Happy Birthday:Computer mouse celebrates 40th birthday

He is not called Mickey. But he is as naughty a mouse as the ever young cartoon character, which conquered the silver screen and the animation industry some eighty years back.He is the mouse who made Mickey and Minnie crawl into your drawing room and the computer screen in many shape and drape and next week the computer mouse, which animated many a cartoon character and redefined the way we used the computer graphics, is turning forty; to be precise, on December 9.

The computer mouse is to celebrate its 40th birthday next week. Invented by Doug Engelbart and his team at the Stanford Research Institute in California, the input device method first debuted in 1968. The first-ever mouse was made from a wooden block with wheels mounted on its base, and featured a red button on top of its case, and a cable at its back, which probably made one of the researchers to nickname it as “mouse”.

Mouse for everyone
Mouse for everyone

The mouse was developed by Xerox during the 1970s, and the first commercial product was released in 1981 with the launch of the Xerox Star computer system. But it wasn’t until Apple acquired the license for the mouse for $40,000 from the Standford Institute that the technology really took off. The Apple Macintosh, launched in 1984, used the mouse to good effect, and is the machine widely credited with kick-starting the home computer revolution. The mouse became the default input method on most computers for the next two decades.

Since then a mouse has been the default input method for computers but now it faces stiff with the development of gesture control and touch-screen interfaces as used in the Apple iPhone and the Nintendo Wii.

IBM Previewed Web accessibility software particularly for visually impaired.

IBM previewed unique Social Accessibility collaboration software, developed by IBM Research, which allows Internet users to improve Web accessibility, particularly for those who are visually impaired. View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRB72rXXyXo

The new collaboration software enables users with low or no vision to report Web content accessibility issues they faced on specific Web pages. In addition, any Internet users who wish to aid in improving Internet accessibility can respond to such requests from visually impaired users by using the tool to contribute alternative text to solve the reported issue.

How It Works

For example, a visually impaired individual wants to find out what image is showing. The image shows a photo of Mount Fuji taken during sunset. Existing screen reading software may not obtain the same information as shown in the image, or a description of the photo is simply missing. Whenever visually impaired users face such difficulties, they can report that incident by using the collaboration tool developed by IBM Research and ask for adding an improved alternative text to describe the image.

The request then is automatically sent to a server hosting the Social Accessibility Project Website where visually impaired users and any Internet users who wish to take part in help improving Web accessibility will register themselves to use the collaboration tool. Internet users who are registered to the Social Accessibility Project can see this request on the project Website, and may decide to respond to this request by using the collaboration tool by clicking “start fixing it” button, and type a short description, such as “Photo caption: Mount Fuji during a gorgeous sunset.” The short description will automatically be transformed to an external metadata. The next time any visually impaired person tries to revisit the Web page showing the photo image, screen reading software will read the alternative text from the metadata to give better explanation of what the photo shows.

Metadata consists of useful information such as description of the content and the physical location of the particular content. By having external metadata to reside at the Web server, Web content will remain unchanged while making the Web more accessible.

To further enhance the usability of Web content, the Social Accessibility Project Website offers an incentive mechanism where screen reading software users can rate the quality of external metadata provided by Internet users along with a comment to show their appreciation. Also, active users are listed at the project’s top page to recognize their active participation on the project.

In addition, screen reading software users can place a landmark whenever they find an important position on a Web page, and other users can benefit from those landmarks to help reach important information easier and faster.

Available via IBM alphaWorks

In order to encourage participation in the project, the Social Accessibility Project Website and collaboration tool are available free of charge on IBM alphaWorks Services website. To make Web content more accessible, it is vital to gain valuable feedback from screen reading software users to report issues with Web content accessibility. Leveraging the power of collaboration is vital to the project, and by placing the Website and software on alphaWorks, IBM expects to receive significant user feedback to help advance the project and the company’s ongoing accessibility technology research.

To access Social Accessibility Project on alphaWorks, please visit: http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/socialaccessibility/

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3, 5 Page Website design: An Alternative solution until you are not ready to make it big website.

Medium Website DesignIn today’s business world, an online business presence is crucial element for success of your business. An online shopping websites presence gives amazing power to customers, who can access your products and services 24×7 from any part of the World. The Internet is a splendid way to reach the market. Knowing that you have an effective online presence round the clock, accessible from everywhere in the world and that too at a low cost gives your business a competitive edge. A remarkable and effective web design, one that is informative and captivates the attention of the visitor is the only way to establishing a great presence online.

As a premier Web design and Web development services provider, a lot of the Customers contact us who have just setup there business or thinking to start a new business. In fact some of them have not even set up their business but still they came to us for having a view and prospect for setting up an online presence for their upcoming business. Generally Going for a Full fledge website or Large Website design can be costly if you are not sure about your business, your products and services at the start of your business, then probably you are not ready to invest a big amount on web designs or website design.

In such a case, its best time for you to choose the Medium Website Design Packages, specially designed for small business or for those starting their business. Small business website design packages contain 3 Page Website or 5 page Website designed for for the smaller businesses or perhaps businesses who do not have a shop window like Tradesman and Mobile Hairdressers for example. Your website can consist of Home Page, Contact Page and a Products or Services page. You will find it very reasonable in term of price and need of your business. See the few includes below.

Included in the price is:

  • Initial Consultation
  • Design of the 3 page Website/ 5 page Website
  • Scanning and Editing of a limited amount of Images
  • 12 Months Hosting
  • Free Domain Name (.co.uk or .com)
  • e-mail Addresses
  • Keyword optimizing
  • Search Engine Submission

Extra services are available and more pages can be added to the site at a later stage.

World’s top 10 internet Language

Top Ten Languages Used in the Web
( Number of Internet Users by Language )

LANGUAGES

% of all
Internet Users

Internet Users
by Language

Internet
Penetration
by Language

Language Growth
in Internet
(2000- 2008 )

2008 Estimated
World Population
for the Language

English

30.4 %

427,436,880

21.0 %

201.1 %

2,039,114,892

Chinese

16.6 %

233,216,713

17.1 %

622.0 %

1,365,053,177

Spanish

8.7 %

122,349,144

27.1 %

395.7 %

451,910,690

Japanese

6.7 %

94,000,000

73.8 %

99.7 %

127,288,419

French

4.8 %

67,315,894

16.4 %

451.8 %

410,498,144

German

4.5 %

63,611,789

66.0 %

129.6 %

96,402,649

Arabic

4.2 %

59,810,400

16.7 %

2062.2 %

357,271,398

Portuguese

4.1 %

58,180,960

24.3 %

668.0 %

239,646,701

Korean

2.5 %

34,820,000

47.9 %

82.9 %

72,711,933

Italian

2.4 %

33,712,383

57.9 %

155.4 %

58,175,843

TOP 10 LANGUAGES

84.8 %

1,194,454,163

22.9 %

263.6 %

5,218,073,846

Rest of the Languages

15.2 %

213,270,757

14.6 %

556.7 %

1,458,046,442

WORLD TOTAL

100.0 %

1,407,724,920

21.1 %

290.0 %

6,676,120,288

 

How Companies got their name……..?

Here are some populars stuff (Not Verified ) about how those biggies got their famous name…..

Apple Computers: It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 O’clock.

CISCO:It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.

Compaq: is name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.

Corel:The name was derived from the founder’s name Dr.Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

Google:The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’

Hotmail:Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world.When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard:Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel:Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes):Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Microsoft:Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Motorola:Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

ORACLE:Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.

Sony:It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

SUN:Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.

Yahoo!:The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos

Boost up your System Performance; Use these Web tools and Work efficiently

Ever thought about pounding your computer with a hammer hoping it starts moving slightly faster than the current snail’s pace? Well we’d say don’t rush for the hammer just yet; try this collection of smart utility software instead. Here are tools that provide all the help you need to control, tweak and manipulate the looks and functionality of Windows.

Speed up your system performance.

TweakUI: URL:www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
Here is a utility from Microsoft which is termed as the ultimate user interface (UI) tweaker for XP. This utility will let you twist and manipulate, and sometime even override, the way your Windows interface should look. An indispensable tool that offers multiple UI tweaks under a single interface.

DoubleKiller: URL: www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller
A cluttered hard disk can really slow down your PC, and what adds to the clutter the most is duplicate files that hog space for no reason. This utility, as the name implies, brings you help on this front. It locates duplicate files on your computer and kills one, leaving you with just a single file.

FreeCommander: URL: www.freecommander.com
This is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard Windows file manager. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. The best part is that you can put this utility on a USB key—even a floppy disk if you can find one—and take it with you to control files on any PC.

Taskbar Shuffle 2.2: URL:www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm
So you think the Windows taskbar controls you? Here is one utility that will let you turn the tables. It lets you move the buttons for open applications anywhere you want on the taskbar, or group open documents together. And yes, it works with Windows versions all the way back to Windows 95.

Pitaschio: URL: pitaschio.ara3.net
This is another utility that could come in handy to mould Windows to match your style of working. This background utility minimizes windows to the tray, snaps them together as you drag, and disables specific keys (such as the numlock key) if you like. It also provides stats on how much you use your keyboard.

Defraggler: URL: www.defraggler.com
Fragmentation of the disk is another big culprit that can slow down your computer. This utility is a handy one that will help you clean up the mess. It not only defragments your hard disk but also claims to defragment individual files. If you’re not sure what needs defragging, it also provides a list of files that need it. And yes, this one is tiny enough to go on a USB drive too.

WinDirStat: URL: www.windirstat.info
If your hard disk seems bloated and you have no idea what exactly is taking up all that much space, here is something you should look at. Short for Windows Directory Statistics, this programme presents your hard drive’s directory in multiple views, some resembling Windows Explorer—files represented by 3D boxes in full colour. One look and you’d soon know what’s taking up space.

WinPatrol 2007: URL: winpatrol.com
You might not even notice but there are umpteen number of useless programs that come pre-installed with your Windows, which end up eating plenty of CPU cycles. Put Scotty, the WinPatrol mascot, to work keeping an eye on your system. Scotty will come up with warnings about new programs that plan to run at start-up and detection of other system changes, trusted or not. It will also delay the start of programs to improve boot-up speed in any version.

Absolute Uninstaller: URL: www.glarysoft.com
You might have uninstalled a particular program, but unfortunately it still leaves a lot of junk in its wake. One way to be sure that a program is all gone is the absolute uninstaller. This replaces the default Add/Remove Programs control panel in Windows, checks for extra stuff to delete after an uninstall (such as Start menu entries and useless Registry keys), and, best of all, does batch removal of multiple programmes at one time.

Eraser: URL: www.heidi.ie/eraser
With more and more sophisticated recovery tools, it can be disastrous to get rid of an old computer without making sure the hard drive is wiped clean. This doesn’t mean just reformatting it, but actually annihilating all data by overwriting disk sectors multiple times. Open-source Eraser that fits a USB drive is a great candidate for the job.

Google Desktop 5: URL: desktop.google.com
Finally if you think searching files on your computer takes an eternity, Google desktop can come to the rescue. This software does more than just search. Google Desktop indexes all of your data files—including email and instant messages—so you can find it fast. The interface includes multiple search-box configurations and an advanced search option. You can search and find your own files along with your internet search results.

Source: TOI

Some Interesting Facts about Internet

Here are some Interesting facts about the Internet.

Internet is Key Information Source described by Users: In a recent UCL Survey, two thirds of respondents user of Internet described the internet as “Important” or “extremely important” source of information. Just 52% ranked TV and 47% considered radio at the same level. The study also found that Users called the Internet highly credible.

The Average Entertainment Internet User Spends $323.00:The average entertainment user (someone who frequents entertainment related sites) spend $323.00 a year online. Source: Cyber Dialogue.

80 Percent of all websites are in English:According to Jupiter Communications, a leading provider of research on Internet trends, 80 percent of all websites on the Internet today are in English. The research firm estimates that 55 percent of all websites will be published in languages other than English by 2003.

1 in every 28 page views on the Web is a search results page (3.5% of all page views) – June 1, 1999, Alexa Insider

Internet users ranked search as their most important activity, awarding it a 9.1 on a 10-point scale. The next most important activity ranked only 6.3.

The average work user spends 73 minutes per month at search engines, second only to 97 minutes at news, info and entertainment sites (Home users – NIE: 71 mins, adult sites: 65 mins, search engines: 54 mins) – February 1999, Media Metrix

People visit sites linked to a keyboard button 10 times more often than those they’ve bookmarked.

Almost 50% of online users turn to search sites for their online news needs.

Top Online Activities * 92% browse the Web *88% send/receive email *87% collect information about hobby or personal interest *81% collect product or service information *74% read the news *65% get business or work information *63% collect travel information *60% download images or photos *58% look up entertainment events *56% check the weather *xx% doing online investing

Number of years each took to reach 50 million users *Radio – 38 years *TV – 13 years *Cable – 10 years *Internet – 5 years *(Source – Morgan Stanley)

The average person each month usually visits 59 domains, views 1,050 pages averaging 45 seconds for each page and spend about 25 hours a month doing this! Each surfing session lasts approximately 51 minutes.

Over 82 percent of college graduates will search for careers and employment information online.

96% of users find web pages through friends, other pages and search engines – websites through magazines 64.3% (GVU).

85% of Fortune 500 companies now list their Internet Address in their advertising.

2007 Internet Statistic – Approximately 97.2 million women use the Internet in the United States, compared to 90.9 million men, according to research by eMarketer.