(17) Blog analysis (so far)

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Just out of curiousity, how did you find this actual Blog? I was just wondering to monitor real hits etc

Post 17, over and out.

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(16) Interesting Facebook article!

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You might find this article interesting if you have a Facebook account. In fact, you might not have a Facebook account, but are still concerned about privacy, ownership etc

http://www.tyleringram.com/blog/does-facebook-own-your-photos

Post 16, over and out. Thanks for reading!

(15) How Google.com makes money?

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Recently a friend of mine asked “how does google.co.uk make money?” For someone who doesn’t study ICT, or have much interest in all the ‘goings on’ of technology, this is actually a really good question. After all, searching http://www.google.com don’t manufacture tangible products.

So if Google don’t make products, then what do they do? They provide services, i.e., www.google.com | Refined searches etc – these services are what makes Google money. Perhaps you haven’t noticed this yet, but next time you do a serach using Google, you’ll notice they offer Sponsored Links. These appear on Google’s search results page because companies give Google money for Marketing (a functional area of a business). If people don’t see a businesses name, or what they do (or offer) how will they generate money?

Google click: this works by buyers/businesses buying certain words, or clicks, related to their business. The more clicks (or hits) they get the more money Google makes. For example, a local (factitious) gym might consider bidding for the following key words; (1) Gym, (2) Cheap, (3) Membership, and (4) exercise. The price for the gym (in this example) will depend upon what other businesses are bidding for those same keywords. In essence, the more competition between businesses for keywords, the more one business will pay for one Click to their website.

The gap widens for more ‘obvious’ keywords. I.e, you’ll find less and less small businesses offering bids for saturated markets. E.g., Health, debt management etc whereas, local smaller markets like a local gym (see example above) might consider funding Google for single clicks!

Post 15, over and out.

(14) eLearning or money?

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In the UK all children must be educated. Most young learners (today) stay on to complete their GCSEs then proceed to study A-Level’s. With the recent reports (including previous posts on this Blog) of the rising costs of tuition fees, it makes one think “will there be as many people going to go to University?”

Of course, the Open University announced plans to rival ‘real’ Universities, they are going to charge slightly lower fees than those on UCAS. In theory, the Open University is “distant learning.” What about other forms of learning, credited courses? Take the example of an online, elearning website. This site offers potential students’ to study business alongside ICT. Has technology gone too far at giving qualifications (in the form of certificates etc) to anyone, anywhere?

Whilst the internet does not have complete control over its content, is learning a subject/area which needs to be looked after? I.e., can we keep control over how good a qualification is, or should elearning be banned completely?

Post 14, over and out.

(13) ReactOS vs Microsoft (and others)

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Some argue that the number 13 is unlucky, perhaps this is not the case for this post. According to a recent BBC News article a developer asked the Russian government to give £1m to go towards a new operating system: ReactOS. It claims to be compatable with all Microsoft’s software, and for (us) it’s free, open source!

Could we have the Operating System of the future? Will Microsoft have a bigger rival than Apple in its own territory, PC ReactOS?

Post 13, over and out. Thanks again for reading