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Tech-blast (the growth and technology)
May 22, 2017
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Tech-blast (the growth and technology)
Lives are getting upgraded. People are living in a new world surrounded by semiconductors and chipsets. ‘Electronics’ has brought a technology boom in human race. If you are not moving with technology you are account to be out-date or old-fashioned. The era belongs to smartphones, smart TVs, smart card etc. seems like people started realizing their smartness now only. From stable, hooked up to walls and stationary instruments now portable, pocket sized and integrated instruments are the upgrades. 100 years ago if you’d have talked about this in public you would surely be treated no different from a chronically mental disordered person. But now is the time of change. Technology is self-evolving.

What exists today may not be tomorrow‘ – this is explaining enough to present our growth rate.

Every new day brings new time. Every new time brings new idea and with every new Idea a new technology comes that eventually brings inventions. This is how science works.

Change:    Our communication is now easy and quick. Our connections are broad. Our network is spread all over the world today. We share ideas with people of our intelligence and interests living in another part of world without being known each other. This is the growth. This is the change. This is what development means. Science has always been supportive to man, at least it is supposed to be. Things are always born with two aspects. Science and technology also have another face and no secretly we are aware of this from the very start. We are in a world that is no more listening to reasons explanations to failure and growing radically and rapidly.
Overall Growth:    Growth has branches. We are developing in each direction. One new idea in some field can bring new invention and solution to completely different domain. We are willing to use less power doing more work. Greed is always the motivation. Thanks to god that we are naturally in it. We are reinventing technologies that are already invented back in time. We are reproducing ideas for better outcomes. We are becoming result oriented and successfully using our resources in order to luxury and easy life. There are records that show us how much we have avoided failures and incomplete things.

Few Steps:    Every new thing that technology brings to us is connected to Internet like things. Connectivity and communication has been playing the heart role in our development and growth. We do our jobs and sleep for almost one third of our lives but growth never stops. We are now in position that we can’t manage to tolerate loss of one third of our live so we have brought events constituting new stages in changing situations like supplements and they work for us. Automation and night workers patch up those 8 night hours in order to continue growing our growth rates. Growth is now a business and people involved in it are good at what they do. Technology has brought a blast in growth and it is worth, large and important enough to be noticed.

To take a vision test online
May 11, 2017
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Taking an online vision test is an excellent way to get a general idea of your vision. Online tests can assess for both close up and distance vision as well as screen for colour blindness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity. In order to take an online vision test you will need to find an online test, set up your computer so that you are seated an appropriate distance from the screen, and carefully follow all of the instructions provided. Online vision tests should not replace regular visits to your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Method One of Three:
Setting Up to Take an Online Vision Test
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Search for an online vision test. In order to find a vision test online, you will need to complete a Google search. Search for “online vision test” and look through the results. The majority of vision tests available online are provided by companies that sell contact lenses and eye glass frames.
In some cases you will be asked to create an account or provide your email address prior to taking an online vision test.

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Choose a test. There are a variety of different vision tests available online. For example, you can test your colour vision, visual acuity, light sensitivity, near vision, as well as test for astigmatism. If you are having trouble reading or seeing images on the television, you should test your visual acuity, light sensitivity and near vision. If you are concerned that you may have some form of colourblindness, you should test your colour vision. Determine which test makes sense for your particular situation.[1]

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Ensure you are the proper distance from the screen. Once you have decided on a test you will need to read and follow all of the setup instructions provided. For example, the test will likely ask you to sit anywhere from 40 centimeters (16 inches) to one meter (three feet) from the computer screen.
Situate your computer on your desk and then move your chair so that you are the appropriate distance from the screen.
You can measure the distance using measuring tape or a ruler.
Use a wireless mouse. You will also be required to click on certain images while taking the test, so it is probably best to use a wireless mouse. You can purchase a wireless mouse at any computer supply store and they cost anywhere from $40 to $500.[2]
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Follow the instructions. It is important that you carefully follow all of the instructions provided in order to receive accurate results. For example, during the test you will likely be asked to cover one of your eyes with your hand and then answer a variety of questions. You will then be asked to cover your other eye and answer another set of questions. This is done in order to test the vision in each of your eyes.[3]
You may be asked to leave your glasses on if you already wear glasses to help with your vision.

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Test your visual acuity. When taking a visual acuity test, an “E” will appear on your screen and you will be asked to select the arrow that the open side of the “E” is facing. The “E” will rotate and change sizes as you complete the test.[4]
Depending on the website you are using you may be asked to cover one eye and take the test and then repeat the questions with your other eye covered.

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Take a contrast vision test. An online vision test that looks at your ability to see contrast can also help determine if you need corrective lenses. To complete this test, a “C” will appear on your screen and you will be asked to select the arrow that the open side of the “C” is facing. As you complete the test the “C” will rotate and the darkness of the letter will change.[5]
For example, in some instances the letter will be very dark and easy to read and at other points it will be so light that it will become difficult to see against the white background.

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Try a colour vision test. A colour vision test will check to see if you can distinguish different colour contrasts, most notably red, green, and blue. These tests vary slightly, but in most cases a circle will appear that is filled with different coloured circles. You will then be asked to read the number that is hidden inside the circle. If you are not colour blind you should be able to see the numbers easily based on the contrasting colours.[6]

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Take a test that measures astigmatism. An online astigmatism test will ask you to cover one eye and look at a series of lines. You will be asked if some of the lines appear darker than others. Then you will then be asked to cover your other eye and determine if some of the lines are darker than others.[7]
You should only see darker colours with one of your eyes, not both. If this happens you may have astigmatism and should talk with your eye doctor.
Read your results. At the end of each test you will be given your results. You may receive excellent results for each test. This indicates that your vision is good and you likely do not need glasses. For some tests, you may receive a poor result. When this happens the site will recommend that you see an eye care professional in order to receive a full eye exam.[8]
Some sites will only provide you with results after you have provided your email address and name.
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Visiting an Eyecare Professional
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Find an optometrist or opthamologist. Search online for an optometrist or opthamologist in your area. An optometrist is trained to detect a number of eye diseases and can help prescribe corrective lenses. An ophthalmologist can perform eye surgery as well as detect eye diseases, prescribe medication, and prescribe corrective lenses.[9]

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Visit your eye doctor regularly. Do not replace regular visits to the optometrist with online vision tests. These tests should only be used to give you a general understanding of your quality of vision. A trained optometrist can give you a prescription for corrective lenses and can diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts.[10]
School aged children should have their eyes tested every one to two years.
Adults between the ages of 20 and 40 should have their eyes tested once every five to ten years.
Adults between the ages of 40 and 55 should have their eyes tested every two to four years.
Adults between the ages of 55 and 65 should have their eyes tested every one to three years.
Adults over the age of 65 should have their eyes tested every 1-2 years.

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Complete a full eye exam. An eye examination, unlike an online vision tests, looks at more than just your vision. For instance an eye exam also evaluates your ocular motility, visual fields, eye structure, and screens for eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.[11]

How to excel at an online interview?
May 10, 2017
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With the BBC online interview episode doing rounds all over the internet one can possibly imagine how tricky it can get to give an online interview. Not everybody is as lucky as Robert E. Kelly, ending up with a video crashing the internet and the tag of ‘the viral-video dad’!

It’s a common practice amongst companies to post job openings on online portals from where they can be accessible by applicants all over the nation- or even the globe. It might as well happen that the selected few applicants may be living half-way round the corner of the earth, leaving them inaccessible in person. In such situations and others too, Online Interviews are largely taken up as an option to connect to the potential employees.

When an organisation gives you the opportunity to give an interview despite your actual presence you’ve got to make sure you do it the right way. Here are a few tips for giving an Online Interview-

BE DOUBLE SURE OF ALL INTERNET CONNECTIONS

Take a test call to a friend before beginning the interview in order to be double sure of the reliability of your internet connection. Make sure the speed is good and there is no lag in communication between the two sites. A speedy connection which doesn’t fail you in between is a must. You don’t want to take risks!

USE RELIABLE HARDWARE

Do not end up fumbling with your camera or sticking it with a tape on your laptop. It’s the best practice to have good hardware back at hand. Even if you don’t have one, you can always borrow accessories like headset, webcam from friends. Check them beforehand to ascertain that you’re not unprepared for the interview.

DRESS UP

Dressing up for the interview is a very important aspect. Do not be half dressed presuming that the lower portion of your body will not be visible, that’ll just distract you throughout the interview. Wear light shaded, neat and formal clothes for the interview.
Still you can smile, coz you don’t need any deodorant!

PREPARE THE AURA

Make sure the room is properly lit up and an ample amount of light falls on your face to recognize your facial expressions. If you choose an outdoor setting, make absolutely sure that it’s peaceful and free of excess background noises. And do not choose a public park!

MAKE IT INTERACTIVE

Maintain an eye contact with the person interviewing you and make sure you engross him into the session. While being not physically present makes the whole thing virtual and a little non-engrossing, don’t end up boring the person on the other end by being bland. Give expressions, ask questions and make sure you’re speaking loud enough to be audible.

KEEP INTERRUPTIONS AT BAY!

It is vital to ensure that the atmosphere in which you’re interacting with your interviewers is calm, clear and silent. Put your phone on silent, close all other tabs and apprise people living in your home or apartment of your current venture. Nobody wants people barging inside the interview room, unless you are Robert E. Kelly, which you’re not!

How organisations stay a step ahead in the times of digital transformation
May 9, 2017
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The ever changing, versatile business environment is one where the word constant doesn’t exist. Globally there has been a remarkable trend of transformations in the business sector resulting in the evolvement of modern technologies and business methodologies. Digital transformation has rendered organisations in need of efficient business models which can cope up with the change in digital technology day by day. When it comes to the picture of digital technologies, what we saw yesterday is nothing like what we see now.

The wave of digital transformations can be best described as ‘instantaneous’- changing almost as quickly as the moment we live in. At one time we have a technology raging at all the places and even before you realise it’s outdated. Something better is always there, waiting to be implemented; to be unleashed. In such a scenario every organisation needs enhanced adaptability and efficient management.

DONT SHY AWAY FROM CHANGE
The key is not to stall out. If there has been a change, however big, the organisation needs to accept it instead of ignoring it. The dynamic nature of financial metrics makes it vital for any company to know that they are a part of the ever changing business arena. The possibility of success boils down to the fact that your organisation should be embracing means to stay innovative with the shifting technological trends. It’s vital to create awareness among the staff as well as the leaders in order to gear up for change.

KNOW WHERE YOUR ORGANISATION STANDS
While discussing the future roadmap of the company, every organisation should know where it currently stands. It is important to evaluate the competency of the organisation in order to have a future-oriented approach. Technological transformations are storming the world everywhere, something which calls out for modern management techniques whereby an organisation can know the place where it is standing at the moment and how much growth can be expected in the future.

TRACK YOUR TRENDS
Keep a track of your trends by being apprised of the latest information about your organisation. Attending the right conferences and keeping in touch with the right network of people ensures that the company is aware of the role that technology is playing in the existing business landscape.

ALWAYS PIN IN ON FRESH TALENT
Best results can only be expected if your team is one with a fresh approach towards transformation. Sharing, collaborating and communicating are the traits of talented employees. Lack of conviction or organisational self-awareness on the part of the employees makes it difficult for the organisation to grow. Hiring fresh talent ensures that the influx of technological advancements is maintained within the organisation.

ROLE OF THE LEADER
An organisation cannot transform under the leadership of someone who has a stagnant approach towards dealing with the wave of digital transformations. The CEO, board and the rest of the leadership team should be fully supportive when it comes to embracing change and moving ahead with times and technology. People drive organisations, organisations do not drive themselves! Any transformation can be brought only if the leader himself is up-to-date with the digital age.

Crazy Things About Your Computer You Never Knew!
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It’s a ritual across the globe: somewhere

between sticking the kettle on and

complaining about last night’s match,

you’ll probably click the button on your

ageing company Personal computer and wait while it

slowly thinks about turning on. Rather

than take it for granted, though, it’s

worth taking a couple minutes to realise

a few of the things that your poor robot

slave does without you ever knowing.

Everything you see or hear

on the internet is actually on

your computer

All your computer-whizz friends

probably delight in telling you how

having a ‘library’ of videos is so 2008,

that no-one torrents any more, it’s all

Netflix and iPlayer and ‘The Cloud’,

whatever that means. But, you might

want to remind them: every time you

stream a video or the week’s latest Top

40 off the web, it’s actually, technically

playing off your computer.

See, every internet media file has to

make a local copy of itself on your

machine, first. Ever wondered what

that white buffering bar means on

YouTube or Netflix? It’s the amount of

video that’s been copied to the local

cache, a.k.a. the amount you can still

watch if your internet decides to up and

die.

Counting Starts at Zero

At a base level, every computer’s just a

really big, complicated calculator. But

thanks to the way its intrinsic circuitry

works – with lots of little logic gates that

are either ‘on’ or ‘off’ – every action

that takes place at a base level is

happening in binary, where things are

either a 1 or a 0, with no shades of grey

in between.

This actually translates up to a neat bit

of programming trivia – in the computer

science world, all counting (with the

rather notable exceptions of Fortran

and Visual Basic) starts at zero, not

one.

It actually makes a lot more sense –

ever thought about why the 20th century

refers to the 1900s? It’s because when

historians decided on the dating

system, they weren’t clever enough to

call the very first century (0-99AD) the

0th century. If they had, we’d probably

have far fewer confused school children

the world over.

Bits, Bytes, and Size

Next time you complain about the pitiful

memory capacity of your old 8GB iPod

Touch, it’s worth remember what makes

up eight whole gigabytes. Computer

science grads will know that in every

gigabyte, there’s 1024 megabytes; 1024

kilobytes in a megabyte, and 1024 bytes

in a kilobyte. Breaking it down to the

lowest level, you’ve got 8 bits in a byte. Even a floppy disk has a fair few of

these

Why does that matter? Because on a

flash drive, each bit of data is made up

of eight separate floating gates, each

comprising two physical transistors,

which can basically record themselves as

either a ‘1’ or a ‘0’. (Want to be

impressed ever further? Each floating

gate actually relies on quantum

mechanics to work.) That means that an

8GB iPod Touch – the one you were

laughing at a minute ago for being puny

– has, according to my back-of-the-

napkin maths, 549,755,813,888

individual gates arrayed inside that

svelte aluminium body. Mighty clever

engineering indeed.

The distance data travels

A quick experiment for you: click this

link, which should take you to Wikipedia.

With one click, you’ve just fetched a

bunch of data from servers in Ashburn,

Virginia, about 6000km away. Your

request has travelled from your

computer, through a local Wi-Fi router

or a modem, up to a local data centre,

from there onwards (under the Atlantic

Ocean, if you’re in the UK), all the way

to Virginia, and back again – in around

0.1 of a second, depending on how good

your internet connection is By comparison, your body takes around

0.15 of a second for a signal to pass

from your fingers, up your spinal cord

to the brain, and back down again.

The work that goes into a

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V

One rather under-appreciated fact

about solid state drives (SSDs),

regarded as the gold standard for fast,

reliable storage, is the amount of

copying they have to do. When you want

to copy some data from one bit to

another, it’s not just a matter of

shuffling the data from one part of the

drive to another.

Because of the complicated way a SSD

works , over-writing a block of old data

with some shiny new data isn’t as simple

as just writing the new stuff in with a

bigger, thicker Sharpie. Rather, the

storage drive has to do some

complicated shuffling around.

No-one ever accused SSDs of being too

simple  In practice, this can

that writing

a tiny 4KB file can require the drive to

read 2MB (that’s thousands of times

more data that the 4KB file you’re

trying to write), store that temporarily,

erase a whole tonne of blocks, then re-

write all the data. It’s rather labour-

intensive, so think before you juggle

your files around next time.

Code isn’t as clean as you

think

The majority of us put faith in bits of

technology you don’t quite understand –

be it committing your life to a 747, or

your dirty pics to Snapchat’s auto-

delete. When you do you generally tend

to assume that the code’s been

scrupulously examined by teams of

caffeine-fuelled programmers, with

most of the niggling little bugs found

and nixed.

The truth seems to be quite the opposite.

One Quora user pointed out that buried

within the source code for Java, one of

the internet’s fundamental bits of

code, is this gem:

/**

* This method returns the Nth bit that is

set in the bit array. The

* current position is cached in the

following 4 variables and will

* help speed up a sequence of next()

call in an index iterator. This

* method is a mess, but it is fast and it

works, so don’t fuck with it.

*/

private int _pos = Integer.MAX_VALUE;

It just goes to show that even

programmers rush things to get home

for the next installment of Game of

Thrones sometimes.

Simple tricks to boost your mobile connection revealed
May 7, 2017
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Dialling the code *3001#12345#* on iPhones reveals real signal strength
It can help create a reception map of a user’s home to find the best signal
Going upstairs and opening a window can improve mobile reception
Resetting the phone or turning on airplane mode briefly can also help
Mobile phones are meant to allow us to be in contact no matter where we are, but for some people the devices can prove difficult, even their own homes.

Signal failure is one of the most frustrating occurrences of modern life as calls drop out mid conversation and text messages stubbornly refuse to send.

But there are a few simple tricks that can help to ensure you can stay connected.
Searching for a mobile phone signal can be a frustrating necessity for many people who struggle to get decent reception in their own homes. However, there are a handful of simple tricks that can improve mobile signal. A stock image of a woman searching for mobile reception is pictured
These can be as simple as climbing the stairs, opening a window and using new technology designed to boost your signal inside.
Apple’s iPhone 6S has a SMALLER battery than older models: Video reveals cell won’t hold as much energy as the current range
BOOST YOUR WIFI SIGNAL

Like mobile phones, WiFi routers use radio waves to communicate with electronic devices.

However, these have a relatively short wavelength and power, meaning they have a maximum range of just a few hundred feet. Walls and other obstacles can also block this signal.

To improve Wi-Fi, placing the router in the open with a clean line-of-sight to where you are most likely to use the web can improve the connection.

Lifting the router off the ground can also ensure the radio waves have the best chance of getting around the house without being absorbed by hard flooring.

Other electronics can cause interference with the signal, so it is good to keep the router away from PCs, televisions and other devices.

Devices also work better if their internal antenna is aligned with the aerials of the router, so if the router has two antenna, position one vertically and one horizontally.

Elsewhere, apps help measure the strength of Wi-Fi around the home to help you find spots to avoid and those that give the best reception.

1. How strong is your signal?

First, it is important to find out how strong your signal actually is.

While the bars on mobile phones are designed to give an idea of signal strength, they are not consistent across handsets.

People iPhones can find out what the actual signal is by dialling the code *3001#12345#*.

This takes the phone into a hidden ‘field test’ mode.

The actual signal strength measured in decibel-milliwatts (dBm) will be shown on the top left where the bars were.

To get more details select ‘serving cell measurements’.

For those with an Android phone, look for the ‘signal strength indicator’ in settings.

The higher the dBm number the better the signal – for good conversations it should be somewhere above -100dBm as below that number signals become patchy and calls can fail.

2. Make a signal map

Using your phone’s signal strength, walk around your house to look for the areas with the strongest signal.

This can help you identify the areas that give the best reception.

3. Open a window

The walls and the insulation they contain can block signals from nearby mobile network towers and prevent your phone from communicating with it effectively.

By opening a window you can increase the strength of the signal reaching your phone.

If your workplace is computer…
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If you constantly looking for new ways to be productive, it worth to look at your already existing habits that actually hinder the work done more efficiently. Sometimes it is enough to change a few small things to make things work much smoother.

Usually our working tool is a computer, so try to maintain order among the documents and folders. This will ensure that you will quickly find at right time what you are looking for and not procrastinate the work saying that now you have not time to look for. Often rushing we name documents in patchwork of words or even worse of letters, which, let’s face it, is not always informative. Of course, perhaps we are in a hurry at that time and we think that later we will rename it. But in most cases fail to do so, and even if we rename, this is double work, which could have been avoided.

Do not think that the madness on your desktop is neat chaos that you know very well. You might not realize, but it has a much greater impact on your work habits. This tendency to leave a small deed for a later time, it becomes contagious and may eventually be reflected in all your tasks – just as irrelevant folders on the desktop, you can begin to accumulate and eventually forget the small jobs. You do not want such (non) quality? So first of all simply delete what is not needed on the desktop, and then orderly rename and group all what you need. It may take some time, but remember these efforts the next time saving new document, and so encourage yourself to put it immediately to the right place. There is the bright side of such a procedure – you will feel better and inspire yourself on a daily basis to brace up, in addition, the neat computer will be running smoothly.

 

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The Good Old Days of On Line Writing
April 29, 2017
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There really were ‘Good Old Days’ in online writing.

If you could go back to 2010 you would enter a world of many online writing sites, many  online writing paying sites. A world of so  many publishing sites which gave you a comfortable platform on which to present your work  and made it possible for you to earn real money.

Sites did pay.

Although it might seem fantasy if I tell you that people actually lived on what they earned by writing on line, you might think I’m being ridiculous.

But think of it like this;

You wrote for Factoidz. You get $150 this month for your items.
You wrote for Triond; You got $85 this month.
You wrote for Hubpages, you were paid $75 this month

You aren’t writing all the time, you aren’t killing yourself, you are posting a few items on each site, perhaps three a week on Factoidz, perhaps five on Triond, perhaps three on Hubpages.

You post a few items on other sites, because you have a life.

Yet, you earn every month about $500  writing on line.  This is every month.   This is your standard earnings. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but this is the basic.

This is how it has been, in your life, since 2007.

This money, more or less, comes every month.

You hear about new sites, and you join and post. You write for Bukisa, Xomba, Squidoo, Wikinut, on and on, a few here and a few there, no worries.

To earn $500 US a month from hobby writing was nothing to brag about, because there were those who earned $1,000 US a month.

Things changed in 2010 with the Introduction of Google’s Panda.

The Panda

There are two sides to the story; however, as a person who follows the money I tend to attribute certain actions more to pocket than prestige.

If Google had not intended to introduce its rip off, no pay, so-called ‘publishing’ site, Knol, then I would be a bit more tipped in the direction that it was all about ‘quality’.

For those who don’t know the story, a little background;

When you do a ‘Search’ you enter a term into a ‘search box’ and the artificial intelligence, (A.I.), that is the computer program which was written to do searches, goes into action. It searches for items which use the term you entered a lot.

The more often the term is used, the more the A.I. ‘likes’ the item, so pushes it to the front of the Search results.

Suppose you entered the word; “Tofu” into a search engine. The A.I. would search billions of items for the word ‘tofu’. The ones which used Tofu the most would be at the front of the search.

Aha!

Enter the Crap Writer. The Crap Writer knows how to ‘play’ the Search engine. The Crap Writer will use the trending term in every sentence.

Example:

“All over the word people are interested in Tofu. You probably are interested in Tofu. Tofu is very popular today. You will find Tofu everywhere…..”

This article will be 1000 words long. It will tell you NOTHING. But, because it uses ‘Tofu’ in every sentence it scores higher than the item which actually describes what Tofu is, how it is made, how it is used.

Considering that Adsense is owned by Google, it is Adsense which is paying for all those views of nothing.

Many writers were aware of this; they’d written great items, and when they did a Google, find themselves way down at the bottom, and the Crap Writer at the top.

Now you could imagine if you had researched Tofu. You had spent an hour or so, reading a lot, taking the information, putting it into your own words, so that you had created a great article that anyone can read and at the end know all about Tofu.

And there is your item waaaaay down on page ten of a Google, and on page one are items which say nothing.

People did complain to Google about this. And Google, because it saw how many online publishing sites there were, decided to create its own.

You would have thought in this supposed; “Do No Evil” motto that Google pushes, that it would create a superior writing site, which grabbed all the best writers.

You might imagine that Google would create a well paying site, have exceptional moderation, and be able to share 50% of all revenue. After all, they are paying themselves. It is their site, their Ads. It is free money.

Instead of Google Adsense having to pay a site to host their ads they pay themselves to host the advertisements companies pay for.

That’s what I thought.

Ha!

Google came up with the greatest rip off ever!

They created Knol, which DID NOT PAY WRITERS.   Google made money from selling ads to their company, and paying themselves.

Who would go to a site that didn’t pay when there are sites that do?

To force people to write for nothing, to write for their site, Google created the Panda algorithm.  This program pretended to be created to slap down the Crap Writer.

It didn’t.
It slapped down the site.

It labeled Hubpages, Triond, and all the other paying sites as ‘Content Farms’. It set its search engine to push these sites to the back.

For example, if you entered ‘Tofu’ in the search box, the algorithm Google used would go everywhere else before Hubpages.

Think of it as taking an exam.

All the kids who come from this section of town start with -10. If you get all the questions right you score 90% If the kid next to you, who comes from a different section of town gets six questions wrong, he gets 94%.

That is why items published on Content Farms, no matter how good they are, score lower than those published elsewhere.

This is why, today, if you make $30 a month writing on line, that is a lot.

Today, there are few sites that pay, few sites that get over 1 Million visitors a month to view your writing.

Indian Telecom Giant Airtel planning a foray into SmartHomes Market
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Indian telecom giant Airtel which is into Mobile services, landline services, Wireless and Broadband Internet services, and the recently launched Payments Bank has plans of entering into a totally new domain.
This is the domain of smart homes, or automated homes. These are Homes where appliances such as TV, Refrigerator, Laptop, smartphones, cooling or heating systems, lightning and even security systems.
Smart Homes systems are ones where all these or some of these systems “talk” to each other. Or, these systems can be controlled by smartphones of other computing devices.
The underlying and upcoming technology is “Internet of Things” – IOT in short. This is a protocol for machine to machine talk which is already in place in some of the computational systems, cloud systems as well as even in Data centres but is evolving.
How smarthomes work is :
Supposedly a cooling system is cooling a home too much. Then, it can send an alert to a smartphone or a laptop to automatically adjust the cooling.
A similar grid like system can control:
-Level and Intensity of lightning or switching certain areas’ light on or off.
-Level of warming in a centrally heated system- This can even have commercial uses.
-A water leakage in a pipe can also trigger an alert and give a call to a plumber.
-Security alarm can be set in case of an intruder comes in a house- This is in some ways already implemented in some of the security setups.
Such systems will not be easy to setup. There will be programming skills in automation technologies. Such programmers will need to be versed with complex algorithms for working of such systems.
A lot of research is already underway.
Then, there will be management of electronics that will be involved. There could also be wiring involved, or setup of signal boosters. Let us see how this all works.

 
Source: Based on an article in Economic Times Newspaper website: 25-Apr-2017

 

How To Know if You Can TRust a Writing Site?
April 17, 2017
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Writing-online_Why Writing Sites Aren't What They Used To Be

There is a very simple answer;  You don’t.

This is not a job where the boss has to tell you he’s closing down, and pays you off.   This is a business in which  you take all the risk.

You join, and maybe use your personal email account, maybe have to give an address, and that information can be sold to any and everyone waveing a few bills.

You join, and write.  You work.  You post.  Maybe the item is published, maybe it is not.  Maybe it is rejected, maybe it is stolen.

Your item is published and you don’t know if you will be paid for it, or ripped off.  You don’t know when you are paid by ‘hits’ if the site is honest about how many people viewed your item.

If you are paid that first time, there is no guarantee you will be paid the second time.

There is no guarantee that the site will not go down, taking all your work with it, and owing you money.

You can’t know.

All you can do is check the age of the site, and may make the assumption that since it has been up ten years it is legitimate.  Ha!   Look at the lifespan of Expertscolumn.   It’s been around a long time, ripping off writers.

All you can do is protect yourself.

How?

Keep copies of your items is one way.    Having a private blog is another.   You post on the private blog and limit access to just you.   Use a different name on the private blog or when you join a site.   In this way, if the site doesn’t pay you, your alias will contact it and claim that it has the copyright, and the item must be taken down.

For example, suppose you posted an item on your private blog in December 2016.   You are on a site and publish that item in January 2017.  The site locks you out or doesn’t pay.   That is when you make the entire blog, or just that one item public, and demand that the site take your item.  The date is clear.  It was published on your blog first.

Opening a private blog is easy and you pick a name for it, dress it up if you want, and use it as your storeroom.  You post there, then on the site.

When you post on an ify site you post things that don’t mean much to you.  It could be an observation on a current event, it could be a recipe, it could be anything that is not you doing two hours of research before writing.

As I’ve said before, don’t take that first payment as proof of anything.   The biggest scams pay that first redemption, then no more.

Limit your writing.

Let us suppose the redemption is $5.00.    You put in for $5.00.   You don’t post again until you get the payment.  When you get the payment you post again, and see what happens.  If it seems that your hits are ‘stuck’ so that you sit at $2.34 for two days, don’t post again.   The site is a rip.   If you want to prove it, as I said before, you log onto the site as a visitor and read your work.   That counts as a hit because if you live in India and are logging on through a proxy in Germany and if necessary, using some nick you just made up, and view your writing, that must be a hit.

If it doesn’t register, stop writing.

Don’t keep going and going like the energiser bunny expecting you’ll reach the pay out.  No.  You write again after you are paid, and then, only to reach the threshold.

Some sites are slow payers.  You put in for a redemption in January, and the payment arrives in February.  Okay.   You’ve gotten paid, so write.   Reach the threshold, put in, and stop.   In this way, if you aren’t paid it is one payment, not five.

Often do a search ‘Sitename+Scam’.

Bubblews was flagged a year before it went down.  How anyone could say; “They owed me $700 when Bubblews went down”, is a sign of shame.   The most one could say is; “They owed me $50,”  meaning it was only one redemption they were cheated out of.

The fact is, many people will create a site as a rip-off.   They will get hundres of members.   They will pay everyone that first time, getting thousands of members.  And then, they stop paying this portion, then that portion.

They are making thousands of dollars off of Advertisements and paying hundreds, until such time, the complaints reach the ears of the advertisers.

Then, they close the site, take the money and run.

No, you can’t know if a site is legitimate.