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This is a great article...50 Things I Learned About Social Media, the Hard Way. Some very good points. My favourite was #50:
50. Social media isn’t free. You’re investing your time and that’s a valuable commodity.

Anyone that thinks Social Media is free doesn't appreciate the value of time. I think we all agree that Social Media is important and it can be an efficient tool if used properly (like any tool). I think the key is allocating time blocks to social media and adhering to your time budget. You can easily get caught up in interesting conversations, the key is not letting them dominate your valuable time. Just like most things in life...it's all about balance.
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10 Google search tricks. I stumbled upon this in my morning read. I've used some of these before, but It's one of those things that if you don't use them, you lose them. I tried the Chuck Norris easter egg and it didn't work for me. It may be a regional thing (google.ca vs google.com). Some of these might be able to speed up your productivity if you perform the same functions often enough. Worth a read anyhow...

http://mashable.com/2012/03/05/10-google-search-tricks-you-might-not-know/
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I just relaunched my http://www.derekbonds.com website using Modx. I really enjoyed working on this project (a labour of love)...whatta way to kick off the work week!
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This is absolutely incredible! Ubuntu for Android! A full Ubuntu OS experience on your phone! aMaZiNg! I think you'll see Ubuntu see an increase in market share over the next couple of years and become more mainstream. Very Impressive! Good Job Canonical.
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I personally don't know how realistic or viable this would be. First of all the web in general has challenges with "web standards" even in things as simple as browser rendering engines. Throw security AND government in the mix and I think you'd be begging for trouble. Even RSA encryption Keys experienced an algorithm breach. It's like putting all your proverbial password eggs in one basket. Bio identifiers such as finger print swipe might be more secure but even that has it's challenges and of course it would only be matter of time before there was a MITM attack and bio identifier sniffers were created to intercept data between hardware and software layers. Just my opinion.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/15/tech/web/government-online-id/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6
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Ha!
Apple! - Think different! - Don't ask questions, just pull out your credit card :)
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Well I hope these guys got an A+ for this project as the images are absolutely amazing. A couple of Canadian students were able to captures incredible pics and video of the earths stratosphere using a weather balloon.

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c3#/video/tech/2012/01/26/can-weather-balloon-space-project.ctv
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Talk about Social Media being ubiquitous. My Fiber Op service provider just added a Facebook TV channel and app that integrates Facebook on your TV. It actually allows you to monitor your Facebook and interact by "liking" shows you are watching or providing updates from you TV. No denying it is very much part of our society now.
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I just read this article and I couldn't help but to think how much this single vendors decision (Microsoft) will have such a huge impact on the web and web design and development.

"Microsoft has announced that starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background."

IE6 has been a thorn in the webs side for years now and IE7 wasn't much better for CSS support especially in regards to pseudo classes. Cross browser compatibility takes time and time is money, especially if you have a more complicated design request. What makes things worse is clients normally don't understand there is even an issue. They have a misconception of existing web standards where everything works together...well there are web standards; however, browser vendors adherence at different levels is the problem.

This one simple Microsoft gesture of "giving in" and saying "ok, ok we'll help make things easier for web developers and designers" is going to have a very positive affect on progressive enhancement design...but then again it won't be called progressive enhancement or graceful degradation (same thing...it's a glass half full half empty thing) once the browser playing field is level...well more level.

Thank you Microsoft, for your automatic update plan.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/12/microsofts-new-automatic-update-plan-could-finally-spell-the-end-of-ie6.ars
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Hello webmasters! We realize many webmasters are concerned about the medium-term effects of today's blackout. As a precaution, the crawl team at Google has configured Googlebot to crawl at a much lower rate for today only so that the Google results of websites participating in the blackout are less likely to be affected.
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