Google Translate Speaks Romanian too

Google Translate‘s coverage has been expanded dramatically. It now supports the translation between any of the following languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish (the new languages are shown in bold). From 26 language pairs, Google Translate now supports 506 language pairs and becomes the most comprehensive online translation tool available for free.

The most useful feature of the new Google Translate is the automatic language detection feature. You no longer have to select the language of a web page in order to translate it to English. Just choose “Detect language” and Google will attempt to figure out the source language for you and translate the page or text to the language of your choice.

The automatic translation is far from perfect, but is definetly an ecvellent start which, knowing Google will improve fast over time.

Send Files Up to 710 MB

If zoso mentioned before about romanian versions of youtube and similar websites, here is a romanian web utility to send files up to 710MB.

Well, I wonder how they decided to set up this maximum upload limit. Does it have anything to do with a CD size? Share your movies guys.

Worth mentioning that the speed is (at least when I tested it) considerably faster than similar services abroad (eg. rapidshare).


Google Related Content for Your Website

It seems that couple of weeks ago:

Google has modified it’s robots.txt file to include a line which may signal the beginning of a new search feature — similar content search.  This innocent looking piece of text (“Disallow: /relcontent”) appears related to “Disallow: /relpage/” which has existed in the file for a very long time.

Zdnet Blog also wrote at that time:

It’s unclear how this speculated feature could differ from the existing “similar pages” functionality –  I thought using “related:” was designed to find similar content already.

Well after all it seems that things started to get clear. It seems that all is about some snippets to get inserted and syndicated by users in their webpages that look like this one:

Google Related Content
The feature seems to be still in tests, but is probably yet to come out soon.

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10 Years on the web – 1995

March 1995 – Jerry Yang and David Filo incorporate Yet Another Hierarchical Officious OracleYAHOO! and raise $32 million in funding from Sequoia Capital. In the same month, WWW surpases ftp-data as the service with the greatest traffic on NSFNet based on packet count, and in April based on byte count.

Yahoo 1996 screenshot

July 1995Amazon starts selling books online. Founder Jeff Bezos drives Amazon orders to the post office in his ’87 Chevy Blazer

August 1995 – More than any other stock, Netscape Communication’s IPO defined the arrival of the Internet as an economic force. With just $16 million in revenues at the time it went public, the seminal Web browser company was valued at more than $2 billion. More important than any specific numbers, Netscape’s IPO created the frenzy of day trading and venture capitalist investments that would become a hallmark of the dot-com era.

August 1995 – Microsoft introduces Windows 95 and gives away crappy new browser Internet Explorer 1.0

September 1995 –  The first version of what would become eBay went online. It became a legend that eBay Chairman, Omidyar, while working at General Magic, wrote a software for a Web site that would help his girlfirend trade with other Pez collectors.

Altavista screenshot

December 1995– AltaVista gets off the ground with 16 million indexed pages, making it the Web’s largest search engine (Today Google indexes mode than 8 billion).

1995 in other news:

  • The Apache web server project is started
  • The java programming site for websites
  • The registration of domain names is no longer free. Beggining 14 September, a $50 annual fee has been imposed
  • Experimental CD-ROM disk can carry full-length film
  • “Internet addiction” is identified
  • Denmark announces plan to put much of the nation online within 5 years
  • Major US dailies create national online newspaper network
  • Lamar Alexander chooses internet to announce its presidential candidacy
  • Audio of live events can be heard on the Internet
  • Vatican develops a website

10 Years on the Web – 2002

It began as a seemingly innocuous marketing tool, but spyware soon became one of the most pernicious problems the Internet has ever faced. Whether through pop-ups, privacy invasion, or drained computer power, practically anyone who has used the Internet has been victimized by this trend. The issue, which continues in full force today, has been increasingly scrutinized by the courts and legislators.

As programmer Bram Cohen unveils BitTorrent at a hacker conference in San Francisco, file sharing becomes Hollywood’s problem.

Corporate troubles across US, after Enron, SEC files fraud charges against WorldCom after the company admits to inflating profits by $3.9 billion; 17.000 people lose their jobs.

In other news:

  • Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market peaks at 96 percent.
  • 9 of 10 American school children have access to computers at home or school.
  • On the Web, creators of online journals, or “web logs,” now “blog on.”
  • Pop-ups and pop-unders clutter computer screens.
  • DVD sales pass VCR sales; 40+ million U.S. homes have DVD.
  • 70% of U.S. households could have broadband service; 15% use it.
  • stocks more than 350,000 titles.
  • UK workers spend more time with email than with their children.
  • Apple computer that can create movies in DVD format.

10 Years on the Web – 1996

January 1996 – Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin work on a search engine called BackRub, name for its unique ability to analyze back-links pointing to a given website. We’ll here about it again, two years later, and still hearing.

March 1996
– Polaroid’s first 1 megapixel digicam hits. Pricetag: a cool $3,695.
Meanwhile Digital Associated Press cameras send Super Bowl pix to
newspapers in minutes

April 1996 – Yahoo! goes public and
raises $35 million, as shares triple in the first day of trading.
Market capitalization hits $1 billion. In three years its market value
will be $70 billion.

Netscape Communicator

is the year Microsoft launches the web attack with the oppening of its
web-based email, More than that, the browsers war begins
as Netscape’s share of market peaks at 87 percent, while the newly
launched Internet Explorer 3 begins its climb from 4 percent.

ebayDecember 1996 – EBay’s AuctionWeb recevie its millionth bid and shortens its name to just eBay

Supreme Court’s rejection of the Communcation Decency Act defined the
Internet as we know it today. Until that ruling, no one knew if the
medium would be a limitless, unfiltered universe, or a
government-regulated entity like television and radio.

In other news:

  • More that 100.000 World Wide Web sites and growing fast
  • 82 percent of americans heve heard of web, up from 45 percent in 1995
  • 45 million internet users, including 30 million in US
  • optical fiber cable line stretches across Pacific
  • 28% of US public libraries offer Internet access
  • several large newspapersoffers Web access to their archives
  • Wolrd Exposition is a world’s fair held on the Internet

10 Years on the Web

Is not like Internet is only 10 years old, but 1995 is definetly the year that started it all for real.

Sharing millions of songs online with friends, googling around, buying and auctioning everything online, being able to set up your own webpage in couple of minutes, dowloading tons of information, watching TV, seeing your friends from the other side of the world and chatting with them online, unlimited online storage… All these are part of our daily lifes, and some of them seem to be here forever.

Well, hardly to believe,  they are here for only 10 years or less, and 1995 was the year when all of them actually started.

Before the Netscape browser illuminated the Web, the internet did not exist for most of the people. If it was aknowledged at all, it was mischaracterizedas either corporate email or a clubhouse for adolescent nerds. And it was hard to used too. Who wanted to waste time on something so boring?

In 1994, Time magazine explained why the internet would never go mainstream: It was not designed for doing commerce, and it does not gracefully accomodate new arrivals, while the February 1995 Newsweek headline readed: The Internet? BAH!.

NetscapeSome months later, in August 1995, Netscape’s public offering took off, and in a blink, a world of do-it-yourself possibilities was born. Suddenly it became clear that people could create material that anyone with a connection could view. The burgeoning online audience no longer needed traditional media for content. Well, not in an instant, it took almost ten years, but with the Netscape’s stock peaking at $75 on its first day of trading, the world gasped in awe. Was this insanity, or the start of something new?