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Posted by kashaan143 on October 16, 2008

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XP Mouse Filter Fix

Posted by kashaan143 on October 16, 2008

XP Mouse Filter FixThis is the WinXP mouse accel tweak. It restores the feel of the mouse back to Win2K style. Very helpful for gamers and those sensitive to mouse movements.
Navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
Then, under SmoothMouseXCurve, change to this:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,a0,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,40,\
01,00,00,00,00,00,00,80,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,05,00,00,
00,00,00
Next, under SmoothMouseYCurve, change to this:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,66,a6,02,00,00,00,00,00,cd,4c,\
05,00,00,00,00,00,a0,99,0a,00,00,00,00,00,38,33,15,00,00,
00,00,00

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3 Deadly Search Engine Marketing Sins

Posted by kashaan143 on October 15, 2008

My inbox this week provided glaring examples of three all too common rookie search engine marketing mistakes. What you could call three deadly search engine marketing sins. Starting with
===> Inadequate Keyword Research
Hey! If you’re going to spend hours developing a web site, isn’t it smart to invest some time to insure you’re focusing on the most traffic laden keywords?
Especially when typically the plural form of a keyword phrase generates way more traffic than the singular form. For example “dog dishes” rather than “dog dish”.
Yet just this week I was asked to look at a site that had focused on the singular form. Evidently the owner hadn’t bothered to do any digging to make sure that was their best keyword move.
Look, you’ll never know for sure unless you research it. Besides, you can access Wordtracker, the tool of choice for what? a measly $7 a day.
Even better here’s a quick and dirty way to get the most out of that day.
Search for your target keyword in Google.
Visit the top ranking sites. Use the “View Source” feature of Internet Explorer to check out the keyword meta tag of each site. You’re looking for a site listing lots of keywords there. Do this with each of the top listings or until you find one stuffed to the gills with keywords. Ah-ha! There’s your starting point for your list of likely keyword phrases.
Repeat with a couple of other sites and you’ll soon have a long list of candidates to check out in Wordtracker.
Enhance your list further using this tool:
http://www.promoteindia.com/keywordtool-beta.htm.
It will give you more keyword ideas from Google and Overture.
Now you’re ready for Wordtracker.
Once you’ve compiled your Wordtracker results, you could simply sort by KEI and then by searches per day.
That gives you the strongest keywords with the most searches. (And yes, I realize KEI assumes all search engine listings are of equal value. But I did say this was “quick and dirty” didn’t I? However if you want another approach that improves on KEI there’s a spreadsheet available at http://www.seo-works.com/seo-resources/keyword-effectiveness-rank.html)
Anyway, once you’re sorted your keywords in some way to highlight the most profitable, simply take the top 25 on the list and create content for those first. No, not every one will be a natural born traffic magnet. But enough of them will be to get the ball rolling.
Repeat with the next 25. Don’t stop until you have at least 100 pages of hot content.
Remember, two or three word keyword phrases are usually your best bets. And I really like keyword phrases that are actually several keyword phrases in one. For example “irish setter dog dishes” gives “irish setter”, “irish setter dog”, “dog”, “dog dishes”, “setter dog dishes”.
===> Site Bloat
Twice this week I was asked to look at sites that would have let me read War and Peace while waiting for them to come up. And no visitor is going to have a copy of that handy.
To avoid losing any precious visitors lose the huge graphics. One of the sites had a graphic 501K in size! No wonder it took nearly two minutes to load up on a 56K modem.
Then too lose the Flash – unless you have a very good reason for using it. Even then lose the Flash.
If you’re wondering how your site’s download time measures up test it here: http://www.netmechanic.com/toolbox/html-code.htm
It won’t cost anything to find out. But a slow loading site can cost you plenty. Because as the Net Mechanics follow up reports says, it’s a good idea to keep your page load times under about 12 seconds on a 28.8 modem. Otherwise your visitors will be wearing out the back button trying to escape.
===> Too Few Links
Did you know links can account for up to 80% of your success with Google? Yet someone else complained to me about how much work it took to get them.
Well doh! Ever think that maybe that’s why (in part) Google assigns so much value to links? Because you can’t quite as easily game links as you can on page content? Meaning you actually have to work to get links. Both by having link worthy content and by actively seeking them out on a regular basis.
It’s a given that most niches require you have a healthy collection of links to be competitive. Yet if you’re lucky enough to be in a niche that doesn’t, but you do, then you can easily dominate those rankings.
Anyway in a nutshell you can easily avoid these three search engine sins. Do your keyword homework. Keep your pages on a strict diet. And don’t forget link up with as many other quality sites as you can.
Do all that and you’re well on your way to search engine success. Ignore this advice and you’re, well you know, your Google goose is probably cooked. Leaving you perpetually stuck in Google purgatory.

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Packing List

Posted by kashaan143 on October 11, 2008

Paperwork and Documentation
Personal Identification    Airline, Cruise and/or Train                                            Tickets
Driver’s License             Coupons
Travel Itinerary             Travel Vouchers
Reservation and Confirmation numbers for
Relevant Membership Cards
Air Travel                     Address Book
Rental Car                    Guide Book
Lodging                        Maps
Train
Copies of your prescriptions and generic names
Insurance Cards/Information (Auto, Health, Travel)

Money
Cash (some in your local and destination’s currency)
ATM Cards
Traveler’s Checks          Long Distance Card
Credit Cards
PIN numbers for credit, phone and ATM cards. (Safely      packed in your memory)

Toiletries
Soap                          Razor
Facial Cleansers           Shaving Cream
Moisturizing Lotion        Comb/Brush
Shampoo                    Nail Clippers
Conditioner                 Nail File
Deodorant                  Q-Tips
Toothpaste                 Sunscreen
Toothbrush                 Baby Powder
Dental Floss                Cologne/Perfume
Bridge Cleaners            Towel/Washcloth
Lip Balm

Clothing
Try to coordinate around a central color so you can mix and match items and consider taking items you can use to layer outfits instead of taking heavy limited use items.
Undergarments            Shirts/Blouses
Socks                        Sweaters/Sweatshirts
Hose                         Suit/Dress
Pants/Jeans               Ties
Skirts                        Scarves
Belts                         Handkerchief

Nightgear
Pajamas Slippers
Robe      Sleeping Mask

Shoes
Walking Shoes   Arch Supports
Sport Shoes      Odor Eaters
Dress Shoes

Swimming
Swimsuit   Eye Goggles
Swim rap   Swim shoes
Swimcap

Raingear
Raincoat/Poncho Rubbers for your shoes
Umbrella

Miscellaneous
Medications       Jewelry
First Aid Kit       Cuff Links
Contraceptives  Wristwatch
Sunglasses        Binoculars
Glasses (Bring an extra old pair if possible)
Swiss Army Knife (in checked bag only)
Contact Lenses with case and cleaning kit. (Extra lenses if                                                                          possible)
Clothes Pins-To keep Hotel curtains completely shut.
Transit Entertainment (reading material etc.)

Maintenance
Laundry Detergent Travel Iron/Steamer
Inflatable Hangers Sewing Kit
Lint Brush

Electrical
Hotel Door Alarm              Laptop
Travel Alarm Clock            Video recorder
Power Coverters/Adapters Camera
Walkman Radio
Batteries for all the above items
Flashlight
Recharging equipment for Cell Phone and Laptop
Hair Dryer
Film for camera and video recorder.
Curling Iron                    Lenses
Travel Iron
Film Travel Packaging (Lead Pouch)
Cell Phone

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Automatically Adjusting Right-Panel Column Widths

Posted by kashaan143 on October 11, 2008

The column widths in the right hand panel of the Explorer might not be the correct sizes to display all the file information.
To automatically adjust all the columns at once to show all the information,

Click somewhere on the right-hand panel
Simply press the Ctrl-+ key.
The Name, Size, Type and Modified columns will automatically adjust themselves to display all their information.
Note: The + is the one on the numeric keyboard

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