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Fanpage On Facebook: 20+ Killer Templates To Spruce Up Your Page

Facebook has quickly become the number one social networking site in the world. Whether you use Facebook for business or personal use you know how important it is to driving traffic to your website or blog. Why not set yourself apart from the competition by sprucing up your Facebook page with one of these brilliantly designed premium Facebook fan pages? Displaying these unique templates allows users to bring customization to another level. So what are you waiting for…why not try one out? Check them here

8 Characteristics of Effective Social Media Campaigns

To ensure your social media campaign is an unqualified success in every sense of the word, here are eight characteristics of effective social media campaigns.
So you’re thinking about running a social media campaign. Good for you!
Social media can be a great way of increasing brand awareness, customer engagement and long term loyalty and generating a short term boost in sales, but it’s also a potential minefield and in the worst case, a bottomless pit into which you endlessly shovel money with nothing much to show for it.

1. Targeted

Social media campaigns come in all shapes and sizes and every campaign is unique. But what all successful social media campaigns have in common is a set of clear objectives and success criteria and laser targeting.

If you haven’t taken the time and effort to think through what you’re trying to achieve, the audience you want to engage with and what success looks like not your chances of success are going to be slim to zero.
  • Is your main aim to increase brand awareness by reaching out to a new target audience or is it more about educating, informing and engaging existing customers?
  • Do you want to activate key influencers and thought leaders?
  • Is your aim to generate buzz about a new product launch or event or to increase sales of an underperforming product line?
  • What actions do you want your target audience to take?
  • How are you going to monetise all that additional engagement and traffic?

2. Focused

 It’s truism in marketing that campaigns aimed at raising brand awareness are best left to the big boys who can afford to burn through enormous marketing budgets; this applies just as much to social media as to any other genre of marketing.

We’ve all seen the big budget social media campaigns that attract critical acclaim and generate acres of media coverage but leave the question “so what?” hanging in the air.
Take Gap, for example, who recently blew $25million on a US wide Groupon deal to generate an additional $11 million in revenue in the short term.  The jury is still out on whether all they have done is generate additional word of mouth awareness which they didn’t need and cannibalized their existing customer base or whether that engagement will eventually translate into increased bottom line profits.
There are very few small businesses that can afford to take such a long term and, some might say, wildly optimistic, view of the potential of social media.
Instead of throwing money at your campaign in the hope that it finds its way back to you in the fullness of time, ensure that your campaign is of the direct response variety and focused on a specific issue, customer pain point or a competitor.
It will be much easier to develop the right content and messaging and identify the specific actions you want your visitors to take, all of which will greatly assist in ensuring that you have something tangible to show for your efforts.

3. Measurable

As with all successful marketing initiatives, setting appropriate metrics so that you have a basis for measuring the success of your campaign is a must.

If you’ve set clear objectives and defined the actions you want your audience to take this should be pretty straightforward but do bear in mind that one of the great (and slightly scary) things about social media is that once you put your message out there you have very little control over what happens to it. That means your campaign may end up having completely different outcomes from the ones you’re expecting.
If you’re not hitting your targets don’t be too quick to write the campaign off as a failure.
Look closely at all your metrics to see if you’re driving value somewhere else.
For example, you may not have as many micro-conversions (email opt-ins, Twitter followers, Facebook fans and RSS subscribers) as you’d hoped for but the engagement levels for those you do have may be much higher or you may find that you’re seeing an increase in off-line sales.
Of course, if it looks like a turkey, walks like a turkey and sounds like a turkey, it probably is – in which case you need to hit the kill button pretty darn quick. But without the right metrics, how will you ever know?

4. Great Content

 Back in the day when social media was the new kid on the digital marketing block you could pretty much guarantee that any reasonably creative and original campaign was going to get lots of eyeballs and create an enormous amount of buzz.

In today’s crowded marketplace it’s not quite so easy. Which means that if you want your campaign to stand out, you’re going to have to work that little bit harder to get the attention of your users.
One thing still holds true, however: the cornerstone of any effective social media campaign is great content presented in an interesting and engaging way.
If you’ve done your homework on your audience, if you know what they are passionate about, their pain points, the type of content they readily share and what they respond to you’ll have pretty good idea of what is going to get them excited. Finding a different and intriguing way to deliver your content is then your secret sauce.

5. Simple


As social media campaigns become ever more complex it’s worth reflecting on whether this what users really want.
keep it
and immediate
Creativity is a wonderful thing, but if you ask too much of your audience they will quickly get bored and move on.
Instead, keep it simple and immediate and offer something your users are going to value as a reward for their engagement. This doesn’t have to be anything expensive or even anything tangible, so long as your campaign is relevant, fun and engaging. Think Evian’s Roller Babies, the most watched online ad ever which generated over 60 million views and 54,000 comments or Johnson’s Facebook baby photo contest which generated more than 1 million visits, half a million votes and tripled the company’s fan base.

6. The Right Medium For The Message

Having a great message is one of the things that makes great campaigns stand out from the rest.
But just having a great message isn’t enough – you also have to communicate it via the right channels. It can be tempting to just focus your efforts on the big 3 – Facebook, Twitter and Youtube – but if that’s not where your target audience hangs out it isn’t going to do you much good.
It also pays to remember that people tend to behave differently on different networks so think about the actions you want your users to take and match the medium to the message.
Example: if you want an immediate response you’d probably want to use Twitter, whereas Facebook is more suited to opinion sharing.
Finally, make sure that your social media campaign is fully integrated with all your other marketing, advertising and PR activities, both online and offline.
This will not only increase your campaign’s impact but also ensure that you aren’t putting out contradictory messages that will confuse your audience.

7. Memorable

 The most successful social media campaigns forge an emotional connection between the brand and the audience by providing not just great content but an experience.

Make your campaign memorable by telling stories that have an emotional resonance for your audience and they can immediately identify with.
Engage your users in an ongoing conversation, make it personal and show that you care about them and their custom and you will engender a powerful sense of belonging that will translate into long term loyalty.

8. Profitable

 For any small business, a positive return on investment is going to be a key campaign success measure.

There are plenty of siren voices that will say you can’t put a price on customer engagement. Ignore them.
If you’re a small business and you can’t demonstrate that your social media campaign is directly contributing to your bottom line it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
Of course measuring the long term impact of social media campaigns is an art not a science, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t need a plan for monetizing all that additional traffic and engagement and converting it to cold hard cash.

 by Love Neet at SocialMediaClub

Hoot.Me turns Facebook into a Study Room in Seconds

Ever thought your Learning Management System (LMS) chat room is really lacking features, especially for math courses? Wanted to find an Algebra study partner online at 2 a.m.? Need to host a virtual office hours convenient to students? A new startup on the market is offering free online space for studying, office hours, and group projects through a familiar interface for most students, Facebook. The new Facebook app called Hoot.me claims to, “Switch Facebook into Study Mode.” Hoot.me lets you host a private or public room without anyone having to be Facebook friends. It has an easy to use chat with a simple to use math editor built into the chat, with a convenient preview before you post. The ability to make it more personal with video conference for up to 8 people is a great addition, very similar to Google+ Handouts. The history of a room stays around for you to start back where you left off or invite users back to the same room later. Hoot.me says to keep an eye out on an update version soon with the ability to screen share and record sessions, plus additional feedback from users incorporated. Check out my tour and trial of hoot.me: http://wp.me/p10Pdu-uH . Why not give it a try today because it’s FREE!

by Josh Murdock at SocialMediaClub

Twitter Tool Helps You Know Your Followers

You can now get a broad picture of the type of people who follow you on Twitter following the launch of an in-depth analytics tool called Know your Twitter followers.
The tool, which was created by location technology service provider Schmap, allows you to view a summary analysis of your Twitter followers based on their bio, location and tweets to help give you an idea of the type of person who is following you.
Know your Twitter followers has both a free version and a paid-for version, which offer varying levels of analysis depending on your needs. The free service will give you a summary analysis of your followers. You’ll see stats on gender, marital status, likes and interests among your followers. A more in-depth analysis, which will cost between $4.95 and $149.95 depending on your follower numbers and whether the Twitter account you want to analyze is an individual or brand account, offers a more in-depth analysis.
To highlight how the tool works, Schmap analyzed the Twitter followers of a number of celebrities. Sarah Palin‘s followers are likely to be married, religious parents who enjoy reading books. The followers of Charlie Sheen, who set a record when he reached 1 million followers faster than anyone else, are likely to be iPhone users who tweet a lot and like to party.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is followed by a large number of lawyers, while chef Jamie Oliver is followed by a large number of teachers. Rather strangely, Twitter users with pets were not very likely to follow Tiger Woods.
“As individuals, we’re naturally curious to discover who follows our tweets,” Schmap’s chief executive Paul Hallett told The Telegraph. “This new service goes much deeper – to the commercial imperative of brands and corporations, ad buyers, the media, political campaigners, event promoters and local merchants to understand their audiences on this increasingly significant social medium.”
This type of information is often invaluable to brands and companies who want to find the best ways to deliver content to their followers, but for individual users, it’s a good way to understand a little more about the people who are following you so you can start sending tweets that might interest them on a deeper level and engage with your followers a little more.
The service has launched in public beta and you can test it out for yourself by visiting the Know your Twitter followers website.

by Kris Holt at Scribbal

Latest Version of Computer, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft.
Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal computer market, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced in 1984. As of August 2011, Windows has approximately 82.58% of the market share of the client operating systems according to Usage share of operating systems.
The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 7; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2008 R2; the most recent mobile version is Windows Phone 7.

The term Windows collectively describes any or all of several generations of Microsoft operating system products. These products are generally categorized as follows:

Early versions

The history of Windows dates back to September 1981, when Chase Bishop, a computer scientist, designed the first model of an electronic device and project "Interface
Manager" was started. It was announced in November 1983 (after the Apple Lisa, but before the Macintosh) under the name "Windows", but Windows 1.0 was not released until November 1985.[3] The shell of Windows 1.0 was a program known as the MS-DOS Exerol Panel, Notepad, Paint, Reversi, Terminal, and Write. Windows 1.0 did not allow overlapping windows. Instead all windows were tiled. Only dialog boxes could appear over other windows.cutive. Other supplied programs were Calculator, Calendar, Cardfile, Clipboard viewer, Clock, Cont
Windows 2.0 was released in October 1987 and featured several improvements to the user interface and memory management.[3] Windows 2.0 allowed application windows to overlap each other and also introduced more sophisticated keyboard-shortcuts. It could also make use of expanded memory.

Windows 2.1 was released in two different versions: Windows/386 employed the 386 virtual 8086 mode to multitask several DOS programs, and the paged memory model to emulate expanded memory using available extended memory. Windows/286 (which, despite its name, would run on the 8086) still ran in real mode, but could make use of the high memory area.

The early versions of Windows were often thought of as simply graphical user interfaces, mostly because they ran on top of MS-DOS and used it for file system services. However, even the earliest 16-bit Windows versions already assumed many typical operating system functions; notably, having their own executable file forma
t and providing their own device drivers (timer, graphics, printer, mouse
, keyboard and sound) for applications. Unlike MS-DOS, Windows allowed users to execute multiple graphical applications at the same time, through cooperative multitasking. Windows implemented an elaborate, segment-based, software virtual memory scheme, which allowed it to run applications larger than available memory: code segments and resources were swapped in and thrown away when memory became scarce, and data segments moved in memory when a given application had relinquished processor control.

Windows 3.0 and 3.1

Windows 3.0 (1990) and Windows 3.1 (1992) improved the design, mostly because of virtual memory and loadable virtual device drivers (VxDs) that allowed them to share arbitrary devices between multitasked DOS windows.[citation needed] Also, Windows applications could now run in protected mode (when Windows was running in Standard or 386 Enhanced Mode), which gave them access to several megabytes of memory and removed the obligation to participate in the software virtual memory scheme. They still ran inside the same address space, where the segmented memory provided a degree of protection, and multi-tasked cooperatively. For Windows 3.0, Microsoft also rewrote critical operations from C into assembly.

Windows 95, 98, and Me

Windows 95 was released in August 1995, featuring a new user interface, support for long file names of up to 255 characters, and the ability to automatically detect and configure installed hardware (plug and play). It could natively run 32-bit applications, and featured several technological improvements that increased its stability over Windows 3.1. There were several OEM Service Releases (OSR) of Windows 95, each of which was roughly equivalent to a service pack.
Microsoft's next release was Windows 98 in June 1998. Microsoft released a second version of Windows 98 in May 1999, named Windows 98 Secon
d Edition (often shortened to Windows 98 SE).
In February 2000, Windows 2000 (in the NT family) was released, followed by Windows Me in September 2000 (Me standing for Millennium Edition). Windows Me updated the core from Windows 98, but adopted some aspects of Windows 2000 and removed the "boot in DOS mode" option. It also added a new feature called System Restore, allowing the user to set the computer's settings back to an earlier date.

Windows NT family

The NT family of Windows systems was fashioned and marketed for higher reliability business use. The first release was NT 3.1 (1993), numbered "3.1" to match the consumer Windows version, which was followed by NT 3.5 (1994), NT 3.51 (1995), NT 4.0 (1996), and Windows 2000, which is the last NT-based Windows release that does not include Microsoft Product Activation. Windows NT 4.0 was the first in this line to implement the "Windows 95" user interface (and the first to include Windows 95’s built-in 32-bit runtimes).
Microsoft then moved to combine their consumer and business operating systems with Windows XP that was released on October 25, 2001. It came both in home and professional versions (and later niche market versions for tablet PCs and media centers); they also diverged release schedules for server operating systems. Windows Server 2003, released a year and a half after Windows XP, brought Windows Server up to date with Windows XP. After a lengthy development process, Windows Vista was released on November 30, 2006 for volume licensing and January 30, 2007 for consumers. And its server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 was released in early 2008. On July 22, 2009, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were released as RTM (release to manufacturing). Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009.

64-bit operating systems

Windows NT included support for several different platforms before the x86-bas
ed personal computer became dominant in the professional world. Versions of NT from 3.1 to 4.0 variously supported PowerPC, DEC Alpha and MIPS R4000, some of which were 64-bit processors, although the operating system treated them as 32-bit processors.
With the introduction of the Intel Itanium architect
ure (also known as IA-64), Microsoft released new versions of Windows to support it. Itanium versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 were released at the same time as their mainstream x86 (32-bit) counterparts. On April 25, 2005, Microsoft released Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions to support the x86-64 (or x64 in Microsoft terminology) architecture. Microsoft dropped support for the Itanium
version of Windows XP in 2005. Windows Vista was the first end-user version of Windows that Microsoft released simultaneously in x86 and x64 editions. Win
dows Vista does not support the Itanium architecture. The modern 64-bit Windows family comprises AMD64/Intel64 versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, in both Itanium and x64 editions. Windows Server 2008 R2 drops the 32-bit version, although Windows 7 does not.

Windows CE

Windows CE (officially known as Windows Embedded Compact), is an edition of Windows that runs on minimalistic computers, like satellite navigation systems and some mobile phones. Windows Embedded Compact is based on its own dedicated kernel, dubbed Windows CE kernel. Microsoft licenses Windows CE to OEMs and device makers. The OEMs and device makers can modify and create their own user interfaces and experiences, while Windows CE provides the technical foundation to do so.Windows CE was used in the Dreamcast along with Sega's own proprietary OS for the console. Windows CE is the core from which Windows Mobile is derived. Microsoft's latest mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, is based on components from both Windows CE 6.0 R3 and the current Windows CE 7.0.Windows Embedded Compact is not to be confused with Windows XP Embedded or Windows NT 4.0 Embedded, modular editions of Windows based on Windows NT kernel.

Future of Windows

Bootable Windows To Go USB flash drive Windows 8, the successor to Windows 7, is currently in development. Microsoft posted a blog entry in Dutch on October 22, 2010 hinting that Windows 8 would be released in 2 years.[5] Also, during the pre-Consumer Electronics Show keynote, Microsoft's CEO announced that Windows 8 will also run on ARM CPUs. This Windows version will also be more suitable for tablets and netbooks, featuring a more touch-friendly interface. Several new features will also be introduced, such as support for USB 3.0 and the ability to run Windows from USB devices (like USB Hard Disks or USB Flash drives) with Windows To Go.

The Windows family tree.
Microsoft has taken two parallel routes in its operating systems. One route has been for the home user and the other has been for the professional IT user. The dual routes have generally led to home versions having greater multimedia support and less functionality in networking and security, and professional versions having inferior multimedia support and better networking and security.[citation needed]
The first version of Microsoft Windows, version 1.0, released in November 1985, lacked a degree of functionality, achieved little popularity and was to compete with Apple’s own operating system.[citation needed] Windows 1.0 is not a complete operating system; rather, it extends MS-DOS. Microsoft Windows version 2.0 was released in November 1987 and was slightly more popular than its predecessor. Windows 2.03 (release date January 1988) had changed the OS from tiled windows to overlapping windows. The result of this change led to Apple Computer filing a suit against Microsoft alleging infringement on Apple's copyrights.
Microsoft Windows version 3.0, released in 1990, was the first Microsoft Windows version to achieve broad commercial success, selling 2 million copies in the first six months. It featured improvements to the user interface and to multitasking capabilities. It received a facelift in Windows 3.1, made generally available on March 1, 1992. Windows 3.1 support ended on December 31, 2001.
In July 1993, Microsoft released Windows NT based on a new kernel. Windows NT 3.1 was the first release of Windows NT. NT was considered to be the professional OS and was the first Windows version to utilize preemptive multitasking.[citation needed] Windows NT would later be retooled to also function as a home operating system, with Windows XP.
On August 24, 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, a new, and major, consumer version that made further changes to the user interface, and also used preemptive multitasking. Windows 95 was designed to replace not only Windows 3.1, but also Windows for Workgroups, and MS-DOS. It was also the first Windows operating system to use Plug and Play capabilities. The changes Windows 95 brought to the desktop were revolutionary, as opposed to evolutionary, such as those in Windows 98 and Windows Me. Mainstream support for Windows 95 ended on December 31, 2000 and extended support for Windows 95 ended on December 31, 2001.
The next in the consumer line was Microsoft Windows 98 released on June 25, 1998. It was followed with the release of Windows 98 Second Edition (Windows 98 SE) in 1999. Mainstream support for Windows 98 ended on June 30, 2002 and extended support for Windows 98 ended on July 11, 2006.
As part of its "professional" line, Microsoft released Windows 2000 in February 2000. During 2004 part of the Source Code for Windows 2000 was leaked onto the Internet. This was bad for Microsoft as the same kernel used in Windows 2000 was used in Windows XP. The consumer version following Windows 98 was Windows Me (Windows Millennium Edition). Released in September 2000, Windows Me implemented a number of new technologies for Microsoft: most notably publicized was "Universal Plug and Play". Windows Me was heavily criticized due to slowness, freezes and hardware problems.
In October 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP, a version built on the Windows NT kernel that also retained the consumer-oriented usability of Windows 95 and its successors. This new version was widely praised in computer magazines. It shipped in two distinct editions, "Home" and "Professional", the former lacking many of the superior security and networking features of the Professional edition. Additionally, the first "Media Center" edition was released in 2002,with an emphasis on support for DVD and TV functionality including program recording and a remote control. Mainstream support for Windows XP ended on April 14, 2009. Extended support will continue until April 8, 2014
In April 2003, Windows Server 2003 was introduced, replacing the Windows 2000 line of server products with a number of new features and a strong focus on security; this was followed in December 2005 by Windows Server 2003 R2.
On January 30, 2007, Microsoft released Windows Vista. It contains a number of new features, from a redesigned shell and user interface to significant technical changes, with a particular focus on security features. It is available in a number of different editions, and has been subject to some criticism.
On October 22, 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7. Unlike its predecessor, Windows Vista, which introduced a large number of new features, Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being compatible with applications and hardware which Windows Vista was not at the time. Windows 7 has multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.


Consumer versions of Windows were originally designed for ease-of-use on a single-user PC without a network connection, and did not have security features built in from the outset.However, Windows NT and its successors are designed for security (including on a network) and multi-user PCs, but were not initially designed with Internet security in mind as much, since, when it was first developed in the early 1990s, Internet use was less prevalent.
These design issues combined with programming errors (e.g. buffer overflows) and the popularity of Windows means that it is a frequent target of computer worm and virus writers. In June 2005, Bruce Schneier’s Counterpane Internet Security reported that it had seen over 1,000 new viruses and worms in the previous six months.In 2005, Kaspersky Lab found around 11,000 malicious programs—viruses, Trojans, back-doors, and exploits written for Windows.
Microsoft releases security patches through its Windows Update service approximately once a month (usually the second Tuesday of the month), although critical updates are made available at shorter intervals when necessary. In versions of Windows after and including Windows 2000 SP3 and Windows XP, updates can be automatically downloaded and installed if the user selects to do so. As a result, Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, as well as Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003, were installed by users more quickly than it otherwise might have been.
While the Windows 9x series offered the option of having profiles for multiple users, they had no concept of access privileges, and did not allow concurrent access; and so were not true multi-user operating systems. In addition, they implemented only partial memory protection. They were accordingly widely criticised for lack of security.
The Windows NT series of operating systems, by contrast, are true multi-user, and implement absolute memory protection. However, a lot of the advantages of being a true multi-user operating system were nullified by the fact that, prior to Windows Vista, the first user account created during the setup process was an administrator account, which was also the default for new accounts. Though Windows XP did have limited accounts, the majority of home users did not change to an account type with fewer rights – partially due to the number of programs which unnecessarily required administrator rights – and so most home users ran as administrator all the time.
Windows Vista changes this[34] by introducing a privilege elevation system called User Account Control. When logging in as a standard user, a logon session is created and a token containing only the most basic privileges is assigned. In this way, the new logon session is incapable of making changes that would affect the entire system. When logging in as a user in the Administrators group, two separate tokens are assigned. The first token contains all privileges typically awarded to an administrator, and the second is a restricted token similar to what a standard user would receive. User applications, including the Windows Shell, are then started with the restricted token, resulting in a reduced privilege environment even under an Administrator account. When an application requests higher privileges or "Run as administrator" is clicked, UAC will prompt for confirmation and, if consent is given (including administrator credentials if the account requesting the elevation is not a member of the administrators group), start the process using the unrestricted token.

File permissions
All Windows versions from Windows NT 3 have been based on a file system permission system referred to as AGLP (Accounts, Global, Local, Permissions) AGDLP which in essence where file permissions are applied to the file/folder in the form of a 'local group' which then has other 'global groups' as members. These global groups then hold other groups or users depending on different Windows versions used. This system varies from other vendor products such as Linux and NetWare due to the 'static' allocation of permission being applied directory to the file or folder. However using this process of AGLP/AGDLP/AGUDLP allows a small number of static permissions to be applied and allows for easy changes to the account groups without reapplying the file permissions on the files and folders.

Windows Defender
On January 6, 2005, Microsoft released a Beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware, based upon the previously released Giant AntiSpyware. On February 14, 2006, Microsoft AntiSpyware became Windows Defender with the release of Beta 2. Windows Defender is a freeware program designed to protect against spyware and other unwanted software. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users who have genuine copies of Microsoft Windows can freely download the program from Microsoft's web site, and Windows Defender ships as part of Windows Vista and 7.

Third-party analysis
In an article based on a report by Symantec, internetnews.com has described Microsoft Windows as having the "fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006."
A study conducted by Kevin Mitnick and marketing communications firm Avantgarde in 2004 found that an unprotected and unpatched Windows XP system with Service Pack 1 lasted only 4 minutes on the Internet before it was compromised, and an unprotected and also unpatched Windows Server 2003 system was compromised after being connected to the internet for 8 hours. However, it is important to note that this study does not apply to Windows XP systems running the Service Pack 2 update (released in late 2004), which vastly improved the security of Windows XP.[citation needed] The computer that was running Windows XP Service Pack 2 was not compromised. The AOL National Cyber Security Alliance Online Safety Study of October 2004 determined that 80% of Windows users were infected by at least one spyware/adware product.[citation needed] Much documentation is available describing how to increase the security of Microsoft Windows products. Typical suggestions include deploying Microsoft Windows behind a hardware or software firewall, running anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and installing patches as they become available through Windows Update.

Emulation software

Emulation allows the use of some Windows applications without using Microsoft Windows. These include:
Wine – a free and open source software implementation of the Windows API, allowing one to run many Windows applications on x86-based platforms, including Linux and Mac OS X. Wine developers refer to it as a "compatibility layer"; and make use of Windows-style APIs to emulate the Windows environment.
CrossOver – A Wine package with licensed fonts. Its developers are regular contributors to Wine, and focus on Wine running officially supported applications.
Cedega – TransGaming Technologies' proprietary fork of Wine, designed specifically for running games written for Microsoft Windows under Linux. A version of Cedega known as Cider is used by some video game publishers to allow Windows games to run on Mac OS X. Since Wine was licensed under the LGPL, Cedega has been unable to port the improvements made to Wine to their proprietary codebase. Cedega ceased its service in February 2011.
Darwine – A bundling of Wine to the PowerPC Macs running OS X by running Wine on top of QEMU. Intel Macs use the same Wine as other *NIX x86 systems.
ReactOS – An open-source OS that is intended to run the same software as Windows, originally designed to simulate Windows NT 4.0, now aiming at Windows XP and Vista/7 compatibility. It has been in the development stage since 1996.

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Looking at the Different Categories of Laptops

In order to carry out a useful review of thelatest laotop it is necessary to look at the different categories that they lie in. The growth in the market sector and the variety of providers means that this is not an easy task. Moreover it is not a strictly scientific process because there has to be some supposition and conjecture. Each laptop will have a unique selling point as well as failings which will determine which type of buyers will go for it.
The latest laptops are just like portable computers and their development is still ongoing so we do not know what they will look in fifty year’s time. This constant development in technology is very much welcome given the stagnation in some other industries. That is why some consumers are getting confused because they do not know whether the latest laptops will become yesterday’s news in a few hours time.

GetGlue Launches A New Real-Time Conversation Experience

Popular social TV app GetGlue just got even more social with the launch of a new real-time conversation feature, Tumblr sharing and personalized widgets. The new GetGlue features were announced by Alex on the GetGlue blog and they’re giving GetGlue users the opportunity to connect with their friends and other fans like never before.

We’ll start with a look at the new GetGlue Conversation experience.  Basically, when you check-in to GetGlue, the new Conversation feature connects you to other friends and fans that are checked into the same thing so you can have a conversation in real time.  According to Alex of GetGlue, “The Conversation is smart.  It shows all comments from your friends, but only interesting comments from other fans.  The Conversation also shows you filtered Tweets, so you can stay on top of what is going on Twitter without leaving GetGlue.”

GetGlue’s Conversation is a huge improvement on an already great service.  Now, GetGlue users can easily reply to friends, other fans and Tweets in one location, enjoying the conversation while checked-in to their favorite media, from TV shows to movies, music and more.
And that’s not all.  GetGlue has also announced that you can now share your GetGlue check-ins and reviews directly to Tumblr.  And Alex writes that, “The best part about the integration is how the check-ins appear on Tumblr – they are beautiful.”  Check out the image below to see how a GetGlue check-in looks when shared to Tumblr and let us know what you think.

 Finally, GetGlue has launched some new widgets that let you feature your check-ins and stickers on Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress or any blog or website.  Personalized widgets, available from the settings page, automatically update to show your new activity.  Check out the screenshots below.

What do you think of the new GetGlue features?  Will you be checking out The Conversation, sharing your check-ins and reviews on Tumblr or posting a GetGlue widget on your site?
UPDATE October 27, 2011: Real-time conversation has now been added on the GetGlue Android and mobile app as well.  Read more on the GetGlue blog.

by Megan O’Neill  at Social Times

INFOGRAPHIC: How UK Politicians Use Twitter, Facebook And Other Social Media Services

As you may or may not know, over 40 percent of British Members of Parliament are on Twitter. They seem to enjoy the power of sharing their thoughts quickly with a global audience as they recently voted against a motion that would have banned the use of Twitter during debates. Of course, having an active social media presence might help them out during elections, so it makes sense for them to engage directly with voters using Twitter and other social networking services.
A new infographic published by Yatterbox takes a look at how U.K. politicians are using social networking services. Yatterbox analyzed 29,571 social media updates from all U.K. politicians with a presence on social networking services and it turns out that Twitter is the most popular way for them to communicate with their supporters.
Of all the posts that were analyzed, 91 percent were sent using Twitter, while Facebook accounted for just
2.4 percent of posts. Most U.K. politicians joined Twitter between 2009 and 2010, but others are still joining up. Prime Minister David Cameron has the highest number of Twitter followers among MPs (1,845,141) followed by Labour Leader Ed Miliband (97,295) and Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg (66,904).
Cameron recently joined Foursquare and LinkedIn. On the location-based service, he has 1930 followers and has left 9 tips, while he has 66 connections and 5 previous roles listed on LinkedIn.

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Facebook Unveils New Security Measures, Details Security Features In Infographic

Facebook has announced several new security features that aim to keep you and your Facebook account safe. The social network is testing the Trusted Friends and App Passwords tools, while it has published an infographic which details some of the many security features that you can take advantage of on Facebook.
The Trusted Friends tool will help you out if you ever get locked out of your Facebook account. You’ll be able to select between 3 and 5 friends who’ll be able to help you out if you ever have problems in accessing your account. If you happen to forget your password and do not have access to the email address you used to sign up to Facebook with, your trusted friends can help you gain access to Facebook again. The social network will send access codes to the friends you have selected and they can give you that information so you can gain access to your account.
The App Passwords feature will allow you to set up passwords for logging in to third-party apps. Before the launch of this feature, you will have had log in to Facebook apps using the same login details you use on your Facebook account. This feature will let you create new passwords to use just for these apps so that you do not have to share your Facebook login details with third-party developers and their apps. It should certainly give Facebook’s more than 800 million monthly active users a little more peace of mind about keeping their accounts secure when using third-party apps. You’ll be able to active this by accessing the App Passwords section of the Security tab in your account settings.
Facebook has launched a bunch of security tools over the last few years, along with several back-end systems that are designed to keep your data safe. However, Facebook is aware that there may be some people who are not fully aware of all the security tools at their disposal, so it has published an infographic (which you can see below) to help you understand more about the security features you can take advantage of.
The social network has rolled out a bunch of security measures this year alone. It has teamed up with Web of Trust and Websense to combat malicious links; launched a two-step login process called Login Approvals; and added social reporting measures and a password reset option on its mobile website. The company also launched a guide to security on the social network in August.
However, it has not all been sunshine and roses for Facebook when it comes to security. The social network had to fix a security flaw that let advertisers gain access to millions of users’ personal data. More recently, the company resolved an issue with its cookies which, it was claimed, allowed Facebook to track your Web browsing data even after you’d logged out of the social network. This issue led to several lawsuits being filed against Facebook.
The Trusted Friends and App Approvals features should be available in the coming weeks.

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Google+ Launches New Features, Lets You See What’s Hot On Social Network [Video]

Google+ has launched several new features that will help you find what content is popular on the social network. You’ll also be able to see how posts are being shared and have some fun with your photos through a new editing tool.
The What’s Hot on Google+ feature will help you discover interesting content that’s being discussed frequently on the social network. Since Google+ users are sharing and receiving more than 1 billion posts every day, it’s often difficult to keep up with the constant flow of information and content that’s being posted by the service’s more than 40 million users. This is where the What’s Hot feature comes in.
What’s Hot is available as a standalone stream that’s accessible from a link on the left of your home page and you’ll see hot posts in your other streams too.
Yonatan Zunger, the senior engineer on the Google+ team, shows how the new feature works in this video:

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The Guardian Launches Twitter-Based Search Bot

Users can search for content on The Guardian‘s website by tweeting a question or keyword(s) to @GuardianTagBot. The bot will immediately tweet back a link to a search results page on guardian.co.uk.
For example, users could tweet, “@GuardianTagBot latest Occupy Wall Street news?” to pull up related stories in reverse chronological order (pictured below).
Essentially, it’s a faster way to get the news you’re looking for (on The Guardian, at least) from Twitter.
In an introductory post, Nina Lovelace, content development manager at the Guardian Group, warned users that TagBot was a search tool, and that it would struggle with personal queries such as “Will you marry me?”
“It’s not Siri,” she wrote.

Save energy with Toshiba’s E205 Laptop

Good: Bright, energy saving;HDTV wireless transmission.
Bad: Mouse pad is stiff andplastic frame is little bad.
Intermediate: Notsuitable for every user.
What does Reader’s say:-

Toshiba recently introduced E205-S1904 Satellite laptop intothe market. Costs, $999 laptop with good performance and can project signal beamto HDTV, but has many mechanical problems which don’t make it the ultimateproduct according to many users.
Toshiba designed the E205 for the sake of Best Buy's"Blue Label" program. In this the computer has made as per the easyusage of any user. Different comments passed for the product: The laptop'sroyal blue, molded-plastic case feels cheap, compared to other Toshiba models. Touchingit makes it look your fingerprints; this is due to its glossy look.
The E205 features a repulsive keyboard and bigtouchpad, left and right mouse buttons are very hard to reach.
Glossy look
On the left side, there are jacks for aheadphone and microphone, as well as a USB input, heat-dissipation vents are atthe instead of the bottom. The E205's right side includes a slot-loading DVDplayer, a conventional USB port, and another USB input that accepts eSatacable, too. There's also an HD multimedia (HDMI) output.

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There’s an ambient-light sensor thatautomatically adjusts the brightness settings on the energy-saving, 14.1-inch,HD-resolution, LED-backlit screen. To the right of the keyboard, there's atouch-control panel to adjust the volume and playback of music and videos. Thekeyboard is nicely backlit as well, which helps in low-light situations.
Toshiba is one of the first PC makers to use a new Intel (INTC)technology called Wireless Display, or WiDi. It creates a wireless network thatpairs the laptop with a Netgear (NTGR) Push2TV receiver that's included withthe computer's purchase. This lets users easily display images from the E205 ona big-screen TV. Once the connection is established, it takes just a buttonpush in Intel's Wireless Display software to initiate the transfer.
There are a couple of drawbacks. The technologydoesn't currently work with copy-protected DVDs. And the laptop's display isdisabled during the transfer, so users can't do something else on thelaptop—such as deal with e-mail—while watching videos or listening to music.
Showing Back Ports
Overall performance was intermediate. Thelaptop runs on Intel's new Core i5 processor and includes a generous 4gigabytes of memory, which can be expanded up to 8 GB. The 500-GB hard drive isgenerous for a laptop in the E205's price range. Battery life is a fairly typical3.5 hours when running video at normal screen brightness.

SOME GRAPHICS CHIPS are not latest

It has 64-bit version of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 7 HomePremium operating system, which processes data in larger chunks than the 32-bitversion. The E205 had no problems running multiple programs simultaneously. Itworked without a hitch when I played video and listened to music at the same time,using Apple's (AAPL) iTunes software.
Intel's integrated graphics chip always seems to need a fewseconds to work out the kinks when playing video, and this system was nodifferent. An odd quirk of the E205 and other WiDi-equipped laptops is thatusers can't easily add more potent graphics chips from Nvidia (NVDA) or ATI (AMD).That could limit the machine's appeal for video game players. Intel executivessay PC makers can create software that would let them add other graphics chipsto their machines.
The E205 comes with a trial version of Microsoft Office andWorks and Symantec's (SYMC) Norton Internet Security. There's also Best Buy'sSoftware Installer application, which contains a list of programs and Websites—including Netflix (NFLX), Roxio Creator (SNIC), and TheWall Street Journal (NWS)—thatcan quickly be installed. It's a neat way to shop for software to personalizeyour computer without being hobbled by preinstalled clutter you don't want.
The Toshiba E205's design may not work foreveryone, but it's a powerful and affordable laptop whose innovation and easeof use packs are good.

Bicycle that converts kinetic energy into electric energy

Bluetooth-enabled bicycle wheel has been successfully invented by the researchers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This cycle has the advantage as it has the sensors installed in it, which keeps a kind of GPS system with the other friends of yours. The wheel has got a technology which can convert utilize/store the kinetic energy of the rolling motion of the wheels. Since this is the latest inventions in terms to transport, people are getting shifted to bicycle and leaving their smoky cars behind. It is major activity in Paris and Barcelona.
When the rider applies the breaks the whole of the kinetic motion is being converted into the electric energy by the motors installed in it. This converted energy is being stored in the batteries installed within. The wheel of the cycle is just the same as it is of the common cycle. The difference lies in its Nano-technology and all the necessary components are installed in it which performs the entire task. Further, this electric energy can be used anywhere.

Keyboard shortcuts for windows 8

Here is a list of shortcuts which can be used in Windows 8.

WinKey+Enter: Narrator launch
WinKey+PgUp: Tiles move to the left
WinKey+PgDn: tiles move to the right
WinKey+Shift+.: Split move to the left
WinKey+.: Split move to the right
WinKey+C: Charm open
WinKey+D: Show desktop
WinKey+E: Windows explorer open
WinKey+F: Search panel open
WinKey+H: Share charm open
WinKey+I: Settings charm open
WinKey+K: Connect charm open
WinKey+L: Lock computer
WinKey+O: Screen location lock
WinKey+Q: Search panel open
WinKey+R: Open run
WinKey+V: Cycle through toasts
WinKey+W: Search panel settings
WinKey+ Y: Desktop visualization
WinKey+Z: Application bar open

These are some of the shortcuts which can be used in Windows 8 metro interface.

Download and installation of Windows 8 on a drive partition

How to download and install Windows 8 pre-beta version (developer edition) on a new partition.
Although running your current window , you can dabble with the windows 8 in a new partition making it for the sake of checking and getting experienced.
Well, to start with, if you have a new drive then this is a very easy task to perform. Just visit the website Microsoft Developer Network site, download the ISO image and burn it to a DVD, turn off your PC. Place your hard drive into the motherboard; this depends on the type of hard drive you are using. It can be usb connected also and just need a change in BIOS menu, which is quite simple. Turn on your PC and make sure that your CD-ROM drive gets the booting option and you should boot off your new Windows 8 disk. Run the windows 8 installer and follow the steps as per the software.
However, if you have only a single drive and need a partition then it becomes, little bit time consuming to do the same. This will tell you how to make a partition in your hard drive. Assuming that you have windows 7, go to control panel and then to administrative tools. Now, double-click on the "Computer Management" option. "Disk Management" << "Storage">>.
Now, you can see that your primary drive is already partitioned into C:\ and contains all the program files and folders.
Right-click on the C:\ volume and select the "Shrink Volume" option, and make the size of your volume to almost 16 gigabytes for a 32-bit installation of Windows 8 or 20 gigabytes for a 64-bit installation.
Now, you will be able to see a new partitioned drive appearing next to C:\ drive. Right-click on it, select the "New Simple Volume" option, and select the "Next" button until you reach the screen for assigning letters and drive paths.
Assign the letter of your choice. Click "Next" and give your volume a witty name, and then hit "Next" (and then "Finish") to quick-format the volume as an NTFS partition.
Now, burn the Windows 8 image to a disc using a free like Imgburn or CDBurnerXP, then reboot your PC, open BIOS menu and change the boot order to optical drive.

So, in this way you can install windows 8 in your portioned drive.

How to rename admin account in Windows 7

These steps can be taken to easily change Admin account name in Windows 7.

1. Click Start, type Run and type "secpol.msc"

2. Press OK

3. Local Security Policy loads.

4. In the left panel find Local Policies then press Security Options.

5. In the right panel go to Policy then Accounts: Then Rename administrator account.

6. Now you can change the name and apply and OK and exit the window.

So, this is how you can change your admin name in very easy steps.