5 Unusual Destinations

Every holidaymaker dreams of the ultimate escape to a hotel or resort which is out of the ordinary and offers a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. Here are 5 unusual hotels around the world which offer their guests extraordinary experiences in remarkable spaces.

The ultimate chill-out: The Ice Hotel, Swedish Lapland
Located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Sweden, the Ice Hotel is constructed from 2000 tonnes of ice and 30,000 tonnes of a mixture of snow and ice taken from a nearby river. Each year it is reconstructed by more than 100 artists who create not only a structure but also a work of art out of the ice, giving it a new form each time it is recreated.The hotel is open only from December until mid-April, after which it slowly melts away back into the river. Guests turn in for the night on a block of ice covered with mattresses and reindeer hides. Thermal underwear is strongly recommended!
Sweet pipe dreams: Dasparkhotel, Austria
Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest hotel rooms in the world. metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest hotel rooms in the world. metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest hotel rooms in the world. metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest hotel rooms in the world. metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest hotel rooms in the world.
Doing time at The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, South Australia
Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest
All aboard: The Old Railway Station, UK
At The Old Railway Station, guests spend the night on a train which never leaves the station. Dating back to 1892, Petworth Railway Station in West Sussex, South England, was taken out of service in 1966. Today the station building as well as four Pullman railway carriages house an unusual and meticulously converted hotel. Guests check in at the old ticket office before being led along the platform to their rooms which are located inside the impeccably restored wooden railway carriages, complete with spacious bathrooms. High tea is served each afternoon in the station's waiting room
On top of the world: Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil
Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest Hotel rooms made out of giant sewage pipes? This wacky idea was no pipe dream for Austrian architect and designer Andreas Strauss. Only two metres wide, the rooms at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria must be the smallest

June 5, 2013  Leave a comment

Accessing .Onion sites N The Deep Web

The Invisible Web or the Deep Web means the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Though search Engines like Google can crawl most parts of the web but still pages of private networks of organizations or library databases are not normally crawled by search engines.

As per wikipedia page on Deep Web it is stated the size of the open web is 167 terabytes. The Invisible Web is estimated at 91,000 terabytes. It is estimated that the invisible web is at least 500 times the size of the visible web. Commercial search engines index only the the visible web, it can be represented by a iceberg where you can only see the part which is visible above the water. As with any other iceberg though, the majority is below the surface. Surfing it is not easy as we normally do for sites but it’s a collection of Wikis & links which you need to go through.

So “how do I access this sites?  The first thing what you need a system to  communicate anonymously, the most popular being Tor (The Onion Router). Once you are running Tor you merely type in a .onion address (Deep Web address) and you are there! All .onion addresses are anonymous, and it is near impossible to trace the original user.

 So what kind of website that deep web (or in this context, Tor hidden services) has? From usual content like blogs and forums , Tor-enabled instant messaging and chat, anonymous file and image hosting, anonymous financing, , information on computer security/anonymity, pdf, music or movies sharing, , links to international drug markets, , assassin markets, black market products, and child pornography. Possession of deep web contents could throw you into prison. So be sure to click on the links & specially it is suggested not to click any link makred as “CP”.

Speaking of dark market we cannot avoid to mention Silk Road web site( THE CURRENT URL), an online marketplace located in the Deep Web, the majority of its products are derived from illegal activities like arms drugs. Of course it’s not the only one, many other markets as this.

Also there are good uses of .onion sites, for example, a political activist in a repressive country or a whistleblower could use a .onion site to upload and share sensitive data or communicate anonymously. You cannot trust all the sites inside deep web. Some might have virus or trojan or malicious javascript code to steal your private information.

Most transactions on the Deep Web accept BitCoinsystem for payments allowing the purchase of any kind of products preserving the anonymity of the transaction,

Accessing Onion Sites

The most easy way to access onion sites is Tor Browser. just install the Tor browser bundle, it includes a modified version of Firefox with Tor and other settings preconfigured. After downloading the Tor browser bundle, run the .exe file to extract it and double-click the “Start Tor Browser.exe” file in the extracted folder. Or else if you a bit more techie you download the Vidalia bundle you have to configure your browser’s proxy to localhost port 8118 & use it.

The Tor Directory link will take you to a directory of .onion sites, which you can browse by category or search. There’s also a link to talk.Masked, an anonymous post board for anonymous discussions.

 

 

The Hidden Wiki & .Onion Links
The Hidden Wiki’s link is this , & also you can visit the top Official onion links list 2012 HERE.  But while surfing . onion sites you should take some precautions as :

# turn of javascript and cookies on your browser
# Don’t go around clicking every links you could see, avoid links marked as “CP”

So you can test & surf some parts of the web which maybe you have not visited before!! happy surfing!

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December 24, 2012  Leave a comment

Microsoft releases Outlook.com with built-in Skype

Microsoft a fresh redesigned webmail service with built-in Skype integration called Outlook which users can use in place of the old Hotmail, surely after some time microsoft will replace it with Hotmail as the default mail application. The new web mail has some  great features are available in the current Hotmail and in comparable form on Gmail and other emails  like Yahoo, but the best part is the clean & nice interface with  nice contextual menus & user-friendly interface.

Some of the important features are :

#  automated newsletters, shipping updates gets easily categorized, which you can keep or delete.
# You can easily apply rules by individual ids or a full folder.
# Import contacts from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, even Gmail,& you can access the contacts easily while composing mail.
# You can quickly start a live chat with someone using Facebook. Moreover when you click on an email from somebody you are Facebook friends with or following in Twitter, their status appears to the right of the note.
# Linkedin Integration
# Also a new People contacts manager and a fresh new SkyDrive interface as well.

So though it is in progress, it’s worthwhile to look at it, as a great feature skype would be also added in this soon. So to get a start with this head over to outlook.com, or log into your Hotmail and click on the Options button.

August 1, 2012  Leave a comment

Best SEO Plugins & Ways to Improve Search Engine Rankings for Magento

The Magento e-commerce solutions is one of the most popular Ecommerce solutions, but doing SEO for Magento needs some tips & tricks & also you may need to install some plugins.

Magento SEO Optimization Checklist

1. Homepage Title and Meta tag Optimization

Magneto Back-End Option:
System > Configuration > Design > Html Head
Leave Title Prefix and Title Suffix fields otherwise will be visible in other pages too.

2. Title and Meta tag Optimization of category and product pages

Magneto Back-End Option:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Manage Categories

3. URL Optimization

You can set the URL’s as per the name of the product or category.
Magneto Back-End Option:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Search Engine Optimization
Now enable “Use categories path for product URL’s” or set it to yes.

4. Xml Sitemap generation
Magento has its own Google XML sitemap generator that you can use to easily create and submit an XML sitemap to Google.
Magneto Back-End Option:
System > Configuration > Catalog > Google Sitemap > Add Sitemap

5. Robots.txt file
By using robots.txt file we can allow and disallow search engines which directory or pages search engines can index and what not. Add your site map in robots.txt file as Sitemap: http://domain-name.com/sitemap.xml. A typical Magneto robots.txt example – http://www.byte.nl/blog/2012/06/11/magento-robots-txt/ apart from this use of header tags (h1,h2), bold your keywords, make keywords as a anchor text, and add alt text to images.

These are some of the free & paid Magento Plugins

Canonical URL for Magento

Yoast_MetaRobots

SEO Suite Pro

SEO Suite Enterprise

SEOgento

SitemapChunk

Ultimate SEO Suite

Advanced Sitemap

June 16, 2012  Leave a comment

Note to Indian Ecommrce Sites – Marketing or Burning VC Cash?

There seems a mad rush in Indian E-commerce sites to grab the first pie, it’s great to be aggressive in running marketing campaigns all over web & media but companies should check how they are spending the money. Recently Jabong is seen over over the net doing rounds of web advertising & TV promotions. This just caught my eye in Google Ads-  they are running PPC ads on “satya paul sarees” & the landing page they are using is for Mens TIES! (http://bit.ly/I8QynV)! god I understand they have lot of VC money to spend at will but it’s like burning cash like mad! No wonder VC’s are re-thinking on the credibility of running online business by Indian E-commerce sites in long run! Cash rich  companies like Jabong  should at-least try to spend on time on research & technology rather than spending use lessly on ads which would hardly give any ROI.

April 9, 2012  Leave a comment