Ramblings Software Technology

Hidden Text CSS – Googlebot is looking?

Hidden Text CSS is now readable by Googlebot? Well, here is some discussion on DigitalPoint forum on this topics:-

how can google automatically confirm that css is actually being used to hide text. Surely a human would need to confirm. For example, if I wanted to hide text i might use css to make my text the same colour as the background which Google could maybe check automatically but what if I use css to make my text the same colour as a background image? I say this because google obviously….

Personally I think Google will sooner or later fix up all the tricks, including trick like hidden text css.

The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)


Funny Ramblings Technology

GooglePages Loophole – Webmasters Beware!

A GooglePages loophole is being discussed in Digitalpoint Forum. One of the forumers GMail account got spammed and here is one point he mentioned:-

Then it came to me …


so a DaveN schoolboy error, for using a google product which gives away your Gmail Account .. or google for giving my Gmail Account so easily …..

Here is how to find a list of webmasters, with GMail account being your subdomain.

Try here .

The Google Story


Funny Ramblings

Funny Translation by Google

Saw this joke about funny translation by Google on DigitalPoint forum.

You can try the following on Google Translation .
Here is it:-

Pls do it right now & SEE the blunder made by google.

1. Open google
2. click ‘language tools’ link.
3. Write “Aishwarya’s mom is very nice” in ‘Translate text:’ textbox.
4.Select “English to Spanish” in the below combo.
5. Press Translate and wait for translation.
6. Now copy the translated text from the above text and paste it in the ‘Translate text:’ textbox.
7. Select “Spanish to English” in the below combo.
8. Press Translate and wait for translation.
9. Enjoy.

Struwwelpeter: Merry stories and funny pictures


Software Technology

Drupal Module – Service Links

Drupal Module – Service Links is a very useful module where you can add some very common sociable icons on your page. Here is what the writer says:

The service links module enables admins to add the following links to nodes:

* – Bookmark this post on
* Digg – Submit this post on
* Reddit – Submit this post on
* Technorati – Search Technorati for links to this post

The site owner can deside to show the links as text, image or both. What node types to display links for and if the they should show on the front page or not.

Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress


Software Technology

Drupal Install Sceenshots

Drupal Install Sceenshots is a collection of Drupal installation related image gallery. You can find some useful screenshots in order to install, configure and use the many useful function of Drupal, one of my favourite CMS (Content Management System).

Drupal is software that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a great variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to set up scores of different kinds of web sites, including

  • community web portals and discussion sites
  • corporate web sites/intranet portals
  • personal web sites
  • aficionado sites
  • e-commerce applications
  • resource directories

Drupal includes features to enable

  • content management systems
  • blogs
  • collaborative authoring environments
  • forums
  • newsletters
  • picture galleries
  • file uploads and download

Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress


Ramblings Technology

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 is something that every webmaster should know about, especially we bloggers 😉

Here is some words from EFF website.Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Congress enacted section 1201 in response to two pressures. Congress was responding to the perceived need to implement obligations imposed on the U.S. by the 1996 World Intellectual Property Or–ganization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty. Section 1201, however, went further than the WIPO treaty required.[2] The details of section 1201, then, were a response not just to U.S. treaty obligations, but also to the concerns of copyright owners that their works would be widely pirated in the networked digital world.[3]

Section 1201 contains two distinct prohibitions: a ban on acts of circumvention, and a ban on the distribution of tools and technologies used for circumvention.

The first prohibition, set out in section 1201(a)(1), prohibits the act of circumventing a technological measure used by copyright owners to control access to their works (“access controls”). So, for example, this provision makes it unlawful to defeat the encryption system used on DVD movies. This ban on acts of circumvention applies even where the purpose for decrypting the movie would otherwise be legitimate. As a result, when Disney’s Tarzan DVD prevents you from fast-forwarding through the commercials that preface the feature presentation, efforts to circumvent this restriction would be unlawful.

Dmca: The Digital Millenium Copyright Act


Ramblings Technology

The Next Big Thing – No More

This news about The Next Big Thing comes from IBM’s Executive Vice President:-

Nicholas Donofrio, Big Blue’s executive vice president of innovation and technology, made the provocative declaration Tuesday in an interview with ZDNet Asia. He was in Singapore for the Infocomm International Advisory Panel’s first gathering, organized by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

“If you’re looking for the next big thing, stop looking.”

— Nicholas Donofrio, IBM

Donofrio said: “The fact is that innovation was a little different in the 20th century [than it is today]. It’s [now] not easy to come up with greater and different things.” “If you’re looking for the next big thing, stop looking. There’s no such thing as the next big thing,” he added.

It is quite sad hearing about this from someone in the field of innovation and technology. But sincerely, I do not think so.

The Next Big Thing


Ramblings Software

How To Be More Sociable – in Blogging

How to be more sociable in blogging means giving easier way for your blog readers to share the piece of information that they enjoy. Readers will like to have ways to share with outhers likemind people on things they like while reading blogs.

So here come the much likable and sociable plugin,

Sociable: Quick Social Bookmarking Plugin for WordPress

A ’sociable’ is analgous to having a party. A sociable is also what one might yell at a party/ bar on the east coast of Canada in order to get all his or her friends to raise their glass, yell “sociable!!!!” and then take a few slugs. You can also do this when being simply around easterners too. Try it with your friends, but do you really need an excuse to bring the glass to your lips?

And some screen shots:-

How to be more sociable image 1

Sociable Letters


Hardware Technology

2GB/4GB Ipod Nano Review

2GB/4GB Ipod Nano Review iamge

2GB/4GB Ipod Nano Review by the guys in is very detailed with alot of information on the new flash-based Ipod Nano.

The iPod Mini hadn’t even celebrated its second birthday, yet the rise of the Nano signals a quick death of what was considered to be one of the hottest portable audio products in history. Perhaps Apple had been sitting on its duffels for too long. The Mini’s lack of a color screen and abysmal battery life would never let Apple take control of the small player market. Jobs and company couldn’t sit still, so they’ve knocked out the two biggest problems with one punch.

The Specs

Model: MA004LL/A, MA099LL/A, MA005LL/A, MA107LL/A
Storage Capacity: 2GB / 4GB
Battery Life: Up to 14 hours music playback, 4 hours slideshow w/music
Display: 1.5-inch color LCD
Connector: USB
Charge time: About 3 hours
Audio Formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF (supported bit rates vary)
Photo: Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG formats
Size: 3.5H x 1.6W x 0.27D
Weight: 1.5 ounces
Included Accessories: Ear bud headphones…

Apple 4 GB iPod Nano Black



Abandoned Insane Asylum

Abandoned Insane Asylum or Dixmont State Hospital aka Western Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane is quite a scary place to be.

The hospital opened in 1859 and was named after the social reformer Dorothea Dix. Dorothea was a soft-spoken crusader for the proper care and treatment of the mentally insane and chose the 400 acre site for the hospital. When it opened Dixmont had 140 beds, but during the latter part of the 1900’s the hospital was filled with over 1,000 patients ….

The Cramps - Live at Napa State Mental Hospital