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Weekly Tech Roundup for January 13, 2012

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes WordPress security update, W3 Total Cache write-up, free fonts, and Send to Kindle app.

How to Turn Off Google’s Annoying New Personal Search Results – This is kind of a follow-up to the Google+ integration in Google Search articles I just posted about in this week’s Small Business Roundup. This article tells you how to hide these new search results by default. It doesn’t really turn them off and you can easily turn them back on, but if you find them annoying or unhelpful, this will help you out.

WordPress 3.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release – WordPress released an important security update. This update shouldn’t cause any trouble for your theme or plugins and you should apply it now if you haven’t already.

Speed Up WordPress with W3 Total Cache – I’ve used this plugin on a couple of sites now and it really seems to work. This is a good write-up covering all the features.

New High-Quality Free Fonts – You know me, I love fonts! Especially when they’re free. There are some really slick ones here. Great to add to your collection.

Amazon’s Send to Kindle App Makes Sending Documents to Your Kindle as Easy as Right-Clicking – As a relatively new Kindle owner, I’m super excited to try this out. If you’re on Windows and have a Kindle, definitely check this out.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup for December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes Carrier IQ, network printer security, an icon web font, and IPv6 progress.

IPv6 Web Domain Support Up 1,900 Percent in 2011 – A 1900% increase seems like a crazy amount but there weren’t that many to begin with. Still, progress is progress and I’d say having 1/4 of domains using IPv6 is pretty good progress.

Two on Carrier IQ:
Carrier IQ: How the Widespread Rootkit Can Track Everything on Your Phone, and How to Remove It – Do you have an Android phone (or iPhone)? You might want to check it out to see if you have Carrier IQ, which can snoop on everything you do with your phone.

Check If Your Android Phone Has Carrier IQ, No Rooting Required – If the idea of rooting your phone is scary or you have no idea what that means, check out this article instead. You can download an app that will check to see if you have Carrier IQ on your phone. It sounds like future versions may have the ability to remove it without the need to root your phone.

7 Ways to Protect Your Printers – There’s been a lot of talk this week about your network printer being vulnerable to attack. If you’re wondering what that means and what you can do about it, take a look at this article.

24 ways – It’s back for 2011! This is the “advent calendar for web geeks.” Each day in December you get a little dose of web design & development goodness.

Fico, a font with icons – This is kinda fun and it could be very useful! It’s a web font that is just icons of commonly used graphics like heart, plus, arrows, star, camera, etc.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

WordPress 3.2 – The newest WordPress release drops support for IE6, includes some big changes to the wp-admin style, and gets a little more secure by requiring newer versions of PHP and MySQL. I’m very much enjoying the new admin, including the full screen editor option. Here’s an article on the release from .net. And, a quick article on why you really need to upgrade if you haven’t already: Unpatched WordPress installations rife with malware. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your WordPress install.

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away – Those commercials keep telling us if we don’t have an iPhone we don’t have an iPhone. Well, apparently a lot of us don’t have iPhones. Android’s growth has been exponential over the past year and currently Apple is a distant second. I feel kinda bad for RIM’s Blackberry. It seems everyone is jumping off their bandwagon onto Google’s. I know I was one of them and haven’t looked back.

How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide – Great article if you were lucky enough to get an invite and signed up before Google+ “exceeded capacity,” or if you want to take a sneak peek and see if it’s worth all the hype.

One Page Apps I Actually Use – When I first read this article, I immediately added a few of these to my business wiki. They will come in very handy. What one page apps can you add to the list?

My Favorite Programming Mistakes – If you’re a programmer, coder, developer, or just know a few things about code, you’ll get a kick out of this article and probably learn something. Each mistake comes complete with a story and lessons learned. A long, but easy read.

Google Web Fonts v2 Released – I’m super excited for this release. It addresses all of my frustrations with the original website and they’ve added even more fonts. The best part is the ability to preview multiple fonts with your text all on the same page; either as a word, a sentence, or a paragraph. Check it out for yourself: Google Web Fonts v2. If you are a font geek like me or you just want to learn more, check out this presentation from Google:

From the above presentation, TypeDNA is an add-on for Adobe Creative Suite you can use to find similar fonts and fonts that are in harmony (close match, contrasting, etc.) with others. If you have a font on your computer that is not a web font, you can use this tool to search web foundries (like Google Web Fonts) for a close match. It looks pretty cool and for $49 it might be worth checking it out. Works on PC and Mac. Look for the demo version on their website (just beware it’s not fully functional).

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Weekly Tech Roundup – May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Scientists set record in data transmission speeds – 26 terabits per second!! Can you even imagine?

With 26 terabits per second, it would have been possible to transmit up to 400 million telephone calls at the same time.

Technology is such an amazing thing when it’s not driving us crazy!

Lack of IPv6 traffic stats makes judging progress difficult – We’re approaching World IPv6 Day (June 8) so I think that’s why I’m seeing a huge influx of IPv6-related articles. In my previous career I spent most of my time managing IP address space and caring about IPv6. Not so much now, although IPv6 availability was the tiebreaker for my choice of a new hosting provider. This is still an important topic and one of the struggles I saw in my previous capacity was getting the folks that weren’t in the middle of it technically and politically to understand the issue and care. It really can’t be wrapped up in a soundbite. Bottom line is this: everyone needs to support IPv6 and if you don’t start thinking about it soon, it’s going to be really painful down the road. I tried to find a good, simple explanatory video on YouTube but had little luck. This is the best I could find: What is IPv6? The video is from 2009 so all references to “when we run out of IPv4″ are actually now.

If you’re interested in more: What if IPv6 simply fails to catch on? and The 6 biggest misconceptions about IPv6. If you have any questions or concerns about your IPv6 readiness, please feel free to contact me or post a comment below.

Now More Than Ever: Just Write – WordPress.com has dropped support for IE6. Maybe WordPress.org self-hosted sites are next?

Internet Rules At Center Of ‘E-G8′ Forum In Paris – The G8 is discussing Internet governance. Another part of my previous career. Boy, I don’t miss talking about policies and Internet governance! This is a big deal, though, and something to keep an eye on. This isn’t just about net neutrality in the States – this is Internet governance on a global scale. Also: Sarkozy Seeks Global Net Rules and G-8 Leaders to Call for Tighter Internet Regulation.

Lost Type Co-op – A new font foundry. It’s a very cool idea: you pay what you want and the font designer gets 100% of what you donate. Which means, yes, you can get an awesome font for free. But, really, if you like it and use it wouldn’t you like to give the creator a little something? I’m certainly going to consider it for my new projects.

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Have a great weekend! Hope yours is a long one. (Don’t be like me and work the whole time!)

Weekly Tech Roundup – May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Who’s to Secure Cloud: Vendor or User? and Cloud computing providers: Clueless about security? – A couple of articles about a recent cloud computing security survey. I think lots of folks like the cool factor but don’t realize their data is probably not secure. Security isn’t such a big deal with your MP3s but when companies start putting their sensitive customer information in the cloud, we need to pay attention. These results are not comforting:

Nearly 70 percent of users said vendors were most responsible for ensuring the security of cloud resources; only 32 percent of vendors cited themselves. Sixteen percent of providers but one-third of users said security was a shared responsibility.

And:

“Buyer beware – on average, providers of cloud computing technologies allocate 10% or less of their operational resources to security and most do not have confidence that customers’ security requirements are being met.”

How To Protect Your Company’s Passwords – Using strong, unique passwords and keeping them safe should be everyone’s top priority, not just in business. This article mentions some good options for tracking passwords so you don’t have to keep them all in your head and discusses the importance of using HTTPS.

Ask Lifehacker: Which Version of Chrome or Firefox Should I Use? – A quick explanation of the different browser channels and who should use which. Discusses Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. I use beta versions sometimes but mostly I stick to the stable release so that my add-ons work. Do you use beta or nightly versions of your browser?

Web font services – An Overview – I wrote an internal overview of web font services, mainly focused on pricing and options. This is an amazing accompaniment to that work. It’s extremely thorough. Definitely check this out if you’re looking for the best web font provider for your project. And if you’d like a breakdown of pricing and options across the providers, leave a comment or fill out my contact form and I’ll send it to you.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!