Websites of Interest

Best Wedding Blogspot Website is open for business

Best Wedding Blog is set to provide hints and tips as well as advice about wedding planning.

So if you're in the wedding business or busy planning your wedding - this website is a must visit.

Google Useful Search Operators for noobs

1. link:www.yoursite.com - Show's you some/most of the links google counts to your page. Handy to find out who is linking to you, or whos linking to the competition
2. related:www.yoursite.com - find sites google deems related to any given site
3. site:www.yoursite.com - search the pages of a specific site
4. allinurl: shows only pages with all terms in the url
5. inurl: like allinurl, but only for the next query word.
6. allintitle: shows only results with terms in title.
7. intitle: kind of like allintitle, but only for the next word. "intitle:webmasterworld google" finds only pages with webmasterworld in the title, and google anywhere on the page.
8. cache:url gives you googles cashed (what google has on record) of a site
9. info:url will give you some info about a given site
10. spell: - does a spellcheck (you don't have to do this, google will spellcheck any words searched)
11. stocks: does a search for stocks
12. filetype: does a search for a specific file type, or, if you put a - in front of it, it won't list any results with that filetype
13. daterange: is supported in Julian date format only. 2452384 is an example of a Julian date.

Both Interesting websites in respect to Content and Features

The next two links are both interesting websites in respect to Content and Features:

A Blog - Nice, simple, clean design
** Interesting use of random banner picture
http://hypnoticdream.com/

Interesting Stories from the Press
Interesting Stories from the Press

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way - A Primer

This website offers a very large primer on How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

The primer advises that before asking a technical question by email, or in a newsgroup, or on a website chat board, do the following:

1. Try to find an answer by searching the Web.
2. Try to find an answer by reading the manual.
3. Try to find an answer by reading a FAQ.
4. Try to find an answer by inspection or experimentation.
5. Try to find an answer by asking a skilled friend.
6. If you are a programmer, try to find an answer by reading the source code.

It is an interesting read, it outlines the main rules that should be followed so you don't annoy your fellow users with useless questions that wastes everybody else's time.

In summary it rehashes through section by section:
* Choose your forum carefully
* Web and IRC forums directed towards newbies often give the quickest response
* As a second step, use project mailing lists
* Use meaningful, specific subject headers
* Make it easy to reply
* Write in clear, grammatical, correctly-spelled language

Surfing Anonymously - If you ever get the feeling that Big Brother is watching you

For any reason you want to surf the Internet Anonymously - you may want to use these services:

Guardster
Snoop blocker
Anonymizer
Chronic Pulse

The way these services usually allow you to surf "anonymously" is through the use of proxy servers, which "fool" the computer from which you are accessing data think you are accessing it not from your computer but through another computer.

A derivative of this method of anonymous surfing is usually used by crackers (not hackers!) when they are executing DOS (Denial Of Service) attacks. But in these instances, they harness many computers to act as proxies and to instantaneously attack a certain server at the same time - overloading that particular server with many requests.

Web Design Inspiration

NewYorkCity.com

Site has a clear and simple web design, yet it delivers a lot of information in an effective manner.

Features:
- Text box input with sample text - disappears once clicked, but reappears if there was no input
- Horizontal Header menu system
- Banner top image
- Unique front page with Adsense
- Free Email @nyc.com
- New Yorker Blogs
- NYC Events and other info
http://www.newyorkcity.com/

Eatability

Purple layout!
Features:
- Restaurant Review, ratings and listing for Sydney
- Allows user input
- Uses Maporama

for location maps of restaurant

http://www.eatability.com.au/
Another Competitor:Time2Dine

Made for Adsense - Proverbs Website

A proverbs site with Adsense galore

and one proverb on the page - "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

Another Photographer Website - Lawrence Gayoso

Looks Good. I reckon this dude is filipino. This guy weems to take photographs for calendars and for other adult websites.
Lawrence Gayoso Photography

Photographer website - Herring Images

Website is built by Drupal, is a bit messy, but the Photos are interesting to view.
Herring Images Photography in Charlottesville, VA - Seeing with the Fish
Herring Images Photography

Cassie Steele Photography

Channels surfing on the TV I found a show called Degrassi high - The New Generation. Following up on the show - as I usually do with any show, I looked up bios of the actors etc... I found a website with a photo gallery that had pretty interesting photos... In Cassie Steele's Website, surf to "gallery" and then to "Brickworks". The annoying thing about this website is the flash. (It makes it slow going and messy IMHO).

The Photographer responsible for the photography on the website is Mark Wilson. - who is a Canadian photographer.

Ananyana.com - Great Website design for this Philippine Resort

I can't recommend this website for its unique and interesting design and photography for a philippine resort.
Design Rating: 9.9/10

It is a mix of simplicity and practicality - allowing the surfer to imagine that they are actually at the resort - a must see website for anyone interested in design.

http://www.ananyana.com

Photoblogs.org - Photoblogging on the Internet

"Photoblogs.org is a resource designed to help people find all kinds of photoblogs. If you're not sure what a photoblog is, check out the FAQ. Our database currently holds listings for 13,376 photoblogs in 94 countries and 42 languages."

http://www.photoblogs.org/

I am a convert to Mozilla Firefox - stable and powerful extensions!

As a regular IE (Internet Explorer) user, I originally installed Mozila Firefox because of it's very useful toolbar - "Web Developer Extension" - Which allows you to quickly view the source, view CSS, verify your CSS and HTML, resize, hide or make images invisible, view div class details - AND MORE! A very effective tool if you are developing a website.

Now, I only used Firefox to design and maintain my website and I continued to use IE for general surfing purposes.

I tell you - never again will I use IE. IE simply has too many loopholes for viruses to infiltrate your computer (or so I've heard). But the one thing that drew me to Firefox was the added functionality from other Firefox extensions just like the additional toolbar mentioned above.

Did I mention that Firefox is FREE? - It's GPL and is supported by a community of developers online.

The number one Firefox Extension that drew me was the Advertising blocker. This Ad blocker needs to be "trained" in that it can be told what elements of the page you want to block out. Two sites that I regularly frequent is smh.com.au and mail.yahoo.com.au, which are a newspaper website and a mail website respectively. Basically in the first 5 minutes of installing it I was able to block out the advertising on both these websites. No more wasted bandwidth. No more of those pop up flash ads that are so annoying!

Yet another one of those friendship websites

A friend just invited me to join Where are you now?... I'm tired of joining up to these places... I'm on so many databases, friendster being one of them - who knows where the spammers get my email now?

Thank-God I carry quite a few email alias' so I can manage my junk...

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