Happy 32nd Birthday symbolics.com – they were the very first company to have a domain name registered on the internet! Now there are over 325 million domain names.
Why are domain names useful? It saves you having to know the actual computer address (known as an IP address) of the website you want to visit. When you use your mobile phone to call your friends, you never enter their actual phone number, you just look up their name in your phone book app. A domain name works in a similar way.
The ‘phone book’ for the internet is known as the DNS – the Domain Name System. It translates the ‘human language’ of www.philthegeek.com to a computer readable IP address and sends you on to the site.
Now you know!
#FakeNews is everywhere and it’s getting harder to tell what’s true and what isn’t. Some sites are very clever and so convincing they fool many people. It always makes me smile when they fool politicians who gleefully share the news, then end up having egg on their face afterwards. If seasoned politicians, who SHOULD be media aware, are fooled, what chance does the average joe have?
First, if you’re not sure it’s true, DON’T share it. Not even to say “I’m not sure if it’s true or not but…”. Once a false story is out on the net, it takes on a life of its own and people will believe it because “so and so shared it”.
Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Make your motto: “Be Sure. Then Share”. Get your facts checked first. This brief, but helpful video, from Channel 4 ‘s Facebook Page provides some helpful tips.
When you’ve watched that, have a look at the LINKS page for a list of current satircal news sites.
Today is International Women’s Day! In honour of that, I felt it was a good idea to introduce to you to someone you may have heard of but not for the reason you might think.
Hedy Lamarr c.1944
Ever heard of Hedy Lamarr? Chances are your parents or grandparents might. She was an Austrian born American film star in the 1930’s and 1940’s. She is probably best known for her role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille‘s Samson and Delilah.
However, she wasn’t just a pretty face – she was a bit of an inventor. In 1942, she, along with avant-garde composer George Antheil invented and patented a radio guidance system for torpedoes that was resistant to being jammed.
The principles of their design is one of the most important parts of current communications technology including Bluetooth and WiFi. Their work in those wartime years has become so important now, that in 2014 they were inducted into the American National Inventors Hall of Fame .
So the next time you pop into a coffee shop and take a photo of your coffee and uploaded it on Facebook using their free WiFi – give a thought to Hedy and George. Without them WiFI just might not exist!
“TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network…” reports the BBC. It’s a good reminder to always be wary of cold callers asking for information or suggesting you need to install software on your computer to “fix” problems.
You may wish to revisit this earlier post on the Top Ten Scams of 2017.
The internet is an amazing place full of amazing people doing amazing things. Unfortunately, it has its share of bad people doing bad things. There’s always someone out there trying to take advantage of you.
Don’t let them. Have a read of the Top 10 Scams going on right now as published by the Better Business Bureau – Vancouver Island, BC branch.
If you know of any scams or have been a victim of one, get in touch – it might help others avoid becoming victims.