Archive for June, 2011

Facebook overtakes Microsoft in UK, Google still on top

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Whilst Google is still the most popular website in the UK, Facebook is now in 2nd place, overtaking Microsoft related websites (MSN/WindowsLive/Bing).

A report from online measurement body UKOM/Nielsen has found, for the month of May,

  • Facebook attracted 26.8 million visitors
  • Microsoft wasn’t too far behind, on 26.2 million visitors
  • Google was the clear leader however, with 33.9 million visitors
  • Twitter had 6.1 million visitors
  • While LinkedIn had 3.6 million visitors

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Caching – what is it?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I came across an article over at today which I thought would make a good blog post.

The article was about caching, which is quite a common issue that crops up in web design.

To put it very simply, caching is when your internet browser remembers parts of the web page you visited and stores a copy of them on your computer. Next time you view the web page your browser will load parts of the page from your cache, to speed up loading times.

Sometimes we will make a change to a website, but the website will still look the same as before. 99 percent of the time you can solve this by holding down CTRL and F5 at the same time. This tells most browsers to reload the page in it’s entirety, so you should now see the changes.

Building a better password

Friday, June 17th, 2011 has a good article with some handy tips on how to create a better password.

It seems we’re not very creative when we come up with our passwords. In 2009, 10,000 Hotmail passwords were leaked. The most popular passwords?  123456, followed by 123456789. Not very secure!

I use the Password Generator tool over at whenever I need a new password. It’s great. It instantaneously generates a password of whichever length you choose. So next time you’re in need of a password, give this tool a go.

Copyright law ‘will not change’

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The New Zealand government recently passed legislation that gives ISPs the choice to send up to 3 copyright infringement notices to suspected copyright infringers. If they still persist, it is expected the Government will eventually give their ISP the ability to disconnect them.

A recent UN report concluded internet access was a human right.

UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue said he was “alarmed by proposals to disconnect users from internet access if they violate intellectual property rights”.

Despite this, Justice Minister Simon Power has said he’s “very satisfied” with the law and will not be looking into changing it.

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