May 25, 2005
Ask Tourang a
By now most of you should know what a weblog is and the
difference between a weblog and a web page or a website. If you don't,
don't worry, here is a short summary:
Back in mid 1990s when the idea of home pages and persoanl
websites got popular, many people started creating their websites by
either learning HTML coding or asking a friend to do it for them. This
was all fine and dandy until it was time to update the website and the
friend was either too busy or nowhere to be found.
Basically, updating a website is not as easy as it seems.
You would have to find the right file to update, modify it and then upload
the file to a server where your site resides. It's not an easy task,
especially if you are not familiar with web programming.
Hence a few years ago the idea of weblogs came about.
You can think of it as your personal website that you can easily update
without having to know any programming. In a way it can work as your
personal diary where you can write your daily thoughts and click Update
or Post for your articles to magically appear on your website. Additionally,
it does not overwrite your previous posts so you can go back to the archives
and revisit your previous writings (a heaven for writers).
There are also facilities for your readers to comment
on them. There are many companies that offer this service free of charge
like blogger.com. All you have
to do is to register and create a weblog account for yourself.
A few years agao, as this idea became popular within the
Iranian educational communities, some people like Mr. Hossein Derakhshan
provided instructions on how to configure your computer so that you could
type your weblogs in Farsi. This requires a bit of work.
Then came Persianblog.com.
This service is free and it's entirely in Persian and therefore it does
not require any special configurations. You can register your name and
start typing your articles in Farsi. Typing in Farsi at first seems like
an impossible task but after a few weeks of typing you will get to the
point where you can type just as fast as you type in English.
Ask me a
Google's satellite maps
A few weeks ago I
wrote about Keyhole where satellite images
place on Earth can be displayed.
Now Google has come up with a nice
feature to their map where the satellite images of the location you
are looking for is displayed along with directions.
This service is
free. Simply go to maps.google.com and
click on "satellite" on
the top right hand corner.
You can the enter any address in the search box and see
from the location. Try it with your home address. You can then move
around and watch the whole city from up above.
Ask me a
Web page counters
In response to a question from JJ:
are several types of services on the web which provide web page counters:
These counters (hosted meaning
that you just link to their sites).
These are free but usually you don't get much support. For example [Bravenet]
Same technology as free counters, but you get a bit more technical support.
They are very inexpensive.
You will have to
install these counters on your own servers. These are usually in
the form of CGI counters installed on your servers.
I personally don't have much experience with paid subscriptions
to counters as I have always used free ones.
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Persian word processors
In response to a question from Shafapour:
One of the best and oldest Persian word processors is
called Zarnegar. Normally I have seen people order and buy it from inside
much cheaper that way.
There are also other Persian word processors like Namehnegar.
You can refer to Iranian bookstores online (especially the ones in
Los Angeles) or search on the net to order a copy.
I highly suggest that you upgrade your operating system
from Windows 98 to Windows 2000 or XP. Many of the current software don't
work too well with older operating systems.
Ask me a
computer questions (all kinds of questions are welcome -- even personal
About Tourang Birangi
-- Bachelor of Science, 1984, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
-- Worked for 6 years, developing and designing process control circuit boards
in Denver, Colorado.
-- 5 years of firmware development with Motorola microprocessors.
-- Master of Science, 1995, Computer and Information Sciences, Cleveland State
-- 15 years of software design and development, architecture, object oriented
programming (including close to 10 years of C, C++, Java). J2EE design and
development on both Windows and Linux operating systems. Experience with Websphere,
JBoss, Weblogic application servers.
-- Recent work with C# and .Net.