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ixquick.com - A Private Search Engine

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Take a look at ixquick.com, a powerful search engine that helps you search the web with total privacy. Why let your search results be tracked and become the target of advertisers, government agencies and other malicious intruders.  ixquick's results are accurate and handle the most complicated searches with most advanced capabilities.

These are some of ixquick's privacy-protecting features:

No IP address recorded
No record is made of your searches
No identifying or tracking cookies used
Default SSL encryption
Powerful, easy to use proxy available
Fourteen-year company track record, third-party certified
Customize your search results font size and get more results per page

ixquick.com is the most powerful and private search engine alternative available on the internet.  I made the change not just for privacy, but for truer results faster. The results you get on the popular pre-loaded search sites are paid results. In other words, you're getting the results of whomever is paying for the keywords you searched for.   I want what I'm searching for within a legitimate site's content.  It's not a pure search with ixquick, but it's a big step closer.   And, I shouldn't have to defend the privacy issues either.  Too many times you hear arguments like, "If you are not doing anything wrong, you don't need to worry about privacy".  Well, I'm not up to anything wrong, immoral or illegal, so keep your nose out of it, it's just none of your business.

Some great people gave their all for freedom, a doctrine of human rights and better way of life.  At the very least stand up by making a change with your search engine.  Happy Memorial Day!


MadMen - New Age of Advertising

MadMenSpoiler Alert - If you haven't seen the final episode of MadMen, read no more. MadMen was weekly TV series that ran on AMC and just came to a brilliant concluding episode. I found the show intriguing on multiple levels. First as a period piece into the advertising industry roots of the 50's to 70's. The characters were well formed and wisely engineered into an almost historic account of advertising growth as it was woven into American culture. The final episode tied it together with a twist I didn't see coming until the classic Coke ad brought it home.

Don Draper's smile while chanting as the new dawn arose could have been that he finally found peace, or was it that he just got the idea for one of the best ad campaigns in history. The next scene was the 1971 "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Brilliantly written, directed and executed. (standing ovation). Through the course of the series the ad firm grows into a multi-million dollar empire. What's ironic now is that there is a new dawn in advertising again. The ad firms and TV stations that got rich during the MadMen period a now seeing a seismic shift in the platform, welcome the internet. The dawn is over but the sun hasn't full risen. The day hasn't even begun to warm yet. It'll be interesting to see how history and culture remember this segment of our development, who'll be the next Don Draper's and just how technology will evolve.

Opportunities are everywhere. Internet growth and online advertising are set to explode. Where will your business be?


Microsoft Edge - Internet Explorer a Thing of the Past

Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft's new version of Internet Explorer for Windows 10 is now called Edge. The upgraded name makes sense on a lot of levels. From what I've seen, the upgraded capabilities really required a program name change rather than a version increment. The applications that run inside Edge take it to a whole new level. It make sense for Surface Pro, too. After all a Surface has an Edge. It gives you an Edge, it's the cutting Edge on the bleeding Edge.

Internet Explorer was right for the time, when the internet was something you explored. Now the internet is the foundation that apps are built with, something liquid and evolving to do something with. You can see more about Edge on Microsoft and on theVerge.

We have the domain name DarkEdge.com on sale now.


Norse Dark Intelligence - Global Live IP Attacks

Norse IP AttacksNorse collects and analyzes live threat intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations in over 40 countries. The attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors. At a glance, one can see which countries are aggressors or targets at the moment, using which type of attacks (services-ports).

Norse also provides products and solutions that assist organizations in protecting and mitigating cyber attacks.

Check out Norse it's a great interface. Want to play a game?...


Mobile Enterprise - The Big Thing


Mobile Enterprise is already the next big thing and is only going to get bigger and better with continued improvements in cellular and handheld technology.

Accessing your business from anywhere and conducting business from anywhere is not just productive, it's a competitive edge that small business and entrepreneurs must have. Applications like Stripe that allow taking payments at the point of sale are solid concepts, like a cell phone years from now, we'll wonder how we ever did without.

From the tech start-ups pouring into this arena to corporate giants trying to keep market share, the mobile enterprise industry represents the bleeding edge of tech with a real purpose. Enough of the social kid toys already. If you haven't already, check out Stripe. (A real domain name too, not like SomethingICantRemember.whatever)


Tech Camps - A Trend in Education


I stumbled upon the topic of technology camps and had to delve a little further. First the term 'tech camp' reminded me of some of the sweat shops I've worked in, they could be described as a 'camp', but more I found out there are quite a few tech camps catering to all ages, genders and vocations.

When I think of summer camp, I envision a lake in the mountains where kids roast marsh-mellows, ride canoes, fish and generally relax for a week or two. What's becoming more popular are tech camps for kids ages 6 and up and they're taking classes like programming, audio video engineering, robotics, and app design. I found technology camps not just for kids, but for teachers and executives to tune up with. Instructional design is the way of the new classroom any anyone that's familiar and comfortable with technology is going to be well ahead of the game. (And there's even game development classes.) At the college level there are even more camps to excel or catch up.

Tech camps aren't a new concept, but are growing. Here's and article by Tony Wan from 2013 with a list of popular kids camps. Camps and programs like these may just spark the genius in your child or expand an executive's insight.


3 World Leaders - A Political Satire


Putin, Netanyahu and Obama are flying on a jet back from a UN meeting and their plane crashes. They all die on impact, and since their politicians, of course they all go straight to Hell. When they arrive the Devil greets them and allows them to make one phone call since their world leaders, but they're going to have to pay for their calls.

Netanyahu goes first and talks for about 3 minutes, and the Devil says "That'll be 3 million dollars". Netanyahu says "What can you do" and pays him.  Putin makes a call that lasts a little longer, about 7 minutes and the Devil says "That'll be 9 million dollars".  Putin says "What can you do" and pays him.  Obama talks for over an hour, he's carrying on with Michelle laughing with no concern for the time.  When he gets off the phone the Devil says, "You've been on the phone for an hour and thirty five minutes, that'll be 1 dollar and 27 cents".  Netanyahu and Putin are both outraged.  They ask the Devil, "What gives, why does he get a break?"  The Devil answers, "When Obama was elected as the President of the United States the country went to Hell, so it's only a local call".


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Sao Paulo - South America's Tech Hub

I keep an eye on web traffic coming into all of my sites and my clients' sites. Since the World Cup in Rio last summer, I have notice a sharp increase in the volume of traffic from South America. I didn't think much of it at first thinking it might have been stemming from the few posts I made rooting for the Netherlands team, but the numbers from Brazil remained high. Last week I had to take closer notice the volume coming in from Sao Paulo exceeded the what I was receiving from the United States.

In the domain industry there's a lot of discussion about Chinese domain names and the size and potential of China's market. I don't qualify as a player in the industry. There are fish, big fish and whales. On the scale of things, I'd be less than one plankton, just a single celled amoeba eeking out a living. As large as China is, I don't see a lot of traffic emanating from them. Very well could be I don't have the domain names that would attract their attention, but even on client domains that might, I don't see anything that significant from them at all.

Traffic from Sao Paulo was closer to 5 percent above the US traffic volume. Drilling through the analytics, best I could determine is strong interest in technology. Did you know Sao Paulo is the world's 4th largest city? I have heard of Sao Paulo, but had no idea they'd have so much going on and new tech growth. Take a fresh look at Sao Paulo, they're already the next big thing.


Surface Pro 3 - Well Done

The Surface Pro 3 is truly a must have tech tool and you can believe the hype about being able to replace your notebook with this tablet.

My client's company picked up the tab as a need for constant site updates and the ability to run complex applications from anywhere. (Big thank you.) I went with the 256gb with the i5 processor and it's a screamer. Running two versions of SQL Server Management Studio and ten other apps, not a glitch. This is the first machine I have been wahoo about in a very long time. It's thin, light, super quick and runs everything.


Microsoft really got this right and if they can hang on to the momentum here, this is a real game changer. Bravo!


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