The new 100 most useful sites by Guardian

The Guardian just released its top100 most useful websites.

Google Adwords 2006 Gift

Shimon Sandler just received his Google’s Christmas Gift as an avertiser for using Adwords, a Ipod Shuffle.

Yahoo already sent him a corkscrew kit and MSN a bottle of wine.

Shimon doesn’t tell us how much he spends annually in Google as a Qualified Adwords Professional ?

Google Adsense sent earlier the 2006 Christmas Gift to its best publishers.

Why Adsense and Adwords do not send gifts randomly ? everybody would get a chance! 🙂

Ask X: the New Ask

Ask is trying a new design for its search engine

  • Left: A search control panel that stays with you, complete with Zoom Related Search and Search Suggestions that update as you type.
  • Middle: Results front and center to provide clutter-free information without having to scroll down the page, and Binoculars to preview results.
  • Right: A preview of other types of search results, including video, news, images, blogs, shopping, encyclopedia and more.”

But don’t tell you know about this, it’s a secret!

To the Moon for french anime "Les Têtes à Claques"

Michel Beaudet, the french canadian author of “les têtes à claques” is flying to the moon: after a few months his website featuring anime characters using his eyes and his mouth receive 2.5 million unique visitors per month. That’s what we can read on Dominic Arpin’s Blog (french journalist for TVA).

According to Dominic, the Têtes à Claques will be soon downloadable on mobile phones, an english version is coming soon, a DVD for next Autumn, Michel is moving his studios from his basement and is hiring people… A big web success in a few months, everything is possible! 🙂

Current clip is featuring Santa Claus.. I was just starting to watch it when..? I saw a 30-second TV Ad from Bell Canada, you know the same ads that just appear before the Evening News at 10:00 pm on Quebec tv channels!

I would believe it’s paying more than Google Adsense Ads, and you?

New Digg is Live!

At the time I write these few lines, I can only see this black screen ; when you will see this page New Digg will probably be live!

Ok here it is, I can see mainly esthetic changes:

Explanations from Kevin Rose here in Video on the New Digg’s Blog

Google Patents

Google just released a new search Engine: Google Patents

The search is done among 7 millions of US patents (only) since 1790.

Data come from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The End of Weblogs in early 2007

According to Gartner Group, weblogs will be at their top in the first half of 2007.

There will have about 100 million blogs. According to Gartner most of people who wanted to create a weblog already did it and there would have about 200 million of weblogs closed or ex-bloggers.

On the other hand this peak of weblogs could give more maturity for better commercial opportunities.

Google treats their employees like kids?

Sociologist Aaron Swartz wrote an interesting article about the fact Google keeps employees by treating them like kids.

“Give them free food, do their laundry, let them sit on bouncy brightly-colored balls. Do everything so that they never have to grow up and learn how to live life on their own.”

“It’s as if this place is being decorated by seven-year-olds,”

“But as much as they may want to leave Google, the infantilizing tactics have worked: they’re afraid they wouldn’t be able to survive anywhere else.”

more: The Goog Life: how Google keeps employees by treating them like kids

42 Uses for RSS/Atom Feeds

I just found this article on Inelegant’s Blog via french blog Vedocci.

This is particularly useful for those who still asking what to do with RSS Feeds. It’s actually particularly destined to make some website or business watch/tracking (is this the translation for “Veille” french word??)

I mostly translated this article on my french part of this blog as I think it’s very helpful for people to know.

Google CSE available in 25 languages!

We asked for it, Google made it !

Google Custom Search (CSE or Co-op) is now available in 25 languages since tuesday.

It didn’t take much time for Google to answer to our requests in the Newsgroups.

Reminder: Google CSE allows the creation of a personalized search engine with all the websites you want to search on. It is mainly destinated to webmasters or even everybody who has no website and wants his own search engine on a specific topic.

Please go to your control Panel in CSE and in “Basics” for “Search engine language” choose the language you want.

The language you choose will set the language for the text on the search results page and give preference to results in that language. You can also choose ‘All Languages’ in which case the language associated with the user’s browser will be used. If you want to give preference to search results from a particular domain, you can do so as pattern later on. If, for instance, you wanted your search results to only be from Japan, you would include *.jp as a pattern. (Please note the * is essential.) You can also choose to give preference to results from a certain country by changing your code to use the country specific google domain (e.g., such as or as opposed to

See the official article on Google CSE’s Blog.

I’ve created some CSE in french but didn’t have time to make them in english, sorry for that. Anyway you can still see the examples below for french ; they are also available on the french homepage of Surfons:

(xx) where xx represents the number of websites searched.

Absolutely Hilarious Computer Quotes by the TechGeek

When I just found this page I couldn’t stop laughing! 🙂 🙂 🙂 it’s all true..

Here are some quotes:

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” – This is not humorous by itself; but in the context it’s a classic by Bill Gates in 1981

“SUPERCOMPUTER: what it sounded like before you bought it.”

“I’m not anti-social; I’m just not user friendly”

“I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code”

“The box said ‘Required Windows 95 or better’. So, I installed LINUX.”

See all of them here on the TechGeek

New Personalized Search Homepage

Here it is the personalized search startpage of nearly one month after the first release:

Register it’s free and easy. You will have access to the following services:

-Add/delete search engines (about 140 for both languages)

-Add/edit your favorite links per category

-Add RSS Feeds among the suggested list or add your own feeds

-Your login gives you access to both languages websites that you can administer independantly

-See and share the most popular RSS Feeds with the latest feeds added

The current version is still in development and beta so feel free to make your comments..

Also we experience temporary hosting problems, so I ask you to be patient..

Match Point

Original Title: Match Point

Note: 9/10

Dvd Release: 2006

Synopsis: Chris Wilton is a former tennis pro, looking to find work as an instructor. He meets Tom Hewett, a well-off pretty boy. Tom’s sister Chloe falls in love with Chris but Chris has his eyes on Tom’s fiancée, the luscious Nola. Both Chris and Nola know it’s wrong but what could be more right than love? Chris tries to juggle both women but at some point, he must choose between them..

Country: Usa, UK
Directed by: Woody Allen

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Alexander Armstrong, Paul Kaye, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton, Emily Mortimer, Janis Kelly, Alan Oke, Mark Gatiss, Scarlett Johansson, Philip Mansfield, Simon Kunz, Geoffrey Streatfield, Mary Hegarty, John Fortune, Rupert Penry-Jone, Patricia Whymark, Anthony O’Donnell, Miranda Raison, Rose Keegan, Zoe Telford, Margaret Tyzack, Scott Handy, Emily Gilchrist, Selina Cadell, Georgina Chapman, Colin Salmon, Toby Kebbell, Steve Pemberton, Ewen Bremner, James Nesbitt

Genre: Drama Romance
Rating: 13+
Running Time: 2:04

Official Site:

Comment: The man who said “I’d rather be lucky than good” saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a litte luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn’t, and you lose.

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