Firefox Search

A little appreciated feature of the Firefox browser is the Search box in the Navigation Toolbar. It defaults to Google. But you can click on the "G" Google icon and a dropdown menu appears that allows you to select another source for your source. The underappreciated part of this, is that not only traditional search engines are availabe. You can search in

  • Creative Commons
  • Wikipedia [my favorite]
  • A9
  • eBay

Of course, you can search on Alta Vista, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves as well as Google, in the traditional search engines.

The really cool part of this is at the bottom of the drop down menu. You can add more sources for your search. This brings you to the Mozilla Firefox products page, which lists the most popular search engines, but then you can click on "Find lots of other search engines..." where you'll find literally hundreds of search engine plugins neatly arranged by categories, such as Arts, Business and Economy, Literature, even Telephone Directory.

Very nice, very nice, indeed.


Cellphedia, according to its home page, is "the 1st Ubiquitous Social Encyclopedia". Think of it as a cross between Wikipedia and online social networks, for your cell phone. This was developed as part of founder's Limor Garcia graduate thesis at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Right now it seems more suited to trivia questions, but as the knowledgebase grows, I believe that the utility will grow as well. It will be interesting to see if she seeks to grow it as a business, how that business fares, and the direction the cellphedia community takes as it grows.

[Related Reading:]

Cellphedia Melds Facts with Mobile Smart Mobs


Cellphedia: The mobile phone social encyclopedia

Cellphedia: mobile social knowledge

Cypress Afire

I was awakened at 1:00 this morning by the sounds of hard drives spinning up and shutting down, to lights flashing on-and-off. As I stumbled out of bed to see what was the matter. &#59;) I heard the sound of sheriff and fire brigade radios outside my home.

This unseasonable storm [it's raining in Northern California in late May - so odd] had downed a power line into the wiki(cypress) trees lining our block. Several trees, including the two in my front yard were ON FIRE. There was sparks and crackling from the power line, smoke pouring from the limbs of the 25 to 75 foot trees, and embers falling into the yard below. But there was nothing that could be done until PG&E arrived at 2:30 a.m. PDT. The most spectacular sparkage happened about 15 minutes before the PG&E truck swung into view with its twin spotlights, and then all was quite. Just the smoke streaming into the night sky, illuminated by the spotlights from sheriff cars, fire trucks and PG&E. Until about 4:00 this morning, when the chain saws started. Power came back on a bit before 5:00 a.m. PDT.

Of course, I sent an email to a few friends using my Palm via bluetooth to my cell phone. :D

I awoke to a drizzle, piles of burned and clean tree limbs along the street, and even a few tree limbs in the low voltage lines. But we have power.

One friend to whom I had written at 2:00 in the morning, suggested that I start a religion based on the event; after all, a 50 foot burning cypress in the rain must trump a burning bush in the desert. Maybe it could be a sect of the Cyprian religion, so called because the devotees of wiki(Aphrodite) were centered on the island of wiki(Cyprus), and maybe even take in some elements from the teachings of wiki(Cyprian,Saint Cyprian) - an early Christian bishop and martyr who died in 258 CE. Maybe not. &#59;D

BTW, the trees look fine after their fire trim. :)

Update: I haven't seen the coastal raven couple who hang out in the cypresses all day. Hopefully, the rain just kept them away. I don't think they nest there.

Update 2: It looks like the rain made it to the Pacific Northwest.

Some Useful Resources on the MODEL Clause in Oracle 10g

For those doing data warehousing in Oracle, the MODEL Clause proves to be a powerful extension to SQL in Oracle 10g. The MODEL clause enables one to create a multidimensional array by mapping the columns of a query into three groups: partitioning, dimension, and measure columns.

Here are some good and useful resources on how to use the MODEL Clause:

And of course, there's the most useful one for me &#59;D ...
Oracle® Documentation

Related References:
Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference
Oracle Database 10g PL/SQL Programming

PalmOne LifeDrive

Finally, Palm has come out with a device that has both Bluetooth and WiFi, the LifeDrive. I'm very excited about this device. They also squeezed in a 4GB hard drive. Only 16MB of ROM though, so I imagine that not just "all your important files" but software must go onto that hard drive. I wonder how that will affect performace of those apps?

I may just have to find out via AmazonBuy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC. :D

Buy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC

Update: From PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager: Is it cool or too big for today's comsumer tastes? by Todd Ogasawara -- PalmOne's LifeDrive PDA is the first PDA I know of with an integrated microdrive (4GB large). It also has integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b WiFi capabilities. So, is the world ready with an open wallet for this intersection of a Palm PDA and iPod mini?

I'm a diehard Palm fan, and have been since my first Palm Pilot in 1996. Many of the points made by Todd Ogasawara are well taken. I do want to get rid of my cell phone, but I don't find the screens on smart phones, even the Treo, to be adequate. I think my ideal PDA would take from the Treo650. TungstenT-5, LifeDrive and Tapwave Zodiac: the large screen [with rotation between portrait and landscape modes], built-in WiFi [though give me a/g not just b], bluetooth and cellular [GSM or CDMA based options with latest data protocols], 256MB RAM/ROM, and two expansion card slots [either both SD/SDIO or one SD & one CF], and, of course, running the latest PalmOS. I don't really want the keyboard of the Treo; I've been using grafitti for so long that I my handwriting is now illegible. &#59;)

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