The Printing Press – Technology’s impact on society

It’s important to first define what the term “technology” means. Technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” (Oxford Dictionary, n.d.) The term is not reserved for computing systems, but for any field of engineering or applied sciences. The printing press has been one of the most important inventions in history and would definitely classify as being within the top few technological enhancements of all time.

Google Abuses Search Dominance in the European Union

The EU Commission found that Google has been favouring their very own shopping service while demoting those of their rivals as well as the placement of how they are seen in search results online. This is favoritism or preferential treatment which makes it unethical, regardless of sustainability thereof. This is a negative thing as a world-wide monopoly of this magnitude should not be allowed to occur at all. It means that a single organisation can and will continue to gain more power by pushing their own products and services above those of others.

Understanding the Risks of Commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS)

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software can be an attractive buy in for many companies when it comes to: Purchasing an already made final software solution. Purchasing a solution that is tried, tested and trusted in the industry already. Not wanting to get a development team in to build a bespoke solution. Not wanting to manage a greenfields software development project. It can seem very attractive at first to jump into a COTS solution, but there are many things to take into account that can make it a less than ideal option.

Identifying Risks in Software Engineering

In Software Engineering it is absolutely paramount to identify all risks that may arise in a given project or grouping of tasks. Without doing the aforementioned, a project can quickly unravel and become disjointed and inherently fall apart. It is very important to be able to identify risks and act on them appropriately and in a timely manner (Pressman,1997). Among the many risks that are most common and obvious in Software Engineering, I have decided to showcase three in particular that I have found to be imperative in noticing and foreseeing the looming signs of project degradation and failure.

Software engineering challenges in the 21st century

Software Engineering covers not only the technical aspects of building software systems, but also management issues, such as directing programming teams, scheduling, and budgeting. (Webopedia, n.d.) The world of software has exploded since it’s humble beginnings in the mid 1940’s. Over the next 30 years the industry focused primarily on cost effective hardware manufacturing and software was undertaken as a second measure, but there were no real methodologies to creating robust, reusable software components.

Computer Memory – The Breakdown

Storage devices have come a long way in an extremely short amount of time; given how much they have changed from just my personal knowledge alone. I still remember using an IBM PC XT 286 with 640KB of RAM and a 64KB ROM to using services provided by companies over the past few years such as Backblaze who are building out 60 Drive 480TB Storage Servers accessible from anywhere. There are two primary types of storage topologies.

Current Trends in Computing

The American multinational technology company Yahoo, which has been around since the mid nineties has once again been hacked. This time it is more serious than ever before and a total of around one billion accounts have been identified in the biggest known breach in history as gleaned by The Guardian, Aljazeera, CNBC and numerous other sources. This particular event has contributed towards the overall security risks evident in storing your information on another corporation’s network.

Academic integrity in a cultural context

In academia it is vitally important to backup your own thoughts and ideas by using previously written authoritative papers and articles in reference. This helps provide you more credibility as well as proof of what you’re saying actually makes sense and falls in line with previous extensive research that has been done on the subject. It also helps to build upon others so as to not have to “reinvent the wheel” each and every time.

How to get more traffic to your blog

If there’s only one thing that keeps website owners up at night, it’s thinking about the next wave of traffic that they aren’t yet getting. Without decent amounts of traffic your website isn’t really doing all that much – regardless of what fantastic theme or design you may think you have. and gain a more popular website bustling with loads of daily visitors** ** Social Networks The obvious method to get more visitors is to go to where everyone else on the internet is most of the time.

How big is Amazon S3 really?

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, or simply S3 for short, is a product designed for storing objects (or files are most people know them) in their proprietary cloud hosting (AWS). Since S3 was first released on March 14th of 2006, it has gained amazing amounts of popularity online, particularly from web and software developers. It’s quite interesting to know what S3 really is under the hood and how large it has become.

3 Things you should be tracking with your analytics software

What should we be tracking? This is a question we get asked quite a often – mainly by new customers as well as people who aren’t certain if what they’re looking at adds any value to their daily business time usage. If you’ve ever used an analytics tool, you will identify with how addictive it can be to watch the traffic coming in, see where everyone visitor is from and what they are looking at as it happens in realtime.

11 of the Best Google Analytics Alternatives

So most webmasters know about Google Analytics and have probably used it to some degree, but did you know that there are some pretty good alternatives out there, some even better than the all-famous Google Analytics. We have decided to do a roundup and show off some of our favourites – obviously, we favour Statvoo as we created it, so it’s clearly better ;). Clicky Clicky focuses on keeping things simple and lets you see the stats that matter as they come in.

503 Service Unavailable: Back-end server is at capacity

The Web server (running the Web site) is currently unable to handle the HTTP request due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. The implication is that this is a temporary condition which will be alleviated after some delay. Some servers in this state may also simply refuse the socket connection, in which case a different error may be generated because the socket creation timed out. Fixing 503 errors

User Testing and Feedback?

So now you have a website, you use it and love it, but does everybody else? There are many tools out there that allow you to do User Acceptance Testing and provide Feedback from real users, but what are the options? Here are some options we have found that may be of interest. provides on-demand usability testing. Your solution for rapid user testing. Users recording in 48 hours.

Date ranges are the key to a better index

Since AO Analytics originally went live in February 2013, we have been doing focused around individual time based reporting, it worked well and we were able to sort through indexes without doing full table scans. After much feedback from our users as well as data usage patterns we made the decision to move to date ranges. This replaced our entire retrieval algorithm and therefore copious amounts of work had to go into regression of backward compatibility while introducing the new way of moving forward with the overall system.

Track your Alexa Rank History

The Alexa Rank is a way of determining a website’s popularity. ? are in the game of Internet popularity ranking and for quite a long time now have been doing a very good job of it. They have a system where the most visited website on the planet is rated as #1 and the second is #2 and so on. If your site is within the top 100,000 alexa rank it is watched more closely and general usage statistics are calculated about it.

SSL Encryption – Update

We have just rolled out SSL encrytion on Statvoo which means: Event data is saved over a secure channel Authentication is done automatically All our user’s login information can not be cached over proxies Https sites can now use the service as well

Why Website Analytics Is So Important These Days

The web has come a long way since Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, “invented” the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. Above is the very first Web Server with the classic label on the front “This machine is a server, DO NOT POWER DOWN!!”. Which has become an object of many nerds interests as with it being the very first web server, it is quite an interesting machine to study – not that it is available to play around with, but just because of the nerd value it adds.

Create daterange array of missing dates

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