Article on Best Places to work in 2013!

13 12 2012


#1 May be a Surprise to some!

By Jane Wells | CNBC – Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:49 AM EST


Social Media Sites Class Project Reviews

11 12 2012

According to comparisons for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla  depends on your goals, technical expertise and budget.   WordPress maybe the best choice for non-developers due to its flexible platform also capable of very complex sites.  Drupal maybe the best choice for complex and highly customizable site requiring scalability and complex content organization.  Joomla maybe in between due to its earlier learning curve.
In WordPress and Joomla you can order a wide range of services and options of the menu to suit your needs.  Drupal you will be creating and customized based on your preferences and according to Drupal does not incorporate (what you see is what you get) WYSIWYG editor.

Meetup website is based on creating an event by the users that sign up and meet offline in a specific place and time for people to socialize. You can join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.

StumbleUpon according to wikipedia is a discovery engine that finds and recommends web content to its users. Its features allows users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social-networking principles. It uses collaborative filtering of human opinions with machine learning of personal preference to create virtual communities of like-minded Web surfers.
StumbleUpon works with some independent Mozilla-based browsers

Metacafe is a video-sharing website that specializes in short-form video entertainment in categories of movies, video, games, sports music and TV. Metacafe has transformed itself into a short-form video entertainment site w/ several differences.  Metacafe now showcases curated, exclusive and original premium entertainment-related video content according to wikipedia.

Yelp combines local reviews and social networking functionality to create a local online community.  Users reviews create a reputation system in which visitors can see which contributing users are the most popular, respected, and prolific.  Business owners can also communicate with contributors who post reviews and adding to the site’s business coverage.  The body of social reviews creates a participatory culture where anyone can share their insight and suggestions and add to a body of collective knowledge on local businesses by using their personal knowledge and skill sets to post, revise and discuss content on an ongoing basis.
The downside to this is the criticism of reviews.  Friends and competitors of business may write reviews, or even post fake reviews. Yelp added a feature that shows which reviews were filtered by its filtering algorithm according to wikipedia

Cisco Eos is a hosted software as a service platform that integrates features from multiple point solutions that enable M&E companies to “create, manage, and grow online communities” built around branded entertainment content.  Eos supports all entertainment generes and incorporates social networking, content management, site administration, and audience analytics features into a single operating environment, using CMS similar to Joomla or WordPress.

Interesting Quick article Tips for Branding

7 09 2012

Branding in Job Market Article 

Via Yahoo Written By Hannah P. Morgan | U.S.News & World Report LP

Interesting take on reviews via websites Real Or Fake?

28 08 2012

An article I found interesting via yahoo written by The New York

Social Media/Twitter/Merchandising

20 04 2012

Twitter is putting out  NBA Shirts to buy with twitter handles

To read more this is one of the articles about this subject

Class Online Privacy Questionaire

12 04 2012

1. What are “online communications”?

Communicating via the Internet, some examples are e-mail, blogging, chat rooms, discussion groups and even video teleconferencing.

2. What level of privacy can I expect in my online activity?

None, everything is saved and data is used constantly.

3. Can online services track and record my activity?

Yes, through cookies, browsers, email and Instant messages.

4. What are Cookies?

Data that is deposited on your hard drive of the web sites that you have visited. They may include login or registration identification, user preferences and shopping cart.

5. What are Web Bugs?

This is graphic in a web site that confirms when a web page is viewed and records IP address of the viewer.

6. What is workplace monitoring?

Employers monitoring the Internet sites that employees visit.

7. Can an online service access information stored in my computer without my knowledge?

Yes, cookies store information along w/ browsers.

8. Can hackers get into my computer?


9. What is spyware and how can I know if it’s on my computer?

Spyware is a type of malware installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge. Installing anti-spyware programs lets know if you have spyware and utilizes real time protection.

10. What can I do to protect my privacy in cyberspace?

You can control how much information is kept and stored by restricting cookies and enhancing your privacy on your browser.

Do not use same search engine as you do your web-based email.

Avoid downloading search engine toolbars.

11. What is Encryption?

Encryption is the process of transforming information using an algorithm to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge referred to as a key. “wikipedia”

12. How programs such as PGP can protect your privacy?

PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy, which is data encryption and decryption computer programs that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication.

It is used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, E-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to increase the security of e-mail communications. “wikipedia”

13. What is Netiquette?

Netiquette stand for Network etiquette and is etiquette of cyberspace.  It is a set of rules for behaving properly online.

Class File Compression

12 04 2012

Zip files reduce the overall number of bits and bytes in a file so it can be transmitted faster over slower Internet connections or take up less space on a disk.  Once downloaded a program such as WinZip to expand the file back to its original size. 

There are 2 types of compression

Lossless compression lets you recreate the original file exactly.  All lossless compression is based on the idea of breaking a file into smaller form for transmission or storage and then putting it back together on the other end so it can be used again.

Lossy Compression eliminates unnecessary bits of information to make it smaller.  When a file uses lossy compression you cannot get the original file back once it has been compressed.  This type of compression cannot be used when its something that needs to be reproduced exactly.  One of the most commonly used lossy compressions is Jpeg.  Everytime you save a Jpeg it degrades the picture and you lose bits of information.