31
Dec
2014

Is Geek Culture a Boys’ Club? These Women Don’t Think So

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It wasn’t so long ago that geek culture was synonymous with a boys’ club made up of sex-starved, socially inept basement dwellers who gathered in the back rooms of comic book stores or arcades. They were bullied and mocked, left on the outskirts of society where they formed communities where they could take shelter and share in their obsessions. How the tables have turned. Geek culture has been pushed into the mainstream, and the women who have always been part of the scene are stepping into the spotlight and working to retire those old, tired stereotypes. Female geeks and gamers of all stripes are stepping out and staking their claim despite the often misogynistic and sexist backlash that’s long been endemic in the community. [Read more →]

16
Dec
2014

4 Signs Your Blog is Asking for a Penalty

For the most part, only search engine optimization (SEO) specialists know about Google penalties, but that shouldn’t be the case. If your website or blog practices “black hat tricks” (tricks that falsely improve your search engine result rankings), Google’s algorithms are almost always capable of catching them at some point. If they do, and it’s deemed intentional, then you can get slapped with a Google penalty. In the worst cases, this removes your site from that search engine’s results completely.

Google penalty

There are many ways to avoid a penalty, but they all have to do with avoiding black hat tricks. Unfortunately, many unsuspecting bloggers hire a “black hat” SEO agency unaware that the tactics being used are illegal. Other times, a newbie developer practices these tricks themselves, not knowing that they’re “illegal.” Here are some of the biggest black hat strategies to avoid: [Read more →]

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16
Dec
2014

4 Things Big Data Can Do for You

There’s a lot of buzz about “big data” but the reality is that it’s nothing new. It’s simply an umbrella term for “information”, no matter where it comes from, that’s “big.” It can be information gleaned from a business’ social media site, focus group, census information, a list of emails that’s been paid for, etc. However, how big data is managed, organized and actually translated for use is what matters. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses let it collect dust on a virtual shelf until it’s useless.

big-data

Having the right database options is the foundation for well-managed data. When a company can’t collect and analyze data, it’s virtually useless. Plus, many businesses have much more access to big data than they think. They overlook information such as survey results and bounceback emails when they send out their newsletters. Take a look at what big data can really do, and it’ll light a fire under your motivation to garner it: [Read more →]

27
Nov
2014

Geeks Creating Electronic Money

If you are still using paper money, you are light years behind the geeks who have taken electronic money to a whole new level. Only a real geek can appreciate the value of a form of currency that is little more than a collection of bits in cyberspace. These electronic coins, which go by various names, are in turn stored inside a virtual wallet. This makes electronically generated money beyond being light weight and convenient. It is a very different way of thinking about money, compared to how people used to think about money in the days when everyone had a clothesline and spent their evenings watching black and white television.

bitcoin

Though it may seem odd to you, and perhaps even a little hard to believe, more and more retail merchants online are accepting forms of electronic money–especially one mainstream electronic currency called bit coin. What started out as electronic coins used by online gamers in virtual worlds have actually become a form of real currency in the real world. Geeks like this type of currency, not only because it is easy to use online, but also because currencies like bitcoin, litecoin, and dogecoins, for example, are very difficult to trace. When you pay with these forms of currency, you are essentially anonymous. [Read more →]

7
Nov
2014

Are You a Geek at Heart?

On the hit Disney cartoon series, Recess, Vince Lasalle is forced to come to grips with the fact that his big brother Chad is exhibiting all the classic signs of being a geek. Early on in geek culture, it was easy to tell if a person was trending towards being a geek. If you had tape on your black horn rimmed glasses, a pocket protector, and lacked a healthy tan, then chances are you were trending in the geek fashion.

Showing a tendency to be good at math and science, and sitting around all day programming your computer, rather than playing sports with the guys was another classic way to tell that people were entrenched in geek culture. As geek culture grew, suspenders became another fashion trend that helped identify with the geek movement. But, this has lead many to ask what it means to be a geek today. [Read more →]

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