Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Direct or ease

[a collection of web directories as supplied by Curlie with some Wikipedia thrown in]

AbiLogic 
Alan's Sorted Hotlist
Alive Web Directory
Apahcinc
Aviva Directory
Beesker
Best of the Web
Blogs Index
The Catalogue of Catalogues
Chiff
Chirag
CloudTrip
CoolWebsites 
Croozed
Curlie
Directory Journal 
Earth Station Nine
Findelio
Gimpsy
GoGuides.org
Hotlist
Jasmine Directory
KwikGoblin
Lifefile
Linkopedia
LOL
New York Public Library Best of the Web 

Peter Ghiringhelli's Weborama 2011
Robin's FYI
Seven Seek
Single Function
Smart Links
Somuch 
Startfrom
SteviesTV
Sue's Best Links
TheDaily.com's A List 
Topfivesites.com
Udangus
WebLocate
WebReviews.co.uk
Zappido

[draft]

Monday, December 11, 2017

Abbreviated, Abridged

Appearing just below Netflix in popularity is t.co whose brief is to shorten your URLs for Twitter purposes. Now at first I thought this had to be a specialty task and there may be no other services doing this. Turns out there are [thanks to our lifeline lifewire]

Image result for url shortening

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Flicks are in screen

I had to tiptoe past some pirate sites but I think this is a good representation of websites that allow you to stream movies and television

Netflix
Hulu
Amazon Instant Video
Playstation Vue
Sling Orange
Crackle
HBO GO, HBO NOW
Twitch
Vevo
Please be aware that the whole Region blocking very much applies. Sling, for example, is not available in Australia. In fact, these are predominantly US so you may need to hunt for local equivalents in some cases. Not that this distribution model is new: it's applied to free-to-air, pay and cable networks, drive-in and cinema releases
 
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Friday, December 08, 2017

"Join the professionals, Be a professional/You're gonna be one anyway"

a Steve Jones/Paul Cook nom de guerre

The Professionals of musical or dramatic interlude are not the pro's this post will address. It was noting that LinkedIn is the only professional social network (as opposed to unprofessional social network) to rank - and at #24 - that flung me out on a search for others. The search as per hyperlink above produced these contenders:

 Image result for the professionals

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Without a Net

Before we go on to explore below our twenty most popular websites; their uniqueness and exigencies, let's remember those websites once wildly popular that have fallen by the wayside* (or are still so and I didn't fact check. Sorry CNET)
About
Altavista
Amer. Greetings
Angelfire
Ask Jeeves
AT&T
Classmates
CMU.edu
CNET
Comcast
Compuserve
craigslist
Demand Media
eUniverse
Excite
Gator
Geocities
Glam Media
GNN
Go
Go2Net
Goto
Grab
Infoseek
Juno
LookSmart
Lycos
Netscape
Primenet
Prodigy
Real
Symantec
UIUC.edu
Umich.edu
Uproar
Vendare
Verizon
Viacom
Vivendi
Well
Xoom

*either swept aside by stronger competitors, absorbed, still going but with a greatly reduced audience, or nothing but a landing page. So it goes.
It was too much work to check each and every one of them, a few have popped up in previous posts and I've assumed that the likes of Disney and NBC are still doing alright. We know Walmart are.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tops

It's probable that even the most seasoned blog reader is not attached to lists the way I am. Here it really helps clarify what services provided by websites are considered the most valuable, helpful or enjoyable. For whatever reason, these are the sites that drag people back.

I was aware the whole time that one site's placing wasn't a sure indicator of the popularity of the product they provided. Perhaps they exercise a monopoly of some kind. I'd say at a rough estimate, popularity is crowded for some products and services and dominated by a few players with others. So it depends.

Instant messaging is popular in the app. That makes sense. There isn't as much need to have an instantaneous medium where one is restricted to websites; why not email?

Bottoms

When it comes to the worst, a search under Internet products and services is endless complaints about Internet service providers. I think I even saw Choice's name pop up.
As for products, here's a fun site that looks at the worst products sold on the Internet. Or at least they're for sale; too crap and people won't buy. I wouldn't swear by that though.

As for Internet products, you could do worse (well no you couldn't, that's the point) than Motherboard article "Some of the Worst Internet of Things Products You Could Buy This Christmas" [I love the hyperlink title too]

Given that we're likely to only deal with the big ones, its my brand of curiosity to look at worst video sharing sites. Was Video Sift in 2008 knocked out of the competition by that review?

With social networking it's going to be the sites that are most popular that are also lambasted. It's all one giant argument. I can recall campaigns against dangerous or destructive influences when I was a kid and they continue to this day when looking at social media.
You can go and search for your own worst search engines.

The reason I say that is because my furtive attempts at finding out which search engines failed in their task threw up the names of ones we've canvassed or they swiped from each other. I guess all the Internet can be said to have this tendency; the wider the message is disseminated, the more likely it will be copied or co-opted.
Would it be right to highlight Blekko when it is only fifth worst on someone's list (below Ask Jeeves cum Ask.com)?

I had no part in choosing the worst encyclopedia 

Port-a-loo portals

You can do a bit of online shopping, you can sell online or you can even go online to bag out online shopping websites.  I can quite imagine eCommerce is a fertile ground for shysters to ply their trade. Not to mention novices who make the experience painful.

Photo sharing is variable in picture quality.

It's scary to even look at bad Internet security and my search for bad entertainment sites wasn't very entertaining.
Image result for bad portal


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Security detail

Top Internet Security Suites

  1. Bitdefender
  2. Norton Security
  3. Kaspersky Labs
  4. Trend Micro
  5. BullGuard
  6. Avast
  7. Panda
  8. G Data
  9. ESET
  10. F-Secure
 [source: Top Ten Reviews