Info Center

......................................For further queries about Higher Education in USA you are welcome to contact me (Prem Santosh) at: I would be glad to assist in what ever way I can...........................................................Get reviews of the latest Mobile Phones and Computer Games Released......................................

Thursday, October 25, 2007

KNOL - Google's answer to WIKIPEDIA

Last night on the official Google blog, Udi Manber, vice president of engineering, announced that Google is testing a publishing platform called Knol.
It's being compared to
Wikipedia and Mahalo. While it's a somewhat different take on knowledge collection, these comparisons are apt.
From what we know so far, Knol is a wiki-like platform. Authors can create topics, and there are tools to interlink articles and content, but as Manber says, an article, or "knol," is "just a Web page." Where it differs from a wiki is its focus on the author. All knols will highlight who wrote them.

Knol should make it easy to create nicely formatted reference pages.That small difference becomes dramatic when you put Knol alongside Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a collaborative system. There is no author listed on a wiki page because a page may have many authors (if you want to, you can divine who said what on the history pages).
Since Knol pages will be authored, users won't, presumably, be able to dive in and edit another page. They'll be able to submit edits to the author for approval, though. So much for open collaboration. But as a platform for authors who might want to make some money from their work, it's a better bet (Knol will allow authors to monetize their pages as they see fit).
Purists may think that since Google is in the business of monetizing content via advertising, it should not compete with other publishing platforms. However, this is not the first time that Google has gotten into this business.
Blogger, of course, is Google's biggest success in text-publishing platforms. But Google also experimented with its own database, Google Base, in which it not only indexes the information but also stores it. And then there's YouTube.
I would compare Knol to Blogger, and eventually, I think it will have
Digg-like elements. Knol is like Blogger because it's a personal publishing platform. It's all about giving authors a platform for writing. It's just a like a blog, but much more structured. If you like a Knoller, you'll likely want to read more written by that person, or even subscribe to his work.
It could become Digg-like, in that multiple Knol pages on the same topic will compete with each other. And while the Manber's post hinted that the arbiter of Knol quality will be Google search rankings, I cannot imagine that there won't, at some point, be both a social network of Knol users and a main page that ranks the most popular Knol pages by votes, page views, discussion flow, or other group metrics.
At this point, based only on the official blog post, Knol looks like a solid end-user publishing platform. I strongly doubt that it will put much of a hurt on Wikipedia, since its author focus makes it much the antithesis of the open, community-driven wiki model. Knol looks more like a Google version of, Mahalo, or Squidoo.
No word on when--or if--Knol will be released to the public.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BIOS Password Hack

A lotta of you guys out there will already be knowing how to reset a BIOS password if activated in a computer. But what I am about to teach you here is a new way to do it which very few people know. For those who don't know what BIOS is, here it is in short:
BIOS - Basic Input Output System whose settings are stored in your motherboard. The most general stuff you can find there is the system time, date, boot options etc. If you want to have more idea about BIOS goto:

Basically if a BIOS password is enabled one cannot do anything with the computer if the password is not known. There are a number of ways one can reset it.

1. If you open the cabinet of your PC you will find a small cmos battery which stores all the data even if the computer is turned off. (This is how your system time, date does not reset each time you restart your computer) If you take the battery out for about fifteen minutes and place it back in, all the setting stored previously will be reset. So most probably your BIOS password will reset. This works for most the AWARD BIOS.

2. The BIOS generally has a some preset passwords. Some of the most common BIOS passwords are:


P.S For more default BIOS passwords from any manufacturer, just leave a comment and the name of the manufacturer. I will get back to you in a couple of days' time.

3. This is one of the best ways to reset the BIOS, but the only flaw in this is that you should be able to access the DOS prompt. If you are able to, then type the following there:
DEBUG (hit enter)
-o 70 2e (hit enter)
-o 71 ff (hit enter)
-q (hit enter)
exit (hit enter)

Restart the computer.