Interesting, Cool & Useful – May 08

Cool,Geolocation by on May 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm

A random assemblage of notable stuff I’ve run across online:


  • Yahoo & geographic search queries: Yahoo has released some research that associates search terms with the geographic location of searchers. We used (and I presume still use) similar techniques at Quova. I find the secondary information that can be derived from some data sets fascinating.
  • Gen Lord on Slashdot about Air Force Cyber Command. Air Force Cyber Command is still finding its way, but it is rare that senior officers engage with the online community.
  • Cat ownership improves heart health (via Slashdot). A 30% reduction in heart attack risk. No effect was found for dogs, but the authors attribute that to data scarcity in their study. I wonder what effect kids have.



  • Free AT&T Wifi (thanks Rahul): AT&T gives iPhone users free wifi at its hotspots. However, their authentication isn’t all that great. Modify your user agent and AT&T thinks you are an iPhone.
  • SPF wizard. Sender Policy Framework wizard to create SPF records for your email (so it doesn’t end up in spam boxes). If you do any automated mailing, the SPF records are a must.


  1. blog4net — May 22, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    Yahoo paper is very interesting. realy liked it. btw, is there any source that displays recent yahoo searches ??

    jus wanted to know..

    nice blog :-)

  2. Dave Naffziger — May 22, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I’m not aware of any sources offhand, although I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a zeitgeist alternative.


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