Archive for November, 2008


What is Google Waiting For a Stable Version of Gmail?

Gmail is out there for years and works fine but it is still in Beta. Gmail team improved Gmail Spam very well and added lots of features including themes support. Even though, they put delete button !!! However, it is still in Beta. I don’t understand how Google’s applications/services versioning works. Sometimes, I though they may still dealing with annoying security threats or working on a new spam filter to make super duper unbreakable spam detection and removal system to reach stable version of Gmail. But, Google isn’t perfect and Gmail too.


Semantic Web Research Topics

I have been seeking hot topics in semantic web for one week to find a suitable (to me) research subject. I decided to make a summary using what I’ve collected so far. This summary is about what would be more important at the near future and the data (mainly) depends on European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) topics of interest.

Some topics that would be more important:

  1. Semantic Web Data and Ontologies have been discussed for years but Interoperability of data on the Semantic Web is becoming more popular.
  2. Semantic Web Services and service standards, testing, monitoring, security issues.
  3. Semantics in P2P Computing
  4. Interoperability of applications on the Semantic Web
  5. Data mining on the Semantic Web
  6. Social networks and Semantic Web
  7. Semantic Web for collaboration and cooperation
  8. Usability, performance, scalability issues for Semantic Web technologies

Semantic Web Services and Data mining on the Semantic Web seem to be more suitable for me but I haven’t found what I really want. I should keep searching and asking to people about semantic technologies.


Living in Istanbul

There is no doubt that I’m living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Istanbul.
It is the only city that straddles two continents. Living in such a unique city has
some outcomes like traffic, noise, pollution … etc.  Let me tell you what happens if you’d like
to see 3 people in different district in the same city. Actually, it happens almost everyone who
live in this city. This situation is unique to Istanbul among 81 cities in Turkey.

I left home at 8:30 a.m. and I was at home at 5:00 p.m. I met 3 people and all over conversation
took one and half hours, remain part spent at traffic jam. I used 10 public transportation. It felt me like making a big journey, at the end I felt exhausted so I couldn’t blog it last night as I panned.

Even though this terrible situation, still I love Istanbul.


There is No Charge For Awesomeness or Attractiveness

I mentioned Kung Fu Banda before and how I liked it. Yesterday, I watched the new movie of Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, actually it is a short movie that tells pasts of furious five masters. It is worth to see again.

I couldn’t figure out whether the film producers are focusing on animations or my interets have chaned recently. Because while I’m writing blog entry at the same time I’m getting ready (preparing my tea) to watch South Park.


Academic Studies & Courses

After, I spent some time to implement “Bresenham’s line” and “seed fill” algorithms for Image Processing course homework; I noticed that I haven’t blogged enough for my graduate program.

It is MS program in Computer Engineering at Istanbul University. I registered 3 courses; Advanced Computer Architectures, Image Processing Techniques for Computer Engineering, Computer Language Engineering for fall semester.  You can access course details by this link.

I haven’t decided my thesis subject yet but, I feel that it seems to be about Semantic Web, AI (like knowledge presentation, machine learning …) or Information Retrieval (IR) systems.

Nowadays, I’m dealing with Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) or Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI).  It is a new subject but growing fast among next generation web search engines (like Google, Hakia … etc).  It needs some mathematical skills like linear algebra to analyze data. If I had been told this relation before I would payed more attention to mathematics than I did. Anyway, my mathematical knowledge is still fine 😉 I can find (solve) what I need (for now).  I’ll try to write much about my academic studies and interests.