Infographic: Individuals & Their Online Identities


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Pew Research recently released a study that focuses on individuals’ online identities, which takes into consideration reputation management and what people are really using online social tools for. Flowtown has generously decided to highlight the most interesting findings from these reports in the graphic below.

Perhaps the most interesting of these findings was that,” the most visible and engaged Internet users are also most active in limiting the information connected to their names online.” Some other notable quotes from the infographic includes “A growing number of Internet users are leveraging the social power of the Internet to reconnect with friends from the past and far-flung family members with whom they have lost touch.”

Another one would be “Contrary to the popular perception that younger users embrace a laissez-faire attitude about their online reputations, young adults are often more vigilant than older adults when it comes to managing their online identities.” Leer más “Infographic: Individuals & Their Online Identities”

Infographic: A History On Hacking

In common usage, a hacker is a person who breaks into computers and computer networks, either for profit or motivated by the challenge. The subculture that has evolved around hackers is often referred to as the computer underground but is now an open community.

Hacking has been around as long as computers as a way to reconfigure or reprogram a system to give access to someone who otherwise shouldn’t have access. In the media, any electronics manipulation is often referred to as hacking, though “cracking” may often be more appropriate. Thanks to hacking, computer geeks can be cool and dangerous.

Here’s a lovely infographic to briefly describe the history of hacking…


In common usage, a hacker is a person who breaks into computers and computer networks, either for profit or motivated by the challenge. The subculture that has evolved around hackers is often referred to as the computer underground but is now an open community.

Hacking has been around as long as computers as a way to reconfigure or reprogram a system to give access to someone who otherwise shouldn’t have access. In the media, any electronics manipulation is often referred to as hacking, though “cracking” may often be more appropriate. Thanks to hacking, computer geeks can be cool and dangerous.

Here’s a lovely infographic to briefly describe the history of hacking… Leer más “Infographic: A History On Hacking”

George W. Bush Has Joined Facebook


Facebook%20%7C%20George%20W.%20BushThe 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, now has a Facebook profile. The man who famously said he liked to “use the Google” to look at arial maps of his ranch will now have a presence in arguably the most democratic publishing community in history.

So far the reaction has been almost entirely positive. That’s because you have to “like” Bush in order to be allowed to comment on his wall. For a large portion of the world, putting “I like George Bush” into their newsfeed would be like garlic to a vampire. You are, remember, either with him or against him.

It will be interesting to see if he adds the annual Bohemian Grove gathering to his Facebook events listings, or what kinds of organizations he “likes.” You know he’s going to get confused by the privacy settings – who doesn’t?

That is all. Go now, and write messages on his wall. Leer más “George W. Bush Has Joined Facebook”

Google prohibe el uso de Windows en su entorno

Según podemos leer el el Financial Times algunos empleados de Google han informado que la compañía acaba de prohibir el uso del sistema operativo Windows en todos los equipos su entorno corporativo salvo autorización expresa del CIO.

La razón de este movimiento es obtener una mayor seguridad en su sistema y, tras los incidentes del pasado enero en China que fueron identificados como ataques procedentes del gobierno de ese país realizados a través de sistemas Windows comprometidos, Google ha optado por eliminar drásticamente el problema migrando sus equipos a otros sistemas.

Los empleados tendrán la opción de migrar sus equipos a sistemas Mac OS X o GNU/Linux a su elección, a los que se unirá el futuro Chrome OS en cuanto esté disponible. Aunque Windows 7 ha incrementado notablemente la seguridad en el sistema operativo todavía existen agujeros muy enraizados al núcleo del sistema difíciles de corregir que, junto a su elevada cuota de mercado, lo convierten en la plataforma objeto de más ataques recibe en todo el mundo.

Comprometer la seguridad de los equipos de Google no solo afectaría a la empresa sino que se accedería a información privilegiada de los usuarios que utilizamos los servicios del gigante de internet.


Por @marcosesperon

google prohibe windows Google prohibe el uso de Windows en su  entornoSegún podemos leer el el Financial Times algunos empleados de Google han informado que la compañía acaba de prohibir el uso del sistema operativo Windows en todos los equipos su entorno corporativo salvo autorización expresa del CIO.

La razón de este movimiento es obtener una mayor seguridad en su sistema y, tras los incidentes del pasado enero en China que fueron identificados como ataques procedentes del gobierno de ese país realizados a través de sistemas Windows comprometidos, Google ha optado por eliminar drásticamente el problema migrando sus equipos a otros sistemas.

Los empleados tendrán la opción de migrar sus equipos a sistemas Mac OS X o GNU/Linux a su elección, a los que se unirá el futuro Chrome OS en cuanto esté disponible. Aunque Windows 7 ha incrementado notablemente la seguridad en el sistema operativo todavía existen agujeros muy enraizados al núcleo del sistema difíciles de corregir que, junto a su elevada cuota de mercado, lo convierten en la plataforma objeto de más ataques recibe en todo el mundo.

Comprometer la seguridad de los equipos de Google no solo afectaría a la empresa sino que se accedería a información privilegiada de los usuarios que utilizamos los servicios del gigante de internet. Leer más “Google prohibe el uso de Windows en su entorno”


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La magia de los famosos

Son varias las empresas que han puesto caras famosas en sus directorios. Las han buscado en el mundo del deporte, del cine o de cualquier actividad que lleve a la fama.

El ex campeón de peso pesado Evander Holyfield integró el directorio de la embotelladora de Coca Cola en 1998. Michael Jordan, el basquebolista, fue director de Oakley, fabricantes de anteojos de sol. También se puede mencionar a Sidney Poitier (1994). Deepak Chopra (2004) o Al Gore (2003).

¿Por qué buscan famosos las empresas? Porque aumentan el valor de las firmas en cuyos directorios se encuentran, aparentemente. Según un estudio realizado por cuatro economistas que trabajan en Estados Unidos titulado “Reaching for the Stars: The Appointment of Celebrities to Corporate Boards”, el sólo hecho de anunciar que un famoso se une al directorio da un gran empusón al valor de la acción de la compañía. ¿Por qué? En algunos casos – dice un expresidente de directorio—las conexiones poderosas y la capacidad para abrir las puertas que hacen falta tienen bastante que ver. Y algunos famosos, además, pueden traer experiencias interesantes.


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Son varias las empresas que han puesto caras famosas en sus directorios. Las han buscado en el mundo del deporte, del cine o de cualquier actividad que lleve a la fama.

El ex campeón de peso pesado Evander Holyfield integró el directorio de la embotelladora de Coca Cola en 1998. Michael Jordan, el basquebolista, fue director de Oakley, fabricantes de anteojos de sol. También se puede mencionar a Sidney Poitier (1994). Deepak Chopra (2004) o Al Gore (2003).

¿Por qué buscan famosos las empresas? Porque aumentan el valor de las firmas en cuyos directorios se encuentran, aparentemente. Según un estudio realizado por cuatro economistas que trabajan en Estados Unidos titulado “Reaching for the Stars: The Appointment of Celebrities to Corporate Boards”, el sólo hecho de anunciar que un famoso se une al directorio da un gran empusón al valor de la acción de la compañía. ¿Por qué? En algunos casos – dice un expresidente de directorio—las conexiones poderosas y la capacidad para abrir las puertas que hacen falta tienen bastante que ver. Y algunos famosos, además, pueden traer experiencias interesantes.
Leer más “La magia de los famosos”

Gary Hamel, siempre marcando el rumbo

Si la industrialización y las guerras mundiales crearon un modelo de jerarquía gerencial compartido por la empresa y el ejército, tal vez el próximo conjunto de ideas gerenciales debería nacer de Internet y la conmoción que ha generado en cuanto a la forma en que los humanos piensan la información y la comunidad.
Hamel, que escribió ese libro con Bill Breen, analiza tres empresas que, dice, podrían ser los heraldos del futuro: Whole Foods Market, W. L. Gore & Associates (una empresa privada que inventó Gore-Tex, entre otros productos) y Google.


Vale la pena revisitar un libro publicado hace tres años pero que que sigue vigente como pocos. Tal vez si hubiera sido objeto de un poco más de atención los últimos años no habrían sido tan negros.

Si las empresas innovan ahora creando nuevos productos o nuevos modelos de negocios, pregunta, ¿por qué no hacen lo mismo con la forma en que manejan las organizaciones? ¿No sería tal vez un método más moderno de gerenciar la carta ganadora para mantener a las empresas norteamericanas por delante de sus competidores globales? Eso significaría pasar del antiguo modelo de comando y control a un estilo más entramado en red para la organización.

Si la industrialización y las guerras mundiales crearon un modelo de jerarquía gerencial compartido por la empresa y el ejército, tal vez el próximo conjunto de ideas gerenciales debería nacer de Internet y la conmoción que ha generado en cuanto a la forma en que los humanos piensan la información y la comunidad.
Hamel, que escribió ese libro con Bill Breen, analiza tres empresas que, dice, podrían ser los heraldos del futuro: Whole Foods Market, W. L. Gore & Associates (una empresa privada que inventó Gore-Tex, entre otros productos) y Google. Leer más “Gary Hamel, siempre marcando el rumbo”

12 Portable Apps for Web Designers


by Raja Hostwisely

12 Portable Apps for Web Designers

A web designer must always have his or her tools handy. Of course, that is most often the case when you’re working from home or from an office where you have your own work computer.

But if you are constantly on the move or are doing a lot of demonstrations to your customers at their place of business, you’ll need to carry your programs with you.

Scenarios That Benefit the Use of Portable Apps

Most designers just carry their laptop with them. But that is not always possible, and many times, the client wants you to show them how the site or application will look on their own computer, projector and other equipment.

In addition, there are those unfortunate times when your computer crashes and breaks with all the data on it and no ways to retrieve it.

In those cases, a good backup (or even primary) solution is to carry your own toolset on a portable flash/USB drive.

The Feasibility of Using Portable Apps

There are a lot of great applications for web designers that will work without needing any installation, and they make an excellent choice for a portable USB drive.

With today’s USB stick sizes and prices, you can easily have all your work with you in your pocket at all times, and be able to work from any computer without needing anything else.

Here are some of the best portable apps for web designers that are a must-have. Leer más “12 Portable Apps for Web Designers”

16 questions for free agents


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By Seth Godin

If you’re starting out as an entrepreneur or a freelancer or a project manager, the most important choice you’ll make is: what to do? As in the answer to the question, “what do you do?”

Some questions to help you get started:

  1. Who are you trying to please?
  2. Are you trying to make a living, make a difference, or leave a legacy?
  3. How will the world be different when you’ve succeeded?
  4. Is it more important to add new customers or to increase your interactions with existing ones?
  5. Do you want a team? How big? (I know, that’s two questions) Leer más “16 questions for free agents”

How to (Gracefully) Manage Your Critics


Many of us have an innate reflex to please everyone. It is a curious and burdensome responsibility that we have assumed since childhood. As creative leaders, the need to address critics is a reflex that is liable to override other more important uses of our energy. While we carefully weigh the costs and benefits of most decisions we make, criticism has the tendency to lead us astray.Of course, criticism is important. Early detection of disappointment or misunderstandings can save us a whole lot of turmoil further down the line.

But, oftentimes, our efforts to address our critics become an obsession. Even worse, our efforts can backfire by fanning the flames. A single harsh comment on a bulletin board can turn into an aggressive and insulting exchange that is not constructive but still liable to keep you up at night. For this reason, many prominent bloggers and companies have removed comment boards altogether.

Don’t cut off your critics. Feedback helps us correct our course and spurs a dialog that serves to build community. Instead, you should decide how and when to respond.

Consider the following tips on how to manage your critics: Leer más “How to (Gracefully) Manage Your Critics”

Complete Guide to Cross-Browser Compatibility Check


Internet users have wider choice of browsers when it comes to surfing the net. It is our responsibility as designers and developers to ensure that websites we’ve created are compatible for most of the commonly used browsers these days.

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That leads to a simple yet critical question – what browsers are our visitors using? According to w3school, commonly used browsers are Internet Explorer 7 & 8 and Firefox with Safari and Google Chrome gradually picking up. But the figures might vary from site to site, depending on its niche. It’s best to get the demographics from your site metrics, Google Analytics for instance.

Once you’ve identified common browsers your visitors use, then it’s time to make sure website displays the same in these browsers. It’s almost impossible to install all different browsers in one machine. But thanks to some tools and web services out there, finding out how your website looks like in other browsers is possible.

In this article, we want to bring to your attention some of the solutions you can depend on to do cross-browser compatibility testing. Full list after jump. Leer más “Complete Guide to Cross-Browser Compatibility Check”

Simple Solutions to Common Windows Problems


Microsoft  WindowsLearn about some free software utilities that will help you fix the most common Windows problems. They are all compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Fix Windows Problems with Free Tools

Q1. I am trying to delete a file from my desktop but the computer won’t let me do that. Instead, it throws me an error message saying that the file /folder is in use by another program or user. Leer más “Simple Solutions to Common Windows Problems”

microMARKETING through the eyes of an indexer


Micromarketing_index As long-time readers know, I often rant against social media marketers who focus too much on the tools and technologies (especially when those tools or technologies might be commonly believed to be the “next big thing”), generally losing sight of the more permanent and more important human behaviors that underlie those tools or are enabled by them.

So when I set out to write microMARKETING, I challenged myself to keep the focus firmly on the big picture (ironic perhaps, but the right thing to do nonetheless.) I knew that — by default, if not design — my book would be a product of its time and would, therefore, be loaded with references to Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, blogs and lifestreams, Buzz and Brightkite. But I hoped that it wouldn’t read as nothing more than a document of what’s hot right now, and remain relevant for years to come. Leer más “microMARKETING through the eyes of an indexer”

B2B Marketers and Buyers need to interact differently


So I spent some time the other day writing about the 7 expectations of a social buyer and the more I thought about it, it became evident that it isn’t the expectations of a social buyer, but more so buyers in general in a connected world.  We ultimately need to address the needs of the buyer as much, if not more than the sales force as B2B marketers.  Selling is one thing, buying is definitely another and it is that later that has changed with the emergence social for all industries.

With so many social options out there for buyers, the sourcing for products/solutions is different and so is the expectations of the availability of information and offers.  Remember when the RFP or the trade show was the best way to source options?  Those day are gone for many of us B2B technology marketers.  Buyers want information on their time lines (or at least their managers).  So as I think more about the expectations of buyers, I’m going to write a little more detail on each of the 7 items buyers expect and maybe even change them a little bit over time as I write, but as of now here is where I am when thinking out buyers and their expectations:

7 Expectations of a Buyer Leer más “B2B Marketers and Buyers need to interact differently”

Should the Era of Six Sigma End?


by Dr. Mike Shipulski

Should the Era of Six Sigma End?Five percent here, three percent there. I’m tired as hell of continuous improvement. Sure there’s a place for it, but it shouldn’t be the only type of work we do. But, unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened in manufacturing. To secure the balance sheet, the pendulum swung too far toward continuous improvement. Just look at what we’re writing about – the next low cost country, shorter lead times, how to be profitable where there’s no profit to be had. Those topics scream continuous improvement – take nickels and dimes out of processes to increase profits. But there’s a dark side to all this focus on continuous improvement. It has created a big problem: it has come at the expense of discontinuous improvement. Leer más “Should the Era of Six Sigma End?”