Monday, April 30, 2007

10 dumbest resume blunders

Here's 10 resume blunders that people actually submitted to hiring managers. It's hilarious. 1. ... attached a letter from her mother. 2. ... used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border. 3. ... explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat...

#4 is a classic

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Google Voice Local Search

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Convert Long URLs to Short URLs with tinyurl

Reduce a long URL into a fairly short one. Here's an example below using Google's lengthy WebMaster's Tools URL.

Go to http://tinyurl.com




Here's the result of creating the shorter URL.

The long URL has a length of 189 characters and resulted in the following TinyURL which has a length of 25 characters:

http://tinyurl.com/yt5ek7

Benefits:
-Redirection to any page in your site
-Hide your affiliate URLs

Cons:
Spamming (don't be a spammer)
No PR or Technorati benefits

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mind Teasers Rehashed

Here are some mind teasers I posted back in Nov '06. Almost daily, I noticed that some of my Google and MSN traffic was referencing mind teasers. Unfortunately, only the horse picture was showing up.

My favorite one is the "11 faces." Did you find them all?

Find the hidden image
Interesting layout
Jail house rock
Intriguing "Waterfall"
Check out the "circle"
Focus on the dot! What happen to it?
Find the faces
What do you see here? Do you see the word "LIFT?"
A face? ...Or, the word "liar?"
Who is the tallest?
Do you see 5 people?
Where does the middle column end?
How many horses in this picture? Should find 7
Cool art that will mess with your head.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Military Retirement Bonus

If this "find" doesn't make you laugh, you are truly humor impaired!

The Navy found they had too many officers and non-commissioned officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer who volunteered for retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points in his body. The officer got to choose what those two points would be.

The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of $72,000.

The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with $96,000.

The third one was a non-commissioned officer, a grizzly old Chief who, when asked where he would like to be measured replied, "From the tip of my penis to my testicles." It was suggested by the pension man that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two officers had received. But the old Chief insisted and they decided to go along with him providing the measurement was taken by a medical officer.

The medical officer arrived and instructed the Chief to "drop 'em," which he did. The medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip of the Chief's penis and began to work back.

Dear Lord!" he suddenly exclaimed, "Where are your testicles?"

The old Chief calmly replied, "Vietnam."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Six Day Clay Artwork

IMHO, I think these are some really cool paintings/drawings. This guy painted them while he was in high school a few years back. Here's a partial listing of his portfolio.

Cool Paintings

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Create a Sitemap for Your Website

It's important to have a good sitemap of your site. It helps the periodic spiders better identify your website. Generate a sitemap with the tool listed below and upload it to your server.

Create SiteMap

For Blogger (Per Commenter's request)

Go to Google's Webmaster Tools
1. Login/password

2.



3.


4.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Blogging Tips for Beginners by John Chow

When I started blogging (approx 6 months ago), I read Blogger.com's tips on how to get started on blogging. The tips were fairly mundane but for a start--decent.

Six months later, I found a succinct list of fairly objective tips (with pithy explanations) by an authoritative blogger. Most of you might know him as John Chow DOT com, and his blog primarily focuses on making money online. Frankly speaking, making money with blogs is not really my thing. However, I thought his post “Beginner Blogging Tip” was a worthwhile find.

Topics discussed

-Pick a Topic That You’re Passionate about
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It’s All About The Content
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Don’t Worry About The Money
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Build Relations With Fellow Bloggers
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Have Fun At This

Friday, April 13, 2007

How are Your Pages Indexed by Google?

Index stats: Determine how your site is indexed by Google. Here's an example for topbloglists.com

Samples of my pages in Google. The "GS" stands for Google Search. The "BA" stands for Browser Address.

For Google Search, go to Google.com and type in the following: site:www.YOURURL.com
For the Browser Address, type the following: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.YOURURL.com&hl=en

Note: You will have to change site, link, cache, info, and related accordingly for BA.

site:
Indexed pages in your site
GS:site:www.topbloglists.com
BA:http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.topbloglists.com&hl=en

link:
Pages that link to your site's front page
GS:link:www.topbloglists.com
BA:http://www.google.com/search?q=link:www.topbloglists.com&hl=en

cache:
The current cache of your site
GS:cache:www.topbloglists.com
BA:http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:www.topbloglists.com&hl=en

info:
Information we have about your site
GS:info:www.topbloglists.com
BA:http://www.google.com/search?q=info:www.topbloglists.com&hl=en

related:
Pages that are similar to your site
GS:related:www.topbloglists.com
BA:http://www.google.com/search?q=related:www.topbloglists.com&hl=en

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Google's new "My Maps" program

Google's new "My Maps" program enables anyone to easily create customized mashups, which are online maps overlayed with additional data. Points-of-interest pins are created by dragging and dropping. This map shows places of interest in Lisbon, Portugal, including the location of a hilltop apartment and a photo of views from the area. Check out these examples, 1-4

Google Map Mashouts

More mashout information on Googleplex (click on pins)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Try the 2007 Microsoft Office System

Try the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Try out their choice of suites or programs from the 2007 Microsoft Office release for 60 days. The trial programs are supposed to contain the same functionality that you would get when you buy the perpetual version.

For an alternate office automation software suite, check out this post at Digital Nomads regarding OpenOffice.org v2.2. This open source suite comes with spreadsheet, database, word processor, and presentation software.

Try Microsoft Office System

For those of you outside the US, you will need to use the following URL's:
Canada: http://www.trymicrosoftoffice.com/canada
Japan: http://www.trymicrosoftoffice.com/japan
Germany: http://www.trymicrosoftoffice.com/germany
UK/Ireland: http://www.trymicrosoftoffice.com/ukireland
France: http://www.trymicrosoftoffice.com/france

Available Downloads:

Microsoft® Office Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Small Business 2007, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft® Office Accounting Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Groove 2007, Microsoft® Office OneNote 2007, Microsoft® Office Publisher 2007, Microsoft® Office Project Standard 2007, Microsoft® Office Visio Professional 2007, Microsoft® Office Visio Standard 2007, Microsoft® Office Accounting Express 2007, Microsoft® Office Standard 2007