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Archive for October, 2009

Removing Your Name from Search Engines

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Did you ever try to Google your own name in the search engine? If there are some results which you would prefer not to appear, there are several things you can do. Unfortunately, none of them guarantee your name being removed. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Contact the person who wrote information about you, by sending him an email found on his site. Take into account, that not all people display their email. If this is the case, try to contact that person in some other way. If this will not be possible, you will have to learn to live with it.
2. If the first method failed, use whois.domaintools.com to find contact information provided by the hosting company about the person who wrote about you. This is a more reliable method and can be used to obtain info about a person you are looking for.
3. Trying to outrank pages that display information about you by creating a profile page. You can use services like linkedin.com or plaxo.com. It might be a good idea if the previous methods fail. Such profile pages tend to rank high in search engines, and will give you the edge over those who wrote about you on their websites.

Unreadable CAPTCHAs

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. While the name of it might sound complicated, the purpose of it is quite simple. It is simply a test to tell apart humans and bots. Many websites that use it or used it in the past, for example, RapidShare. RapidShare itself is a very popular file hosting service, which ranks among the top 50 websites on the Internet. Rapidshare had some problems with spammers and bots that were trying to automatically download many files. This resulted in high bandwidth costs for Rapidshare, so the company had to make some steps to stop it. Last year RapidShare introduced a CAPTCHA that in order to download any file you needed to decipher. It was a CAPTCHA that had animals on each letter, and you needed to be able to tell on which letters cats are present. It was very hard to tell, as is was simply impractical. Many people were forced to download their files during “happy hours”, when you could download files without such nuisances. That is simply because they were not able to decipher the CAPTCHA. I think that this proves that while there certainly is a need for CAPTCHAs, we should remember to design them in such a way that all humans should be able to pass the test.

Food and NutritionData

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

One of the most useful things that technology brought us are websites. The website that I want to discuss today is NutritionData. This site offers nutrition facts, including food labels, calorie data, and nutritional information. It might not sound that revolutionary, but if you would take your time to actually use this site every week to plan what products to buy, then I assure you that it would be a revolutionary change. You would probably not only change what meals you prepare, but you would also be a lot healthier. As a technology enthusiast, I am a proponent of numbers and this website provides nutrition data of almost every product there is. You would be surprised how much more information you can get from this site compared to reading regular food labels, which do not provide almost any information in my opinion. I visit this site myself, and I suspect that within 10-30 years it will be a common practice to calculate exactly what nutrition elements a person requires, and then forming a diet, just by using a website like this. There might be other website of this type on the Internet, but what I like about this particular one is that it presents data in a very clear way.

Laser Printers

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

If you are tired of replacing cartridges very often because you use a printer a lot at your home or office, you might consider having a laser printer rather than a traditional, inkjet one. Laser printers will cost you more, but having them might be rewarding. It is difficult for me to give you advice whether you should choose a laser or inkjet printer, but please keep it in mind that inkjet printers are not that big money savers as their cartridges require you to change them often. If you decide to purchase a laser printer, you will generally also enjoy high quality printing. That is because some laser printers are very high quality.