12 November 2008

Google Local Postcode Lookup

Looking for local results Well it’s new to me! I don’t often do searches that require a local solution but searching for ‘car rental’ today I noticed a nice wee offering from Google – is this new or have I been living in cave for a few months? See the box so you can type in Town or Postcode? Nice. …

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11 November 2008

Making the case for Visual Studio 2008

A big part of any successful organisation is ensuring that all expenditure is justified in terms of the expected ROI.  With this in mind I recently went in seek of documentation to support my development teams request to upgrade to the latest version of Visual Studio.  What I didn’t expect was to find that Microsoft had already done the hard …

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11 November 2008

Google reader now able to translate blogs

If like me you are addicted to your set of trusted blogs, Google’s latest announcement will be a welcome surprise.  The Google reader now gives users the ability to have content on blogs in other languages, automatically translated into your native tongue.  Google will also rather cleverly remember your settings so that you will continue to receive a translated version …

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11 November 2008

Happy (belated) birthday Windows

Twenty five years ago, a very confident young man announced that his latest software creation would revolutionise personal computers and they way they worked. In 1983 that might have seemed a little ambitious and ordinarily it would’ve been, but considering the young man behind the idea’s name, a certain Bill Gates, people should’ve taken more notice. Windows 1.0 was announced …

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11 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.26

Growing up there were three things I always wanted to do. The sites that I’ve chosen and visit often are to do with those three things. Because I am a huge fan of Manchester United – like many youngsters, I wanted to become a David Beckham. Sadly this dream got crushed because ‘I was too good’ (haha). So almost every …

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10 November 2008

Copywriting 103

Before a copywriter can even write the first word of an optimised press release, he or she must know which keywords to optimise. This keyword or -phrase is the term that internet users are most likely to type into the search bar. Google has a useful tool which allows users to identify the best keywords. It’s quite amazing how this …

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10 November 2008

Headphones can interfere with pacemakers and defibrillators

Researchers say headphones that are used with MP3 digital music players can interfere with heart devices like pacemaker or defibrillators. The earphones of MP3 players and iPods should not be kept in shirt pockets, around the neck or anywhere close to the chest – even when disconnected. A cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. William Maisel, …

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10 November 2008

Google uses OCR to index scanned documents.

When indexing content on the web, scanned documents like academic papers and government reports were not included or picked up by the spiders. The reason for this was because the scanned document would appear as one large image instead of text. Using Google’s latest technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Google is able to read these documents and turn them …

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10 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.25

Rather like everyone else who has contributed to the ‘the best websites in the world’ series of blogs, pin pointing my favourite 3 websites was surprisingly difficult. As part of the search team here at Tamar browsing the internet (obviously in a constructive workmanlike fashion) forms much of my working day. I also spend a fare amount of leisure time …

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9 November 2008

All charged up

Everyone laughed at me in the office when I bought this. But the laugh is on the other foot (hmmm, nothing like mixing a few metaphors) when they all saw how useful it is! I hate the number of chargers I have to lug around with me now with all the various ipods, digital cameras, phones, BlackBerrys etc I have …

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