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Never Lose a Paper Lottery Ticket Again

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It happens to the best of us; we buy a lottery ticket and somehow lose track of it. It’s lost. But what if it featured winning Powerball numbers? Or Super Lotto Plus numbers? Losing a lottery ticket can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to happen. There is a way to never lose a paper lottery ticket again. How? Through Lotto Gopher.

Lotto Gopher has been around for a few years now as a messenger service that offers storage and handling of lottery tickets. First, they allow members to order lottery tickets on the web. If this service wasn’t incredible enough, they get the tickets for the subscribers. They go to the store, get the tickets, and then store them in a safe storage facility. If it sounds unique, it is. There are few companies that offer this type of service, let alone companies that go through such an intense interview process for its employees. The employees that retrieve the tickets on your behalf go through a through interview as well as a background check. What’s more, they are bonded, insured, and provided with training.

Now that you know you don’t have to lose your lottery ticket, you can discover the other benefits associated with becoming a subscriber. Lotto Gopher makes it possible for you to order lottery tickets from the comfort of your own home. They also offer a place for you to chat about your love for the California lottery. The social website offers a member’s forum, online pools, and a variety of tools and apps.


Tips to Improve your Sites Load Speed

February 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Benefits of Improving Webpage Load Performance

Having a fast website has a lot of benefits.  First off, visitors of the website will be happy to not have to deal with long load times for images, audio and videos.  Second, it will improve your chances of getting placed higher on the Google search results because Google uses page load speed as a method of prioritizing search engine results. There are three ways that you can speed your site up, and the great thing is, you can use them all at once.

Optimizing Assets

The first way to speed your site up is to optimize you images, audio and video.  What this means is reducing the quality as much as possible before the reduction becomes obvious.  Many files could be reduced drastically without any noticeable visual or audible artifacts.  Large files are often necessary for print or broadcast standards, but can be compressed pretty heavily for web with minimal side effects.

Storage Solutions

The second way to speed up your website is by using a low latency storage solution such as Amazon S3.  This service distributes your data over a range of servers in a specific region of the world.  This allows for more data to be accessed at one time, which in-turn will speed up the visitor’s experience.  The downfall of this service is that the servers need to all be in the same region of the world, making it slower for visitors that are not in the region.

Content Delivery

The third way to speed up your website is by using a CDN (Content Delivery Network).  A CDN uses servers from all over the world that store your site’s content as cache.  Once the data has been accessed in from a particular server, it stays there until it expires or is refreshed.  This means data that less bandwidth will be traveling through your central server, and visitors will notice an increase in speed.

All At Once

The best way to speed up your site is by utilizing all three of these methods at once.   Using Amazon S3 with a CDN to host your optimized web content will ensure a lightning fast visitor experience and save you money.

About the Author:

Bryce Graven is from San Francisco, CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication & Journalism with an Electronic Media Production option.  He is well known in the Bay Area Music scene as a producer, engineer and vocalist.  Bryce’s passion for computer-recorded music has lead him into the tech industry, web design, graphics, digital video and marketing.

75 year old woman cuts off Internet access to Armenia

April 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On March 28th, a 75 year old woman who was trying to steal copper cable, cut into a fiber optic cable that provided internet access to most of Armenia and Georgia, leaving millions of people without internet access for a period of 12 hours.

Stealing copper cable, is common practice in Armenia, were many poor look for ways to make money. back 15-20 years ago, when Armenia had a major earthquake and went though a major recession, many trees were cut in the streets and used as fire wood in the winter, leaving almost non-existent trees in most Armenian cities.

Aishtan Shakarian, who lives in a small village near Georgian capital Tbilisi, was arrested by Georgian police. When she cut into the fiber optic lines and alarm went up, providing approximate location of the problem. When Georgian police arrived, the old lady was still digging for cable with a shovel.

Some Armenian internet companies switched to alternative internet lines from Iran, but others were down for the full 12 hours of the interruption.

The Georgia section of the international cable, which is called the country’s West-East fiber-optic backbone, is laid underground along railway tracks and operated by Georgia’s state railway company and its partners. The line comes to Georgia from Bulgaria, crossing the Black Sea to the Georgian port of Poti. It later forks into Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The woman admitted to cutting the lines and surrounded to police. The police think although the woman was arrested, she may not spent much time in jail due to her age and may be given a break.

Affordable Web Site Monitoring Services

April 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Does your website get hacked on a regular basis? Are you tired of dealing with the downtime to your business caused by website problems? You’re not alone. Millions of e-commerce companies deal with the headaches of downtime, exploits and black listings.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to find an affordable solution for startups and small businesses who want to fix website issues, test out their sites and track performance. But we’ve found one company that offers premium web site monitoring services at affordable prices, 1st Warning.

A low-cost solution for web site monitoring services, 1stWarning tests your web services for all the major causes of downtime without the use of additional modules to enable multiple test types. Instead, the company uses a global network of monitoring stations to test your web services and alerts you when your website, email, DNS or other services are unavailable, hacked or have been blocked. The company offers comprehensive web site performance monitoring at a simple, affordable price.

For example, if the monitor is for a website, the company tests the website to check if it is up and functioning, it has not been improperly redirected, the content has not changed unexpectedly, If you have a SSL certificate, that it is valid, not expired or not about to expire, your DNS settings have not been hijacked, If your site is not on a major domain block list and your site has not been listed as a phishing site (used by all major browsers).

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Google buys travel software company

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Government gave Google clearance to purchase a travel software company called ITA Software for $700 Million dollars.

Google is looking to launch a travel engine to search for airfare and hotels. This technology will enable Google to compete with sites such as Hotwire, Expedia and Kayak.

Google is becoming a monopoly in search, so the Justice Department had to look at this acquisition very carefully, but they gave their clearance

Google offered a hint about what could be coming in a blog post Friday. It suggested that by simply typing in “flights to somewhere sunny for under $500 in May” into Google, a user would get not just a set of links but also flight times, fares and a link to sites for buying the trip.

Is Forex Trading Meant for Everyone?

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Anyone is free to do Forex trading, but not everyone is meant or cut out to be a forex trader. This is not meant to discriminate any one but it is just that the Forex markets function that way. Due to the fact that the currency exchange rates fluctuate numerous times within a few minutes, the Forex markets are highly volatile and fast moving too. It is rightly said about the forex trading that you should never even think of investing any money here which you cannot afford to lose. The basic point is that the trader should expect to lose more than earning money from trading. But that is not the norm, just a reminder to stay prepared for the worst.

The mention of forex trading almost always brings up the topic of forex brokers. Despite the fact that the forex brokers have a very bad reputation, it is necessary to choose a good forex broker and know how to spot a good one from the lot. Apart from the credibility, which is indisputably the foremost criterion, a good forex broker is one which offers competitive pricing of the spreads, with minimal or no requites.

Traders who are interested in forex invest a lot of time and energy in addition to money, to trade in the forex market. While the amount of money invested depends on individual financial capacity, time and energy can be invested by everyone. The trader who invests time and energy in gaining knowledge about forex will definitely have a better edge.

Wolfram Alpha Search Engine Answers Questions

May 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A new search engines that is currently in Beta stage, Wolfram Alpha is a bit of a mix between the Google OneBox and Wikipedia. It’s closed right now, as they are still testing it, but when it’s going to be open it will allow you to use normal search queries, as far as I can tell from the video demo that they’ve released.

I didn’t get a chance to test this start-up yet, but they are launching soon enough, so a more detailed review is going to show up eventually. You can find out a lot about Wolfram Alpha by watching the video, as it gives you a lot of tips on what this new search engine can do. If you love data, the possibilities that this start-up is offering are stunning to say the least. The video is a bit blurry, but you can still get what it’s saying very well. Still, they should’ve done a better job on the video, considering that it’s the demo that they’re showing to the world.

Wolfram Alpha shouldn’t be considered as something that will kill Google, but they aren’t really on the same level. There isn’t anything being done by Google right now that is on the same level as Wolfram Alpha. The public data search from Google might come close a bit, but not that close. Ultimately, the public test will make it or break it. If it’s good enough to be used on a daily basis then maybe it has a future.

Anyway, as far as a normal search is concerned, Google is the best and it will be for a long time. Taking a look at it, Wolfram Alfa actually seems to be more of a Wikipedia competitor than a Google one. I’m actually looking forward for the open test, to see what it can really do.