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Netalyzr Determines Your Network Health


Beta web application Netalyzr is a free tool that analyzes your network for possible problems—large and small—helping you determine your overall network health.

As soon as you start the test (and agree to the security certificate), Netalyzer performs various tests on your computer’s connection. When the tests are complete, you’ll see an exhaustive rundown of all the results, including a handy “Noteworthy Events” section at the top that details the possible problem areas. Tests that pass are marked as green, minor problems are marked in yellow, and problems get the classic red. For a longer explanation of what each section is testing, just click the linked section title.

Did you give it a go? Let’s hear how your network handled the test in the comments.

Click here to Visit Netalyzr.

Microsoft admits spying on web users


Software king of the world Microsoft has defended its ad-targeting practices, claiming that it is a lot more responsible than others.

Microsoft In a document for a House committee Microsoft has more or less admitted collecting data on its Web users. Redmond said that it began collecting data outside its own Web sites in 2006, when it launched a third-party ad network, and that activity accelerated after the acquisition of aQuantive in 2007.

Microsoft said that while it started by offering an “opt-out” option on all pages on which it serves ads starting in the Spring.   Users were falling over themselves to sign up to give their data to Microsoft. Only 1,800 users had said no.

Although apparently finding the opt-out option on Microsoft’s page is just as easy as hunting a Snark or finding the Holy Grail.
Microsoft says it’s getting caned in the online ad business and the committee should look at Yahoo and Google if they want to see who the bad guys are.

Web search and emails most popular activities


Internt Search and Emails are most popular activiesGood news for Google, Yahoo, MSN, and maybe even Cuil – search engine use is on the rise, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. While it may seem like everyone has Googled themselves, Twittered some inane tidbit about their day, or shared a little too much via Facebook status updates, some people apparently only use the Internet to send useless forwards and check the weather. The ranks of the Internet illiterate are dwindling, however. The number of people who regularly use online search engines is up 69 percent from January 2002, the report said. E-mail use increased about 15 percent in the same time period, but e-mail has always been the most popular app on the Internet, wrote report author Deborah Fallows.
Among daily Internet activities, 60 percent use e-mail, 49 percent use online search, 39 percent check news, 30 percent check weather, 29 percent research a hobby, 28 percent surf the Web for fun, and 13 percent use social networking sites. This is the second time Pew has seen a jump in search engine use – the first being a 10 percent increase in late 2005 when there was a lot of media buzz around search engines, including the Google IPO. What accounts for the jump this time around? Fallows suggested that at this point, Internet users can find a high-performing, site-specific search engine on any Web site “that is worth its salt.” Increased access to broadband and the quality of search returns has also contributed to the rise in use, she wrote.

Watch the Olympics Online


The 2008 Beijing Olympics will happen while most Americans are sleeping. While NBC, the games’ official media outlet in the United States, will be providing thousands of hours of content on the web, the only way to truly ensure you won’t miss too many record-breaking moments is to spread yourself across the web and take advantage of the many video outlets online.

With opening ceremonies kicking off Friday, August 8, here is a compiled list of online destinations for getting your fix of the summer sporting events.

Google offers ‘Insights for Search’


Google has taken its popular Google Trends and launched a spin-off product called Google Insights for Search. Geared toward advertisers, it’s a tool to track a particular search term’s popularity across the Web and geographic regions of the world.

For Google, this can help boost advertiser confidence and potentially win its program some new converts who would’ve otherwise been skeptical regarding how effectively they could target an online ad campaign.

With Google Insights for Search, you can search for a term to track how much it’s been googled over time, where on a “heat map” it’s most popular, and what the top “related” and “rising” searches for the term are.

Results can also be filtered by geographic region, time frame, or category. Let’s say you search for “spears,” and most of the results on Google Insights for Search deal with some trashy pop star. But you happen to be the owner of a small business that creates replica medieval weapons, so that’s not the sort of spears you’re looking for. You can narrow your search down to a single field–“industries,” say, or “recreation,” and hope you see fewer instances of Britney and Jamie Lynn.

Here’s another one: search for “spaghetti,” and you’ll get a lot of results about people seeking recipes. But narrow it down to the “lifestyles” category, and you’ll see that most of the search results that Google Insights provides involve the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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