Tag Archives: Security

Blog Copyrights

If the item protected is a file or a HTML page, a single registration is created. This registration includes the text of the page, if an HTML work, a hash of the registered content, a date/time stamp of when the work was submitted and a My Copyright Number, or MCN, for easy reference.

If the registration is an RSS feed, then all of entries in the feed are indexed separately and all future updates to the feed are picked up automatically on a daily basis. Each entry is given its own registration, including MCN, hash and date stamp.”  (From:  http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2007/12/11/myfreecopyright-free-copyright-verification/).

So when I post a blog, I receive an email which looks like this which shows when, where, what time etc.  Clearly I am the author.

I am not suggesting that this is the way to protect your work.  I am just sharing because it gives me a little sense of security to believe that there is some proof out there, that I am the author of my work.  Anyone interested should research the topic for themselves and weigh up the different options before making a decision.

And if I am wrong, or if you find something better, please let me know!

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Social Platforms

I spent the morning looking at, and registering on various other social platforms.  I did it firstly to secure my name.  Secondly to create other blogging and communication options.  You can for instance link your wordpress account to tumblr so that when you blog on the one, it automatically goes to the other.  However, this might not be wise because search engines do not like duplicates.  I am still investigating.

 

 

Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.  A tumblelog (or tlog) is a variation of a blog that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, tumblelogs are frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences while providing little or no commentary. Some platforms geared towards tumblelogging, such as tumblr, facilitate quick and easy posting of single items, such as audio files, single images and embedded videos, by providing streamlined functionality.

 

 

Posterous is a simple blogging platform started in May 2008, funded by Y Combinator. It boasts integrated and automatic posting to other social media tools such as Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook, a built-in Google Analytics package, and custom themes .

 

 

Goodreads is a privately run “social cataloging” website started in December 2006 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and entrepreneur.[2] The website permits individuals to sign up and register books to create their library catalogs and reading lists. It also allows users to create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.  It is mainly a business network platform.

We all know and have Facebook.  This social networking website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc., with more than 500 million active users in July 2010.

Twitter is a website which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read other users’ messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page.

 

 

Google+ launched as an opposition to Facebook and says this about themselves:  “Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast, simple group chat. We’re very excited about the new approach to sharing we’ve created through Google+, but this is really just the beginning.”

Pinterest is a virtual pinpboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

And then Amazon of course, everyone should have an account with Amazon.

Finally I also wanted to register a domain name.  After looking at various options, I chose register.com.  For only $5, I secured a domain name for a year.

 

So, now I will have to get to work on all of the above.  Will keep you posted!

 

 


When is a house a Home?

For me, home means safety and security.  That is what our armed robbery almost destroyed.

It is also a place of love, comfourt, forgiveness and caring.  We should feel safe inside our homes, protected from the outside world.  But we should also feel secure in one other, and protected by one another.

The people in a home should be transparent with each other, yet have enough love to overlook a host of transgressions.  I am reminded of Liz Murray, in her book Breaking Night:  A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard of which I wrote in a previous blog.  Her parents were both drug addicts and she was out on the streets early on.  I kept wondering why Liz became the success story that she is in spite of her background and circumstances.  The only answer that presented itself to me was love.  Her parents were honest about what they were, and they loved her.  She never doubted that and it was this love that allowed her to rise above what seemed to be her destiny.

Inside a house there might be much or little, neither which make for a loving home.  Parents who admit their mistakes do.  Children who respect their parents though they might not agree, do.  People who accept one another’s faults, do.

Two, or four, or however many people living together have to be able to give one another space.   My Uncle and Aunt had seven sons, one after the other, nine in one house which was by no means spacious.  They had to learn to cohabit their home in a way that made them one unit, yet where each still had enough space to be an individual.

It is not always easy to share your space with others, especially if your personal bubble is big, and you crave a lot of ‘me time’.  But therein lays the secret.  That which hurts, grows.  That which scrapes and scours, builds.  That is what the people in your home do.  They build character in you, they teach you, and they grow you.

Left to yourself, you would never become what you are ultimately, capable of being.