A question that we should be asking ourselves is “should we be giving our content away?”.
It’s easier now to post images or information to your businesses Social Networking page than ever before and with Social Networks becoming the big thing for the search engines and search engine optimisation. The question is “Are we giving away too much of our content to these other websites?”
If we’re creating a valuable piece of information for our website then surely we want to maximise the amount of visits that we receive to our website and increase our websites visibility? But when we first start out with our websites we’re trying to get as many people to notice us as possible, we therefore tend to post a lot of information on these other sites hoping that people will “like” our pages or “follow us” on Twitter.
What we need is to get people to come to us. A good way of achieving this is to link our sites to Facebook, Twitter etc so that only a small amount of the information is shown, therefore forcing the user to click through to our website to read more.
We need to be generating the traffic to our sites to increase our websites PageRank and Alexa Rank so that we can climb the organic listings and beat our competition.
The solution to this maybe to keep the bulk of your content for your website but give a little to the social networks to generate traffic back to your website giving you those valuable hits that you require.
Reviewing the all new Apple iPad 2
The iPad 2 includes three major upgrades over the iPad 1:
• iPad 2 is one third thinner and a few ounces lighter than the original. The screen is the same 9.7 inches, but the screen bezel is narrower and it also has a slightly smaller surface area.
• Dual core processors, essentially two 1 GHz processors on a chip of Apple’s own design.
• Apple has added front and back cameras, primarily to enable Apple’s FaceTime video chatting but likely to motivate a new found cult of photo and movie related apps such as Apple’s own PhotoBooth and iMovie.
iPad 2 comes in the same memory capacity choices as the original – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. No options for external storage seem to be on the horizon.
All Web pages, and Web-based content from apps, load visibly faster on the iPad 2 than on the original, although the iPad 1 was never seen to be slow. As always, Apple refuse to support Adobe Flash, so video and active content on certain sites can still be limiting.
The iPad 2 is also advertised as being better for wireless network performance, boasting better reception against its predecessor.
Apple state that you’ll get the same 10-hour-plus video watching life on the iPad 2 as the original, yet people are saying widely on the net it’s not entirely accurate. Beneficially it looks marginal.
Talk and Standby Time: up to 10 hours video use
OS: Apple iOS 4.3
Weight: 1.33 pounds (Wi-Fi), 1.34 pounds (Wi-Fi+3G)
Dimensions: 9.5” x 7.31” x 0.34”
Display: 9.7” WSVGA LCD (600 x 1024)
Video: 720p HD video recording
Camera: .69 MP (960 x 720) with autofocus
Front-facing camera: VGA (640 x 480)
Processor: 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 Processor
Memory:16, 32, 64 GB on-board
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
During the launch of the iPad 2 it’s now being speculated the Apple blew their targets wide open by selling anywhere between 400,000 and 500,000 units in their first weekend. Showing that Apples estimated 5.5 million in their first quarter may be massively conservative. It’s also said that 70% of purchases were not from the normal Apple fans but instead people new to Tablets in general, which shows a promising future for Apple. The iPad 2 is a must have for the executives and a flash toy for the home user, it makes use of portability, durability and usability. We’re going to give the iPad 2 a whacking 5 stars!
There are many different types of fonts for web design. While it is possible to choose flowing scripts it isn’t always the best thing to do for the overall readability of your web site. Focus on using fonts for web design that are available to a wide range of people and that are easy to read on screen.
* Arial - This is one of the most common fonts on the Internet. It is easy to read and is much like Helvetica. It prints well for which makes it useful for web sites that provide information readers may want to print. Windows commonly uses this font.
* Verdana - This is one of the easier texts to read on a computer screen making it ideal for web sites but it doesn’t print as well as some of the other fonts. The lower case letters are larger than average in relationship to the uppercase letters. Unfortunately, not everyone has this font.
* Trebuchet MS - This is a good font for web site design and is becoming more commonly used. It has true italic type, the first to do this from Microsoft.
* Helvetica - This is a traditional font that is widely used and is easy to print and read.
* Times New Roman - This is the most popular serif font and is available on Windows, Macintosh, and Unix computers. It is naturally smaller than most other fonts and was first designed for newspaper columns.
* Georgia - This font has the advantage of being very clear even on smaller monitors. It looks much like Times New Roman, only it is larger.
* Courier New - This font looks a lot like what you would get from an old fashioned type writer in terms of style and spacing. This font is usually available on Macintosh and Windows computers while the original form, Courier, can be found on Unix and Macintosh.
* Andale Mono - A newish font that isn’t available on Unix computers or many Windows computers. It is a cross between Georgia and Verdana.
A common question that gets asked by both ‘techies’ and everyday users is the use of email address cases.. Does it matter if you send send an email to me at KrisHaynes@ or KRIsHaYnEs@... Will it get it to me?
What the Standard Says
“RFC 2821, the standard that defines how email transport works, lays down the email address case sensitivity issue thus:
The local-part of a mailbox MUST BE treated as case sensitive. Therefore, SMTP implementations MUST take care to preserve the case of mailbox local-parts. Mailbox domains are not case sensitive. In particular, for some hosts the user “smith” is different from the user “Smith”. However, exploiting the case sensitivity of mailbox local-parts impedes interoperability and is discouraged.”
Every email address has three parts. What comes before the ‘@’ (the so-called “local mailbox part”), the ‘@’ itself and what follows the ‘@’ (the domain name).
But Case Typically Does Not Matter
Since the case sensitivity of email addresses can create a lot of confusion, interoperability problems and widespread headaches, it would be foolish to require email addresses to be typed with the correct case. Hardly any email service or ISP does enforce case sensitive email addresses, returning messages whose recipient’s email address was not typed correctly (in all upper case, for example).
This means that
•it does not typically matter what case you type an email address in when you send a message
•(If the recipient did give you an email address with distinct case, preserve it, however.)
•Finally, you should always only use lower case characters when creating a new email address to rule out any confusion.
So there you have it, even the answer itself reflects both sides of the arguement. Yes an email address can be case sensitive BUT in most cases it’s not used or ignored.