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Sweet… like a lemon !

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Initializing SEO

So, you have a business. You are doing quite OK and want to expand more. Someone suggested- “Why dont you go online?” Are you online?

“Yeah” you say. “I have a web site and the address is included in all of our advertising. But . . . Why wouldn’t people be able to find it?”

Your existing customers or people knowing your web address can surely find you online. Are you sure your advertising reaches to every potential customer of yours? What about people who dont read newspapers/ magazines having your ads. Are they tuning the right radio station. and what about the TV show you are sponsoring? Are they getting the thousands of mailers/brochures u mailed?

Here comes Search Engines. where people could just enter few words (called Keywords), click a button and it shows the link to Your Website!!! Isnt it greatt??

Yes, it is possible but need to do some work. Here SEO plays its role. SEO ensures that your website is “Search Engine Friendly”.

Q: Is it very complicated ?
A: Not really. some basic steps are easy and you can go for it. read the step by step procedures.

So, Now you are ready for SEO of your Website.

Ok, lets start from start.

Step 1: Have a list of target Keywords ready. You need to Insert/Embed them in your pages.

Keywords, keyterms, and keyphrases

Keywords, keyterms, and keyphrases are the words you want your Web site to rank well for in the search engine results pages(SERP). Depending on your audience, yours can be one word, a combination of words, or an entire phrase.

Finding Keywords: Many online tools are available which can help you get your keywords. Just Google the term: online keywords tool

Tip: A common mistake is keeping your business name as keyword. Eg: If your Business is “ABC Furniture Ltd” and if you use this as keyword, It will be helpful for those who know you. But other users will not search for “ABC Furniture Ltd”. They will search for more common terms as “Consultant”. Instead of targeting the keywords you would use to find your own website, find the keywords your potential customer will search for. (reference)

Step 2: Page Title – The title of the HTML page should be short, describing the page content accurately. Wherever possible, try to include keywords (without losing the true purpose of the title). For example:

<title>ABC Furniture Ltd.</title>

Step 3: Metatags – Use the description and keywords metatags in the head of each web page. Make these tags different on each web page.

<meta name=”description” content=”Suppliers of quality furniture and accessories at discount prices.”>
<meta name=”keywords” content=”furniture, office, store, shop, retail, discount”>

Step 4:
Heading Tags – Use heading tags. Search Engines place more emphasis on text within heading tags, so make sure they use keywords. Using one <h1> tag per page with the most important keywords is a good practice. Use other head tags also(<h2>, <h3>, etc) to provide variations and support to the main heading.

<h1>Tables</h1>
<h2>Office Tables</h2>
<p>… information about large Office Tables…</p>
<h2>Dining Tables</h2>
<p>… information about Dining Tables, etc etc…</p>

Step 5: Page Text – The text of your web pages must contain keywords, common phrases which users will search. Frequency of your keywords is also important – they should occur at least a few times, but should not be repeated so much that the copy becomes unnatural. The idea is to evenly spread keywords around without making it obvious.

<p>Buy office furniture at affordable prices from any of our retail stores.</p>

Remember that text contained within images won’t be picked up by search engines. Only actual text on the page will be indexed.

These are very basic steps towards SEO.

More articles to follow on SEO. .

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What is Android?


Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating
system, middleware and key applications. This beta version of the Android SDK
provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the
Android platform using the Java programming language.

Features

  • Application framework enabling reuse and replacement
    of components
  • Dalvik virtual machine optimized for mobile
    devices
  • Integrated browser based on the open source WebKit engine
  • Optimized graphics powered by a custom 2D graphics library; 3D
    graphics based on the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification (hardware acceleration
    optional)
  • SQLite for structured data storage
  • Media support for common audio, video, and still
    image formats (MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG, PNG,
    GIF)
  • GSM Telephony (hardware dependent)
  • Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and WiFi (hardware dependent)
  • Camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer (hardware dependent)
  • Rich development environment including a device
    emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance profiling, and a plugin for the Eclipse IDE

Linux Kernel

Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as
security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver
model. The kernel also acts as an abstraction layer between the hardware and
the rest of the software stack.

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The third cardinal virtue: Love




According to the dictionary: from the Latin amor:
strong affection that drives us towards the object of our desires; inclination of the soul and heart; affection; passion; exclusive inclination; theological grace.

In the New Testament: So faith, hope and love endure. These are the great three, and the greatest of them is love. (Corinthians 13:13)

According to etymology: the Greeks had three words to designate love: Eros, Philos and Agape. Eros is the healthy love between two persons that justifies life and perpetuates the human race. Philos is the sentiment that we dedicate to our friends. Finally, Agape, which contains both Eros and Philos, goes far beyond “liking” someone. Agape is total love, the love that devours those who feel it. For Catholics, this was the love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of the history of men. Those who know and feel Agape realize that nothing else in this world has any importance, only loving.

For Oscar Wilde:

Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
(Ballad of Reading Jail, 1898)

In a late 19th century sermon: Pour your lovegenerously on the poor, which is easy; and on the rich, who distrust everybody and cannot see the love that they so need. And on your neighbor – which is very difficult, because it is towards him that we are most selfish. Love. Never lose a chance to give joy to your neighbor, because you will be the first to benefit from this – even if nobody knows what you are doing. The world around you will become happier, and things will become easier for you.

I am in this world living the present. Any good thing that I can do, or any happiness that I can bring to others, please tell me. Don’t let me put things off or forget, because I shall never live this moment again. (Henry Drummond The Supreme Gift, [1851-1897])

In an e-mail received by the author: “While I kept my heart to myself, I never had a single morning of anguish or a single night of insomnia. Since I fell in love, my life has been a sequence of anguish, losses, confusion. I think that God, by using love, managed to hide hell in the middle of Paradise” (C.A., 23/11/2006)

For science: In the year 2000, researchers Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki, of University College in London, located the areas of the brain activated by romantic love by using a series of students who claimed to be madly in love. In the first place, they concluded that the zones affected by the sentiment are far smaller than they had imagined, and are the same as those activated by stimuli of euphoria, such as in using cocaine, for example. Which led the authors
to conclude that love is similar to the manifestation of physical dependence provoked by drugs.

Also using the same system of scanning the brain, scientist Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, concludes that three characteristics of love (sex, romanticism and mutual dependence) stimulate different areas of the cortex, and further conclude that we can be in love with one person, want to make love to another, and live with a third.

For a poet: Love possesses nothing and does not want to be possessed, because it is enough in itself. It will make you grow, and then throw you on the ground. It will whip you so that you feel your impotence, it will shake you to rid you of all your impurities. It will crush you to leave you flexible.

And then it will toss you in the fire so that you can become the blessed bread to be served at God’s sacred feast (The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran [1883-1931])

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Her Blog speaks about “The Last Lear”

The following article is by Shobhaa de. Mentioned in her blog.

Ok. I saw the film. I am neither jeering, nor leering. I love
Rituparno’s films (Antar Mahal, in particular), and this is clearly not
his most inspired movie. But it could well turn out to be Bachchan’s
best performance… and for more reasons than just Bachchan’s personal
competence as an actor.The reason why Amitabh is exceeding his own high
standards recently, has a lot to do with age and success. At 66, the
man has seen it all and pretty much done it all, on and off the screen.
Today, he is FREE!!To explore new genres, to do whatever the hell he
wants. In The Last Lear, HE DELIVERS AN EXQUSITELY NUANCED PERFORMANCE.
There is poignancy and pathos underlying every scene. He is wicked,
childlike, acerbic. arrogant and defeated by turn. The role could
possibly foretell Amitabh’s own future… or reflect his past (remember
, he nearly died performing a difficult stunt). The character and the
actor seem welded seamlessly. Harry breaks your heart with his fierce
sense of pride in his craft. But more than that, he also delivers a
scathing commentary on the superficiality, even cruelty of the tinsel
world, where the only God is the box office, and nobody gives a damn
about anything else.There is supreme irony in some amazingly written
scenes, which highlight the difference between a stage and screen
performance. Rampal scores once more with an intelligent and
understated performance. Not once is he intimidated in Bachchan’s
presence and holds his own with admirable finesse. Preity was pretty
good as well in a role that does not demand very much but still
contributes to the movie in its own way. Preity is outclassed by both
Shefali Shah and Divya Dutta, who are convincing and credible. But the
movie belongs entirely to the Big B.Who can forget his drunken scene
when he forgets his Shakespearean persona, slides back into his
Bengaliness, abandons his put- on Brit accent, and actually crawls to
Arjun’s feet, begging the young director to shoot the climax
differently. Amitabh was supreme. For that one scene alone, he deserves
every available award next year.

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