Category: Cool


It snowed in the Sahara desert

Yaa, It is true. On February 18, 1979, snow fell in that desert. No records indicate that Sahara Desert had snowed there before or since. . .

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Don’t worry, It quickly melted.

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If you are using a free wordpress theme, you may find some bad codes in the footer.php file. No problem, it is not a virus. It is the encrypted footer.

Many of the free WordPress themes comes with encrypted footer. It contains the credit links to the auther. The authors are encrypting this to avoid link removal. Those themes are made free for you because of these credit links. Many theme authers will encrypt this. The encrypted footer causes many problem.  For many applications like google analytics, Payperpost etc. a code is need to be pasted in footer. The encrypted footer will not  allow this.

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In such cased you need not change the template. Here is a way for Removing WordPress Theme Footer Encryption.
Step1: Log-in to wp-admin and Go to http://xxxxxxxx.xxx/wp-admin/theme-editor.php

On the right side of the editor, you will find many files like archieves.php, header.php, sidebar.php, footer.php, index.php etc. Go to main index template by clicking on index.php

In some themes there may be a file called Home.php In such themes, go to edit that file.

At the end of that file you can find a code:

<?php get_footer(); ?>

Change it into:

<!--Footer code starts here-->

<?php get_footer(); ?>

<!--Footer code ends here-->

Then Open the site. Then view the source code. It can be viewed by clicking View -> Source (in explorer) or  View -> Page Source (in firefox).  At the end you can see some code between the 2 strings.

<!--Footer code starts here-->

    footer code

<!--Footer code ends here-->

Copy the code between<!–Footer code starts here–> and<!–Footer code ends here–> and paste it to the footer.php in the theme editor.
U decoded it. Now you can paste Google analytics code in the footer. Or web site tracker or code from http://whos.amung.us to find how many people online.

One more thing, Don’t forget to add “wp_footer()” function. Some plugins have to add some php codes in the footer. Such plugins won’t work if ther’s no wp_footer function.  It’s easy. Just paste

<?php wp_footer(); ?>

before </body> tag.

Make sure that  you are not removing the credit links or sponsor links. Because you are enjoying a free theme because of that link (Be honest). These links will not cause any problem for your blog.

Some authers allow removal of such links by paying a small amount to them.

In some themes there may a widget enabled footer. In such themes after decoding you will get static code. In such cases find the code for widgets from wordpress support forum.

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Ferrari Aurea

Keeping cars from collision

Every minute, on average, at least one person dies in a crash. If you read this article from start to finish,
30 or more deaths will have occurred across the globe by the time you are done. Auto accidents
will also injure at least 10 million people this year, two or three million of them seriously.

All told, the hospital bills, damaged property, and other costs will add up to 1–3 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and  development. For the United States alone, the tally will amount to roughly US $200 billion. And, of course, thelosses that matter most are not even captured by these statistics,
because there’s no way to put a dollar value on them.
Engineers have been chipping away at these staggering numbers
for a long time. Air bags and seat belts save tens of thousands
of people a year. Supercomputers now let designers create
car frames and bodies that protect the people inside by
absorbing as much of the energy of a crash as possible. As a
result, the number of fatalities per million miles of vehicle travel
has decreased. But the ultimate solution, and the only one that
will save far more lives, limbs, and money, is to keep cars from
smashing into each other in the first place.
That is exactly what engineers in the United States, Europe,
and Japan are trying to do. They are applying advanced microprocessors,
radars, high-speed ICs, and signal-processing chips
and algorithms in R&D programs that mark an about-face in the
automotive industry: from safety systems that kick in after an accident
occurs, attempting to minimize injury and damage, to ones
that prevent collisions altogether.
The first collision-avoidance features are already on the
road, as pricey adaptive cruise control options on a small
40 group of luxury cars. Over the next few years, these systemswill grow more capable and more widely available, until they
become standard equipment on luxury vehicles. Meanwhile,
researchers will be bringing the first cooperative safety systems
to market. These will raise active safety technology to the next
level, enabling vehicles to communicate and coordinate responses
to avoid collisions. Note that to avoid liability claims in the event
of collisions between cars equipped with adaptive cruise control
systems, manufacturers of these systems and the car companies
that use them are careful not to refer to them as safety devices.
Instead, they are being marketed as driver aids, mere conveniences
made possible by new technologiesFurther in the future, developments by private research groups
and publicly funded entities such as the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint
Program Office, and Japan’s Advanced Cruise-Assist Highway
System Research Association, may make driving a completely
automated experience. Communication among sensors and
processors embedded not only in vehicles but in roads, signs, and
guard rails are expected to let cars race along practically bumper
to bumper at speeds above 100 km/h while passengers snooze,
read, or watch television.

History of search engines

The grandfather of all search engines
called Archie can be traced way back to
1990 created by Alan Emtage, a student at
McGill University in Montreal. That was a
time when the primary modus operandi
of sharing fi les across the network was
File Transfer Protocol (FTP). In this method,
anyone who has to share a fi le would run
a service called FTP server. A user requiring
this fi le would connect to the PC using
another program called FTP client. The
availability of fi les for sharing would be
divulged by posting on discussion forums
or mailing lists in what could be termed as
the Internet, equivalent to word of mouth.
Later, anonymous FTP sites came into being
allowing users to post or retrieve the fi les.
Archie changed all this by combining a
script-based gatherer, which would scour
the FTP sites creating indexes of the fi les on
its run. The regular expression matcher of it
allowed the users to access its database.
If Archie is called the grandfather of
search engines then Veronica can rightly be
called the grandmother. This search engine
was developed in 1993 at the university of
Nevada System Computing Services Group.
It was a lot similar to Archie but worked on
Gopher fi les. Gopher is a service akin to FTP
but comprises plain text documents.
Matthew Gray’s World Wide Web
Wanderer, the mother of search engines,
was the fi rst to employ the “robot” concept.
A robot is essentially a software program
designed to access all web pages using
the links found in the web pages already
accessed. Though it was fi rst designed to
count the number of web servers, later it
started capturing URLs as it went along
creating the fi rst web database called
Wandex. Mathew Gray’s wanderer fueled
the development of many more robot-based
search engines, many of which power
today’s search engines.
Types of search engin

Page ranking

The success of a search engine is measured
by the relevance of its search results. This
fi nal job of displaying the search results
in your web browser is handled by the
page-ranking component of a search
engine. People who dabble in search engine
optimization make it their task to fi gure
out ways to program web pages so as to
enable them to show up within the fi rst 10
results of a search query. Hence, unraveling
the secrets of the algorithms employed by
the search engines can help enthusiasts
create pages with the high rankings.
Although the inner details of the
algorithms employed by the search engines
are not publicly available, the manner
in which the results are displayed gives
some insight into the criteria used for
ranking pages. These tell-tale signs could
be the title of the web page, headings,
links of titles within a page, frequency and
prominence of a word on a page, popularity
of a link, freshness of information on that
page, etc.
Some users employ devious means
to wrongfully create pages to appear at
the higher ranks in a search query even
though the page might not contain
relevant information. This is known
as “spamdexing”. People who practise
spamdexing are called search engine
spammers. There is a subtle difference
between search engine optimization and
spamdexing. Spamdexing is more of a
crooked art aimed at misleading search
engines while SEO is the art of adding
quality-rich results to a search query, in
such a way that the page gets listed by
way of its own merit. There is a downside
though to spamdexing which makes the
spammers wary—if the search engine
concludes that a particular page has
resorted to deceitful means to enhance
its ranking, the particular site can be
blacklisted and not considered in the
future. The golden rule is that a page gets
listed only if it has original quality content.

Analyzing handwriting or writing style
have been considered an art so far. But
with the advent of a calligraphy-deducing
application developed by Virginia-based
Gannon Technologies Group, the practice will
acquire a more scientifi c approach.
Gannon Technologies unveiled their
technology at the annual meeting of
American Association for the Advancement
of Science, where they were armed with a
dozen computers and a database of 500
handwriting samples, all of which were
reproductions of a single paragraph titled
“London Letter”. The company claims that
their application can differentiate varied
forms of handwriting while simultaneously
matching different samples of the
handwriting of the same person.

Here, the key functional area is statistical
analysis. From size to curvature gradation
of each and every character, the instrument
measures more than 200 different
parameters of a letter or a digit. Currently,
the group is also attributing a substantial
amount in research and development to
prove that the technology attains the same
accuracy level as that of DNA analysis.
It is felt that this technology of
evaluation will assign a scientifi c precision
to the forensic investigators’ or document
examiners’ efforts. Presently, this discerning
is solely dependent on manual skills to judge
and draw a conclusion on whether a writing
style presumed to be somebody’s is truly
his. But the prosecutors can challenge these
conclusions as they are aware about the fuzz
factor and the lack of proper technology to
substantiate such arguments. However,
with the new technology in hand, the
handwriting experts should calibrate
their scale of opinions ranging from
“certainty”, “highly probable”, “merely
probable” and “no conclusion” to
something more specifi c and fi gurative.

I am JOSE

I am Jose Thomas. This is my first post.