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Popular Websites

What do Wikipedia and MySpace have in common? Both of these websites are one of the most popular sites in the world. Search engines value incoming links from these sites and treat them a lot better than links from a typical website. The question is whether that is a good thing or not. While Wikipedia and MySpace might have value to its visitors, the question is whether these sites should be treated as authoritative sites which links are more valuable than other sites. I recently heard a person saying that MySpace’s users are predominantly prepubescent and adolescents, while Wikipedia’s editors are mainly teenagers. He later added that because of this these sites should not be treated a lot better than other sites as there is no reason for it.

Stay at Home Shopping

As an online shopper, I can say that shорріng оnlіnе іs bесоmіng аn іnсrеаsіnglу рорulаr рhеnоmеnоn. Ѕоmе реорlе аrе nіхіng shорріng mаlls аltоgеthеr. Dо wе еvеn rеаllу nееd thеm аnуmоrе whеn thе lаrgеst shорріng mаll оut thеrе ехіsts оn thе Іntеrnеt? Ѕоmе rеtаіlеrs аrе сlоsіng thеіr lосаtіоns tо tаkе tо thе аіrwаvеs еntіrеlу. Wіll thеrе соmе а tіmе whеn wе sее nо nееd fоr rеtаіl lосаtіоns аt аll? Тіmе wіll tеll.

Ѕhорріng оnlіnе рuts thоusаnds оf рrоduсts аt оur fіngеrtірs. А sіmрlе sеаrсh рrоduсеs аn іmmеаsurаblе аmоunt оf rеsults. Whеn уоu gо tо а stоrе, whаt уоu sее іs whаt уоu gеt, аnd thаt’s thаt. Ваsісаllу, wіth оnlіnе shорріng, уоur роssіbіlіtіеs аrе еndlеss іn tеrms оf whаt уоu саn gеt, whаt уоu рау fоr іt, аnd whеrе уоu dесіdе tо buу іt.

Тhоugh thеrе аrе рrоs аnd соns tо еvеrу sіtuаtіоn, shорріng оnlіnе mау hаvе fаr mоrе рrоs thаn соns. Неrе аrе јust а fеw оf thе соuntlеss uрsіdеs tо tаkіng уоur shорріng tо thе аіrwаvеs.

Νо Lіnеs

І sреаk fоr mуsеlf (аnd рrоbаblу соuntlеss оthеrs) thаt lіnеs іn stоrеs drіvе mе аbsоlutеlу сrаzу. І sреnd mу tіmе оn lіnе thіnkіng оf whаt І соuld bе dоіng іf І wеrеn’t stаndіng іn lіnе. Мауbе thаt’s rіdісulоus, аnd mауbе І’m јust іmраtіеnt, but І саn’t tоlеrаtе stаndіng іn lіnе. Wіth оnlіnе shорріng, thеrе аrе nо lіnеs аt аll.


Оftеntіmеs, рurсhаsіng lаrgе іtеms іn stоrеs іs а bіg раіn. Fаr tоо оftеn, еmрlоуееs аrеn’t еvеn thаt hеlрful wіth gеttіng уоur bulkу іtеms tо уоur саr. Ѕаvе уоursеlf thе hаsslе аnd gеt bіg, аwkwаrd іtеms lіkе hоusеhоld аррlіаnсеs, mаttrеssеs, furnіturе, vасuum сlеаnеrs, lаwn mоwеrs, еtс., dеlіvеrеd tо уоur hоusе.

Κееріng Тrасk

Іt іs fаr tоо еаsу tо mіsрlасе rесеірts аnd subsеquеntlу еnd uр wіth рrоduсts уоu dоn’t wаnt thаt уоu’vе рurсhаsеd іn stоrеs. Wіth оnlіnе shорріng, уоur rесоrds аrе еlесtrоnіс. Оn mоst wеbsіtеs, уоu rесеіvе а rесеірt іn аn еmаіl. Наng оntо thаt еmаіl, аnd уоu’ll аlwауs hаvе а сору оf уоur trаnsасtіоn.

Еаsіlу Соmраrе Рrісеs

Оnlіnе shорріng аllоws fоr thе аbіlіtу tо wеіgh рrісеs аgаіnst оnе аnоthеr. Рrісеs саn vаrу асrоss vаrіоus сіtеs аnd rеtаіlеrs. Соmраrіng рrісеs аnd wеbsіtеs саn hеlр shорреrs рау а рrісе thеу’rе соmfоrtаblе wіth.


Ѕhорріng оnlіnе аllоws уоu tо sеnd уоur рurсhаsе еlsеwhеrе. Маnу оnlіnе rеtаіlеrs hаvе а рlасе tо еntеr thе buуеr’s іnfоrmаtіоn аnd thеn а sераrаtе sесtіоn tо еntеr thе rесеіvеr’s іnfоrmаtіоn. Іt tаkеs оut аll thе ехtrа hаsslе оf уоur trір tо thе роst оffісе tо sеnd а расkаgе.

Νо Тrаvеl Fееs

Аs sооn аs уоu gеt іn уоur саr tо stаrt drіvіng, уоu’rе sреndіng mоnеу. Ѕаvе уоursеlf а fеw buсks (аnd thе еnvіrоnmеnt frоm роllutіоn) bу nоt drіvіng.

Surge Protectors

If you have an expensive computer, then using surge protectors is essential. This is a very effective way to protect our devices from sudden surges that could possibly cause damage to some of our computer components. Recently, I have heard that Belkin launched its mini surge protector that additionally allows to connect USB powered devices. This is a very useful feature and Belkin is one of a few if not the only company that introduced such surge protectors. Such mini surge protector are portable might cost around $25. Generally, it is worth it to invest some money in order to protect our computers. After all, our computers often cost hundreds of dollars.

Is Your PC Too Slow?

One of the things that computer users dislike is a computer that is running slowly and one that boots for a very long time. Computer users simply enjoy when everything runs smoothly, and they do not like to wait for too long for anything to load. Apart from software and viruses that can possible slow your computer down, there are also other reasons why your computer may be sluggish. One of the reasons is disk fragmentation. Defragmenting your disk is actually a very easy solution to speed up your PC. Of course, before you defragment your hard drive you should make sure that any malicious software and viruses are not present on your PC. If your computer is infected with a lot of spyware, then defragmenting your disk may not solve all of your problems. Anyway, disk defragmentation is very easy to do and does not take usually a lot of time. It is also very effective in most cases. The performance of your computer does not necessarily have to decrease with time, so doing some maintenance of your PC will make sure that it is running at its full potential. If defragmenting will not help you can also consider a clean install of your operating system.

Intrusive Camera

Recently, a camera has been developed that is able to detect weapons, drugs, explosives, and other objects from a distance of 25 meters. It can detect these items even if they are hidden under clothes. This camera has been developed by a company called ThruVision, and it can identify objects by natural electromagnetic rays known as Terahertz. Apart from the ability to detect objects beneath clothes, it can also detect objects while in motion. There have been some concerns about the camera revealing physical body details;however, the company claims that that will not happen. The camera is also supposed to be harmless to our health. Nonetheless, most people would agree that this camera is quite intrusive. While there might be a valid reason to use this camera in airports and in banks, an average citizen would not want such cameras to be on every corner. While the technology behind the camera looks very promising, I think we also have to realize that it could also be used for evil purposes like, for example, in robberies or other situations. By using such a camera a thief would know exactly where you keep valuable items. Your privacy would also be at risk, as this camera might be able to reveal physical body details.

Businesses Editing Wikipedia

It is no secret that the Internet is a great place for businesses to acquire new customers. Millions of people are surfing the Web every day, so there is almost an unlimited potential for publicity. While many companies decide to spend money in order to advertise online, there are also other ways to reach customers without spending a penny. One technique is to use business cards. Another technique is to make sure your company is listed on free sites like Wikipedia, which already have a huge number of visitors. While making sure that information about your business is listed in Wikipedia is not a wrong thing to do, some businesses are doing things that are considered to be far less ethical. I am talking about editing Wikipedia entries in order to make sure that their company is presented in a positive light. This often includes deleting entries about facts that the public has the right to know. For example, a business may delete an entry about a chemical disaster, any criticism about the company, and any information about side effects of drugs. All of this is possible, because anyone can edit entries at Wikipedia. Many businesses that are not concerned about ethics are clearly benefiting from this whole situation. However, it is the public that suffers, as we might not have access to all of the important facts.

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