Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.
For those of my Readers who use the blog Language Translator gadget, which I have displayed at the top of my blogs, there has been an update from Google Language Tool.
The additional Language is Haitian Creole.
To add the additional code, simply copy the following, and paste it into your gadget. You should now have 50+ workable languages translation options. Don't forget to also check out the Cumulus Blogs Foreign Language blogs if you publish a blog in a Foreign Language! Links are on this blog!
Here's the code for Haitian Creole ... (copy between the lines)
<input title=" Kreyòl ayisyen | Haiti | Haitian Creole " value="en|ht" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/TBhgm6fUYbI/AAAAAAAAB4o/DidcfgV9A7o/s1600/Haiti+Creole+ht_flag.png" onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair" />
Keeping you up to date!
p.s.: Don't forget our Foreign Language Blog Translators, if you have a blog published in other than English!
See: Latest Code Update - Nov, 2015
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Some bloggers often ask questions concerning some aspect of listing their blog, or having their blog crawled by the Search Engines. Maybe, they do not want either. These two options have a great impact on your blog's traffic and eventual Page Rank.
Listing a blog, allows it to appear when Readers click on Blogger Home Page, Next Blog, Blogger Play, or link to it from other Blogger.com sites.
If you choose NOT to be included in this option, your blog will not appear in those places but will still be available on the Internet. Unlisted blogs will also appear on your Profile, unless hidden by you.
As far as Blog Search is concerned, Google/Blogger is one of the many companies utilising Weblogs.com as a notifier of Updated Blogs. What does Weblogs.com do?
Weblogs.com is a Ping Server which automatically notifies subscribers when new content is posted to a website, or a blog. Blogger gives you the option to have your blog crawled by search engines. This allows your readers to search your updated blog, and also all other blogs - from various places.
If you choose NOT to enable this feature, your blog will still be available on the Internet, and people will still be able to view it, but it will NOT be crawled by the Google Search Engine spider, and will NOT appear in Blog Search.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Earlier this week, I had reason to change the URL of a blog. The blog URL was published to my Domain, Robertosblogs.net and the Cname 'alias' didn't suit my new blog theme. I needed to change it. It was the easiest thing to do, but involved many steps.
Fortunately, I used an old 'stub blog' with no Followers, or subscribers, so there was no-one to notify, and the name was one I didn't care about possible SPAMMERS getting hold of. You see, I NEVER delete a blog! I just store unused blogs on another account.
So, what did I have to do?
Firstly, I had to change the Cname alias on my Domain Control Manager. That's as easy as signing in to Google Apps, then signing in to GoDaddy, and navigating to the Domain Manager, Total DNS Control screen.
I selected the URL of the 'old' blog, and clicked on the Edit button (Pencil and Paper).
I made the change and clicked OK...
Then, I made sure I logged-off properly, and proceeded to the blog Settings - Publishing screen.
Secondly, I had to publish the blog back to BlogSpot - to it's original URL. That's no problem, either. Then, I simply followed these steps to re-publish the blog back to the new Cname alias on my Domain.
I also listed the new blog on Google Webmaster.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
There are quite a few places to check the Language settings for your blog - and computer. I covered all this previously, and now, it's time for an update.
Some bloggers still report that their blogs load in a foreign language. To ensure that all your settings are in your preferred language, let's say English, for this exercise, it's good to make sure ALL possibilities are covered.
The first place I would check, is the Windows Control Panel - Regional and Language Options. There are three options there. The Control Panel options will ensure that your computer is set to your preferred Language.
Also, if English is your preferred language, I recommend selecting English - US, and making allowances for their spelling differences. Why? Well, Google is American, and I once had problems due to spelling differences on my computer, using centre, instead of center!
My next choice would be to check the Browser settings. In this example, I have Firefox. To check the Language setting, click on Tools from the Toolbar - Menu Bar. Then select Content, then click Choose.
The last steps are with Blogger. The Dashboard shows two options for setting the Language of the blog. One is at the very top on the right, above where the blogs are listed, and the other is at the very bottom of the Dashboard. For safety, I'd check both.
The 'Top' option ...
The 'Bottom' Option ...
Language Selection option, takes you to the Language Selection.
The last steps are with the actual blog, itself. The first Setting to check, is on the Basic Screen. Make sure that Transliteration is disabled, and not set to one of those available languages .
The next option is on the Settings - Formatting Screen - Languages.
Now, the most important part - CLEAR YOUR BROWSER CACHE! RE-BOOT YOUR BROWSER! (Otherwise, it would nearly all be in vain. Your Browser will display cached copy. You have to reset it, make it re-visit your blog, to get a new copy!)
See also: You may not have to speak the local language, by Nitecruzr.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
I was blissfully unaware of Supercomputers until I read this article. Of course, I always wondered, but I was never really aware of them. Apparently, most countries have them - even New Zealand, but their units are very slow, at between 26.4 and 31.527 teraflops, compared to others! What is a teraflop?
I was blissfully unaware of a 'teraflop', and the somewhat (10 times) faster 'petaflop', until this morning. These weird names describe the speed of a Supercomputer. Beats my little Acer Laptop.
I was also blissfully unaware of the fact that a Supercomputer could calculate in one second, what it would take a PC over 10 hours to achieve - (not with me driving)! Or, in one day, what it would take over 100 years for a PC to calculate! Of course, that does not allow for some coffee breaks, nor does it allow for interruptions to one's USB Stick connection.
But don't worry, there are alternatives to a Supercomputer - lots of people with lots of computers.