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Goo.gl really pushing QR Codes

How do you know that a technology is beginning to take off ? Google does something with it, thats how. After Twitter, the importance of the length of a webpage URL needed some real looking at, because you would get only 140 characters to include the URL and your message, hence the birth of the URL Shortness. Needless to say Google thought it was a good idea and came up with a similar service called goo.gl. Its been shown below that it is indeed one of the best services available out there. That is the first piece of the jigsaw.

qrcode

QR Code is something that Google has showed interest in from getting it onto the Google maps for businesses, to now a URL shortening service which generates QR codes for the shortened code. For those of you who don’t recall, a QR (“quick response”) code is a square barcode that makes getting URLs, location coordinates, any text or contact information onto a phone fast. With a barcode scanner app installed, you just point your phone’s camera at the code to read its contents.

If you’re already using Goo.gl to shorten your URLs, simply add .qr to the end of a shortened Goo.gl URL and it’ll instantly generate a QR code for you.

Once you’ve got your shortened Goo.gl URL—like http://goo.gl/aXum, which points to Lifehacker’s home page—just append .qr like so:

http://goo.gl/aXum.qr

…and you’ve got your personal QR code. Not bad.

Note: To use Goo.gl to shorten URLs, you need to be using the Google Toolbar, or you can point your browser here . You can also check out my previous post about QR Codes here.

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25 years of .com and the Internet

[tweetmeme] The Internet, the most common resource of the entire world is not really very old. I mean considering that I am older to the internet by a good few years. Its interesting considering that it is more known than I am … hehehe well I guess thats like wishful thinking. Nevertheless, its really surprising that something that a few years back was considered very geek, is now considered normal. I guess there is hope for us Geeks, only issue is the time it takes 😉

Well getting back to the whole, how old is the internet, there is a website to answer the question, its (guess) www.howoldistheinternet.com which is quite the name that seems to answer the question straight off. But to be honest, the Internet was the successor of the then research network The ARPAnet, which was born in November 1969, making the Internet 39 years old. The ARPAnet created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) of the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the contemporary global Internet.

I am not sure when the internet was born, did people ever think that it could reach the proportions that it reached today. In the future, when we touch upon the realm of Augmented Reality, the Internet will become more ubiquitous with the day to day activities of our daily lives.

Having said that, the first website ever was the Cern Website, yes the research facility that is now the home of the world’s largest and most expensive machine ever built the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).

Todays Inquisitive tit bit is the oldest Domain Names of the Internet.

Rank Registered Date Domain Name
1 15-March-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2 24-April-1985 BBN.COM
3 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4 11-July-1985 MCC.COM
5 30-September-1985 DEC.COM
6 07-November-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7 09-January-1986 XEROX.COM
8 17-January-1986 SRI.COM
9 03-March-1986 HP.COM
10 05-March-1986 BELLCORE.COM

I guess the only Joy I am getting out of this is reminding myself of how Old I am. lol What it does tell me is the most technologically switched on companies around the world have been Xerox and HP. Hmm, maybe next time before ridiculing the HP laptop that my friend bought I will keep this in mind.

How can you help others just being online

Understandably the primary use of technology should be for the betterment of the quality of life around the world, and the Internet is helping achieve it. Especially in the 3rd world countries where the basic necessaries of people are not completed, the penetration of the Internet is not really the priority and thus it is not able to help out people.

As a symbol of the human ingenuity we have however come up with simple but effective ways to be able to help people in those 3rd world countries, not directly though. So do you wanna join in as well, so here is a list of a few websites that do a lot of charity based on how much time you spend on their site.

http://www.freerice.com/ This amazing site provides 10 grains of rice to charity when you get a small quiz which is on their site. The site has daily stats for the rice they donate as well and yesterday Jan 22, 2010 the stats were

78,719,470 grains of rice donated and Over 73 billion grains donated to date

The great thing about this website is the fact that not only is the site doing a lot of good, but with the Quiz that are there on the website they help learn various educationally required material as well, such as Language Learning, Math, English, Geography, Chemistry and Art. It is really helpful in more than one type of education, the more important being that everyone should do something good for the planet.

http://www.thehungersite.com/ is another great site for charity, where they give away 1.1 cups of food for every click that you would register per day. The site is going one step further and has a store with produce that is created by the people in the countries that are suffering from calamities or in certain cases war.  In a 12-month period they donated over 43 million cups and it only takes a second for each person to do and costs nothing!

The great part of the site is that you can go to related sites (breast cancer, child health, literacy, rainforest, and animal rescue) where you can click and sponsors donate acres of rainforest, mammograms, etc. By shopping at the sponsors’ sites, even more will be donated to the causes.

Another way to give to charity without spending any money is to use certain search engines. Whenever you do a search, the advertisers pay to a charity – usually you choose which one before searching.

Here’s a site that lists a few of these search engines:
http://www.easydonations.net/searchengin…

And one that lists 15 of these search engines:
http://www.doshdosh.com/13-charity-searc…

Here is a list of some of these charity sites that I do try and visit regularly, please add more if you know of any :

  1. http://www.freerice.com/
  2. http://www.thehungersite.com
  3. http://www.easydonations.net/
  4. http://www.triviaforcharity.com
  5. http://www.freepoverty.com
  6. http://www.goodsearch.com
  7. http://www.freekibble.com
  8. http://www.freekittykibble.com