Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weird Nutbag Geeks Entertains on Youtube

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Web Security Tips


1. Use a Fake Birthday for Web Signups

Most of the information web sites ask for when you sign up is unnecessary or unsafe. Identity thieves do damage with your birthday. Make sure you don't post both the date and the year of your birthday on anything public like Facebook.  If  required to use it for a web signup, use a different date.  Never give out all your personal information.


2. Change Your Gender for Less Annoying Ads
Change the gender on your account.  Setting your gender as male can help you escape the annoying diet or motherhood ads if you're a female. 


3. Use HTTPS Whenever Possible


A super easy way to stay safe on the net, and a lot of services will use it by default with a quick settings tweak. Enable it on FacebookTwitter, and Gmail by ticking a checkbox. Use the HTTPS Everywhere extension, which will use HTTPS on any site that allows it.


4. Use AdBlock, Even if You Don't Block Ads


AdBlock Plus, AdBlock extensions are great privacy tools, even if you aren't blocking ads. They can keep you protected from known malware spreaders, and even keep sites like Pandora from hijacking your Facebook login. You need is a few simple filters in place.


5. Save Yourself from IM Distractions and Annoyances


There's nothing more annoying (or distracting) than getting an instant message from someone you don't want to talk to. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to keep your IMs more private, like only allowing your friends to message yougo invisible on a schedule, or only show your online status to the Facebook friends you actually like.


6. Use Disposable Email Addresses to Avoid Spam


7. Create Secure, Easy-to-Remember Passwords
There's a lot of tricks to creating easy, memorable passwords without making them easy to guess. We've shared many password-creation tricks before, like storing your passwords in a dictionary, or making sure you use multi-word phrases for better protection.  Adding a space or two to your passwords can make it harder to break.


8. Keep Your Security Questions as Private as Your Passwords
Strong passwords are important, but useless if your "security question" is something anyone can answer.  Use a formula to create a memorable, yet indecipherable security question.


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

NetEase Chinese Gamer Makes Headlines


The Online gaming industry is going nuts in China with massive competition and NetEase.com (Nasdaq: NTEScontinues to dominate.  This Chinese company is taking a foreign currency in euro-denominated time deposits.  NetEase  has nearly $11 per ADS in cash and time deposits.
The pros underestimated NetEase's potential.  Even some of the laggards are holding up like Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) posted 33% and 17% gains in revenue and earnings growth.  Changyou.com (Nasdaq: CYOU) came through with a 30% uptick in year-over-year top-line growth.
Perfect World (Nasdaq: PWRD) and Shanda Games (Nasdaq: GAME) report soon.
NetEase was growing faster through its plum role as the licensee of Activision Blizzard's (Nasdaq: ATVI) World of Warcraft in China..
The Chicoms can restrict Internet access and young Chinese gamers may move on to new diversions. Risks are high, but the potential rewards to investors are monsterous.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gamer Hardcore Curation


Gamer Data & Wikis:


 World of Warcraft – Database (www.wowhead.com), Wiki (www.wowwiki.com)
 Starcraft II – Database (www.sc2armory.com), Wiki
(http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Starcraft_II)
 Final Fantasy XIV – Database (ffxiv.yg.com), Wiki
(www.ffxivcore.com/wiki/Main_Page)
 Farmville – Database (almanac.farmvillechicken.com), Wiki (farmville.wikia.com)
 Frontierville – Wiki (frontierville.wikia.com)
 CafĂ© World – Wiki (cafeworld.wikia.com)
 Mafia Wars – Wiki (mafiawars.wikia.com)
 Treasure Isle – Wiki (ztreasureisle.wikia.com)
 Pet Society – Wiki (petpedia.wikia.com)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Content Curation as a Business Model

Content Curation platforms are re-inventing themselves to filter infoglut for all who suffer attention deficit due to too much news stimulation.

MySpace.com has re-positioned itself to function as a curation and filtering destination.

Next media curation sites include OneSpot and Curation Station. They provide a work flow environment that allows marketers to review industry content; mix in their own original white papers, blog posts and other content; and easily publish them to a blog or industry portal site.

B2b-driven industry sites are a specialty of such tools. Novell Inc., for instance, uses Curata to publish its Intelligent Workload Management portal, while 3M Co. uses Curation Station to publish content about the company to its careers page.

Check out other curation companies such as StorifyCurated.By and KeepStream that pull together content on key topics—often leveraging social media such as Twitter posts as the source material—then publishing that collection to a corporate blog or website.

Content Curator Checklist.

Curators need to bundle. 
Reorder things. 
Distribute bundles. 
Editorialize. 
Update your bundles. 
Add participation widgets. 
Track Your audience. 
  
Reasons No one has created basic curation tools.
1. Building-cross-platform tools is difficult. 
2. Fear of platform vendors. 
3. Assumption  these features are going to be used by weirdos or professionals only.
A new monetization strategy would INSTANTLY become available for platform vendors like Twitter and Google Buzz.