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The 101 Most Useful Websites

As we quickly approach the dawn of a new year, here are my picks for the 101 most useful websites of the year 2010.

The list primarily highlights the lesser-known or undiscovered websites and misses out all-time favorites like Google Docs, Wikipedia or IMDB that most of us are already aware of.
Useful Websites Worth a Bookmark!

The sites mentioned below, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can easily learn by heart thus saving you a trip to Google.


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As we quickly approach the dawn of a new year, here are my picks for the 101 most useful websites of the year 2010.

The list primarily highlights the lesser-known or undiscovered websites and misses out all-time favorites like Google Docs, Wikipedia or IMDB that most of us are already aware of.

Useful Websites Worth a Bookmark!

The sites mentioned below, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can easily learn by heart thus saving you a trip to Google. Leer más “The 101 Most Useful Websites”

Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Data

How did things get this messed up? Windows has slowed to a crawl. Programs won’t run. The free firewall you installed last year won’t update or uninstall itself.

Windows 7 System Restore hasn’t helped; neither have your assorted cleanup and antimalware programs. Only one option remains: Reinstall Windows and start from scratch.

I’m not going to lie to you–this is a scary and time-consuming job. Your PC may be unusable for a day or more. You could even lose all of your data.

And let’s face it: You’d be wise to avoid this chore if at all possible. If someone in tech support tells you to do it, get a second opinion, and then a third.

If you have to reinstall–and sometimes it is necessary–here’s how to make the process as safe and painless as possible.
Gather What You Need

You’ll have to collect a few things before you can begin.

First, you’ll need your recovery tool. What’s that? If you’re using the version of Windows that came on your PC, it’s probably in a hidden partition on the computer’s hard drive. That partition contains the information necessary to restore the hard drive to its factory condition.

Obviously, a hard-drive partition is not something you have to gather. But if your PC is a few years old, the recovery tool may be on one or more CDs or DVDs instead. Find the discs that came with your PC and see if anything looks promising. Alternatively, check the PC’s manual to learn what kind of recovery tool came with the machine, and, if it’s on a partition, how to access it.

If you upgraded Windows since you bought the PC–for instance, going from XP or Vista to Windows 7–the upgrade disc is now your recovery tool.

If you can’t find a recovery disc, and the PC has no hidden partition (or offers no workable way to access that partition), contact the system manufacturer to see what they can do for you. Read “How Do I Restore Windows If I’ve Lost My Restore CD?” for details.

After Windows installs, you’ll have to reinstall all of your programs. Collect all the original discs or downloaded installation files, and all of your license numbers.

You’ll want an empty external hard drive with a capacity at least as large as your existing hard drive. Another external hard drive will come in handy later. That one doesn’t have to be empty; you’ll need only a part of it.

Finally, you’ll need time. The best-case scenario for a reinstall is a day. The worst case: three or four days. You’ll be spending a lot of that time waiting, so get a good book, too.


The ultimate repair job doesn’t have to be the ultimate disaster.

By Lincoln Spector, PCWorld

How did things get this messed up? Windows has slowed to a crawl. Programs won’t run. The free firewall you installed last year won’t update or uninstall itself.

Windows 7 System Restore hasn’t helped; neither have your assorted cleanup and antimalware programs. Only one option remains: Reinstall Windows and start from scratch.

I’m not going to lie to you–this is a scary and time-consuming job. Your PC may be unusable for a day or more. You could even lose all of your data.

And let’s face it: You’d be wise to avoid this chore if at all possible. If someone in tech support tells you to do it, get a second opinion, and then a third.

If you have to reinstall–and sometimes it is necessary–here’s how to make the process as safe and painless as possible.

Gather What You Need

You’ll have to collect a few things before you can begin.

First, you’ll need your recovery tool. What’s that? If you’re using the version of Windows that came on your PC, it’s probably in a hidden partition on the computer’s hard drive. That partition contains the information necessary to restore the hard drive to its factory condition.

Obviously, a hard-drive partition is not something you have to gather. But if your PC is a few years old, the recovery tool may be on one or more CDs or DVDs instead. Find the discs that came with your PC and see if anything looks promising. Alternatively, check the PC’s manual to learn what kind of recovery tool came with the machine, and, if it’s on a partition, how to access it.

If you upgraded Windows since you bought the PC–for instance, going from XP or Vista to Windows 7–the upgrade disc is now your recovery tool.

If you can’t find a recovery disc, and the PC has no hidden partition (or offers no workable way to access that partition), contact the system manufacturer to see what they can do for you. Read “How Do I Restore Windows If I’ve Lost My Restore CD?” for details.

After Windows installs, you’ll have to reinstall all of your programs. Collect all the original discs or downloaded installation files, and all of your license numbers.

You’ll want an empty external hard drive with a capacity at least as large as your existing hard drive. Another external hard drive will come in handy later. That one doesn’t have to be empty; you’ll need only a part of it.

Finally, you’ll need time. The best-case scenario for a reinstall is a day. The worst case: three or four days. You’ll be spending a lot of that time waiting, so get a good book, too. Leer más “Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Data”

All 22 of 360i’s Reports from 2010 – Read & Download Our Collective Insights from the Year

2010 was a year of innovation, advancement and change in the digital world. The search landscape transformed as the Bing-Yahoo! deal came to fruition, mobile went mainstream, and social media platforms like Facebook continued to adapt to shifting consumer habits. All along the way, we’ve provided reports to help marketers better understand what the trends and announcements mean for their marketing efforts, and their businesses on the whole.

Here’s our year-end recap of all 360i reports from 2010. You can download each of these reports by clicking through the link and selecting ‘Download’ at the top left menu bar of the Scribd embed.


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2010 was a year of innovation, advancement and change in the digital world. The search landscape transformed as the BingYahoo! deal came to fruition, mobile went mainstream, and social media platforms like Facebook continued to adapt to shifting consumer habits. All along the way, we’ve provided reports to help marketers better understand what the trends and announcements mean for their marketing efforts, and their businesses on the whole.

Here’s our year-end recap of all 360i reports from 2010. You can download each of these reports by clicking through the link and selecting ‘Download’ at the top left menu bar of the Scribd embed. Leer más “All 22 of 360i’s Reports from 2010 – Read & Download Our Collective Insights from the Year”

La importancia de reinstalar la confianza en las empresas

Después de la crisis parecen haber cambiado las prioridades de la gente. Un informe de Edelman revela que hoy es más importante garantizar confianza y transparencia que garantizar buenos resultados financieros.

Según el Edelman Trust Barometer 2010, la confianza ocupa actualmente un lugar fundamental en la mente del público; particularmente en lugares como Europa y Estados Unidos, el público es escéptico y le está dando un lugar más importante a la transparencia y a la confianza que a la calidad de los productos y servicios de una compañía.

Este dato es particularmente importante para los directivos, que son los que están a cargo de retornar a una zona de credibilidad. Según Richard Edelman, director ejecutivo de Edelman, “Hay preocupación con respecto a que las acciones de corto plazo hayan sido llevadas a cabo sólo como resultado de la crisis y que el gobierno tenga que permanecer como un perro guardián. Las compañías tendrán que probar que los escépticos están equivocados y demostrar que pueden obtener ganancias y propósitos”.


Después de la crisis parecen haber cambiado las prioridades de la gente. Un informe de Edelman revela que hoy es más importante garantizar confianza y transparencia que garantizar buenos resultados financieros.

Según el Edelman Trust Barometer 2010, la confianza ocupa actualmente un lugar fundamental en la mente del público; particularmente en lugares como Europa y Estados Unidos, el público es escéptico y le está dando un lugar más importante a la transparencia y a la confianza que a la calidad de los productos y servicios de una compañía.

Este dato es particularmente importante para los directivos, que son los que están a cargo de retornar a una zona de credibilidad. Según Richard Edelman, director ejecutivo de Edelman, “Hay preocupación con respecto a que las acciones de corto plazo hayan sido llevadas a cabo sólo como resultado de la crisis y que el gobierno tenga que permanecer como un perro guardián. Las compañías tendrán que probar que los escépticos están equivocados y demostrar que pueden obtener ganancias y propósitos”. Leer más “La importancia de reinstalar la confianza en las empresas”

Sólo 22% de las empresas locales aprovecha el 2.0 a pleno

Dentro de un listado de 40 compañías, todas ellas catalogadas entre las que más facturan en el país, sólo un 22% utiliza alguna herramienta de la llamada Web 2.0 en su sitio web.
>> por Manuel Parera

Dentro de un listado de 40 compañías, todas ellas catalogadas entre las que más facturan en el país, sólo un 22% utiliza alguna herramienta de la llamada Web 2.0 en su sitio web, siendo las redes sociales la más recurrida (con un 20%). Escasean los foros, wikis, RSS o blogs. También herramientas como la contratación online, calidad de información o soportes para la resolución de problemas. Los datos surgen de un análisis de TBI Unit, realizado entre los meses de septiembre y octubre bajo el formato de benchmarking, en donde los cinco mejores sitios a nivel local resultaron ser los de: IBM, Shell, YPF, Arcor y Volkswagen, mientras que los de Aerolíneas, Grupo Clarín y Mercedes-Benz se destacaron en el rubro de información al usuario.



Dentro de un listado de 40 compañías, todas ellas catalogadas entre las que más facturan en el país, sólo un 22% utiliza alguna herramienta de la llamada Web 2.0 en su sitio web.

>> por Manuel Parera | http://www.apertura.com

Dentro de un listado de 40 compañías, todas ellas catalogadas entre las que más facturan en el país, sólo un 22% utiliza alguna herramienta de la llamada Web 2.0 en su sitio web, siendo las redes sociales la más recurrida (con un 20%). Escasean los foros, wikis, RSS o blogs. También herramientas como la contratación online, calidad de información o soportes para la resolución de problemas. Los datos surgen de un análisis de TBI Unit, realizado entre los meses de septiembre y octubre bajo el formato de benchmarking, en donde los cinco mejores sitios a nivel local resultaron ser los de: IBM, Shell, YPF, Arcor y Volkswagen, mientras que los de Aerolíneas, Grupo Clarín y Mercedes-Benz se destacaron en el rubro de información al usuario. Leer más “Sólo 22% de las empresas locales aprovecha el 2.0 a pleno”

WikiLeaks, Influence, and The Age of Honesty

It begins when we are children. As Steve Hein of EQI.org points out, “Children start out emotionally honest. They express their true feelings freely and spontaneously. But the training to be emotionally dishonest begins at an early age. The child is told to smile when actually she is sad. She is told to apologize when she feels no regret. She may be told to kiss people good night when she would never do so voluntarily.” In short, she will slowly be influenced to conform to a social structure that attempts to control what feels true.

But what does emotional honesty have to do with WikiLeaks and Digital Influence, you ask?

It’s simple really. We are still struggling – as individuals and as countries – to break down the walls of ‘protection’ that we have been brought up to believe we must build. We have not yet replaced those walls with the bridges necessary to fully transform society.

We’re secretive. We’re protective. We’re afraid.

The good news is this: with the growing activity and discussion around network and citizen journalism, as Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, says, “Those who have been denied their primordial right to speak their word” are finally finding their voice. For the first time since the Pentagon Papers, a site like WikiLeaks, and the influence it wields when it comes to shaping public opinion and awakening the collective (un)conscious, forces us to come to terms with how much we – personally and collectively – are willing to face truth and introduce transparency into all aspects of our lives. Only then can we truly straighten out the backbone of our troubled world. Furthermore, as the developments around WikiLeaks elicit a conversation among populations, we are compelled to recognize that this is not just about the military’s secrets, but about our own. In search of the elusive idea of safety, the emotional honesty we have been forced to abandon – and forced our children to abandon – has only shown us the high price we pay when we spend our adult lives living in fear and unhappiness or practicing deceit.


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We wear a mask that grins and lies
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes
This debt we pay to human guile
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

It begins when we are children. As Steve Hein of EQI.org points out, “Children start out emotionally honest. They express their true feelings freely and spontaneously. But the training to be emotionally dishonest begins at an early age. The child is told to smile when actually she is sad. She is told to apologize when she feels no regret. She may be told to kiss people good night when she would never do so voluntarily.” In short, she will slowly be influenced to conform to a social structure that attempts to control what feels true.

But what does emotional honesty have to do with WikiLeaks and Digital Influence, you ask?

It’s simple really. We are still struggling – as individuals and as countries – to break down the walls of ‘protection’ that we have been brought up to believe we must build. We have not yet replaced those walls with the bridges necessary to fully transform society.

We’re secretive. We’re protective. We’re afraid. Leer más “WikiLeaks, Influence, and The Age of Honesty”