Sunday, April 29, 2007

Register Your Domain Names with iPowerWeb

Whether you already have domain names or are considering to start a new web site, you should use iPowerWeb for the registration of your domain name. Every domain name registered with iPowerWeb comes with a free domain name parking page, email forwarding, whois privacy protection, a free Yahoo Search Marketing credit, and many other free bonuses.
You should register your desired domain names as soon as possible in order to ensure that no other person takes your wanted domain names. At only $6.50 per year, iPowerWeb domain names are very affordable.
Most domain name registration comapanies charge additional fees for Whois protection, email forwarding, parking pages, and other features - although iPowerWeb domain name come with no hidden fees. Registering your domain name is very simple and at iPowerWeb you can register many diferrent domain name extensions. If you have any questions call iPowerWeb for more information - 888-511-HOST(4678)

Advertise on Google For FREE

Do you want to increase traffic to your website? Do you want to gain exposure on the world's most popular search engine?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need a Google AdWords account. At iPowerWeb we understand this - therefore we offer a FREE $30 Google AdWords Credit with the purchase of any web hosting account with iPowerWeb.
With Google AdWords you will have to pay for every time a person clicks on your ad...this may sound odd or expensive at first - but after giving Pay-Per-Click advertising a chance, you should be very pleased. At iPowerWeb we are always looking to satisfy all our customers, our free AdWords credit is just one example of many great features that are included with every new web hosting account.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Promoting Your Web Site Hosted by iPowerWeb

At iPowerWeb we understand the factors which lead to online success. One of the key features that makes one web site more successful than others is its marketing capabilities. This is why every web hosting account with iPowerWeb includes many proven and popular marketing tools. As an iPowerWeb customer you could check out all theses wonderful features through the Marketing section in your vDeck control panel.
Remember that every new web hosting account with iPowerWeb comes with a free $30 Google AdWords credit and a free $50 Yahoo Search Marketing credit - both advertising credits will help your web site gain exposure across the major search engines.

10 Signs You're Addicted to Blogging

1. Bloglines, Google Reader or some other RSS reader is constantly open on your computer's desktop.

2. You tell customers that you missed a project deadline because "some things" came up but in reality, you were blogging.

3. You periodically dream that you are blogging.

4. You get inspiration for new blog posts at the strangest times - in the Jacuzzi, sitting on the toilet, during marital activities (cough, cough)... you get the picture.

5. Before blogs, you used to tuck the kids into bed at night. Now you check for unapproved blog comments before heading to bed yourself.

6. In order for your family to keep up with what's going on in your life, they have to read your blog. Furthermore, if they want to communicate with you, they have to comment on your blog.

7. You have actually considered setting up a blog for your pet of which you would post the entries pretending you are your pet (weirdo).

8. You can't remember dates for your wedding anniversary, kids birthdays, etc., but you know what your Technorati rank is.

9. You blog about anything and everything including bad meals, your pets, getting your car stuck in snow, conversations you have in the bathroom, etc.

10. Keeping a blog is no longer enough but you now have to record your every move on Twitter.

We hope that this blog has not led to any addictions :)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Google Search Leads to the Arrest of One of America's Most Wanted

After being on America's Most Wanted list for nearly five years, the fiancee of Mikhail Drachev did a simple Google search of her fiancee's name and was surprised to see that he was a highly wanted fugitive. She later notified police and he was arrested in his Toronto apartment this past Friday.
Mikhail Drachev, 24, has been on the run since the slaying of Konstantin Simberg in December 2001, a police informant who lived in Phoenix. Drachev and two other men are accused of attacking Simberg, 21, while he was on the phone with a cop. He was stabbed in the back, doused with gas and set ablaze.
It's now believed Drachev fled Arizona to Ottawa, where the couple met

Google captures 48% of Search Market

Reston, Virginia - (Cheap Web Hosting Directory) - April 20, 2007 - Digital measurement service, comScore Networks, has released the top web search terms for March 2007, in its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines.

In March 2007, Google Sites captured 48.3 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 0.2 share points from the previous month. Yahoo! Sites maintained its second place ranking with 27.5 percent of U.S. searches, followed by Microsoft Sites (10.9 percent), Ask Network (5.2 percent) and Time Warner Network (5.0 percent).

Americans conducted 7.3 billion searches online in March, up 6 percent versus February and 14 percent versus March 2006. — Google Sites led the pack with 3.5 billion search queries performed, followed by Yahoo Sites (2.0 billion), Microsoft Sites (798 million), Ask Network (379 million), and Time Warner Network (368 million).

comScore World Metrix continuously measures and reports online behaviour on a world-wide basis, providing visitation metrics and demographic characteristics for web site audiences around the world. With active representation of countries that comprise the vast majority of the global Internet population, World Metrix provides its clients with worldwide Internet population estimates and harmonized online performance metrics based on a consistent methodology across all countries. More than 100 clients subscribe to comScore’s World Metrix service, including 8 of the top 10 interactive advertising agencies.

comScore Networks measures the digital age with a global cross-section of more than 2 million consumers that allo comScore to confidentially capture browsing and transaction behavior, including online and offline purchasing. comScore panelists also participate in survey research that captures and integrates attitudes and intentions. Through its proprietary technology, comScore measures across a broad spectrum of behavior and attitudes. comScore consultants apply the knowledge of customers and competitors to help clients design powerful marketing strategies and tactics that endeavor to deliver superior ROI. comScore services are used by global firms such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Verizon, Best Buy, The Newspaper Association of America, Tribune Interactive, ESPN, Fox Sports, Nestle, MBNA, Universal McCann, the United States Postal Service, Merck and Expedia.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Importance of Search Engine Ranking For Your Web Site

Once you have purchased and setup your new web hosting account, you must begin thinking of how you will design your web site. Almost anyone who has ever had a web site would tell you that web design is not a simple task. A web site owner typically has so many options when it comes to the design of their web site, that a person is rarely satisfied with the first draft of design. Rather web design is a complex process that generally never ends, web site owners are always looking to better their web site. Today, search engines have come to play a significant role in the design of a persons web site.

Search engines are the market makers of the Internet. They connect consumers with companies at the very moment of consumer interest and enable all of us to find exactly what we want, when we want it. They bring great efficiency to the Internet and our lives and shall exist as long as the network of servers and computers we call the Web is around.

Positioning plays a very important role on search engines. If you are not positioned to be where your customer is when your customer is ready to buy, you lose. Your competitor who is in that place at that time wins.

The first purpose of search engine optimization is to be positioned in the places where your customer is. The second purpose is to be positioned better than your competitions in these places. In the world of search engines, better means higher, and higher means a much greater probability that an individual will click on your link. While this figure varies by engine, recent search data has shown that approximately 70% of users, if they click, will click on one the first three listings in a search engine.

Therefore if you, or someone you know owns a website, we highly recommend you optimize your website for the popular search engines such as Yahoo! and Google. It is a rule of thumb not to create content and design your web site just for search engines, instead you should design your web site for you customers - although the iPowerWeb SEO Services try to tie both elements together. The iPowerWeb Web Site Development Department can not only create a professional web site for yourself or business, they can also optimize your web site in order to rank highly on the search engines for your related keywords.
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Ten Important Rules For Your Web Site's Homepage

Your homepage is the main page to your site and arguably the most important. It is vital that you catch a users attention from the start, if not you may be in lots of trouble.
Here is a short list of ten important things to remember when designing your website. If you meet all ten rules, your are in wonderful shape. Although if your homepage lacks some of the features within the following rules, we recommend you make some changes to your web sites design.

Does your homepage have your logo prominently displayed in the top left area? Can I go to your home page and click a link for email or find your telephone number? If not, smack your Web developer and tell them that contact information is critical to your site visitors and it shouldn't be hidden on the "contact us" page.

Your mission and vision are lovely sentiments, but I want to know what you do. Can I use your services? Do you sell to my business or are you wholesale only? How do I find out what products you sell and what they cost? If your site says, "Call for pricing," I'm not calling because someone else displays the price online. Is there a single statement that says what you do or sell smack in the middle of your homepage?

Does your site have a homepage search field? If your links aren't complete or itemized, I'm not clicking all over to find what I want because I'm a firm believer in single-clicking to get where I want to be. Give me a search box, please.

Did you go through your font list for the weirdest fonts that exist, add neon color and then enlargify them? Don't think I'm going to use my credit card on a site that drips bright colors in a mishmash of fonts (or for that matter, on a site whose home page is titled, "Home Page").

Did you take the photo on your homepage with your new digital camera and then slap it up on the Web site, maybe dragging the corners to make it smaller? That giant photo (which only looks smaller) takes at least 20 seconds to load in my browser and I've already clicked the next link in my Google search results. If you don't know how to work with photos on the Web, hire someone who does.

While it's true that Flash-driven sites are very cool and some spectacular, when I hit a Flash-only site, I rarely hang around for the file to play. When I see one that's fresh, I might watch it but soon I'm off to another site where I can buy something. Generally, if you're selling anything online, lose the total-page Flash and make the site look sleek, professional and trustworthy.

It's difficult to know what size monitors your visitors have, so why is your home page so wide that it doesn't fit in my browser window? Scrolling left-to-right is a big no-no on a homepage (or any other page). If you're not sure how to make the page flexible, then make it wide enough for an average monitor (750 pixels, and if you don't know what pixels are, please hire a Web person).

NEW FROM 2004!
If your homepage has news or upcoming events and the latest one happened in 2004, get it off your homepage. In fact, get "news" off your homepage because no one updates their site often enough. Is your photo album so hopelessly out of date that you can't identify the pictures? (Hint: lose the calendar. No one uses it. If you're event-driven, get one from Google.)

Navigation (links) should be clear, logical and intuitive. If I can't find what I want from your homepage, I'm leaving. Write a simple outline of what pages you want on your site. (Remember the Roman numerals and capital/small letters from seventh grade? That's an outline.) Give that to your Web developer and wait for the kiss that is sure to follow.

If you have nothing to say, delete that page from your site. Bigger isn't better and there are no prizes for number of links on your homepage. You need concrete information that visitors and buyers want to read and not a lot of fluff, but we expect at least one fluffy page (usually "About Us").

29 Predictions For the Year 2000....(Written in 1990)

The following is a list of 29 predictions of things to exist by the year 2000. We are currently in the year 2007, and it is quite interesting to see how people were thinking about the future in 1990. Enjoy...

By the way, this list was from The Ladies Home Journal in December 1990. The article was written by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr.

Prediction #1: There will probably be from 350,000,000 to 500,000,000 people in America and its possessions by the lapse of another century. Nicaragua will ask for admission to our Union after the completion of the great canal. Mexico will be next. Europe, seeking more territory to the south of us, will cause many of the South and Central American republics to be voted into the Union by their own people.”

Prediction #2: The American will be taller by from one to two inches. His increase of stature will result from better health, due to vast reforms in medicine, sanitation, food and athletics. He will live fifty years instead of thirty-five as at present – for he will reside in the suburbs. The city house will practically be no more. Building in blocks will be illegal. The trip from suburban home to office will require a few minutes only. A penny will pay the fare.

Prediction #3: Gymnastics will begin in the nursery, where toys and games will be designed to strengthen the muscles. Exercise will be compulsory in the schools. Every school, college and community will have a complete gymnasium. All cities will have public gymnasiums. A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling.

Prediction #4: There Will Be No Street Cars in Our Large Cities. All hurry traffic will be below or high above ground when brought within city limits. In most cities it will be confined to broad subways or tunnels, well lighted and well ventilated, or to high trestles with “moving-sidewalk” stairways leading to the top. These underground or overhead streets will teem with capacious automobile passenger coaches and freight with cushioned wheels. Subways or trestles will be reserved for express trains. Cities, therefore, will be free from all noises.

Prediction #5: Trains will run two miles a minute, normally; express trains one hundred and fifty miles an hour. To go from New York to San Francisco will take a day and a night by fast express. There will be cigar-shaped electric locomotives hauling long trains of cars. Cars will, like houses, be artificially cooled. Along the railroads there will be no smoke, no cinders, because coal will neither be carried nor burned. There will be no stops for water. Passengers will travel through hot or dusty country regions with windows down.

Prediction #6: Automobiles will be cheaper than horses are today. Farmers will own automobile hay-wagons, automobile truck-wagons, plows, harrows and hay-rakes. A one-pound motor in one of these vehicles will do the work of a pair of horses or more. Children will ride in automobile sleighs in winter. Automobiles will have been substituted for every horse vehicle now known. There will be, as already exist today, automobile hearses, automobile police patrols, automobile ambulances, automobile street sweepers. The horse in harness will be as scarce, if, indeed, not even scarcer, then as the yoked ox is today.

Prediction #7: There will be air-ships, but they will not successfully compete with surface cars and water vessels for passenger or freight traffic. They will be maintained as deadly war-vessels by all military nations. Some will transport men and goods. Others will be used by scientists making observations at great heights above the earth.

Prediction #8: Aerial War-Ships and Forts on Wheels. Giant guns will shoot twenty-five miles or more, and will hurl anywhere within such a radius shells exploding and destroying whole cities. Such guns will be armed by aid of compasses when used on land or sea, and telescopes when directed from great heights. Fleets of air-ships, hiding themselves with dense, smoky mists, thrown off by themselves as they move, will float over cities, fortifications, camps or fleets. They will surprise foes below by hurling upon them deadly thunderbolts. These aerial war-ships will necessitate bomb-proof forts, protected by great steel plates over their tops as well as at their sides. Huge forts on wheels will dash across open spaces at the speed of express trains of to-day. They will make what are now known as cavalry charges. Great automobile plows will dig deep entrenchments as fast as soldiers can occupy them. Rifles will use silent cartridges. Submarine boats submerged for days will be capable of wiping a whole navy off the face of the deep. Balloons and flying machines will carry telescopes of one-hundred-mile vision with camera attachments, photographing an enemy within that radius. These photographs as distinct and large as if taken from across the street, will be lowered to the commanding officer in charge of troops below.

Prediction #9: Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later. Even to-day photographs are being telegraphed over short distances. Photographs will reproduce all of Nature’s colors.

Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span. American audiences in their theatres will view upon huge curtains before them the coronations of kings in Europe or the progress of battles in the Orient. The instrument bringing these distant scenes to the very doors of people will be connected with a giant telephone apparatus transmitting each incidental sound in its appropriate place. Thus the guns of a distant battle will be heard to boom when seen to blaze, and thus the lips of a remote actor or singer will be heard to utter words or music when seen to move.

Prediction #11: No Mosquitoes nor Flies. Insect screens will be unnecessary. Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated. Boards of health will have destroyed all mosquito haunts and breeding-grounds, drained all stagnant pools, filled in all swamp-lands, and chemically treated all still-water streams. The extermination of the horse and its stable will reduce the house-fly.

Prediction #12: Peas as Large as Beets. Peas and beans will be as large as beets are to-day. Sugar cane will produce twice as much sugar as the sugar beet now does. Cane will once more be the chief source of our sugar supply. The milkweed will have been developed into a rubber plant. Cheap native rubber will be harvested by machinery all over this country. Plants will be made proof against disease microbes just as readily as man is to-day against smallpox. The soil will be kept enriched by plants which take their nutrition from the air and give fertility to the earth.

Prediction #13: Strawberries as Large as Apples will be eaten by our great-great-grandchildren for their Christmas dinners a hundred years hence. Raspberries and blackberries will be as large. One will suffice for the fruit course of each person. Strawberries and cranberries will be grown upon tall bushes. Cranberries, gooseberries and currants will be as large as oranges. One cantaloupe will supply an entire family. Melons, cherries, grapes, plums, apples, pears, peaches and all berries will be seedless. Figs will be cultivated over the entire United States.

Prediction #14: Black, Blue and Green Roses. Roses will be as large as cabbage heads. Violets will grow to the size of orchids. A pansy will be as large in diameter as a sunflower. A century ago the pansy measured but half an inch across its face. There will be black, blue and green roses. It will be possible to grow any flower in any color and to transfer the perfume of a scented flower to another which is odorless. Then may the pansy be given the perfume of the violet.

Prediction #15: No Foods will be Exposed. Storekeepers who expose food to air breathed out by patrons or to the atmosphere of the busy streets will be arrested with those who sell stale or adulterated produce. Liquid-air refrigerators will keep great quantities of food fresh for long intervals.

Prediction #16: There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second.

Prediction #17: How Children will be Taught. A university education will be free to every man and woman. Several great national universities will have been established. Children will study a simple English grammar adapted to simplified English, and not copied after the Latin. Time will be saved by grouping like studies. Poor students will be given free board, free clothing and free books if ambitious and actually unable to meet their school and college expenses. Medical inspectors regularly visiting the public schools will furnish poor children free eyeglasses, free dentistry and free medical attention of every kind. The very poor will, when necessary, get free rides to and from school and free lunches between sessions. In vacation time poor children will be taken on trips to various parts of the world. Etiquette and housekeeping will be important studies in the public schools.

Prediction #18: Telephones Around the World. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn. By an automatic signal they will connect with any circuit in their locality without the intervention of a “hello girl”.

Prediction #19: Grand Opera will be telephoned to private homes, and will sound as harmonious as though enjoyed from a theatre box. Automatic instruments reproducing original airs exactly will bring the best music to the families of the untalented. Great musicians gathered in one enclosure in New York will, by manipulating electric keys, produce at the same time music from instruments arranged in theatres or halls in San Francisco or New Orleans, for instance. Thus will great bands and orchestras give long-distance concerts. In great cities there will be public opera-houses whose singers and musicians are paid from funds endowed by philanthropists and by the government. The piano will be capable of changing its tone from cheerful to sad. Many devises will add to the emotional effect of music.

Prediction #20: Coal will not be used for heating or cooking. It will be scarce, but not entirely exhausted. The earth’s hard coal will last until the year 2050 or 2100; its soft-coal mines until 2200 or 2300. Meanwhile both kinds of coal will have become more and more expensive. Man will have found electricity manufactured by waterpower to be much cheaper. Every river or creek with any suitable fall will be equipped with water-motors, turning dynamos, making electricity. Along the seacoast will be numerous reservoirs continually filled by waves and tides washing in. Out of these the water will be constantly falling over revolving wheels. All of our restless waters, fresh and salt, will thus be harnessed to do the work which Niagara is doing today: making electricity for heat, light and fuel.

Prediction #21: Hot and Cold Air from Spigots. Hot or cold air will be turned on from spigots to regulate the temperature of a house as we now turn on hot or cold water from spigots to regulate the temperature of the bath. Central plants will supply this cool air and heat to city houses in the same way as now our gas or electricity is furnished. Rising early to build the furnace fire will be a task of the olden times. Homes will have no chimneys, because no smoke will be created within their walls.

Prediction #22: Store Purchases by Tube. Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver packages and bundles. These tubes will collect, deliver and transport mail over certain distances, perhaps for hundreds of miles. They will at first connect with the private houses of the wealthy; then with all homes. Great business establishments will extend them to stations, similar to our branch post-offices of today, whence fast automobile vehicles will distribute purchases from house to house.

Prediction #23: Ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to our bakeries of today. They will purchase materials in tremendous wholesale quantities and sell the cooked foods at a price much lower than the cost of individual cooking. Food will be served hot or cold to private houses in pneumatic tubes or automobile wagons. The meal being over, the dishes used will be packed and returned to the cooking establishments where they will be washed. Such wholesale cookery will be done in electric laboratories rather than in kitchens. These laboratories will be equipped with electric stoves, and all sorts of electric devices, such as coffee-grinders, egg-beaters, stirrers, shakers, parers, meat-choppers, meat-saws, potato-mashers, lemon-squeezers, dish-washers, dish-dryers and the like. All such utensils will be washed in chemicals fatal to disease microbes. Having one’s own cook and purchasing one’s own food will be an extravagance.

Prediction #24: Vegetables Grown by Electricity. Winter will be turned into summer and night into day by the farmer. In cold weather he will place heat-conducting electric wires under the soil of his garden and thus warm his growing plants. He will also grow large gardens under glass. At night his vegetables will be bathed in powerful electric light, serving, like sunlight, to hasten their growth. Electric currents applied to the soil will make valuable plants grow larger and faster, and will kill troublesome weeds. Rays of colored light will hasten the growth of many plants. Electricity applied to garden seeds will make them sprout and develop unusually early.

Prediction #25: Oranges will grow in Philadelphia. Fast-flying refrigerators on land and sea will bring delicious fruits from the tropics and southern temperate zone within a few days. The farmers of South America, South Africa, Australia and the South Sea Islands, whose seasons are directly opposite to ours, will thus supply us in winter with fresh summer foods, which cannot be grown here. Scientist will have discovered how to raise here many fruits now confined to much hotter or colder climates. Delicious oranges will be grown in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Cantaloupes and other summer fruits will be of such a hardy nature that they can be stored through the winter as potatoes are now.

Prediction #26: Strawberries as large as apples will be eaten by our great great grandchildren for their Christmas dinners a hundred years hence. Raspberries and blackberries will be as large. One will suffice for the fruit course of each person. Strawberries and cranberries will be grown upon tall bushes. Cranberries, gooseberries and currants will be as large as oranges. One cantaloupe will supply an entire family. Melons, cherries, grapes, plums, apples, pears, peaches and all berries will be seedless. Figs will be cultivated over the entire United States.

Prediction #27: Few drugs will be swallowed or taken into the stomach unless needed for the direct treatment of that organ itself. Drugs needed by the lungs, for instance, will be applied directly to those organs through the skin and flesh. They will be carried with the electric current applied without pain to the outside skin of the body. Microscopes will lay bare the vital organs, through the living flesh, of men and animals. The living body will to all medical purposes be transparent. Not only will it be possible for a physician to actually see a living, throbbing heart inside the chest, but he will be able to magnify and photograph any part of it. This work will be done with rays of invisible light.

Prediction #28: There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated. The horse will have become practically extinct. A few of high breed will be kept by the rich for racing, hunting and exercise. The automobile will have driven out the horse. Cattle and sheep will have no horns. They will be unable to run faster than the fattened hog of today. A century ago the wild hog could outrun a horse. Food animals will be bred to expend practically all of their life energy in producing meat, milk, wool and other by-products. Horns, bones, muscles and lungs will have been neglected.

Prediction #29: To England in Two Days. Fast electric ships, crossing the ocean at more than a mile a minute, will go from New York to Liverpool in two days. The bodies of these ships will be built above the waves. They will be supported upon runners, somewhat like those of the sleigh. These runners will be very buoyant. Upon their under sides will be apertures expelling jets of air. In this way a film of air will be kept between them and the water’s surface. This film, together with the small surface of the runners, will reduce friction against the waves to the smallest possible degree. Propellers turned by electricity will screw themselves through both the water beneath and the air above. Ships with cabins artificially cooled will be entirely fireproof. In storm they will dive below the water and there await fair weather.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

New upgrades to popular hosting plan

The Business Pro plan, IPowerWeb's most popular hosting plan at $7.95/mo., now offers a full 300 GB of disk space, 3000 GB of bandwidth, capability for 2,500 emails and ability to host six domains within one hosting package. More details about the Business Pro plan can be found at:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Gorny to be featured in BizAZ

Thomas Gorny, CEO of IPOWER, has been chosen as one of BizAZ's 35 under 35. The feature will appear in the magazine's May issue.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I've been reading about widgets. Basically, a widget is a small bit of code, usually JavaScript, that a non-technical person can paste into a the template of a blog or website. This code serves up fresh content delivered from other servers, such as news headlines or product information. I came across this pretty cool site called You can create your own animated 3D identity widget. They have a ton of selections most of which are free to create your cartoon-self as close to the real you or as outlandish as you like. Here's the one I quickly put together for myself :)

Sites like and have a ton of other widgets you can add to your website or blog.

Jen Merry
IPOWER Marketing Manager

Thursday, April 5, 2007

How Company Names Are Really Created

The following is a list of some company name etymologies. It is interesting that many of these major brands did not get their names by spending thousands of dollars on a naming consultant:

7-Eleven: this chain of convenience stores started in 1927 as U-Tote’m (so called because customers “toted” away their purchases). In 1946, U-Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours: 7am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Adobe: from the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the houses of founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.

Apple: for the favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard.

IKEA: A composite of the first letters in the Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad’s name in addition to the first letters of the names of the property and the village in which he grew up: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

Mercedes: from the first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who distributed cars of the early Daimler company around 1900.

Pepsi: named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

Samsonite: named from the Biblical character Samson, renowned for his strength.

Taco Bell: named after founder Glen Bell.

Google Co-Founders and CEO Each Received a Salary of $1 in 2006

Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt each drew a salary last year of $1. At first one might feel bad for the three executives; although each of them made up for their small salaries via the large stakes they own in the company.
Page and Brin shared the 26th position on the Forbes U.S. billionaire list published last March. According to Forbes, both Page and Brin are each worth $16.6 billion.
Schmidt currently owns 10,096 of Google's Class A shares and 10.7 million of its Class B shares. At the end of 2006, those securities were worth nearly $4.9 billion.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

April Fools Day on the Internet

This past Sunday was April Fools Day (April 1st) and the Internet served as a platform for many hoaxes and practical jokes. The following is a list of some April Fools Day hoaxes...

*eBay added an "Unbelievable Deals!" section to its home page, with the following list of "Top 10 Deals"

Cow Licks
Flying Carpets
A Clue
Your Face on Mt. Rushmore
Dream Date
Electoral Votes
Ocean Front Property in Arizona
A Vowel
Evaporated Water

* PC Magazine discussed "10 Revolutionary Technologies" including a helmet for Wii usage and a Wi-Fi toothbrush.
*Google announced new services:

GmailPaper, a free paper archiving service for any and all Gmail messages. Google confesses it is indeed an April Fools' joke on the Gmail Paper Program Policies page
Google TiSP (beta), free in-home wireless broadband "via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
Google Calendar's Google GooDay (or G'Day in Australia) provides an extra day between Saturday and Sunday.