Gaurang's Thoughts

Google Adsense displaying Ads by Criteo - What's going on?

As a website publisher, you would get enrolled in lots of Ads network as publisher to get ads on your website. This helps in generated some revenue out of the content of your website. 

Google Adsense is one of the largest such Ads network used by millions of website owners. 

However, at times, Google Adsense may display Ads from its third-party partner network as well. In my case, I stumbled upon couple of Ads slots stating that the ads were by Criteo. I was confused about that as I had never enrolled into Criteo Ads network as publisher but still my website was displaying ads from it. 

Then I googled and realised that Google Adsense has the feature to display non-Adsense ads which was happening in my case.

If you wish to block that from happening, go to : AdSense dashboard > Blocking controls > All sites > Manage Ad networks.

Twitter charging for verified status (blue tick) - what it means for businesses?

Getting verified faster - In over past 10 years, it used to take few months to years to get the verified status on Twitter which used to be a struggle for large firms  leave alone the smaller firms. Now after  the introduction of chargeable Blue tick, businesses can get verified within days which is a win win situation for businesses of all sizes.

Preventing impersonalisation/ risk situations - As it is incredibly easy to create new accounts on Twitter, any person but malicious intent can impersonate anyone or any business and may tweet out something that impacts the reputation of the firm. By having the verified status early on helps in preventing such risk issues for the businesses which is of prime importance to any cyber security aware firm. 


Every unwritten idea is a lost opportunity.

How is plagiarism checked in assignments / official documents / proposals / content writing?

In the field of writing or anything about content writing at all, plagiarism is an important threat which is checked for.

Whether it is writing assignments, answering to question papers in the field of studies or preparing official documents, proposals, it becomes critically important to have plagiarism free content. 

So how does plagiarism works?

In the field of academics, first of all university / examiner needs all the sample set of data to compare ( which means searchable content on search engines and online books + content of assignments/ answer sheets of all students ) and then it compares with the assignment of the student which gets checked.

The percentage of similarity of different phrases is calculated and if the similarity is above 40-70% then it becomes a Copy Case. 

So to be on safer side, always rewrite the content in your words and give examples. If you will do that honestly, there are minimal chances that you will end up in becoming a copy case as everyone writes in an unique manner and sentence structure differs from person to person, so does the thought process. 

Same principle applies in official documents as well. Never try to copy paste word to word. 

Instead rewrite the main thoughts in your words and give context / examples to make it an understandable content. 

If you want to check plagiarism of your content, then visit following websites which are used by thousands:

Since single source cannot possibly index all the searchable content on entire planet, their accuracy would be limited to the size of database they have so it's better than you try 2-3 of them.

And if you want to be absolutely sure about not getting stuck in the case of plagiarism, then write/ rewrite the content by yourself.

Post your comments below if you have any queries about Plagiarism.

My notes taking journey so far

My notes taking journey so far. If you are a compulsive notes taker, you might find it useful.

I love taking notes. I have taken 20K in past 14 years.

I used native app when I used to use Nokia E Series phone in 2009-2010.

Catch in ~2011 (used it for 2 years until Apple acquired it in 2013).

In parallel I explored Google Keep but didn't find it very user-friendly.

Further #Evernote which became one of my favourites and I used it extensively and even now I use it. Loved its premium version which enables you to scrap the web content and save it as a note. Tagging feature is great, so is notebooks. Eventually it grows to huge number of notebooks and tags, and it gets hard to manage all the content. But still it's amazing considering you can access notes across multiple devices irrespective of OSs. When you accidentally delete a note, you can easily recover it. You can access note level revisions in premium version.

Apple notes is amazing and is truly a life saver as it's a very light app, supports PDF, text, images and image search. Great for anyone who is in Apple ecosystem. However, when you accidentally make a change in a note and forget about it, there isn't a way to rollback. Search feature is powerful.

I used Day One, which is a beautiful diary/ notes taking app, supports password protection, is available as an App for various OSs.

Joplin is an open source notes taking app, which is extremely powerful and lets you store GBs of notes in it. It can be installed on your machine. 

However none of these actually helps in structuring your thoughts and expand your ideas by interlinking them. I was exploring further about this topic and stumbled about a concept called Zettelkasten method. I further research on it and found numerous videos talking about it in detail.

Folks who uses this method uses Obsidian notes taking app - which lets you interlinking notes with each other, lets you visualize the notes and how the thoughts are interlinked with each other. You will be able to link any of these and go deeper and deeper forming deeper connections in your mind as you will have context at every level. In Q4 2022 I think it is the notes app that I am going to use for years to come coupled with Apple notes for quick bits and Evernote for archiving long form content. 

Notion is a way similar to Obsidian but seemed to be a lot of work and I now have strict preference to have everything on my machine. I guess, with passing days, we are becoming more cyncinal about data security and really I don't want to shell a dime for one more cloud subscription.