GOOGLE SEARCH OPTIONS

Google does not change its search results pages very often. Today it added a deceptively simple new “Show options” link that gives you some very deep ways to refine your searches.

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When you click on “Show options,” you’ll get a variety of ways to generate different views of the search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH

Small businesses should pay close attention to this article about a recent change in the way Google reports search results. Apparently Google recently began analyzing the IP address where a search originates and giving higher placement to local businesses, even if the search doesn’t include a particular location.

For your business, the process begins by putting information into the “Google Local Business Center.” Someone from your business has to log in with a free Google Account and put in a few details about the business. […] continued

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KAISER RECORDS IN A FLASH

Kaiser is taking an interesting step to make your medical records available to you in a flash. Let me give you some background, then tell you about yet another of the ways that the world is changing around us.

Technology is going to play a major role in the health care debate that is about to take place in the US. […] continued

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GOOGLE PROFILES

There’s no shortage of places to create an online presentation of yourself – Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Windows Live Spaces, and many more.

When you’re going to look for someone online, though, you still probably start by typing their name into Google. Today Google took a step to increase the visibility of your “Google Profile,” by making your Google profile visible at the bottom of the results that come up in a search for your name. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL BLOSSOMS INTO GOOGLE VOICE

After years of uncertainty, Google announced Google Voice yesterday, the expanded version of its phone service GrandCentral. As a GrandCentral subscriber, I’ll be upgraded to the new service soon; it will be open to everyone in a few weeks. I am delighted and a bit surprised – there had been no indication that anything was being done with GrandCentral, which gave all the appearance of being deceased. […] continued

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GOOGLE: THE WHOLE INTERNET IS MALWARE

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From the official Google blog today:

“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!

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If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.

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GOOGLE UPDATE

Google is going to take over the world and make all our computers unnecessary and put Microsoft out of business. Or it’s going to continue to drop just about everything it touches except the search business. It’s an interesting world!

On the “take over the world” side are the rumors of GDrive, free or cheap online file storage similar to Microsoft’s Live SkyDrive. […] continued

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WINDOWS AZURE & LIFE IN THE CLOUD

“Windows Azure” is a terrible name but you need to be aware of it anyway. Windows Azure is a breathtakingly ambitious platform outlined by Microsoft at last week’s Professional Developer Conference, another attempt by Microsoft to position itself to profit from a paradigm shift that will be just as important as the move to the Internet in the 90s. […] continued

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DELL DOCK MIMICS MACS

I set up a new Dell Inspiron 518 desktop computer today – a nice home computer, a lovely case bristling with USB ports and shiny black plastic that will attract dust like nobody’s business, fast and well-equipped, shipped with the correct configuration and working out of the box, as usual with Dell. […] continued

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GOOGLE ANDROID

T-Mobile introduced the first cell phone based on Google’s Android operating system to much fanfare a few days ago. Although Android has some interesting features and much promise, I don’t expect to see anyone holding the T-Mobile G1 in Sonoma County for a while, since T-Mobile is a fringe player with limited coverage up here (and certainly no connection anywhere nearby to its high speed 3G data network). […] continued

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GOOGLE CHROME & IE8

google_chrome_preview There are new Internet browsers available in the news – Microsoft made a beta release of Internet Explorer 8 available last week for testing, and Google caused a fuss when it released a beta version of Chrome today, possibly as a hasty response to Microsoft’s release.

Google envisions a future where all of our work is done in an Internet browser. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL & GOOGLE BLACK HOLE

GrandCentral is a wonderful free service for handling phone calls. When you sign up, you pick a new phone number and do a few minutes of easy setup. Then when someone calls that number, all of your phones ring simultaneously and you can answer any of them.

I’ve relied on GrandCentral for more than a year. […] continued

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OUTLOOK vs. GMAIL

Microsoft Exchange and Outlook dominate the market for corporate email. Small businesses running Exchange Server use Outlook almost exclusively. Until recently, even individuals and businesses without a server would use Outlook with their POP3 mail accounts.

But in the last couple of years, almost everyone has started to chafe at a singular disadvantage of an individual copy of Outlook: it can’t be used easily anywhere except by sitting at the computer where it’s installed. […] continued

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BLACKBERRY MANIA

Blackberry smartphones are mindbogglingly popular. I’m being asked about them more often than iPhones. That shouldn’t be a surprise – almost half the smartphones sold in the first quarter of 2008 were Blackberry devices, a significant increase over the previous quarter, while the market share of iPhones took a nose dive in the same period, according to the Associated Press. […] continued

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ACROBAT ONLINE

Adobe has launched an online suite of software and services, along with announcing the July release of Acrobat 9. It’s all interesting but I have a sense of overload already, and we’re still very early in the new age of online web services.

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Acrobat.com is ready for you to begin using for free – an email address and a password opens up online file storage, convenient file sharing, an online word processor, web conferencing, and a PDF converter. […] continued

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