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Archive for April, 2009

Have you ever wondered how much money the really big tech companies are making?

We have, so we looked at the money earned by 15 large, well-known tech companies to find out: Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Cisco, Dell, eBay, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun and Yahoo.

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Will Twitter help counter the Swine Flu pandemic?

Twitter is a great place to find out what’s going on “right now”, and the Swine Flu situation is no exception. As of this writing, half of the trending topics on Twitter are related to the Swine Flu (or “H1N1″ as it’s also called).

With real-time services that facilitate communication in the way Twitter does, are we about to enter an era where we can stay informed to a much higher degree and therefore be able to minimize the ill effects of things such as the Swine Flu?

In short, will Twitter help counter the Swine Flu pandemic?

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Why we (really) don’t miss CRT screens

The other day we were looking at what we’re all looking at – screens – and being nostalgic. Then we realized there isn’t much to be nostalgic about.

Here’s what we remember of the good old Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) screens that used to adorn our desktops.

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Marriage proposals in true geek style

It’s spring. Love is in the air. So, if you’re a geek, madly in love, and dead set on getting married to your sweetheart, how do you go about it?

Maybe this will give you some inspiration. Here are bunch of marriage proposals, geek style.

(After the big report yesterday, we thought it was time to lighten things up a bit. :) )

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Last week we published a report about website uptime for airlines.

We had monitored the uptime of 42 international airline websites during a period of four months. The results were quite surprising so we figured we would share some of our findings here as well.

The full report is available as a free PDF, but below is a brief summary of the main points.

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Go crazy on domain ideas using ccTLDs

This is a guest post by David Walsh from

The best domain names have vanished into the interweb’s vortex. People need to be creative. Using country code top-level domains (ccTLD) to create a unique domain is a great way to play on the domain extension and the name itself, also known as a domain hack. Some ccTLDs have lost its original meaning/purpose as they are now frequently used by international companies rather than by the country’s natives. We found ten sites that have been successful in combining their name with a ccTLD.

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Infamous instances of corporate espionage

As covered earlier in this blog, governments spying on citizens is in vogue right now. What about other actors, do companies spy as well? Probably more than ever.

We took a look at some of the leading companies in Europe and quickly found some fine examples of this art form, using both proven methods (from Stasi – the actual guys) as well as evolving laws and practices of business intelligence and corporate governance.

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18 useful articles for webmasters

We’re closing in on 500 articles here in our blog (this is number 498), and a fair share of these have been articles that are useful to webmasters (including bloggers). Therefore, here is a selection of our best and most useful articles written with webmasters in mind.

To help you out we have sorted the articles into groups. The index is at the top of the post.

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What do you expect from the biggest, most tech savvy information technology corporations when you enter the world’s fastest growing web member community with 55 million visits every month?

We looked the Twitter presence of some of the world’s 100 biggest IT companies in April, 2009, and we were surprised with the results. While some actors seemed to communicate effectively, a majority of the companies seemed not to control their brands, and ten percent of the company names were unregistered.

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Monitoring DNS servers with Pingdom

Learnhub logoWe’ve been offering the possibility to monitor DNS servers for a while. So we were glad to see an article about DNS services and Pingdom’s DNS check functionality done by John Philip Green, CTO of Savvica.

Using Pingdom he evaluated the performance of DNS hosting providers to use as a guideline for selecting a new provider.

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