Google – A Bit of HistoryWritten by Halstatt Pires
The first question most people have is, “What heck is a “Google?” It is a play on word “googol,” which is mathematical figure 1 followed by 100 zeros. Depending on level of your love for math, this is either greatest or lamest name for a search engine. Regardless, clever kids at Google have turned it into a cultural standard.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google in January of 1996, then known as BackRub. The boys were in early twenties and classic computer geeks. Sergey was born in Moscow, alum of University of Michigan and visiting Stanford. Larry was assigned to be his guide. During this visit, they obviously hit it off or today nobody would give a hoot about linking strategies.
Although two men and name “BackRub” may raise some questions, name actually referred to a method for producing search engine rankings. Specifically, BackRub search engine was designed to analyze “back links” to a site. Although BackRub developed a following with those in know, nothing much happened for a few years.
As with most new businesses, boys needed some serious cash. The brass at Yahoo was interested, but initially passed. Sun Microsystems, of all companies, provided an answer. Andy Bechtolsheim was one of founders of Sun and, thus, had necessary deep pockets. $100,000 later, new search engine company was on way to stardom.
A New Name
As legend has it, BackRub became Google for a rather humorous reason. Apparently, Bechtolsheim accidentally made $100k check out to “Google, Inc.” You can make your own guess as to which one of boys said, “Hey, I have an idea for a new name.” In September of 1998, Google opened a small office in Menlo Park, California. The rest, as they say, is history.
Web Templates For The Home and HobbyistWritten by Johann Erickson
A lot of individuals, clubs, and organizations would like to share their interests or group mission with others, but to present it on Internet would mean learning complicated language that goes with programming, or else hiring a professional designer. Since this isn’t something that’s in most non-profit or personal budgets, best alternative, is free web templates.
Teams, associations, schools, and just person with an interesting hobby, can now show world what they can do, with no more than a web template, and a basic web page builder such as MS FrontPage, Go Live!, DreamWeaver, or HomeSite , plus a graphics program like Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photo Shop or Fireworks.
Parents might like to chronicle trials and tribulations of a new addition to family. A club that serves their community could use their site to display past activities and events, as well as advertise upcoming fundraisers and special occasions. Whatever purpose or nature of site, free web templates can give you flexibility to deliver exactly information that you want, in way you would like it to appear.
What kind of template is right for you, or your group? That depends entirely on your interests and your preferences in how content is to be presented. For teams or just sports enthusiasts, there are sports templates to keep track of statistics, player photos, game dates, and more. If you’re a real “player”, there are gaming templates that will allow you to review latest games, list tips on play, and deliver news from game developers. Entertainment templates make keeping up with your favorite movie or recording star, a breeze! Or create their own personal blog for family pooch, with a free pet template. You can even run online bidding wars with auction templates.