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Category Archives: Advanced Web and ‘Net

Joe Kraus – Culture of Distraction

  1. We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking. People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated.
  2. We are losing some very important things by doing this. We threaten the key ingredients behind creativity and insight by filling up all our “gap” time with stimulation. And we inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our phones over our the people right in front of us.
  3. What can we do about it? Is this path inevitable or can balance be restored?

via Joe Kraus Blog.

How new design will affect your company’s Facebook page

Facebook wants every business on its site to be able to express what’s happening with its brand right now – as well as the heritage behind that brand – all on a single page.

While Facebook’s new look has left many businesses in a scramble, migrating to the new, mandatory change need not be accompanied by gnashing of teeth.  Armed with insights from Web marketing experts, you’ll be able to cruise through the upgrade – and perhaps dust a competitor or two – unphased.

via How new design will affect your company’s Facebook page | TechRepublic.

Tests show Windows 8 much faster than Windows 7

One thing you’ll like about Windows 8: Even though it’s only in its preview form, it’s already faster than Windows 7. And as development proceeds, it should only get even faster.

[PC World] ran Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the same machine and found that Windows 8 was 14% faster than Windows 7 on the WorldBench 7, the magazine’s comprehensive performance benchmark. It also started up 35% faster, and was 50% faster when it comes to Web performance. Windows 8 lagged behind Windows 7 in an office productivity test by 8 percent, and was essentially tied with Windows 7 for a content creation test.

via Tests show Windows 8 Consumer Preview is much faster than Windows 7 – Computerworld Blogs.

Google Gives Search a Refresh – WSJ.com

To provide answers that arent already in Google’s ever-expanding database, the company will blend new semantic-search technology with its current system to better recognize the value of information on websites and figure out which ones to show in search results. It would do so by examining a Web page and identifying information about specific entities referenced on it, rather than only look for keywords.

via Google Gives Search a Refresh – WSJ.com.

Your Complete Guide to Facebook Timeline

Facebook has been rolling out Timeline slowly since December, after first introducing it at its F8 developer conference in September. The project is one of Facebooks most ambitious and significant redesigns to date, as it seeks to become your digital scrapbook with the capability to document your life from birth to present day, and revisit old posts more easily.

While not everyone is on board with Timeline, the switch is inevitable. Heres our complete guide to Facebook Timeline, from making the switch to adjusting your privacy settings, in order to make the transition easier.

via Your Complete Guide to Facebook Timeline.

Reduce Friction, Increase Happiness

Brenden Mulligan, entrepreneur:

There has been a reoccurring theme on my mind recently… It revolves around the goal of reducing friction.

Reduced friction in a product leads to less user frustration, high conversion, and overall user happiness. I’d like to use a few examples to illustrate what I mean.

I’m sure that “reducing the friction” involved in using IT and Security tools increases adoption and increases the effectiveness of the tool.  Do you have any good examples to share?

via Reduce Friction, Increase Happiness | TechCrunch.

Faster than light?

A meeting at Cern, the world’s largest physics lab, has addressed results that suggest subatomic particles have gone faster than the speed of light.

The team has published its work so other scientists can determine if the approach contains any mistakes.

If it does not, one of the pillars of modern science will come tumbling down.

via BBC News – Speed-of-light results under scrutiny at Cern.

Verizon iPhone is a 3G device

I’ve run into a couple of people who thought that the new Verizon iPhone would use the new (and highly-promoted!) Verizon 4G LTE network.  But, no.  CDMA for this product, resulting in no voice and data at the same time, either…  The following article suggests that users may opt for Android-based 4G devices to get the speed.

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, some had hoped the Verizon iPhone would support the carrier’s newly launched 4G LTE network. But the forthcoming Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA model capable of 3G speeds, and will not access the carrier’s 4G network.

Here’s a little background on the new 4G network, from the same article:

4G LTE mobile broadband offers speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon’s current 3G network. Real-world data rates of between 5 and 12 megabits per second downstream are expected, while upstream is expected to achieve between 2 and 5 megabits per second.

At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Verizon rival and former exclusive iPhone carrier AT&T highlighted plans for its own 4G LTE network, set to begin deployment this year.

via AppleInsider.

Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine

Very interesting stuff!

[The author] evaluated 20 different searches split evenly between Transactional and Informational queries and the search engines’ ability to deliver quality results, admitting that quality is a very subjective term, but includes things like timeliness, 1 click access to info, volume of content and lack of spam.

Look at the article to see why Bing won.  Via Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine.

Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ribbon, Microsoft Word and IE

Here are some lesser-known keyboard shortcuts in Office and Internet Explorer to free you from all that mousing and clicking.

via Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ribbon, Microsoft Word and IE | CIO.