Saturday, August 05, 2006

italia.it?

After more than 40 millions euro, this is what italia.it (an ambitious, multilingual portal supposed to become the institutional reference point for the tourism in Italy, which was expected to be online by March of 2006) looks like; by now, the words "the Italian Tourism Portal is Coming Soon" mean that the site will be ready by 2007, as the Vice Prime Minister recently declared.
Meanwhile, the Government launched a new online campaign, called Turistiprotagonisti, consisting of another page (the proper site will be available on August 21) meant to collect impressions, suggestions, ideas and pictures from Italian tourists, which will help improve the national tourism industry.
Should the average Italian taxpayer interpret this web-prolificacy as a positive attitude of the Government towards tourism and technology or rather as a worrying symptom of confusion? I guess we'll find out in 2007.

From Punto Informatico

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Friday, August 04, 2006

The Skeleton Mod

This gigerish pile of bones and cables isn't coming from the set of EXistenZ: it's one of the winners of the annual case mod contest promoted by ExtremeTech.
From the same contest: the TIE Fighter, RD-D2 and the 800 Mhz Teddy Bear


Link [via]

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Startup Review

There's a new feed in my reader: Startup Review, a weblog by Nisan Gabbay, keeps track of the latest US-based Internet-startups, providing an in-depth case study per week (the Craiglist Case Study is the first available review).

From the first post, Long Introduction:

Startup Review will be a blog that profiles successful Internet start-ups in a case study format. The case studies will be fairly detailed, analyzing the key factors that made the companies successful, with an emphasis on strategy and product decisions. Each case study will also have sections discussing launch strategy, exit analysis, and links to other good analysis on the company.

[via NevilleHobson]


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Copyscape

Is someone plagiarizing the fruit of your hard work?
Now bloggers can unmask their less creative 'colleagues', thanks to Copyscape:

Copyscape is dedicated to defending your rights online, helping you fight against online plagiarism and content theft. Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you.


(I guess I'm going to be copyscaped for this quote...)

Copyscape is free, but the most demanding users might want to consider the Premium service, with unlimited searches and a tracking feature, and Copysentry, which scans the web on a daily basis and sends e-mail alerts.

And if you're looking for a deterrent, you can put the Plagiarism Warning Banner on your page.

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