Monday, April 20, 2009

Lumosity getting better

I've been trying out Lumosity for a while. Seems to have definite positive effects on the psyche, along with adverse effects on both my RSI and certain non-cognitive parts of the psyche..

I quickly reached the most advanced levels of most of the games there (there are a few which I seem to be quite average in though.) But then I noticed a substantial stress getting built up concerning pushing my limits higher and substantial disappointments when I happen to regress in some mental aspects. So this in fact ads a psychological/emotional part that if you bother to observe and appease in yourself, can help you really improve yourself.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Testing your website's visibility from other countries

I've been looking for a while for a way to test how different aspects of my websites, e.g. their search ranking, differ from country to country. Normal proxy servers, such as those you can get at, are more often than not slow, unreliable, and worst of all -- tend to get blacklisted by Google and others.

Meet Hide-My-IP: It let's you choose specific countries through which to route your browsing, and does that through private high-performance proxy servers. I'm referring to their paid version ($29) with the "premium subscription" ($7/month) -- the free trial is practically useless.

Give it a try:

Sunday, March 29, 2009

MacSpeech !!

I've recently been trying to reduce the strain on my hands by offloading much of my typing to speech recognition software. I gave a shot for a while to the built in speech recognition in Windows Vista but the level of accuracy left me frustrated much of the time. Perhaps if I were to spend patiently several months training it it would have become acceptable, but it unfortunately doesn't have a way to export and import users speech profiles.

Not to mention that I had to use a secondary laptop with Vista installed, plus a clip board sharing program in order to use the dictated text on my Mac.

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