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Cancer Can’t Take A Joke


Anna Lea West

Several years ago, my sister was diagnosed with cancer—Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

If ever there was a time to vehemently deny the title of this blog and the notion that Life Is Funny (even when it’s not), it was at this moment. Life wasn’t funny and I didn’t think it ever would be again. I was devastated by her diagnosis.

It was my closest dealing with the c-monster and I was terrified of the unknown and heartbroken that it was her—my very own sister—who was stricken with the unpredictable and vengeful disease.

I wasn’t even living in the same state as her when the cancer was detected, so my first step was to come home for a few weeks while she endured a battery of tests to better categorize her diagnosis and confirm its stage of progression.

My mom also came down to stay with us, and during one of the first…

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The Time Capture (day 78)


The Time Capture (day 78)

Time can only be forgotten temporarily in a fairytale house

ToDoiT – Manage your Daily Tasks


ToDoiT is a user friendly daily tasks organizer with interactive user interface and offers synchronization across devices

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Swipe rows to delete a tasks or to mark it as complete
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Adding new tasks and editing existing ones were never so easy before…… tasks equipped with recurring capabilities

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ToDoiT can be synchronized across devices using Dropbox account
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To download on iPhone visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/todoit-manage-your-daily-tasks/id725198349?mt=8
Or Visit Developer’s Website : http://apps.renzym.com
Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/renzym.inc

365 days | Behind the lens (day 15)


Baby and the talking Frog

I wanna see the same dream which you are dreaming..

How to open office 2007 files into Office 2003


Today tip will help you to resolve the compatibility issues between the Office 2003 and Office 2007. Because all programs in office 2003 used the old file extensions for its different programs. For example Word 2003 saved files with extension .doc, Excel 2003 with .xls and PowerPoint with .ppt. but on the other office 2007 used the new file extensions for its different programs. For example Word 2007 saved files with extension .docx, Excel 2007 with .xlsx and PowerPoint with .pptx. Now the problem is that when you will try to open office 2007 files into office 2003 and you will not open the file due to compatibility issues between both office versions. Microsoft provides a free compatibility pack to convert office 2007 documents to the office 2003 format. There are many third party free converter are available but here we are using Microsoft office compatibility pack.

Follow the given steps to download free Microsoft compatibility pack and install it.
To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with administrative rights.
Visit the following link to download the Microsoft compatibility pack:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

Google Gets Spammed


Google’s spam-fighting system is apparently too good. A couple of years ago, Google accidentally mistook the company’s own Custom Search Blog as spam. The Google blogging team in charge of updating the website didn’t notice the warning messages indicating that the blog would be deleted if the user didn’t clarify that it wasn’t spam. When the blog was automatically deleted, another Web user took over the domain name for the site. The Google bloggers initially suspected an external hack job, but then they realized what had gone wrong. They got the domain name back — and then presumably blogged about the whole ordeal.

A Search Engine That Relies on Humans


A report this week laying out a strategy for social search has been getting a good deal of attention in tech circles. The paper, “Anatomy of a Large Scale Social Search Engine,” was written by Damon Horowitz and Sepandar Kamvar of Aardvark, one of several companies working on creating social search engines. As of October 2009, Aardvark had about 90,000 users.

Social search aims to connect people with questions to people who can answer those questions. By contrast, regular Web searches take questions, break them into keywords, and then find Web sites that have the most relevance to these keywords. The idea has been floating around tech circles for years. Yahoo, among others, has tried to develop social search as a way to challenge Google.

The idea has gained momentum with the increased use of Twitter and Facebook, where people rely on their networks for information, blasting queries to their social networks and, if their networks are good enough, getting useful, personalized responses. Aardvark and competitors like Mahalo are trying to create better tools for people with questions to connect to people with answers. There are some people who think social search has the potential to go beyond Google and fundamentally change the way people use the Internet.

Indeed, the authors draw a parallel between their report and another that the founders of Google published in 1998, “Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Search Engine,” which hinted at its own paradigm shift. The paper described a prototype of the Google search engine, which is based on the theory of reading hyperlinks and other data to determine how relevant Web sites were to a user’s search.

Aardvark uses various factors to identify who it thinks are the best people to answer a question, then poses the question to them. Among the things it tries to determine are the expertise a potential answerer has about a subject, how closely connected the two people are, and how quickly the answerer is available.

From a technical standpoint, Aardvark’s task is easier than Google’s. As the tech-news blog TechCrunch put it, “On Google, when you type in a query, the engine has to pair you up with exact websites that hold the answer to your query. On Aardvark, it only has to pair you with a person who knows about the topic — it doesn’t have to worry about actually finding the answer, and can be more flexible with how the query is worded.”

But there are also some significant shortcomings to Aardvark’s approach. Getting answers through social search requires someone else to do something, so it cannot produce the instant gratification that comes from typing something into a Web search box and watching a page of results appear. For Aardvark to be successful, it needs to enlist the participation of competent answerers. (Aardvark says that more than half of the questions posed received an answer within 10 minutes.)

There is also the question of whether or not to trust the answer one gets through a social search. How do you know if the person who answered your question is qualified to answer?

Social search will not replace conventional search, say its proponents. Instead, it will become another tool for Web users, like other specialized search tools such as Wolfram Alpha. Aardvark said in its blog post:

We demonstrate that there is a large class of subjective questions — especially longer, contextualized requests for recommendations or advice — which are better served by social search than by web search. And our key finding is that whereas in the Library paradigm, users trust information depending upon the authority of its author, in the Village paradigm, trust comes from our sense of intimacy and connection with the person we are getting an answer from.

Mac Slocum wrote on O’Reilly Radar that another factor — the increased use of mobile computing — may be the final piece of the puzzle for social searches. “Mobile search has to be concise and targeted. Results that emanate from a trusted network of friends and associates certainly fit that bill,” he said. “Toss in more geolocation features and improved speech recognition, and the utility of mobile-based social search could get really interesting.”

Aardvark’s report gives an idea of what niche it sees social search filling. For one, mobile Aardvark users are more active than desktop users. Questions on social search also tended to be more complex and more subjective than the average Web search question. As for the issue of trust, the closer a responder was to the questioner’s social network, the more likely the questioner was to be satisfied with the answer.

According to Aardvark’s report, the most common questions being asked are restaurants and bar recommendations, product reviews and help, local services and travel. And, as with all new buzzy technologies, a sizable chunk of the questions people are asking are about Aardvark itself.

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