5 April 2007

Google’s virtual library

Google are currently working with university libraries across the UK and US to create a virtual library. Whilst the project is currently limited to out-of-copyright works in the UK, the grand plan is to eventually digitise every book ever published; and this is all achievable in less than 10 years. The process is labour intensive with a team currently working …

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5 April 2007

Blogging4Business

Yesterday we attended the annual "Blogging for Business" conference in central London, with speakers from the likes of Yahoo!, Microsoft, Blue Barracuda and PR agency Waggener Edstrom. Overall it was a great event to be at, though there were a lot of different opinions flying round the room and nobody seemed to settle on a definitive answer to the question …

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5 April 2007

Give us your money!

Our project website launched this week www.tamargoestotown.com so we’re now open to take money to meet our target for building materials. Sarah and her team have plenty of fund-raising activities planned over the next few months so watch this space. I’m confident we’re going to easily smash our target!

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4 April 2007

Two good reasons to have accessible sites

If your site is not accessible then you could face legal action and suffer terrible publicity. One of the most famous cases was against the Sydney Olympics Committee in 2000. The owners of the website were ordered to pay compensation of $20,000 Australian dollars. A further reason why accessibility is important to your site is that there are over 8m …

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3 April 2007

Google mobile search and Yahoo! launches new publishing services

Tuesday saw Google release their upgraded WAP-based search to an interface that is more small-screen friendly, and which incorporates pared-down results and personalisation according to location. There is an option to add and remove info you want (such as stock updates to the home page), so reducing the number of clicks needed to get to the page you are looking …

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2 April 2007

Microsoft strikes a distribution deal with Lenovo

All new Lenovo computer systems – including ThinkPads, ThinkCentre desktops and Lenovo-branded PCs – will have Windows Live software and the Live.com tool bar pre-installed on their machines. This is a significant coup for Microsoft as, previously, on many workstations the Google applications package was the pre-installed software. Aidan says: ‘Lenovo is the third largest PC producer in the world …

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30 March 2007

Where in the world has my site gone?

We all know that results on Google will change, often from day to day. That’s the ‘everflux’ for you. But, even with these rolling changes, you get used to your site being within a range of positions. So, when you run a quick check early in the morning and your site isn’t there your heart suddenly stops – have we …

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29 March 2007

Have your site on everyone’s PC – another viral craze!

Microsoft’s latest OS has made it into the homes of many users in the past couple of months. Vista grabbed attention with their funky layout and gadgets, especially the gadget sidebar which is enabled by default. Gadgets are great for creating buzz and the more you can personalise it the bigger the buzz. Picture a gadget providing features, updates or …

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28 March 2007

Google gets creative with its skins

Google has announced that it will be releasing themes for its personalised home page (GPH). Users will be able to choose from six themes to further customise their personalised page. Most of the page will remain white with only the top of the page and the content headings being themed. Themes will be dynamic and will change according to local …

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27 March 2007

Work it the Wiki Way!

A Wiki is a web application that allows users to add content about specific topics, and it allows other users to edit it. The best example of an operational Wiki is the hugely influential Wikipedia. Wikis have been used by corporations for a few years already, but it’s only recently that the application has made inroads and is rewriting the …

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