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At Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization we know that knowledge is power. That's the reason we started this Internet marketing blog back in 2005. We know that the better informed our visitors are, the better the decisions they will make for their websites and their online businesses. We hope you enjoy your stay and find the news, tips and ideas contained within this blog useful.


October 18, 2012

Google Rickroll’d the Internet

So Google has time for more than attacking your websites with black and white animals. They recently did a virtual ‘street-view’ tour of a Google data center in Lenoir, North Carolina, and managed to include some ‘easter eggs’ in the process.

Here’s the ‘video tour’ with nice audio explaining the various sections of the Street View tour:

 
Not missing a beat, Google’s G+ account noticed the recursive nature of the servers taking a picture of the servers that would then host the pictures of the servers taking pictures of the servers..

Google+ post from Google about Google Street view inside a Google Data Center that hosts Street View data.

 
Folks with a keen eye will notice some ‘odd’ images in the tour, including the world’s largest ever single Rick Roll attempt:

A Google employee casually shares the same video on two screens. Apparently he's never going to give us up or let us down, never going to run around and desert us..

 
Someone hiding in a costume that looks like an android:

A Google employee dressed as an android inside a Google Data Center.
Love the white boards! All offices need whiteboards!

 
And even an image of their on-site security team:

A Google employee dressed as a stormtrooper and a mini R2 unit stand guard inside a Google Data Center.

 
Some good humor from Google, and a really neat tour of something that is typically a very private operation.

One last ‘observation’, I also like the advice of freshly washed/sliced veggies, like celery/carrots as an item to have beside your keyboard throughout the day. As the sign says, those veggies are a good source of fiber which is really important if you give a .. darn. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 11:39 am


 

 

October 4, 2012

Google Chronos?

When I was a kid all I really wanted from my wrist watch was to tell the time, date, temperature, speed of movement, elevation, relative humidity, and it had to be a fully working calculator while still fitting on my wrist and not costing more than I could afford.

Casio Calculator Watch

Yeah I was a humble child.

But I wasn’t alone in my desire to have the kitchen sink on my wrist!

Clearly there were others who wanted more than just time from the device they carry everywhere.

In 2001 news of the Bluetooth functions in IBM’s Linux Watch was making headlines in the tech circles I frequented.

IBM Linux Watch (2000-2004)

It was a beast but it ran Linux and X11 on your wrist plus it had Bluetooth communications so it could turn your lights off and on, start the coffee maker, even control your TV/Stereo!

This was back when Bluetooth wasn’t in every single phone, so the obvious connection between the watch and the phone wasn’t there at the time, and this was more of a standalone device vs. and accessory.

Today’s phones however, are very well equiped, and it’s actually unusual to see a phone without bluetooth support; So now the interaction between the watch and a paired phone is driving a new market.

When you think of ‘getting out your phone’ compared to ‘glancing at a watch’ the value of having your timepiece reflecting the status of your nearby phone suddenly ‘clicks’.

If Android is a lean/mean version of Linux developed for mobile devices, why aren’t we seeing it used in a watch?

IBM had this working 12 years ago!?

Enter the Google Watch

Google to the rescue! Well, almost, since it’s just a fresh patent vs. an actual product announcement…

Google Watch from USPTO

If you visit the USPTO link above you’ll see a long list of patented products that are falling into the same classification, some of which are nearly as old as me! Yikes!

Indeed Google’s input is more along the lines of a sister(?) product to the Google Glass project which uses the same display techniques and has a lot of the same goals as this patent.

Speaking of displays, looking at the above image, you’d supposedly release the transparent top display marked as ’30′ (pushing on the latch marked 20?), which would then still keep working as the base display (item 16?) shows other information.

In one of the USPTO images the watch is shown doing some overlay images to apparently assist with price matching/product purchases. If it can break all the sticker prices down by actual price per unit values so they can be compared easily, that alone would make it a must have item for me.

Other Options?

You do NOT have to wait for Google to find the time to build and test this watch.

If you want an Android based watch right now, it’s not cheap, but they are already for sale from other companies.

Here’s the “I’m WATCH(seriously, that’s the name!) from “i’m SpA” (?!):

i'm WATCH - Android watch

It’s attractive, and functional, but it’s not very ‘Google’ and I do believe they found a man with the biggest fingers on the planet to demonstrate it:

The headphone jack seems nuts for a bluetooth device, but it’s very fresh and clearly still a work in progress.

The watch is a device that has to be reliable, functional, and stylish, so it really could take someone like Google to ‘nail it’.

SEO news blog post by @ 12:15 pm


 

 

October 3, 2012

Reeling in the Years: 30th Anniversary of the Compact Disc.

The compact disc is 30 years old today. If that doesn’t make you feel old, then youhere is something more relevant to your age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Bieber

Compact Disc Player circa 1982

The year was 1982 when the first compact disc revolutionized the music industry and industry profits for ever. While Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was the first compact disc to be officially released in Japan, technically the first actual compact disc that was created and tested was a pressing of Richard Strauss’s ‘Eine Alpensinfonie’. The honor of the first batch of compact discs manufactured goes to ABBA’s ‘the Visitors’.

Billy Joel "52nd-street" CD

Although they seem antiquated now and are regarded as throwbacks to prehistory by the younger generation, at the time CDs were a galactic leap forward in technology. Audiophiles from around the world rejoiced and marveled at the clarity the compact discs offered.

No longer were listeners affronted with hiss, cracks and pops associated with vinyl records. Initially the astronomical price tag kept compact discs and compact disc players were too prohibitive and resulted in a slow adoption rate by consumers. There is still an ongoing argument amongst the vinyl-generation that compact discs don’t have the same "warmth" as an analog record offered.

Abba-The_Visitors_(1981)-CD

With all technologies, the CD was come and gone to be replaced by newer digital technologies. Those growing up today regard CDs with the same nostalgia as the previous generation regards vinyl records; with a quaint sense of nostalgia. In much the same way, digital music has also revolutionized the music industry.

Much to the chagrin of major record labels, the barrage of pirating and licensing issues has redefined the role of big record companies and given rise to a huge influx of indie (independent) recording artists that owe their fame to the like of YouTube and peer-to-peer file sharing networks and self promotion that seeks to redesign the whole industry.

For the first time in the history of the music industry, we have hit a technological plateau. The battle being waged over piracy, royalties and industry profits is creating a fundamental paradigm shift that will resonate for decades to come and will set the stage for all future generations of music lovers.

The Top 10 Albums of 1982:

Top 10 Albums of 1982

  1. JUDAS PRIEST – "Screaming for Vengence"
  2. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – "Nebraska"
  3. JOHN COUGAR – "American Fool"
  4. LED ZEPPELING – "CODA"
  5. RUSH – "Signals"
  6. VAN HALEN – "Diver Down"
  7. IRON MAIDEN – "The Number of the Beast"
  8. TOM PETTY & the HEATBREAKERS – "Long After Dark"
  9. ROBERT PLANT – "Pictures at Eleven"
  10. KISS – "Creatures of the Night"

SEO news blog post by @ 12:30 pm

Categories:just for fun,YouTube

 

 

September 13, 2012

Mmmmmm Bacon..

Did that get your attention? Some crispy fresh smoky bacon?

It’s a pity then that the story isn’t about hot pork but instead about degrees of bacon.

Degrees of Kevin Bacon to be exact.

Google has given us yet another nerdy Easter Egg, not unlike the StarCraft inspired ZergRush or StarFox inspired BarrelRoll, Easter Eggs. (Shame on PCWorld for their typo this morning!).

If you add ‘bacon number’ to an actor’s name in a Google Search, Google will tell you the degrees of separation between the actor and Kevin Bacon.

Heck it even works with actresses!

Try a Google search for: “Oliva Wilde bacon number

..you should get a Bacon Number of “2″!

This is because Oliva worked with Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Change-Up’..

Ryan Reynolds is working with Kevin Bacon on the action/comedy film ‘R.I.P.D.’ that’s coming out in early 2013.

Thus Oliva Wild’s ‘degree of separation’ with Kevin Bacon would be a 2.

All Oliva needs to do now is add her Bacon number to her profile page like so:

 
Since you’d need to be pretty famous to have a Bacon Number I expect that it will be *the* thing to have, if you’re a movie star.

Fat Hacker – Cosmo the God & UGNazi

This is not my best segway(seguay?) between stories, but I was simply blown away by the tale of a chubby 15 year old hacker in California who is in jail for widespread hacking and mischief.

This inventive teen, with poor supervision, has managed to hack a wide cross-section of some of the worlds biggest companies including:

Amazon, Apple, AT&T, PayPal, AOL, Netflix, Network Solutions, and Microsoft

`Cosmo`, as he is called online, likes to point out that none of these hacks were particularly tricky, and is calling on companies to fix their easily exploitable systems, while he sits in a juvenile detention center after admitting to many of his `hacks`.

The story I read on Wired.com was so well written I’m not even going to try and do any excerpts, I’m just going to drop the link and insist you give it a read.

 
Nicely done Mat Honan, from a victim to a sympathizer, all in one interview. This is great investigative journalism, and we need more like it.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:01 pm


 

 

September 12, 2012

The New iPhones are here! (but do they have 4G?)

After much speculation, the new Apple release details of the new iPhone 5 today and stated that the new iPhone will begin shipping September 21st.iPhone5

Gizmodo compiled a great list of features, but here is a quick rundown of the new iPhone features:<

  • 18% Thinner and 20% Lighter: Coming in at 7.6 millimeters (0.29 inches) and weighing a scant 112 grams (3.95 ounces), the new form factor stands to be the world’s thinnest Smartphone.
  • Large Panoramic Screen:  Supports more resolutions and uses less power. Apple claims that the new 16:9 4-inch panoramic screen has 44 percent more saturation than the iPhone, which makes the display full RGB. The display features the touchscreen sensor built-in.
  • Upgraded CPU: Apple claims that their new A6 processor is 2x faster in CPU and graphics and will load web pages 2.1 times faster than the iPhone4S.
  • LTE: Long Term Evolution capabilities will make this versions connectivity much faster than its predecessor.
  • Battery: Huge improvements have been made here. The new iPhone features 8 hours talk-time on 3G, 8 hours LTE browsing, 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 30 hours video playback, 225 hours on standby.
  • earpods

  • Updated Camera: 5 elemental lens, 8 megapixel sensor (3264 x 2448 pixel), backside illumination, hybrid infrared filter and f/2.4 aperture. The updated camera also comes with a new panorama capture mode and improved video face detection (now at 1080p FullHD).
  • Improved Front FaceTime Camera

  • Upgraded Audio:  added 3 microphones (front, back & bottom), speakers now have 5 transducers from 3 for clearer, fuller sound, and improved ear buds – now cleverly dubbed “EarPods”.
  • Wideband Audio: This new iPhone 5 technology uses something called wideband audio, that if supported by the carrier, the phone will use more of the spectrum of available bandwidth to send much better, high-fidelity version of your voice over the network.
  • iPhone connector

  • New Dock Connector: Apple calls its new connector interface “Lightning.” It’s all digital and features 8 pin connectors. It is an adaptive interface that will send different signal types based upon your connection needs. The best part? It is REVERSABLE!
  • Comes in black or white models
  • Prices:All the new iPhone5s come with a standard 2 year contract with Apple.
    • 16GB: $199
    • 32GB: $299
    • 64GB: $399
    • iPhone 4S? now only $99

SEO news blog post by @ 3:05 pm


 

 

August 23, 2012

 

August 14, 2012

Vote Jeff Brandes for .. I really don’t know ..

I really don’t follow Canadian politics that closely, much less US politics, much less US political activity on a state level, but today I wanted to vote for Jeff Brandes after watching a YouTube video from his competition:

My apologies if the video is removed by the time you click on it.
It really is that bad.

Watching that video is like watching a really well polished piece from The Onion vs. a serious attack on a political candidate.

If you’ve been reading this blog for long you’ll notice a few articles about Google’s self driving cars, and Google Drive (totally unrelated, nerds!), so you know we don’t look at them as “Black Magic”.

The beginning of the clip is a quote from Forbes:

“Driverless Cars for All: More DANGEROUS Than Driving”

This is so misplaced that today Forbes even commented on the video pointing out the original article title was:

“Driverless Cars For All: An Idea More Dangerous Than Driving.”

.. and actually focused on the freedom to still pilot a car once they are able to drive themselves.

The Onion Logo

The video continues to ramp up the stupid by showing how old ladies that wander into traffic are risky, and repeats a clip of a Prius steering wheel spinning from lock to lock, as if that’s how we should think robots drive.

My guess is that someone neglected to tell the elderly who helped with this ad that a robot driven car is not only less likely to run over pedestrians, but also a solution to the elderly needing transportation.

Wasn’t it just last month they announced that Google’s driver-less cars have logged more than 300,000 miles of driving without a single accident? Are the folks that made this advert over a month behind in technology news?

The end of the video wraps up with how ‘out of touch’ Jeff Brandes is but this is a man who wants driverless cars which can avoid pointless return trips/parking, and to hire people to collect tolls on clogged bridges to reduce traffic, in a state with ongoing job cuts and pollution issues.

Yep, it’s like something straight from The Onion, but the tears are more pain than laughter. At least the competition is getting a load of attention/traffic sources from the video, far more than anything else they have put out.

SEO news blog post by @ 10:52 am


 

 

July 24, 2012

Google Earth Engine and 40 years of Landsat data

As Apple and other companies continue to sue Google to slow/halt their growth into certain markets, Google is still finding ways to help the entire planet by sharing their technical infrastructure.

NASA started collecting images of Earth using the Landsat satellite system in 1972, and in the last 40 years the amount of data that has been accumulated is quite enormous.

The Landsat system is capable of mapping the entire planet surface every 16 days which means that there are 912 complete 1.7-terapixel images of our planet at a 30-meter resolution that not only need to be built/combined but the completed data maps also need to be compared over time.

Google’s infrastructure makes it possible to not only process the data much faster, but they can also make the information accessible to the public web where discovery and analysis can be crowd-sourced for free.

So far there’s been some very interesting work derived from the Landsat data using Google’s Earth Engine, and here’s three examples of human impacts on the planet that have been visualized by Landsat data analysis:

This time-lapse, built from Landsat captured satellite imagery from 1999 to 2011, shows the amazingly rapid growth of Las Vegas, Nevada. After watching the video it’s easy to see how Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States for the past two decades.

Due to water diversion for irrigation and farming needs, the inland Aral Sea is shrinking at an amazing pace. Large portions were completely absent of water by as early as 2009 and these dry areas continue to grow today.

Providing land for farming, and clearing land for raising cattle, has caused the Amazon rainforest to shrink at a very shocking rate as you can see in this video.

For more time-line based Landsat data analysis you can go right to the Google Earth Engine page.

Sadly there’s zero examples of human activity improving the planet, which isn’t startling, but rather depressing. Perhaps someone wants to go take a look for something positive, like a rebuild of coral reef or something beneficial to the planet that humans have undertaken? I know I’d make a link to that.

UPDATE: Ahh speaking of 40 years of data, Greenland just hit a melt cycle that occurs roughly every ~150 years. The cycle this year will be the first time we’ve had satellite observation of the melt; all previous information is based on ice core samples.

SEO news blog post by @ 11:04 am


 

 

July 10, 2012

Happy Nikola Tesla Day

Nikola Tesla and his Tesla coils.

Today marks the birth of one of the finest brains the planet Earth has offered up.  When we think of the great minds of science Nikola Tesla too often gets lost among the names of often lesser minds who happen to have been more marketable (I’m looking at you Edison).  I should note that after Da Vinci, Tesla is my personal favorite among the scientists of the modern world.  As I type that I realize how incredibly nerdy that sounds/is but I thought it relevant to the note my bias. :)

What Makes Nikola Tesla Great?

I’ll keep things short and sweet in today’s post and link below to a ton of great resources (many funny and/or edgy so the read shouldn’t be too dry in case you’re worried).  Here’s what he’s known for among those that even know his name:

  • He held 111 patents.
  • He invented the radio.
  • He invented the AC motor.  He was in a battle with Edison who championed the DC motor.  Tesla was right, Edison was remembered.
  • He invented devices for X-rays.
  • Dramatically improved the efficiency of the movement of electricity through cables (basically making it possible to power homes).
  • Robots. (seriously … he invented the first robot)
  • And of course, he invented the Tesla Coil (image above).

There’s more to the man than just a few inventions.  Reading his story is filled with intrigue (he was screwed out of $50,000 by Edison) to sadness (he died poor and alone in a hotel room) to just curiosities in a “how does a person end up like that” kind of way.  If you’re interested (and I hope you are) you can read more about Nikola Tesla at:

Nikola Tesla Resources:

And so very much more.

You can just search on Google to find huge numbers of resources on a geek who’s known among geeks but very few others.  Credit where it’s due … the world would not be what it is without Nikola Tesla.

Now rarely do I put potentially questionable materials in our blog but a couple of my favorite comedians hosted a series in which they get a historian drunk and then act out the tale he tells.  One such story is on Nikola Tesla.  Warning: there is some language that may be offensive but it definitely gets to the point.

Categories:just for fun,Misc

 

 

June 28, 2012

Chrome on iOS: Your move Apple

We know that Apple has been making a break from Google, I even blogged about it last week in my ‘Apple: On the Charge!‘ post discussing the switch away from Google Maps and Google Search.

Now, almost as if they were holding back a sucker punch, Google has released a version of Chrome for iOS. This means that you can stay logged into Chrome on almost any device you can connect to the internet with, and that’s some pretty big bragging rights!
 

Google logo with d20 dice
If this was DnD Google just landed a 19 on a d20 attack roll and with Google’s attack bonus Apple is going to either get a critical head shot or get lucky with a dodge roll.

 
Here’s the video Google put out to tease us (this is also a great round up of the Chrome profile option):

 
Now don’t get too excited.. Even with a video demonstration from Google, word is that the App isn’t available yet and common opinion is that Apple is going to stall or veto the option to use Chrome on iOS.

Keep in mind that the browser demo is using the Safari Webkit engine, not Google’s modified engine or rendering improvements. You won’t get flash support from this, and you also won’t be able to make this your default browser even if Apple allows it, which is still dicey. ;)

We’ve been a bit light on the blog this week due to end of month madness but we’ll be back to regular soon, and just in case we don’t manage a Friday post, Happy Canada Day!
A Canadian mountie holding a domokun and a flag

SEO news blog post by @ 1:27 pm


 

 

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