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More fun and function for your computer

ERIN PHEIL
eRin pheiL
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Continuing on from the theme of our last column, here are more great items from my master “ideas and notes” list. Take a look; I hope you find something you like.- Looking for something fun? Try this: http://tinyurl.com/2jvj8! A Swiss fellow has created animations and movies out of nothing but typed letters and numbers. Click one of his movies, wait a short moment and smile.- The other day I came across an article in “Inc.” magazine discussing the future of search on the web, beyond Google. One of the interesting companies it reviewed was California-based Snap, a company planning to take “paid search” to a whole new level.Pay-per-click rates got you down? Not to worry, Snap is planning on launching “Pay-per-action” advertising. That’s right; rather than pay for unique visits to your website (as companies do with Google AdSense) companies will pay only when a specific action is made, such as a sale.

The paradigm of paying per completed transaction instead of per site visit is sure to not only cut down on “click-fraud” (when competitors click on your ad simply to make your advertising bill higher), but to permanently restructure the world of paid online advertising altogether.- Speaking of pay-per-click fraud, if you feel you’ve been a victim or if you’re simply interested in learning about this widespread problem, you can learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/5k6g2, and here: http://news.com.com/2100-1024_3-5273078.html. There are a variety of programs specializing in detecting and tracking click fraud as well. An example can be found here: http://www.clickdetective.com.- No matter how well you take care of your computer, it’s a fact that some of your programs, at some point in time, will crash. Many Windows XP users find it an even bigger pain, though, that after every crash, a window pops open and asks if you want to send information to Microsoft about the crash.

If you’d like to stop these post program-crash popups from displaying, follow these steps: 1) Go to Start>Control Panel>System (Some of you may have to first select “Settings” after clicking on the Start button). 2) Select the Advanced Tab, then click on “Error Reporting” 3) Select “Disable Error Reporting” 4) Click OK. And that’s all there is to it.- Curious as to what the most popular web search terms were for 2004? Would you have guessed that Janet Jackson was No. 1 and Britney Spears has been bumped down to No. 4? Would it surprise you if I said the IRS was No. 27 and Prom Hairstyles was No. 80? And what reaction would you have if I told you that John Kerry was No. 97 while George W. Bush was No. 81?

To see the top 100 search terms of 2004 for yourself, head over to: http://50.lycos.com/121504.asp.See you next time!eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). Based in Frisco, timeforcake is a creative web and graphic design firm. eRin can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at info@timeforcake.com.


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