Wednesday, August 19, 2009

IT Companies' Lucky Names : How did they get it?

Hi Friend,

Have you ever noticed that How the IT Giants' name came from? Here I list how did they get their lucky names. Here We go.....

Google an originally accidental misspelling of the word "googol" and settled upon because was unregistered. Googol was proposed to reflect the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available online.

YAHOO! – The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang jokingly considered themselves yahoos. It's also an interjection sometimes associated with United States Southerners' and Westerners' expression of joy, as alluded to in commercials that end with someone singing the word "yahoo". It is also sometime jokingly referred to by its backronym, Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to microcomputer software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' disappeared on 3/2/1987 with the introduction of a new corporate identity and logo. The "slash between the 'o' and 's' [in the Microsoft logo] emphasizes the "soft" part of the name and conveys motion and speed."

Oracle – Larry Ellison, Ed Oates and Bob Miner were working on a consulting project for the CIA. The code name for the project was Oracle. The project was designed to use the newly written SQL database language from IBM. The project was eventually terminated but they decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. Later they changed the name of the company, Relational Software Inc., to the name of the product.

Sun Microsystems – its founders designed their first workstation in their dorm at Stanford University, and chose the name Stanford University Network for their product, hoping to sell it to the college. They didn't.

– from "Accent on the future". The name Accenture was proposed by a company employee in Norway as part of an internal name finding process (BrandStorming). Before January 1, 2001, the company was called Andersen Consulting

Adobe Systems – from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of co-founder John Warnock.

Alcatel-Lucent – Alcatel was named from Société Alsacienne de Constructions Atomiques, de Télécomunications et d'Electronique. It took over Lucent Technologies in 2006.

AltaVista – Spanish for "high view". – founder Jeff Bezos renamed the company Amazon (from the earlier name of after the world's most voluminous river, the Amazon. He saw the potential for a larger volume of sales in an online (as opposed to a bricks and mortar) bookstore. (Alternative: Amazon was chosen to cash in on the popularity of Yahoo, which listed entries alphabetically.)

AMD – Advanced Micro Devices

Amiga Corporation - The original developers of the 16-bit Amiga computer chose the name, which means a 'female friend' in Spanish and Portuguese, because it sounded friendly, and because it came before rivals (Apple Inc. and Atari) alphabetically

AOL – from America Online. The company was founded in 1983 as Quantum Computer Services.

Apache – according to the project's 1997 FAQ: "The Apache group was formed around a number of people who provided patch files that had been written for NCSA httpd 1.3. The result after combining them was A PAtCHy server."

Apple – For the favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard, and to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time – which had names such as IBM, DEC, Cincom and Tesseract

Apricot Computers – early UK-based microcomputer company founded by ACT (Applied Computer Techniques), a business software and services supplier. The company wanted a "fruity" name (Apple and Acorn were popular brands) that included the letters A, C and T. Apricot fit the bill.

Aricent – communications software company name created in 2006 by combining two words "arise" and "ascent".

ARM Limited – named after the microprocessor developed by small UK company Acorn as a successor to the 6502 used in its BBC Microcomputer. ARM originally stood for Acorn Risc Machine. When the company was spun off with backing from Apple and VTI, this was changed to Advanced Risc Machines. – search engine formerly named after Jeeves, the gentleman's gentleman (valet, not butler) in P. G. Wodehouse's series of books. Ask Jeeves was shortened to Ask in 2006.

Asus – named after Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology. The first three letters of the word were dropped to get a high position in alphabetical listings. An Asus company named Pegatron, using the spare letters, was spun off in 2008.

AT&T – the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation officially changed its name to AT&T in the 1990s.

ATI – Array Technologies Incorporated

Siemens – founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske. The company was originally called Telegraphen-Bau-Anstalt von Siemens & Halske.

Skype – the original concept for the name was Sky-Peer-to-Peer, which morphed into Skyper, then Skype.

Intel – Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore initially incorporated their company as N M Electronics. Someone suggested Moore Noyce Electronics but it sounded too close to "more noise". Later, Integrated Electronics was proposed but it had already been taken, so they used the initial syllables (INTegrated ELectronics). To avoid potential conflicts with other companies with similar names, Intel purchased the name rights for $15,000 from a company called Intelco. (Source: Intel 15 Years Corporate Anniversary Brochure)

Let me conclude here for this post. More Posts regarding the same will be coming soon. So Hang on.


Famous applications written in C/C++

Here I list Famous Applications (Also, Companies that build software packages) written in C/C++. There are some operating systems written in C++ programming language. These include Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Apple OS X, Symbian OS and BeOS.

Adobe Systems

All major applications of adobe systems are developed in C++ programming language. These applications include Photoshop & ImageReady, Illustrator and Adobe Premier.


Some of the Google applications are also written in C++, including Google file system and Google Chromium.


Internet browser Firefox and email client Thunderbird are written in C++ programming language and they are also open source projects.


MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 100 million copies of its software downloaded or distributed throughout its history. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems, and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, Wikipedia, and

Alias System – Autodesk Maya

Maya 3D software was originally developed by Alias System Corporation and was later carried over by Autodesk. Maya 3D software, now a days is widely used in computers, video games, television. It is a powerful, integrated 3D modelling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.

Winamp Media Player

Winamp is the ultimate media player, allows you to manage audio and video files, rip and burn CDs, enjoy free music, access and share your music and videos remotely, and sync your music to your iPod , Creative, and Microsoft Plays for Sure devices . Winamp features album art support, streams audio and video content, and provides access to thousands of internet radio stations and podcasts.

12D Solutions

12D Solutions Pty Ltd is an Australian software developer specialising in civil engineering and surveying applications. Computer Aided Design system for surveying, civil engineering, and more. 12D Solutions clients include civil and water engineering consultants, environmental consultants, surveyors, local, state and national government departments and authorities, research institutes, construction companies and mining consultants.


Providing real-time financial information to investors.

callas Software

callas software develops pdf creation, optmisation, updation and pdf form creation tools and plugins.

Image Systems

These are the world leading motion analysys programs and film scanner systems.

Operating systems written in C++ programming language.

Apple – OS X

Few parts of apple OS X are written in C++ programming language. Also few application for iPod are written in C++.

Microsoft Windows

Literally most of the software are developed using various flavors of Visual C++ or simply C++. Most of the big applications like 95, 98, Me, 200 and XP are also written in C++. Also Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio are written in Visual C++.

Symbian OS

Symbian OS is also developed using C++. This is one of the most widespread OS’s for cellular phones.

Note : The above list is not complete.



Useful PHP Tools : Second Episode

This Post is the Continuation of the previous Post "Useful PHP Tools : First Episode"

PHP Online Tools and Resources

  1. Minify!
  2. HTTP_StaticMerger: Automatic “merging” of CSS and JavaScript files
  3. PHP Object Generator
  4. gotAPI/PHP
  5. koders
  6. PECL

In-Browser Tools : Firefox Add-Ons

  1. FirePHP
  2. phpLangEditor
  3. PHP Lookup
  4. PHP Manual Search

PHP Frameworks

  1. Dwoo
  2. CodeIgniter
  3. YII Framework
  4. NetBeans
  5. Solar
  6. symfony
  7. PEAR - PHP Extension and Application Repository
  8. Propel
  9. {{macro}} template engine
  10. Zend Framework
  11. Qcodo
  12. SAJAX
  13. Smarty
  14. CakePHP
  15. Savant2
  16. PHPSpec

PHP IDEs and Editors

  1. PHPEclipse
  2. PhpED
  3. phpDesigner
  4. Zend Studio
  5. Aptana PHP
  6. PDT
  7. VS.Php
  8. PHPEdit

PHP Sources and Other Resources

  1. PHP Function Reference
  2. 30 Useful PHP Classes and Components
  3. PHP advent 2008
  4. Useful in-browser development tools for PHP
  6. PHP Developer’s Toolbox

And last but not the least.... The Ultimate Resource For All of Your PHP Programming needs.

I hope all of you have enjoyed the two episodes. More Posts about the Technology information will be coming soon so Hang on! :-) ;-)


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Useful PHP Tools : First Episode

I'm a PHP Developer. I like php much better. PHP is the acronym for "PHP Hypertext Preprocessor". Little Confused? Huh? No Problem. You can get more about PHP from Here. PHP is one of the most widely used open-source server-side scripting languages that exist today. With over 20 million indexed domains using PHP, including major websites like Facebook, Digg and WordPress, there are good reasons why many Web developers prefer it to other server-side scripting languages, such as Python and Ruby.

The information given below presents 50 useful PHP tools that can significantly improve your programming workflow. Among other things, you’ll find a plethora of libraries and classes that aid in debugging, testing, profiling and code-authoring in PHP.

PHP Code Beautifier

  1. PHP Beautifier
  2. PHPCodeBeautifier
  3. GeSHi - Generic Syntax Highlighter

Debugging Tools

  1. Webgrind
  2. Xdebug
  3. Gubed PHP Debugger
  4. DBG
  5. PHP_Debug
  6. PHP_Dyn
  7. MacGDBp

Testing and Optimization Tools

  1. PHPUnit
  2. SimpleTest
  3. Selenium
  4. PHP_CodeSniffer
  5. dBug
  6. PHP Profile Class

Documentation Tools

  1. phpDocumentor
  2. PHP DOX

Version-Control Systems

  1. Phing
  2. xinc

Image Manipulation and Graphs

  1. PHP/SWF Charts
  2. pChart - a chart-drawing PHP library
  3. WideImage
  4. MagickWand For PHP

Useful Extensions, Utilities and Classes

  1. SimplePie
  2. HTML Purifier
  3. TCPDF
  4. htmlSQL
  5. The Greatest PHP Snippet File Ever (Using Quicktext for Notepad++)
  6. Creole
  7. PHPLinq
  8. PHPMathPublisher
  9. phpMyAdmin
  10. PHPExcel
  11. Phormer
  12. xajax PHP Class Library
  13. PHP User Class
  14. PHP-GTK

Security Tools

  1. Securimage
  2. Scavenger
  3. PHP-IDS
  4. Pixy: PHP Security Scanner

More Coming on the next post.....


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Google Code Jam 2009

Google Code Jam 2009 is Coming. The below information has taken from the Official Google Blog.

Are you energized by cracking conundrums? Are you keen to crank out some code? Here at Google, we know the rush of encountering a challenge and rising to meet it, transforming a problem into a solution and a solution into code. Since 2003, we've been sharing that experience with a global community of computer scientists through our annual programming competition, Google Code Jam.

Today, we're excited to announce Google Code Jam 2009, powered by Google App Engine. This year, contestants will compete in several 2½-hour online rounds, attacking three to four difficult algorithmic problems during each round. To code up solutions to the problems, they'll use the programming language and tools of their choice; when those solutions are ready, they'll try them against our fiendish test data. One wrong answer out of a hundred, and it's back to the drawing board!

Registration opens today. So visit the Google Code Jam site to register, read the rules and — most importantly — begin to practice by trying out the problems from last year's contest, so you'll be in shape when the qualification round starts on September 2. After four tough rounds of online competition, the top 25 competitors will be flown to our Mountain View headquarters to to match wits for the $5,000 first prize — and the title of Code Jam champion.

On your mark, get set... CODE!"

For More Information about Google Code Jam 2009, Click Here


Friday, August 14, 2009

25 Sites "Time" Can't Live Without

Here I List Popular websites that linked to our daliy life. The below information has taken from Time Magazine. I believe Time prepared this list based on many aspects (Sites based on US Traffic) & I've no involvment with the below list.
  14. The Internet Movie Database
  15. YouTube
  17. National
  22. Television

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Popular Web Applications Written in PHP

Here I list Some of the Most Popular PHP applications that linked directly or indirectly to everyone. From managing databases to shopping, writing blogs to sending emails. Ten years of passion, great software architectures, team work and revolutionary ideas. Here are the Some of most influential & Popular open-source PHP applications:



phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Web. Currently it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, manage keys on fields, manage privileges, export data into various formats and is available in 50 languages. Development is backed up by the phpMyAdmin team.



SquirrelMail is a standards-based Webmail package. It includes built-in pure PHP support for the IMAP and SMTP protocols, and all pages are rendered in pure HTML 4.0 for maximum compatibility across browsers. It has very few requirements, and is very easy to configure and install. It has all the functionality you would want from an email client, including strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation.


(Added by popular demand)

PHP-Nuke is a Web portal and online community system that includes Web-based administration, surveys, access statistics, user customizable boxes, a themes manager for registered users, friendly administration GUI with graphic topic manager, the ability to edit or delete stories, an option to delete comments, a moderation system, referer tracking, integrated banner ad system, search engine, backend/headlines generation (RSS/RDF format), Web directory like Yahoo, events manager, and support for 33 languages and 9 database servers.


eZ Publish

eZ Publish is an Enterprise Content Management platform with an easy to use out of the box Web Content Management System. It is available as a free Open Source distribution and serves as the foundation for the rest of the eZ Publish Product Family. As a CMS it’s most notable feature is its revolutionary, fully customisable and extendable content model. It is also a platform for general web development, allowing you to develop professional PHP applications. Standard eZ Publish functionality: easy to create and edit content, workflow system, content versioning, multilanguage possibilities, collaboration, e-commerce functionality, revolutionary content class system, role based access control are implemented and ready for you to use. High quality software and total product responsibility from eZ systems make eZ publish the leading Open Source Enterprise Content Management System. Enterprises, governmental offices, organizations and educational institutions trust eZ Publish.


osCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution under on going development by the open source community. Its feature packed out-of-the- box installation allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs involved. osCommerce combines open source solutions to provide a free and open development platform, which includes the powerful PHP web scripting language, the stable Apache web server, and the fast MySQL database server.


OpenX began as phpAdsNew, a fork from a similar project called phpAds, created by Tobias Ratschiller in 1998. OpenX is a hugely popular, free ad server designed by web publishers for web publishers. It provides everything you need to manage your on-line advertising. It allows paid banners to be easily rotated along with your own in-house advertisements, and can even integrate banners from third party advertising companies.


phpBB is a fast, efficient discussion board program built in PHP with a muti-database backend. Features include: posting, replying, private messages, polls, username/ip banning, strong encryption for storing passwords, user rankings, very advanced access control for private forums, full templating, simple yet robust translation system and much more.



Gallery is a slick Web-based photo album written using PHP. It is easy to install, includes a config wizard, and provides users with the ability to create and maintain their own albums in the album collection via an intuitive Web interface. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning and more. Albums can have read, write, and caption permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy.


Drupal is a modular content management system, forum, blogging and community engine. It is database driven and can be used with MySQL, MySQLi and PostgreSQL. Its features include (but are not limited to) discussion forums, Web-based administration, theme support, a submission queue, content rating, content versioning, taxonomy support, user management with a fine-grained permission system based on user roles (groups), error logging, support for content syndication, locale support, and much more. It is considered to be an excellent platform for developers due to its clean code and extensibility, and it can also be used as a Web application framework.



MediaWiki is a web-based wiki software application used by all projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, all wikis hosted by Wikia, and many other wikis, including some of the largest and most popular ones. Originally developed to serve the needs of the free content Wikipedia encyclopedia, today it has also been deployed by companies for internal knowledge management, and as a content management system. Notably, Novell uses it to operate several of its high traffic websites.



WordPress is a state-of-the-art, semantic, personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, Web standards, and usability. It was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architected personal publishing system. While primarily geared towards functioning as a Weblog, WordPress is also a flexible CMS capable of managing many types of Web sites. In addition to the basic blog functions, it also has an integrated link manager (e.g. for blogrolls), file attachments, XFN support, support for stand-alone pages, Atom and RSS feeds for both content and comments, blogging API support (Atom Publishing Protocol, Blogger, MetaWeblog, and Movable Type APIs), spam blocking features, advanced cruft-free URL generation, a flexible theme system, and an advanced plugin API.



SugarCRM is a complete CRM system for businesses of all sizes. Core CRM functionality includes sales force automation, marketing campaigns, support cases, project mgmt, calendaring and more. Built in PHP, supports MySQL and SQL Server.



Joomla! is an award-winning Web-based content management system. It provides for split front end content access and backend administrator access. Group-based access control allows for different levels of system control for both the site and the administrator. The Joomla! framework allows for extension by installable components (applications), modules (template blocks), languages, templates, and mambots (plugins that enhance system functions).


Symfony is a full-stack framework, a library of cohesive classes written in PHP5. It provides an architecture, components and tools for developers to build complex web applications faster. Choosing symfony allows you to release your applications earlier, host and scale them without problem, and maintain them over time with no surprise. Symfony is based on experience. It does not reinvent the wheel: it uses most of the best practices of web development and integrates some great third-party libraries.


Zend Framework

Extending the art & spirit of PHP, Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications & web services, and consuming widely available APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Flickr, as well as API providers and cataloguers like StrikeIron and ProgrammableWeb.


Magento eCommerce

Magento is a new professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control. It was designed with the notion that each eCommerce implementation has to be unique since no two businesses are alike. Magento’s modular architecture puts the control back in the hands of the online merchant and places no constraints on business processes and flow.



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Google Caffeine is Coming!

Have you Noticed this? Google is launching a new, upgraded version of its search engine soon. Google has annouced a new version of its core engine is now in testing. Code named Google Caffeine, the new engine in our tests has some dramatic changes both good and bad.

Google promises that the new search tool (codename “Caffeine”) will improve the speed, accuracy, size, and comprehensiveness of Google search.

Remember normally Google is about users not webmasters, but in this case, Google is opening their Sandbox to the public (and us). You can visit the web developer preview of Google’s new infrastructure at and try searches there. While the developer version is a pre-beta release, it’s completely usable.

Comparison Of Old Google Results and New Google Results:

I here list comparison of Old Google Results and New Google Results from two websites namely and


"While the developer version is a pre-beta release, it’s completely usable. Thus, we’ve decided to put the new Google search through the wringer. We took the developer version for a spin and compared it to not only the current version of Google Search, but to Bing as well.

The categories we tested the new search engine on are as follows: speed, accuracy, temporal relevancy, and index size. Here’s how we define those:

Speed: How fast can the new search engine load results?

Accuracy: Which set of results is more accurate to the search term?

Temporal Relevancy: Is one version of search better at capturing breaking news?

Index Size: Is it really more comprehensive than the last version of Google?

So without further ado, here’s the test:

1. Speed

The first category is incredibly important. How fast do these Google search results come at you anyway? Even a tenth of a second can mean millions for the search company as the longer it takes the load, the more likely someone will go look for results somewhere else.

So how fast is the new search? Lightning fast. As you probably know, Google tells you how long it takes to load results. We tried a few search terms, starting with “Dog.” Here’s the speed result:

Compare that to the original Google search:

0.12 vs. 0.25 seconds? They doubled the speed! That’s tremendous. We tried it with a variety of search terms (”The end of the universe is not here,” “There is no way that you cannot find ben parr. He is hiding back behind the tv,” “FriendFeed,” etc.), and in every instance, the new Google won.

The only potential weak spot was when we added search commands like quotes, subtraction signs, and more. In this case, it was a 50/50 shot as to which Google search was faster.

As for comparing it to Bing: Well, they don’t display how fast it generates results. It’ll have to sit out this speed test for now.

Winner: The New Google

2. Accuracy

While more subjective, accuracy is probably the issue that users care about most. Does the search engine find what you want on the first try? Well, we did our subjective test. New version:

Old version:

You’ll notice that many of the blended search options, like image search and news, don’t appear in the new version. It’s more likely that the features haven’t all been implemented, but it does decrease its relevancy. FriendFeed ranks much higher in the new search than Twitter or Facebook. Our bet is that the new Google has seen a burst of activity on FriendFeed and thus pushes up that result.

Both sets are very accurate, but subjectively, the set displayed by the new Google search more accurately reflect what a user would be looking for. If you’re wondering about Bing, it didn’t even bring up my personal website.

The next search, “Are social media jobs here to stay?” focused on getting my first Mashable article. The result? The new search cares more about keywords than the last. You could clearly see it cared about the full title and brought up more results with those keywords. Both brought a different set of results, but the new search was more relevant.

Winner: The New Google (tentatively)

3. Temporal Relevancy

How good is each at breaking news? The answer: about the same. FriendFeed results were identical, including the top news items. Searches for “Hall of Fame Game” got better news results on the new search. A search for “China Landslide” also got the same Yahoo and BBC news articles – although we did notice that the new search seems to change faster with new articles. It put an MSNBC article up high for updating the death toll:

We also give credit to Bing – on each search, it brought up great results.

Winner: Draw

4. Index Size:

Perhaps the easiest to test, we can tell the index size based on how many results come up for specific search. Here are searches once again for “dog:”




Searches for “Ben Parr” proved that the new Google is better than the old Google in terms of result size. Bing claims 2,210,000 for my name compared to 183,000 for my name, which is strange. Searches for “Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Trailer” also show Bing > New Google > Old Google

Winner: Bing, it seems


While this test was nowhere near scientific, we do have some solid takeaways:

New Google is FAST: It often doubled the speed of Google classic.

New Google relies more on keywords: SEO professionals, your job just got a lot harder. The algorithm’s definitely different. It has more reliance on keyword strings to produce better results.

Search is moving into real-time: Being able to get info on breaking events is clearly a priority for Google and Bing. With both Twitter and Facebook launching real-time search engines, they needed to respond.

It’s partially a response to Bing: At least, that’s how we feel. This new search has a focus on increasing speed, relevancy, accuracy, and the index volume, things that Microsoft really hit on when it released Bing. It feels as if Google “Caffeine” is meant to shore up any deficiencies it may have when compared to Microsoft’s offering, though it’s been in the works long before Bing launched.

The new Google will only get better as features are implemented and developed. The end result is a better search experience for the user. Competition really does breed innovation."


"Right now, we only want feedback on thedifferences between Google’s current search results and our new system. We’re also interested in higher-level feedback (”These types of sites seem to rank better or worse in the new system”) in addition to “This specific site should or shouldn’t rank for this query.” Engineers will be reading the feedback, but we won’t have the cycles to send replies.”

So how do you share the feedback? Do a search with and look on the search result and at Google’s Sandbox Caffeine engine. If you find something you wish to report head to the bottom of the page and click “Dissatisfied? Help us improve.” Type your feedback in the text box and then include the word caffeine somewhere in the text box. We highly recommend you check out your site, key industry terms for you and share your feedback. On our searches we found some interesting results and important changes. We wanted to share with you to see how “Caffeine” will change your Google experience.

Term: mark8t
Old Google: : 5190 results and no sitelinks
New Google:4680 results and sitelinks

Term: Montreal
Old Google: Tourism for Montreal is more prominent.
New Google: The official city of Montreal site is more prominent.

Term: Michael Jackson
Old Google: Very clear results, about Michael Jackson, focused on him and fan related sites.
New Google: A site about Michael’s face is on the first page of results, high up."

You can also test New Google Here



Some Reasons Why The Bing-Yahoo Deal Is A Good One

Although the proposed union of Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's search engines has led Congress to say that the deal warrants "careful scrutiny," such a merger of search giants could actually benefit the public. Here's why the Microsoft-Yahoo partnershipshould proceed, and why Google will likely flourish despite -- or because of -- it.

1. Search will improve. Competition always shakes things up. True, Bing and Yahoo are already competitors. But face it, they are weak ones. Together, Bing and Yahoo can pack a bigger punch. According to Web metric firm StatCounter, Bing climbed to 9.41 percent of the search market in July, up from 8.23 percent in June. Add in Yahoo's current 10.95 percent share of the market and that's 20.36 percent—still a distant second to Google's 77.54 percent, but formidable. It will be incumbent upon the players to offer the best product in order to increase their own market share. While Google's not likely to be torn asunder, it is likely that the search giant will more aggressively invest in R&D, new technologies, startups, etc., in order to remain a dominant force. Further, there's reason only to believe that the potential market will continue to grow, not shrink, so even one-fifth or one-quarter of that pie is still very appealing to Microsoft-Yahoo.

2. Yahoo will make money. Under the proposed 10-year arrangement, Microsoft's Bing search engine will be featured on Yahoo pages. That offers Bing more visibility, something crucial to a fledgling offering, even one backed by Microsoft. While Yahoo handles ad sales, Microsoft will pay Yahoo a whopping 88 percent of the search revenue generated for the first five years. Microsoft will also pay Yahoo $50 million annually during the first three years of the search agreement. Clearly, the arrangement is a financial boon for Yahoo, and the increased revenue will create a stronger company and more viable competitor to the likes of Google.

3. Profits from ad sales will rise. Yahoo's not the only company that can profit. As search technology improves, users will gravitate toward the best offering, and so will advertisers, which bid for the "right" to search terms. The advertiser with the highest bid per user click gets its ad next to the search results. In the end, advertisers are mostly concerned with the number of users who become customers; therefore, they will pay more for better ad-matching results.

Strong Start for Bing: Yahoo! and Google Lose Share

Yes we know its early, but congrats to the team at Even though is not even 1 week old, it is already off to a strong start. According to the latest stats from, Bing is now the number 2 search engine in America with 16.2% share. Google still is over 70% and Yahoo is third at 10%.

bing market share Strong Start for Bing: Yahoo! and Google Lose Share

Pre-Bing, the Windows Live search was 6% share, Yahoo was a solid 13-14% and Google rarely went below 75%. A note about the Statcounter stats, because they seem to me the most accurate. Data ise based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 4 billion pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.

The real question for Microsoft and the project is will users keep coming back? Simply put can get brand stickiness? I think the idea of Bing as Google killer is fantastical and thankfully it is not being thrown around in the media the way it was with Furthermore, Google is not a vulnerable target, As an article in AdAge recently noted about a Google study: “Google has conducted internal tests, according to ‘people familiar with them, in which the company put its logo and treatment on another engine’s search results. Users still prefer the results with the Google logo, even if they’re not Google results.” There would need to be a fundamental change of users habits,and this doe snot happen over-night. I think Yahoo! should be much more concerned, I also think its good to hear the Microsoft be realists about their efforts in the Search Engine wars. As Steve Ballmer recently noted at the D7 conference ” [Bing]differentiates itself from Google. It might not appeal to everyone, but if it appeals to 20 percent of them, that’s a success.”

The real trick will be to see if the Bing 80 Million advertising campaign can solidify their spot as the 2nd most popular search engine and in the process, make some people change their Google only habit. Truthfully, the real goal is to create competition. Michael Arrington sums it up best : “whether Microsoft ultimately succeeds or not in ‘winning’ the search war, the competition is very good for the rest of the Internet. Google needs to be pushed to try innovating new things. And search marketing competition will ensure that Google doesn’t get too greedy. We don’t need Microsoft to win, but we do need to avoid a world with just one search engine that matters. Maybe Microsoft can win that lesser war, at least.”



Saturday, August 8, 2009

100 Oldest .COM domains on the Web

Here is the list of 100 oldest .Com domains on the Web.

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