Reverse Spam?

Reverse Spam?

very few days, I receive an email asking me to “exchange links” with another website. Usually, they are emailing me out of nowhere and asking me to put a link from one of my sites to theirs. When I look at their sites, all they have is advertisement (usually Google AdSense), sometimes a little bit of fake content (but not often), and a few pages of links back to the people who link to them.

Google frowns upon this kind of websites, and they usually end up not getting any PageRank at all in the end. PageRank is the measure of how good your website is, based on who links it, and it is the basis of the Google algorithm. In short, the more incoming links you get, the better your site is supposed to be.

Now, I don’t want to spam people, but I would love to have more traffic going to my domain names registration service Z-Names.com. It is a very advanced service, with all the options the geeks need and a very powerful administration panel to control your domains. Meanwhile, it is very simple to use even for people who are not experts in web stuff and just want a domain name for their blog or their small business. It is backed up by eNom.com, one of the largest and most trustworthy registrars in the world, yet the prices are much much lower than at eNom. Actually, prices are similar to GoDaddy.com. And all you need in included in the price of the domain, including email and email redirections (if you want to use Gmail for example).

So, my idea is that instead of spamming people who don’t know me and ask them to put a link on their website, I will ask visitors of this site. That means *you*. It is not about Google, but about real people who refer real people. If you have a blog, or a homepage, or an email signature, or a Flickr account, or anything where you can link from, and you want to help me spread the word about Z-Names, you just have to put the line of HTML below and let people know. What is in it for you? Not much, but you will make the people who buy a domain name at Z-Names thanks to you happy. And all it takes is a link from your website.

Here is the link to insert:

<a href="http://www.z-names.com/">Cheap domain names</a>

If you add the link to your blog, please let me know in the comment, and make sure to post the link of your page too.

Thank you.

(N.B.: I am pretty sure there won’t be any comment EVER to this post, but if I don’t ask, I will never know…) :)

Google Apps Gmail + Google Toolbar

Google Apps Gmail + Google Toolbar

I have been using Gmail for years, straight from when it started, and I was redirecting my domains names to my main Gmail account. Then a few days ago, I decided to make the switch and start using Google Apps so that I would have all the services attached to my own domain. But the the default Gmail button on the Google toolbar for Firefox always go to gmail.com rather than my domain. Also, it opens to http:// rather than https://.

So finally I found online how to fix this:

Open the Options of the (latest version of the) Google Toolbar, go to buttons, select the Gmail button, click edit, then click the “use the advanced editor” link. It opens a page with the code associated with this button and you can change all the “http://mail.google.com/mail/” into “https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/”, save and close. This also changes which mail archive it will search into when you look for an email directly from the toolbar.

I didn’t find how to make my own domain open a blank email message when I click a “mailto:” link on a website yet. So far, it is always trying to open Gmail for my main Google account. If anyone knows how to fix this, please comment below. Thanks.

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind power is 2006’s cutting edge of alternative energy compared to the cutting edge technology of 2006, solar power. There are at least a dozen U.S.-based companies that have a smaller version of the industrial sized wind turbines for the private sector that can be easily placed in anyone’s backyard.

This type of news is great for such owners as Andy Kruse founder of Southwest Windpower based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Andy Kruse teamed up with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Lab after raising $10 Million in financing to create a sleek 33-foot turbine that has a blade span of six feet that is designed to work in wind speeds as low as nine miles per hour. The Skystream 3.7 can provide up to 80 percent of a household’s electricity.

During the first couple of months of production there were 150 of the Skystream’s shipped at the whopping price tag of $13,000 each. While turning down numerous investors, Mr. Kruse is projecting $24 million in revenues for 2007. The revenues estimated for 2007 are based on the fact that worldwide people are taking heed to the uses of Windpower as a source of energy for home use.

Andy Kruse’s major target for marketing the Skystream is to those who live on large plots of land. This targeted group basically consists of 13 million Americans who are wealthy consumers who live on a half acre or more of the land.

The targeted market for Southwest Windpower could change dramatically if the newly elected Congress passes a bipartisan bill providing tax credits up to 30 percent of the cost of the wind user’s turbine. There are already states that offer such credits to users of wind turbines. Those consumers will also have the opportunity to sell any excess power to utility companies such as Xcel Energy.

Where Tax Credits or Rebates are Being Offered

The following states in the U.S. are already offering such credits or rebates: Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

The following countries allow consumers to collect credit or cash from their governments for excess kilowatts are: Germany, Spain, and Canada.

Peter Edwards, a partner at the Altira Group and investor at Southwest Windpower, sees more opportunities for makers, dealers, and installers of efficient batteries. These types of batteries are capable of storing excess wind energy for at least two days.

With more and more opportunities for wind turbines opening up across the U.S. and around the world, the ability for the average Joe to purchase their own wind turbines may not be that far out of reach.

Apple’s New Product: The IPhone

Apple’s New Product: The IPhone

What do you get when you combine a cell phone, an iPod video, a palm pilot, and a computer? Apple’s new product, the iPhone.
Instead of starting with a cell phone and adding from there, Apple started with an iPod video and worked from there.

The iPhone is about the size of an iPod video and has a touch screen like that of a Palm-Pilot. The touchscreen is 3.5 inches. It also has a lock like the iPods do to keep you from accidentally activating something that you don’t want to activate-like calling someone.

Just like the iPods, the iPhone is used with iTunes.

You can use the iPhone to listen to music or audio books and watch movies, TV shows, or music videos. A cool new feature on the iPhone is that you can flip through album covers, pictures, and movie covers just like you would if you were flipping through the music selection of a juke box. The touchscreen allows you to do this with a flick of a finger.

The touchscreen is also very useful for calling people. You can just touch a name or a number that is stored in your contacts, favorites or call log. Or you can dial just like on a regular cell phone by bringing up a keypad.

When you have your iPhone hooked up to your computer, it will add addresses and contacts that are stored in your computer to your iPhone. This is done the same way as adding pictures, movies, music, TV shows, etc. to your iPod.

The iPhone has a cool ability which has only been played with in cell phones before this: Internet capability. Previous Internet capability on cell phones was limited to checking your email, ring tone downloads, and cell phone versions of web pages-which are usually limited to text.

The iPhone’s capability is comparative to a laptop computer, it’s just got a smaller memory. It also has full HTML capacity.

You can check your email, search the Internet for any web page that you want to see,type reply to your email,etc. You can see the whole web page or zoom in a particular area to make the letters and pictures actually big enough to see and read!

The iPhone has a full QWERTY keyboard(like the one on most computers) which fixes mistakes when you are typing. The keyboard is brought up on the touchscreen and is easier to use than keyboards on a regular smart phone like the Blackberry.

You can hook up to the Internet with any WiFi connection.

I would get one of these if I didn’t already have a cell phone that I was happy with and an iPod. But as soon as the cell breaks, I’m getting an iPhone.

Thanks to the Apple website for technical details.

JESSICA ALBA IN BIKINI

JESSICA ALBA IN BIKINI

Jessica Alba was in Japan recently, promoting her latest movie “Fantastic Four”. I guess we just missed each other. I wonder if she noticed. Anyway, dear Jessica Alba, if you are coming back in Tokyo one day as soon as possible, please email me this time: I’d like to buy you a cup of coffee (and tell you that you’re the most incredibly looking woman there is). Even if you’re not in bikini, that would be fine too.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT COKE COMMERCIAL

WORLD OF WARCRAFT COKE COMMERCIAL

If you like World of Warcraft and cute asian girls, and cheesy commercials, you will love this World of Warcraft Coke commercial from China.

World of Warcraft recently launched with amazing fanfare and success in China. Partnering with Blizzard to usher in this blockbuster launch was iCoke, Coca-Cola’s name-brand presence in China. In the weeks leading up to and after the launch, iCoke led the way in promoting World of Warcraft, celebrating the game in real-life replicas of Stormwind Castle and Thunder Bluff, creating a joint World of Warcraft and Coca-Cola televised commercial featuring Chinese pop sensation SHE, and unveiling an iCoke-branded World of Warcraft site. The site is in Chinese, but even if you can’t read it, it’s well worth checking out.