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Topeka Now Google, Kansas

March 3, 2010

In a formal proclamation yesterday, Mayor Bill Bunten announced that Topeka will be known as “Google” — Google, Kansas.

It’s all in fun, and yeah, it’s funny! 🙂

From CNN:

At 79, Bill Bunten doesn’t exactly understand the Internet boom. The Topeka, Kansas, mayor has an e-mail account, he said, but his assistants take care of most of his online communications and tend to search the Web for him.

But Bunten believes so firmly that younger residents of Kansas’ capital city will benefit from faster Internet connections that he wants Topeka — which he describes as a place of many lakes and the site of a burgeoning market for animal-food research — to change its name for a month.

“It’s just fun. We’re having a good time of it,” he said of the unofficial name change, which will last through the end of March. “There’s a lot of good things that are going on in our city.”


Swine Flu Outbreak Followed Closely On Twitter…Is This Good?

April 28, 2009

With today’s technology, anyone can see the spread of diseases such as swine flu in real time, and alert public health officials to potential new cases by using Google, or now an even easier way, through Twitter.

But there are those who believe that Twitter has become a place that has caused unnecessary hype and misinformation about the outbreak, which is believed to have claimed more than 100 lives in Mexico.

From CNN:

“This is a good example of why [Twitter is] headed in that wrong direction, because it’s just propagating fear amongst people as opposed to seeking actual solutions or key information,” said Brennon Slattery, a contributing writer for PC World. “The swine flu thing came really at the crux of a media revolution.”

Twitter’s popularity has exploded in recent months, and Slattery said it’s a new development that a wide number of people would turn to the site in search of information during an emergency.

Others take a softer approach to the buzz on Twitter.

Writing for CNET, a CNN partner site, Larry Magid advises online readers to take medical advice with a grain of salt.

The Internet is “a great way to get general information, prevention tips and information on how to handle a known condition, but be cautious when using it to try to diagnose yourself,” he writes.


“Our site used to update every hour,” said John Brownstein, a physician at Children’s Hospital Boston who, along with fellow CHB computer scientist Clark Friefeld, created the HealthMap swine flu tracking service, which was recently modified to include Twitter updates. “But that was too slow for the amount of information we’ve been accumulating, so we had to switch to a Twitter feed instead.”

The new swine flu Twitter service launched Sunday morning with about 50 users. By Monday afternoon, more than 1,400 people had signed up to receive the latest swine flu news.

Swine flu is big news on the social networking site. On Monday, the top three trend searches (“Swine flu,” #swineflu, and “CDC,”) were related to the virus.

Some of the “tweets,” as the 140-character-or-less messages are called, are serious, noting emerging hotspots or asking fellow Twitterers whether the virus has reached a given community.

Other tweets are more snark than science. “Maybe my computer has this swine flu thing?” said user Ifoch. Many express dismay at histrionic media coverage of the potential for a pandemic when casualties still number in the hundreds.

Yahoo, Microsoft Talking Partnership

April 10, 2009

Yahoo and Microsoft have restarted partnership discussions, this time over a possible advertising agreement.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The discussions restarted a few weeks ago, and included a meeting between new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the technology blog AllThingsD said Friday.

The two companies have intermittently talked about partnering in search engine advertising since last year after Microsoft’s unsolicited $47.5 billion takeover bid for the Sunnyvale Web portal fell apart. Microsoft executives have championed a partnership as a way to better compete with search industry leader Google Inc. while underscoring that they are no longer interested in an acquisition.

Current discussions are aimed at finding ways for the pair to work together on a number of fronts, according to the report. One potential idea is for Microsoft to handle the search advertising business for both Web sites while Yahoo would handle all of the display advertising, capitalizing on its strength in banner ads.

Casey Anthony, Family, Politics and More…

March 13, 2009

Hey everyone. I’ve had some time to think recently. I’ve had a great time writing this blog for, wow it’s been over 9 months now. I can’t believe how many people have actually stopped by to read the stories that I put up everyday. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 425,000 people have read and I appreciate each and every one of you.

I’m writing this post today because I’ve decided that I’m going to be taking a bit of a break, of sorts, and I’m going to be cutting back a bit on the number of stories I put up each day. I typically post a bunch early in the morning and in the evening. Sometimes you can easily see 15-20 posts a day! But, I’ve found that I want to spend more of this time with my family, my kids and my wife. They’re my life and after spending 8-10 hours a day working, I just don’t have the time to devote to writing so many blog posts.

More than likely, I’ll drop down to 2-3 posts a day, if that. Some days there may be more but, I’m just tired. It happens to us all I’m sure!

I’ve spoken to a couple of you personally over the past couple of days via email to let you know that this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Sometimes, we spend too much time online and not with our love ones. I’ve had the chance to spend all day today with my daughter and it has been SOOO much fun. I’ve had a few issues to deal with on the site here that I just finally had to take care of. I was losing a bit of control of what was being written in terms of comments and I was losing the people who were my daily readers. The ones who kept the discussions going and these people are the ones who I write for because they love the discussion and sometimes the back and forth of opinions. But they were the ones who always kept things tactful and decent. That has always been my goal of this site. To make this a place where anyone would feel comfortable.

For the past few weeks, I don’t think everyone felt comfortable anymore, and I apologize for this. I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had the time to monitor the discussions to be sure that everyone was respecting the “rules” that I have. Well I can tell you that things should be much better moving forward. Who knows, maybe after a little while I’ll get back to posting more often 🙂

But for now, you’ll still see posts, just not as frequent. I’ll still be following politics, sports, music, the Casey Anthony trial and more. But I spend enough time at work everyday working on a computer. I don’t need to spend the rest of the day/night on it as well 🙂

Thanks for everyone’s support, stopping by, leaving comments and (for the most part) being respectful to the site. I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and say hello. You’ve got my email address, so feel free to drop me a line or check the blogroll for my other pages (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter).

As for now, it’s time to put the kids to bed. Gotta love em!

Have a great weekend!!!

John “The Roaddawg” Kreuzer

Millions of PCs Hit By ‘Downandup’ Worm

January 16, 2009

network worm known as “Downandup”, has been spreading rapidly across the Internet over the past week, despite a warning from Microsoft back in October.

From InformationWeek:

In October, Microsoft took the unusual step of issuing an out-of-band Security Bulletin, MS08-067, for a vulnerability affecting its Server service.

“Because the vulnerability is potentially wormable on those older versions of Windows [XP and earlier], we’re encouraging customers to test and deploy the update as soon as possible,” said Christopher Budd, a Microsoft Security Response Center security program manager, in a blog post. Microsoft’s concerns have proven to be well founded. The MS08-067 Worm, also known as “Downadup” and “Conflicker,” has been spreading like the plague.

“The number of Downandup infections are skyrocketing based on our calculations,” F-Secure’s Toni Kovunen said in a blog post Friday. “From an estimated 2.4 million infected machines to over 8.9 million during the last four days. That’s just amazing.”

“The situation with Downandup is not getting better,” he added. “It’s getting worse.”

Strictly speaking, Downandup isn’t just one worm — it’s a bunch of variants. Modern malware changes itself, or is changed by its authors, to prevent signature-based detection.

F-Secure began receiving reports about the Downandup worm in early January. The company’s researchers observed that it used server-side polymorphism — mutating code — and ACL (access control list) modification to make network disinfection more difficult.

Plenty of malware makes use of local polymorphism, by randomizing the names of malicious files, for example. But Downandup uses randomized network paths for its command-and-control servers, making its control mechanism harder to shut down.

“This one is really an innovative one where it randomly generates these control channels and tries them out,” said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys.

The worm also takes steps to defend itself by disabling various Windows security, updating, and networking features. It blocks access to security-related domains on the Internet. And it modifies networking settings to speed up its ability to copy itself to other computers.

Social Networking Still Dominated by the Young

January 15, 2009

According to a study by Pew Internet & American Life Project, more people are embracing social networks like MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, but use of these sites are still much bigger among a younger audience.

I think at the age of 30, I’m right in the middle but I love social networking and using all of the sites listed above. See my blogroll if you’d like to add me as a friend to any of these sites 🙂

From the Associated Press:

Of the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who go online, 35 percent use social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, Pew found in a survey of 2,250 people late last year. Just 8 percent of adult Web users were on social networking sites four years ago.

Through the most recent survey and other polls last year, Pew determined just how much more likely it was for younger people to be participating in social networks. Some 65 percent of online teenagers 12 to 17 use the sites, and three-quarters of Internet users between 18 and 24 have a profile. In comparison, just 7 percent of Internet users who are 65 and older are on the sites.

Among the more surprising of Pew’s findings released Wednesday: Some 17 percent of adults have multiple profiles on one site and 4 percent have profiles for “different parts of their personality.”

But before you start wondering just how many of your friends have multiple personalities, Pew senior research specialist Amanda Lenhart noted that these accounts often emphasize different parts of someone’s life, such as sports or hobbies. Someone might have a hockey-focused profile and a separate one indulging his interest in gardening.

Men and women used the sites in equal proportions, but there were differences when it came to race. About 31 percent of white Web users said they have a profile on at least one social network site, compared with 43 percent of black and 48 percent of Hispanic adults.

Lenhart said the difference can be attributed to the respondents’ ages, as “younger segments of the population (are) much more diverse.” Similarly, because young people tend to make less money, the survey also found that respondents with lower household incomes were more likely to use social network sites than their richer counterparts.

The median ages of MySpace and Facebook users were 26 and 27 years old, respectively. At the career-focused LinkedIn, it was 40.

The Constantly Growing Universe of Social Media

January 13, 2009

When you’re involved in the day-to-day realities of working with social media, it’s way too easy to forget just how large the online space we’re building really is at the present time.

A quick look at Adam Singer’s 49 amazing stats about social media, Web 2.0 and the Internet should help you put things back into a relative perspective.

There are some great statistics in this posting! It’s amazing how big of a social media world we live in!

From The Future Buzz:

As our digital and physical lives blur further, the internet has become the information hub where people spend a majority of their time learning, playing and communicating with others globally.

Sometimes it is easy to get lose sight of just how staggering the numbers are of people collaborating, researching, and interacting on the web.

I thought it might be fun to take a step back and look at some interesting/amazing social media, Web 2.0, crowdsourcing and internet statistics. I tried to find stats that are the most up-to-date as possible at the time of publishing this post.

Let’s break them down by section:

Google search stats:

1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) – approximate number of unique URLs in Google’s index (source)

2,000,000,000 (two billion) – very rough number of Google searches daily (source)

$110,000,000 – approximately amount of money lost by Google annually due to the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button (source)

24,400 – number of people employed by Google (December, 2008)

68,000,000 – the average number of times people Googled the word Google each month for the last year (source: keyword tool)

$39.96 – the average cost per click for the phrase “consolidation of school loans” in AdWords (source: keyword tool)

1,430,000 – the number of Google results for “Robert Scoble”

136,000 – the number of Google results for “Admiral Ackbar”

Wikipedia stats

2,695,205 – the number of articles in English on Wikipedia

684,000,000 – the number of visitors to Wikipedia in the last year

75,000 – the number of active contributors to Wikipedia

10,000,000 – the number of total articles in Wikipedia in all languages

260 – the number of languages articles have been written in on Wikipedia


YouTube stats

70,000,000 – number of total videos on YouTube (March 2008)

200,000 – number of video publishers on YouTube (March 2008)

100,000,000 – number of YouTube videos viewed per day (this stat from 2006 is the most recent I could locate)

112,486,327 – number of views the most viewed video on YouTube has (January, 2009)

2 minutes 46.17 seconds – average length of video

412.3 years – length in time it would take to view all content on YouTube (March 2008)

26.57 – average age of uploader

13 hours – amount of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute

US $1.65 billion in Google stock – amount Google Inc. announced that it had acquired YouTube for in October 2006

$1,000,000 – YouTube’s estimated bandwidth costs per day

(sources here, here and here)

Blogosphere stats

133,000,000 – number of blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002

346,000,000 – number of people globally who read blogs (comScore March 2008)

900,000 – average number of blog posts in a 24 hour period

1,750,000 – number of RSS subscribers to TechCrunch, the most popular Technology blog (January 2009)

77% – percentage of active Internet users who read blogs

55% – percentage of the blogosphere that drinks more than 2 cups of coffee per day (source)

81 – number of languages represented in the blogosphere

59% – percentage of bloggers who have been blogging for at least 2 years


Twitter stats

1,111,991,000 – number of Tweets to date (see an up to the minute count here)

3,000,000 – number of Tweets/day(March 2008) (from TechCrunch)

165,414 – number of followers of the most popular Twitter user (@BarackObama) – but he’s not active

86,078 – number of followers of the most active Twitter user (@kevinrose)

63% – percentage of Twitter users that are male (from Time)

Facebook stats

150,000,000 – number of active users

170 – number of countries/territories that use Facebook

35 – number of different languages used on Facebook

2,600,000,000 – number of minutes global users in aggregate spend on Facebook daily

100 – number of friends the average user has

700,000,000 – number of photos added to Facebook monthly

52,000 – number of applications currently available on Facebook

140 – number of new applications added per day