May 27, 2017

Blade Runner at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprint runner, nicknamed “Blade Runner” after the shape of his carbon-fiber prosthetic limbs, will compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Pistorius, who will represent South Africa in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events, failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He will also compete in this Summer’s Paralympics. Setting aside the sheer level of athleticism it takes anybody to make an Olympic team, Pistorius’ achievement is notable for another, more controversial reason: some people, the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, among them, believe his prostheses give him an unfair competitive advantage because the material caused…

Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500

The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!

New gTLD Applications Revealed From ICANN


Yesterday ICANN revealed applications from about 500 companies for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that could devalue the coveted .com extension and open up a barrage of legal issues. The close to 2,000 domains, also referred to as strings, look like .aaa, .hotels, or .ibm. If you notice, there’s no need for an extension such as .com or .net because the gTLDs are essentially the same thing — except anyone can purchase them. But before you plan on buying .yourname you might want to know how much the gTLDs cost. A single string such as .canon costs $185,000 plus…

Google Penguin Update – Quality Still Rules


While Google isn’t revealing exactly what their new Penguin update has done in terms of page ranking, it’s pretty clear that quality content still rules. “Focus on creating high quality sites that create a good user experience,” said Google’s Matt Cutts in an announcement of the search update which appears to be heavily targeted at web spam. Much like the Panda update last year the update also seems to give fresh content more weight, while penalizing sites that keyword stuff, cloak, and make use of “black hat” SEO tactics. Cutts also talked about duplicate content which can be seen as…

SEO: What To Do With Duplicate Content


Google’s search algorithm looks down upon duplicate content. So what do you do if you have multiple pages with duplicate content? Google’s WebMaster blog clues you in to several different methods of addressing duplicate content. Check out the options below and choose which method suits you best. Use 301s: If you’ve restructured your site, use 301 redirects (“RedirectPermanent”) in your .htaccess file to smartly redirect users, Googlebot, and other spiders. (In Apache, you can do this with an .htaccess file; in IIS, you can do this through the administrative console.) Be consistent: Try to keep your internal linking consistent. For…