Afrikaans lessons on Twitter for World Cup, from Dubai

Posted by Celia Walter | 10 Jun, 2010

PRLog (Press Release)Jun 09, 2010 – Eton Institute, UAE’s leading language training institute, will be offering short-lessons in Afrikaans on Twitter during the entire month of the FIFA World Cup 2010 for football fans and travelers visiting South Africa for this much-awaited sporting event. The Twitter lessons in Afrikaans, an official language of South-Africa, will feature conversational essentials and fun football centric phrases in just 140 characters...[more]

To receive daily lessons in Afrikaans, follow Eton Institute on their Twitter page: or call 800-Eton (8003866) for assistance. For more information about the services offered by Eton Institute and other campaigns or promotions, visit



7 Quick Tools To Help You Solve Crossword Puzzles Online

Posted by Celia Walter | 10 Jun, 2010

How do you solve crossword puzzles? With the pencil, your grey cells and a cup of tea, or do you take a peek at the dictionary?


Image Credit: bradlauster

Here’s some help to solve crossword puzzles online. I know solving crossword puzzles with the help of the web is pretty close to cheating. The Guardian even has its crossword answer button labeled as cheat. But heck,  it’s the only recourse when you are stuck at the intersection of five down and three across.  When all is said and done, a completed puzzle is better than an incomplete one.

But as a true blue crossword fan, I would urge you to only go to these online helper apps for solving the crossword after burning out your grey cells. Solving crosswords on your own is not only a vocabulary challenge but puzzles like these go a long way in keeping age related memory impairments at bay.

Most apps that solve crossword puzzles online rely on dictionaries and word lists to construct the clues from a few hinted alphabets. Not very remarkable, but even this simple technology can help save a few hairs when you get bamboozled by a crossword clue.

Here are seven websites that can help you fill out the little white squares and cross out the across and downs.

One Across



Crossword Clue Solver

Ultralingua Word Hunt



Firefox add-on allows you to search the Wayback Machine

Posted by Celia Walter | 10 Jun, 2010

Fellow time travelers,

We have a new Firefox add-on that allows you to search the Wayback Machine from your browser. You can get it at:

For those who have yet to travel back in time, the Internet Archive Wayback Machine allows you to browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

So install the Wayback Machine Firefox add-on and take a trip.

From The Internet Archive

And more, from ResearchBuzz:

Enter the URL of a site in which you’re interested and you’ll get a Wayback result showing all dates available.


In the case of, which I tried to check first, I got archived pages going all the way back to 1996.

One caveat, though — this is for site URLs only. You can’t do keyword searches this way. (Didn’t you used to be able to search the Wayback Machine by keyword? I think it was a pretty long time ago.)

I wish this was more of a full-blown extension — where you could pull up current and former versions of a page, highlight differences, etc — but it’s nice just to have that in my search bar. If you haven’t used The Wayback Machine in a while, go take a look at the advanced search page. You can now filter by file type, compare two versions of a page, and even get a PDF output of an old page version (this feature is in beta.)


Recent Changes to PubMed

Posted by Celia Walter | 10 Jun, 2010

The NLM Technical Bulletin lists a few changes to PubMed that were implemented last Thursday (6/3/10).  Here is a brief run down of the changes, for more information including helpful graphics go to the May/June issue of the bulletin.

Email Abstract Format - Users can now include/exclude the MeSH and “Other Data” associated with the PubMed citation int he email.  The other data would be things like Publication Types.

PubMed Advance Search – The Advance Search page will be modified to provide users with a “more cohesive” method to build searches.” The ‘Search’ and ‘Preview’ buttons will be improved to process search terms present in either the Search Builder box or main search box.”  Boolean operator buttons will now be in a pull down menu and terms in the Search Builder will default to AND unless users choose OR or NOT before clicking the Add to Search Box button.  Finally, search box in advance search will not include autocomplete and the RSS and the save search feature will not be offered from that page. (It appears that you can still save your advanced searches and RSS them once you have run them and you are on the PubMed Results page.)

PubMed Discovery Ads- At first when I read this title I thought PubMed was going to start allowing advertisements which surprised me.  It turns out that what they are discussing are the helpful bits of information in the “discovery area” (right side of PubMed results).  The bulletin refers to these helpful bits as “ads” and they are “designed to lead users to additional information or assist with searching.”  Whatever NLM wants to call it, this information has a new look to it with fewer lines, colors, and no more bulleted lists. 

From Krafty Librarian