How to avoid getting hacked due to vulnerable WordPress plugins

How to avoid getting hacked due to vulnerable WordPress plugins

If you’re running a WordPress site and given the number of potentially show-stopping problems that exist, get fixed, and are replaced with new problems that are just as bad then you need to be on top of what plugins you’re using and...

04/08/15

Griffin 20 pumps up the digital volume
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Griffin 20 pumps up the digital volume

Griffin's Twenty is great looking digital audio amplifier with a 20 watt per channel output and you can switch the input from its S/PDIF optical port to Bluetooth streaming.

04/05/15

Bacony goodness + math + 3D printing = an inedible endless Bacon Möbius strip
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Bacony goodness + math + 3D printing = an inedible endless Bacon Möbius strip

If you take a strip of bacon and twist one end through 180 degrees then join the two ends you get a piece of bacon with only one side, a Bacon Möbius strip. Cool. But it won't keep so, to memorialize this mathematical wonder, why not...

04/05/15

Here be cables (and monsters)
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Here be cables (and monsters)

I bet you’ve been wondering just where the myriad submarine communications cables are and about all sorts of other really geeky stuff about them. Fear not! A company by the name of Telegeography has your back … or rather your map.

04/04/15

Power up, baby! Cyntur JumpStart Mini: A monster backup battery in a tiny package
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Power up, baby! Cyntur JumpStart Mini: A monster backup battery in a tiny package

The market for portable battery packs to keep your digital life going on the road has become a huge business over the last couple of years and I just got my hands on one of the more versatile and powerful products in this market: The...

04/04/15

Meteor: An amazing free, open source Web app platform you have to try
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Meteor: An amazing free, open source Web app platform you have to try

The new Web apps hotness ... Meteor. You code in JavaScript on both the client- and the server-side, it's real-time even for implementing code updates for running apps, it’s based on Node.js, it’s open source, secure, fast, and...

04/03/15

Not a joke: A car dealer, Chevrolet, and Sprint walk into my inbox ...
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Not a joke: A car dealer, Chevrolet, and Sprint walk into my inbox ...

Here we are, decades into the Internet revolution, and businesses large and small are still "alternately clued" about email, opt-in, and online sales funnels

03/29/15

Yepzon: Tracking your stuff in the real world has just become affordable
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Yepzon: Tracking your stuff in the real world has just become affordable

Keeping track of your stuff is hard enough when it’s in your office or your home but when it’s running around in the real world and you want to track it in real time it’s next to impossible, at least, next to impossible at a...

03/28/15

Using Aylien intelligence to analyze your data
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Using Aylien intelligence to analyze your data

As you massage your piles of Big Data, particularly when the data comes from social media, you'll often come across tasks such as extracting “clean” text from HTML content, summarizing content, extracting concepts and entities,...

03/28/15

Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible
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Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible

A friend of mine asked me a question that may have puzzled many of you: Why are the images in my blog post kind of crappy looking? My friend initially blamed the image format for the fuzziness but that wasn't the culprit.

03/25/15

import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back
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import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back

In the age of Big Data one of the things we all do over and over again is mine the Web for content we need to repurpose. While finding the stuff you want can be a big job, trying to get that content into a usable and useful format all...

03/21/15

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Here are seven killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about.

03/17/15

Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords
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Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords

For a few years I’ve used a password system that’s been really successful and it's based on a simple formula ... but if that's too much for you check out Qwerty Card ...

03/15/15

Users plus passwords equals disaster
Awareness

Users plus passwords equals disaster

Lost productivity, lousy security, and serious financial risk are the results of poor password management. Do you really need any more reasons to do something about your users and their passwords?

03/14/15

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Hello Barbie, a version of Mattel’s iconic toy that adds audio capture and response to the doll. The way the doll will work is when your child presses the button on a Hello Barbie doll, whatever they next say will be recorded and...

03/13/15

Have you been pwned?!
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Have you been pwned?!

One of the first indications you have a serious security issue, sometimes before a breached organization admits anything has happened, occurs online when hackers pretty often leak the data publicly. If you think this is something you...

03/07/15

Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller
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Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller

Late last year I installed the competing GoControl Garage Door Controller from Nortek Security & Control (formerly Linear LLC) that integrates with Z-Wave networks such as the Nexia Home Automation system and I'm really impressed.

03/07/15

Excelling at Excel number base conversions
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Excelling at Excel number base conversions

I recently needed to convert decimal numbers into base 36 in an Excel for Mac 2011 spreadsheet. Now Windows Excel has the Radix function, which converts base 10 numbers into any base between 2 and 36 inclusive, there’s no such beast...

03/07/15

BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling
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BaseX: Free, open source XML wrangling

If you’re going to explore an XML dataset you really need to make the level of readability, ability to update, and ease of access considerably better. This is what a free, open source tool called BaseX does. BaseX “is a scalable and...

03/03/15

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Getting a group of people working on a project to communicate with each other is easy; you just give ‘em all email and stand back … and what you’ll see is chaos. The explosion of messages will be immediate and the struggle to keep...

03/01/15

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