The Carbon Neutral Search Engine

On the 11th October 2007 an new search engine was launched in the UK that was fundamentally different from any other search engine that had gone before.

That doesn’t mean it differs in it’s ability to generate pages of relevant search results from any other search engine – it does that just as efficiently and effectively as any other.

What sets the Carbon Neutral Search Engine (CNSE) aside from the rest is in it’s pledge to offset the carbon footprint you create each time you initiate a search.

How will an online search function do that?

The CNSE aims to measure the amount of carbon used for each search initiated on its engine and to replace that which is used back into the environment. The initial offsetting will be undertaken by a company celled Climate Care who are a leading UK offsetting company.

Interestingly, they have to date offset over 1m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions through various programs of environmental initiatives like reforestation, investing in renewable energy technology and energy efficiency projects.

So what about the search engine itself?

The CNSE is powered by Google, so has the backing of the largest of all the search engines to ensure your search results will be every bit as accurate and relevant to the search terms that you enter. It’s as easy to use as any other search engine, but also has the benefit of no advertising on it’s homepage to distract you from your search.

Interestingly, this is a UK initiative that was created with no outside funding and is run purely with a view to helping the environment and to do their bit to help slow down the effects of global warming through reducing the UK’s own carbon footprint.

By the way, they also pledge that should they hit ten thousand searches by 25th December (this year) they will double all carbon offsets. Considering they offset each search query processed by 100g or greater of carbon dioxide anyway, that should keep them busy for a while!

Have a look for yourself and help the environment using the link below:

Check out the Carbon Neutral Search Engine for yourself.

Blogging the Balance

Blogging in general is about keeping plenty of relevant and interesting posts coming to your blogs, which means keeping a healthy balance between those posts which are sponsored and those which are written for the blog.

Sometimes, when there are a lot of paid opportunities floating around it’s easy to get involved in grabbing as many as you can physically write because while they may be there today, they might not be there tomorrow.

So in times of plenty, reap the harvest while you can in preparation for times of famine.

Just make sure you keep the balance of your blogs healthy so your readers have good posts to read as well as the reviewed stuff!

Manipulating MySQL

Manipulating MySQL databases might not be everyone’s idea of a fun thing to do, but when you have your own self hosted blog and access to cPanel, then you can use a great program called phpMyAdmin to do your manipulating without having to know a single MySQL command or query.

Say, for instance you created a series of posts and then discovered that you wanted to add an important one in the middle of them all. Well, the usual way would be to write then new post and have it out of sequence later on in the blog’s list of posts.

But what if you wanted to place it in between two existing posts?

You couldn’t do that from withing your WordPress panel, but you can do some nifty manipulation from within phpMyAdmin with your posts to achieve that effect.

It does involve a bit of work, but not too much if you concentrate on what you’re doing, because when you play with this little baby, any mistakes are final and irretrievable!

So, strap yourself in and we’ll begin!

First you’ll need to take the first post after your series and move it to the end. You can do that from within WordPress by simply copying all the text and pasting it into a new post along with the title and hitting publish.

Now you have an extra post that you can use for manipulation. If you want to insert your new post in the middle of your series, then you’ll have to shunt them all up one starting with the last to fill your derelict post, then each preceding post. Here’s how.

Go into phpMyAdmin and find the derelict post and clear out it’s body text (post_content). Now copy and paste all the data from the preceding post into it, including date and timestamps but leave the ID intact. Hit GO. That’s updated.

Go to the preceding post and delete all the text from that and copy and past the text and details from the preceding post into that one. Hit GO as before.

Do the same until you reach the place where you want to insert your extra post. Simply copy and past your new post into the empty file, change it’s title (post_name) to match the title you have given it and also its GUID. Then hit GO as before and go and look at your blog.

You should see all the posts in their new order and the permanent links should all match up too.

Easy? Well, not really, but if you’re desperate to do something like this, it’s nice to know there is a way, even if it is a bit complex!

Terry Didcott
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