February 9th, 2006

  • evan

result counts

One of these Google blogs links to a post where someone asks: "Why do search engines lie [about the result count]?" They refer to the fact that the result numbers shown on many (all?) queries don't match the actual numbers.

I'd answer it, but you're a smart bunch of people and I bet you could answer it just as well. So: why?

Update: Amusingly, after posting this I realized that my new officemate who sits five feet from me has been working on this code recently, so I just turned around and got a nice presentation on the details.
  • evan

mail archive size vs time

Cute graph+extrapolation of mail archive size versus time.

[spoilers below]

Seeing these sorts of things always make me think of the talk I saw (from someone at Intel, I think?) where he remarked that exponentials don't persist, and as engineers part of our job is to be able recognize when your second derivative flips and you find you're on an s-curve instead. And at that point, to start looking for a new approach.