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Did you know, you already have your own brand?

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 2 March 2009 by Deems

Yup, thanks to the likes of Google and it’s almost endless terabyte indeces of information, you have a brand. And with the ever growing social-networking applications and websites, it’s even easier to build (or destroy) your brand.  The Wayback Machine’s Web Archive helps in this respect too.

You may have noticed, I mentioned “or destroy” your brand in the paragraph above. It’s because of the above that everything you do and say on the Internet (even sometimes not directly on the Internet, called Deep Web) is archived. More importantly is that it is searchable by just about anyone with a computer and access to the Internet. 

Take for example, the recent banter on my Money Wasted post, where you can quickly see in the comments how someone is ruining their reputation by what they do, say and how they say things on the Internet.

Another good example is the case mentioned by Seth on his blog, of someone looking for a housekeeper on Craigslist and googled the three prospective applicants and found them to be a binge-drinker, someone who admits quiting at the drop of a hat and someone convicted of shoplifting. 

So next time, before you say or do something online, think about what it’ll do to your brand.

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Let me Google that for you

Posted in Funny, General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Thursday, 20 November 2008 by Deems

google-logoHow many times has someone approached you and asked you about something? Anything, something about cooking, something about some new technology? Yeah, a number of times, I’m sure. Well with the way technology has gone and the power of the internet (do you remember what a library is, let alone what the inside looks like?) finding something out is relatively simple, you Google it!

Now for those people that keep annoying you with questions, without spending 15 seconds doing it themselves, you can now use a handy service called “Let me Google that for you” and send them the link that shows them just how simple it actually is when you try and do it yourself!

Just try it out here for yourself to see how easy it is. [via Steve]

Re-enable classic windows search

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 3 November 2008 by Deems

If you’ve running Windows 2000 or XP and you’ve got any Office 2007 product on your machine you’ll notice that when you press Windows Key + F or right click on a folder to and select search, that you’re presented with Windows Desktop search – and out of the box if you try and search for things you can’t find ANYTHING. Why? Well, because it hasn’t been indexed and indexing on your hard drive is off by default. 

So you’ll be presented with a search screen that looks like this:

Now, if you’re like me you like to use things that work – and don’t slow down your machine. So to enable the classic desktop search again do the following:

Scroll down to the bottom of the windows desktop search window and click on the “click here” to use Search Companion link at the bottom.

You will then be presented with the classic windows search window. Almost there, one more little tweak. Open up the registry editor (click on Start + Run and type in “regedit” without quotes and click OK). Now go through the registry and find the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS

Within the DS key you should now see a ShowStartSearchBand key as follows:

If you did not perform the above step before the ShowStartSearchBand key will not exist – not to worry you can just create it by right clicking in that window and selecting New -> DWORD Value and giving it a name – then follow the next step.

Simply double clck the key to edit it and change the value to a zero, click OK and close the registry. From now on when you use windows search it will be the classic windows search which will not require indexing of files and you’re back to finding files and strings in files, like the good old days.

Enjoy! Thanks to John for pointing me in the right direction. All the other registry hacks I found on the web didn’t work at all.

Note: as always, making registry changes could break your system if you’re not careful or know what you’re doing – so if you’re concerend ask someone to help you and always make backups of your registry before making changes.

PicLens – Browser Plugin

Posted in General, Photography, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Saturday, 2 August 2008 by Deems

With the richness of the web these days wouldn’t it be nice to search for stuff with a better looking user interface? Stop imagining and start using!

I’ve just come across PicLens by cooliris which is a browser plugin for IE, FireFox and Safari that gives you an immersive view of images, photos and videos on various websites like Google, YouTube, Amazon and more.

Searching content providers is easy

It’s a small plugin, less than 2MB in size and once loaded pick your favourite content provider, type in your search as above and get offered a wonderful fully-interactive wall of images.

Results of YouTube search for Jeff Dunham videos

Results of YouTube search for Jeff Dunham videos

If you’re an avid photographer and want to enable PicLens for your own website/blog they even show you how in their Webmaster’s Guide and PicLens Lite.

And, it’s FREE – what are you waiting for?