Yes Google I do have a content farm but...
Written by weebit
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 18:45
For months now I did notice the influx of content on the web called "content farms". Many of the websites grabbed content from originating websites without giving credit, or even a link to the originating websites. I did not like that. I don't condone it. If you are getting content from another website at least have the common decency to link to the originating website. Give them credit!
When I created GYGO I wanted to change all of that. I did not want to be like the rest. I was out to prove I could create a website that would help websites, and reward them. I wanted the best of them to shine. The best way to do this was to make sure that the originating website got credit for their work, and to set in place a award system so I could give out awards to those that deserve it.
I created GYGO on the notion that many tutorial websites just don't get the credit they deserve. Many tutorials are number one in search engines, but their tutorials are not that good. The best ones are buried deep in the search engines.
The public needs a good place to fine the cream of the crop tutorials online because there are just so many of these tutorial websites now, you just have a hard time sorting through them all.
Google I understand your pain in wanting to be able to show good content in your searches. But not everyone online should be labeled as just a content farm. My website GYGO is far better than this. It is what should of been created long ago for people online. It is a good example of what content grabbers should be doing instead of just grabbing content.
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Written by weebit
Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:49
Occasionally you come across something that is just phenomenal. Plus
also needed, because the world does not all think in the same way when
it comes to making websites. Plus it was the right thing to do.
Granted, it wont create mind blowing accessibility for everyone on the
Internet. But it's a start in the right direction. The name of this
phenomenal is "stylebot". It's creator is Ankit Ahuja. Ankit Ahuja
was mentored by Rachel Shearer in this years Google Summer of Code
project for Chromium. Ankit Ahuja created a new extension for Chrome
that enables users to easily customize a websites appearance. For many
users this will benefit them when viewing websites that pages are less
than perfect if you are sight impaired. For others you will still have
to use jaws, or one of the many other text to speech software on the
market because this tool is not perfect for everyone. It's not
perfect because it's creator forgot that stylebot may too be a issue to
view, to be able to change out colors, and text sizes on pages.
are sight impaired pages are a problem, but so are the many tools/apps
you use. On behalf of stylebot's creator, I am hoping this is just a
oversight. (No pun intended.) Not knowing what is involved in such a
undertaking... perhaps he may consider down the road this needed new
feature? Being able to change the text color, background, and size of
stylebot would be a great addition to this nice tool. The blue, and
gray text looks nice, but does nothing for the tool if you are having
problems seeing it. Other than this one flaw, this tool is worthy of a
look at, and a keeper for those that don't have this issue.
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Setting a Good Example Online
Written by weebit
Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:19
Years ago when I first came on line.
You heard more about computer users being yelled at, trolled,
ignored, cussed out, and very much abused on forum and group boards
for not asking a question in the right manner. I have notice
that trend on many boards, and groups has been changing. There
is not as much so called "old school" as there use to be.
In the beginning of the year of 2000. You learned which
boards you had to post to a certain way, and you did not dare stray
from their way of posting. Or else, they would cut you up, and
have you for dinner. Then throw your left overs out for the
rest of the pack to have a go at it. They were a ruthless bunch.
Called "old school". It was OK to ask a question.
"But I am watching you. You better post it right or
else!" For some. It was like a game, or time of
passage. As soon as someone posted wrong. Out came old
school to tear them a new hole. Some forums, boards, and
groups were ruthless. Many people did not dare post to these
type boards. They chose instead just to read the post, and move
on to the next board.
Then in 2001, a change started to
take hold. Overnight new boards, forums, and groups emerged.
With a new set of rules. As long as you did a search first, and
put as much info in as possible in your post when you asked a
question, or that you knew, they would help you. Yes a
few were still ruthless. But many on these new boards started
to tell old school to back off. They realized old school was
running off potential customers. So some complained, and after
much consideration, they changed. I decided my group at Yahoo,
was going to be one of these new boards. We were one of the
first that did not care about how a question was asked. I did
not want any one yelled at, or abused in that matter. Granted
it was hard at times. Because I had old school and new school
on my group. But we prevailed. We won the hearts over.
We Showed everyone by setting a good example.
did not stop there either. The next example we set for our
users to follow was the fact that on our group the user was expected
to keep their computer secure as much as they could. For many,
they were not even doing this. They may have a firewall, but
many had no anti-virus software. Some had neither. We set
up guidelines for the users to follow, thus a rule was born, and they
pretty much followed our lead to keep their computer secure at all
times. Yes we have had a few failures. But for the most
part our computer users tackled computer security with as much robust
that they could muster. We were also the first to do this, as
far as I know were were. When many of the computer groups on
Yahoo were spreading viruses, our group was humming along as though
it was just another day. Yes a few managed to pick up a virus
or a worm here or there. But what ever was hitting Yahoo Groups
at the time did not grind our group to a halt. It never has.
We follow these same rules today. Have no need to
change them. Honestly I don't see how a computer group
can function without setting up some basic security guidelines for
the members to follow. If everyone did this, I believe
the Internet would be a better place. Tell them they have to do
their part to help keep the Internet secure, by keeping their
computer secure. Make it a rule. After all... The
Internet has both businesses, and consumers on it together. From all
walks of life. Not just consumers. Not just businesses.
The time has come too demand secure computers. Would you please
make this a common rule on your group, forum, or board? Please set a
When computer security isn't secure
Written by weebit
Sunday, 08 August 2010 18:09
I always get the same question when it comes to security. "How do I
secure my computer to keep it from getting infected all the time?"
Your security may not be failing. It could be the person handling the
keyboard and mouse. Some see the warnings, and just ignore them.
Others see the warnings, don't understand them, and install/view
anyway. Plus some others see the warnings, and could care less about
them, because it is not their computer. Many people are also
overwhelmed because they have several computers in the home scattered
from one end of the home to the other. So it makes it hard for them to
keep track of how the computer is doing if they can't keep track of the
location. Mainly this would be laptops/notebooks. In other homes it
is the number of people using just one laptop/notebook or desktop, and
keeping track of them to make sure they are not defeating the security
settings/software. Oh and we must not forget the computers that are
never updated through windows update, never scanned, and the security
software is never updated. I guess they like the pretty icons sitting
in their task bar or something? Or maybe the lack of the icons sitting
in the task bar? Because a few have even disabled their security software.
Years ago a lady contacted me by email saying that her neighbors boy
came over about once a week, and always when he left her computer was
infected. She asked me "what is a person to do?" I said, "Plain and
simple, he doesn't use your computer anymore." She emailed me back
stating... "I don't want to be rude." I emailed her back and asked,
"And he is not being rude to you?" I got a thank you back from her a
month later. She said it was the first month she had gone through
without her computer being infected in the last eight months. In the
eight months this lady was not rude. She did more cleaning of her
computer, than she did actually using it. She was more worried about
being rude, than trying to protect her investment. She had a great
security setup, but the neighbors boy ignored her security even after
she explained to him her rules. What was she thinking?
Another email I got was from a guy. He said his son was the problem
every security he put in place this kid broke. He even caught the boy
on the computer at like 2:30am in the morning. He wanted to stop him.
When I found out it was a laptop. I could not help but to laugh to
myself. I emailed him back and told him to put the computer in his
bedroom, under the bed, or in the closet so his son would not have
access to it. Then ground the boy from using the computer for a
while. Clean the computer if it needs cleaned, update everything make
sure the security software is always running, and if he brakes the
rules about the security settings again then take the computer from
him, and tell him he is not using it if he can't follow the rules. The
older the child, the longer the no access to computer. A few days later I got a email back thanking me. He said it just
didn't dawn on him to parent the child. The boy was sixteen, and he
just did not think to do this.
Another household both parents emailed me to inform me that they had a
problem just keeping track, and keeping the computers clean. I can't
imagine what this household was like. All I can tell you is their
house was a revolving door. Teens from everywhere. Mainly because
their four children were in sports. So they had all of their desktops
in a central location. But anyone could use them. All of the
computers had XP and Vista. They asked for suggestions. My
suggestions were for all of the computers to have passwords on the teen
accounts, and parents accounts. The guest account would be locked
down. They could not download anything etc. They would have the most
limits on this account on each of the computers. No one (their teens
or themselves) could give out the passwords to their own accounts to anyone. The
only password that was given out was to the limited account. Just in
case someone was able to guess or find out their account passwords, it
would be a good idea to change the passwords every 60 days on the teen
accounts and every 30 days on the parents accounts. Someone from the
home would be at or around the desktops when in use by someone outside
the home. All accounts used a different desktop background too. You
just about have to have this rule when there are so many using the
computer. if need be, change the passwords more often. It puts a
strain on the household. But it is necessary. This is just in case
one of the visitors knows how to go around your security. So if that
account's security does end up being breached, you can check the time
and date of the breech, and have a general idea of who did it. It's not
fool proof. But most don't know how to change all of, or how to breech the
settings on the computer. So naturally you can find out. As for the
different desktop backgrounds for each account... This is done so you
will know which account they are logged into. You need only to glance
at the screen to know. This family took this one step further though.
They put a picture on the guest account that was only available to the
guest account, and not to the others. They were able to give privacy
to the guest, and be assured they were logged into the right account.
This same account used a certain theme as well. They could see from
across the room, or at the door which account they were logged into.
They had emailed me later on and said they only had trouble with one
guest because of this set up. They did not tell me what the problem
was. They just said they had to stop this one guest from using their
computers. Other than that. It has worked for them having this
setup. Their computers are more secure than they ever have been. But
it also put a strain on the family. Because they only used their
account, and no one else's... They had to become more aware of what
they themselves were doing on their account. There was restrictions as
to what they could download, because of size of the download, and where
the download was located on line. They followed my rules for
downloading WOT and siteadvisor as well. This made them more aware of
the potential danger on line. A lot of it they did not realize was on
the websites they visited. But they were thankful for the setup
because it has saved them several times. They were already avid users
of security software like firewalls, and anti-virus programs. But they
changed out their anti-virus software because it was not doing a good
job. They were now happy.
Which brings me to another example of another user that emailed me
stating that her anti-virus software was just not catching the bad
stuff. Her computer was infected at least once every month or two
months. It is not important to tell you the name of the anti-virus
software she was using, but just to inform you that you are not stuck
with a anti-virus software if it is not working, then change to
something else. Many things can cause this. It could be the what you
have installed on your computer. What browser you use. What firewall
you use. Or the lack of steady updates from the anti-virus software
vendor. What ever the case you are not stuck to always use that
anti-virus software. Change to something else. You can choose free,
or pay. But be sure that you give the software a free run before you
buy first. That includes firewalls. If your computer slows down,
crashes, or is not able to catch the bad stuff then move on to another
security software. Keep in mind also that certain security software
does not play nice with other security software on certain Operating
Systems all the time. Sometimes security software will have glitches,
that will just about ruin a computers performance, or ruin the security
on your computer. So if you have a new security software keep a eye
out for glitches, rather if they are small or large. There very well
could be something going on in the back ground that you are not aware
of. Your computer should run better, or the same, not worse after
installing security software. Run a test to see how the software is
performing too. Firewall test: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
and anti-virus test: http://www.virusportal.com/com/downloads/down_run.shtml
This lady thought she had to use the software that was installed on her
computer when she bought it. This simply is not true. The choice is
yours, not the security vendor, nor the vendor you purchased your
computer from. The choice is always yours to change to a different
vendor for ALL of your software that you need, or want.
Solving their problems was easy, some of them had a hard time accepting the truth. Others, well let's just say they had a duh moment.