ഗൂഗിള്‍ releases Similar Images Search

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Google just released a service that several other companies were experimenting with in the last years. Similar Images Search helps you find images that are similar, but not necessarily exactly the same. This can be very useful for certain projects and now that Google is behind this technology we have a huge library of images to search from.

To use it simply search for keywords and then click the Similar images link below the thumbnail. You can learn more by watching this goofy video by google:


Encrypt and password protect your pdfs

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The confidentiality of the materials you create for you client is very important. And, the bigger the account the bigger the stakes. Email is not a secure communication channel by default. Admins of every server that your email passes through can theoretically read your non-encrypted email.

Therefore, it doesn't hurt to add an extra layer of security when sending through important documents and presentations to your client. So, how to secure your documents without complicated additional software?

securing your pdfs
Securing your pdfs and jpegs is very easy. You can open them in Preview and resave them as pdf with the Encrypt option switched on.

securing your pdfs
Now, enter your password twice.

securing your pdfs
When your client or any other unintended recipient tries to open the pdf it will ask for a password.

Make sure to send the password in a separate email or other communication channel, such as IM or phone.

If you are saving from Adobe graphics or Apple's iWork applications you will have extra options to secure your pdf separately securing against copying or printing. Altough I think both of these options are pretty much useless, because they don't protect against retyping or a screen-shoot.

Finally Microsoft is putting IE6 to death

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Last Friday Eric Hebenstreit a lead programmer at Microsoft announced that starting from end of April MS will start offering IE8 as an update for users who are still on IE6 or IE7.

IE6 was a huge pain in back for all of us who ever tried to put a website together. It increased the time and effort required to build a website at least two fold, by requiring web designers to come up with bug fixes and tricks to find a way around IE6's poor HTML and CSS rendering capabilities.

This resulted in higher costs for clients and sometimes poor user experience for the visitors. Indirectly IE6 wasted a lot of money for end users and companies by increasing the bandwidth required to load websites and thus increasing internet subscription fees. IE6 also managed to hold back the industry several years by not allowing website builders use advanced technologies and forcing them to rely on technology that IE6 supported.

But, all is forgiven, because Microsoft finally turned things around and released IE7 and IE8 in a relative quick succession bringing IE up to speed with modern browsers.

Today IE6's browser market-share is between 10-20% depending on the statistics you look at and it's still large enough for companies to require compatibility. This number was dropping by about 1% in the last 6 month. And hopefully with the update to be released in the coming weeks IE6 will drop below 5% within 2-3 month. At that point we can disregard IE6 altogether finally putting an end to the misery.