Monthly Archives: May 2009

Google and Preferred domain (www or non-www)

clipped from Preferred domain (www or non-www) The preferred domain is the one that you would liked used to index your site’s pages (sometimes this is referred to as the canonical domain). Links may point to your site using both the www and non-www versions of the URL (for instance, and The preferred domain is the version that you want used for your site in the search results. To specify your preferred domain: On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want. Under Site configuration, click Settings. In the Preferred domain section, select the option you want. Note: Once you’ve set your preferred domain, you may want to use a 301 redirect to redirect traffic from your non-preferred domain, so that other search engines and visitors know which version you prefer.

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Direct Folders

I love direct folders (pc). Direct Folders guarantees you quick and direct access to your  favorite and  recent folders. Jump to any deeply nested folder in a single mouse click. Direct Folders automatically resizes every standard file dialog, so you can see a larger number of files. Find what you looking for with less scrolling. One of the many useful features of Direct Folders is its ability to automatically switch the folder views of open dialogs to thumbnails, list or details depending on the application you are working with. You can select your preference of file sort order to be the default as well.

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Hubble’s Final Mission

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google wave is going to be awesome

google wave is going to be awesome

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Google’s Zip Code Lookup

So, I was using one of Google’s sign up forms, and I noticed that it gave me a nice tip – The valid zip codes for my state! Along with some sample zip codes for my country (usa). I opened up the firebug console and checked out the ajax call – it was this: That’s really cool. It returned an XML document with all the state’s valid zipcodes. While it may be unreliable to make this same AJAX call from within your own web application every time, the XML document itself is quite valuable with the zip code validation. Download that XML document here.

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Google Suggest Dissected…

clipped from People have been contributing their two cents to how this works, but I have un-compressed (ie. re-written) Google’s compressed javascript, so that the average web developer should be able to get a detailed understanding of how this works…. My final rewrite is available from my website here. I saw the coolest thing I’ve seen since realizing that Mozilla was embedding a wsdl-enabled SOAP client into this browser… Google Suggest returns suggested results as you type… This is technically amazing on about at least two different levels: How fast this is… I type pretty fast, and it updates with every single keypress… The cool web interface… I used to be pro-server side web updates, and avoiding javascript, but I’m really turning around on this with the impressive interfaces I’ve seen with gmail, and now google suggest (among others…) So everyone is impressed by this… My shock and awe goes further in terms of how nice this interface works:

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The Word “Dollar” and the Dollar Sign $

clipped from Origins, History and Geography of Dollar Currencies From Thalers to Dollars Later on the English version of the name (dollar) was also applied to similar coins, not only ones minted in central Europe but also the Spanish peso and the Portuguese eight-real piece. Both these large silver coins were practically identical in weight and fineness. Today we are familiar with the phrase pieces of eight from tales of pirates in the Caribbean. Dollars in Shakespeare Macbeth Act I, Scene 2 Rosse: “That now Sweno, the Norway’s King, craves composition; Nor would we deign him burial of his men Till he disbursed at Saint Colme’s Inch Ten thousand dollars to our general use.”

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Link Farming – thoughts

So it’s sort of cool that twitter is not adding rel=”nofollow” to the links that you put in your tweets. And since everyone has a public page on twitter, those links get followed by google (and others). The bad part is that you can’t specify the text for the link (at least, not that I know of), but the good part is that you can add links to things you want to go up in search rankings ;) However – with only 140 characters, many people are using url abbreviation services (tinyURL), which redirect to pages. And SEO conultants, at least, say that the tinyURL service is returning a 301 (permanently moved) header. I guess google will follow that, too, but it’s not quite as direct. I’m not sure what the other services return. This would be cool to check up on.

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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

clipped from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, now known as the “Origin of Species” was published on November 24 1859. At this point in time the discovery, data, and observations Charles Darwin made were remarkable and outstanding…forever affecting the biological and scientific world.

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