Gaming, at one point, was the term that referred to actively playing a video game. Getting Mario down the pipe to get more coins? Gaming. You good at Duck Hunt? You're a true gamer.
But now, gaming is different. As I wrote about a while ago (click here to read), more and more people are coming into gaming. And gaming itself is reaching new heights.
Remember having to beg your older brother/sister to play 2-player games with you? Now your console hooks up to the internet to create a multiplayer experience. I got an XBOX 360 for Christmas (click here) and a game I recently purchased is made for multiplayer - you can only play the game offline to some degree before there's no more game to play.
If you're being harassed by a certain person or group, or if you've been plagued by a particular person stalking your website and throwing off your analytical data, it's helpful to know that person's IP address. For those who don't know, the IP address is a digital fingerprint of sorts that is assigned to a computer, device or ISP. If you know nothing else about them, know that they're the Internet's way of tracking who goes where, does what, and shows what to whom.
Which is why it's important for you to get the hang of WhoIs. When you get unusual traffic around your website, visit the Whois website and use the "search by IP" function. This will give you specific information about who's looking at you.
Want more out of WhoIs? They also keep track of purchased domain names and tell you who owns what website. Use the URL and keyword checker and get all kinds of information.
I suppose you're wondering why you'd need all this "big brother-esque" technology. The truth is you want to know more about the people who might try to hack or upset your website than they know about you. There's no such thing as too much information.
Well, it's been a hum-dinger of a five months here at the C.C.C.Blog (Note: That's our new nickname for ourselves! Ya like? It goes with our logo that goes out with our email stories:
We've just ticked past 40 stories and we've got some exciting new updates to talk about. First: We recognized just the other day that our feed for this site was a little hard to get to. Luckily, we've put a BIG, HONKIN' LOGO linking to our feed right on our sidebar there! -->>
Click it and sign up for our feed in your favorite feed reader. If you don't have a favorite feed reader or don't want one, that's okay, too...we now deliver through email. Just click on the subscribe via email link right under the BIG, HONKIN' LOGO over there. -->>
So, what else is new?
>Due to the popularity of our quiz from a post or so ago, we're going to start offering more quizzes...maybe on a particular day? Contact us, let us know when's a good time to be tested.
>Rob emerged from a posting dry-spell to give us his thoughts on the financial crisis...click here to read!
>We're STILL so excited to be bringing you advice and opinion! Speaking of advice, do you have questions you want us to answer? About anything? Let us know, we'll do our best to bring you enlightenment.
Apparently, there's a problem with e-mail that even the SPAM filter didn't see coming.
With new methods of communication come new desires to communicate whenever we can. Twitter makes for quick updates about our personal lives, Yelp makes it easy to find what you like in and around your living area, JuicyCampus lets your kids have another way to blow all that wonderful tuition money (other than Facebook, of course).
But with new communication methods come old worries. You can hang on to an angry letter after you write it - rip it up, throw it away, what have you. But when you send an e-mail, it's gone. Apparently, this happens a lot when people are drinking. So much so that Google created "Mail Goggles" - a filter that stops you from sending drunk e-mails.
You install Mail Goggles yourself, setting it for certain times you might be...well, let's just say polluted. When you e-mail at those hours, Mail Goggles asks you a series of math questions. Get them wrong and you'll have to wait until you're sober to get that idea across. Sound like a good idea? Maybe, if you happen to be a drunk web-user. According to our whippersnapper-in-chief Jimmy Marks:
I think they need to make one for cell phones. I got a call from a friend of mine at four in the morning asking me to send him a fax on my cell. We haven't spoken since. Maybe new phones should come with breathalyzers? Just thinking ahead of the curve here.
Recently, our COO Rob (Banker, who's written a number of swell posts for us) came to town and got me going on our office network. He set me up and then asked me to enter my password. He said anything would do, so long as:
-It was eight (8) characters or more
-It had a capital letter
-There was a punctuation mark
-There was a number
-It was the same thing forwards and backwards
-You couldn't say the combo while holding a cracker in your mouth
-It had to have the name of at least one (1) person who was a regular cast member on the Carol Burnett show.
Okay, so I made up the last three. But he likes his passwords strict, and with good reason: many passwords are very easy to crack.
WHAT?!?, you're thinking to yourself. Not MY password! After all, it's pumpkinfluff34! No one would ever guess...drat! I've given it away!
The truth is, your password is probably pretty easy to guess. And you're probably making it easy for hackers to get hold of it.
When the Virginia Tech shooting occurred on April 16, 2007, the news was hard to follow. At least, at first. CNN responded with scant reports and hard-to-follow coverage. Numbers were varied, details were scarce. But then something happened that changed the face of news forever: the witnesses started making the news itself (click here).
Cut to today, where Web 2.0 is a crucial ingredient in a disaster preparedness package. How do you quickly reach your customer base/ employees and let them know what's happening and what they can expect?
I'm a Facebook addict. I have never been coy or shy about this, I have never acted with pretense, I don't make excuses. I'm addicted to all those updates and those juicy "in a relationship/single/it's complicated tags". You think TV's entertaining? Truth is stranger than fiction. That's the appeal.
One day, I went to eat lunch with my Mom. She peered at me over her green-rimmed reading glasses and said "You must have had fun at the party."
"What party?" I asked.
"The party you had at your house the other night. With all the pictures."
Ron Daly talks about whether or not targeted ads hit their mark in the way your business needs.
A web ad pops up and tells you "refinance your mortgage!" It doesn't seem like a bad idea - you've been looking around for refi options for a while now. Another ad appears and tells you how to manage your car payment. You start wondering whether or not your computer is reading your mind. And it's then that you realize you're just a product of the "new web".