Keeping Your Family Porn-Free

I maintain a blog site as a part-time job, and having a 2 kids in the house has made me a little more aware of the dangers lurking in the shadows of cyberspace. The internet has been a powerful tool not just for data processing and storage, but for global communication as well. Millions of text data and images are being posted online everyday. So how does one filter the good from the bad at home?

There are many applications that can help you block pornographic from being displayed on your computer They use distinctive filter methods that analyze whether a URL is safe for viewing or not. However, it may not be so easy to filter images as it is URLs. There are porn sites that allow for the user to type in their emails so pictures can be sent to the address directly, without having to go through their site. This can pose some serious problems for my kids. Good thing there are some pornographic image filters that can analyze images as they are being downloaded, and identify those that are unwanted. The technology can analyze different physical aspects of the images like skin tone, contour, hues, etc. This can act as a reliable personal web nanny, to help block porn images. It is said to be 85%-90% accurate, which is relatively high.

Now I can rest peacefully at night while my laptop is still turned on. I don’t have to worry about my kids sneaking around and having a peak at unsightly images. All they will probably find is the link to the Australia business directory that I have left opened. Having kid-friendly internet access is an effective way to keeping my family porn-free.

North Korea & Internet

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt arrived in Beijing on Thursday morning from his visit to North Korea. The whole trip has been controversial but Schmidt explained to the reporters that the trip has been productive. He joined the nine member group that included former governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson to negotiate with North Korea to put a stop on missile launches and nuclear tests.

Schmidt is the most notable American businessman who visited the country. He explained that his purpose was to urge North Korea to be open to expanding the use of the internet for it will eventually benefit the citizens. He said “As the world becomes increasingly connected, [North Korea's] decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world, their economic growth and so forth. It will make it harder for them to catch up economically.” There is still no telling if his visit will make any big changes to the freedom of internet in the country.

Everybody blogs!

There are people for whom blogging seems natural: techies, gamers and all those guys in Silicon Valley. What this generalization fails to consider is that active Internet use is rising among the young and not just among males. Women have embraced the web and created content of every kind. Even the elderly have embraced blogging, though to a much lesser extent. Travelers everywhere have found blogs excellent venues for telling stories and giving recommendations. In every case, one find an audience of readers and supporters. Depending on what you talk about and how, there could also be detractors and “haters”, and this is something you have to be prepared for. The cloak of anonymity can lead some people to do nasty things they wouldn’t do if they were identified, and there are privacy issues at every corner. But as bloggers can be anonymous as well, it is really up to you what you want to reveal.

Widget mania

With thousands of widgets you can put on your blog, where do you start? Here are a few recommendations to help you discover widgets that can enrich your blogging experience, as well as that of your readers.

Art Painter.
Lets you draw online and save your drawing. Choose the background color.
gapingvoid. Displays the latest gapingvoid cartoon on your site or blog. Select the size that fits best. The latest showbiz gossip from the “Queen of All Media”. You want leopard skin with that?
MyBlogLog. Lets you see who visits your site. Now a Yahoo! service.
Twitter. Allows your readers to see your latest Twitter status and find out what your are doing.
Flickr badge. Displays your selection of Flickr photos in HTML or Flash format.

Facebook Job App


Facebook recently joined the bandwagon for job hunters and added a new application that would help connect candidates with job vacancies and recruiters on the world’s largest social network. Facebook has more than 1 billion users around the world and this new app would surely attract the others who have yet to discover the awesomeness of this social media networking site to join! The new service claims more than 1.7 million jobs from partners including Monster Worldwide and BranchOut, the company said on its website. People normally go to Linkedin for this purpose but facebook is ready to play the same game with the aim to win it. Linkedin has 187 million users and the current leading job search engine. The recent studies said that majority of the unemployed turn to social media to land a job and the rate of getting hired is very good. They use this more than job search websites, newspaper ads etc.


Offline Blogging

offline.pngIsn’t it nicer to be able to edit and post your blogs even when you are not connected to the internet? Really, that is possible. There are existing offline blogging tool or software available for download. Some of them are free, there are also proprietary. Either of the two, it is still a comfort to bloggers to do things offline that you usually do online.

An example of an offline blogging tool is w.bloggar. It supports a wide collection of blogging platforms including blogspot, wordpresss, livejournal, drupal, movabletype and others. It is cooler because it is a freeware; no credit cards needed on download.

If you are using the Firefox web browser, you can also try ScribeFire (formerly Performancing for Firefox) as your blog post editor.

Intelligence Community Targetted By Virus

virusThe US intelligence community is baffled by a seemingly unknown virus that has been plaguing their computer networks is what is known to be one of the most secure networks the world over. The US government is considered to be one of the most secure users of computers with robust counter-measures used to prevent hackers, viruses and other malware form getting in and doing harm. [Read more →]

Blog Terms Part2


Refer to this short list of blogging terms. Blogging has grown steadily for the last 5 years and by that it has grown its own terms and vocabulary for bloggers to understand each other. And to separate themselves from the rest of the users.

  • Collaborative blog is a blog usually concentrated on a single issue or political stripe. It is also known as a group blog.
  • Comment spam is like the E-mail spam. Spambots or robots, bombard a certain blog site with advertising in the form of fake comments. This has been a very serious dilemma for bloggers so they came up with special tools to differentiate bots from humans. One way is through captchas.
  • Desktop Blogging Client is simply an offline blog management tool
  • Fisking is to rebut a blog entry line-by-line.
  • Flog is a blend of two words, fake and blog. A blog that is written by someone for the sole purpose of a marketing strategy.
  • Feeds are RSS Feeds
  • Milblog is term coined for blogs written by members any military organization. Like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
  • Moblog a combination of mobile and blog pertaining to posts sent by mobile phones using SMS or MMS messages. Photoblogs is an example.
  • Permalink is the unique URL of a single post. You can use this if you like to link to a post somewhere.
  • Photoblog is a blog containing photos and posted chronologically.
  • Pingback is the alert in the TrackBack system.

Understanding RSS

Are feeds and RSS one and the same? It’s easier to think so, but if you want to be a little more technical, the simple way to explain is that a feed could be in the RSS format. In its latest incarnation, RSS 2.0, the acronym stands for Really Simple Syndication, which is what it is. RSS allows aggregation in the XML (Extensible Markup Language) data format for content that gets updated like websites, blogs and podcasts. The RSS document or feed is checked automatically by the feed reader for new content. The orange RSS icon is now standard in many sites.


a-to-z.jpgPeople blog for various reasons: some wants their opinions to be heard, their literary works to be read and their advocacy to be recognized; journalists find blogging a new form of mainstream media; others discover the fact that you can produce money out of it; and there are people who blog to be popular over the internet and even in real life scenario.

But the most compelling reason to blog is to become professional blogger. Professional blogging is a type of business scheme that extracts money from your blog. In short, term, monetizing your blog and doing this for full time.