The 2,700 Year Old Art and Science of Encryption

Alberti Cipher

When most think of encryption, they think of computers using complex algorithms to hide data in ways that require a password or key. This is a very modern and simplistic view of a long and stories history behind encryption. Since the dawn of human communication we’ve had a need to be able to send messages without the risk of them being seen by the wrong people. Thus, encryption is as old as the written word in some cultures.

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The Most Accurate Business Listings come from… Foursquare?

Foursquare

There will always be business listing errors online. People sometimes do not pay attention. Businesses move or shut down. Some businesses are asleep at the wheel and unscrupulous competitors sabotage their listings. It happens. It’s not surprising that around 20% of the listings on popular sites like CitySearch and Mapquest are inaccurate. What was surprising is that the most accurate data apparently comes from Foursquare.

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The Value of Social Data

There are many ways to slice and dice the data that people and businesses collect from social media. It is not the black hole that many believe it to be and ROI-savvy people who are willing to dive deeper into the numbers can be rewarded with the data they want… and then some.

This graphic depicts it all nicely. Click to enlarge.

Social Data Value
From: Holiday Ford Via: Automotive SEO

The Rise and Fall of Online Empires

Can Facebook break the trend? It seems that any time a web-based company gets “too big to fail”, it is destined to fall apart some time soon. History shows that companies often fall under the pressure of their own weight as well as poor decisions at the top. Is Mark Zuckerberg different? Is Facebook different? Will it stick around forever (or at least for another decade)?

We’ll see.

The Rise and Fall of Online Empires
From: Yonkers Used Cars Via: CenturyLinkQuotes.com

The Future Help Desk

Computer Geek

Technology is getting both easier to use and harder to support at the same time. 2-year-olds are becoming tablet-savvy in ways that are changing the old joke about setting the clock on the VCR. Still, the intuitive nature of technology means an adjustment is needed in the IT help desk arena.

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Visualizing 7 Billion People (Infographic)

Masses of People

The world continues to experience unprecedented population growth. It’s a self-perpetuated problem; the more people there are, the more people they’ll make. Birth rates are not slowing and as more people have babies while life is extended through medical advances, it’s starting to get pretty crowded out there.

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