There’s something about Bing’s homepage that draws us to use their search– BUT not really. We wrote about Micrsoft’s search engine “Bing” a while back and thought it didn’t offer anything new and we still like using Google.
What Bing does have is aesthetics. The home page is so pleasing to the eyes with it’s high quality photos and breathtaking images that you just want to stay there. It is attention grabbing and that’s probably among their best strengths. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for search giant Google to catch on… Introducing, just went live a few days ago– Google’s new homepage with images and the ability to ‘personalize’ it with your own photo!
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery they say. Indeed, in this case.
Picnik is the leading online photo editing site serving thousands and thousands of users daily. It boasts of user friendly one click tools that guarantees users complete satisfaction with its photo perfect results! It fixes photos in just one click, uses advanced controls to fine-tune your results, crops, resizes, and rotates in real-time, tons of special effects, from artsy to fun and fast, all within your browser!
Imagine what Google (with its gazillion funding!) is going to do with this website and how they will integrate it to their other services such as Picasa… We are excited to know! Read more
“The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon or Moon orbit. Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin deploys a foil sheet for collecting solar particles near the Eagle lunar lander in July 1969. July 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. Today Aldrin advocates a return to space targeted at Mars and other long-distance exploration missions.
Microsoft deployed Bing, a new search decision experience, worldwide at http://www.Bing.com. Bing takes a new approach to helping customers use search to make better decisions, focusing initially on four key user tasks and related areas: making a purchase, planning a trip, researching a health condition or finding a local business.
If anyone had noticed, we’ve been quiet lately. So quiet that we have left this website vulnerable to malicious hackers and spammers. You know their kind. They prey on unsuspecting blog sites and would grab even a tiny window of opportunity to mess with your blog or website especially when they see no updates have been made for some time.
We have to admit we have left this site unattended as though inviting the very lowlifers who destroy the world wide web. Yes, we’ve been hacked albeit very shortly and easily recovered.
We’re sharing now,
3 Things You Must Do Before Leaving a WordPress Blog or Website Unattended:
1. Make sure you have the latest version of the software you are using, in our case WordPress currently 2.7.1.
No website is TOO SMALL for attacks! We should know that when we had upgraded all of our WordPress blogs but this site from version 2.7 to 2.7.1. The release of the latest update was on February 10, 2009. In March 9 we found this website hacked.
Fortunately, the good hacker wasn’t very good at hacking. That or we were lucky the hacker was subtle and only gave us a wake up call that our website is outdated and we need to fix it. The hacker only managed to hack the WP-config file and disrupted the website’s original design and theme and instead show this message: “There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.” (see image above)
The weird part was that everything was accessible from the backend. We can log in to our Cpanel and the dashboard fine. All our posts, comments, themes, files are there. We can edit, add and do anything but when we view any page, our site is just gone and replaced with the message.
At this point we have beads of sweat forming on our foreheads with the realization that we have been hacked! How can that be? We’re only small time bloggers. Apparently it doesn’t matter to them. Websites are their playground and they would play with any sites. Naturally they would target unattended ones. Read more
On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally `in’ the painting.
– Jackson Pollock, 1947
Famous influential American painter, Paul Jackson Pollock whose birthday would have been today, January 28th made it into Google’s homepage as Google pays tribute to his major contribution to the abstract expressionist movement .
What sets him apart from other painters was in later years he decided not to name his paintings anymore. Instead gave them all numbers. This makes sense because oftentimes people would view a painting based on its title and would draw emotions from there. With numbers, it is free to interpretations from anyone who views it. Pollack said of this: “…look passively and try to receive what the painting has to offer and not bring a subject matter or preconceived idea of what they are to be looking for.” Her painter wife, Lee Krasner: also mentioned “Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a picture for what it is – pure painting.”
Born in 1912, he died at a young age of 44yo in an alcohol-related, single car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible, less than a mile from his home in Springs, New York on August 11, 1956.