Now, An Internet 10,000 Times Faster Than Broadband

| Monday, October 27, 2008

I found this article from sanjeevden blog. Don't know the original source is (if not orig). But i guess it's very interesting, so i posted it here. Here's the article :

Now, An Internet 10,000 Times Faster Than Broadband
The scientists who invented the Internet have now built a lightning-fast successor that can download a full-length feature film in five seconds, with a speed around 10,000 times faster than a normal broadband connection.Cern, the particle physics centre that created the World Wide Web, says what they have named ‘The Grid’ would have the power needed to transmit 3D holographic images; allow simultaneous online gaming with lakhs of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.Professor of physics at Glasgow University David Britton, who is a leading figure in the Grid project, says: “With this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine.”It is to become operational this summer, when Cern scientists switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a new particle accelerator they have built to probe the origin of the universe. The Grid has been designed to capture the gargantuan amounts of data it generates.Cern, which is based near Geneva, in Switzerland started working on the Grid seven years ago, when researchers realised the LHC would generate data equivalent to 56 million CDs each year – if they were stacked one on top of another, the pile would be 40 miles high.Cern was where Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1989. But it is not powerful enough to handle this much data – if it was used, the entire Internet could crash worldwide. That’s because the Internet is linked by cables and routing equipment that was originally designed for telephone calls. It lacks the capacity for massive high-speed data transmission.But the Grid has been built with dedicated fibre optic cables and modern routing centres. There are no outdated components to slow the data. Over 55,000 servers have already been installed to store the data, and this network will expand to 200,000 within two years.Technical Director of the Grid project Prof Tony Doyle says: “We need so much processing power, there wouldn’t be enough electricity to run the computers if they were all at Cern.” So the new network has to be powerful enough to send the data instantly to research centres in other countries.This parallel Internet is now built, using fibre optic cables that run from Cern to 11 centres in the United States, Canada, the Far East, Europe and around the world. From each centre, further connections radiate out to research institutions, using existing high-speed academic networks. Britain alone has 8,000 servers on the Grid system – in theory, any student in these chosen institutions should be able to hook up to the Grid rather than the Internet by the end of this year.Grid project leader Ian Bird says grid technology could make the Internet so fast that people could stop using desktop computers to store information and keep it all on the Grid. “It will lead to what’s known as cloud computing, where people keep all their information online and access it from anywhere,” he said.But the real goal of the Grid is to work with the LHC in tracking down nature’s most elusive particle, the Higgs boson. Predicted in theory but never yet found, it is supposed to be what gives matter mass. But even at optimum performance, The LHC will generate only a few thousand of the particles a year. Analysing the mountain of data is such a huge task that it will keep the Grid’s gargantuan capacity busy for years to come.The bad news is that the Grid itself is unlikely to be available to domestic Internet users, but the good news is that many telecoms providers and businesses are already introducing its pioneering technologies. One of them, dynamic switching, creates a dedicated channel for Internet users trying to download large volumes of data such as films. In theory, a standard desktop computer could download a movie in five seconds using this technology, rather than the three hours or so it takes today.But the Grid will be made available to academic researchers, including astronomers and molecular biologists. Cern scientists claim it has already been used to help design new drugs against malaria. Researchers used the Grid to analyse 140 million compounds, a task that would have taken a standard Internet-linked computer 420 years. Projects like the Grid will bring huge changes in business and society as well as science, experts say. The history of the Internet shows one cannot predict its real impacts, but they are bound to be huge.

10 Profitable Reasons To Add A Discussion Board Or Chat Room To Your Web Site

| Thursday, October 23, 2008

Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy

1. You'll be able to communicate with your visitors.
They'll begin to trust you and get to know you on a
more personal level. People will purchase products
quicker from somebody they already know and trust.

2. People will revisit your web site to participate on
your discussion board or chat room. They will meet
other people with similar interests and your web site
will become a hang out were they can chat.

3. You can learn important information about your
visitors by reading the conversations they have. They
may chat about your web site or products. With this
information you could learn to market your products
more effectively.

4. You could answer the questions your visitors ask
in your online communities. You'll become known as
an expert by giving the answers to their questions.
This will give you and your business more credibility.

5. You could teach a free online class using your chat
room. This will give you an expert status and increase
traffic to your web site by offering the free class.

6. When your discussion board or chat room becomes
popular, you could sell advertising space on them. This
will give you an extra income stream for your web site.

7. You can network with other businesses by having
a chat room or discussion board. You could exchange
business ideas, leads, advertising, etc.

8. You could allow other web sites who don't have
a discussion board or chat room to use yours. You
will get free advertising by allowing them to link to
your online community.

9. When you have a discussion board or chat room
you can get free advertising by listing them in online
community directories. You can also join web rings
with similar discussion topics.

10. You can make money by advertising your own
products and services on your discussion board or
chat room. You could also join other people's affiliate
programs and make commissions advertising them.

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How To Overcome Marketing Paralysis

| Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How To Overcome Marketing Paralysis

Many of us put off creating or overhauling our marketing materials until we have "time." But with all the responsibilities we have, who on earth has time? In my experience, the time excuse is very often a smokescreen, covering the fears hidden underneath.

And what of these fears? Well let's face it. When you're selling yourself, there's something scary about putting yourself "out there" and putting yourself "out there" in a tangible real piece of marketing, does seem to make it somewhat final.

We worry about being misunderstood. We worry about not living up to other people's expectations. We worry about "getting it wrong". We worry about offending people. We worry about appearing over confident. We worry about making claims that we can't live up to. It's no wonder we can't find the time. Who would want to find the time to when there are so many ways of getting it wrong?

In spite of the fact that those fears exist and they're getting in the way, we really just have to thumb our noses at them. You simply have to say to yourself, "Yes, those fears may be there, but I'm going to create my marketing materials in spite of them."

My favourite method for blasting through these fears is a technique I call the "anti-brochure". Before we go any further I want you to grab a pen, and a sheet of paper and at the top write, "The reasons you shouldn't become my client". Now as quickly as possible, write down all the reasons why someone shouldn't hire you. Don't worry, we won't be publicizing these, what we are aiming to do is to get these sentences out of your head where they can cripple your creative process and onto the page where they lose a great deal of their power.

Here are some examples that have come out of this exercise: "I'm not good enough." "I tell a good story, but I don't walk my talk." "If I'm so great why is my own life in such a mess?" "If people knew what I was really like they wouldn't want to hire me." "I'm afraid I won't live up to their expectations." "The only reason I have any clients is because I fooled them all."

I love this technique for blasting away the doubts and fears that will otherwise really interfere with your creative process. Once you've got the words out and onto the page, they become a lot less effective at holding you back. Last year I ran a course with a partner, and we sat down and did this exercise together before writing the brochure. We titled it, "The reasons you shouldn't book this course".

We each spent 5-10 minutes filling a sheet with our insecurities and fears and when we were done, we compared notes, then threw the lists away. That's it. That's all you need to do. Don't agonize over what you've written. Just write it, read it through and throw it away. Some people like a ritual burning, but to be perfectly honest I think that's affording too much significance to what just amounts to a bunch of false fears. Just screw up the paper and toss it in the wastepaper basket. Try this. It really works.

By Bernadette Doyle, 2008. Reprints welcome so long as by-line and article are published intact and all links made live. Bernadette Doyle publishes her weekly Client Magnets newsletter for trainers, speakers, coaches, consultants, complementary therapists and solo professionals. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, then sign up for her free weekly e-zine at