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Facebook slow today

If facebook is not working well this week, don’t panic. It’s not you computer or iPhone or browser that’s causing the problems. Apparantly Facebook are having some problems.

There’s no fix that I know of other than to wait it out and try again a little later.

This site allows you to check if others have reported a problem too.

 

 

 

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Reflections on how Google rankings shape website content

I have now been running macintoshhowto.com for 10 years. Here is a graph of visitors over the last 10 years:

You will notice that there are some turning points on the curve. Most of these changes correspond to Google changing their Page Rank algorithms.  For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity  until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which was a change in the way they show their search results.Most of the other changes in the graph also correlate to some kind of a Google update.

Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But I have discovered two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites. 

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Australia – how to connect to the NBN.

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In Australia at the moment they are rolling out the NBN.  If you have a Macintosh computer it doesn’t matter which company you go with – they are all “Macintosh compatible”.  The main thing affecting the setup of your NBN  connection and the equipment you will need is whether you are fibre to the premises (FTTP) or fibre to the node (FTTN). Each one is slightly different in terms of how you connect your Macintosh computer to the NBN network. 

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Massive Bluehost sale Sept 15 & 16. $2.95/month

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On September 15th and 16th Bluehost are offering a massive web hosting special.  You can sign up for $2.95/month. This is a crazy cheap price. It includes a free domain name. I use Bluehost to host this Macintosh  website as well as my other websites (dubbo.org, wayneconnor.com, dpc.org.au and more). This is much less than I pay! If you are interested click here to signup for Bluehost hosting on September 15 or 16th.

 

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How to bookmark lots of tabs at once in safari

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Have you ever searched the internet with lots of webpages open at once? You could be doing research or booking a holiday, you might even have ten pages open at once. Then, all of a sudden, you get interrupted and have to do something else. Don’t worry, you can bookmark all of your tabs at once to have them saved and ready to go for next time.

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How to reduce data usage when travelling with your laptop

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If you are travelling with your laptop (or iPhone) and your data is limited, here are  a few simple ways to make sure you don’t use too much data.

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How to sell something on ebay

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Here’s how to sell something on ebay from your mac. It’s all fairly simple. The only real trick is how to easily get your photos from iPhoto into ebay. Here’s how. 

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How to get your website to appear in a google search

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Web pages generally  do not automatically appear on search engine results pages. To make your site appear in google and other search engines you need to manually add your site to their index. This is called submitting your site to a search engine. You don’t have to pay to do this – it’s free. Read on to find out how to submit your site to Google.