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Last week Peter Levine, former XenXource CEO and current Andreesen Horowitz partner, wrote an article for TechCrunch: Why There Will Never be Another RedHat: The Economics of Open Source. In that article he makes a reasonable case for opining that the likelihood of another company achieving Red Hat-scale success based on wrapping services around an open source offering is very low. Instead, he proposes that the model that can lead to significant success is to include open source components in a service that includes additional (presumably proprietary) functionality and/or services.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the second largest agency of the US federal government. It employs more than 280,000 people, and with an annual budget close to $150 billion it provides health care services to close to 8.7 million patients, and benefits to close to 23 million veterans.
The VA also operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities. And, the agency has been one of the most progressive ones in the federal goverment on adopting open source at multiple levels.
In a recent training session, I discussed commitment gradients—how much extra effort is involved to move between each stage of involvement within a project. After the session I was asked for some examples of commitment gradients and how it’s possible to make them shallower, so it’s easier for people to progress their involvement in a project.
Google shows this message in search results for sites that we believe may have been compromised.You might not think your site is a target for hackers, but it's surprisingly common. Hackers target large numbers of sites all over the web in order to exploit the sites' users or reputation.
One common way hackers take advantage of vulnerable sites is by adding spammy pages. These spammy pages are then used for various purposes, such as redirecting users to undesired or harmful destinations. For example, we’ve recently seen an increase in hacked sites redirecting users to fake online shopping sites.
Once you recognize that your website may have been hacked, it’s important to diagnose and fix the problem as soon as possible. We want webmasters to keep their sites secure in order to protect users from spammy or harmful content.
3 tips to help you find hacked content on your site
- Check your site for suspicious URLs or directories
Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on your site by performing a “site:” search of your site in Google, such as [site:example.com]. Are there any suspicious URLs or directories that you do not recognize?
You can also set up a Google Alert for your site. For example, if you set a Google Alert for [site:example.com (viagra|cialis|casino|payday loans)], you’ll receive an email when these keywords are detected on your site.
- Look for unnatural queries on the Search Queries page in Webmaster Tools
The Search Queries page shows Google Web Search queries that have returned URLs from your site. Look for unexpected queries as it can be an indication of hacked content on your site.
Don’t be quick to dismiss queries in different languages. This may be the result of spammy pages in other languages placed on your website.
Example of an English site hacked with Japanese content.
- Enable email forwarding in Webmaster Tools
Google will send you a message if we detect that your site may be compromised. Messages appear in Webmaster Tools’ Message Center but it's a best practice to also forward these messages to your email. Keep in mind that Google won’t be able to detect all kinds of hacked content, but we hope our notifications will help you catch things you may have missed.
Tips to fix and prevent hacking
- Stay informed
The Security Issues section in Webmaster Tools will show you hacked pages that we detected on your site. We also provide detailed information to help you fix your hacked site. Make sure to read through this documentation so you can quickly and effectively fix your site.
- Protect your site from potential attacks
It's better to prevent sites from being hacked than to clean up hacked content. Hackers will often take advantage of security vulnerabilities on commonly used website management software. Here are some tips to keep your site safe from hackers:
- Always keep the software that runs your website up-to-date.
- If your website management software tools offer security announcements, sign up to get the latest updates.
- If the software for your website is managed by your hosting provider, try to choose a provider that you can trust to maintain the security of your site.
We hope this post makes it easier for you to identify, fix, and prevent hacked spam on your site. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments, or drop by the Google Webmaster Help Forum.
If you find suspicious sites in Google search results, please report them using the Spam Report tool.
Posted by Megumi Hitomi, Japanese Search Quality Team
There's a lot to be gained by planning your meals . You eat better, healthier food, do more cooking for yourself and put more thought into what you eat, try new recipes, and save at the grocery store at the same time. However, it can be a little daunting; sifting through recipes and making lists. That's why there are apps that help. This week, we're looking at five of the best.
Most email apps like Gmail or Outlook arrange your messages chronologically, starting with the newest first. But if this approach has led to an overflowing inbox, Productivityist's Mike Vardy suggests flipping the switch and start sorting your oldest mails first.
My Nexus 5 is great. It runs pure Android, it’s super-fast with Kitkat, screen is great, and it was great value as a SIM-only purchase. I can be confident it will always be running the latest Android too, which means not just more toys but improved security. And it’s almost a necessity as an Android app publisher to own a Nexus device, for testing purposes (pure Android is the starting point for all other devices/OSs to deviate from, so Nexus with stock Android is the least deviation from the sum total of all things Android).
So why will my next phone not be a Nexus?
One word: tethering. Many people claim they can make a day without charging their phone. I can too, with the right settings. But not if I want to tether. Tethering drains battery hard, not surprising that turning your phone into a modem/router would do that. Not that Nexus battery is bad at all, it’s probably about average for a high-end. But forget about lasting a day when tethering.
The thing is, you see these products like “Kindle+3G”, “iPad with data plan”, and think why bother. I have true-unlimited 4G for ~ £20/month (thanks Three) and a phone capable of sharing it with any device I damn please. As well as Kindle e-reader and tablets, I’m sometimes testing other phones and devices which either aren’t phones (e.g. iPod touch) or are cheapo PAYG phones without a data plan. Sometimes others need to grab a connection or I need to work on PC too. All of these things become full-fledged smartphones through the magic of tethering.
Similarly, if I go abroad and get a local SIM, that’s another time I really want to tether. I can bypass silly hotel internet altogether by getting a local SIM and sharing the connection.
Bottom line, I want to tether without having to worry my phone won’t last the morning. So a phone without replaceable battery doesn’t cut it. I seriously miss being able to carry a battery in my pocket and another in my bag, pretty much guaranteeing there will always be charge. Sure there are various portable ways to charge on the go, I know them well and use them all the time. It’s not the same as having portable batteries. AKA Sod’s law ensures you won’t have it when you need it.
I only wish the manufacturers would embrace it and provide front-loading slots instead of forcing me to rip off a fragile plastic lid every day. And support hot-swapping (which IIRC Nexus S did, but nothing since).
So my next phone is likely to be a Samsung or HTC, one with portable battery and plenty of charge. Or a Nexus if it does indeed support battery changing. But it seems the priority is understandably on keeping the product simple and as cheap as possible. That means a single battery for life.
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Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.
You can make cold brewed coffee in your blender but it does have a bitter aftertaste. Instructables user LeDesordre, a former barista, shares a DIY solution for perfect cold brewed coffee, using stuff you've probably got around your house.
You can get more lemon juice by cutting them lengthwise or rolling them first. But how do you avoid the seeds? Chef Seamus Mullen also recommends rolling them, but prefers is to cut lemons into five pieces.
Chrome: When you are shopping for any tech product on Amazon, there's a chance you might want to know more about it—perhaps read a review from a journalistic source or watch videos about it. Or maybe you just need info from the company itself. PepFeed's got you covered.
When you want to build a connection with someone, body language experts say you should mirror their posture . But when you want to avoid conflict, your best bet is to shift your feet so that your body angles away, says Inc.com.
Take the next step toward Perl mastery with advanced concepts that make coding easier, maintenance simpler, and execution faster. Mastering Perl isn’t a collection of clever tricks, but a way of thinking about Perl programming for solving debugging, configuration, and many other real-world problems you’ll encounter as a working programmer.
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Crowded at the beach today, the second to last day of the year, with sunny skies and warm temps. After missing two spots, waited 20 minutes in the paid lot until a car pulled out. Phew. Finally go to eat. Hadn’t slept well at the hotel last night. On surf check, an outside set was coming through and the outside jacked up and the line stretched all the way from the pier-side down towards to cove. Turned out to be bigger than forecasted, with the WNW swell building (the one that was originally supposed to be here Sunday will be here tomorrow). Lots of different lines coming through on a negative low tide. Paddled out together. Max went for one closer to the 1st jetty where the outside lefts were reforming. I paddled farther south to the outside to see if I could get one of those outside rights. Saw a few familiar faces from last week. First one I went for I almost got but one of the longboarders that parked next to us was already deeper than me and charging right down the line, so I pulled back. The second one was a steep outside wave without anyone near me. I made the steep drop and went right but then fell off the right side of my board. That would’ve been one of those long, epic outside rights if I had stayed on. Still happy to have made the big drop. Max said he saw me paddle hard, pop through the lip and come flying down the face. Then he lost sight of me as he paddled over a wave. Paddled for lots more, but it was tricky to find any of those inside ones that were working. Between the negative low tide and the multi-directional swell, lots of bumps and waves that broke into each other. Went back over towards 1st jetty and got a good party wave with Max. Just had to paddle a few times, caught it, went zipping left. Then realized 1st jetty was pretty close and a Dad and his son on longboards were on the inside so I straightened out. Dad waved thanks. Decided to try farther out for a longer ride. The outside of 1st jetty had more shortboarders catching lefts. That was a clue to watch out for more hollow waves. A bigger set rolled through and I watched the surfer to the right paddle for it but he was too deep. Another surfer to my left paddled for another one but he was too far on the shoulder. The next line rolled in and I thought I was in position. Paddled for it, didn’t make it. Got pitched upside down and did some backwards somersaults under water. Relax. Hope my board is ok! Finally came up for air. In retrospect, I think I paddled too early and got too far ahead of it. Maybe should’ve waited for it to approach more, then paddled faster. Or, maybe I was too deep. Headed in after that. On the time clock to get back to SF after our two day stay in Capitola. Was stoked to get a fun, inside wave to the beach. Max was having fun getting waves on his 8′ Intruder. So glad he’s liking that board. As we walked our boards back to the beach, a family was getting out of their car and one of the little kids said, “look! Surfers!”. Wonder if that’s the first time they’ve seen one :)
#292 – 8.0 O’Neill Intruder
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Sunday during winter holiday with sunny skies and 70 degree weather meant that EVERYONE was at the beach. The lineup was filled with a billion kids on their Wavestorms sitting on the inside. Meant that if you got a rare outside wave, you’d have to dodge at least twenty kids to get through. Good practice for Waikiki :) Yesterday’s swell had diminished. Smaller waves, longer lulls. Still, it was a gorgeous summery day. Max made the first wave he went for on his 8′ O’neill Intruder. WOO! He had fun on the board and now we have similar 8′ hybrids to ride. After all his board variance the past few months, it was great to know he has this one that seems like the right transition board. I got several fun waves, though much shorter and smaller than yesterday. Lots of rides fizzled when they hit the trench. Did get one rare outside wave near the end of the session and went left for a bit. Also a nice right with some speed from the middle. No gloves today. Wonder if there will be any swell left tomorrow.
#291 – 8.0 O’Neill Intruder