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New Software Tools for automation

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by contempt, May 12, 2009.

  1. contempt

    contempt Newbie

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    I've been creating software for the past 6 years and would like to get community feedback on what is the next tool that should be created

    What problems do you have today that you would like automation to solve?

    What seems like a tedious task that you would like to automate?

    What process would you like to speed up?

    I code both in .NET (C# and VB) and PHP.

    Looking forward to some great ideas and replies! I have good bandwidth to work on any project and I will gladly distribute this to BHW for free
     
  2. platinvm

    platinvm Senior Member

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    Your like the 100th person to say this, and never has the person actually made the software. Maybe your differnt, but I'm tired of sharing some of good ideas for them not to be used.
     
  3. contempt

    contempt Newbie

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    Please share your ideas as I'm not like the others.
     
  4. scb335

    scb335 BANNED BANNED

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    I'll throw you an idea, it's something I've been working on but I hit a stone wall because I don't have MS Office, and that seems to be a "functionality requirement" for what I want to do.

    Basically, an automated research assistant is the idea.

    You give the software your keyword term, and it goes out to multiple article directories, Wikipedia, Squidoo and similar sites (using Google search results to find the individual pages) and collects 100+ pieces of content targeted to your keyword.

    Then, it parses all of the content (using the MS Office summarize feature) and spits out a nice bullet-point list of key points.

    Whenever I enter a new niche market, which is like weekly, this is how I go about getting the key points to build my content from and I'd imagine others use a similar strategy, so a tool that could run in the background and do the grunt work of converting all that content into a bullet-point list would be an awesome time saver.

    One of the DLL's that comes with Office provides the summary functionality, but I don't have Office and don't want to build a program that's dependent on other high priced software anyway.

    I looked into using Open Office because it has a similar summarize feature and is free, but so far I've been unable to make the connection between my program and OO.

    At this point I've created an algo for my program to just parse the retrieved content and find repeating phrases to make bullets from. This works (somewhat), but it also returns a lot of gibberish and useless garbage to so isn't nearly as good as it could be.

    So, there's one idea for you.
     
  5. platinvm

    platinvm Senior Member

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    Here I posted this earlier:

    "Something that I think that would be tight(it might be a little out there, but heck). Is a blog commenter that well find a couple thousands blog posts for you. Then search through all the comments on all the posts and try to find generic questions and answerer them. So your comment is more then likely to stick. Its kind of out there but if your spending that kind if money it might be possible. If you like it PM me and ill try to go in to more detail and we can brainstorm."
     
  6. kayzne

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    1 post?

    Seen this before, just another person trying to phish methods.

    Here's something you can do, figure it out yourself, then post it here for free.
     
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  7. Sweetfunny

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    Have you checked out Answer Analyst? It does something very similar, however it pulls the content snippets from the top sites in the search results rather than just Wiki, Squidoo etc.
     
  8. vegasvillan

    vegasvillan Regular Member

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    I have always enjoyed your bluntness and sense of smelling BS lol...oh yea not to mention your sense of humor LOL

     
  9. SEO20

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    How about create a link wheel with a push of a button - all on autopilot ;-)
     
  10. scb335

    scb335 BANNED BANNED

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    Yeah, I like that program but it's still not as automated as what I would like, plus for me personally, I'd rather stick to articles and web 2.0 site content pieces for one simple reason, they're (a majority of them) created by marketers... so the research into what questions to answer, what specific problems people need cured, and what best keywords (and related keywords) to include in content has presumably already been done for that content.

    When you just go to the top web results, you can get what any webmaster who might not be thinking from a marketing perspective decided to write on the topic. Or you can get the slanted side of the story based on what "message" some organization wants to impress on their visitors.

    I'd rather get the content that was created with "what are the customers looking for" in mind, the content created by marketers.

    Good suggestion though, AA is still a good and useful tool, just not exactly what I'd like in a research assistant software.
     
  11. minute80

    minute80 Regular Member

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    Ignore this post: found it under autoabstract (File->Send-> AutoAbstract)

    scb335: where is summarize text feature located in OpenOffice?
     
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