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+ - My life according to Google

Submitted by
melki0r
melki0r writes "George Orwell would have loved this. He missed for only 23 years. Insted of 1984 we're getting the Big Brother (a.k.a. Google) in 2007.
Do you want every step of your web-based life traced and stored in one place?
Well you can have it all for free. Google just announced a new service: Google Web History. Not only that it stores all pages that you visited, but it also stores all the videos you viewed, images, even sponsored links.
So it's the works! Everything you've ever seen on the net will be stored in one place.
Now this thing can be useful. Don't get me wrong. But on the other hand, if your Google Account gets compromised, your whole life kinda gets compromised.
Read on!"
Space

+ - Theoretical Physics to be Turned on its Ear?

Submitted by
Bad Labrador
Bad Labrador writes "Slashdot readers may remember an article and a powerpoint presentation delivered by Alexander Franklin Mayer last year entitled "The Many Directions of Time". In it, he postulates a slight modification to General Relativity, actually correcting an error Einstein apparently made. According to Mayer, correcting this error accounts for a large number of "anomalies" in observations, including a small but persistent error in GPS locations, the apparent acceleration and deacceleration of the Voyager spacecraft and so on. The blockbusting part is when the change is applied to cosmology — according to Mayer, the expanding universe, the Hubble constant and the "big Bang" theory are no more. They are artefacts of his discovery — gravitational transverse red shift. The Universe is not expanding. The book is freely available for download at http://afmayer.net/index.html Happy Slashdotting."
The Internet

+ - Domain Name Tips

Submitted by
shaunclark
shaunclark writes "Domain Name Tips
Before you purchase your domain name you need to do some domain homework.

Get your domain name first before you start your new business or website.

Many times people start a brand new business by picking out and establishing the business name, then they attempt to buy a domain name. The new business owners soon find out that every variation of the business name is taken and they are not sure what domain name to use.

Microsoft made a huge mistake when they spent millions marketing their new Zune MP3 Player. They didnt secure the domain name zune.com and as of this writing the domain zune.com is still under someone elses name with an under construction sign. Microsoft had purchased the zune.net domain name after the Zune name had been released. This was a huge blunder for the Microsoft marketing team not to secure the zune.com domain name before marketing their brand name.

Naming a website after its domain name can also be very important; when people think of your website, they'll think of it by the name. A good example of this is amazon.com; so if your business name is also your URL, the customer will automatically know where to go.

If you have already spent a lot time and money to establish your business name and you didnt purchase a domain name. You can play around with some variations to try to get an easy name. If you find that your business name is taken in every way thinkable, you can:
  • Check the "whois" information for the domain name you are interested in and contact the current owner listed to see if they're willing to sell it.
  • Another option is to search the Internet for a company that specialized in deleted domains. Each day thousands of domains are deleted and are made available for purchase. Many times people may forget to renew the domain or they simply go out of business; the domains are then deleted from the current owner and allowed to be purchased again. This can be a very good way to get the right domain name by using the deleted domains data base to search for certain keywords important for your business. A domain name you didnt even think of may show up as deleted and be the one name that will work.


Your domain name should be short, easy to say and spell.

Domain names can be of any length up to 67 characters. Someone actually bought the domain name shown below and let it go back. I wonder why???

wehavealargeofficespacethatisavailabletorentitis locatedinavibra.com

Shorter domain names are much better, especially for people who have to type them in. There is less chance for a typo when they are shorter. Premium domains with less than 8 characters are more desirable and very hard to find. You may have to put together some word combinations to come up with a good domain name. I would try to keep the name under 16 characters if at all possible.

Type out the domain name you are interested in buying take a good look at it and say it out loud. Get friends to look at it and give their advice at what they first see.
  • Does it spell something that could be offensive? www.somethingassociates.com
  • Is it spelled correctly or are you trying to spell some word another way? www.gotravlers.com instead of www.gotravelers.com
  • Can you easily distinguish the words or does the domain name make other confusing words?
  • Does it have 2 or 3 of the same letters together? www.abbotttech.com
  • Does it sound OK? Is it easy to understand over the phone?
  • Can the domain name be spelled easily by the average person? www.rockefellermontessori.com
  • Keep in mind that many times you will have to spell out your domain name to people — will certain letters sound like other letters?...such as the s and f sound the same; same goes for the n and m; z and b, and so on.


Prefixes

Many websites use prefixes in their main domain name such as i and e. The i is most commonly for "Internet," e for "electronic". Many other prefixes such as all, my, best, pro, go, buy, best, and many more can be used.

These prefixes mentioned above should only be used when there is absolutely no hope for finding a good domain name.

Hyphenated or Numbered Domain Names?

Many people forget to type in the hyphen when typing in a domain name. It can be hard to say when giving the domain name out. It would be easier to say littleredschoolhouse.com instead of little hyphen/dash red hyphen/dash school hyphen/dash house .com.

Most of the good domains are taken and you may have to take a domain that has a hyphen in it to get the domain name you want. I would try to avoid the hyphenated names if possible.

Domains which contain numbers have some problems in that you will have to explain that it is a number 4 instead of the word for or four. 4salesonline.com is a good example of the confusion in telling the domain name to someone.

Of course if you owned 500.com or 5555.com these would be great names that are worth a lot of money and easy to remember. All of these good domains are already taken and very hard to find even on the secondary market.

A domain name like 94529875.com would be hard for someone to remember.

COM, ORG, NET, etc?

Typically most businesses use .com domain names. Most .net domain names have been used by Internet organizations and .org is frequently used by non-profit organizations.

Most people have .com on the brain, and when typing a domain name in, they will almost always assume it's a .com domain. Dot coms are the most sought after. Thats all I own.

Shaun Clark
www.QuestMatrix.com "
The Courts

+ - The Best and Worst Intenet Laws

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "When a U.S. legislator describes the Internet as a "series of tubes" you just know that you're going to end up with some wacky laws on the books. Law professor Eric Goldman takes a look at the best and worst Internet laws in the U.S. Eric offers an analysis of the biggies such as the DMCA, but also shines a light on lesser known laws like the Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002."

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