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Brave New World of Facebook User Names

June 14th, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

Columbus taking possession of the New WorldSurprise Surprise… My new facebook username / vanity URL is http://www.facebook.com/karmona

Go and get yours before someone else will @ http://www.facebook.com/username/although it is probably too late ;)

Good Luck!

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Top Search Terms | 2008

December 14th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 4 Comments

Madonna - Britney

GoogleYahoo, Ask and Lycos have released* their top search terms for the past year (2008) and I have aggregated it to your convenience in one happy table below.

I don’t have anything smart to say about it but I did manage to pull out five intriguing  insights.

My Five Cents:

  • As done last year, it seems like Y!  have removed all the  navigational queries from their report (I wonder why ;)
  • “Poker” is the “Top Search Term Of The Year”  for for the 3rd consecutive year on Lycos… (what is Lycos? :)
  • Though she didn’t make it to the White House, US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin captured the zeitgeist of internet users in 2008 while Obama in the 6th place.
  • IMHO, Ask.com is just being too honest in their report – 50% of Ask search terms are navigational queries and the rest are boring.
  • Britney Spears has been the most popular search term at Yahoo for seven of the past eight years! 

Top Search Terms | 2008

1sarah palinBritney Spears DictionaryPoker
2beijing 2008WWEMySpaceParis Hilton
3facebook loginBarack ObamaGoogleYouTube
4tuentiMiley CyrusYouTubeGolf
5heath ledgerRuneScapeFacebookSarah Palin
6obamaJessica AlbaCouponsBritney Spears
7nasza klasaNarutoCarsClay Aiken
8wer kennt wenLindsay LohanCraigslistPamela Anderson
9euro 2008Angeline JolieOnline degreesFacebook
10jonas brothersAmerican IdolCredit scoreHolly Madison



Update (18 Dec. 2008): Top 10 search queries that people used on Delicious in 2008 are: news, blogs, reference, wiki, restaurants, hotels, css, web 2.0, artists, music… I think it is loud-and-clear that the biggest bookmarking site isn’t fulfilling its search potential (!)



* Note:  Microsot (Live) didn’t released the updated list until now and AOL didn’t break out overall terms so wasn’t included here.

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Internet Conspiracy of the Day

December 3rd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

This post is a weird collection of three Internet Conspiracies from the last 24 hours.

Note: I do realize that this post is a creepy testimony to the fact that I might be building a search engine and reading too many blogs and the affect it might have on my sense-of-judgment…

Conspiracy I (Google thinks Facebook is a dangerous Phishing Site)

Google Chrome browsers around the world have claimed today that Facebook is a dangerous Phishing Site (read more on Facebook Developer Forums)

Conspiracy II (Searching for a compatitor ‘search engine’ with Yahoo)

Searching Google’ in Yahoo, results with suggestion to use Yahoo search: “You could go to Google. Or you could stay here and get straight to your answers.” (it also works with ‘ask’, ‘aol’ and ‘live’ :)

Conspiracy III (Apple Anti-Virus or not)

Two weeks ago, Apple updated a technical note on its Support Web site that says:
“Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.

Yesterday, Apple removed the KnowledgeBase article from its support site (KBase Article HT2550 now points to a bare error page – see below) and Apple spokesperson Bill Evans explained:

“We have removed the KnowledgeBase article because it was old and inaccurate… The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box… However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection.”

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Google-App-Engine Development Environment

November 21st, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 4 Comments

“You can always start a weekend experiment but you can never know how it will end”  (Moti Karmona, 2008 ;)

I was very curios and wanted to take the GAE for a quick test drive but the Google documentation have few inaccuracies and isn’t sufficient if it is your first Python encounter so I lost three hours of precious beauty sleep and compiled this blog-post-capsule for future generations.

How to setup your development environment to work with Google-App-Engine 

  • Get yourself a GAE Account  
  • Install Google App Engine SDK, Python and Eclipse.
  • Install the PyDev Eclipse extension
    • Help –> Software Updates –> Available Software –> Add the http://pydev.sourceforge.net/updates site –> Install it –> Restart Eclipse
    • Configure Eclipse to use the Python interpreter by navigating to Window –> Preferences –> PyDev –> Interpreter –> Python –> New and select the location of python.exe on your system
  • Create your first project
    • File –> New –> PyDev project and click next –> Name your project and make sure Python 2.5 is selected.  
    • Add necessary App Engine libraries to your project | Right click your Project folder –> Properties –> PyDev – PythonPath (see image below)
      • C:\Program Files\Google\google_appengine
      • C:\Program Files\Google\google_appengine\lib\django
      • C:\Program Files\Google\google_appengine\lib\webob
      • C:\Program Files\Google\google_appengine\lib\yaml\lib

  • Create your project files (e.g. GAE examples)
    • app.yaml  
    • Your first python file 
  • Test your Local application
    • Update your Run configuration (see image below)
      • Change the Main Module field to C:\Program Files\Google\google appengine\dev_appserver.py
      • On the Arguments tab, type in “${project_loc}/src” 
      • Name this configuration and click apply and click run.
    • Open http://localhost:8080 with your browser and enojoy your stupid app :)

  • Upload your code to Google App Engine
    • Open a command prompt and navigate to your application directory.
    • Type appcfg.py –email=yourgmailaccount@gmail.com update src\ 
    • To publish code within Eclipse, open Run –> Run configurations and make a copy of your previous run configuration.  Change the Main Module to appcfg.py, and change the argument tab to –email=yourgmailaccount@gmail.com update “${project_loc}/src”
    • Your code is now live! Test it by going to http://yourapp.appspot.com

Enjoy :)



P.S. More about the framework in future posts.

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Wasting Time on Blog Performance

November 2nd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

Last weekend I was wasting time on my Blog performance and all I got is 10 sec. and this lousy post.

Quick profiling with FireBug and YSlow FireFox extensions have done great wonders with my amazingly slow, not-really-that-interesting, hosted (webhost4life) WordPress blog.

Main action items:

  • I have removed the sitemeter performance penalty widget
  • I have installed the WordPress Super Cache Plug-in which wasn’t that simple with my webhost4life hosting limitations.
  • I have removed couple of images and reduce the blog top image size from 80k to 5k (!!!)


  • Main blog page returns after ~1 sec.
  • I am still getting a lousy grade with the YSlow tests (62) but it seems like the YSlow blog post announcement have failed too… (57 :)
  • Post pages are still slow (~2-4 sec.) but I know what I have to do the next time more than 1 million readers will complain…

Have fun!

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