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Archive for December, 2011

Security in 2011 by the numbers

As 2011 draws to a close we wanted to take a look at computer and information security in the twelve months that have passed.

What will probably stick in most people’s minds is the Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity hack, which resulted in an outage lasting 23 days. In other developments, hacktivist groups like Anonymous and LulzSec took to social media to further their causes, and mobile malware got more attention than ever before.

All in all, there’s no doubt that 2011 was a very busy year for IT security professionals.

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As we’re quickly approaching the end of 2011 we take a last look at what the year for mobile operating systems has been like.

Would it surprise you to know that Symbian finished 2011 stronger than it started the year? The much-maligned operating system is still number 1, ahead of Android, iOS, and the others.

Read on to find out more.

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The best Royal Pingdom posts of 2011

Now that 2011 is coming to an end and the new year is looming, we thought it would be a good time for a quick recap of some of the most interesting posts we’ve put out this year. You may very well have missed some of them, especially if you’re not a regular reader.

Here’s our selection in chronological order. We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed writing them!

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Facebook currently has more than 800 million active users. With a world population having just passed the 7 billion barrier, that would mean that around 11% of people on Earth are on Facebook.

That’s of course not necessarily true, as there are organizations and businesses that have Facebook accounts, and some individuals may have more than one, but it’s a staggering number nonetheless.

But in which countries does the population take more to Facebook than in others? Some say that Philippines is number one with 93.9% of the Pinoy population on Facebook. Read on for our very own top 10 list.

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With an estimated 2 billion Internet users as of March 2011, about a third of the world’s population is online. That still leaves almost 5 billion people around the world that are not connected, a huge potential for the coming years.

But things are developing fast. For most of us, an Internet connection at home and at work is something we’ve had for perhaps 15 years by now.

To better understand how fast it has developed, we used data from the World Bank to visualize Internet adoption over the past 20 years. Read on to find out what it looks like.

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Single-page websites may be a dying breed

When visiting a website we usually expect it to have multiple pages.

But haven’t you also come across websites with just a single page? In other words, there’s just a homepage and nothing else to click on to.

Now it seems like the single-page website may be a dying breed. We looked at the numbers and here’s what we found.

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Alternative Christmas trees for geeks (pictures)

It’s a tradition that some say predates celebrating Christmas. Bringing a real miniature pine tree in to your home at this time of year and putting all kinds of shiny decorations on it, is something that happens in millions of homes around the world.

If you don’t already have a Christmas tree put up at your place it may be too late to arrange one for this year. However, we hope we can give you some ideas for the future.

We put together a wide selection of alternative trees, ranging from one built from a small circuit board, to a huge one made out of Lego.

Although we have tackled Christmas trees and decorations in the past, this time we’re all about the trees.

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Disqus crushes other comment systems in Technorati Top 100

Comments from readers is an important part of most blogs out there, and our own is no exception. We still run the default Wordpress comment functionality but have been thinking for a while now about installing some kind of third-party comment system.

Something like Disqus, Facebook Comments, Livefyre, or IntenseDebate would allow us greater functionality, spam management, moderation capabilities, and more.

But which system should we go for?

We investigated the Top 100 Technorati list to see what some of the biggest blogs in the world are using and here’s what we found.

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App Stores

There are presumably more Android phones and devices out there now than there are iPhones (and iPod Touches). However, it seems Android users keep holding their wallets much closer to their chests than iPhone users and iOS users in general.

Case in point, according to a new report from Distimo, the App Store for iPhone generates almost 4x as much revenue as Google’s Android Market in the US. This also includes revenues from in-app purchases. Even looking at just the App Store for iPad, it outclasses Android Market with 2x the revenue.

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New grouping of monitoring servers

PingdomAs you’re probably aware, Pingdom has been growing a lot over the past couple of years, and as more and more users have joined our service, our infrastructure has grown as well. Our monitoring network now consists of 40 locations that test your sites and servers.

Starting this week, we’re going to change how these monitoring locations monitor your sites. It’s not something most of you will notice, monitoring will be as reliable as ever, but we thought it was worth a blog post explaining what we’re doing and why to avoid any potential confusion.

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