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Tom’s Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 5th August 2009

A giant congratulations to Lester and Kim Bloomberg who are proud new parents of a beautiful baby girl born yesterday, Tuesday the 4th August at 11:10 pm! We would like to take this opportunity to wish them and Samantha all the best for the future.


Basic Computer User

SEO Win For Just For You Software

I went through a learning curve a year back on the subject of search engine optimisation.

To comply with the principles I learned I then tweaked my web site pages, refined the menu labels and linking structure and reviewed the text etc. for each page.

Knowing it could take some time to climb the rankings ladder for some terms I then started monitoring the results to see how they improved.

I haven't done that for a few months. In the interim Google have altered their ranking algorithm so I went back to it today to check on the progress. Here are the results:

Search terms targeted: 26
My web site ranks on first page in Google for 17 of them.
Number one rankings in Google: 5

And that is done with none of the black hat techniques and very few back links to my sites from other sites. Some of the SEO analysis and reviews I have read talk of pages with 15,000 back links!

I still have some improvements to make though. Top rankings for some terms like “business software” still elude me. Those pesky little competitors like MYOB, Sage, Sybiz, Finance Plus and NetSuite rank ahead of me still! :-)

Just thought I’d mention my success to you, not to brag but illustrate that it really can be done by you too. Just because you are not a multi-national does not mean you cannot take on the market and have an impact in your niche.

Beware PDFs From Strangers

Researchers on Wednesday said they have uncovered attacks in the wild in which malicious Acrobat PDF files are exploiting a vulnerability in Flash and dropping a Trojan onto computers. More

“Personal Antivirus” Scareware

Scareware is software which pretends to be a security program, pretends to scan your computer and find threats on it, and demands money in order to remove the fictional threats. More

Microsoft Confirms Win7 Family Pack

Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that the company will be offering a “family pack” for Windows 7, and disclosed multiple dates on which its business partners could obtain the Windows 7 release-to-manufacturing (RTM) code. More

Gumblar mutates into spam beast

Update your anti-virus software warns hard-hit local web host here

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Advanced Computer User

RSS Reader That Finds Relative Content

Finding yourself using a RSS reader more and more? If so, then try Pheedstorm. Check it out here.

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For those who still believe fluoridation of our water is a good idea read on...
“Education should aim at destroying free will, so that after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable throughout the rest of their lives thinking or acting otherwise than their school masters should have wished. Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine from a very early age to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable. And any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.” Bertrand Russell from The Impact of Science on Society, pub 1952.

Francis Crick who worked with James Watson who cracked the molecular code of DNA, suggested medicating public drinking water to lower the fertility rate. Dr Garry Glum’s book, Full Disclosure, discussed Fransis Crick’s plans:
“In 1962 the SEBA(Pharmaceutical company) foundation held a symposium called man and his future, at which the key note speaker was Francis Crick. His favorite tactics of population control included putting a chemical (fluoride) in the water supply that would cause sterility in those nations that he judged to be not fit to have children.”

More data on Virginia Tech shooting

Turns out that the psyche who was treating the shooter misappropriated the shooter’s medical records! Wonder why? Hopefully he will be charged for the crime. More

US government accused of mobile phone danger cover-up

A Freedom of Information request has uncovered suppressed research which showed that mobile phone use while driving could be a much bigger problem than originally expected. here

How to Relieve Painful Menstrual Cramps

Simply pressing this point on your leg will provide as much relief as a drug. here

Swine Flu Update

The World Health Organization predicts that the H1N1 swine-flu virus could infect up to two billion people over the next two years. This is causing deep consternation in some people. Please read this article through to the end and spread the link far and wide. We need to stop needless panic spread by the merchants of chaos. The vaccination is most likely far, far worse than the flu. If we boost our immune system and our body’s ability to destroy pathogens we will be, on average, far better prepared for whatever happens. here

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6 Tips to More Sales in Times of Economic Distress

You will find that people who continue to do well during challenging times are not luckier or stronger or even smarter. They are mostly more persistent and they refuse to lose. See how they do it, and how to negotiate your way through rough times if your life depends on selling something... here

5 Legal Documents You Need for Your Parents

These documents will ensure that you can assist your parents in a medical or financial emergency and, at their deaths, ease the distribution of their estate. here

Apple tries gagging orders for exploding iPods

Apple has attempted to gag owners of exploding iPods who apply for a refund here

Had a long chat with someone while I was testing a new gluten free shortbread recipe. (Which, by the way, is an absolute winner, even Julie likes it!) For some reason the topic of the conversation got around to dogs and I had a realisation. I don’t have a dog, I have a short, four legged person with a speach impediment.

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Video Links

New Live Poll Lets Pundits Pander to Viewers in Real Time

WARNING: While allegedly humourous, could strike you as remarkably similar to actual person or events! here

Very Creative Animation

Somebody splurged on their creative instincts here! here

THE Wedding Entrance

I really love this - so playful, so joyful - a fabulous celebration. here

Bulletproff Glass Test circa 1952

Wow! here

Some Great Editing from Webcams

Very creative work here

The best adverts to save the planet

From Britain’s The Guardian website: here

Robot Cyclist

The future is coming here

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PO Box 470 Glebe NSW 2037