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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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Google Reader Shows Drop Round Xmas #google #rss

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I was reading the Goole Reader A welcome and a look back and noticed that people don’t read their RSS feeds round Christmas, and their is a peak just round New Year. I don’t think it’s because there are fewer articles, news organizations still product news round Christmas and I know that with less disturbances the amateur bloggers have more time to type their professional opinions.

A graph of Reader users over time (where "user" is defined as someone who has used Reader at least once a week)

The number of items read per day

Image source: Jason Coleman

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Statistics By WolframAlpha #google #yahoo!

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Thanks to this article I discovered a feature of WolframAlpha, I can ask for the number of Google yearly visitors and the amount of profit Google made[1] in the last year and get profit made for each visitor in dollars ($), or converted into Euros (€): | annual visitors/Google | net income
34.15 visits/$  (visits per US dollar)  (trailing 12-month value as of December 31, 2009)
45.94 visits/euro  (visits per euro) (at current quoted rate)
And using this I can compare companies to each other[2]:
|  | | annual visitors/Google | net income | | annual visitors/Yahoo! | net income(log scale) (from Dec 2004 to Sep 2009) | (in visits per year US dollar) |
  1. google yearly visitors/google profit
  2. google yearly users/google profit yahoo yearly users/yahoo profit

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Musing: Why can I fly solo?

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After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his pilot’s license I was struck by an in escapable fact: Aspiring pilots can flight solo without a license based on the opinion of their flight instructor. In fact it is a requirement that an aspiring pilot have experience flying alone before being able to get a pilot’s license.

This is naturally unthinkable when it comes to driving a car, yet an aspiring pilot without a license can. As I was musing on this I created a risk matrix.

vehicle max. kills[1] kills/2009[2]
car >60 1.2 million
airplane 2988 1103

1. Airplane Accidents
2. Car Accident (Epidemiology)

What I see as one of the main reasons that a aspiring pilot would be allowed to fly solo is simply: Aviation accidents cause less collatoral damage. And there is less chance of another pilot causing an accident.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Posted in humour, personal, risk, travel

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Blog stats #seo

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I’m going to give you some blog statistics for this week. On the 28th General Musing had the highest recorded hits, since it started on the 1st of July, at 160 over a period of 24 hours. That’s two hits more than my previous maximum, on the 9th.

This maximum was partly caused by the posting of the Tron 2 trailer link, which received 24 hits. At one point that day General Musing was ranked under search position 50 for my front page. I confirmed this with the queries “tr2n” and “tron 2″, using both on Google and Yahoo!. Luckily front pages change, but it means that General Musing is not even near the top 300 on either search engine any more using these queries. Still it continues to get hits from somewhere.

google hottred July 2008
Google’s Hot Trends for “tr2n” and “tron 2″

Another thing I found interesting was the “Rabobank has insecure SMS banking“, which was an older post was suddenly uplifted. It received 9 hits the day after it was posted on the 9th, and 19 days later there was a sudden surge in the interest. The Larry King divorce story is still getting some hits every day. The top searches being used to reach my blog were “cert 800113” and naturally “tr2n trailer.”

That means that for the 31st of July I had a grand total of 2414 hits on my blog which is approximately 77.87 hits every day. My general statistics for the last couple of days are slightly slanted as I hardly posted anything, but I still received a minimum of 62 hits.

The conclusion is really live on the edge of the news, and post about famous people. Back to the grind stone.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 2, 2008 at 6:12 am

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