Geolocation on the web

Did you know W3C has a draft specification for Geolocation API in browsers? In practice, that means a JavaScript call could discover your location. Does that really work? And if, how? There’s this site called, which plots your position on a Google Map. It also correctly answers the question of whether Geolocation API belongs […]

May 28, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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.NET icon Brad Abrams moves on to Google

So the news is out: Brad Abrams of .NET, Silverlight and WCF fame is out of Microsoft (ok, that’s already so last week) and the next destination is Google (that’s more recent). While I’m sad to see Microsoft lose the guy behind the holy Framework Design Guidelines and a lot of other stuff, it is […]

May 6, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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What is an "open" API anyway? (case YouTube / TotLol)

TotLol is a membership-based site that aggregates YouTube content for kids. What’s interesting is its background story and how it went from being ad-based to almost non-existent to membership-based. The author’s version of the story is interesting. Harshly compressed: He claims to have created a service that was one of the first on YouTube APIs. […]

December 30, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Bing beats Google in finding me first PDC09 breakfast

It’s a coincidence I’ve been so Bing-oriented lately, but there will be other topics soon enough. Even at the risk of sounding like a Bing fanboy, I’ll post this. Good morning, LA! It’s 6 am and I haven’t been sleeping for a while now (ten hour jetlag doesn’t really help). So breakfast time is approaching […]

November 15, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 5 Comments
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Bing’s next wave of services rolling out

Looking at Bing’s new search features, I can’t help wondering if the attachment to Google is like using the console instead of windowed applications: I’ve always done it, and it gives me more raw data. Do I really want raw data? Google is great at searching, and Bing’s quest to catch it seems impossible, particularly […]

November 13, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Google starts showing anchor links on pages

Sometimes long pages need additional navigation and anchors get introduced. Google recently started pulling your table of contents to the search results. As announced in the Official Google blog: As you can see, the start of the Wikipedia article’s table of contents has been pulled in as the four links above the URI. It’s interesting […]

September 29, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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The anatomy of Bing search results

Microsoft recently published Bing White Paper for Webmasters and Publishers. While offering little in the actual SEO sense, it does provide other interesting viewpoints, especially for usability guys and web site developers. The anatomy of a Google and Bing SERP (Search Engine Result Page) are definitely different. Google’s result on “Helsinki” is reasonably simple: On […]

June 29, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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