We’ve decided to continue our look at popular sites server and hosting technology – so here is one from a popular jewellery site based in London.
|Site title||Designer Jewellery & Fine Jewellery at EC One Online||Date first seen||November 1999|
|Site rank||Primary language||English|
|Description||Award-winning retailer of designer jewellery.|
|Keywords||jewellery, designer jewellery, designer rings, designer necklaces, designer earrings, designer bracelets|
|Site||http://www.econe.co.uk||Netblock Owner||Nexcess – 4D Sirius II|
|IP address||18.104.22.168||DNS firstname.lastname@example.org|
|IPv6 address||Not Present||Reverse DNS||unknown|
|Domain registrar||unknown||Nameserver organisation||whois.nic.uk|
|Top Level Domain||United Kingdom (.co.uk)||DNS Security Extensions||unknown|
|Netblock owner||IP address||OS||Web server||Last seen|
|Nexcess – 4D Sirius II||22.214.171.124||Linux||Apache||30-Sep-2013|
|Netcraft Risk Rating||0/10|
|On Spamhaus Block List||No||On Exploits Block List||No|
|On Policy Block List||No||On Domain Block List||No|
Site Technology Fetched on 09th September 2013
Server-SideIncludes all the main technologies that Netcraft detects as running on the server such as PHP.
Client-Side Scripting FrameworksFrameworks or libraries allow for easier development of applications by providing an Application Program Interface (API) or a methodology to follow whilst developing.
E-CommerceElectronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce, is the buying and selling of product or service over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.
PHP ApplicationPHP is an open source server-side scripting language designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages.
Web StatsWeb analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of internet data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage.
Character EncodingA character encoding system consists of a code that pairs each character from a given repertoire with something else such as a bit pattern, sequence of natural numbers, octets, or electrical pulses in order to facilitate the transmission of data (generally numbers or text) through telecommunication networks or for data storage.
DoctypeA Document Type Declaration, or DOCTYPE, is an instruction that associates a particular SGML or XML document (for example, a webpage) with a Document Type Definition (DTD).
CSS UsageCascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation semantics (the look and formatting) of a document written in a markup language (such as XHTML).
Interest in wearable computing technology has been piqued by Google recently. The selection available at Taipei’s Computex trade fair this week is expected to draw large crowds to the various company stands.
All eyes will be set on the five-day tech extravaganzas trend zone where some lesser-known brands could shine, against Apple and its rumoured smart watch, as well as the ongoing hype surrounding Google’s pioneering glass product.
Taipei-based company called solar Star Inc currently sells handheld GPS devices that help golfers, is one of the smaller manufacturers who are looking at the Field of wearable computers.
Their spokesman stated that we saw the huge potential market in 2009 and decided to do research on the smart watch and related apps.
The new watch that they have developed should provide golfers with range finding services and the layouts of over 30,000 golf courses across the world. The device can also be used by people who are jogging or riding bought bikes in order to record distance travelled and also the number of calories that they have consumed.
The watch will be equipped with an E ink paper display that enables its 1.73 inch long screen to be viewed clearly under sunshine. This means that when the watch is coupled with a smart phone and thus provided with Internet connectivity, it will be able to access social media, instant messaging and also allow users to read e-book’s.
The device is table to hit the market before Christmas this year with a pricetag of $179.
Google have been at the forefront of the wearable computing frenzy, following their announcement and also provision to beta testers of their headmounted display known as Google glass.
Glass is linked to the Internet using Wi-Fi hotspots, or by being wirelessly tethered to your smart phone. The pictures and video that you take using Google glass a shared through the Google plus social network.
As you would expect the chief at Apple Tim Cook, is playing down the idea of Google glass, stating his preference that things like watches and other accessories doing a recent interview in California.
As we mentioned Apple have been rumoured to be launching and I watched device to be worn on the wrist quite soon.
Some critics have predicted that Google glass is very similar to the Segway, except for the face. Segways are used by a number of people across the world, however they’re not exactly ubiquitous yet.
Its safe to say that in the developed world, geolocation technology has its upsides and its downsides. On the one hand, we can now follow our progress as we walk from A to B without getting lost and don’t have to use a printed flyer or map, and find the nearest two-for-one pizza deal in the process.
In the future, says Jane Frost of the Market Research Society, governments will use such data “to understand how people interact with services such as public transport and health, and to monitor criminals and detect and prevent fraud”. On the other, companies will aggressively mine geolocation data to target customers with goods and services according to their habits and location.
In the developing world, and in fragile and conflict states, though, the technology is being put to less controversial use. A project in Nigeria for the UK Department for International Development, for example, which is funding a programme to help reduce child and mother mortality in childbirth by encouraging more mothers to give birth in clinics, has successfully combined GPS data collected during interviews with satellite imagery to clearly show the effect of distance on mortality.
“We knew there was a huge difference between the muslim north and the Christian south,” says Johnny Heald of ORB International, the opinion research firm that carried out the interviews using GPS-equipped PDAs. “By interviewing people where we knew clinics were funded, and also a matching sample where they weren’t, then overlaying that data on satellite maps, we could show the effect of distance on mortality very effectively.”
ORB, which specialises in research in fragile and conflict states, also worked with US satellite imagery and information firm Digital Globe on a more complex project that used so-called “geospatial analysis” to predict where Joseph Kony’s notorious Ugandan guerilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, would strike next. Data-rich satellite maps and geolocation information from the sites of previous attacks were fed into a model that used machine-learning to search for likely future targets.
The technology is not without its dangers, for interviewers and interviewees, Heald says: “In some countries, like Somalia or Afghanistan, if you’re caught with a GPS device or a particularly advanced mobile phone, you’re automatically a spy. Likewise, because GPS pinpoints people very accurately, some people in a sample could be at risk if, say, they expressed certain political views. We have to present the opinions of say, eight or 10 people in a village, collectively. There’s an ethical issue here.”
Frost notes that concerns about the use of geolocation data also apply in the developed world, “especially when the data is combined with personal information like gender, race, occupation and financial history. What data is collected and how is developing rapidly, but data privacy legislation is not. Public and consumer trust in data sharing is taking a beating, and organisations need to commit to ethical data sharing that respects personal privacy before trust becomes a real problem.”
Are there any other uses of technology that we take for granted in the UK, which you know are being used abroad to help people and save lives? Let us know and we will publish details and photos. £100 for any story that we use.
Here’s some news for those of you who have just signed up for our new gaming VPS rig. Your nan might fancy fragging a few zombies…. Yeah I said fragging, not.. oh never mind.
Anyway a 99 year old lady called Dorothy Thompson who lives in America has just found her way back into bowling, into Wii bowling that is. She is a known as an Xgamer.
Thompson confided that she had never played a video game before but that it’s just so natural and it’s like regular bowling.
There are a growing number of people who play exercise games on consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox Kinect and also the PlayStation Move, as a substitute for traditional methods of fitness.
Thompson believes that it’s a fun and entertaining way to exercise and also that it is a good alternative for the person who doesn’t want to do traditional exercise. Can I see my nan who is happy in her Essex care home playing Call of Duty, or even the Wii for that matter? Hmm not so much, but saying that she does like scrabble.
However researchers are pouring doubt on the effectiveness of this type of exercise. A clinical exercise psychologist at the University of Nebraska commented that most fitness games only offer low levels of activity. Generally it’s equivalent to a brisk walk, so it’s not very strenuous.
Walking quickly tends to burn around 350 cal per hour on average, and adults need at least 150 minutes this type of activity every week in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To put this into context this would mean dancing to 43 songs in dance dance Revolution or playing tennis on Wii sports for the equivalent of a Wimbledon length tennis match.
Apparently the best game workouts are the ones where you actually get off the couch and constantly moving. Obviously the faster you are moving the more calories you will burn.
Excerpt games unlocked is a new website which provides ratings for these games, categorising them as calorie burner, skip this or even staff picks. For the senior citizens who use these games they usually have one person who stands on the balance board and Leeds, whilst the rest of the crowd mimics the movement.
It’s worth noting that although the less strenuous games tend to burn a lot less calories they can be very helpful in easing arthritis pain and actually improving balance. However warns the psychologist, there is nothing better than old-fashioned exercise. Virtual tennis should not be used to replace live tennis; lol like a 99 year old is going to go out and play real tennis!
Let us know if your gran plays computer games and for the first two replies we’ll give you a years worth of access to our new gaming VPS rig.
So many of you will have heard about the new Amazon Coins currency that they are releasing, and this got me to thinking what kind of hosting app could we launch in order to get a piece of the Kindle Fire pie?
If any of you have any ideas do let us know, but in the mean time heres the info on that Amazon Coins currency.
There is a new virtual currency that Amazon are releasing very soon They have called it Amazon coins, and it is being introduced as a new form of tender for the purchase of apps, games and in Items via their Kindle Fire hardware. Lots of which found there way into people’s stockings this Christmas.
Amazon believes that this will make their customers who own a Kindle fire more easily able to spend money in the Amazon App Store. Time to tell the family that we have to sell xbox 360, to fund our app development for the Kindle Fire.
So what do that developers actually have to do in order to take advantage of this new currency? To be honest, developers don’t really need to do much. Those developers who already have apps within the App Store will actually get paid as usual in real money. If you’re a budding app developer and you want to get in on this at the start you need to get your app submitted and approved by April 25.
In order to give the new tender a boost, Amazon are going to be giving away tens of millions of pounds worth of free Amazon coins that can then be spent via the Kindle fire on apps.
It’s interesting to note that developers continue to report higher conversion rates on Amazon compares to other platforms. Amazon are increasingly trying to make their App Store more appealing to developers, as they know they have a fight on their hands in the form of Apple’s App Store.
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It might also be useful in a CSR point of view to promote the fact to your customers that your business website is an eco-friendly site that is powered by renewable energy.
Analysis of an online store’s server environment
The site that we have decided to look at is Lintbells.com. This is a site which provides dog health supplements via the Internet.
The following are the results from a look into the server.
|Site title||Dog & Cat Supplements – Proven to Improve Pet’s Health||Date first seen||November 2006|
|Site rank||unknown||Default language||English|
|Description||Lintbells is dedicated to making tasty, nutritional supplements for dogs and cats; proven to improve your pet’s health. Visit our website to find a suitable product for your pet.|
|Keywords||dog nutrition, dog supplements, cats health, puppy care, dogs supplements, Lintbells|
|Site||http://www.lintbells.com||Last reboot||unknown Uptime graph|
|Domain||lintbells.com||Netblock owner||LCN.com customer dedicated servers|
|Hosting Country||UK||DNS email@example.com|
|Domain Registrar||unknown||Reverse DNS||ds355969-1.lcnservers.com|
|Top Level Domain||Commercial entities (.com)||Hosting company||lcn.com|
Content Technology – the technology that is running on the website at present
|Advertising Networks||DoubleClick||Internet advertising service provided by Google|
|CSS Usage||CSS Media Query|
|External||Styles defined within an external CSS file|
|Character Encoding||UTF8||UCS Transformation Format 8 bit|
|Doctype||XHTML||Extended version of the Hypertext Markup Language|
|HTTP Compression||Gzip Content Encoding||Gzip HTTP Compression protocol|
|Technology||PHP||PHP is supported and/or running|
|PHP Powered||PHP is running on the server|
|Web Stats||Google Webmaster Tools||Set of tools allowing webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites on Google|
|Google Analytics||Google’s website traffic analysis service|
Hosting History – What server technology has been used before and is used at present
|LCN.com customer dedicated servers||126.96.36.199||Linux||Apache/2.2.14 Ubuntu||1-Feb-2013|
|1 1 Internet||188.8.131.52||Linux||Apache||27-Aug-2009|
Its good to note that the server is based in the UK, which will help the rankings in Google.co.uk.
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