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Comment R.I.P (Score 1) 1613

Steve Jobs, a very sad day. It will be interesting to see if Apple's great success and innovation continues now that he's really gone. Written on my MBP

Comment Re:Why upgrade? (Score 1) 425

Recently I was involved with a medium sized desktop roll out for an insurance company in Australia, they decided to stick with Windows XP & Office 2003 because this combination does everything required, is stable, secure and the users & admins are comfortable with it. They expect to be with this combination for at least 3 years.

Obviously cost savings were a factor, an OS upgrade 7 would lead to an update of office, which would require a new set of standard templates/documents, costly staff training and not to mention the server side of things. Office 2010 conveniently doesn't support Exchange 2003. When considering 5,000+ workstations these things matter.

Microsoft is failing to demonstrate the real benefits of an upgrade to Windows 7? Looking at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features, the main appealing item is 64-bit support, but it's possible to run XP 64-bit. Two features that interest me are the Windows Deployment Tools and the new Windows Search services.

Submission + - SPAM: The Tweet Effect: How Twitter Affects Rankings

erinpolerimos writes: "The advent of social media has brought a host of changes to the SEO industry, and online marketing as a whole. You would be hard-pressed to find a business with a decent online presence that does not have a Twitter account connected to their website, and at least one way to find that account.

Google and Bing recently alerted the SEO industry to the fact that they are using social media signals as a factor in ranking websites. Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land wrote a post back in December 2010 talking about what social signals he thought the search engines are and will be using.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

We do look at the social authority of a user. We look at how many people you follow, how many follow you, and this can add a little weight to a listing in regular search results. It carries much more weight in Bing Social Search, where tweets from more authoritative people will flow to the top when best match relevancy is used.

Yes, we do use it as a signal. It is used as a signal in our organic and news rankings. We also use it to enhance our news universal by marking how many people shared an article...

Jen Lopez of SEOmoz also wrote an article called A Tweet's Effects on Rankings. In this article, she mentioned how Smashing Mag had tweeted about SEOmoz's Beginner's Guide to SEO. After this tweet, the Beginner's Guide to SEO page on SEOmoz jumped to #4 in the SERPs for "Beginner's Guide." The ranking has bounced around since, sometimes on the second page. At the time of writing this post, when logged out of Google and using an Incognito window in Chrome, it sits at #4 still."

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Submission + - Codemasters.com Compromised (facebook.com)

geefau writes: I received the following email from Codemasters;

Important information regarding your account

Dear valued Codemasters customer,

On Friday 3rd June, unauthorised entry was gained to our Codemasters.com website. As soon as the intrusion was detected, we immediately took codemasters.com and associated web services offline in order to prevent any further intrusion.

During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain access to the following:

Codemasters.com website

Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.

DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page

Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.

The Codemasters EStore

We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history. Please note that no personal payment information was stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.

Codemasters CodeM database

Members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.

Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.

The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.


For your security, in the first instance we advise you to change any passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you use the same login information for other sites, you should change that information too. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive information. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address manually into the address bar of your browser.

Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law.

We apologise for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.

We are contacting all customers who may have been affected directly.

Should you have any concerns or wish to speak to a member of our Customer Services team, please email them at custservice@codemasters.com.

You have been sent this email as part of your Codemasters Code M membership. If you have any questions or queries about this email or your CodeM account, please email CodeM@codemasters.com. The Codemasters Software Company Limited, registered in England (Company No. 2044132) whose registered office is at Codemasters Campus, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2DL, England. For more Privacy information, please read the Codemasters Privacy Policy


Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S II Reviewed

adeelarshad82 writes: The Samsung Galaxy S II is the finest Android phone to hit the market. In fact it's not just a competitor to the current iPhone, it competes with the next iPhone. It's also by far the fastest Android device out there. It's the first phone to use Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor, a Cortex-A9 equivalent running at 1.2Ghz. The clock speed suggests that it's slightly faster than Nvidia's Tegra 2. The Galaxy S II runs Gingerbread (2.3.3) with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. The UI, in general,is speedy, and the phone is compatible with the majority of Android's 125,000 apps. Moreover, the phone is absolutely terrific for music, video capture and playback. The 8-megapixel camera takes sharp, clear photos with good color and light balance. Recorded videos at up to 1080p resolution look amazing. There's also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing. If there's one downside to the phone, it's that few people in the U.S. will buy it, because it's only available unlocked, with no carrier subsidies, for $799.

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