SiteAdvisor – watching what you clicked on

6 February, 2006

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First we scanned for virus. Then we scanned for spyware. Now we scan for rogue sites.

SiteAdvisor helps protect you from all kinds of Web-based security threats including spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser-based attacks, phishing, online fraud and identity theft.

It is about time someone come out with this idea. The web is becoming very unsafe with many traps waiting for the unwary.
Just the other day, a friend of mine went to ‘morzilla’ instead of

Misspelled domains or typosquatting is a multi-million dollars business. It is tough arguing for or against it.
But scam like this is much worst.

It frustrating to see online scammers getting away with their act and we can do nothing about it. I had thought of creating an online registrar of scam sites but SiteAdvisor took it a step further.

As a plugin for browsers, it attempts to detect and inform unwary users of rogue sites, protecting them from risks.
It is interesting though to see how SiteAdvisor intend to make money and who are investing them.

Just like adwares/spywares, think about how much money scammers are making. Would they stop without a fight? The ensuring battle provides enough fuel to keep SiteAdvisor going.

Think about how much the anti-virus market is worth. Protecting user is a lucrative business. A successful SiteAdvisor might be target for acquisition by one of the big AV boys.

As for my less techie friends, I will suggest they install this.



3 February, 2006

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Omidrive is yet another idea in private beta. An online storage, it got good review at TechCrunch so I waiting to see it happen.

Last few days, I was checking out online storage because I’m now using 3 portable harddisks for storage and backup. The other day, the new guy in the office formatted athe harddrive on his desktop which housed some backup. I left it there because I ran out of space on all my storage.

Only one thing to add about Omnidrive. It is a surprise to see a site planning to go international use a country level domain like If they ever take off, they might need to buy over the .com domain or change name.

Update: Omnidrive did get a .com. Wonder how much they paid for it?

Newsvine – be an instant chief editor

1 February, 2006


Not aspiring to be a MTV star? How about a chief editor?

Now you can, with Newsvine. It is still in private beta but many had blog about it.

I’m a very slow early-adopter, I got the Newvine invite courtesy of Roberto a while back but only gotten around to really try it today. (Blame all the Web2.0 distraction mushrooming everywhere.)

It still have some problem signing me in though, perhaps due to the way I track my online accounts. My passwords are 20 characters long and have special characters. A number of sites had choked on this.

Many people call it a mesh of CNN + digg + slashdot for lack of better descriptive. Well that’s all very 2.0ish – mix and mesh, power to the people and mass amateurisation of, in this case, news reporting.

The sign problem is really my mistake in messing up my emails. What a boo-boo.


23 January, 2006


Fleck is yet aother Web 2.0 idea in stealth mode.

Except a great sense of humour that amuses even TechCrunch, not much information is on the website.

The blog though is a pretty good read, especially those trying to scoop some web2.0 money while it last.

What about the crazy colors people are thinking up to grab attention? I love the pink!

Natually I signed up, hope to get a glimpse of it soon.

Lexxe – natural language search

14 January, 2006

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A quick guage of an ideas’s attractiveness is when someone tells someone about it and it gets pick-up by yet someone else. That’s how I came across Lexxe today. (Thanks to Dorai.)

My first few tests were

Quite amusing. Either my questions are not well asked or the search engine still have some way to go.

In particular the last question. The answer made me think that the search engine just do string matching of text on webpages and return the answer.

A technology like this has big potential for SEO abuse, like the last example. My gut feel is that such technology is very interesting in the academic setting. But to be deployed commercially, much more work had to be put in to circumvent abuse.

The about page of Lexxe did not mention any names. Obvious a technology like this requires huge academic background. It would lend a strong support if the founder can list their background in this field.

Wait! I pulled the trigger too fast. The founder can be found here and he does has huge background. It is also noteworthy that they mention about using the technology for Chinese.

An very interesting idea to watch out indeed.

Sphere – a glimpse

10 January, 2006


What is Sphere? Find out more and stay tuned.

Riya, Meebo, Measure Map

7 January, 2006

This blog is now at  New idea sightings.


Riya is still in Alpha and you need to email them in order to sign up. Hope they open up an account for me. Would be really interesting to see the face recognition feature.


Meebo is a web-based multi-IM client. If you know Gaim, it is something like it but web (2.0) based. The interface is way cool.

Measure Map

Measure Map provides stats for blog. Yet another invite only site. Well, now that Google launched Google Analytics I’m not sure how competitive such service will be. Even has pretty decent stats.

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