Digital Things of Interest Overview:

Read these Digital Things of Interest for 15 August 2017, which includes the following great gems of information:

  • Plandids taking over Instagram;
  • Thoughts on a PageSpeed preso from Google;
  • How to detect if numbers are random;
  • Roomba could sell maps of your home;

#Instagram #SocialMedia #PageSpeed #KnowYourNumbers #DataPrivacy

Digital Things of Interest 15 August 2017:

  • “Plandids” are taking over Instgram
    • Hahaha – as an avid reader of 1980s shopping catalogues, I’m very much reminded of the fact that these poses are straight outta the pose book of “Catalogue Man” (or woman). Think “Man spots friend across the way”, or “woman laughs at unseen joke”. It’s good to see this under-rated photograph style make a comeback. Obviously, this being Insta, the images are only of youngish women looking all glam.


  • PageSpeed Preso From Google
    • guy kawasaki google pagespeedOkay, so Guy Kawasaki snapped this during a preso from Google, and it is an amazing stat. However, some caution is needed, as the stat may be massaged for a shocking, but convenient message (aren’t they all?). This dpesn’t take into account time to first paint, and time to fill the first screen. It also doesn’t take into account fat-finger taps, and bot clicks – both of which are substantial in number, but exceptionally low in hang time. This would bring any site’s dwell time down significantly. Know your numbers.


  • How to Detect If Numbers Are Random
    • This is definitely one for my mathematical friends. It’s a good treatise on how to test for the true randomness of random numbers. As well as important implications for security, and things it also produced some pretty graphs. One final thought stuck me. If a number generated is truly random, then surely it has an equal chance of being the same number as previously – which could confuse things somewhat.


  • Roomba Could Sell Maps of Your Home
    • Gosh, this is a bit of a startler, although when you think about it, it would make perfect sense. It appears the vacuum cleaner’s privacy policy may be vaguely enough written to enable it to sell your home mapping data if needed. Of course, one fantastic application could be providing you with plans of your home, or suggestions on where to move furniture (as a vacuum clear would have perfect taste, natch). The other applications I can think of all seem a touch invasive, if you ask me, but if we will sign these privacy policies without looking.


That’s it for today. If you find anything of interest in the digital space that you think is worth sharing, please get in touch with me.

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