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A little post about security in the wake of Heartbleed.
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I know everyone is already aware about the move from SEOmoz to Moz, but I just want to say that I think it's a brilliant move and that the company appears to be headed in exactly the right direction.
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Agreed, I feel it's much more in line with their branding and messaging. 
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Google Sets
Give it two examples, and Google's spreadsheet can make a list of almost anything. 

Yesterday +TechCrunch  reported that if you make a spreadsheet in Google Drive (Google Docs, formerly), enter and highlight the names of two beers, and pull down on the corner of the spreadsheet cell while holding Option or Control, the app will automatically fill the following cells with the names of other beers. The information is pulled, seemingly, from nowhere.

It doesn't just work for beer, car brands, colors, states, or websites, as reported, but just about any category you can think of. The feature was an outgrowth of a discontinued Google Labs project called Google Sets, so it's no longer pulling real time information.

See more examples at http://goo.gl/rHrYN
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Fighting your way back from a Google penalty (and a rant)
Last week +Max Minzer had one of the best #maximpact I've been to. +John Doherty was the featured guest who discussed and answered questions about what exactly penalties are and how to handle them. +Pedro Dias, +Andre Weyher, and +AJ Kohn also provided valuable insight and feedback from their experience in the trenches of search.  If you get a chance, I'd highly recommend watching the video: http://www.maxminzer.com/seo-penalties-with-john-doherty/

Yesterday +Iain Bartholomew wrote a post that recapped some key takeaways of the hangout. Read that here: http://www.searchbloggers.co.uk/does-your-website-weigh-the-same-as-a-duck-1412/

In Iain's post, he talks about how extensive efforts are made to help a website recover from a penalty, and, that in the end, it might be better just to scrap the whole domain and start over. This message really needs to be more prevalent in our discussions on this subject. Or perhaps it's a case of too little, too late.

And the rant...
I get that some of these companies who are experiencing penalties are just misinformed or using poor SEO companies who employ outdated practices (which is really unfortunate). I also get that there will always be companies that don't care. In other words, they will do whatever it takes to get rankings and won't think twice about how this is just too easy.

What is it about the misconception that building your business online must be easy because it's digital? That there must be a quick and easy way to do this because you can use social media and SEO and that if you get your business in front of millions of people you will be a success? I'm just wondering when these companies will understand that in order to build relationships, community, value, a brand, revenue, that extensive work is required? That's how it works in person; in the real world. Why would that be different online? Quit gaming the system and build a real business.

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You probably missed my most recent post yesterday :)
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As de facto hardware support for the last 10+ years, I can confirm this.
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Yep, that about sums it up.
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Ok now I'm glad I'm average height. 
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I woke up this morning to read the most absurd article I've read in ages. I'm already skeptical of anything in +Scientific American, but this is just embarrassing. It's basically "filter bubbles" repackages in sensationalism.

1) The title conflates "the internet" and "online ads".
2) The author clumsily attempts to tie in the whole 1% vs. 99% rhetoric, entirely out of context.
3) The author completely ignores the fact that by this definition of "internet," there are millions of internets. Location and history-based pricing are far more common than "estimated income personalization," but you're not going to get clicks by saying, "your ads are tailored to your location and history."
4) Reporting on dynamic pricing is true, but intentionally vague and carefully worded to seem pervasive and malicious.
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Agreed on all points, especially #2. I actually reread that section a couple of times, like, "whaaa...?"
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Despite the fierce competition here in West Seattle, the Beer Junction stands out as our favorite. At any given time there are 16-20 unique beers on tap - the stuff you won't usually find anywhere else. If you're looking for something unique in a beer, Morgan's advice (and that of the other staff members) have never failed me. The ambiance is not like that of a typical bar, and I like it. You can hear music, but it's not so loud that it drowns out conversation. It feels cleaner, brighter, and more fun than your traditional dimly-lit hookup joint. The staff is the best. We were new in town about a year ago, and they became some of our first friends here. If you like beer, there's no reason not to come here - regularly.
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I have a very simple haircut. The first two times I went here were fine. The third (and last) cut I received here was from a short woman with English that was not great. When I asked her to go shorter, she really rushed through it. I didn't realize how bad it was until I got home, but it's really uneven and patchy. My request was pretty simple, but I'm going to have to get another cut to fix it.
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*Pros: The rooftop area was nice, the staff is friendly, and the maintenance staff was very quick to respond to all issues. The apartments are small for the money, but there's a surprising amount of storage space packed in. They have a really nice finish - it's the little things, like soft-closing hinges. The apartments are good noise-wise - you can hear above when people step heavily, and that's it. We were treated fairly when we moved out - but then, we did leave the place in perfect shape. *Cons: The greatest con was the heat. We chose one of the less expensive places, but they have two tiny little windows by the floor (you know, where the heat isn't). We had to buy fans in the winter, and then hook up a clunky A/C (no window units) in the summer. Get a unit with the large windows, or don't move in. The price was pretty high, but we knew that. I was also slightly annoyed by having to park a few minutes away (but we rarely drive) and the infrequent replacement of wipes/water in the fitness center. Eventually, we found a 2 bedroom nearby for far less than the 1 bedroom. For great parking/pricing, look elsewhere, but if you don't drive a lot and can afford the nicer units, I'd say go for it.
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The staff and owner were fun and friendly, and the small bites we grabbed were delicious.
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Fantastic service, nice people, and a successful fix of a filling botched by my prior dentist. I'm very glad I went, and sorry that I hadn't gone to him first. One item of feedback: I told the dentist I knew I have a resistance to novocaine. He acknowledged the concern, but during the procedure it began to hurt. Not wanting to delay and wait, I indicated I couldn't feel anything. With the dam in my mouth, he mentioned that he'd used a normal amount of local anesthetic, "so now I know it's fine." Nope. Anyway, I don't blame him, and I will definitely be going back. I'm an adult and I chose to say nothing. Just please, use a little more next time when I ask :)
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