Category Archives : Internet Services

Twitter Adds ‘Report Abuse’ Feature – How Does It Stand Up Against Freedom Of Speech? 2

Over the past few days thousands of twitter users have campaigned for it, and twitter eventually bowed to the public pressure. The question is, how does this stack up with freedom of speech?

The Internet Today, And 10 Years Ago Today

10 Years ago we didn’t depend on it as much, whereas today we cant live without it. Every second of every day we are connected to the Internet, and use it to complete tasks that 10 years ago wouldn’t have been possible to complete on the go, or from the comfort of our own chairs.

Back With Flickr Again…

I don’t know of any other service on the Internet that provides 1TB of free data storage. Flickr since did away with the upload limit, and offered all of its accounts 1TB of data for free, up until now Flickr and I have always been heading in the opposite directions, however now, we are both singing from the same song sheet and heading to our destination together.

Should Employers Really Be Concerned With Whats On Facebook/Twitter Et Al? 2

Ever since the invention of social media sites such as Facebook at Twitter, there have been people out there who have been concerned that what they post will be found by their employer or perspective employer. Are these worries well founded, I don’t think they should be!

The Importance Of Your Computer

Several months ago one of my family members purchased a brand new MacBook Air for the purposes of going to university. This morning I received sad news that said laptop had been lost. Thankfully the laptop was insured so at least the physical value of the laptop should not be an issue. Lesson One: Make Sure Your Laptop Is Insured For Both Accidental Damage And Loss! However what happens with the data which is on it? The truth is that there is no excuse for not having mission critical data (such as university work, important account files etc etc) backed up as it is changed. This is possible through services such as Dropbox and SugarSync, which are free and monitor folders and files and automatically upload changes to the cloud. Lesson Two: Sign Up To Dropbox And/Or SugarSync! Passwords, need to be safe and secure. In other words unique and ideally containing random letters as well as characters which are not alpha-numeric. This isn’t a daunting process as 1Password has it covered. 1Password is covered in detail in my ‘Useful Software & Services For The 21st Century Student‘ post. It is more expensive than the average app, however its an investment that will keep your banking details, and other secure login sites safe. Lesson Three: Make Sure You Don’t Use The Same Password, Or Simple Passwords For Anything! All of this advice is to protect you from losing your laptop or computer as a result of carelessness of theft. But it should also be followed generally as the hard drives which your data is stored will not last forever. I have suffered two hard drive failures around 7 years ago where my data was not backed up, and it was horrendous. Memories gone, important documents lost, hours taken to rebuild what I could. As anyone who has suffered a hard drive failure or computer loss will tell you, although the physical computer can be replaced, the memories contained on it usually cannot.