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Jonathan Lawton
Christian, husband, dog's father figure, data analyst, punster.
Christian, husband, dog's father figure, data analyst, punster.

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I tend to agree, there is no perfect universal system out there. I tend to use pen and pad for brainstorming (you really can't beat it for visually drawing your ideas). I tend to prefer the cloud for digital storage for multiple access points (PC and phone) and sharing, so Google Keep and Google Drive (since I'm an Android and Google user) are my personal top choices for most tasks. For documents that you can use an outline hierarchy for, I recommend checking out Workflowy.

However, if you are controlling large projects with either lots of subtasks or people, you will need a PMS (yes, I'm referring to a project management system). Basic functionality, try Trello, and larger something more like Jira or Bootcamp.

But, it's your (organization's) preference. What's yours?

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For anyone who wants a visual benchmark of sorting algorithms. Love it! #geekCode
Sorting Algorithms Visualised
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If you've ever been involved with SEO, you've probably heard of Google's Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird algorithms. Get all of your SEO questions answered about Google's various search bot filters. Here's their summaries (according to +Search Engine Land):

"Hummingbird" is the name of the new search platform that Google is using as of September 2013, the name comes from being "precise and fast" and is designed to better focus on the meaning behind the words. Read our Google Hummingbird FAQ here.

Hummingbird is paying more attention to each word in a query, ensuring that the whole query — the whole sentence or conversation or meaning — is taken into account, rather than particular words. The goal is that pages matching the meaning do better, rather than pages matching just a few words.

Google Hummingbird is designed to apply the meaning technology to billions of pages from across the web, in addition to Knowledge Graph facts, which may bring back better results.

On April 21, 2015, Google released a significant new mobile-friendly ranking algorithm that’s designed to give a boost to mobile-friendly pages in Google’s mobile search results.

Google’s Panda Update is a search filter introduced in February 2011 meant to stop sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results. Panda is updated from time-to-time. When this happens, sites previously hit may escape, if they’ve made the right changes. Panda may also catch sites that escaped before. A refresh also means "false positives" might get released.

Google launched the Penguin Update in April 2012 to better catch sites deemed to be spamming its search results, in particular those doing so by buying links or obtaining them through link networks designed primarily to boost Google rankings. When a new Penguin Update is released, sites that have taken action to remove bad links (such as through the Google disavow links tool or to remove spam may regain rankings. New sites not previously caught might get trapped by Penguin. "False positives," sites that were caught by mistake, may escape.

Launched on July 24, 2014 for U.S. English results, the "Pigeon Update" is a new algorithm to provide more useful, relevant and accurate local search results that are tied more closely to traditional web search ranking signals. Google stated that this new algorithm improves their distance and location ranking parameters.

Launched on June 11, 2013 – the "Payday Update" was a new algorithm targeted at cleaning up search results for traditionally "spammy queries" such as [payday loan], pornographic and other heavily spammed queries.

Google’s Pirate Update is a filter introduced in August 2012 designed to prevent sites with many copyright infringement reports, as filed through Google’s DMCA system, from ranking well in Google’s listings. The filter is periodically updated. When this happens, sites previously impacted may escape, if they’ve made the right improvements. The filter may also catch new sites that escaped being caught before, plus it may release "false positives" that were caught.

EMD (Exact Match Domain)
The EMD Update — for "Exact Match Domain" — is a filter Google launched in September 2012 to prevent poor quality sites from ranking well simply because they had words that match search terms in their domain names. When a fresh EMD Update happens, sites that have improved their content may regain good rankings. New sites with poor content — or those previously missed by EMD — may get caught. In addition, "false positives" may get released.

Top Heavy
Top Heavy was launched in January 2012 by Google as a means to prevent sites that were “top heavy” with ads from ranking well in its listings. Top Heavy is periodically updated. When a fresh Top Heavy Update happens, sites that have removed excessive ads may regain lost rankings. New sites deemed too "top heavy" may get caught.

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How to Train Your Social Posts by Length

The right way to do it.

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Maybe the Navy can use less fuel with this new technology. The trick, though, is to improve efficiency so that it does actually take less energy to produce the fuel.

Do you know how much of your information is out on the internet?

This is for the people who never will probably read this because they refuse the internet or are afraid of social media for the same fears that their information is out there.

My day job sometimes consists of a pile of requests to remove their personal details that have somehow trickled into our system and website. Naturally, people do not want their personal lives to be pried into. Who does? But in this world of instant information, nothing--yes, I said nothing--should you expect to be private.

The white pages have existed for a long time. The only difference now is that it has become digital and is no long strictly regional to the area in which you live. It's globally available. And if that's not enough, we all have de(mon)'vices that we voluntarily and involuntarily share our personal details with. This includes current locations, photos with timestamps and locations, favorites with reviews/ratings, and a history of all things seen, heard, and explored. The government does it, your phone carrier does it, service providers do it, and your phone does it.

We all have at least one or two hipster friends who are afraid of having a social media account--I remember back in college days 5 years ago when the rule was that having a Facebook account might prevent you from landing a good job--I was one of the early 'late' comers into the world of social media, but I embraced it when the tide changed.

We all have relatives or elderly friends who absolutely refuse to get on the internets. Ignoring the obvious hurdle of difficulty learning new technologies, it is because they are afraid people will think that they have a questionable personality or they will get robbed and murdered.

AWARENESS ALERT: NOTHING is private anymore. Like it, love it, or hate it, there's not much you can do about your information being out there as an individual citizen. Your name can be searched. Your address and phone number easily accessible. Your middle name. People you live or have lived with at all past locations. Your job. And if you don't upload a photo of yourself, you can be sure that your younger and/or non-hipster friends will. Unless you are a fugitive under police protection--and even then I have my doubts--you exist in the internets. If you are in a profession that constitutes public relations, including teaching, then your name and review is out there.

So what can you do to safeguard yourself? Well, you may not be able to prevent that information (accurate and false) from being posted, nor can you prevent it from spreading. But you can get on and do something about it. You can create your social media profiles to ensure that people don't confuse you with the guy in prison by making yourself unique with your own information. You can make sure that other information is accurate. And lastly, just be "perfect" or don't even breathe. It's the only way you will be assured that your dumb picture or remark won't ever be written into the annals of history.

Undoubtedly, it isn't convenient. Unfortunately, it isn't like it used to be. And likely, your future, should you care to invest in it, will depend on you making a presence out in the digital cloud. It's who you know, how well you know them, how much you communicate and contribute to those people and the world that will be part of the current and next generation's claim to fame. I suspect that even our credit ratings and health benefits will depends on this.

Good luck!

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Ding dong, the antiquated RSS is dead!

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Facebook to become and sell people mining search engine. Will this provide a valid, steady form of income and boost stock prices? Stay tuned!

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Bye, bye Facebook. It's been nice knowing you.

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