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Adler 10-31-2004 12:20 AM

Home Office Biotech Data Mining - Data Collection
Hi All,

I'm coming over from the SuSE 9.1 Pro side of things (long involvement w/ MS) and am looking to let Linux do some of the things that I have done in the past -- more or less -- through Google.

Let's get specific:

- I run a home office set-up, logging, phone activity, costs are essential.
- My business is more or less Biotech Business Development, patents, distribution, running as an "interested investor" or Consultant.
- My contacts are global and I am always looking for products that will allow me to give command searches versus the usual Google. Then find the companies involved and offer my services.

Anybody make sense of this?

XavierP 10-31-2004 03:53 AM


Anybody make sense of this?
No. What's your question?

homey 10-31-2004 08:30 AM

I think he wants a linux program which will search the web for a particular type of business or person, then use that information to send unsolicited emails to same.

Adler 10-31-2004 08:48 AM


You are right in undrstanding what I am trying to acheive, but this is not some type of SPAM ptoject.

Not only is their contact data to gather, but also profile type information. About 7 - 8 months ago I'd bought an MS app for $100 and now have migrated over to Linux.

Thanks for jumping in here.

homey 10-31-2004 09:06 AM


About 7 - 8 months ago I'd bought an MS app for $100 and now have migrated over to Linux.
Did some unhappy "customer" crash your MS system?

Adler 10-31-2004 10:24 AM


No, no one crashed my OS. I simply migrared to Linux after reading about it, tried a couple of distros and thought there was a "Community" out there to share knowledge.

homey 10-31-2004 10:32 AM

Nomally, I would wish you the best of luck but the only thing I have in mind for spammers involves pliers and a razor blade.

Adler 10-31-2004 10:40 AM


Jeez, I think that you've got the completely wrong idea about my post.

There's a whole "back office" out there and if you want to accomplish something in say Brazil, Singapore, Japan or the other places that I do business you might realize that I'm not looking to run a SPAM engine.

Back to the point - the original idea here is "data-mining".

XavierP 10-31-2004 11:52 AM

I don't think there is anything like that at the moment - but if I'm right, that's not to say there will never be anything like it. At a guess, places like IBM, Novell and other distributors as well as Oracle may use/need something like that. Have you tried dropping them a line? If there isn't something there already, you may start something off :)

What's the name of the app you used under Windows? Have you tried it with WINE or Crossover Office (there is a demo for you to test the app before buying if it works).

Adler 10-31-2004 01:32 PM


In the process to get going with Linux I'd archeived all my MS programs and did a fresh install of MS and then installed SuSE Pro. I'd have to go through my back-up CDs to find the name of the program that I bought.

I've tried WINE on a couple of occassions, but no success in getting MS .exes to get running. As I understand it the WINE Project keeps changing daily and what I probably have on my machine is probably too old to be effective. I'm trying a work-around for that with apt-get, but this'll take a bit of time.

I have posted on the Novell site, but was told to go Google. Novell doesn't seem to have brought the A-Team in regard to supporting SuSE Pro users. I'm sure they figure it out as the Open Source Community does have a lot of good things out there.

I'll try to reformulate my request, check out Oracle and IBM as you suggested, and dig through my archeived CDs to see what it was that I used on the MS side of my machine. Most of what I have seen is in the Enterprise Management scheme of things, where a corporation has to sift through their terabytes of data. A good friend of mine works in the Aerospace industry and there is more time spend there building databses than making products.

Thanks for your post.

Adler 10-31-2004 09:57 PM


Just to keep this thread going I'd back tracked and found the name of the s/w that I'd bought. I've not tried it for about 8 - 9 months - I paid $100.00 for a certain version.

In regard to Novell support for SuSE I'd gotten this cryptic response from someone over there, besides the one that I should try Google.

"We can not do that, there is a Linux community that will provide that.
Support is also the primary revenue".

Strange, but true.

Again, there is a few MS things out there and I was only thinking that the Linux versions would be better.

jryoung 11-01-2004 07:06 AM

Well, IBM offer a service called WebFountain which may perform the kind of trend analysis. See



Adler 11-01-2004 07:10 AM


Thanks for the link! I'll look into it.

Adler 11-01-2004 07:37 AM


I stopped by your link. I've neither the estimated $200K nor a Super Computer.

Thanks for the post.

Anyone else?

320mb 11-01-2004 11:15 AM


Originally posted by Adler

I simply migrared to Linux after reading about it, tried a couple of distros and thought there was a "Community" out there to share knowledge.

We are here to share the "knowledge" :) BUT we don't like spam OR spammers!!!


Originally posted by Adler

Back to the point - the original idea here is "data-mining".

data-mining is used by spammers to collect email addresses to send "unsolicited emails"

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