Automation of searching: Practical use of Factbites

Do you use a lot of time searching for the right information? I know I do.

The meta-web-search site [FactBites]( can be a way of learning about stuff that you have an inkling of. Let’s take the word [monad]( and search for that: we get a rather extensive and eclectic list of stuff about different definitions of that word.

We get these domains, basically: Greece. Alchemy. Leibniz. Functional programming.

And as I am only interested in the latter of the four, I can skip those references to Greek gods and alchemy. Now I have some out-of-context statements to work with. Most of these, I can disregard, but I have something to go on. This gives a tiny bit more information than Google does, but it automates a big chunk of what I would have done myself, using Google.

All on one page.

IETest: a watir for .NET

Tobin, this one’s for you: Automated testing, with IE for .NET.

Danish consultancy BestBrains have released IETest,

> a .NET library for testing web sites through Microsoft Internet Explorer. It enables you to automate Internet Explorer to the point where you can perform automated testing without any human attention required.

Sean takes his leave of the MS world

My neigbour, the Ruby hacker [Sean Treadway]( waves “Goodbye MSFT”, in a fine posting about how That Big Windows Company is making it hard to be a programmer for their platform:

> Well, I among many others have found another way, develop applications on an understandable platform. For me “understandable” means “open”. “Open Source” means that I can follow and understand how the platform is shifting and not promises of how it is going to shift. Open Source means the exit is open, and I can join or leave at any time.

And he goes for the knock-out with:

> If MS really wanted to be perceived as a viable option by today’s web developers, they need to change their reputation on standards. “Embrace, extend, extinguish” is what we expect from MS. When confidence in the future for scalable ISV businesses is critical to MS marketing strategy, how can they fix this reputation? How are they fixing this now? I hear the development tools are great. But if I need their tools as well, can I really understand their platform?

Even more talk about bread

[Cissi]( in Malmö, Sweden, is also having [bread thoughts](

> […] I cut out the soft bread from my diet, I might get a nice loaf once in a while but never again in a plastic bag from one of the commercial bakeries. I just realized how much they suck. And I will start making my own sour dough, at those special occasions when I yearn for bread.

Another believer. I should put up my own sour-dough bread experiences here, as well. Eating really good bread these days.

Dropload: Send big files in email

[Dropload]( is one of those services that are needed. Badly. I think this baby could be put to some good use. Right, Dad?

This is the full text of their service description:

> Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 7 days, regardless if they have been picked up or not. You can upload any type of file, mp3, movies, docs, pdfs, up to 100MB each! Recipients can be anyone with an email address

And this is from their [About Dropload]( page:

> File limits are 100 megs. And we will, at our discretion, regulate usage. Use dropload when you need it and it will always be here for you. Abuse it and you’ll ruin it for everyone else.

Read more at [Dropload News](

More talk of bread

Me and Peter Rukavina have been talking about bread for a while. The kind you bake yourself.

A blogger in Portugal, who I met at Reboot7 writes a piece on the business viability of an “Emory’s” in his city: A bakery in Lisbon: business views on a opportunity.

These points might be food for thought for the [Open Bread project](

OlleOlleOlle in “the news”

[Peter Rukavina]( blogs about Olleolleolle. I get credit for my lack of show-off tendencies in my web writing.

That’s right: I’m self-employed. The bread I make (to pay for the bread I *bake*) comes from my entrepreneurial efforts in “the Internet industry”.

The reception party is yet to come. (These ain’t the 90s, but a little celebration that I’ve gotten started would soon be in order.)

Well, it was nice to get noticed.

Olle in the wild: “Intense”


Originally uploaded by Froda.

I noted earler that I’d been professing my friendship to Mike, and here we are – documented by Copenhagen blog evangelist Jon Froda.

(It could also be that I’m trying to explain some intricate delicacy of functional programming languages – or JavaScript. But our passion for the subject is there.)