Archive for October, 2005

Google’s flight Search

Friday, October 28th, 2005


Google’s new search feature let people quickly get airline flight information. Type in two different cities, or airport codes, in the Google search box and it will bring up two boxes to enter departing and returning flight dates. Below those are links to the travel Web sites Expedia, Hotwire and Orbitz. Clicking on one of those links leads directly to flight options for your selected itinerary on that site.

Click here to check out the feature.

I tried this search feature on Google India but no luck. Looks like it is still in testing phase. But surely another revenue stream for Google.

Verity K2 Enterprise (K2E) Search Version 6.0

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Verity recently announced the availability of newest release of its specialized search application platform, the Verity K2E Version 6.0. Version 6.0 includes :

  • New Business Console which enables administrators and business managers to view search trends, react quickly to changing search patterns, and provide targeted results to end-users. It can also be integrated with Verity Collaborative Classifier, a K2E capability that distributes taxonomy management to the people who know and use the content with knowledge engineers who specialize in classification.
  • New User Interface Building Blocks which deliver a robust set of out-of-the-box widgets for basic and advanced search, as well as attribute and category browsing that greatly reduce the amount of application development required. In addition, with the new User Interface Building Blocks, administrators can now deploy Faceted Navigation user interfaces that provide an intuitive and relevant end-user search experience that combine taxonomy browsing, attribute browsing and text search.
  • New XML query capabilities that fully leverage the structure of XML documents, improving search relevance.
  • Extended content support – Outlook Emails and attachments, PST archives, individual files within Zip file, can be indexed and searched.
  • New Web crawling feature, Ultra Spider, which enables indexing to be configured through a Web -based wizard interface.

Newest Release of Verity Search Family’s Specialized Search Application Development Platform Now Available

WebSphere Application Server: Community Edition

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

IBM announced new open source version of its Websphere Application Server, the WebSphere application Server Community Edition (WAS CE). WAS CE is based on the Apache Software Foundation’s Geronimo open source application server and is the outcome of the IBM’s acquisition of Gluecode Software last May. WAS CE is a lightweight Java Enterprise Edition-certified application server that is a 60MB download with no cost for customers to download and use WAS CE. WAS CE provides midsize businesses and enterprise departments with access to open source-based technologies with no cost. IBM also provides fee-based support for the new version. With open source there has always been problems of support but with IBM’s idea of providing support I think it is already riding above many other open source products in the same space.

With WAS CE IBM provides an introduction into the WebSphere application server family and enable users to get a taste which will help users transition to more feature-rich versions of WebSphere as their needs evolve.

Announcing IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

Exploit code for Oracle 10g Databases

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Exploit code is being circulated that can crash both patched and unpatched Oracle 10g databases. The code, posted on the mailing list, exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in certain versions of Oracle’s databases and could be used by attackers to bring down a database.

Read more at

Exploit code for Oracle hole surfaces

Exploit Code Released for Oracle Hole

Fatwire and Sybase Integration for Mobile Content Applications

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Fatwire, a leader in Content Management space, and Sybase, a leader in wireless solutions technology, announced the availability of a joint solution intended to increase the speed and effectiveness of building and deploying mobile content applications.

The combined technologies will enable business users to have access to content management functionality from PDAs and mobile phones allowing them to access content and contribute to Web applications while remote and not connected to the corporate network.

Built on a J2EE architecture, the solution comes with best practices sample applications. The Fatwire’s strong caching technology supports the performance of the system and there are extensions available to enable content personalization and targeting so that business users can create and deliver persuasive content. The new solution supports content-centric applications for vertical industries such as financial services, healthcare, and media.

Sybase and FatWire Software Announce Integrated Solution for Unwired Content Management

JSR 168 complaint collaborative portlets for MS Exchange Server

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Yash Technologies announced the JSR 168 compliant SyncEx collaboration portlets for MS Exchange Server. It provide users the ability to integrate Microsoft Exchange emails, appointments, contacts, tasks in portal. The evaluation version is available readily for IBM WebSphere Portal, BEA Weblogic Portal, eXo Portal and Liferay Enterprise Portal servers.

Check out more about these Collaboration portlets at Yash Technologies Releases JSR 168 Compliant Integration Portlets for MS Exchange Server.

Jux2 search engine for sale on eBay

Thursday, October 20th, 2005


We are know about eBay and here is an interesting deal on eBay. Jux2, a meta search engine which let you compare results across major search engines, is for sale on eBay. Jux2 came into picture as a comparative research tool to determine how different are the various search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask Jeeves and is anyone better than other?

With Jux2 you can:

  • Get much more relevant information then using only one search engine.
  • Get a combination of results that best suit the search from the best search engines. Example, the results that make the top 10 on both, say, Google and Yahoo, are probably great results that should be closer to the top of the results list… which is exactly where jux2 puts them.
  • Save time by searching both your favorite search engine and your backup search engine at once.

Plumtree G6

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned about “Plumtree getting ready to launch major new version” but not much information was available about the changes in the new release.

Plumtree recently released G6 which focuses on Seven Key areas:

  • Extensive infrastructure improvements
    • Unifies the Plumtree architecture for JSR-168 and WSRP portlet consumption.
    • Improved flexibility for content crawler configuration & performance, including
      threading and memory management.
  • Extended platform support, including Linux
  • Expanded development capabilities
    • Added an extensive array of new features to Foundation G6 that focus on developer
      needs and streamlining the development process.
    • Deploying applications via the Portal
    • Adaptive Tag Infrastructure -– Development Shortcuts
    • AJAX API – Advanced Application Interfaces
    • Portlet Debug – Resolve Issues Faster
  • Rapid customization & application deployment
  • Advanced security and permissioning
  • Easier access to key information
  • Simplified installation

BEA Selects Day for JSR 170 Bridge

Friday, October 14th, 2005

BEA Systems and Day software announced that they have entered into a technology alliance to deliver a JSR 170-compliant connector for BEA WebLogic Portal. Day is the initiator of JSR 170, the new standard for enterprise content, and is leading a global industry expert group, including technology vendors such as BEA, IBM, Oracle, and SAP, which jointly developed the standard.

This is in series with Day implementation of connector for Documentum using JSR 170 standards.

Read more about BEA and Days alliance at

BEA and Day to Bridge Enterprise Content Repositories

BEA Selects Day as Provider of JSR 170 Bridge

Google Reader

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Google just released a web-based RSS client called Google Reader enabling users to find and subscribe to online feeds and organizing the information. The product features a clean, easy-to-use interface and includes a comprehensive feed finder, multi-media feed displays, and algorithms that can assist users with automatic content prioritization, plus easy sharing capabilities with email and ‘blog this’ features.

Again google mastered the Ajax framework and the same can been seen. Like Gmail it provide short cut keys for next, previous, page up page down etc. which is pretty cool.

Read more at

Google Reader Released