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There won't be uncensored internet access at Olympic media venues.

Stuff to Blog About: There won't be uncensored internet access at Olympic media venues.

The International Olympic Committee has said that there won't be uncensored internet access at Olympic media venues.

In a statement Kevin Gosper, International Olympic Committee (IOC) press commission chair, said:

“I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time (…). I also now understand that some IOC officials negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked on the basis they were not considered Games related.”

In reaction to the IOC statement, Mark Allison, East Asia researcher for Amnesty International said:
"The International Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games should fulfil their commitment to ‘full media freedom" and provide immediate uncensored internet access at Olympic media venues. Censorship of the internet at the Games is compromising fundamental human rights and betraying the Olympic values."
"This blatant media censorship adds one more broken promise that undermines the claim that the Games would help improve human rights in China."

Foreign journalists working from the Olympics press centre in Beijing are unable to access the Amnesty International website. A number of other websites are also reported to have been blocked.

Amnesty International published the report "Olympic Countdown: Broken Promises" which evaluates the performance of the Chinese authorities in four areas related to the core values of the Olympics: persecution of human rights activists, detention without trial, censorship and the death penalty. They all relate to the 'core values' of 'human dignity' and 'respect for universal fundamental ethical principles' in the Olympic Charter. The new report showed there has been little progress towards fulfilling the Chinese authorities' promise to improve human rights, but rather continued deterioration in key areas.

In response to these and other related issues, a resolution calling on the Chinese government to end human rights abuses immediately passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.The resolution, overwhelmingly approved on a 419-1 vote, comes just ahead of the start of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing .

Amnesty International spokesman Sam Zarifi says human rights activists, including those whose work is directly linked to the Olympics, are being locked up. Zarifi says the authorities are being overly sensitive to any potential criticism.

"The Chinese government has become so obsessed with projecting an image of stability and harmony that they won't allow any voice of disagreement, however reasonable or peaceful, so we see human rights activists being targeted," Zarifi said. "Even the promise that foreign media would be allowed to report completely freely as has been the case in previous Olympics, that has not been met."

Zarifi says The Foreign Correspondents Club of China, FCCC, has documented approximately 260 incidents of reporting disruptions this year, up from 180 in 2007.

The blocked sites will make it difficult for journalists to retrieve information, particularly on political and human rights stories the government dislikes. The censoring of sites such as Amnesty International or any search for a site with Tibet in the address can not be opened at the Main Press Center at the Olympic site, which will house about 5,000 print journalists when the games open Aug. 8.

"This type of censorship would have been unthinkable in Athens, but China seems to have more formalities," said Mihai Mironica, a journalist with ProTV in Romania. "If journalists cannot fully access the Internet here, it will definitely be a problem."

IOC officials have said the Internet would be operational by "games time," which began Sunday when the Olympic Village opened.

Blogger Known Issues

These are the more recent posts from Blogger Known Issues.It's important to keep up with these as they may answer some of your frustrating questions. Blogger will direct you to their help group if you wish to report issues. Getting help there may be another story. This is why the known issues page is important to check out.

Some users are experiencing problems with the Blog List widget. We are working hard on a fix, but in the meantime you can always remove the widget from the Layout | Page Elements tab.

Some users are experiencing problems with the poll widget. We're working on a fix.

If you would like us to email you when this bug has been fixed, please enter your email in the form here.

Currently on the limit for importing a blog is 1M, however, we are working on correcting this issue.


Blogs that require a word verification (CAPTCHA) for each post cannot schedule posts to publish in the future. Those posts will be saved as drafts. Blog owners should click the “?” help icon next to the word verification for instructions on how to get the blog reviewed and the word verification restriction removed.

New Plug-Ins for WordPress

Blog Summary

Blog Summary is an easy, efficient way to show your latest blog posts on a static page used for the home page. The list of blog posts produced is hAtom compliant and utilizes the semantic class-generating functions of the Sandbox, if the Sandbox or a Sandbox-based theme template is the active them


Post and Page Excerpt Widgets

Creates widgets that display excerpts from posts or pages in the sidebar. You may use 'more' links and/or link the widget title to the post or page. Requires Page Excerpt for page excerpts. Supports The Excerpt Reloaded.
  1. post-and-page-excerpt-widgets screenshot 1


GWA] Google YouTube Video Bar

This plugin will add a Google-YouTube Video Bar with targeted content to your weblog. Search results are obtained in real-time on post tags/slugs using the Google-YouTube Videobar API.

  • Display up-to-date targeted video content to keep visitors longer.
  • Set a default keyword to display specific content.
  • Display options select vertical, horizontal, full css control.
  • No developer key required. Uses public Google YouTube Video API
  • dynamic-youtube-videobar screenshot 1


Yahoo! Search Marketing

Cool Firefox Addons

Firefox in itself is a popular browser and with good reason. There are plenty of addons to make it even better.


by Mel Reyes (aka: mrtech), slyfox
Preview Image of Splash!
Adds a splash screen to most Mozilla and Mozilla Based products. Supports sound, opacity, CSS customization, custom images, and much more. You can add {appVersion}, {buildID} and {userAgent} to the loading text and it will be filled in for you.


by The Interclue Team
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Ever wanted to know what was behind the link before you clicked? Interclue tells you everything you need to know before you open yet another tab.


Flashblock is an absolute must-have for blocking Flash advertisements, auto-starting videos or annoying games. Using Flashblock will help you retain more of your memory and some of your sanity while browsing the interwebs. It has a white list as you can see below and requires Javascript to be enabled.

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Download FireFTP
1.0, English (0.5 MB)
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Cool Stuff From MyPageRank

Every now and then you stumble upon a site that offers a free service that is actually something that you can use. I stumbled upon a few of them listed on one site- mypagerank.

Check these out.
Seo Stats Some blog owners really get into this because it can be a direct indication of how their site is doing in the would of popularity, traffic and eventually, advertising money.
When was the Googlebot last on your site?

Googlebot last access

This lets you know how well your site fairs in the world of Google search engines.

Display in your site the last time Googlebot access your site ,

Sitemap Submitter

With this tool you can directly notify Google, Yahoo!, and about your new or updated sitemap file.You could probably do this on your own but, time can be precious.

Social Bookmark Tool

They will provide you with the customized html to add- which you can add as a gadget or directly to your html.


Free Counter

Choose counter style , click in style selected - Add your site url , initial counter and click in create counter cut and paste the code in your page ! Fast and easy no need register :)
You are actually redirected to
Some of the available counters;


A listing of their services;

Free Services

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The new search engine

Cuil- The new search engine

There is a new search engine out and they call themselves the "next generation search engine".

Cuil (pronounced COOL) provides organized and relevant results based on Web page content analysis. The search engine goes beyond today’s search techniques of link analysis and traffic ranking to analyze the context of each page and the concepts behind each query. It then organizes similar search results into groups and sorts them by category.

Cuil gives users a richer display of results and offers organizing features, such as tabs to clarify subjects, images to identify topics and search refining suggestions to help guide users to the results they seek.

“The Web continues to grow at a fantastic rate and other search engines are unable to keep up with it,” said Tom Costello, CEO and co-founder of Cuil. “Our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the Internet, placing nearly the entire Web at the fingertips of every user. In addition, Cuil presents searchers with content-based results, not just popular ones, providing different and more insightful answers that illustrate the vastness and the variety of the Web.”

Cuil’s technology was developed by a team with extensive history in search. The company is led by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson. Mr. Costello researched and developed search engines at Stanford University and IBM; Ms. Patterson is best known for her work at Google, where she was the architect of the company’s large search index and led a Web page ranking team. They refused to accept the limitations of current search technology and dedicated themselves to building a more comprehensive search engine. Together with Russell Power, Anna’s former colleague from Google, they founded Cuil to give users the opportunity to explore the Internet more fully and discover its true potential.

Cuil’s methods guarantee online privacy for searchers. Since the search engine ranks pages based on content instead of number of clicks, personal data collection is unnecessary, so personal search history is always private.

Summary of Cuil’s features:

  • Biggest Internet search engine—Cuil has indexed 120 billion Web pages, 3x more than any other search engine
  • Organized results—Cuil’s magazine-style layout separates results by subject and allows further search by concept or category
  • Different results—Unlike other search engines, Cuil ranks results by the content on each page, not its popularity
  • Complete privacy protection—Cuil does not keep any personally identifiable information on users or their search histories

About Cuil

Cuil (pronounced COOL) is a search engine that combines the largest Web index with content-based relevance methods, organized results, and complete user privacy. The company’s next generation approach to search is the result of proprietary breakthroughs in search architecture and ranking algorithms.

Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.



After you perform a search, you may see a panel on the right-hand side that says “Explore By Category” with a list of subjects related to your search. If you roll-over a category, it will open and show refinements related to your search. If you click on one, Cuil will direct you to this additional information. By looking at these suggestions, you may discover search data, concepts, or related areas of interest that you hadn’t expected. This is particularly useful when you are researching a subject you don’t know much about and aren’t sure how to compose the “right” query to find the information you need.

Roll-over definitions

When you pause on a subject suggested by “Explore By Category,” a definition of that term may appear. This gives you additional information to help you decide whether or not to click on that term and so save you some time.




Cuil helps you to search by offering you other choices and suggestions. Cuil will show you “Tabs” that suggest ways to clarify your search. For example, if you search for “Jaguar,” there are a number of things you could be searching for, like Jaguar cars, Jaguar cats, a football team called the Jaguars, etc. Just click on the tab that reflects your interest and Cuil will narrow your search appropriately.

Search Term Suggestions

Search Term Suggestions

Navigation suggestion

When you type a query, sometimes you'll see a search suggestion with an icon representing a website. Click on this link and you will go directly to that website. We let you look before you leap, because not everyone feels lucky.

How do I change my browser homepage to Cuil?

If you use Firefox, grab the little globe icon beside Cuil’s address in your browser and just drop it onto the house image on your toolbar.

For Internet Explorer, click on the arrow beside the house and then "add or change home page". Select "use this webpage as your only home page" and click Yes.

If you use Safari, edit your “Preferences.”

If you use Firefox, you can add Cuil to your search toolbar by clicking “Add Cuil to Firefox” at the bottom of the search results page.

The first time you go to Cuil you will see that Safe Search is ON by default; you can double check by looking at the Safe Search indicator on the upper right hand corner directly below the Cuil logo . When Safe Search is on, Cuil filters out adult oriented search results, so adult oriented images and/or text should not be displayed. We can’t guarantee that adult content will not be displayed even when Safe Search is on; so we recommend that you always supervise your child when using an Internet connected computer, no matter what

Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge. For knowledge, ask Cuil.

Re-evaluate your blog

Everyone who has had a website or blog for a long period of time can tell you that it is not a bad idea to re-evaluate your site from time to time. A re-evaluation can help you keep up with your readers and the times, help you stay focus or re-focus, or simply clean things up.

How often should you re-evaluate?
Do a quick over-all scan monthly.
Make sure that your links work, the page loads efficiently, your images display correctly and that all of the incoming comments meet up to your standards.

When you do a more in depth re-evaluation, go into it with the understanding that you may need to put some time into making a huge overhaul or some minor tweaks.
Have an open mind when you evaluate as your ideas may have changed or progressed and you may know your reader base a bit better.

Check these out;
  • Your sites primary purpose.Do your posts still match your intended purpose? Has your purpose changed? Do you need to change your purpose? Is there still a purpose?
  • Focus. Does your site still focus on the purpose? Have advertising and social needs taken over?
  • First impressions. Put yourself in the eyes of the visitor. What kind of first impressions are you getting from your site? Is the topic clear? Is the look pleasing? Are ads and social media items taking over?
  • Navigation and usability. Is the site easy to navigate? Ade there too many topics or topics that are hard to find? It may be a good time to add navigation and/or links to make it easier for people.
  • Dated look. Styles do come and go and it is possible that there may be something on your site that may date it. Be wary of images and colors as these may be be the first sign of being dated.
  • Do you really want or need everything that is on your site? It may be time to clean house and streamline things.
Website designers try to update or freshen a look at least yearly. This is done to make sure that everything is still working and remains relevant. Don't do this too often, such as monthly, as it can cheapen your look and make it look less consistent. When you do change things, make sure that at least one thing stays the same. It could be colors, a logo, or something else.

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Promote your business blog

This post is in conjunction to a series of posts concerning using a blog as your business website. For information on the related posts, visit the links below.
Gadgets to add to your business blogger blog.

Your Business Blog- Header Image

Customizing your business blog

Starting a Blog "Website" for your business

Use a Blog for Your Business Site

Extra Items to Add to Your Business Blog
Once you have your site up and running, it is time to promote it and let the world know that your site exists. Here are some tip to help promote your new blog website.

Start off by getting a domain name. .
I recommend GoDaddy. Domain name registration is easy and cheap to do with GoDaddy. They will show you how to point your domain name to your blog . Check out the prices there too! $6.95 .com Sale 120x90

20 ways to promote your business blog website.
  1. Make sure that your domain name is relevant to your business. The easier it is to remember, the more likely people will be to use it.
  2. Add your Domain name to everything. Get new business cards and stationary if you need to. It will be worth the investment.
  3. Promote your newsletter. You can do this simply by placing a reminder on invoices or have a sign-up sheet at your place of business.
  4. Advertise locally. You may need to spend a little to do this. Consider your local paper, programs for productions or sporting events, and local sponsorships.
  5. Internet advertising. Google, MSN, and Yahoo are good places to start. You can narrow the target views to your local area.
  6. Mention your website to your local affiliations. This includes Chambers of Commerce and clubs.
  7. Invent a contest that has people visit your site to find results or to sign up.
  8. Give something away on your site. Coupons and "deals of the week" are both good examples.
  9. Write a press release and send it to all local media members.
  10. Write an article and submit it to papers or local websites and blogs.
  11. If you have been published or have gotten publicity, get permission from the publisher to post a copy of it on your site.
  12. Start a list of people who would like to receive e-mails when you post coupons and specials.
  13. Be sure to list your website on listings such as telephone directories.
  14. Submit your site to Google Local and Yahoo local.
  15. Host a website launch celebration or party.
  16. Have a reason why people would want to visit your site. For instance, allow people to submit photographs or artwork to your site.
  17. Invite a local figure to be a guest blogger.
  18. Make sure that your site's domain name is on everything that has your business' name.
  19. Put your domain name on your business window, door and/or wall in large print.
  20. Use e-mail addresses for you and your employees that contain the domain name in it. Also, add it the the signature of all outgoing e-mails.

Extra Items to Add to Your Business Blog

I have been posting a series of blog posts that are focused around using a blog as your business website.

Gadgets to add to your business blogger blog.

Your Business Blog- Header Image

Customizing your business blog

Starting a Blog "Website" for your business

Use a Blog for Your Business Site

In this post, I will give you five extra touches that you can add to your blog to make it look like a website for your business.

1. Remove the Nav bar. The nav bar ins the bar at the top of your blog page. It is intended to be a navigation tool between Blogger blogs. Keeping it will make your blog look like a blog. Removing it will make your blog appear more like a website.
In order to remove it you need to go to the html link on your layout tab. Do a search (control +F most browsers) for </b:skin>

Paste the following code right before the </b:skin>.
</b:skin>.#navbar-iframe {  height:0px;   visibility:hidden;   display:none}

2. Make a Newsletter.
There are sites that can help you. Feedblitz.
and Feedburner are two popular services to check out. Once you sign up, they do all the work. All you need to do is add their widget to your site. You can set your preferences for the newsletter to go out daily, weekly etc. And, it can be done for free. When visitors sign up via your site, they will receive your newsletters which contain your posts.

3. Add a text or html with links Gadget to the bottom of your page that has essential links. You can easily model this after any professional website. Visit a few and see what they have at the bottom of their pages to get ideas

4. Visit a map service such as Mapquest and get the code to add directions to your physical business.

5. Add something local, such as a weather gadget. You can get this by using Blogger in Draft , go to your layouts tab, and add a gadget. Do a search for weather. There are currently 118 gadgets for weather so you may want to specify your location. Other sources for weather gadgets may be from your local TV station or< There are many more items that you can add to your blog to make it look like a website. The key is to not add too many as they may take away from your message or slow your load time down.

Gadgets to add to your busines blogger blog.

This post is in conjunction with a series of posts concerning using a blog as a business website.

The gadgets that you add to your blog should be information and promotional.
Informational gadgets should give the visitor the information that the reader wants to know about your business, you and your products. Promotional should promote your business, you and your products. Sticking to these guidelines will help you stay focused in your efforts.

Normally, I do my blogger work using my regular blogger dashboard. The older version of blogger seems to get along better with Firefox. I get fewer, if any, error messages. Using blogger in draft becomes frustrating when you get the error messages and have to deal with a Blogger Group, and only a Blogger Group in an attempt to get help, which is rare.

Once you have signed in, access blogger in draft . Go to your layouts tab and then page elements.
If you click on "add a gadget" you will see a plethora of gadgets to choose from. There are way too many to mention here.

The Gadgets that best promote and/or inform include;


Blog List Blog List Nice idea if you or co workers have a blog. You can do specialty departments. This list allows you to add snippets of information.

Subscription Links Subscription Links Let your readers easily subscribe to your blog with popular feed readers

Search Box Search Box ( Search over your blog, your blogroll, and everything you've linked to.

Poll Poll Survey your visitors by adding a poll to your blog.
You can ask potential clients what they would like to learn about or see.

Link List Link List Add a collection of your favorite sites, blogs, or web pages. You can use it to link to different associates or departments.

Picture Picture Add a picture from your computer or from somewhere else on the web. Great for promoting a product or building location of your business.

Text Text Add some words to your blog - like a welcome message - with our rich text editor.

HTML/JavaScript HTML/JavaScript Add third-party functionality or other code to your blog. This is useful if you are going to add something like a link to a professional organization or badge.

Feed Feed Add content from an RSS or Atom feed to your blog.
So easy to do and acts like a subscription RSS newsletter from another site.

Labels Labels Show all the labels of posts in your blog.
I prefer this to Archive as labels look less 'bloggy'.

Profile Profile Display information about yourself or your business.

Blog Archive Blog Archive Display links to older posts.
Useful if you will be doing a "how to" or similar blog.

Page Header
Page Header
Probably Already added Display your blog's title and description.

Many of these items allow you to use your imagination to use them in a different way that best meets your need. Take a look at them and they may help spark an idea.


Do you Knol?

Google Knol is Google's response to Wikepedia.

With Knol, individuals are able to share their knowledge on subjects. The only stipulation, according to Google, is that
you need is an account, a name and a desire to write and we'll take care of the rest.

Google thinks that you might want to use it to complement your blog. Blogs are great for quickly and easily getting your latest writing out to your readers, while knols are better for when you want to write an authoritative article on a single topic.

Except for the different format, you'll get all the things you've come to expect from Blogger in Knol. Like Blogger, Knol has simple web authoring tools that make it easy to collaborate, co-author, and publish. It has community features as well: Your readers will be able to add comments and rate your article, and, if you want, they'll be able to suggest edits that you can then either accept or reject. And, just like in Blogger, you can also choose to include ads from AdSense in your knols to perhaps make a little money.

One other important difference between Knol and Blogger is that Knol encourages you to reveal your true identity. Knols are meant to be authoritative articles, and, therefore, they have a strong focus on authors and their credentials. We feel that this focus will help ensure that authors get credit for their work, make the content more credible.

All in all, we think Knol will be a great new way for you to share what you know, inform people about an issue that is important to you, raise your profile as an expert in your field, and maybe even make some money from ads. Create your Knol right now for free.

Find out more here