|Subject:|| This Week at NewArchitect.com: You Are Here: Search Technologies
||Date:|| Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:00:00 -0700
This Week at NewArchitect.com: You Are Here: Search Technologies
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I don't know about you, but it seems like the harder I search for
something online, the less likely I am to find it. Google and
its PageRank technology are the de facto standards of the search
world, and the technology works by measuring the number of links
to a page as a gauge of that page's popularity. Hence, big sites
commonly score well in results listings. The problem of course is
that niche sites tend to have the minutiae you're looking for,
not big ones. Anyone who's ever searched for help on a cryptic
Windows problem knows the LAST place you should look is
microsoft.com, although that site invariably comes up as the top
link for anything Windows-related. Sifting through USENET
archives typically generates a far better response (and Google
thankfully offers this feature, too), but today's sophisticated
Web user needs an update to the hobbled search technologies of
The good news is that help is on the way, as enterprise search is
attracting dozens of new players who want to show you the way in
the woolly world of the Internet (and help you find the goods on
your intranet, too). The bad news is that this landscape has
gotten as hard to navigate as the Net itself, with nearly a dozen
competing technology archetypes, each utilized by three or four
companies. That's why this month's cover story, "You Are Here"
(http://www.newarchitectmag.com/documents/na0103a/), is sure to be
one of those clip-n-save articles you'll find yourself referring to
throughout the next few years.
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You Are Here: Next-gen search technologies
"A report issued by Forrester Research in September 2002 concluded
soberly, "Most companies already own a search engine -- one that
doesn't work." Indeed, says Paul Sonderegger, the analyst who
wrote the study, "Part of the problem may still be that users
still can't find what they're looking for, and when that happens
they abandon the search." That notion is backed by a WebTop study
that found that American computer users experience "search rage"
if they don't find what they want within twelve minutes. The
problem, of course, is that many search engines are ill-suited to
discern what you're really looking for among the ever-expanding,
Himalayan-sized mountains of data."
Front End: Recent News and Trends
Time to consider hybrid licensing strategies; the RIAA runs out
of dot-coms to sue, targets you instead; pie menus aim to end the
click-and-drag era; nine thousand Internet washing machines start
Legal Code: Ask Not What the Internet Can Do for You
"Not too many years ago, conversations about our nation's critical
infrastructure would have revolved around the Interstate Highway
System or the television and radio broadcast networks. Not so
long before that, the same conversation would have centered on
railroads. Times certainly change, and while we haven't abandoned
many of the transit and distribution systems of the last century,
we've become dependent on new ones, like the Internet.
Because of the Internet's recent elevation to
critical-infrastructure status, it is now the subject of a new
national policy debate about how to secure it. This is a result
of the increased awareness of security following the terrorist
attacks of September 11 last year. Internet security and
stability is now a key responsibility of the fledgling Department
of Homeland Security."
Review: Sun LX50 General Purpose Server
"The LX50 (code-named "Big Bear") is Sun's newest offering on the
x86 platform, sporting optional dual processors in a 1U form
factor. It enters an already crowded marketplace, in direct
competition with stalwarts such as Compaq (Proliant DL360), Dell
(PowerEdge 1650), and IBM (xSeries 330). One key differentiator
of the LX50 is the operating system support: The LX50 comes with
either Solaris x86 OE or Sun Linux 5.0, a new Linux distribution
that Sun tweaked especially for its Intel hardware. The
competitors typically support Windows or Red Hat Linux. The
LX50/Sun Linux 5.0 combination is the first unified
hardware/software Linux solution from an enterprise vendor -- can
Sun make the most of this potentially potent marriage? I decided
to test that configuration and find out."
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