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.


by 360i

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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.


Logo used by Wikileaks
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http://blog.ogilvypr.com/2010/12/wikileaks-influence-honesty/
 

 

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”

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2011

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now2, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

As the new year begins, we will continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration for the next 12 months. This post features 65 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for January 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

* All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper and
* You can feature your work in our magazine3 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

So what wallpapers have we received for January 2011?
Creative Chocolate

“January is a very cold month and it’s a perfect season to drink an hot chocolate. Even better if it’s a Creative Chocolate!” Designed by Fabrizio Venanzi4 from Italy.


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now2, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

As the new year begins, we will continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration for the next 12 months. This post features 65 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for January 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper and
  • You can feature your work in our magazine3 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

So what wallpapers have we received for January 2011?

Creative Chocolate

“January is a very cold month and it’s a perfect season to drink an hot chocolate. Even better if it’s a Creative Chocolate!” Designed by Fabrizio Venanzi4 from Italy.

Creatchoco 79 in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 20115

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How social media can transform TV for good

The fit between social and TV hasn’t quite arrived yet, but when it does, it will be absolutely huge. We’ve seen social technologies affect other media and industries, such as publishing and traditional advertising but other than a few failed experiments social TV hasn’t really taken off. In my ones to watch for 2011 I mentioned a couple of services that were well positioned to take advantage of social TV and indeed we have the awaited launch of Google TV, but it will be a long time until that hits the mainstream. There’s so much that I want social TV to do, and do well, and so much potential to vastly transform TV as we know it. I’ll admit that I didn’t used to be convinced that TV should be a social experience, believing that it distracted too much from what you were supposed to be watching. But if it’s done in the right way, social TV could be absolutely huge and make TV a much healthier activity.


The fit between social and TV hasn’t quite arrived yet, but when it does, it will be absolutely huge. We’ve seen social technologies affect other media and industries, such as publishing and traditional advertising but other than a few failed experiments social TV hasn’t really taken off. In my ones to watch for 2011 I mentioned a couple of services that were well positioned to take advantage of social TV and indeed we have the awaited launch of Google TV, but it will be a long time until that hits the mainstream. There’s so much that I want social TV to do, and do well, and so much potential to vastly transform TV as we know it. I’ll admit that I didn’t used to be convinced that TV should be a social experience, believing that it distracted too much from what you were supposed to be watching. But if it’s done in the right way, social TV could be absolutely huge and make TV a much healthier activity. Leer más “How social media can transform TV for good”

8 Things That Need To Happen In Social Media In 2011

Twitter Monetization

Twitter can still claim that they are in their growth phase but with a recent round of funding valuing them at close to 4 billion they need to start thinking about monetization very soon. They’ve had a spectacular year of growth and Twitter continues to be one of the most useful tools around that many of us simply could not live without for a number of seasons but they are a business at the end of the day and they simply can’t keep burning through cash at the rate they are if they are to succeed long term. They’ve tried a couple of things over the last year with limited success but they need to find that automated self serve ad platform like Google and Facebook have in place that generates them billions in revenue over the coming years. They have the users and enough smart people working there to do it so my guess is that by the end of 2011 they’ll start to get there.


Author of 8 Things That Need To Happen In Social Media In 2011

http://www.simplyzesty.com/social-media/8-things-that-need-to-happen-in-social-media-in-2011/

It’s been a great year in 2010 for social media where the industry has really burst in to the mainstream and been embraced by brands and business but I wanted to look at some of the main things that need to happen in 2011 for the progress to continue. The main social networks are covered here as well as looking at some of the bigger industry trends and all in all I’d have to say social media as an industry is in great health and if anything I’d say it’s at the very start of it’s growth and 2011 should really go on and re-enforce that and see some exciting things happening.

Twitter Monetization

Twitter can still claim that they are in their growth phase but with a recent round of funding valuing them at close to 4 billion they need to start thinking about monetization very soon. They’ve had a spectacular year of growth and Twitter continues to be one of the most useful tools around that many of us simply could not live without for a number of seasons but they are a business at the end of the day and they simply can’t keep burning through cash at the rate they are if they are to succeed long term. They’ve tried a couple of things over the last year with limited success but they need to find that automated self serve ad platform like Google and Facebook have in place that generates them billions in revenue over the coming years. They have the users and enough smart people working there to do it so my guess is that by the end of 2011 they’ll start to get there. Leer más “8 Things That Need To Happen In Social Media In 2011”

The Inverted Pyramid Of Visual Design

The idea is that the critical information is presented immediately and then additional information is presented that expands on, explains, and reinforces the main idea.

At any point someone should be able to stop reading without missing the main message. Those who read more get more, but everyone gets the main idea you’re trying to communicate.

The main benefits of the inverted pyramid are:

* It quickly conveys key information
* It establishes a context in which to interpret subsequent information
* It’s initial chunks of information are more likely to be remembered later
* It allows for efficient scanning and searching
* It can be easily edited since least important information is presented last

The above could equally be goals of a good design. We want our designs to quickly communicate important information, be remembered, and establish context, don’t we?

The cons of the inverted pyramid are:

* Doesn’t allow flexibility of building suspense or creating surprise ending
* Can lead to perception of being uninteresting

Whenever it’s important to present information efficiently and quickly, the inverted pyramid is an excellent style to follow. Your lead (opening paragraph) becomes a concise overview of whatever it is you’re writing and you can follow the lead with more detailed chunks of information for those that want to know more.


In one second the user should understand generally where they are
—largely driven by visuals and functionality.
If we can keep people for 10 seconds, they should understand our primary message.
If they stay for two minutes, some secondary messages should be getting through.
All this feeds into a call to action.
Kristina Halvorson

Journalists use the inverted pyramid style of writing to quickly convey the most important information of a story to readers. It works because no matter how far into an article someone reads the most important information gets through.

The more you read the more detailed information you get, but no matter where you stop reading the main message has been conveyed. Can web designers do something similar visually?

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Who’s Using Twitter And How They’re Using It

As Twitter continues to wax in popularity, the disparity of Twitter users across all demographics continues to wane. But as the Pew study also indicates, there is still a large portion of Internet users who continue to have no involvement with the site.


by Ethan Bloch
http://www.flowtown.com

101228-FLOW-WHOT

As Twitter continues to wax in popularity, the disparity of Twitter users across all demographics continues to wane. But as the Pew study also indicates, there is still a large portion of Internet users who continue to have no involvement with the site.

Read more: http://www.flowtown.com/blog/whos-using-twitter-and-how-theyre-using-it#ixzz19hKUlkwJ

¿Para qué sirve la publicidad?

Hace algún tiempo, hablaba por teléfono con alguien cuando me pidió, literalmente, “necesitamos un anuncio que venda mucho”.

He de reconocer que semejante pedido me dejó algo perplejo durante unos minutos. Cuando reaccioné, intenté explicarle, utilizando toda el arsenal retórico que pude reunir, que aquello era un pedido absurdo e improcedente. Pero para entonces, ya me había colgado, o se había dormido, no lo sé, pero el caso es que yo ya estaba hablando solo.

Esto es mucho más frecuente de lo que parece. Se pone en la publicidad una expectativa y una confianza en su supuesto “poder mágico” completamente exageradas e irracionales. Muchos cargan sobre los hombros de la publicidad todo el peso del marketing, confundiendo un término con otro. Y claro, a la hora de los resultados llega la decepción. Y con ella, la frase: “la publicidad no funciona”.

Así las cosas, y aprovechando las ganas aun de acabar aquella conversación telefónica, hoy he pensado: ¿para qué sirve la publicidad?. Creo que puedo explicarlo de una manera en la que podríamos ver también algunas formas interesantes de mejorar su rendimiento, reducirla e incluso, prescindir de ella. Allá vamos.

Imagino que os habréis topado alguna vez con un “funnel” más o menos así:

[Más…]

Hay versiones y variantes para todos los gustos, esta es sólo una más de ellas. Algo simplificada, lo reconozco, pero el caso es que quiero agregarle un par de capas… a ver que pasa.

Ya todos sabemos que estas son las etapas que debería atravesar una persona para convertirse en cliente de un producto o marca. Pero también, si cambiamos la óptica, son las etapas que debe atravesar un producto, o marca, para relacionarse con una persona. ¿Por qué se tiende a ver como un camino de una sola dirección? Es una vía de dos sentidos.


marketingdelretail.com

Hace algún tiempo, hablaba por teléfono con alguien cuando me pidió, literalmente, “necesitamos un anuncio que venda mucho”.

He de reconocer que semejante pedido me dejó algo perplejo durante unos minutos. Cuando reaccioné, intenté explicarle, utilizando toda el arsenal retórico que pude reunir, que aquello era un pedido absurdo e improcedente. Pero para entonces, ya me había colgado, o se había dormido, no lo sé, pero el caso es que yo ya estaba hablando solo.

Esto es mucho más frecuente de lo que parece. Se pone en la publicidad una expectativa y una confianza en su supuesto “poder mágico” completamente exageradas e irracionales. Muchos cargan sobre los hombros de la publicidad todo el peso del marketing, confundiendo un término con otro. Y claro, a la hora de los resultados llega la decepción. Y con ella, la frase: “la publicidad no funciona”.

Así las cosas, y aprovechando las ganas aun de acabar aquella conversación telefónica, hoy he pensado: ¿para qué sirve la publicidad?. Creo que puedo explicarlo de una manera en la que podríamos ver también algunas formas interesantes de mejorar su rendimiento, reducirla e incluso, prescindir de ella. Allá vamos.

Imagino que os habréis topado alguna vez con un “funnel” más o menos así:

Leer más “¿Para qué sirve la publicidad?”