10 Years Ago in Technology – Remembering Our Roots, a Tchie's Retrospective

There's an old adage in the auto industry that says your vehicle loses value as soon as you drive it off the lot. The computer and technology industry is not so different, in that new parts and systems are constantly pushing the envelope of performance and value, making it impossible to have a top-of-the-line system for very long. The purpose of this paper is to step back in time 10 years and examine the technology landscape then to see how it compares to today's technologies we know and love.

Moore's Law:

Much has been written, and much is still debated about the technology axiom called; Moore's Law. Some people interpret the law to mean a doubling of computer power every 18 months to 2 years, while others maintain it means a doubling of the numbers of transistors (microscopic on / off switches if you will) engineers are able to print into the same amount of silicon. In fact Moore stated that transistor counts would double every year, which he later adjusted to be every 2 years) Regardless, this trend of performance and transistor growth has held true for over 40 years.

More recently, Moore's law has been applied to graphics processing units (GPUs) as well. The GPU is actually not even 10 years old at the time of writing. The official term GPU was coined with the nVidia GeForce 256 series of 3D cards. Released in August 1999, this was the first chip that was able to compute vertex transformations and pixel lighting in hardware. Since its release, graphics processing power has followed a similar trend of doubling performance every 18 months to 2 years. This article is not a technical document, rather a glimpse into the past 10 years ago to give you an idea of ​​how far we've come in such a short time.

A Little History About the Author:

The year was 1999. It was my sophomore / junior year in high school. Now I'll pause so that 90% of the readers who grow up in the 70s and 80's can turn up their nose and stop reading.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's continue.

I am an internet child. I got into computers, and all manner of electronic geekery just as the Internet was becoming something that "just might catch on". My high school was not quite on the boring edge of technology as it was, but we were one of the first public schools in my area to be equipped with a full T1 line and the 1.5Mbps of awesome dedicated bandwidth that it piped through the network . Our network was built from a hodge-podge mixture of nice PC computers labs (mostly K6 200MHz / Win 95 machines), and a network engineers nightmare concoction of Macintoshes; LC II's up through new G3 iMacs.

In 1999 I was still rocking a 486 DX-33 PC with 8MB of ram and Windows 3.11 as my PC at home, while my parents had a nice …

Affiliate Marketing – Why Search Engine Optimization Is Better Than PPC For Beginners!

Many affiliate marketers only rely on pay per click advertising to get traffic to their presell website. It is a good traffic generation strategy, although it's a little bit tough if you are just trying to get started with this business.

For affiliate newbies, I always recommend search engine optimization because they can learn the ins and out of affiliate marketing without losing money during this learning curve.

First, let's answer to this question: what does SEO mean?

Seo stands for Search Engine Optimization. In other words, how to get your affiliate website at the top of the search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Whenever you perform a search in the search engines (Google for example), you will have a page with 10 results (or more if you changed the settings). The page is divided in two parts: On the right side, you have the paid Results (AdWords) and on the left, the paid results: the SERPs.

SEO will help you to get your site on the first page of the SERP's (also called organic results).

While it is easier to get a top ranking in MSN than in Yahoo and Google, sometimes weird stuff happen …

I tried to get a site ranked in MSN for its main keyword, since it was an easy word to target, but I got the high ranking in Google alone, not in MSN.

What about Yahoo !?

Yahoo is tougher to get in, and I did not even register my site in their directory yet.

I prefer to focus only on Google for my sites and blog because I also get traffic from Yahoo and MSN. Sometimes, I will get a high ranking with MSN, but I do not try to optimize my sites for any of these 2 other Search engines.

Do you need free traffic as an affiliate?

The answer is yes, whether you are a newbie or a market veteran, you want free traffic to your websites.

What I like with SEO is that it does not require a lot of money to start when you are focusing on one or two websites only. But if you have some cash, I would advise to outsource.

Another question that you may ask is: Do I need a software?

No, you do not need a software either. I had a software named Traffic Travis (does almost everything that Keyword Elite does). However, I used it only two or three times just to check my competition.

It's true that a good keyword research software will save you a lot of time, but it's not required. Plus, a software is never a magic pill, you need to understand that you need to do the work. …

Dish Network Is A Better Choice Than The Vast Majority Of Cable Companies

Dish Network offers the best programming packages in the television service provider industry when it comes to variety and cost. If you've been thinking about switching from cable to Dish Network, but are not sure you want to make the leap, there are some factors you should consider. Most cable TV providers can not offer more than 90 to 100 channels, and very few can offer as many as 120. Dish Network on the other hand can offer hundreds of channels. For example, Dish Network's premier standard definition entertainment package, America's Everything Pak, has 210 channels. The premier high definition entertainment package, the Platinum Level, has 249 channels. In terms of variety, you can not argument with numbers like that!

Even with such huge entertainment packages, Dish Network Dish Network's resources still are not snapped. With Pay Per View and other additional programming options you can always add more channels to your plan. Regional Sports Networks and Seasonal Sports subscriptions are a great addition for die hard sports fans. Local channels can provide plenty of information about your area, and SIRIUS satellite radio shows you great music and talk radio. Pay Per View is a great way to watch recent movies and major sporting events from the comfort of your home for far less than the cost of tickets for all your family or friends. For programming that extends further afield, you may want to try international programming in any of 19 languages ​​including Chinese, Italian, Polish, Greek, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, German, or Korean. For bilingual families, Dishnetwork also offers four Latino entertainment packages with thirty channels in Spanish and any where from zero to over 150 in English.

If you want HDTV programming options, Dish Network is far and away a better choice than the vast majority of cable companies. If your cable company offers HDTV at all, chances are that the choices are limited to only a few channels, while even Dishnetwork's introductory plan provides more HDTV channels than the nearest competitor- and that includes cable and satellite companies. When you look at prices, you'll probably find that your cable company will charge more for HDTV than Dishnetwork, and to sweeten the deal, Dishnetwork provides an HDTV receiver at no extra cost when you sign up for an HDTV entertainment package! Comcast, Charter Communications, Adelphia, Cox Communications, CableVision, Time Warner and the other Cable TV companies are all trying to get there HD programming up to speed while Dish Network is doing a fantastic job.

Dishnetwork also offers technology that most cable companies simply can not match. The first major difference is in the type of signal used for transmitting the programming. Dish Network uses a 100% digital signal that provides a vividly clear picture that's far better than the slight fuzziness of the analog signal that most cable companies use. One of the major side benefits of a digital signal is that it allow the television experience to be more interactive than with analog. All …

Blogging To Promote An Internet Business

If you operate an Internet business you are probably always looking for new and innovative means of promoting your product or service. Of course, cost always is a factor as it would be in any type of marketing plan. This is where starting a blog can prove helpful as it has the ability to promote a business in an extremely cost effective manner. After all, there are a number of free blogging formats out there so right off the bat you are promoting your online business without an initial expenditure. You can not beat that!

Here is a common means of using a blog to promote a business. Let's say your business sells sporting goods. Obviously, it would be wise to launch a blog that covers sporting goods and the content of your blog will provide news, tips, product reviews and other interesting entries that will also include photos of products you are selling as well as links that direct to your site. For example, you can review a Wilson catchers mitt and include a picture of one as well as a link that leads to the sale page for that particular catchers mitt. Does this sound pretty easy? If it does it's because … it is!

If there were any trick that could make this venture successful it would be consistency and volume. That is, you would greatly benefit by adding three short blog entries (150 – 200 words) five days a week. Be sure that these entries are interesting and well written because if the value and quality of the writing is poor, well, the whole plan is doomed to failure. Also, it is absolutely CRITICAL to optimize your blog and pull in as much traffic as possible. After all, if no one sees your blog then no one is going to click your links! One of the best ways of boosting traffic to your blog would be writing 1 – 2 short articles for article directories that link to your blog. If this looks like a lot of work you may even wish to outsource some or all of the blog writing because consistency is absolutely critical for success with this type of promotional blogging venture. …

Learning Computers for Seniors

It can often seem like kids nowdays pop into the world already able to use a PC. But there's no reason why you can not learn as well. It does not have to be as hard as it can look – if you go about it the right way.

You can learn how to use a PC how you like it – it's up to you! But here are some tips that you might find helpful.

First of all, do not try to learn it all in one go. Intensively going at it to try to learn in one afternoon just does not work very well … and it's not much fun, either! Instead, spend say 20-30 minutes an evening a couple of times a week on it. Of course, if you're having fun and want to do more, that's fine, but do not feel you have to.

Every so often, look back at what you've learned and make sure you can still remember it. When you first learn something it's easy to forget it again quickly – when you've been back to it a few times it goes into long-term memory. The other key to making sure you remember things is to try everything out. Do not just read about something and think "Oh yes, I can do that" – even if you can, still actually try it out. That way it'll be much easier to remember.

Once you've tried a new skill out (for example putting images into a text document), have a think about how you might use it (making a poster, a car advert, a story for the grandkids, a booklet about your holiday. ..). Then try doing some of them. Trying out what you've learned in a "real" situation helps it to stick in your mind – plus you actually get something useful out of it. Even if you do not want to spend a lot of time doing this, do have a think about how you might use what you've learned. It'll help you understand (and so remember) what you've learned better.

Check you've got the right information for your country, too. Most things are the same for all countries but some do matter. For example, imagine you're trying to connect to the Internet for the first time, and you have information about connecting in America, through a Service Provider based in the US. That's fine if you're in the US but could be confusing if you're in England with its different phone system and Internet Service providers. Simply if you have websites about booking train tickets or shopping or so on, check they're in the right country or you might have some odd problems!

A lot of people are nervous when they first start learning to use a PC. It's not surprising when you're starting something new. But do not let that stop you experimenting. If you're not sure how to do something, try a few different ways that might work. If you're …

Using Your Title in Search Engine Optimization

When performing any sort of SEO or Search Optimization on a website you need to make plans before you start hacking and slashing at the content. You need to have a damn good idea where you want to be.This Idea will be reflected by your choice of Title.

I would have assumed that you would have done some research, run a few pay per click campaigns to see if there is a market for your product or service and what sort of click through rate you are getting.

The reason I mention pay per click is that it is the quickest way to get clicks on pages bar none, add to this the data you get back from the statistics that will tell you what keyword and phrases produce the most money. Using this information before you properly SEO content can help you save a lot of time in your search engine optimization efforts. As when you make changes it can take some time for these changes to show up in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page)

For on optimization the title tag is the top of my list for the most important element to optimize this is the part the searcher clicks on via the search engines so not only does it have to contain the relevant keywords to make the search engines happy, it may have to contain a hook to get the viewer to click it. Common hooks are, free, cheap, low cost, deals. You do not have to use hooks but if you do have a deal on or offering something for free let you title tell it to sell it.

Keyword and Key phrase Selection With regard to your keyword selection the more specific you are, the less clicks your going to get but the hire proportion of those clicks are going to buy. This is the position we want to be in not only for SEO but for your pay per click as well. if you have a very specific product we want to be there when the buyer is ready to make a purchase not when they are researching what product they want.

Typical search behavior mobile phone example Search 1 mobile phone Search 2 Nokia mobile phone Search 3 Nokia N95 Search 4 Nokia N95 16GB Search 5 Nokia N95 16GB in red

As we see from the example the further along the search we go the more specific we get. When using SEO for your on page optimization we want to target the more specific search 4 and 5 as by this point in the buying process that they are ready to hand over cash as they have done the research and have decided that they want this product. Also the added benefit of being more specific is less competition and the better chance you have of getting to the top of the rankings. …

10 Places Where You Can Give You Local SEO Campaign An Instant Boost

If you are a local business owner, there is no doubt you would like to see your website, Google Places , Yahoo Local or Bing Local listing come at the top of the local search results when a potential customer does a search for your products or services. To achieve that you will need a good mixture of local SEO techniques, all of which are designed to get your business in front of web users. one such technique is link citations optimization.

You may not yet be aware of how important they are, how to get them or even what they are but I'm here to tell you, without them your business website or search engine local listing is going to be buried out of sight, hidden for ever from the eyes of your life blood, new customers.

What exactly is a link citation?

When ever the search engine spiders come across your business details, like business name, address of your trading promotions, telephone numbers, website address, email address and other details associated with your business, it is counted as a reference to your business and the best part is it does not matter if it is a link in the true (internet) sense of the word, just the mention is enough to improve the position of your website or local listing in the local search results.

Do you really need them?

Quite simply yes, link citations improve your chances of getting on top of those all important Google Places / Maps Listings. Just in case you have been really busy of late, and have not seen the "new" Google search results, these are the results that appear when you do a local search, such as say "central heating engineer Wolverhampton". The search will return results with marks A to G, the top seven spots under the paid results, that are represented on the map found in the right side bar. Check it if you have not seen them before, or you need reassuring that this is the case. Now if you are not in those seven results you will show on the map as a spot and chances are no one will even bother checking you out. There is plenty of evidence that this will be the case on my website.

So, it is now not enough just to claim your Google Places Page , you have to set it up right and then go about getting links back to it, not in the same form as normal websites (a hyperlink with keyword anchor text) but in the form of citations. The good thing is there are plenty of places for you to get citation links, from the big players in local online directories to the smaller niche specific directories, you want to add your business information to as many as you can find (or afford) but the downside is, it takes up so much of a business owners time doing so. And just to prove the point I …

Internet Explorer 7 RC1 Flagging Sites Wrongfully As Phishing Sites

It all started with a web site owner receiving an e-mail from an unhappy client informing him that the anti-phishing scanner of Internet Explorer RC1 detected his site as a possible fraudulent web site. When Internet Explorer detects a possible fraudulent site, it warns the user not to enter any personal or sensitive information on the specific site in question. This means that if your site gets detected as a phishing site, you will most certainly loose clients because no one will want to buy from you (to sell products online you require information like e-mail addresses, shipping addresses and credit card information).

Which bears me the most is the fact that web site owners discovered this and will likely encourage their visitors to turn of the anti-phishing feature. This beats the whole idea of ​​having the scanner there in the first place. Internet Explorer is causing a loss of confidence in two directions, the one being the web site and the other being the anti-phishing scanner. People will start to doubt respectable web sites and at the same time question the accuracy of the anti-phishing protection of Internet Explorer. The anti-phishing scanner is a great idea and an innovative way of battling the ever-increasing threat of online fraud. But when things go horribly wrong like this, you do more harm than good.

You have to take into consideration that it is still a release candidate and not the final version and bugs will most certainly be present. But you have to make sure that things like this will not happen before you release it into the open. I can only imagine how much money has been lost because of this flaw and you might even see some lawsuits in the near future if the matter is not resolved in a timely matter.

The developers of Firefox are also implementing an anti-phishing feature for Firefox 2. This anti-phishing feature handles possible fraudulent sites fairly the same way as the Google Safe Browsing feature of the Google Toolbar. This brings an idea to mind. If you really feel you need anti-phishing protection then get Firefox with Google Toolbar, it is far better and safer using a stable browser than using a pre-release version of a browser with multiple of security issues and flaws. To be honest, you should seriously consider an alternative browser to Internet Explorer, because it will be compulsory for all Internet Explorer 6 users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 once the final version gets released. Ask yourself the question, are you going to be bullied onto using an unreliable product or are you going to decide for yourself what is the best for your online safety?

For more information about this incident visit the following link: [http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=67905] …

One Way Link Building – A Sure Fire Way to Increase Your Search Engine Rankings

By now, you already know that there are so many ways on how to do search engine optimization. In fact, because of the different techniques, you can hardly find a good time to do all of them. You might as well choose one that really works, and one of these is one-way link building.

Let's Define One-way Link Building

Link building is a way of increasing your rankings in search engine. Any link that goes to your website corresponds to one vote of popularity and relevance. If you have more inbound links, then it means that your web pages are very valuable, and then, you can be given a better page rank by search engines like Google.

On the other hand, you can also see that one of your main goals there is to get inbound, not outbound, links. This is then described as one-way link building. You let others link to you as many times as they want, but you do not have to unnecessarily link to them.

Benefits of One-way Link Building

This is a lot better than other form of link development strategies, such as reciprocal and three-way linking. One-way link building is a lot simpler. Moreover, you are sooner to suffer the same fate of your partner in reciprocal linking. Some Internet marketers can also be very devious. They will remove your links once they see that the people are already added to your website or link directory.

How Do You Do It?

Despite the fact that one-way link building is very basic, there are still a couple of things that you have to remember. This way, you can avoid committing mistakes along the way.

For one, you have to ensure that all your links are working-all the time. This may mean that you have to check them regularly. A broken link usually warrants a penalty from search engines. They can also pull your rankings down, and no one wants to link up to you since they're not getting any information in return.

You too can also perform one-way link building. You can just come up with articles such as this one and add your links at the bottom of the page. Submit your copies to different article directories and press release distribution centers. The good thing about this strategy is that publishers can post your articles in their respective blogs and websites, together with your active links.

Neverheless, you should see it that you're using anchor texts. This is to make sure that your links can come up once your Internet visitors would use the keywords in searching for information.

You also have to keep track of the links that are going to your website. There are others who would take advantage of your excellent position in the rankings. These include link farms and spammy websites.

You may also consider hiring an SEO company to do one-way link building for you. You can save yourself the hassle, and you are assured of their professionalism and …

3 Ways to Fix Errors on Your PC Without Being a Computer Geek

To fix errors on your Windows PC, there are 3 things which almost anyone can do:

1) Re-install / remove troublesome programs

Most of the time, single programs cause annoying errors or even fatal errors….

There have been instances of just starting a program resulting in Windows restarting, and it’s almost always down to a corruption somewhere in the program. This means that the program has either got a corrupt file or something else is wrong. To fix this, you can try re-installing the program in question. This will erase all the old data connected with the program and will put fresh new files in their place.

To do this, you just need to either put the installation CD into your hard drive or open “Setup.exe” again and then select “re-install”. If you can’t see the re-install option, you should uninstall the program and then install it again.

Please be warned that doing this WILL erase that program’s data from your computer, so make sure that you’ve got a backup before proceeding.

2) Perform a system restore

If you’re using Windows XP or Vista, you can actually use a feature called a “System Restore”. This is an inbuilt function in the later versions of Windows and is essentially a “backup facility” for your computer.

To use it, you just need to click on the START BUTTON > ALL PROGRAMS > ACCESSORIES > SYSTEM TOOLS > SYSTEM RESTORE

In there, you can select a date to restore your computer to, allowing you turn back the clock and restore the exact settings and environment your computer had at an earlier time. This is great because if you recently started seeing an error, you can get rid of it by performing one of these restore procedures.

3) Use An Error Fix Program to Get Rid Of Errors

If those other two methods don’t work, there’s always an “error fix” program to help solve your problems. This type of program has been designed to target all the “error hot spots” on your computer and fix them automatically.

It might sound a little strange that a software application can fix your computer’s errors for you but it does work…. and it works well because most computers have a central batch of errors which develop over time. These programs have been programmed to find ALL these errors and correct them accordingly.…