Slovak Video Games, WWII Hungarian Soldiers, IndexNow, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 15, 2022


The Verge: How a design museum unearthed a treasure trove of classic Slovak games. “Late last year, the Slovak Design Museum released a translated collection of ’80s text adventures from the region. The games, often programmed by teenagers, capture a moment in history when the first generation of Slovak developers were learning their craft to share among their friends.”

Hungary Today: Database of Hungarian Heroes of World War II Available Online. “A new website, a database of Hungarian soldiers who died, were injured, or became prisoners of war during World War II, was unveiled Tuesday at the Military History Institute and Museum in Budapest.”


Search Engine Journal: IndexNow Enables Data Sharing Between Search Engines. “Microsoft is making the IndexNow protocol easier to implement by ensuring submitted URLs are simultaneously shared between search engines. IndexNow launched in October 2021 as solution to help websites get their content indexed and updated in search engines faster.”

Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo passes 100 billion searches. “DuckDuckGo, the privacy focused search engine, announced it has surpassed 100 billion searches – all time. It posted this announcement on Twitter.”


PetaPixel: This Web App Can Use One Photo’s Colors to Grade Another. “Image Color Transfer is a free, browser-based application that allows a photo to be color graded to match the color of another photo, similar to the ‘Match Color’ feature found in standalone photo editing applications.”


The Guardian: Absurdle: the machiavellian version of Wordle. “What if Wordle became evil? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Absurdle. Absurdle is the invention of a designer who goes by the alias ‘qntm’. Consider it an alternative ruleset to Wordle – a game that sharpens the original premise into a horrific machiavellian scheme. The gambit is heady, but I’ll try to explain it the best I can.”


Reuters: Watchdog says Google offers to exclude Showcase from general searches in Germany. “Google has offered to remove Google News Showcase content from general search results in Germany in a bid to end a competition inquiry, the country’s Federal Cartel Office said on Wednesday.”

The Markup: College Prep Software Naviance Is Selling Advertising Access to Millions of Students. “For nearly two-thirds of American high schoolers Naviance software is an integral and nearly unavoidable part of the college research and application process. For colleges and universities, it’s also a targeted advertising platform with a captive audience of millions of students looking to make one of the largest financial investments of their lives.”


University of New Mexico: CSWR restores historic Tomé patent and map. “The town of Tome, best known for its popular El Cerro de Tomé Good Friday pilgrimage, is now celebrating a different historic resurrection. The town map and patent were recently restored and digitized by archivists at the UNM Center for Southwest Research (CSWR), making the 162-year-old-documents available to the world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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