Just a few comments and light hearted look on what we think about the recent techno talk.
Enforcement of cookie consent rules for analytics not a priority, ICO says
This fantastic tool allows you to resize and compress your images, that get returned nicley zipped up. Its very usefull for clients to resize their massive images from their cameras prio to uploading to a website. Great work, Fantastic.
UPDATE: suggest you only patch portrait or landscape photos togther.
On 26th May 2012 all UK websites must offer users opt-in consent tools to allow cookies that pass information about your browsing activities to 3rd parties. Optanon is a managed software service that enables you to make your website compliant.
For most of my sites this really only has an implication with Google Analytics.
Most sites use session cookies in some form or other, but its not really feasible to add an opt-in on every site prior to a user doing anything!
I think the Key Phrase is 'Essential operation' cookies are allowed without consent (shopping carts, and other things that can’t work without them), so that’s ok.. it’s just things like Analytics, etc that place cookies specifically for tracking - leaving a choice of disable analytics or add an opt-in.
Given the wide use of Analytics, and that the userdata is Google's main business model, I'm partly hoping they are going to come up with a solution!
Lets see how this pans out.....
With all the attention from leading technology companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, chances are you’ve heard of HTML5. It has been heralded as the “future of the internet” by Steve Jobs when Apple infamously eliminated Flash support on iOS devices in favor of HTML5. But all the hype fails to cover the most important question: What exactly is HTML5?
HTML stands for “Hyper Text Markup Language” which is geek-speak for “a set of rules that tell computers how to interpret code to display websites.”(seriously, there are literal sets of rules) HTML5 is the 5th version of these rules, and brings major upgrades to the capabilities of websites.
To oversimplify the explanation, HTML5 is a convergence of several technologies currently used to make websites interactive.
Unlike the iPhone, new versions of HTML don’t come out every year. HTML4 was introduced in 1997, and opened the door for huge advancements in website technology over what was previously possible with HTML3. To illustrate the difference in website building capabilities between versions of HTML.
HTML5 should be a similar leap forward over HTML4. HTML5 introduces a bunch of new features, including:
Although many features have already been put in place on the internet, HTML5 is still in the development phase and probably won’t be finished for several years. That means that browsers (the window you’re currently using to view the internet) are constantly being upgraded in order to keep up with the new “rules” that are being developed. If your browser becomes outdated, many websites will cease to work on your computer.
For example: the browser that people used to view LEGO’s 1996 website simply wouldn’t be capable of viewing LEGO’s website today. That’s why it’s important to update your browser to the latest version at least once or twice a year.
Click the links below to update your browser for free!
First and foremost we would like to thank you for your patience yesterday and hope that you will accept our sincerest apologies for the prolonged network outage of approximately1 hour. We fully appreciate the impact this issue will have had on your business/website/email and would therefore like to reiterate that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure something of this nature does not occur again.
Preliminary analysis indicates that the original cause of the incident was a large DDOS attack targeted against one or more tenants, such as us, but not us, hosted within our datacentre facility. The attack was of such magnitude that the external IP transit and peering links were saturated, causing instability. This was then magnified by the sheer volume of traffic being directed from the core routers towards their internal switching platform.
Despite the datacentre policy of over-provisioning all switch and network link capacity, this volume of traffic was sufficient to disrupt their control protocols that normally ensure proper operation of the switches. The network engineers worked quickly to null-route the DDOS traffic; however the induced instability within the switching network reintroduced problems and created others down-stream within their customer switching networks.
In order to contain the situation and restore normal operation, datacentre network engineers took the major step of shutting down segments of the core switching network and re-establishing each tenant connection (us being one) from scratch. This was ultimately successful, but entailed a large amount of reconfiguration and testing work which unfortunately took time and caused further intermittent packet loss and downtime for the large majority of our customers.
As of approximately 1:00 AM (GMT) datacentre engineers were able to restore full service. They have since decided that the quickest and most risk-free option for restoring full resiliency and adding additional network capacity is to bring forward planned maintenance to replace their existing core switches. Their network engineers will be working with J-TAC (Juniper Technical Assistance Centre) to complete staging of the new switches today, and will carry out emergency maintenance tonight (4th January) to perform the upgrade.
We anticipate this maintenance will commence around 2200 (10:00 PM GMT) and downtime should not exceed more than five minutes. We will issue an update once the network engineers confirm the time and an ALL-CLEAR update will be issued upon successful competition of this maintenance.
Once again, across the board we understand the negative impact that downtime can have on each and every customer. It is a nightmare for all parties involved and something that we take extremely seriously. And although what happened yesterday was extremely rare, we remain fully committed to doing everything possible to ensure that this will not happen again. performance improvements to all customers which will help mitigate similar issues in the future. We will announce these changes separate of this notification.
On behalf of our entire team we would like to thank you for your continued business and wish you the best moving forward in this New Year.
Basically, a QR code is a sophisticated bar code. So what makes QR codes different than the typical bar codes you see on food products and other items?
Typical bar codes are linear one-dimensional codes and can only hold up to 20 numerical digits, whereas QR codes are two-dimensional (2D) matrix barcodes that can hold thousands of alphanumeric characters of information.
In fact, it's their ability to hold significantly more information, as well as their user-friendliness which makes QR codes practical for individuals and businesses of all sizes.
QR codes can be scanned and read by camera-equipped smartphones via software that's already installed on your phone, or with an application that you download such as Lynkee Reader or i-nigma Reader, which are compatible with a wide variety of modern smartphones including iPhone, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. The readers/scanners give smartphone users the ability to read a QR code without special equipment.
For example, you could walk into a store, use your smartphone to scan an item that has a QR code on it, and have immediate access to the information.
Fore more info.... get in touch.
Ever wondered the best way to submit your content to Google?
Well here is the definitive answer from Google themselves.
There is obviosly a lot more you can do but its a good start for those of you on a budget or those who like the DIY approach.
The Most Important Google Ranking Factors, According to SEO Experts
Rand Fishkin and SEOmoz polled 132 SEO experts with data from over 10,000 Google search results, and have attempted to rank the importance of ranking signals. It's not confirmed fact, obviously. Google won't provide such information, but I suppose the next best thing is the collective opinion of a large group of people who make their livings getting sites to rank in search engines, and Fishkin has put together an impressive presentation.
Apple finally kicked off its much-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference, and introduced the equally anticipated Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 operating systems, as well as the companys cloud offering – iCloud. As you might imagine, there are a lot of details to take in around these three offerings , so weve compiled a whole bunch of them into quick, bite-sized nuggets for easy consumption.
Google is introducing the most significant social feature to its search service yet, adding a one-click button to allow users to recommend sites and share those recommendations with their friends.
Plus One will initially only be accessible to 2% of Google's English-language users in the US, but it will be seen as a rival to Facebook's increasingly ubiquitous 'Like' tool which appears on hundreds of thousands of third-party sites.
Appearing as a small icon next to each search result and text ad, logged-in users can share their recommendations with contacts through their Gmail address book, Google Reader and Buzz contacts and, eventually, Twitter contacts. Google would not comment on whether Facebook contacts could eventually be integrated.
Google is characterising Plus One as a different function to Facebook's Like, saying that recommendations are only shared within the context of relevant searches, rather than spamming all contacts. Social is widely seen as the next generation of web services, but Plus One will also begin to influence the ranking of sites within search results listings. Users will be able to choose for recommended sites to be more visible in search results.
Google is also planning to extend the service to news publishers so that they can integrate Plus One on story pages.
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Thansk to ABC for showing me this, very cool.
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Now here is a great free web page translation tool from Google. Just perfect for the small business that has the occasional need for translation. See it in action on the right of this page. Simply select your language from the drop down and wait as the page its translated..... Brilliant
In the current economic climate, more and more of our clients are trying to do thier own SEO. Here is a helpful document from Google on some of the basics.
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I was emailed this recently, and wanted to share it.
Technology seems to have taken over delivering the message....
Enjoy this and of course Christmas.....
So you have taken a great photograph...
Now you want to edit it, what do uou use?
Well now there is a fantatsic new open source alternative, and that basicaly means free.
Its a true alternative to Photoshop, and fantastic news for the home/small business user.
Download a copy today and try it, you will be amazed....
Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. They are pushing the limits of search technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. The key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.
The most obvious change is that you get to the right content much faster than before because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.” Another shift is that seeing results as you type helps you formulate a better search term by providing instant feedback. You can now adapt your search on the fly until the results match exactly what you want.
Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
Smarter Predictions: Even when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, predictions help guide your search. The top prediction is shown in grey text directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.
Instant Results: Start typing and results appear right before your eyes. Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit return, and hope for the right results. Now results appear instantly as you type, helping you see where you’re headed, every step of the way.
Do you believe the hype?
I am not sure...
The release of the .co domain extension for a mere £30 a year could be just a fantastic marketing ploy by the men in Black. After all, none of us want to be left with the competition owning our domain name. Hype it up, market the hell out of if and we will all rush to buy the new domain names, just like the domain name rush of a few years back, when plenty of people made lots of money.
But what about the .net, .info, .eu and .names, of old. They tried to get us to buy these in their hundreds and many did, but you wouldn’t be bothered if some else owned the .eu now or would you?
I don’t really have an answer; I guess if you have a spare £30 then maybe it’s worth a punt. Domains can be very influential in Search Engines.
However I still believe if you have a good business and offer good service and a good website, you will do well regardless of the actual domain name you trade under. There are plenty of companies with strange domains that have done very well in their sector, in some cases it’s a distinct advantage.
So, yes I guess it’s worth £30 even if you know you’re being robbed....
I just can’t wait for the new iPhone 4 to launch. I totally loved the old one, it was everything to me, I was almost obsessed, unlike my friend Julia who was completely obsessed ;-)
I won’t be giving £500 to Apple to be the first, I will wait a week and get it from O2, in my experience the best network by far.
I will say there are better o/s out there, who would bet against Android with the big G behind them. And yes Blackberry is a better business tool (Patrick), that is far more configurable.
However, what I want is a phone that looks great, is easy to use and has a bit of a sense of humor and one that is not taking itself too seriously.
I want an iPhone. I want a built in Light Saber and an ocarina.
I want a phone with built in toys...
When I first heard about the launch of the i-pad I was very interested. The huge success of the i-phone was down to Apple’s ability to simplify what we wanted to do with a ‘phone and to make it work well for us. Combine this with a lot of things we didn’t even realize we wanted to do with our ‘phone and to-die-for design and you have a winner.
As the launch got nearer, little was given away, a few leaks but I was still keen; then it launched.
Now some of you hardened Mac fans who will buy anything with a Mac logo on (Apple TV anyone?), I am sure will love it and come up with a 1000 uses but for me, here is the deal…
So that’s it really; I love the concept but it’s just a large i-phone, so if you want to like a small person with an i-phone, pose about and not really get much actual work done, then the i-pad is for you.
If you want to get serious, stick with a decent 3G phone and decent laptop, even a Mac book.
I hope the next generation will get to grips with it, because a small tablet in my briefcase for client meetings and to take home would be fantastic, but it has to cut the mustard so I can still work and function or before you know it, it’s just another dusty gadget (remember the PalmV in colour?).
Now I love 3D... except the silly glasses. I have uneven ears, and a broken nose from many years on the rugby pitch, so the one size fits all 3D glasses make my ears and nose hurt….but enough moaning!
Ever since my first 360deg cinema and 3D shows at Disney I have been hooked. I am not sure what it adds to viewing a normal B2B website or if I could be bothered but time will tell.
I am still of the opinion that when it comes to your commercial business website it’s all about access to information and only using technology that works for that particular problem, not just technology for the sake of it.
But I love fantastic technology that just makes things better and 3D maps is just pure genius and a perfect example of technology used well.
Well done the boys and girls at Google.... keep ‘em coming...
We all want it cheaper, better, quicker and now it seems we want it FREE... I include myself in this and don’t really have a solution, it’s just an observation.
As more and more companies offer free services and automated tasks to give us a so called better deal, things are quite literally becoming free - particularly in the technology sector.
However, you just can’t get 25 years of experience and do it with a text editor or piece of software. It may well do almost as good a job until there is a problem, but you have to remember, you get what you pay for.
I often take a step back and divide the cost by the number of hours I expect something to take or divide it by a reasonable wage to work out how many hours will be spent doing the task.
If it’s unfeasibly low, then it’s fair to say I won’t be getting what I think I am, as everything has a profit margin.
I sometimes consider what will happen if the free culture continues and as I see it there will only be one outcome. If most things become free, then there will be no jobs, if there are no jobs, we have no money, and if we have no money we won’t be able to do any of the non FREE things we like doing.
So even if loads of things are FREE we won’t be any happier, but we will have a lot more time to enjoy NOT doing them.
Just a random thought...
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