GOOGLE 411 is NO MORE!

If you never used Google’s FREE 411 service you really do not know what you missed. You missed a lot.

It must be said, traveling with my GPS Garmin Nuvi on the dashboard is a huge advantage while navigating the roads and highways of North America. The Garmin can find me Walmarts or gas stations when needed, and many more places of interest etc.

However, the Garmin DOES NOT give me any information about the place I want to go and visit. For instance, while driving up HWY 400 on a recent canoe trip, we needed to find out if the Canadian Tire store in Parry Sound  had a gas bar. Thus, Google 411 free service.

Dialing up Google 411 not only got me the phone number of the store but connected me directly to a human who informed they did have a gas bar, and that there were two stores so I told to take the first exit not the second one that shows with any GPS.

Bingo…We had success, thanks to Google 411 free information service from my cell phone.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now for the rest of the story.” Plain and simple, Google is opting out of the 411 program. For the complete details check this site out:

Google Shuttering GOOG-411

Directory Service Nov. 12

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Mac & Chrome Users BEWARE

I have been a Chrome web browser user since day one of it’s inception. Now I have to go back to Firefox browser.

THE REASON WHY: Chrome supports less and less than other browsers, including its OWN GOOGLE GEARS.

THAT IS CORRECT…
GOOGLE DOES NOT SUPPORT ITS’ OWN SOFTWARE
ON ITS’ OWN BROWSER:
CHROME.

Gears, Docs, Chrome: a nonfunctional combination.

Why?

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT

gmail STOP DON’T SEND just yet!

We have all pushed the SEND button in our email client program and immediately yelled: “NO, STOP”. But of course the email just kept on processing out to that person who is going to be really upset now.

We are talking about sending out those emails when you are not at your best. Those emails that can really piss people off and that you immediately wished you could take back.

NOW YOU CAN STOP THOSE NASTY/MEAN/EMBARRASSING EMAILS…At least you can if you are a gmail user. If not, well, sorry about your luck. Maybe this is the time to switch to gmail.

GMAIL USERS go to Settings and click on the tab:

Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click on the drop down arrow to set the delay time at 30 secs or whatever you desire.

Now if you send out that email that you will regret later IT IS YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT lol.

MAKE FIREFOX FASTER – It really works…

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IE Browser

I admit to never being an IE browser fan. In fact, back in the day, I used Netscape. Well that is until Netscape 7 began to slow down and lose the browser war against IE

firefox browser

Firefox Browser

Is history repeating itself now with Firefox. Everyone is currently complaining about how slow Firefox has become.

RESULT: Firefox is now running slow…Just like the old Netscape.

HELP HAS ARRIVED and it REALLY WORKS:
3 steps listed below
to make your Firefox FASTER…

Here’s 3  easy steps for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return (where it says http://). Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now!
(from CNET.com)

Google gets nod from China to keep search page | Reuters

THIS IS AMAZING…A CYBERSPACE COMPANY RULES CHINA ONLINE

Google is bigger than China's Communist Regime

Google gets nod from China to keep search page | Reuters.

“FACE-SAVING COMPROMISE

Last week, Google offered Beijing a face-saving compromise: it stopped automatically rerouting the google.cn page to an uncensored Hong Kong-based search page. Instead, visitors to google.cn have to click once to go to the Hong Kong page.” Reuters

gmail and MS Word

Get better email service

WHAT’S THAT? YOU DO NOT USE gmail? ARE YOU CRAZY???

gmail just keeps on getting better and better and better

AND IT SAVES YOU TONS OF MONEY IN SOFTWARE TOO…

Posted by Marc Miller, Software Engineer @ Google
If you receive Microsoft® Word files as attachments in Gmail, you can now view them with a single click — no need to download, save, and open files with a desktop application when you just want read them. The Google Docs viewer that allows you to view .pdf, .ppt, and .tiff files in your browser now supports .doc and .docx formats too.

Just click the “View” link at the bottom of a Gmail message and the viewer  will take it from there. If you decide you want to edit the file, clicking “Edit online” will open it in Google Docs, or you can download it to your desktop from there.

Bing vs Google – a New Engine In Town

Google Stand Aside – There’s A New Engine In Town

“Bing” – The Decision Engine by Microsoft – www.bing.com

by Gregory West
(as published in the July 2009 issue of First Monday magazine and SCUG Report)

Given Google’s supremacy, who would ever have thought that there would be any competition in the Internet search business? Most of us would bet the farm that would never happen. But wait, hold your bets, because there is a new engine in online who is giving Google employees a major headache. Welcome the brand new search engine owned by Microsoft named: “bing”.

So what makes bing a competitor that can stand up against Google? The answer is quite simple:

* “Searchers can choose the best scope for their search query
* Bing can provide best match and useful links and information
* Quick Preview of any website
* Bing can provide Instant Answers
* Bing will Auto-Suggest the search queries” (toputop.com).

Soon, many of us will do our searching using bing for everything from travel, to shopping, and targeted researches. The main reason to switch to bing is you retrieve accurate and related websites in your search, rather the clutter that Google is now producing in their first five or ten listings. Google is gathering too many junk results for search requests. In that regard, I believe, as many others do, bing will put a serious dent into Google’s dominance in the world of search.

Is Google scared?

You bet. The New York Post says. “You’d think nothing would get under the skin of search giant Google. But co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft’s rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service”.

Great praise for this new search engine is pouring in as INFORMATIONWEEK reports, “Bing includes features that allow users to book travel and engage in other e-commerce transactions with just a few clicks.”

To get a real taste of bing watch this VIDEO. It demonstrates the accurate search results that are more targeted results as Google squirms: http://tinyurl.com/mrsjum
One must admit, “bing” is kind of a wimpy name, but hey, what about the name Google?

“Back in the day”, or so they say, I remember when nobody used Google because it was a strange name. There was another strange named search engine along when Google started up named: “Dog Pile”. Dog pile never made the big time as Google certainly did and it never became a household phrase like “Google it”. However, “Dogpile search engine earned the 2006 and 2007 J.D. Power and Associates award for best Residential Online Search Engine Service”, according to Wikipedia.com.

This new engine in town is a “must” to test drive.
See for yourself: http://www.bing.com

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Gregory West is a software reviewer, basic home computer consultant and author. Gregory provides free basic Computer – Internet seminars at Central United Church. Gregory can be reached at gregorywest@bell.net
Check out his blog for free Computer & Internet Tips:
http://tips4computers.wordpress.com