Monday, February 23, 2009

Fight your way to online plagiarism through

It hurts to get your post copied by other by doing just ctrl + c and ctrl + v. I have learnt it the hard way. So here is a website that might help protect your posts or articles from being copied.
The copyscape is online service for detecting the online plagiarism. It uses the text medium to find the duplicates.
+ points
* Has free service but limited.
* $0.05 per search for premium
* Preety useful for free users, can be very useful for premium users.

-ve points
* If you are not a member then you can search maximum 5 times from a computer in a month. No, removing cookies won't work.
* Only 10 results are shown for non members with so called top 10 tag.
* Shows results of even 2-3 words being the same.
Thats good
But see this
And the review ends. Please comment if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yahoo! Search, Tips and Tricks

Well after the Google Search tips here is the just another tips and tricks for the Internet's 2nd largest search giant, Yahoo!. OK the list starts.

Choose Words Carefully
Use specific words to describe exactly what you're looking for. More general terms give a larger number of results, so try to narrow your search.
For example:
* Try 19th century chairs instead of old furniture
* Use digital camera reviews instead of electronics
Watch for words with more than one meaning. If you're looking for information on modeling, make sure you specify "fashion" or "clay."

Phrase Search
When you want the results with the exact phrase then you can simply use quotation marks around your search terms. Example: "the rose bud"

Including Words
To include words, just type a plus sign + in front of each one. For example, if you want to see pages about the latest "in thing," search for +in thing.

Excluding Words
To exclude words, type a minus sign - in front of them. No pages containing those words show up in your results. For example, if you want to see pages about dogs with no mention of poodles, search for "dogs -poodles."

It shows results with either of the given words, like Pen OR book.

site: Use to find all documents within a particular domain and all its subdomains.
Example: football

hostname: Use to find all documents from a particular host only.
Example: ford

link: Use to find documents that link to a particular URL.
Example: link:

url: Use to find a specific document in our index.
Example: url:

inurl: Use to find a specific keyword as part of indexed URLs.
Example: inurl:bulgarian

intitle: Use to find a specific keyword as part of the indexed titles.
Example: intitle:Bulgarian

To search on specific file types, add ‘originurlextension:[file format]‘ after your search query. For example: nanotechnology originurlextension:swf OR nanotechnology originurlextension:pdf Some of the supported formats are:
* .htm, .html—Standard HTML
* .pdf—Adobe PDF
* .xls—Microsoft Excel
* .ppt—Microsoft PowerPoint
* .doc—Microsoft Word
* .xml, .rdf, .rss—RSS or XML feeds
* .txt—Plain Text Format

Definitions & Synonyms
To look up the definition of a word, try adding “define” or “definition” to your search term. For example: quixotic definition, definition of globalization or define ergonomics Or, if you’re looking for a synonym, try adding “synonym” to your search term. For example: humorous synonym

Flight tracker — search for the airline and flight number and you’ll get a shortcut to the flight’s status. Try: American 83 or Lufthansa 421

Traffic — if you’re driving instead of flying, you can search for traffic before you leave. Example: traffic Los Angeles Click on the shortcut and you’ll get a map with traffic alerts.

Maps — try searching for the exact address: ‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.’ Don’t have the address? No problem. Add “map” before the city: map San Francisco You can also search for the zip code by itself: 20502

Yahoo! Open Shortcuts
Yahoo! Open Shortcuts are the ultimate time-saving search feature. Add an exclamation point to the front of certain terms to instantly navigate to a URL, search a site, recall a favorite Yahoo! search, or start an application.
!wiki queen elizabeth takes you directly to the Wikipedia page for Queen Elizabeth.
!wsf gives you the Yahoo! Search results for weather San Francisco
!ebay lamps searches eBay for lamps.
Search for !list to see a bunch more.

Type city hotels to get a quick list of hotels in that city, along with the Yahoo Local rating, the base rate, and a link to check availability. You can also look for a specific hotel chain by typing city chain--for example, San Francisco Ramada.

Sports scores
Find out how your favorite pro team is doing by typing team mascot scores. You'll get a quick look at recent games, and sometimes you can see who they're playing in the next game. The query 49ers scores will give you information about the San Francisco 49ers football team.

Movie showtimes
To see when movies are playing in your area, type showtimes zip code, and you'll get links to local theater showtimes and a few showtimes for current movies.

Zip codes
You can find all of the zip codes for a city by typing zip code city.

Area codes
If you're not sure where someone is calling from, try typing the three-digit area code into Yahoo Search. Yahoo will return a list of cities in that area code.

For a quick look at the current weather for any city, type city weather. Yahoo will give you the current conditions and the expected high and low temperatures.

Last but not the least the preferences will really help you to search with the options for your search to choose from.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Look under the occean with Google Earth 5.0
On 2nd February 2009 Google has announced the launch of new and advanced Google Earth 5.0. The beta version is available for the Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

Here are some of the features available on it.

Look under the oceans
The land view of the Google Earth is updated with more sophistication by the ocean view.

The Mars
Need to know if there were real Martians then from Google Earth 5.0 you can see the landscapes of the Mars.

The Time Machine
Now you can go back to the time of a certain place with real images of the place. But don't think you will see the old Roman Coliseum!

Make a Movie
A notable feature, this one allows you to make a video of the tour you made on the Google Earth.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Google Search Tips and Tricks

I am just fade up of doing the normal search of writing the keyword, then searching (more searching) for the right result to show up. Here's some of the tips and tricks you can try out to reduce the quantity but increase the quality of your search results.
Google is not case sensitive. Using 'book reader' as 'BOOK READER' shows the same results. But the Google operators are case sensitive. Using 'book OR reader' uses OR as Google operator but 'book or reader' doesn't. Google excludes some common words like, 'what', 'is', 'and', etc.

2. '+' It
forces a word to be used in the search. Using it with the common words like 'is', 'and', are included in the search results, which are usually discarded.

3. '-'
It prevents a search term to show in results. Example: books -fantasy will avoid results of fantasy books.

4. 'OR'
It shows results with either of the given words, like Pen OR book.

5. Synonym '~'
It shows the result not only of your search term but also the synonym of it. Example: ~ food

6. 'site:website'
It allows you to search inside the specific website only. Example: wine

If you want to exclude certain website from search result then you can use it. Example: food

7. Number range
Numrange searches for results containing numbers in a given range. Example: here's how you'd search for a DVD player that costs between $50 and $100: DVD player $50..$100
8. Phrase search

When you want the results with the exact phrase then you can simply use quotation marks around your search terms. Example: "the rose bud"
9. Get the local time anywhere
What time is it in Kathmandu right now? Enter simply what time is it to get the local time in big cities around the world, or add the locale at the end of your query, like what time is it Hong Kong to get the local time there. time Hong Kong does the same thing as what time is it Hong Kong
8. Convert currency, metrics, bytes, and more
Google's powerful built-in converter calculator can help you out whether you're cooking dinner, traveling abroad, or building a PC. Find out how many teaspoons are in a quarter cup (quarter cup in teaspoons) or how many seconds there are in a year (seconds in a year) or how many euros there are to five dollars (5 USD in Euro). For the geekier set, bits in kilobytes (155473 bytes in kilobytes) and numbers in hex or binary (19 in binary) are also pretty useful. Try half a cup in ounces. And there are many other such relations to find.
It returns links to documents with the given file type. For example searching for mobile game filetype:java will find portable and object-oriented mobile games. Currently officially supported file types are pdf, ps, wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku, lwp, mw, xls, ppt, doc, pdf, wks, wps, wdb, wri, rtf, swf, ans, txt, but other are supported as well, like xml, cpp, java etc.

10. cache:
No problem if the website is blocked; using this to your search term shows the cached version of the given web page. Example:stake money

11. link:
It lists webpages that link to the given webpage. Example link: wil list webpages with links to the

12. weather:
It shows the weather information of the given city. Example: weather:Kathmandu

13. define:
It shows the definition of the searched term. Example: define:Doughnut

14. Advanced Options
Just see the right of the Google Search box. There is in tiny words saying Advanced Options. It can really help you minimise the page no and give you quality search results. You can opt for country, time, language, and many other options from it.

Still there are many other Search options that I left you to find. Just search them.
Yahoo Search Tips and tricks