Category: technology

SunRed solar Scooter

One look at these photos and you know this motorcycle is in the concept stage as I cannot remember seeing any of these on the road.

 

This is the SunRed solar-powered motorcycle that won the Best Innovative Technology award at the Barcelona Int’l Auto Show, this does look pretty cool and anything that is good to the environment and can be classed as gadget or latest technology is good in my books.

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Analysis: Google’s Dashboard Tackles Transparency

Google Dashboard

One product stood out this week amongst the standard flurry of Google product releases. It wasn’t a Gmail Labs experiment or a new parameter for search. It was a fairly unassuming new product called Dashboard, which aggregates users’ personal information from more than 20 Google services into a single, password-protected page.

Google unveiled the new service with a blog post titled, “Transparency, choice, and control – now complete with a Dashboard.” The choice and control parts of the equation are pretty clear – users can update their account information directly from the new Dashboard, which is far handier than being forced to visit each page individually.

However, the fact that Google opted to lead its Dashboard blog post with the word “transparency” speaks to a fundamental concern about the company’s current position in the world. Some time ago, the company adopted the admirable motto “Don’t Be Evil,” a slogan pundits have often suggested is a dig at Microsoft.

As Google quickly discovered, however, the adherence to such an abstract notion is at times inversely proportional to the size of a company. As a company grows, opportunities for evil become more numerous, and the ability to police them decreases. Things get even trickier when a company’s stated objective is to gather and catalog all the world’s information.

Over the past few years, concerns about the “anti-evil” corporation have grown at nearly the same rate as the company itself, from its cooperation with the Chinese government to the cameras it perches atop its Street View vans. The sheer breadth of Google’s knowledge base is staggering, something that becomes far more apparent on a personal level when one investigates their own Dashboard.

But if Google has always been so devoted to transparency, why are we only seeing this feature rolled out now?

The answer is that, ultimately, even the most noble corporation is only as transparent as they have to be. The good news, however, is that in this post-Web 2.0 world, the bare minimum is ever increasing. As personal information becomes more publicly available, the same goes for corporate information. The informational megaphone that is Twitter and the blogosphere makes protests all the more powerful.

Remember Amazonfail, the Twitter protest against a seemingly homophobic move on the part of the online retailer? What about the online kerfuffle surrounding Facebook’s new Terms of Service? When information moves at the speed of the Web, corporations must operate at a similar pace. This means more than just creating a corporate Twitter account, it means offering information in anticipation of complaints, which is where the concept of transparency comes into play. Companies that make information publicly available have less to hide, and it therefore becomes more difficult to bandy about words like “evil.” Sunlight, as the saying goes, is the best disinfectant.

While the advent of Dashboard can be seen as a response to past criticism and an attempt to avoid future accusations, the availability of information like our Web history does have the effect of bringing to light even more questions — such as what exactly does Google plan to do with our information? It’s a reminder that, as we hand more and more of our own personal information over to a company like Google, we need to keep asking questions.

Fortunately, the Internet is history’s most powerful suggestion box, and if corporations want to operate in that world, they have to listen.

One product stood out this week amongst the standard flurry of Google product releases. It wasn’t a Gmail Labs experiment or a new parameter for search. It was a fairly unassuming new product called Dashboard, which aggregates users’ personal information from more than 20 Google services into a single, password-protected page.

Google unveiled the new service with a blog post titled, “Transparency, choice, and control – now complete with a Dashboard.” The choice and control parts of the equation are pretty clear – users can update their account information directly from the new Dashboard, which is far handier than being forced to visit each page individually.

However, the fact that Google opted to lead its Dashboard blog post with the word “transparency” speaks to a fundamental concern about the company’s current position in the world. Some time ago, the company adopted the admirable motto “Don’t Be Evil,” a slogan pundits have often suggested is a dig at Microsoft.

As Google quickly discovered, however, the adherence to such an abstract notion is at times inversely proportional to the size of a company. As a company grows, opportunities for evil become more numerous, and the ability to police them decreases. Things get even trickier when a company’s stated objective is to gather and catalog all the world’s information.

Over the past few years, concerns about the “anti-evil” corporation have grown at nearly the same rate as the company itself, from its cooperation with the Chinese government to the cameras it perches atop its Street View vans. The sheer breadth of Google’s knowledge base is staggering, something that becomes far more apparent on a personal level when one investigates their own Dashboard.

But if Google has always been so devoted to transparency, why are we only seeing this feature rolled out now?

The answer is that, ultimately, even the most noble corporation is only as transparent as they have to be. The good news, however, is that in this post-Web 2.0 world, the bare minimum is ever increasing. As personal information becomes more publicly available, the same goes for corporate information. The informational megaphone that is Twitter and the blogosphere makes protests all the more powerful.

Remember Amazonfail, the Twitter protest against a seemingly homophobic move on the part of the online retailer? What about the online kerfuffle surrounding Facebook’s new Terms of Service? When information moves at the speed of the Web, corporations must operate at a similar pace. This means more than just creating a corporate Twitter account, it means offering information in anticipation of complaints, which is where the concept of transparency comes into play. Companies that make information publicly available have less to hide, and it therefore becomes more difficult to bandy about words like “evil.” Sunlight, as the saying goes, is the best disinfectant.

While the advent of Dashboard can be seen as a response to past criticism and an attempt to avoid future accusations, the availability of information like our Web history does have the effect of bringing to light even more questions — such as what exactly does Google plan to do with our information? It’s a reminder that, as we hand more and more of our own personal information over to a company like Google, we need to keep asking questions.

Fortunately, the Internet is history’s most powerful suggestion box, and if corporations want to operate in that world, they have to listen.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/

Personalize your desktop


Would you like to personalize your desktop for example some text on your desktop, personal message; a to-do list, lyrics of your favourite song; make a web page your desktop wallpaper,and display your personal message right there,and anything at all. Here’s the way to do so…..

  • First of all, you have to create a webpage.
  • Now, open a Word document, and write the text you want displayed on your desktop.
  • After writting the text,go to File and Save it.
  • Type a file name in the File Name box.
  • In the Save as type box, you must choose Web Page.
  • And save it in a folder.

After this process,it’s time to put it up on your desktop.

  • You have Right-click anywhere on the desktop.
  • Then go to Properties.
  • After it, go to Desktop and click on Customize Desktop.
  • Now in this, choose Web option.
  • Then in Web, click on New,m and this will open a new window New Desktop Item.
  • After clicking Browse,select the file you created earlier. But you can also choose a webpage and enter the URL in the box given to make that your desktop item.
  • Now, click Ok,your personalized desktop is ready.

Safe from physical harm

If you want to keep yourself safe, then you you must adapt right computing practices.

Due to the increasing dependence on technology, there has also been created so many technology-related health problems.

Computer usage is one of the biggest health problems of modern life. Some computer related problems are Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) due to the typing at odd angles without a break, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) due to sitting for long periods without moving, backache due to bad posture, eyestrain from staring at a monitor screen for long and stress due to a combination of the above reasons and work-related pressures.

But it is not difficult to beat these problems. Just follow few simple steps.

  • You must start by taking regular breaks between long hours of working or you can install such programs that blank out your screen at regular intervals to remind you to take that much needed break.
  • Use a comfortable chair that suits you and is good for sitting in for long hours.
  • When you use a laptop, keep moving into different position after every hour by this, by this you can prevent muscle cramps.
  • Do not read more serious diseases like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and Epicondylitis which affect the nerves.
  • Epicondylitis, alsocalled ‘tennis elbow’ can be due to repetitive action or rotating the forearm while typing or using the mouse. Use the right method to type and use the mouse or you can try and learn to use it with both hands.
  • Long hours working can give you lower back pain and pain in the shoulders/ neck. This happens when the monitor is not at the right height. It should always be at eye level or below it.
  • Eye fatigue, headache and stress can be kept away by regular medical examination and using anti-glare glasses for looking at the monitor screen.

Such kind of problems may affect your life so it is very important to keep yourself stress free, improve your working habits, and keep you healthy.

Steps to a Faster Broadband Connection

If you’re paying much more for high-speed Internet service, and not getting the performance you expect. Follow these guidelines to boost your broadband speed, and keep your connection running smoothly.

1. Test Your Connection Speed
Before you start using, get a baseline reading of your downstream and upstream connection speeds at Speedtest.net. Measure the speeds at different times of day, especially during the hours when you use the connection most frequently and at least once after midnight or 1:00 AM.

2. Update Your Firmware or Get a New Modem
If your cable /or DSL modem is more than a couple of years old, ask your ISP for a change. The latest cable modems meet the DOCSIS 2.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) standard. If you have a 1.1 modem and a high-throughput plan, you’ll likely experience a large speed increase just by swapping modems. Even with a brand-new modem, make sure that you have the latest firmware installed.

Cable providers such as Comcast usually push new firmware to modems, so there’s no need for most cable modem users to perform upgrades themselves. To update your DSL modem, you’ll have to connect to its Web interface, which means that you’ll need to know the IP address of the modem on your local network. This information should be in your user manual; alternatively, you can find default settings for most modems on the Internet. Enter this address into your browser and the Web interface should come up, and check the firmware number on the status page and see whether a newer version of the firmware is available on the manufacturer’s site. If it is, download this more recent firmware to your PC and then find and run the firmware update procedure from the modem’s browser utility. Reboot, rerun Speedtest and see whether your data is traveling faster. Besides boosting transfer speeds, using a new modem or updated firmware can solve a host of nagging connection issues, such as intermittent dropouts.

3. Check Your Modem Parameters
While you’re updating the firmware, check the maximum allowed speeds (both downstream and up) should match your service plan. If they don’t, your ISP didn’t set your service up properly. Give your ISP a call and ask it to fix the setup remotely. And, look for signal-to-noise ratio or SN margin and line attenuation, both measured in dB. The lower the signal-to-noise ratio, the more interference you have and the greater the number of packets that will need to be re-sent because they didn’t come through the first time.

4. Troubleshooting Line Quality
If your off-peak Speedtest numbers didn’t measure up to your plan’s specifications and if you found poor signal-to-noise or line attenuation numbers, it’s time to troubleshoot your wiring. Excessive noise may cause intermittent dropouts, too.

Your first task is to determine whether the signal is already degraded when it reaches your house or whether your own wiring is at fault. To test this, move your cable modem as close as you can to where the wire first splits. Retest and see if things improve. If they don’t, call your cable company. If your own wiring looks to be at fault, reduce the number of splits that occur before the wiring reaches your modem and/or replace the wire itself, which may be faulty. The ultimate solution for cable modems is to create a split directly after the junction box and then run a clean new cable directly to your modem, using the other split for all of your TVs.

If you still have too much noise, the best solution is to install a “DSL/POTS splitter” immediately after the phone box, where the wiring comes into the house, and then run a dedicated “homerun” wire straight to the modem. This arrangement will completely isolate your modem from the regular phone wiring — and the new wire should help, too.

5. Optimize Software Settings
Now that your cable or DSL line is as clean as you can make it, you’re ready to use your system and applications for maximum performance, too. For optimizing network performance parameters in Windows XP or Vista, we like TotalIdea Software’s Tweak-XP Pro Premium and TweakVI Premium to optimize without requiring you to understand Registry editing or hidden Windows settings. Pro version of Network Magic, an excellent network monitoring utility, includes optimization capabilities as well.

6. Accelerate Your Downloads
Frequent downloaders can save huge amounts of time by using a download manager like our favorite, FlashGet. FlashGet creates multiple simultaneous download links and then puts the file together afterward. All you do is click or drag download links to the FlashGet window; the program does the rest. It integrates with Internet Explorer and works with Firefox using a companion utility called FlashGot.

Basic guidelines to Download

We show you how, and what you should do to download, so never downloaded programs before knowing it.

Download applications from the Internet that help simplify your task and installation process of the software you download could be different for different computers, operating systems or browsers, but you need to keep these five guidelines in mind.

1. Make a directory for downloads by right-clicking anywhere on the Windows desktop by this you can keep your desktop and hard drive mess-free, and grants easy access to all your downloads.

2. Search the software that you want on the Internet and download that. Normally all websites have a download link. After clicking on this link, a box pops up which gives you the option to Run, Save or Cancel the download. Click on the Save option and save the file in download folder on the desktop.

3. Maximum down loadable files from the Internet are compressed. This reduces the download time and keeps all the files related to the program like, help files and drivers, together in a single file. Unzip the file using a program like WinZip. “.EXE ” file is generally self-extracting file that is decompressed by double-clicking it. The installation of such files start automatically after which you can skip directly to step 5.

4. This step is installation. In unzipped files,you can check for the Install or Setup file. WinZip can also search the Install or Setup program contained in a ZIP file which creates a button, called Install in the WinZip button bar, by decompressing. Click this Install button, and follow the instructions as come up. During installation, the program will ask about the location where you want to install the software, and what program you want to add it to. Choose the default settings, on the basis of knowledge or have a personal preference. Create a desktop icon.

5. If your program installed and running, you don’t need no more downloaded compressed file.