Monday, January 31, 2005

Intellext Watson - Search in Context

Intellext Emerges From Northwestern University's DevLab Incubator with Software that Revolutionizes the Way Computer Users Get Information Watson delivers timely, relevant contextual information to users
CHICAGO - January 31, 2005 - Intellext (, the "Intelligence in Context" software company, today announced that it has emerged from its research and development stage and is now commercially marketing and shipping its software solution, Watson. The product of research conducted by Intellext co-founders Dr. Jay Budzik and Dr. Kristian Hammond at Northwestern University, Watson removes the burden of search from the shoulders of computer users. By reading and understanding what people are working on and using that knowledge to proactively find and deliver useful information to the user, Watson is able to find information the user didn't know existed - in places they otherwise might not have looked.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Thunderstone Mini?

Thunderstone Software announced a new version of its Search Appliance aimed at the small business market. The new product is called Small Business Edition (SBE) and provides a search of up to 50,000 documents or web pages.The Search Appliance SBE is available for a total investment of only $4,995, which includes support and maintenance for two years. Its closest competitor costs $7,495 including support for two years.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Search Appliance Matrix from Goebel Group

Google, Thunderstone, and Vivisimo products are detailed in an easy-to-use, one-stop reference comparing the industry’s leading Search Appliance products for corporate intranets and websites.

Goebel Group, Inc., today released the first comprehensive matrix detailing and comparing the features of the industry's search appliance products, available at . The matrix includes information about the number of documents and what file types can be indexed by the industries leading search appliance products. By consolidating information from the leading vendors, this across-the-board matrix makes researching and evaluating the search appliance products easy and efficient. Goebel Group’s matrix can help reduce the time it takes to thoroughly research all the products available. Goebel Group’s comprehensive matrix gives users a big-picture look at the state of search appliance market, while also presenting details critical to the decision-making process. The following products are included in this matrix: Google Mini, Google Search Appliance, Thunderstone Search Appliance, Vivisimo Velocity Dell bundle. The matrix will be continually updated with new information.

Friday, January 21, 2005

AOL - Now Clustering Search Results with Vivisimo

AOL is the first major web property to include clustering of search results. Vivisimo's Clustering product takes the search results from the Google index and puts them into useful categories. This saves the users time and helps them find more relevant information. Vivisimo can do this for any search index from Google, MSN, Yahoo, Verity and others.

New enhancements of AOL Search include:

** An updated design that moves away from a tabbed interface to provide users with a more directed and personalized search experience.
** A new sorting and "clustering" feature that helps users find exactly what they are looking for more quickly and efficiently. AOL has licensed clustering technology from Vivisimo, which automatically organizes relevant search results by topics and displays them alongside the list of general Web search results. This approach saves users from having to wade through long lists so they can zero in on more specific results and find exactly what they're searching for. AOL Search is the first major search engine to incorporate clustering technology within its search results.
** An innovative AOL(r) SmartBox(tm) suggestion tool that automatically presents relevant choices to help instantly narrow a query even before users press the "Search" button. The SmartBox tool helps users refine and clarify their search, increasing the accuracy of their results. For example, typing in the word "eagles" into the AOL Search query box presents the opportunity for users to hone their search to "The Eagles" (the band), "The Philadelphia Eagles" (football team), or "Eagles" (the bird). AOL Search will also display a user's most recent searches to save time when they want to look up the same searches again.
** A new layer of results called "Snapshots" appears at the top of search results and presents editorial content and relevant information for a wide range of topics from local movie showtimes and sports stats to current events. Snapshots results, which draw from AOL's large network of content and Web brands, include member ratings for local businesses, restaurants and other points of interest. Also available are quick tools such as a calculator, currency converter, "find a flight" from AOL(r) Travel, and "find a restaurant" from AOL(r) CityGuide. There are now more than 2.5 million AOL(r) Snapshots programmed packages provided for as many as 20 percent of all AOL Search queries. AOL Search integrates locally relevant search results for cities across the U.S. and draws from AOL's leading local services including AOL CityGuide, AOL(r) Yellow Pages, and the MapQuest(r) and Moviefone(r) services.
** Integrated shopping search results provide users with an easy and convenient way to purchase products they're looking for or to easily access Pinpoint(r) Shopping's database of more than 25 million products where users can also narrow products by category, brand, price, store name and merchant rating.
** As part of America Online's ongoing commitment to ensure usability of AOL products and services by people with disabilities, the new AOL Search offers the ability to adjust font sizes and improved compatibility with screen reader software used by the blind.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Getting the Max from your Mini

Now that Google has announced a low end version of its search appliance called the Google Mini organizations are looking at ways to use it in their enterprises. The important thing to remember is that the Google Mini and Googel Search appliance work well in the environment that they have been designed for. The good news is that these products are capable of doing a lot, the bad news is that it may take some time to understand how to do it.

Organizations with small websites and intranets that have content available via http (mini does not crawl javascript) will have the most success with the mini. The low price point and 30 day money back option make it easy to purchase.

The issues can become apparent when an organization needs to move beyond the scope of the mini or who do not have the technical resources to help it crawl content that may be difficult to get to. The limited presale and no post sale phone support may present an issue for 5 to 10% of the organizations looking at the mini.

For those 5 to 10%, please call me and we can walk you through what the mini can and can not do.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Google Upgrates the Search Appliance

Google announced the upgrade of the Google Search Appliance to include a number of features to help large organizations get content into the index and be searched by employees.

The new features include:


Provide access to data stored in your relational databases by crawling the content directly from the database and serving the content in a number of formats.

3rd Party Content Feed API

Push non-web accessible content into your Google Search Appliance with a simple XML conversion.

Secure Content API

Search across secure content using Google's Authorization API to integrate into existing access control systems.

Localized Administration

Administer your Google Search Appliance around the globe in your local language. Full administration is now supported in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

x509 Client Certificates

Serve secure results to users using mutually authenticated x509 client certificates.

SNMP Monitoring

Monitor system health and appliance crawling and serving statistics via a standard SNMP interface.

These features make the Google Search Applaince more viable in the enterprise.

Additional information about the Google Search Applaince can be found at:

Google Search Appliance Info

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Google Mini

Google has a new (Blue) low end version of their search appliance called the "Mini".

The Google Mini:

Indexes and searches up to 50,000 documents.
Works with more than 220 different file types, including HTML, PDF, Microsoft Office and WordPerfect.
Is easy to set up and requires minimal ongoing administration.
Costs $4,995 for all hardware and software, including a year of support and hardware replacement coverage.

The pricing model (purchase and then 2nd year maintenance ) is a departure from the hardware/software license only GB 1001, GB 5005, and GB 8008 offerings.

The price of the Mini is very attractive and offers a good entry point for smaller companies. Companies that will grow past 50,000 documents and need greater security and backup as well as continuous crawling should look at the GB 1001 model.

More Info GB 1001

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Yahoo Desktop Search

On Jan 11th Yahoo announced their entry into the desktop search market with the availability of Yahoo Desktop Search beta. A complete list of the desktop search products on the market is availalbe at: Desktop Search Matrix

YDS is based on technology from X1, a leader in desktop search. Some of the features include:

Find all your emails, attachments and files

Immediately locate any email, attachment or contact from Outlook or Outlook Express.
Quickly retrieve any file on your computer, regardless of where it is located.
Search for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, text, HTML, ZIP and over 200 other file types.

Instantly preview results

View search results as quickly as you can type with your search terms highlighted.
Preview files exactly as they should look (e.g., Excel looks like Excel, PDF looks like PDF). Find and play audio and video files without launching a separate media player.

Power your email searches

Search for email including the contents of attachments, regardless of file type.
Use the Outlook tool bar to conduct searches while you are doing email.
View, reply, forward and print emails after you've found them.

Customize and control your desktop search experience

Save your favorite searches for one-click reuse.
Search the Web using Yahoo! Search from the same interface.
Ensure your privacy by not indexing your Web browser history.
Set indexing options by file type, email client, and contacts.

YDS has become one of the most feature rich desktop search tools on the market and the free price makes it the one to beat. YDS can be incorporated into an overall enterprise desktop search strategy for your organization. It can be found at: Yahoo Desktop Search

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Desktop Search: The Game Is Afoot


Desktop Search: The Game Is Afoot
New tools have various strengths, but you can only use one

By Stephen H. Wildstrom BusinessWeek

Just a few months ago, Windows users who needed something better than Microsoft's clunky search feature to locate e-mail messages or files on their computer had to seek out -- and usually pay for -- third-party software. Now, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT ) has joined Google (GOOG ) in providing a free desktop search tool, Yahoo! (YHOO ) has announced plans to do the same, and more are on the way.

On Dec. 13 a test version of Microsoft's entry arrived as part of a new MSN Toolbar. This is a critical step in the evolution of local search because the odds are good that the technology will eventually be built into Internet Explorer, perhaps into Windows itself. Yahoo! will make a version of X1, an excellent stand-alone search application, available free of charge in January. And Earthlink will incorporate X1 into the e-mail software it provides to its Internet service subscribers. America Online (TWX ) has been rumored to be negotiating with search software maker Copernic, but it says only that desktop search will be part of a new AOL browser that is under development.


Monday, January 03, 2005

Digital Hide-and-Seek

Digital Hide-and-Seek
Desktop search can help you sort through your computer's contents

If you've come to think of your computer as a digital version of the couch that swallowed your car keys--with photos, songs and travel plans all buried in hard-to-reach places--a new breed of software known as desktop search can help. The big names in Internet search--Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, AOL--have released, or will release early this year, a desktop-search tool for consumers, making it as easy to search your PC's hard drive as it is to search the Web. (Existing search tools built into Windows are too cumbersome to compare, says Dave Goebel, president of the search advisory firm Goebel Group.)

These free programs, typically just a few megabytes in size, are easy to download. Once installed, the software gets to work indexing files, a task that can take several hours and is done only when the machine is idle. From then on, you simply click on an icon or a toolbar to use it.