martes, 31 de julio de 2012

What do You Know about Olympic Games?

From Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Nadia Comăneci receiving the first perfect 10 in 1976, there have been several unforgettable moments in Olympic history.
As hundreds of world-class athletes prepare to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games beginning July 27, Patch is celebrating the start of the games by posting Olympic trivia questions all this week.
Post your answers in the comments below, and check back Tuesday evening to see if you're correct! We'll post the answers after 5 p.m.
1. Which famous literary and film character has been played by no less than four Olympians on screen?
  • King Kong
  • James Bond
  • Tarzan
  • Batman
2. Which of these is no longer an Olympic event?
  • Golf
  • Fencing
  • Discus throwing
  • Triple Jump
3. In 1904, American George Eyser won three golds, two silvers and a bronze in gymnastics. Besides the number of medals he took home, what was remarkable about his achievement?
  • He had a glass eye
  • He had a wooden leg
  • He was blind
  • He was deaf
4. How many perfect 10s was Nadia Comaneci awarded during the 1976 Olympics?
  • Five
  • Six
  • Seven
  • Eight
5. Which team leads all other teams in the Opening Ceremony procession?
  • Team USA
  • Great Britain
  • the Greek team
  • the host country
6. The Games were not held in which of the following years?
  • 1940
  • 1912
  • 1988
  • 2000
7. How did the Olympic flame arrive in England for the 2012 Games?
  • Ship
  • Airplane
  • Helicopter
  • Underground tunnel
8. What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
  • Polo
  • Gliding
  • Tug of War
  • Softball
Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics
Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in Olympic sports, including basketball, karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.

miércoles, 25 de julio de 2012

What do you know about Mexico?

Question 1 of 20

1. What does the 5th of May commemorate in Mexico?

Independence from Spain
Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla
Independence from the United States at the battle of Puebla

miércoles, 18 de julio de 2012

What do you know about your credit card?

The list of things credit card companies are required to tell you is quite long (that's why you need a magnifying glass to read all of the tiny print on their disclosure statements). But there's more information than even meets the magnifying eye.

For instance, did you know that if your credit score is 700 or higher, you may be able to negotiate certain changes to your account? All it takes is a phone call to find out. Here's a look at the things you might be able to do:

1. Lower your rate.

Lower interest rates are a possibility if you're in good standing with your credit issuer (no late payments and you haven't gone over your credit limit) and your credit rating is good. If you've heard from another company offering a lower APR, call your current issuer and see if they're willing to match it, or better yet, go even lower. Even if you have made a late payment or two or have gone over your credit limit, ask how long you have to be in good standing before they will consider giving you a break.

2. Skip fees.

Credit cards issued by some businesses, such as airlines and hotels, charge annual fees. But if you have a solid payment history, you can ask to have these fees waived or removed. If that's not a possibility, ask to have the fee cut in half – for several years. You also can ask for balance-transfer fees to be waived.

3. Move your billing due date.

If you pay significant expenses like mortgage, rent, car payments and utilities at the start of the month, you can move the due date of your credit cards so that your payments fall in the second part of the month (or vice versa). For some people, this can be helpful in paying in full and on time.

4. Increase your credit limit.

You may want to do this if you're making a large purchase and need more cash to cover the costs. It also can help to improve your credit score, which is based, in part, by the percentage of available credit you have. Agencies prefer "available credit" to be at least 65 percent. If you have a credit card with a limit of $10,000, for example, and you owe $3,500 on it, that's a 35 percent utilization rate, and 65 percent available (unused) credit. Keep at least this much available credit on credit cards can help increase credit scores, and be careful not to fall into the trap of using available credit just because you have it. 
5. Talk to a higher-up.

The decision-making power of customer service representatives is very limited. If you're unhappy with the responses you're getting, ask to speak to a supervisor and cite key points relevant to your goal. For instance, you might mention your good standing with the company; the fact that you use the card heavily; or the fact that as much as you'd like to continue doing business with them, you will switch to another company if things can't be resolved to your liking.

6. Fix Negative Information.

Slip-ups from a few years ago need not haunt you forever. Some creditors may, in certain circumstances, be willing to make a "goodwill adjustment" to strike a late payment from your record. You can ask for this over the phone, but chances are you'll have to make a more formal request in writing with a clear and concise explanation of why the creditor should do this for you.

7. Get a do-over.

Credit card companies don't openly publicize this, but many will allow you to "re-age" a delinquent account. The process enables you to bring the account current and stop late fees from accruing if you meet these criteria: you've paid at least three consecutive minimum monthly payments; you have a renewed willingness and ability to pay; and the account is at least nine months old. You'll still owe the same amount, but your account will no longer be considered delinquent. Re-aging only makes sense if you have the ability to get back, and stay on, track.

As the saying goes, it can't hurt to ask. You might not always get exactly what you want, but you'll gain more information and may end up in a better financial situation than when you started.

miércoles, 11 de julio de 2012

what do you know about google analytics? What Is Google Analytics?

What Is Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a hugely popular, free analytics program that can easily be added to your site and that can provide you with valuable information about who visits your site, why they come, and what they do when they’re there.

What You Can Learn From Analytics

While you can learn all kinds of basic things about your website like how many visitors you get, there are more insightful things you can learn as well.
Google Analytics Visitors

Browsers and Operating Systems

Google Analytics will tell you if your visitors come from Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox. Why should you care? What browser someone uses is important information about the type of person they are. Internet Explorer has been the default browser for many poeple for a long time. It has an established reputation and is most often used by less tech savvy folks. Safari is the same. However, tech savvy people who like more control over their browsing experience are more prone to use browsers like Firefox or Chrome.

How They Get There

You can get keyword reports from Google Analytics that show the terms that people use to get to your site from search engines. These terms may not be the ones you think are what people use to find your business. So, you can find out why people find you, and give them more of what they want on your site.

How Long They Stay

The bounce rate, the rate at which people come to your site and leave right away, can tell you some valuable information about whether you’re giving people what they want. If your bounce rate is high, you’re probably getting people to your site for the wrong reasons and then not keeping them entertained when they get there.

What They Do Once They’re There

One other great insight you can get from analytics is how many pages people visit before they leave your site. The depth-of-visit information shows how many people just go to a single page (not what you want) and how many got to more than that. If people aren’t looking at more than one page per visit, then you don’t have very successful content.

When They Leave

The final bit of information that you can collect on visitors is what page they exit from. If you have a page that is the consistent exit page, you may need to reconsider revamping those pages with appropriate calls to action, for example, or getting rid of them altogether.
There is so much good information you can get from your Google Analytics. Make sure you are paying attention.

jueves, 5 de julio de 2012

What do you know about Madison Ave ?

New York City cabbies get a lot of flack—but it's hard out there for a hack! And as much as New Yorkers like to pretend they know where everything is in town (and will scoff at a driver for checking a GPS), the truth of the matter is most of them really don't—as 100 unlucky New Yorkers recently discovered. See, after stopping by a school for prospective cabbies, the Post decided to test the knowledge of some random townies and, well, the results were not so good! But how many of us really needs to know the boundaries of the World Trade Center site, anyway?
For its story, the tabloid asked ten simple questions, taken from the Master Cabbie Taxi Academy, of people on the street. Those ranged from "Which two major facilities are inside Flushing Meadows Park?" to "Where does Madison Avenue begin?, "Which museum is at 89th Street and Fifth Avenue?" to "Where is the Manhattan entrance to the Roosevelt Island Tram?" (Answers: CitiField and the USATA National Tennis Center, 23rd Street, the Guggenheim and 60th Street and Second Avenue). Not so hard, right? Not exactly. Not a single person they talked to was able to get all 10 questions right—and a depressing 12 percent got all of them wrong!
All of which is another reason to be a little nicer to your next cabbie. You still probably know your section of the outer boroughs better than them, and you absolutely have the right to pick whatever route you desire (for better or worse)—but they really do know their stuff. They may not be as insanely tested as London cabbies, but who is? Meanwhile, you can take the Post's full test here (we got 8/10).

miércoles, 4 de julio de 2012

What do you know about Google?

They don’t just have the world’s best search engine, they have the world’s largest and most scalable platform for developing huge web-based applications.
Google has taken the last 10 years of systems software research out of university labs, and built their own proprietary, production quality system. What is this platform that Google is building? It’s a distributed computing platform that can manage web-scale datasets on 100,000 node server clusters. It includes a petabyte, distributed, fault tolerant filesystem, distributed RPC code, probably network shared memory and process migration. And a datacenter management system which lets a handful of ops engineers effectively run 100,000 servers. Any of these projects could be the sole focus of a startup.
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While competitors are targeting the individual applications Google has deployed, Google is building a massive, general purpose computing platform for web-scale programming.

Fascinating, and also well-timed to boost perceived value in advance of a public listing? 
Would be interesting to know what kind of server side language GMail is built with. Considering that enviroment, would seem a "shared nothing" technology like PHP would be more suitable than platforms like servlets or ASP.NET which encouraging keep session and application data memory resident.
ASP.NET allows you to store session data in-process, at a "state server" which is maintained by an NT service, or in a database which allows you to scale web apps for web gardens and farms. We'll see what MSN will run on. Hard to say at this point. Can't wait to see it though. 
As I recall, Google use Python quite heavily, so it wouldn't surprise me to find out that at least some of it was implemented in that.
by no means trying to suggest ASP.NET and J2EE don't scale. What I'm trying to say is if Google have invested in building what seems to be a scaleable networked operating system, implementing scalability at an "application layer" doesn't seem to make sense, when the underlying "operating system" already has (probably a better) a means to do it. 
Cringly column that talks about Googles attitude towards faulty hardware.
Google's GFS expects the failure of most components, including CPUs, memorys, disks, systems, etc--and in google's case nothing has to be replaced.
Extremely cool way of thinking.
A petabyte of fault tolerant data storage; fault tolerant in software accross thousands of servers.
If the servers were on more than one physical site, just what would it take to cause data loss? And how do they write and test what must need to be incredibly low-bug software? Googles very owned Page Rank Technology uses very complex alogarithim, which needs fast processing with the sensitive scripting.As Jim pointed out that google use most of Python, I am bit sure of that.And One point on google is valuable to note is that It is now using Distributed Computing power with all the OS recursively using varriant CPU Powers.