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SEO on a budget

SEO isn’t hard

you need good content and good link.

That’s kind of all.

But when you cannot do any of these or you want to accelerate the process, might be worth thinking how you’re gonna optimise that process.

Finding good content on this is pretty hard.

This video however is really a neat finding.

So enjoy !

JS tooling

The web is evolving.

Here are some element to catch up on VueJs and NodeJS

 

Building a RESTful API with Node.js

NodeJS Shopping Cart

Vue.js 2 – Getting Started

Build a Chat Room from scratch (vuejs, nodejs, socket.io)

Full Stack Web App using Vue.js & Express.js

Hotel system in Vue.js

Vue.js 2 & Vuex (Basics)

Selling strategy with Chris Do

Strategy is everything.

But it is not always understood this way – and can be a tough sell sometime.

 

Here is an interesting discussion around the topic:

Part 1:

 

Part 2:

 

Enjoy!

John Perry Barlow – A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace


Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

Davos, Switzerland

February 8, 1996

Infosec privacy for a Sunday watch list (tor / bitcoins)

Research notes / Watchlist for later review on infosec and privacy and anonymity – note that these two are different.

 

#Tor Developer Isis Lovecruft lectures on anonymity systems at Radboud Universiteit

 

#Browsing with Tor: Online Anonymity to Outsmart the NSA – Tom Lowenthal

 

#DEFCON 14: How to Create an Anonymous Identity

 

#DEFCON 20: Can You Track Me Now?

Government And Corporate Surveillance Of Mobile Geo-Location Data

 

 

 

Lecture 6 — Bitcoin and Anonymity

 

 

 

Bitcoin Q&A: Anonymity and confidential transactions

 

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Voice & IOT

Voice and IOT

Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod and Siri (and Microsoft Cortana) are all fighting to control the voice market. While they get full respect for doing so, I am not gonna say I am particularly trusting any of these companies to provide us with the best level of privacy, service and control over what we do with our devices and how is the data used.

Therefore I am compiling here some resources which I’ll probably update as we go on interesting DIY tools to build similar devices.

Libraries

Cool tutorials

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Milgram experiment, company culture, work ethics

Or why “do as you are told” is a bad idea.

In 1964, Stanley Milgram back then a young researcher at Yale University, published the results a famous experiment known to this day as the Milgram Experiment.

The set up is simple:

The subject of the experiment takes part himself in a (staged) experiment supposed to study the impact of pain on memory and learning.

For this, he is asked by the experimenter to administer increasingly strong electric shocks to a test subject for every wrong answer.

Of course, the test subject is an actor part of the experiment.

Milgram experiment reveal that more than 50% of tested subjects will administer shocks until the end of the experiment, up to the point where this would be lethal for the test subject.

TL;DR;

A figure of authority can convince a regular person to kill, just because ordered to.

 

 

Now before you think this is old shit and that today, people are different:

Here is a video of the Milgram experiment re-enacted, and the results are very consistent with the original study:

 

 

A few more points:

  • This experiments has been re-enacted many times. Each time results have been quite consistent with the original experiment.
  • Men and women scored the same in a variation done on gender
  • Authority is important for this experiment to work (uniform, legitimacy, etc.)
  • Symbols of authorities are the result of a culture

A full detailed analysis of the protocol explains the procedure followed by the experiment and all the variations done to test different hypothesis.

For instance, the role of the uniform :

In the original baseline study – the experimenter wore a grey lab coat as a symbol of his authority (a kind of uniform). Milgram carried out a variation in which the experimenter was called away because of a phone call right at the start of the procedure.

The role of the experimenter was then taken over by an ‘ordinary member of the public’ ( a confederate) in everyday clothes rather than a lab coat. The obedience level dropped to 20%.

Or, if the participant could delegate his personal responsibility to press the button to somebody else, the obedience would increase.

When participants could instruct an assistant (confederate) to press the switches, 92.5% shocked to the maximum 450 volts. When there is less personal responsibility obedience increases. This relates to Milgram’s Agency Theory.

Which clearly give you a hint about why administrations are built the the way they are : the more level and sublevel of responsibility you have the less likely you will see any kind of resistance from an organisation.

 

#HR Implications:

Work ethic &  Personal responsibility

Milgram experiment is telling us one thing : when work ethic will be challenged by the management

  • to drive down quality at the expense of quantity
  • to steal, lie, cover things up
  • any kind of  crazy shit

Then, more than 50% of your staff will be statistically prone to comply and go forward even if he/she knows it goes against what should be acceptable in the work place.

When more than half of your organisation cannot prevent bad behaviour to happen, you have a problem.

Side note: As an employee, if you do not want to be a milgram-employee, then just be clear about your own standards and stick to your guns. Also, learn to sell. It helps.

Importance of culture in the company

A work culture where you put all the weight and the responsibility on management will be likely to generate more milgram-employee.

If you care about your organisation, you do not want milgram-people in your org.

If you care about long term, build a culture that will push for higher personal responsibility and work ethic.

One thing you need for that: content which you can use to educate your organisation, on a regular basis and at all levels.

A simple example of workshop you can run

Show your staff the Milgram experiment, then ask them to discuss how do they think they should react when ask to do stuff they don’t agree with even thought the manager tell them it is okay…

 

 

 

Full version of the experiment

 

 

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THE CULT OF DONE MANIFESTO

It is an original piece from Bre Pettis and Kio Stark – under Creative Common.

For me it is a reminder that done is better than perfect, and no matter how creative you want to be there is a point where actual delivery matter more than potential awesomeness .

Here it is:

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

 

The Cult of Done

 

 

 

Colin Powell’s 13 rules of leadership [REF]

“It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.”

“Get mad, then get over it.”

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

“It can be done.”

“Be careful what you choose: You may get it.”

“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.”

“You can’t make someone else’s decisions. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.”

“Check small things.”

“Share credit.”

“Remain calm. Be kind.”

“Have a vision. Be demanding.”

“Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.”

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

 

 

Source:

It first published in 1989 in Parade Magazine.

 

Sidenote:

I am posting this here as a reference material. It’s 100% worth a read but this is not an endorsement or a personal piece of opinion nor an analysis. 

No representation or warranty, express or implied, with respect to the completeness, accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose, or utility of these materials or any information or opinion contained herein. Actual mileage may vary. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, or events, past, present or future, is purely coincidental. Batteries not included. Do not eat. Not a toy. Read at your own risk.