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I am moving many new posts to Google Plus!

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Forums and Minerals, the new Internet tools

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And here’s an explanation of why that is! Can you believe a song that tells you what Google Plus is and isn’t!

Thanx for the reference Guy Kawasaki!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/10 at 16:26

I approve of some forms of nudity, even when I am the nude

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This candid view was clicked several years ago. I was hot-tubbing with my bud, Les Yamada, at his place on Vancouver Island, south of Nanaimo!

 

I posted this view elsewhere and some of my prudish friends objected that it revealed too much info!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/06 at 19:00

August 6, 1991 WWW was born

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Tim Berners-Lee: The World Wide Web - Opportun...

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Click here for an excellent article from TNW!

I remember how is was then. I was living in Vancouver and had been there for about a year. As I recollect how things WWW were then it boggles my mind that we have come so far!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/06 at 13:08

State of the Internet Now!

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Regional Internet Registries world map.

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This blog is one of 152 million on the ‘Net.

Wow! I guess I can’t be surprised that I get so few daily independent views.

Click here for the infographic that tells the whole Internet numbers story!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/16 at 04:54

How a “tweet” led me to an valuable article source

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Since this all worked so neatly for me, I thought is was worthwhile leaving a record of my own www experience.

I “follow” Winsom Tang on Twitter. He posted, from Digg, a link in Digg to an article by Matthew Ingram a respected Social Network pundit about “Linkedin vs. Facebook: Professional vs. Personal in the Identity Wars. This is a subject I have been curious about because of many posts I have seen in Linkedin lately about service upgrades.

Digg is a useful www aggregator since it tends to crawl sites like GigaOM, the source of the Ingram post. Digg provides a convenient icon link for a direct posting on Twitter. In this case Digg is an intermediary, Twitter the alerting gadget and GigaOM the article source.

Browsing a  bit around Digg I found this sweet YouTube with good music, good scenery and some entertaining trick bike riding!

I also found a link to this map of Facebook friendship connections! Guess what there are no Facebook friendship connections in China, or Central Africa!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/04/07 at 14:38

The Internet today

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Ben Hammersley, at FT.com, gives this capsule description of the Internet profile today:

The internet has come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, turned on the first web server in Geneva on Christmas day 1990. Today, 2bn people are online; 800m of them are on Facebook. Every minute, 24 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube. Google, a company founded only 15 years ago, has a market capitalisation just short of $200bn and a mission statement that it intends “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – something no one thinks unlikely or even remarkable. We now bank, shop, communicate, work and date through the internet. The internet has come of age. It is as defining an achievement for humanity as the Enlightenment or the industrial revolution.

This article includes a review of three books that are longer reports on the state of the Internet, or SOI.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/01/28 at 15:16

I love images that have some kind of drama attached!

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It’s a gigantic star, some 20 times the mass of our Sun, that has been knocked about in space by a neighboring supernova and here is the latest image capture from NASA files:

And here is its official description:

A huge star ejected from a binary system has been photographed slamming headlong through a barrier of cosmic dust, creating a shockwave that shines in brilliant yellow in infrared views.

The star, called Zeta Ophiuchi, is a stellar behemoth with about 20 times the mass of our sun and would be 65,000 times brighter if it weren’t surrounded by a thick blanket of dust. It is about 4 million years old and is 460 light-years away from Earth. The star is zooming through space at a whopping 54,000 mph (nearly 87,000 kph), according to NASA scientists.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, called WISE, caught the massive star plowing through thick dust to create what scientists call a “bow shock” – a shockwave that precedes stars as they move through space much like the ripple raised by the front of a boat traveling through water.

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These kinds of dramatic images are one of the most accessible aspects of astronomy that give NASA their best public image. But is it worth those big budgets?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/01/26 at 16:37