hint what people do in their spare time, what people are amazed or just thinking about, get to meet new people become friends enjoy learning and just keep asking. It reminds me on the Seasam Street and its theme song. “wer, wie, was, – wieso, weshalb, warum – wer nicht fragt bleibt dumm!” (a bad translation: Who, how, why, wherefore and where – if you don’t ask you stay dumb!”) Here you get a taste of Seasam Street and how “people”help each other!



Ok let’s focus on the topic of this article again. People just get crazy about barcamps, that 8 hour after publishing the announcement of registration start already 150 people were registered. If you go to this events to are supposed to take part in an active way. Present or talk about a product, help with the organization, help with blogging about the event or recording panels in audio or video format. It is free of costs for you as a participant. Companies like Thoughtworks, QSC, O’Reilly and a lot of others are supporting the barcampings while are sponsoring the venue facilities, W-lan and other amenities like food & drinks. Thanks! So far, the concept and the intention of barcamps seem really to work out. One of the reasons those barcamps came up was the intention to find an alternative way of participation at conferences and and events. “Professional” conferences like T20, SES Chicago 07 or the Web2.0 EXPO in Berlin are not affordable for students and non-millionaire normal working people. Since barcamps came up they got an alternative and they don’t have to spend tremendously high registration or entry fees and additionally they get sponsored by the same companies like the “professionals” do. Well, I think with this achievement we can say: we fully hit the bull’s eye!9 month ago, the first barcamp in Germany was held. Nobody knew about that un-conferencing thing and the concept of it. The same progress happened with other networking and knowledge sharing events like webmontag, mobilemonday, plogbar, minibar, OpenCoffeeClub and all the meet-ups I don’t know about. They number of barcamps, which were already held exploded, now they take place all around the globe. I think the tipping point is reached – a very interesting book by Malcolm Gladwell by the way.

You really feel the need of people to network, the power of learning and sharing knowledge beside having a good informative time and a few beer together. Shit I missed the beer at barcampcologne2. So far – THE END for today!

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Skype outage

Interesting how an outage of the “little” internet service Skype, affects the entire world. Also interesting how I found out about it via another mobile internet push service. When I recognized that Skype isn’t working in Bangalore my first thoughts were that happens here once and a while in consequences of power cuts or internet cuts which are a part of everyday life. After two month India you are used to those circumstances and tough I was fine without Skype because getting angry isn’t worth it and fortunately I am not depended on it in a business manner. After a few minutes the first twitter messages about Skype and its non-connectivity in Germany reached my Indian cell phone. Wahuu, I am surprised in a positive way it isn’t Indians ‘underprivileged’ or better still in-developing-status infrastructures fault. And a few hours’ later also emails from the US with the message that Skype isn’t working – reached me. The internet and its impact in businesses on the entire world is sooooo amazing and fascinating at the same time. A blog posts on TechCrunch shows that other services like the gizmo project and Grand Central gain benefit out of the Skype outage. The Grand  Central Project was just acquired by Google at the beginning of July 07.

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FAROO & the English version of my diploma thesis abstract.

Since the results of my thesis got a panel on Barcamp Bangalore #4, I thought I should translate & upload the abstract in English as well. Furthermore FAROO is already mentioned in the top 100 list of alternative search engines in july. And at least FAROO is obviously just worth an entry in the English version of Wikipedia.



”Analysis of the growth of a decentralized Peer-to-Peer search engine index“

Nowadays, the internet serves as a source of information for a variety of researches. 90 percent of all internet user use search engines with their comprehensive and complex data gathering and crawling technique, data storing and search algorithms as the tool to accomplish the required information. All established search engines are based on the same technology which is called the client server principal.

Within this thesis a search engine with a different technology of data gathering and Data storing will be introduced and described. It focuses an analysis of the growth of a Peer-to-Peer search engine index against the amount of users and the time line.

The aptitude of the different novel and user centered crawling method to generate a decent search engine index will be examined. The innovation in that method is, that the generation of the index will be realized by the users themselves only while surfing and viewing website within a browser.

To prove the aptitude three hypotheses were formulated which can be proved and discussed by data out of a practical experiment as well as based on theoretical work in the first chapters. The conclusion out of the theory and empery will give an idea and insight to the required timeline, amount of user and the approximately reachable index size. This thesis doesn’t give exact numbers but enables the possibility to make assumptions for the target group as well as marketing measurements to build up a proper search engine community.

Tags: internet, search engine, peer-to-peer, p2p, index, index size, crawling technology, user centered, search behavior

The FAROO website provides you with some more information about its technique and functionalities. If there are any questions, please just put them in the forum, they will be definitely answered. Or you might find your answers within an interview of FAROO’s CEO by clicking on here.

If somebody is interested in details about the results just leave a comment and I will translate that part as well.

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Review Barcamp B’lore #4

Barcamp Bangalore #4 (BcB4) was held at the IIM – Indian Institut of Management – great spot.
The first day was kind of confusing but I have not been in a good shape additionally I prefer just barcamping without collectiving. Although it is nice to involve people by providing biking and a photo collective. My favorite was the ‚unband collective‘. their panels gave us some relaxing time in between the panels.

these days are busy and I don’t find time to report on every session I saw. Nevertheless you should get the opportunity to see some pictures. Here you find some remarks at least for the 2nd day of barcamp.

Just created a Technorati account and they want me to claim this:

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Reviewing the bangalorian blogger meeting

Well, last Saturday Nimbu and me indeed tried to meet up with some bloggers from Bangalore. It was supposed to be at (Coffee Day – chain) on MG road. Upon that most Indians have a different feeling of time regarding fitting an appointment at a particular point of time; we were about 12-20 minutes behind the time. We got that coffee day and figured out a lot of people there but who is a blogger and who is not? We went creative; just draw a sing saying: “Looking for the blogger meet up!” (see below)

 obviously looking for bangalorian blogger

And showing it around. People seemed to be very interested they started asking: “What the heck are you guys looking for?” Though at least we got to opportunity to explain what a blog is and enabled us to talk a couple of sentences about blogging. ;-)

 The next day two friend of mine were contacting me: ”Well, how was the blog meeting? You know what I found the article in that newspaper reporting on the blogger meeting there is also a picture with it but why are you not on it?” If you started reading the article, I figured out why we didn’t meet up the blogger. The expected amount of people were double the size so that the location must been change before we arrived. But great now I know there are still Indian who count on time.

newspaper report

Looking forward to join the next bangalorian blogger meet-up on the 21st of July.

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BarCamp goes Bangalore

Fortunately I just found out about the blogger and barcamp scene here in Bangalore.

BarCamp Bangalore

It is on July 28 and 29, 2007 at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). And it is already the 4th barcamp in Bangalore (BCB4). Hope it will not be to „techi“ oriented by all these internet information service companies hanging out in Bangalore. I am really looking forward to this event in that totally different culture.

On Saturday 07/07/07 and 21st/07/07 I will go to join a blogger meet up. They will prepare what migth be important to held a panel on for BCB4.

Blogger meet up in Bangalore

About a design will always be a fight ;-) (Sorry for that)

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bangalorians are twittering

At the moment twitter gains in importance here in Bangalore. Where as twitter seemed a bit useless when it came up, it now establishes it usage in different ways. First of all it’s a convenient and preiswertes web tool for keeping in touch with friends from the offshore site. To get a hint of what their business is right now. Second it is used for making appointments for evenings at the favorite restaurant ‘Only Place’ or let people now about a new upcoming event.

And in third place it is used by some bloggers see to announce e.g. ‘roof top movie festivals’. Well, what are you doing right now? Visit twitter and join. It is fun and let you look bussy with you cell.

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