To and Back Again, a i202 Story

Light-hearted fare to celebrate the it-is-over-ness of our final: (cute cat images optional)
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Congrats and enjoy!

4 Ways One Database Would Help Music Fans, Industry

You'd think, after finishing the final and the course, adding to the 202 blog would be the last thing on anyone's mind. But I saw this article and reflexively fired up the "Create Content" form, because this is essential 202, in my mind. It helped me realize why I've never been comfortable with music subscription services (I have a curated library that I don't want to get stuck behind a pay wall) and how musicians and industry would be better off if they could all agree to agree, for once.

Searchable lecture slides, take 2


The link had expired but it's live again. Grab all the searchable lecture slides here...


Addendum: electronic version of most of the reader content is here. Please don't distribute that of course as most of it is only licensed for use within the UC system.

202 search tool now available

Hello everybody,

Our promised 202 search tool is now available on

You can enter a query and the tool will perform 4 different searches against the corpus of 202 lecture slides. The search algorithms are:

Two firefox plugins for visual representations of browser history

So, I know we've talked about visual representations of browser history before, and tonight, while reading lifehacker (ie, procrastinating for 202), I found two recommendations for firefox plug-ins. I just installed both of them.

The first, History Tree, looks awesome. It displays a simple visual history; it sorts by tabs, and includes backtracking as well as showing how you got from one page to another. I'm definitely going to be using this one.

Enterprise and Visual Search Heats Up

Google enters the fray of enterprise search with its GSA for enterprise use while Google Goggles and Bing goes head to head w/visual search innovations.   Note Bing's reliance on user-defined categories.  Vocabulary problem, anyone?


Semantic Web and Links

In a recent section we were discussing the limitations of putting useful data in content of links.  I came across an interesting interview with David Huynh an interaction designer with FreeBase where he describes ways of utilizing the semantic web for links. Basically it's still a challenge since there are not many frontend interfaces that allow users to attach sematic data to hyperlinks - but David's projects point to a hopeful future.


Google Introduces Translated Search

Google has integrated a new search feature into Google Search which it calls Translated Search.

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