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Customizing Paper Lantern

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Paper Lantern made its debut in cPanel & WHM version 11.42 around February of this year. We said, at the time, that 11.42 was just the beginning. In 11.46, we’re turning our attention to the single most frequently requested feature … Continue reading →

Rackspace::Solve New York: Solve Tough IT Challenges

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Does big data have you stymied? Are you considering DevOps to tear down productivity-killing siloes? Has your ecommerce site grown beyond your wildest dreams and you have to scale – and scale fast? You’re not alone. Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York Thursday, September 18 at The Cipriani Wall Street Rackspace customers and solutions partners will share about how they stared-down and solved some of the toughest IT challenges and turned them into business-building opportunities when our Rackspace::Solve series of one-day thought leadership summits hits the Big Apple later this month. At Rackspace::Solve New York, an exciting roster of cutting-edge companies will discuss about how they use technologies like virtualization, ecommerce, big data, DevOps and cloud architectures to drive real results and overcome technology challenges. For example, Appboy will discuss how DevOps helps it solve for rapid customer growth and scale; Under Armour will share how it scales its high-demand ecommerce and brand experience; Docker will take the stage to talk about the future of applications; SumAll will showcase how it solves for big data; CloudMine will highlight how it solves for mobile performance in a regulated environment; and more. Along with perspective from Rackspace customers and partners, you’ll get insight into the latest trends in private, hybrid and managed clouds from Rackspace experts and from respected industry analysts from 451 Research and Forrester Research. Join me at Rackspace::Solve New York and hear from companies that have embraced game-changing technologies to fuel success. I look forward to seeing you in New York! Rackspace Solve::New York is Thursday, September 18 at The Cipriani Wall Street. Register now. And stay tuned for details on Rackspace::Solve Chicago, Monday, October 20.

.CREDIT and .AUDIO Are Among Six New Top-level Domains Now Available for Registration

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This week, six new top-level domains (TLDs) became available for immediate registration. A few of the new additions this week can go along with the finance-related TLDs launched two weeks ago, to become part of a larger domain portfolio. As always, new TLDs such as these can be used for specialized businesses, or larger organizations looking to ramp up a specific marketing campaign by creating a new landing page for a product or service. The six new TLDs available starting today are: .AUDIO –Perfect for production companies, recording artists, or manufacturers of audio equipment, this new TLD is a great way to display exactly what your website is about before your visitors get there. This TLD is just $19.99 for the first year. .CLAIMS – Insurance companies or any other business that specializes in claims can register this TLD as a landing page for its services. This TLD is also $39.99 for the first year. .CREDIT –Financial institutions can benefit from adding this new TLD to their domain portfolio, in addition to names such as .FUND launched two weeks ago. This new option is $69.99 for the first year. .CREDITCARD – Just like .CREDIT, companies can add this domain to their existing financial portfolio, as well as a way for individual credit card companies to register a unique domain name. Businesses can register .CREDITCARD for $99.99 for the first year. .GRATIS –As a unique new way to display a cost-free service, businesses can register this new option for $14.99 for the first year. .HIPHOP – Musical artists, producers, or simply fans of this music genre can take advantage of a unique new way to promote their website. Users can register .HIPHOP for $14.99 for the first year. For these, and more than 175 additional new TLD options, visit the 1&1 Domain Showroom to learn valuable information on current and upcoming domain names. Photo Credit: ©

Sell Your Goods and Services Online with an eShop

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Why stop at merely promoting your goods or services through the internet? These days, it is just as easy to set up an online shop allowing you to sell directly to the public. Incorporating an eCommerce section on your website requires no developer experience or coding ability, and before you know it, you will build up a catalog of products, take payments via credit or debit card, and store your customers’ details online for personalizing their shopping experience and making it easy to market yourself to them in the future. Choose Your eCommerce Platform The simplest way to add a Web shop through your Linux-based hosting package is through the 1&1 App Center, which you can access through your Control Panel via the Hosting section. Once clicked, use the Category dropdown menu to filter the list of available projects to eCommerce. Click “Details” to find out more about each one – they are all free to install, so when you have found one you like, click Install to add it to your package. Put Your Shop Together – Quickly Each shop works in a similar way, but let’s take OpenCart as an example – once installed, log into your new shop’s backend with the user credentials you created during setup. You’ll find yourself with a user-friendly point-and-click interface, with different aspects of your shop logically arranged into categories. Click “Settings” to configure the basic settings of your shop – currency, contact details, etc. – and then build up your product catalogue, organizing your goods into categories, creating product variations (such as size or color) where required and uploading product photos. One thing you will have to do in addition to setting up your shop is sort out how you will be paid – OpenCart supports a wide range of payment providers that allow you to take electronic payments online via credit or debit card, including Paypal, Nochex, PayPoint and SagePay. Photo Credit: ©

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 4 News -

It’s time for our latest edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress: below are 10 outstanding stories from across WordPress, published over the past month. You can find Volumes 1, 2 and 3 here — and you can follow Longreads on for all of our daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep your stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and by tagging your posts longreads. 1. The Moral Dilemmas Of Narrative (Bill Marvel, Gangrey) Bill Marvel on journalism and the quest for empathy in telling other people’s stories: Compassion and sensitivity thus tell us how to approach our subjects from the outside. Empathy, the word Lee Hancock murmured that morning, is more difficult. Because empathy requires that we approach our subjects from the inside. We try to enter into the emotions, thoughts, the very lives of those we write about. We try to imagine what it must be like to be them. Only by living in their skin at least briefly, by walking in their shoes, can we begin to see that person as he or she is. This requires moral imagination. It is what the good fiction writer does. And it is, I argue, what we writers of nonfiction must do. Read the story 2. The Battle of As Samawah (Don Gomez, Carrying the Gun) A series of dispatches from the front lines of Iraq in March and April of 2003. Read the story 3. The Boy With Half a Brain (Michael Rubino, Indianapolis Monthly) Jeff and Tiernae Buttars made a difficult decision to have a portion of their son’s brain surgically removed to eliminate his seizures. The decision changed all of their lives: In exchange for a 60 percent chance to end the seizures, William would lose a portion of his vision, forfeit use of his left hand, and might never walk without some form of assistance. He’d always be labeled “special needs,” though the doctor promised that William would grow to develop a below-average IQ in the 70-to-80 range. (Untreated, he was headed for one 40 points lower.) And there remained a chance, however small, that William might not survive the procedure. Read the story 4. Let’s Be Real (Wesley Morris, Grantland) Says Dana Stevens, the movie critic at, of Morris’s review of Let’s Be Cops: “Wesley Morris on Let’s Be Cops and the shooting of Michael Brown is everything 21st-century film criticism should be.” Read the story 5. A Tale of Two Abortion Wars (Ananda Rose, Pacific Standard) While pro-life activists fight to rescue IVF embryos from the freezer, pregnant women in their third trimester with catastrophic fetal anomalies have nowhere to turn. Read the story 6. Dress Your Family In Your Lover’s Shoes (Kathleen Hale, The Hairpin) Hale recalls meeting a boyfriend’s eccentric family during a trip to Ireland: Over the next month, I would also learn that Sam had lied to me about his parents’ jobs: they didn’t have any. They were not working artists, but had rather opted to leave behind their middle-class upbringing and good educations to live on the dole, Ireland’s form of welfare. Caro got splinters from compulsively sanding the same bedside table until it resembled a large toothpick. Sam Sr.’s days revolved around rising late, napping, bossing Caro around, and lecturing snobbishly on the superiority of natural fibers while his nipples peeked through holes in his over washed pajama tops. “Wot?” he would yelp at me a few nights later, in exactly that voice, when I stood up startled after the back on my chair fell off—“It’s a great antique piece, very nice quality, you just can’t lean on it.” Read the story 7. Made for China (Shawn Wen, The New Inquiry) As American audiences tire of big budget spectacle, Hollywood has begun to tailor its blockbusters for the ever-expanding Chinese market. Read the story 8. What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege (Jeremy Dowsett, A Little More Sauce) Dowsett explains “white privilege” through the lens of a bicycle rider: And it’s not just the fact that the whole transportation infrastructure is built around the car. It’s the law, which is poorly enforced when cyclists are hit by cars, the fact that gas is subsidized by the government and bike tires aren’t, and just the general mindset of a culture that is in love with cars after a hundred years of propaganda and still thinks that bikes are toys for kids and triathletes. Read the story 9. Going It Alone (Eli Saslow, The Washington Post) In one of the poorest counties in Texas, a 37-year-old deputy named Elias Pompa addresses the U.S. border crisis alone while earning $11.50 an hour. Read the story 10. An Interview with Elissa Schappell (Maria Gagliano, Slice) I don’t think you can be much of a writer if you don’t read. I’m appalled by the number of writers and writing students I know who say, ‘I don’t read because I don’t have time, or I don’t read because I don’t want to be influenced by other writers’ work, or My busy reality-TV-watching schedule doesn’t permit me time to read books, only blogs.’ Read the storyFiled under: Community, Writing

Migrating Virtualized Workloads To Hosted Environments: An IT Auditor’s Perspective

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Security and compliance are common top-of-mind issues for IT leaders considering migration of virtualized workloads to managed infrastructure models. Enterprises understandably want to ensure that a hosted VMware environment won’t create significant additional security control, risk management and audit requirements. We asked Dan Ross, Security Risk Manger at Rackspace, to address common security and compliance questions that enterprise customers have around migration of virtualized workloads: How do I know our hosted virtualized environment will be secure? One of the primary security issues that enterprises with virtualized environments need to address is patch management of the hypervisor. Organizations need to ensure the latest patches have been applied to protect against known security threats. Patching a hypervisor is notoriously tricky, due to the need to temporarily migrate images to a secondary hypervisor while powering down and restarting the patch target. Ideally a service provider will proactively help customers address their security requirements through providing managed services and support even in challenging areas such as patching. How do we know a hosted virtualized environment will satisfy our IT controls and audit requirements? While the customer still is responsible for overall IT controls applicable to migrated VMware workloads, the service provider now manages physical and environmental security. The right service provider will have implemented a best practices information security and control framework such as ISO27001. They also will be able to provide SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3 audit reports on the controls at the service provider that may affect security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy. How will the use of a managed infrastructure services provider impact our own IT audit? Ideally the hosting service provider will provide customers audit reports that they can deliver to their own internal and external IT auditors to satisfy their own audit requirements. The reports should address controls around areas such as client physical and logical access controls and activity logging for the customer hypervisor(s). In many cases these service provider audit reports can in fact help enterprise customers reduce the time and cost associated with audit preparation. What are the regulatory compliance implications for workload migration? With the right VMware hosting provider, customers will have their own dedicated, physically isolated environments. This model eliminates the risks and compliance issues that often can be created by multi-tenant cloud environments. While there are a very select few regulatory mandates that require customers to maintain physical control of data, most do not explicitly preclude migration of virtualized workloads to hosted environments. A service provider should have the capabilities and expertise to help customers continue to address requirements associated with HIPAA, PCI or other regulatory mandates, and to ensure that customer IT control requirements are addressed. Overall, the migration of workloads to hosted VMware environments does not necessarily require significant changes to a customer approach towards IT controls, security and compliance. In fact, with the right environment and service provider, the use of managed infrastructure services can help reduce risks while reducing audit and compliance costs. This is the second in a series of posts exploring the IT governance and management implications of migration to hosted VMware environments. Stay tuned for our next post exploring the implications of migration on IT management tools and solutions.

13 Stats to Help Your Good Facebook Posts Get Even BETTER

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Are you a small business owner wondering what to post on Facebook? Some experts say photos are best. Others say text-only updates. And many pages only post links — hoping articles entice their fans to Like, share & comment on their posts. Guess what… they’re all right! It just depends on your page. After managing Facebook pages for the past 5 years, I’ve learned that what works today may not work next week. Facebook changes constantly — as do the preferences of its users! So you have to be prepared to pivot on a moment’s notice — and expect the unexpected! In the meantime, here are 13 stats to help you. 13 Stats to Help Your Good Facebook Posts Get Even BETTER Is there such thing as a perfect Facebook post? Probably not. But TrackMaven analyzed more than 1.5 million status updates from almost 6,000 Facebook pages. Here are 13 stats that will make your good Facebook posts even better: Posts with 80+ words get twice as much engagement >> Click to Tweet Posts with images get 37% more engagement than text-only updates >> Click to Tweet Posts between 5pm & 1am get 11% more interaction than daytime posts >> Click to Tweet About 18% of posts get posted on weekends (less competition for your posts!) >> Click to Tweet Weekend posts get the most engagement >> Click to Tweet Sunday posts get 25% more engagement than Wednesday posts >> Click to Tweet Likes constitute 87% of Facebook engagement >> Click to Tweet Only 5% of Facebook engagement comes in the form of comments >> Click to Tweet Shares account for 8% of Facebook engagement >> Click to Tweet Thursday is the most popular day to post >> Click to Tweet Posts with hashtags get 60% more interaction >> Click to Tweet Posts with exclamation points get 2.7x more interaction!! WOW!! >> Click to Tweet Questions get 23% more engagement than other updates >> Click to Tweet Compelling stats, right? Here are my key takeaways: Hashtags increase interaction, but don’t use more than 2 per post >> Click to Tweet I don’t want to focus on Thursdays because there’s just too much noise >> Click to Tweet Try posting later in the evening, when people are off work & kids are in bed >> Click to Tweet Post longer updates so readers click “See more” to get the rest of the story >> Click to Tweet What about you? Did you learn anything from these stats that will make your good Facebook posts even better? Hope so! Now check out the full infographic from TrackMaven:   The post 13 Stats to Help Your Good Facebook Posts Get Even BETTER appeared first on Post Planner.

Every Business needs a Branded Email Address

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We are writing this article to reiterate the importance of having a branded email which in today’s world has become more of a necessity than a choice. Lots of businesses today continue to use as their email id and this will most likely always do more harm than good to your business. Here are 4 simple and very obvious reasons why your business should only use a branded email address for all communications. Let’s begin! 1] Be Professional: Using email signatures like @Gmail, @Hotmail and @Yahoo can make your business look inexperienced and unprofessional. If you want your customers to take your business seriously, then it’s important to assure them that you’re a well established business. Where first impressions carry a lot of importance, a branded email address is extremely essential in establishing such an image. 2] Build trust: One of the golden rules of business is to build a relationship of trust with the customer. Communicating with customers using a branded email address ensures they know they’re dealing with the right guys. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and think of how many lucrative offers you have passed up on just because the email came from a stranger and from an unbranded email address which made it seem suspicious. We’re betting this has happened almost 100% of the time. 3] Promote your Brand: Think about it. Every email that you send using a branded email address helps in the marketing and branding of your business. Why waste energy promoting @yahoo @gmail, @hotmail, etc. when you could promote your business instead! With a branded email address like , the customer knows he can go to to find out more about your company. 4] It’s FREE: If you have a domain name then chances are that you already have a few email addresses that you can setup for free. At BigRock, every domain name gets 2 email accounts that you can brand, absolutely FREE! All you need to do is setup your email address and you’re good to go. You also get free email addresses with our hosting packages. For more serious email users that would like a large number of accounts with more features, our email hosting solution has multiple offerings to best suit your needs. If you’re still using an unbranded email address for your business, we hope these reasons have helped change your mind. It’s time you give your business the attention it deserves! Bring the change and let your business grow

Influencer Q&A with PUMA: Using Flock to Unlock to connect with consumers

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Last month, @PUMA’s #ForeverFaster brand campaign hit the ground running with help from Flock to Unlock, a marketing tool from Twitter that enables brands to incentivize followers to spread their message. Two days before the campaign launched, the global sports brand and its athlete partners created buzz by using a custom Twitter Card to present an offer: @PUMA would reveal video content featuring the athletes early if a lot of users Tweeted about it. The result? A major boost in brand engagement and awareness. PUMA’s Flock to Unlock strategy drove 50 million impressions, and thousands Tweeted to unlock the content. Brand mentions increased by tenfold. To learn more, we spoke with Remi Carlioz, @PUMA’s Global Head of Consumer Marketing. @TwitterAds: Why did @PUMA decide to try Flock to Unlock? @remic: When we began working on the #ForeverFaster campaign months ago, we carefully reviewed a number of platform partners. We knew we needed a platform that would properly communicate our message, and found that Twitter was the clear choice. Twitter is all about fast conversation and fast engagement. It also has wide global reach, which is important for us as a global brand. As part of the campaign launch, we decided to try the Flock to Unlock strategy in early August to engage our target audience and reward them with exciting content. @TwitterAds: Tell us about your target audience. @remic: Our digital marketing is targeted not only toward consumers who are constantly testing the limits, but to those whom they inspire as well. They have a strong presence on these platforms and they use them to communicate. This is why we chose Twitter. @TwitterAds: Compelling content is key to a successful Flock to Unlock campaign. How did you determine what content to use? @remic: We had just filmed a series of TV commercials featuring several inspiring athletes – Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun), Usain Bolt (@UsainBolt), Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario), James Charles (@JCharles25), Jadeveon Clowney (@Clownejd), Cordarrelle Patterson (@ceeflashpee84) and Lexi Thompson (@Lexi). We knew that users would be eager to see this content, and so we used Flock to Unlock to release it 48 hours before the commercials aired. Vines were the perfect medium to provide teasers, and partnering with these athletes on Twitter enabled us to reach more than 19 million followers globally. @TwitterAds: What was the reaction to the campaign? @remic: It was amazing on both the consumer side and the industry side. On the consumer side, people engaged in a very natural way and the overall sentiment was very positive. Flock to Unlock worked well with our target audience. They’re all about instant gratification and they’re willing to proactively Tweet on our behalf to be rewarded with great content. @TwitterAds: What advice would you give brands new to Twitter? @remic: One thing I’ve learned over the years is you have to be extremely patient. It’s like raising a child; it takes time. You don’t go from zero to walking and talking in a week. Try something over 12-18 months and be willing to adjust your strategy on a regular basis throughout. Also, don’t hesitate to let influencers speak on your behalf. This can often be more powerful than communicating directly.

Giving Our Members More Control

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At LinkedIn, our members always come first. We know you take your safety and privacy very seriously. We are starting to roll out three new tools to give you as much choice and control as possible over your account and data. Not sure if you remembered to log-out of your LinkedIn account on your friend’s computer? We have you covered. We’ve added a single place to see everywhere you’re signed in to LinkedIn and manage those sessions in your settings. Go to your settings and click on See where you are logged in to see a complete list of the devices that you are logged into. You also can manage these sessions from this new page. If you see a session that you want to turn off, simply click on the sign out link. Your data on LinkedIn is yours and you should be able to access it. So we’ve added the ability to easily export all of your LinkedIn data with one click. This single download will let you see all the data LinkedIn has stored on your account, including your updates, activity, IP records, searches, and more.  You can download your data here. Your password is how you safeguard your LinkedIn account, so monitoring it for any changes is critical. We’ve added a new set of information to the emails we send when there are security related changes to your account, such as a password change, so you can rest assured your account is secure. The added information gives your more insight into when and where the account change took place, including the date and time and details on the device the device the changes were made on such as the browser it was running, the Operating System (OS), IP address, and approximate physical location. We are in the process of rolling these three new tools out globally now and encourage you to take a look at your settings today to see two of these new tools. It’s also a good opportunity to remind yourself of all your settings and make sure they are right for how you are using LinkedIn now. All of these changes are part of our commitment to put our members first. With these updates, we hope you can feel confident about who owns your content and data on LinkedIn: you.

How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Publishing Exposure

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Have you tried LinkedIn’s publishing feature? Do you want more people to see your business articles? LinkedIn publishing gives you the opportunity to reach members of the biggest professional audience in the social sphere. In this article I’ll share five tips for optimizing your content for LinkedIn publishing. #1: Know How Channels Work LinkedIn channels [...]This post How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Publishing Exposure first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

How to Optimize Your Content for the Top 5 Social Networks

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Are you sharing content on different social networks? Do you know the best way to share it for each platform? Sharing your social media content isn’t a one-message-fits-all exercise. In this article I’ll show you how to share content the right way for the top five social media networks. #1: Use Brief Summaries on Twitter [...]This post How to Optimize Your Content for the Top 5 Social Networks first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

Creating a vanity email address with your domain name and email forwarding Blog -

Creating an email address with your domain name is one of the easiest ways to promote your company or business. Simply put, having your domain name in your email address makes you look more trustworthy and professional.  There are two ways to create a custom email address with your domain. To get full email capabilities with your domain name, you can sign up for Email—plans start at $0.99 per month. You’ll get 10 GB of storage, web and mobile access to your inbox, address books, calendars, and all the other features you’d expect from an email service. But you can also set up a “vanity” email address by using free email forwarding. You create an address—such as or—and any emails sent to that address can be forwarded to an existing email address, such as your Gmail inbox. You won’t be able to send emails from that address, but you can still create a more memorable, professional email address for people to send messages to. Here is how you set up your vanity email address using your domain name and email forwarding: 1. Click on your domain name in your account/domain dashboard: 2. Click on “Email Forwarding:” 3. Add the email address you want to use with your domain name and then fill in where you want your email sent to. Once you’ve filled those two things in, simply hit “Add Record” and you’re all set… your new email address with your domain name is ready to be used.  

Looking Into The Past To Predict The Future: The History Of The Internet

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The post Looking Into The Past To Predict The Future: The History Of The Internet appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. In a digital era where connectivity and technology are terms as ubiquitous as food and water, it’s easy to take the Internet for granted and not pay it any more mind beyond your latest tweet. In fact, relatively few people really understand what the Internet is, no less the origins of the world wide web or how it has grown over time to reach its current capabilities. Although this information might strike you as irrelevant, it might be wise to take minute and learn the basics just as you should understand the fundamentals of a car, considering that the Internet will undoubtedly be the tool that defines the 21st century.   Birth of “The Net” Conceptualization – The Internet was conceived in 1962 by J.C.R. Licklider of MIT as a “Galactic Network” that would connect a group of computers so they may access data and programs regardless of where a single computer was located. Experimentation – After MIT researchers Leonard Kleinrock and Lawrence G. Roberts expanded upon Licklider’s idea and theorized the feasibility of such an invention, they managed to successfully link two computers from Massachusetts to California via a low speed dial-up telephone line in 1965. Development – By 1968 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, guided the technology and its development under the project name ARPANET and honed the boarder aspects of the project, such as its structural and technical parameters, architectural designs, and key components like the Interface Message Processors (IMP). Inception – After the very first host computer was connected to the first node at UCLA in 1969, the Stanford Research Institute connected and host-to-host messaging was born. Following this with the addition of two nodes that dealt with application visualization projects, four host computers were connected to ARPANET. Sophistication – As more and more computers were added to the network, function and utilization was the focus for improvements. Software was subsequently devised and the Network Control Protocol (NCP) was implemented, thus leading to the need for more applications. In 1972, the budding network saw its culmination in the construction of the ultimate coordination tool– electronic mail. Integration – Soon the ultimate goal of ARPANET turned to incorporating other separate networks through the foundational idea of Internetworking Architecture where they may be independently designed for a unique interface. This would be referred to as “internetting” and throughout the late ‘70s and early 80’s there would be extensive development of LANS, PC’s and workstations that would not just lead to more networks, but to more modifications of the initial model. Evolution – As the Internet grew, so did the progressive management issues; in particular were the router insufficiencies, the transition to the Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol, and problems regarding a single table for every host after they all were assigned names for easier public use. This latter was accommodated by the creation of the Domain Name System (DNS) that would mitigate the task by properly distributing hierarchical host names into Internet addresses. Mainstream – By the mid 90’s, the Internet was a respected and well-supported technology that was embraced not only by those in the research communities, but the mainstream masses for personal communicative uses too.   What Brought About the World Wide Web Documentation – One of the key factors in the successful building of the Internet into what it is now was the free promotion and sharing of research and data. The new, dynamic, and real-time exchange of knowledge was critical to the concept of an online, interconnected community. Community – Though the Internet was established by those in academia, it was the efficient transmittance of ideas that allowed the common man to become engaged and help build it with his public presence. By creating a widespread community, they also created a widespread dialogue and their peer-to-peer relationships helped drive the technology forward. Commercialization – As vendors began to supply the network products, and the service providers the internet connections, we have seen a shift in the popular demand that now treats the technology much like a physical commodity due to the systemic use of browsers and search engines and the World Wide Web for commercial purposes.   Tool of The 21st Century What once began as a data communications network and evolved into a global information infrastructure is now a technology that manifests itself in every person’s life. It dictates how we communicate as a society, how we learn, and how we will continue to evolve. You should take credence in the fact that knowing this brief history will help you understand the trajectory we are all on as a globalized, interconnected people. web hosting

Query Your EC2 Instances Using Tag and Attribute Filtering

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As an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) user, you probably know just how simple and easy it is to launch EC2 instances on an as-needed basis. Perhaps you got your start by manually launching an instance or two, and later moved to a model where you launch instances through a AWS CloudFormation template, Auto Scaling, or in Spot form. Today we are launching an important new feature for the AWS Management Console. You can now find the instance or instances that you are looking for by filtering on tags and attributes, with some advanced options including inverse search, partial search, and regular expressions. Instance Tags Regardless of the manner in which you launch them, you probably want to track the role (development, test, production, and so forth) internal owner, and other attributes of each instance. This becomes especially important as your fleet grows to hundreds or thousands of instances. We have long supported tagging of EC2 instances (and other resources) for many years. As you probably know already, you can add up to ten tags (name/value pairs) to many types of AWS resources. While I can sort by the tags to group like-tagged instances together, there's clearly room to do even better! With today's launch, you can use the tags that you assign, along with the instance attributes, to locate the instance or instances that you are looking for. Query With Tags & Attributes As I was writing this post, I launched ten EC2 instances, added Mode and Owner tags to each one (supplementing the default Name, and then configured the console to show the tags and their values: The new filter box offers many options. I'll do my best to show them all to you! In the examples that follow, I will filter my instances using the tags that I assigned to the instances. I'll start with simple examples and work up to some more complex ones. I can filter by keyword. Let's say that I am looking for an instance and can only recall part of the instance id (this turns out to be a very popular way to search). I enter the partial id ("2a27") in to the filter box and press Enter to find it: Let's say that I want to find all of the instances where I am listed as Owner. I click in the Filter box for some guidance: I select the Owner tag and select from among the values presented to me: Here are the results: I can add a second filter if I want to see only the instances where I am the owner and the Mode is "Production": I can also filter by any of the attributes of the instance. For example, I can easily find all of the instances that are in the Stopped state: And I can, of course, combine this with a filter on a tag. I can find all of my stopped instances: I can use an inverse search to find everyone else's stopped instances (I simply prefix the value with an exclamation mark): I can also use regular expressions to find instances owned by Kelly or Andy: And I can do partial matches to compensate for inconsistent naming: I can even filter by launch date to find instances that are newer or older than a particular time: Finally, the filter information is represented in the console URL so that you can bookmark your filters or share them with your colleagues: Filter Now This feature is available now and you can start using it today. It works for EC2 instances now; we expect to make it available for other types of EC2 resources before too long. -- Jeff;

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Sketch has barely been available for two weeks, but you’d never know it. This clean, cheerful, portfolio-focused theme is already a favorite — and not just for artists and illustrators. Here are three sites we love: All Cats Have Dutch artist and designer Asja loves cats, as does the rest of the internet. On All Cats Have, she takes a simple doodle of two cats sitting side-by-side and transforms them to everything from superhero cats to Matisse-inspired cats to buddy cats lamenting their hangovers: With Sketch, she’s able to showcase her latest blog posts up top, and her cat illustrations, which are all organized as portfolios, below. Using the new Site Logo feature, she drops a mini-version of her eponymous felines in the blog’s upper-left corner. Asja keeps Sketch’s default sans-serif font; it’s readable, simple, and doesn’t steal the limelight away from her art. We also love the personal cat-teriffic touches in her pages and menus — the blog is listed as “Random Purring” in her menu. 850 Calories When budget issues led the United Nations to reduce food support to refugees in central Africa, most of the world didn’t hear about it. One blogger did, and is now challenging the rest of us to spend a day living on the equivalent of one day’s rations: 850 calories. He uses Sketch‘s emphasis on visuals to build a bold, engaging site that draws us in with photos: The blogger uses the top feature area to keep evergreen posts front and center, while the portfolio area links to more information on the humanitarian crisis and guidelines for people interested in taking the challenge. A simple logo (also taking advantage of the theme’s support for Site Logos) and Sketch‘s naturally clean typography mean that nothing detracts from the site’s mission. BRICKrhetoric BRICKrhetoric is a literary and arts journal from Chicago with an urban focus. And although Sketch is presented as a theme for artists’ portfolios, the editors saw it as the perfect blank canvas for the creative work they present: They’ve opted to add a custom header instead of a logo, so their online journal can mimic a printed masthead. Rather than posts and portfolios, the home page features the journal’s mission statement, and a sidebar makes it easy for visitors to access past issues or look for content by contributor. As the bloggers at All Cats Have and 850 Calories were, BRICKrhetoric’s editors were also drawn to Sketch‘s typography. Here, the clean lines of the type have a modern feel just right for the journal’s contemporary urban focus. Looking for more inspiration? These sites and blogs also caught our eye: The Argentinian fashion blogger at RBLD nixes portolfios and sidebars for a full-width template that makes it impossible to ignore his photographs. Writer Ericka Clay uses it for Tipsy Lit, the writing community she organizes. She ups the font sizes a bit, creating a version of Sketch that suits the group’s brash style. Pati Montero depends on Sketch’s simplicity to keep her jam-packed site — web design, print design, and personal blogging, all available in Spanish, French, and English — from feeling overwhelming. Unsurprisingly, Sketch makes a great portfolio site for photographers — we particularly like Michelle Dorman and Lymath Images. Sketch is a free theme — learn more about it in the Theme Showcase.Filed under: Customization, Themes

Promising Internships, HR Moneyball and Bizarre Interview Questions: Must-Read Stories from the Economic Graph Showcase Page in August

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The end of another month means it’s time to recap stories from the LinkedIn Economic Graph Showcase Page that created the most buzz in August. This month’s shares included original LinkedIn research on the internship landscape, bizarre interview questions you may or may not be prepared to answer, and a peek at how the future of Human Resources is shaping up. Here are the highlights from August: Internships are important, but they’re not all created equal As the summer internship season comes to an end, and new school years and careers begin, the LinkedIn research team analyzed data from more than 300 million LinkedIn member profiles in different industries, examining both the number of internships available and the frequency with which those internships turned into full-time jobs. Read: Which Internships Really Pay Off? LinkedIn Pulled the Data. Hiring great talent is a lot like fielding a winning baseball team If you’re not familiar with the story of Billy Beane (now famously portrayed by Brad Pitt), he’s the Oakland A’s general manager credited with harnessing the power of data analysis to put together a winning team on a tight budget. Could a company apply the same strategy to its hiring process? Read: People analytics: ‘Moneyball’ for human resources. Quick. Why are tennis balls fuzzy? Sometimes interview prep is about more than identifying your greatest strengths and weaknesses. Many employers like to ask unconventional questions, like “If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?” Here’s how to prepare for those curveball questions. Read: The Most Unusual Interview Questions, And How To Answer Them. The growing need for evolving our soft skills Teaching kids about emotional self-awareness in the classroom may help boost those oh-so-critical “soft skills” like empathy and impulse control. Read: The Case for Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools. Qualities of companies that are standing the test of time Most companies last for 40 to 50 years, but a few outstanding exceptions have endured for centuries, from a brewery to a bar to a bell foundry. What are the keys to hundreds of years of success? Read: How 16 Of The Oldest Companies On Earth Have Been Making Money For Centuries. That’s the recap for August. See you in October when we take a look back at the top stories in September.      

3 Awesome Facebook Hacks You Can Use TODAY

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Be honest — you use Facebook way more than you should, right? You probably spend more time on Facebook than with your kids or spouse. I know I do. I use Facebook at least 10 hours a day — sometimes more. Sometimes I love it, but other times I just want to delete my Facebook account & move to an island with no electricity! Well, if you ARE getting sick of the same old Facebook everyday, here are 3 awesome Facebook hacks that might make it a more pleasant experience. From posting gifs to recovering embarrassing deleted posts from friends, these tricks will make you the life of the party — if executed correctly. 3 Awesome Facebook Hacks You Can Use TODAY 1. Recover a Friend’s Deleted Post Have you ever seen a friend or business post something really stupid but before you could snap a screenshot the status update was gone? Status Snapper is here to help! >> Click to Tweet << The Chrome extension lets you take a quick screenshot of a status update then automatically blurs out the names! Once you download the tool, visit the Facebook news feed & click this blue icon in your address bar: You’ll have some choices as to which status update you want to grab (make sure your screen zoom is set to 100% or it will look goofy like mine here): Click the blue “Snap” buttons & you’ll see something like this: The names are blurred to protect the innocent (sorry Todd… sic’ em Bears!) Click “Finish” and another tab opens allowing you to download the image: You can now publish the image on Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook or wherever else you want to shame this friend or business! 2. Post Gifs on Facebook Gifs make the Internet fun! But you couldn’t post them on Facebook the way you could on Google+… until now. GIPHY has tons of animated gifs that you can easily post on Facebook. >> Click to Tweet << It’s easy! Visit the website & surf around to find a gif you want to share. Click embed to embed the gif on a blog, or copy the link to post on Facebook: On Facebook, the link looks like a video & begins when someone clicks play: Use GIPHY to also upload your own gif videos. Click “Upload” on Giphy & the Facebook “Continue” button. OK the Facebook prompts then enter or upload a gif: I created this gif to showcase Post Planner’s Status Ideas engine: You can even view my training gif on GIPHY. What a cool way to share gifs on Facebook for fun or business! 3. Facebook Shortcuts If you’re like me, most of the time you’re on a computer when using Facebook. Did you know there are lots of shortcuts that can make life so much easier? Use these keystrokes: Windows & Chrome/IE – Alt Windows & Firefox – Alt + Shift OS X & Firefox – Function + Ctrl OS X & All Other Browsers – Option + Ctrl With these characters: M — Open new chat message 1 — Return to Facebook home (news feed) 2 — Open your profile 3 — Go to friend requests 4 — Open new message & inbox 5 — See notifications 6 — Open account settings 7 — Open activity log 8 — Visit Facebook main page 9 — View Facebook terms & policies 0 — Visit Facebook help desk >> Click to Tweet << This graphic will make it easy for you to share & pin these tips: Your Favorite Facebook Hacks There are probably lots of other hacks I could mention here — but I would NEVER recommend something that violates Facebook’s terms of service! Have you used any of the hacks mentioned here? What other hacks have you found make life easier on Facebook? The post 3 Awesome Facebook Hacks You Can Use TODAY appeared first on Post Planner.


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