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Archive for January, 2008

How to add your URL, Website or Blog to Google

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 26, 2008

A pretty easy solution is offered by Google itself – Add your URL to Google. Here’s a bit’o info from the page:

Share your place on the net with us.
We add and update new sites to our index each time we crawl the web, and we invite you to submit your URL here. We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.

Please enter your full URL, including the http:// prefix. For example: You may also add comments or keywords that describe the content of your page. These are used only for our information and do not affect how your page is indexed or used by Google.

Please note: Only the top-level page from a host is necessary; you do not need to submit each individual page. Our crawler, Googlebot, will be able to find the rest. Google updates its index on a regular basis, so updated or outdated link submissions are not necessary. Dead links will ‘fade out’ of our index on our next crawl when we update our entire index.

Read more here: 

The process itself is very simple. At the page above there is a text box where you enter your site URL and a second for optional comments on your site or blog. Once the info is entered you type in the security letters from the image on the page and click “Add URL”. Your site should be crawled by Googlebots on the next run.

If for some reason you should ever need to remove your site or blog from Google click here for more information.


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Microsoft Report Claims Vista Has the Fewest Flaws

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 25, 2008

I saw this a post at slashdot and had to share – Microsoft Says Vista Has the Fewest Flaws:

“Microsoft issued a year-one security report on its Windows Vista operating system today, and it turns out Vista logged less than half the vulnerabilities than Windows XP did in its first year. According to the new Microsoft report, Vista also had fewer vulnerabilities in its first year than other OSes — including Red Hat rhel4ws, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.4 — did in their first years.”

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Now the question is whether the lack of adoption of Vista affects these numbers. If consumers and businesses aren’t moving to Vista (Windows Vista labeled the #1 most disappointing product of 2007), and considering the growing XP love-fest (there’s even a Save XP campaign online!), one would think the number of issues logged during first year would be less than earlier Microsoft operating systems. I don’t know enough about Red Hat, Ubuntu and Mac OS’s to comment on them, but I’m still not sure about the claim that “Vista has the fewest flaws”. Less flaws logged? Possible. Less overall flaws, kinda doubtful.

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Aminals Part Deux

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 25, 2008

Here is the second Aminals. post. Check out these cute, fun and wacky pics:

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Your comments and captions are welcome, as are referrals to other adorable and wacky aminal images. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back for the next set of great aminal images!

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Disclaimer: One of the unfortunate things about the email forwards these images come from is they often contain no reference to the original photo- where it came from, who to credit, who the animals/owners are, etc. If you see ANY photo here and know it’s origin or who should receive proper credit – please contact me and I’ll update asap.

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What is anonymous web browsing or web surfing?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Ever wondered what anonymous web surfing really is and why you might want to use it? Here’s some info from a post titled What is anonymous surfing?

Anonymous surfing is browsing web sites privately.

Anonymous surfing encompasses two different forms of privacy:

  • Privacy protection from the web site you are browsing.
  • Privacy protection from eavesdroppers who may be watching your network connection.

Anonymous web surfing works by putting a proxy server between the user and the web site. The web browser talks to the proxy server, and the proxy server talks to the web site.

The web site does not know who you are, it only knows who the anonymous proxy server is. The anonymous proxy server does know who you are — so you had better choose an anonymous proxy server that you trust.

Going online and browsing anonymous isn’t just for people looking to hide bad habits, it protects your privacy and will stop websites from dumping cookies and temporary internet files on your system, and also help stave off phishing attacks, identify theft and more:

There are many reasons why someone would want to do anonymous surfing. People surf anonymously to protect themselves from the government, their employers, or nosy family members.

People in Iran use anonymous surfing to prevent being executed in the streets. People in corporate America use anonymous surfing to avoid sharing the details of their personal lives with their employers. Everyone uses anonymous surfing to protect their privacy from nosy web sites and annoying advertisers.

There are different types of anonymous web surfing:

  • Anonymous surfing through a web site — With these systems, you browse the web site of the anonymous proxy server and enter in the URL of the web page you actually want to surf.
  • Anonymous surfing through client applications — With these systems, you download and install a client application which manages the details of anonymous surfing for you.
  • Anonymous surfing though an anonymous web proxy service — With these services, you configure your browser to point to an anonymous web proxy. These systems are public and are setup and advertised for anonymous proxy usage.
  • Anonymous surfing though an anonymous server — With these systems, you configure your browser to point to an anonymous web proxy. These systems are published in constantly updated lists on many web sites on the Internet. You normally do not know who is running each of these anonymous proxy servers. You hope it isn’t someone who is recording your traffic.

As for the “best” free anonymous browsing website or proxy service, it’s hard to say since new sites and services are popping up all the time, while others fade to black. Your best bet will be to do a quick internet search and weed through the current top dogs.

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Did Ya Know? Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

A post over at Slashdot caught my attention: Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th:

“InfoWorld is reporting that on February 12th, Microsoft will roll out Internet Explorer 7 through Windows Server Update Services to all systems – regardless of whether or not the update had been requested previously. The piece also mentions ways to prevent the update from occurring, for sysadmins who do not want to use IE7 on their systems. Microsoft claims that the decision was made due to ‘security concerns’.”

After a quick check of the InfoWorld Article Microsoft warns businesses of impending autoupdate to IE7, it does appear that an Internet Explorer update to version 7 will be forced down IE users throats. Luckily the article provides info on how to work around the auto-update for sys admins and I bet the average user isn’t even aware of the coming changes or how it might affect them. This interesting stat shows that IE6 still has a decent user base, more than I’d have guessed:

More than one in every three people still relies on IE6, according to data gathered by Web metrics vendor Net Applications. During December 2007, IE6 accounted for 35 percent of the browsers that visited the 40,000-some sites monitored by the company.

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New Version of Windows To Be Released Next Year?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Hmm, sounds a bit early bit here’s a clip discussing the next Microsoft OS – Windows 7 To Be Released Next Year?

screenshot019.jpg“A recently-released roadmap for the next major Window release — Windows 7 — indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010. This quickly-approaching release date would seem to be at least partially verified by news of a milestone build available for review by an anonymous third party.”

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Paypal’s Security Key Offers “High-Level” Of Online Security

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Have you heard about Paypal’s new security key program? I hadn’t, until I read this post and, even though it doesn’t provide a great review of the new (to PayPal) tool for online security, I have to admit my curiosity has been piqued. Here’s a bit more info on PayPal’s Security key:

Now, add an extra layer of security when you log in with the PayPal Security Key. It’s easy, secure, and portable – so you can access your account from just about anywhere.

What is it?

It’s a device that generates a temporary 6-digit security code every 30 seconds. Use it every time you log in for added security. Watch the demo

How do I get started?

  1. Order your PayPal Security Key – it will be shipped to you by USPS.
  2. Activate it by logging in to your PayPal or eBay account.
  3. When prompted, enter the code on your security key.

How much does it cost?

The PayPal Security Key is available for a special nonrefundable fee of $5 USD (including shipping and handling). There are no monthly service fees or hidden costs. You can order replacements for the same fee. Order your security key

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You can more FAQs here:

If you’re a regular PayPal user the 5 bucks is probably worth a shot for a chance at increased security regarding your PP payments/purchase. I’ve used these type of security keys for various jobs/apps and never had an issue once activated. But does this new effort by PayPal have all the wrinkles ironed out? Does the new system really provide increased security? Time will tell. I plan to keep an eye out to see what others think about the new security key and post updates.

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Aminals: A new category for those so-cute-it’s-sick pics!

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 17, 2008

Aminals. Say it enough times and it’ll (almost) come naturally. A-m-i-n-a-l-s. Yea, that’s it! So I often receive emails with photos of adorable animals, mostly cats and dogs, that are soo cute you just w-a-n-t to forward them to everyone you know.  So instead of filling inboxes with image files and losing friends and loved ones due to my over zealous forwarding of cute kitty pics *I* find adorable, I’m creating a new category here. If you’re a cat and/or dog lover I think you’ll enjoy this section. If you are afraid of dogs (because they can sense evil??) or hate cats (because they are the true rulers??), you might as well skip these posts. Onward!

Aminals: The Good, The Bad And The Cuddly

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on captions for any of these great pictures. Also, if you have a cute animal picture to share please reference it in the comments.  We’ll see how much interest there is in my new Aminal category and go from there.

Disclaimer: One of the unfortunate things about the email forwards these images come from is they often contain no reference to the original photo- where it came from, who to credit, who the animals/owners are, etc. If you see ANY photo here and know it’s origin or who should receive proper credit – please contact me and I’ll update asap.

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Hate Vista? Join new campaign to save Windows XP from retirement

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 17, 2008

downloadsquad points us to an interesting initiative launched by InfoWorld to stop Microsoft from retiring the still popular Windows XP operating system:

So Microsoft, which had planned to stop selling Windows XP to users and computer manufacturers late last year extended that date until June 30th of this year. But something tells us that if Microsoft follows through on this promise, there’s going to be a huge market for used copies of Windows XP.

That’s why we’re happy to see that InfoWorld has launched a “Save XP” campaign. The goal is to get as many people as possible to sign an online petition. Your names, but not your email addresses will be sent to Microsoft in an attempt to change the company’s mind.

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On January 14th this was posted at the Save XP site:

Join the 21,572 people so far (as of noon PT on Jan. 16) who have had signed our online petition to demand that Microsoft not stop OEM and shrinkwrapped sales of Windows XP as planned on June 30, 2008, but instead keep it available indefinitely.

Which was quickly followed by this more detailed post – Save Windows XP! The clock is ticking:

Microsoft plans to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30, despite a deep reluctance by many business and individuals about moving to Vista. InfoWorld believes such an expensive, time-consuming shift with problematic benefits should not be forced on Windows users, so we have decided to rally XP users to demand that XP be kept available.

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I knew XP had quite a loyal user base and that Vista was suffering from lack of adoption – a lot of businesses were said to be bypassing Vista, using the more stable XP until the next operating system from Microsft launched. I find it interesting that folks are so passionate about not moving to Vista that they are organizing movements to encourage MS from putting XP to rest.

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Tech Buzz: Microsoft Set To Launch Vista Plus! Pack

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 16, 2008

Interesting post from downloadsquad: Microsoft launching Vista Plus! Pack

Once upon a time Microsoft came up with a product called Microsoft Plus! that offered a handful of games and extra features that probably should have been included with Windows in the first place. There were Plus! packs released for every version of Windows from Windows 95 all the way up to XP. Plus! packs included everything from the first version of Internet Explorer to desktop themes and utilities for managing media files.

But when Microsoft launched Windows Vista, we thought they had killed off the Plus! pack in favor of Windows Ultimate Extras. But now it looks like Microsoft is bringing back the Plus! Pack.

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