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Twitter Vs. Facebook

February 4, 2011

A nice chart showing the difference in usage levels between Facebook and Twitter is at gigaom.com:

Twitter vs Facebook

Some of the key information is:

  • 88 percent of people are aware of Facebook, while 87 percent are aware of Twitter
  • 12 percent of Facebook users update their status every day vs. 52 percent for Twitter
  • males make up 46 percent of Facebook users, and 48 percent of Twitter
  • 30 percent access Facebook via mobile vs. 37 percent for Twitter
  • 40 percent follow a brand on Facebook vs. 25 percent on Twitter
  • 70 percent of Facebook users are outside the U.S. vs. 60 percent for Twitter

Both are "big voices" that a person can use for professional internet promotion. Facebook seems to network better across a variety of demographics, whereas Twitter seems to create a more cohesive group based upon a shared profession, project, or simple common interest.

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Super Computer attacking Child Porn Uploaders

January 11, 2011

In what will be a huge boost to one of the more underfunded activities of law enforcement, the "Jaquar" super computer targets child sex abuse predators by monitoring uploads at torrent and other web sites around the world:

"Consumers of child pornography break the law when they download photos and videos from file-sharing networks. But police are more concerned with the porn producers uploading the files. Every new posting means a child is in harm's way. To accelerate the acquisition of information needed to arrest child predators, law enforcement officers have teamed with data analytics experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for a project that will use Jaguar, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, to speedily analyze the activities on file-sharing networks that pinpoint porn producers. . "

Story at the Eureka Alert/U.S. Department of Energy

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Google Spying?

DECEMBER 30, 2010

Google online services are among the best in the world, but there is a cost involved with using the leading search engine's free services:

"...it is easy to see why Google is often regarded as a warm, fluffy ‘good guy’.

The only mystery seemed to be how, exactly, it managed to achieve revenues of more than £15 billion last year.

In truth, though, it is a creepy, multi-national company that spies on us, as I found out a week ago after I foolishly left my laptop in the back of a London taxi.

I made some disconcerting discoveries about Google that have left me deeply unhappy about the business practices of this most apparently ‘cuddly’ of corporate giants. "

Story at the UK Daily Mail

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Wikileaks Attacks

DECEMBER 9, 2010

The full implications of the internet are getting clearer with the cyber-war that has erupted between the Wikileaks web site and various governments. Yahoo News has an overview:

"More cyber attacks in retaliation for attempts to block the WikiLeaks website are likely in a "data war" to protect Internet freedom, a representative of one of the groups involved said on Thursday.

Though no major websites appeared to be under attack early on Thursday, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet said the Swedish government's website was down for a short time during the night. Sweden had issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks' founder.

"Anonymous has targeted mainly companies which have decided for whatever reason not to deal with WikiLeaks. Some of the main targets involve Amazon, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal," a spokesman calling himself "Coldblood" told BBC Radio 4."

Story at the UK Daily Mail

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Is Wi Fi harmful?

DECEMBER 1, 2010

The number of cautions contained in this article about the dangers of broadcast waves from wi-fi devices is long and frightening:

"It is not the existence of these radio waves that is the problem so much as the use we make of them. Rather than being emitted at a constant rate, technology demands they are ‘pulsed’ in short and frequent bursts which appear to be far more biologically harmful.

Not the least is their impact on our ability to reproduce. It is well documented that average male sperm counts are falling by two per cent a year. Many causes have been suggested, from stressful lifestyles to poor diet and ­hormones in our water supplies.

But studies in infertility clinics show problems with sperm dying off or not moving properly are most common in men who use mobiles extensively. This has also been demonstrated in the laboratory.

...This is particularly alarming given the tendency for teenagers and children to sleep with their mobile phones under the pillows so that they can answer late-night texts from friends.

Parents who allow their children to do so may be taking a significant gamble with their health.

This year saw the publication of the Interphone study carried out in 13 countries including the UK, and examining the links between mobile phone use and brain tumours. It suggested that those who had made heavy use of mobiles for a decade or more faced twice the risk of glioma, the most common type of brain tumour."

Story at the UK Daily Mail

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Dawning age of new, more powerful computer worms and viruses

NOVEMBER 28, 2010

For a view of how powerful an attack on a computer can be, this story (at Fox News) detailing how the 'stuxnet' virus was able to cripple the computers running Iran's nuclear centrifuge complex, is a view toward a whole new, dawning world of "cyber-war:"

"...The worm also knew that the complex control system that ran the centrifuges was built by Siemens, the German manufacturer, and -- remarkably -- how that system worked as well and how to mask its activities from it.

--Masking itself from the plant's security and other systems, the worm then ordered the centrifuges to rotate extremely fast, and then to slow down precipitously. This damaged the converter, the centrifuges and the bearings, and it corrupted the uranium in the tubes. It also left Iranian nuclear engineers wondering what was wrong, as computer checks showed no malfunctions in the operating system.

Estimates are that this went on for more than a year, leaving the Iranian program in chaos."

I have recommended to many clients to take a look at Avast anti-virus protection for their computers. Also take a look at our page briefly discussing computer security and Avast.

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Department of Justice seizing pirate web site domain names

NOVEMBER 27, 2010

Cracking down on web sites that either contain or are facilitating pirated copyrighted works (primarily music and movies) has results in over 70 domain names being seized by the United States Justice Department, utilizing ICANN master registry tools, which supercede registrar domain controls.

List of names seized at torrent

ABC News: A Torrent of Gov't Seizures in Online Piracy War

Internet News:

NOVEMBER 24, 2010
New York Times article by Matt Richtel Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction. Consequences of a complete immersion into a digital, virtual world of communications:

"Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people. The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks — and less able to sustain attention. "

Internet News:

NOVEMBER 22, 2010
News brief at wire.com by Sam Gustin about the CIOCA act (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) which gives the U.S. Attorney General the ability to shut down sites without (apparently) due process:

"On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”

COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and the big media companies to stem the tidal wave of internet file sharing that has upended those industries and, they claim, cost them tens of billions of dollars over the last decade."

Read the actual text of the bill at govtrac.us

Site Update:

DECEMBER 29, 2010
Web site pages updated at Vermont Bride Magazine

Site Update:

DECEMBER 21, 2010
Web site pages on Chesterfield County, Virginia, has been updated. Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County

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DECEMBER 9, 2010
The web site Murder in the Ozarks is now accepting orders for the Steve Weems novel. Murder in the Ozarks Website

Murder in the Ozarks

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DECEMBER 1, 2010
The Athens Greece Now site has updated with news bits about the economic situation in Athens while the country looks forward to the Dec 20 vote on the 2011 budget. Athens Greece Now Website

Athens Greece Now Update

Site Update:

DECEMBER 1, 2010
The Cinemagraphe web site has updated with news about the new Busby Berkeley book, and the deaths of actor Leslie Nielsen and director Irvin Kershner. Cinemagraphe Website

Cinemagraphe Update

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DECEMBER 1, 2010
The Comic Book Brain web site has updated with news and info on comic related movie, braodway and publishing news. CBB Website

Comic Book Brain Update

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Our client Needleman's Bridal and Formal with four stores in Vermont is having a special sale at the ST. Albans store. Needlemans Website

Needlemans

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NOVEMBER 28, 2010
Photo of Henricus Tower at Dutch Gap, Virginia: Facebook Post

Henricus Tower

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NOVEMBER 26, 2010
New photos (Lock #7 along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal system outside Washington DC) on the Erik Weems Blogspot page: Weems Blogspot

Erik Weems Blogspot

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NOVEMBER 26, 2010
Athens Greece Now has been updated: Athens Greece Now

Site Update:

NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Williams Auctions has a new auction occurring on Dec 4, 2010.
Check out their web site for more info
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NOVEMBER 23, 2010
The web site Comic Book Brain has been updated

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NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Weems Photo update at blogspot:
James River near Richmond Virginia.

James River Rocks

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