I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Year: 2004

Microsoft/RealNames, realnames

RealNames

A little bit of news. I have recently reacquired the RealNames domain name – realnames.com. This is some 30 months after we were forced to close the company. It feels good to have 100% ownership back of a thing I spent 5 years creating. To be honest I’m not yet sure what I will do with it. Anyway, I have all of the old data and have created – over a weekend – a new search engine based on the RealNames data. Yes I coded it myself – and it shows There are 3 types of search allowed: Keyword search.

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EarningsCast Internet Keith Teare,

Announcing Earnings Cast!

I have started a new podcasting blog – http://www.earningscast.com. For now it isn’t going to be comprehensive of all earnings, just key ones each quarter. Also for now I am not editorializing. Just putting the whole call into my podcast. Later, we’ll see. An hour might be too long. One possibility is to charge for access to full earnings casts but give summaries for free. Perhaps I could do shorts also and syndicate them for other podcasts. Just wanted to let you know. Let me know if you have any opinions.

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Internet Search,

Podcast: Google’s Earnings call

Google had it’s first earnings call Thursday. If you are interested in either search or advertising online it is really worth an hour of your time. Lot’s of questions out there. Is Google overheated? Are they doomed to fail? Are they the EBay of Data? Listen and decide for yourself. Then it hit me. This is perfect for a podcast. So… here is my first “Earnings Cast” – with no editorial from me.

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Internet Search,

Charlene Li of Forrester on Search

Charlene Li of Forrester has a new Blog. I met Charlene briefly at Web 2.0. She has comments on the search panel – specifically noting the large agreement between the panelists on what the future direction of search is from a features and functionality point of view. Then she hits us with a killer comment: “I don’t think the war will be won on features and functionality. Instead, the victor will be the company that is more comfortable with opening up their index and data from personalized profiles. By turning these assets into platforms for other companies to build on,

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Politics and Economics

From the BBC

Kofi Annan’s comments yesterday have created a fuss. The BBC reports: Authorities in the UK, Australia, Poland, Bulgaria and Japan also rebuffed Mr Annan’s claims. Australian Prime Minister John Howard described the UN as a “paralysed” body and said it was incapable of dealing with international crises. Clearly both Annan and Howard are right, but the UN’s paralysis is a symptom of a new era in US foreign policy – to “go it alone” against targets determined alone. Prediction: This era will be more unstable than that between 1914 and 1945 if it is allowed to develop. new imperialism

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Politics and Economics

UN Chief says Iraq war was illegal!

Iraq war was Illegal and breached UN charter, says Annan. Too little too late I fear. The UN is now irrelevant. This is a bad fact for the US and the UK who now need it to help them in post-war Iraq, but that’s really just too bad. The UN has been revealed as a powerless talking shop. The world we are moving into is far more dangerous, and the UN’s decline is a symptom of that. Not since those dangerous episodes during the 20th century has the human race been subject to so dangerous trends. Nations are not pretending

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Politics and Economics

“All the people I had shared my shelter with were dead!”

An amazing piece of journalism and a compelling story of the reality of Iraq. The day after US helicopters killed many civilians – purportedly to save a Bradley fighting vehicle from being exposed to “the enemy” an eye witness, a British journalist from The Guardian, tells what happened. It’s amazing to me that the Democratic nominee for President is being so craven in his support for a continued military presence in Iraq and an absolute failure in providing any opposition to the neocons (for that is who runs US Foreign policy today). The truth is that Iraq provides every argument

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announcement Keith Teare, Teare Family,

Moving On!

We’re moving house over the next two weeks. We sold our Aptos house and moved out on Friday. We are going to a new home in Hamilton Avenue [close to University Avenue] in Palo Alto, but can only move in on 18 September. Meanwhile we are renting a beach house in Rio Del Mar. Life is quite good I think BUT … this server will be down a lot until 22 September when my new DSL activates. I run it from home and the transition will not be smooth. Sorry!

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DNS and ICANN,

TUCOWS auction service

TUCOWS launched [ http://www.byte.org/blog/_archives/2004/9/7/136578.html ] an expiring names auction service today. The most interesting part of Ross’s post is this: Today we announced Tucows expiring names auction service, a local implementation of the Perfect Information proposal (PIP?). What I mean is that it only realizes the efficiencies described in “Perfect Information” on a very local basis – i.e. it only works for names registered with Tucows. Because it is a “local” solution, it also lacks a few features that we set forth in “Perfect Information”. For instance, it doesn’t solve 100% of the problems faced by the registry and it doesn’t properly acknowledge

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