31 May 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Alpine Linux

Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for x86 routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. It was designed with security in mind; it has proactive security features like PaX and SSP that prevent security holes in the software to be exploited. The C library used is musl and the base tools are all in BusyBox. Those are normally found in embedded systems and are smaller than the tools found in GNU/Linux systems.

Latest announcement release via Alpine’s official site:

Alpine 3.4.0 released

We are pleased to announce Alpine Linux 3.4.0, the first release in v3.4 stable series.

Some of the new features are:

  • Linux 4.4 kernel
  • New iso image for virtual machines: alpine-virt
  • support for DNS search in /etc/resolv.conf
  • ruby 2.3
  • postgresql 9.5

Noteworthy changes when upgrading:

  • The PHP packages got renamed from php to php5.
  • The service cron got renamed to crond.
  • busybox ping now use unprivileged ICMP sockets so binary does not need to be suid root. This means you need to be in group with gid 999-59999 for being allowed to send pings.
  • Most ruby-* packages were removed. Use gem instead.

Some of the desktop applications that were upgraded for v3.4:

  • evince 3.20
  • libreoffice 5.1
  • Mate desktop 1.14
  • qt5 5.6

 

Download Alpine Linux: http://alpinelinux.org/downloads/

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30 May 2016

WATCH: Inside The Job Of An UX Designer

The technology industry today has job titles that you don’t really find anywhere else. User experience, or “UX”, is one of them. It seems like every tech company is hiring in “UX design” and “UX research”, but it’s hard for outsiders to know what exactly it is that they do.

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29 May 2016

WATCH: What Exactly Is UX Design?

In the video above, Jose and Chris from the Skool Network dives into what exactly is UX Design.

If you’ve ever been curious about UX or want to see Jose do “his UX thing” this is an episode to watch.

You’ll also see how we design more effective landing pages by thinking about what our “users” challenges/pain points are, and then addressing them through messaging.

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28 May 2016

See What’s New With Chalet OS 16.04 Linux

ChaletOS 16.04 is the new release of ChaletOS Linux Distribution, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) featuring Xfce Desktop environment 4.12. and powered Long-term support of Linux Kernel Series 4.4.

This release introduce new tool called Start Point, an application that has been designed from the ground up to help newcomers to this OS, especially Windows refugees, learn how to use ChaletOS, or Linux for that matter. Also offering brand-new Software Center graphical package manager based on GNOME Software, improves artwork with updates to themes, allowing users to install both GTK3 and GTK2 desktop themes, and redesigned Emerald icons,

More Details about ChaletOS 16.04 : https://sites.google.com/site/chaleto…

Download ChaletOS 16.04 : https://sourceforge.net/projects/chal…

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27 May 2016

10 Reasons Why SEO Is Important To Your Business

Ever wondered what was the difference between your business either appearing on the front page of a Google search, or on the uncharted territories of the second and third and so on pages?

The answer to that, is SEO.

SEO means Search Engine Optimization and is all about trying to rank higher in search engines. To rank higher you make changes to your website that make it easier for search engines to understand your content and how to make that content easier for others to find.

Enough about what SEO does, time to dive into ten reasons why SEO is vital to your business website and why you should invest in SEO.

1. SEO Is In Fact An Investment

Believe it or not SEO is a vital investment to your company. It’s an investment that in short will bring a high reward. You become aware of keywords and tags that have better conversion rates for your company and in turn will get you on the first page of Google’s Search Engine. When done correctly, SEO will bring tremendous results and better your website traffic and more will see your content or service.

2. SEO Goes Hand In Hand With Your Marketing

Although SEO is powerful, it wouldn’t be the only tool at your disposal. SEO can go hand in hand with your social media accounts, branding and other marketing strategies. If you combine these strategies and use them all together the amount of traffic you’re content receives is endless.

3. Increase Website Traffic

SEO can help your product or services get to consumers who are eager to have it, as well as reach the consumers who had no idea something like this exist. Increasing your site traffic can impact your online sales in a big way as well. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well as SEM (Search Engine Marketing) offers you customized search engine strategies.

4. Your Competitors May Already Be Using SEO

You may knock SEO off as an useless tool if you want but believe it or not your competition may already be using SEO, meaning any potential online consumers that could have been your next customer is more than likely in the hands of your competition.

Let’s be honest, who actually clicks to the second or third page of Google to find things? Do you? Highly unlikely.

Here’s a quote by a Search Information Architect:

Academic research indicates that 91% of searchers do not go past page 1 of the search results andt over 50% do not go past the first 3 results on page 1. (Using the Internet: Skill Related Problems in User Online Behavior; van Deursen & van Dijk; 2009). I believe that Google’s own research supports the finding that the top of page one is where its at placement-wise.

Even more evidence to why you want to be in at least the top three spots on Google is because of the chart below:

google-results-page-rank-average-traffic-share-chart

Yes the top 1 spot on a Google search engine will receive about 33% of the traffic. So ask yourself why is it that way as well as whether or not that person is using the right SEO tools vs 4 thru 10?

5. SEO Can Put You In The Drivers Seat

Now the opposite of if your competition has SEO vs you not having it is you having SEO and your competition not having it.

Imagine a head start in SEO, meaning if you have the jump on your competitor, you’re already in the driver’s seat. People will see your content and product or services first.

6. SEO Increases Everything About Your Business

SEO is your trump card. It can increase your impact drastically by getting your content, services or products in front of your targeted eyeballs.

This is also the big reason why you should really want SEO to be handled by professionals who know what they are doing and how to get the job done.

They will ensure that your website appeals to the right audience as well as receive traffic from a great portion of it.

7. An Investment in SEO Is Free Advertisement In The Long Run

SEO lets you dictate how your business should be featured on search results. Think of it this way, once the content is on the internet it is out there for billions of people to see and believe it or not it will be out there forever. People are always searching for information on things and you will always find more and more people discovering your content through search engines years down the line. All because of what? YOUR INVESTMENT IN SEO FIVE YEARS AGO.

8. SEO Goes Hand In Hand With Social Media

If your company does not utilize social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Google+ and more, then you are already at a lost. You will need these outlets to reach more and more people and different audiences.

Content shared by users on social networks are directly related to SEO tools such as title tags and meta descriptions. So every retweet, every facebook share or photo posted is all helping your content reach more and more people.

9. SEO Builds B2C Trust

Let’s face it, which company will you trust more? The company that is on the front page of Google search engines or the one that is on the third?

Placement is everything to be honest, it can make your business stronger and more recognized (learn more about SEO services for Mississauga). This should be a goal you want to reach when people search for your business through relevant words and phrases.

People will see your business at the top and automatically assume that you are indeed the best.

Your website’s title and meta description tags can relay a powerful statement that strengthens your company, while helping spread the marketing message that your company has gone over in your marketing strategy.

10. SEO Helps You Offline As Well

A WebVisible/Nielsen study in 2008 found that 86% of consumers use the Internet to find local businesses from which to buy offline.

Your company should not ignore online marketing and SEO. It will be a major help towards building a great company that consumers trust and rely on for content, products and great services.

Think of that online content, product or service as your salesman that never sleeps or that never check off the clock. It will always be there driving in more consumers both online and offline.

SEO is a great tool that many may see as a business cost, in reality it will be a big investment that pays off hugely for the company and potential consumers.

Help guide those lost consumers to your business today.

Need SEO services? Hire Casanova Information Services, we offer top notch SEO services.

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25 May 2016

See What’s New In Manjaro Linux 16.04

Manjaro LXQt 16.03 has been released and announced by the developers of the Manjaro community. Shipped with the latest build of the next-generation LXQt desktop environment (LXQt 0.10) and powered by the long-term supported Linux kernel 4.4.x.

Manjaro LXQt 16.03 uses the same build of the Manjaro Linux which is already in use in the Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 16.02 and the Manjaro Linux Deepin 16.03.

Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.03 release notes – https://forum.manjaro.org/index.php?t…
Download Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.03 – https://sourceforge.net/projects/manj…

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25 May 2016

Tammy Barvian of Barvian Realty

This week Casanova became acquainted with Tammy Barvian of Barvian realty. Barvian realty handles both residential and commercial realty in the Plainfield, Illinois area. Barvian has more than 8 agents on staff with tons of experience to help you sell/buy a home or to manage your real estate property. Barvian submits all their properties to the MLS with a virtual tour. Barvian is a forward thinking realty company that incorporates technology to help you sell your property. They handle 24/7 Internet marketing on 82+ websites (like zillow.com) , they display a sign with QR code & instant text information, and create you tube videos and face book pages for all their listings. We were particularly excited about the SEO potential of Barvian Realty’s use of technology and can’t wait to see what other technology that Barvian Realty will incorporate next. Maybe Augmented Reality?

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24 May 2016

Linux Kernel 3.18.34 LTS Update

The announcement about the Long Term Supported Linux 3.18 was released earlier today:

I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.34 kernel.

All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 3.18.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.18.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary

It looks that this series of Linux Kernels will be updated and supported through January 2017. Current users should look to update immediately.

The shortlog could be read here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1605.3/00319.html

 

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23 May 2016
22 May 2016

Quick Look At The Budgie Remix 16.04

Budgie Remix 16.04, the unofficial Ubuntu flavor built on top of the Budgie desktop environment created by the amazing team of developers from the Solus Project, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and powered by Linux Kernel Series 4.4.

Here’s features that added in Budgie remix 16.04 : Center the clock applet on the panel, add the Plank dock by default, GNOME Calendar the default calendar app, add the Arc or Vertex themes for the Plank dock via its preferences dialog and moree

Budgie Remix developed by David Mohammed, HEXcube, SpotTech, Ploctaux, Foggalong, and udara-u3,

https://xpressubuntu.wordpress.com/20…

Budgie is a shell for GNOME, Budgie Remix 16.04 ships with GNOME Settings.

Other applications included by default include Plank dock, which is used on the left side of the screen and a beautiful theme called Arc by default.
Other applications include:
  • Gedit 3.18
  • GNOME Photos 3.18
  • gThumb 3.4.3
  • Rhythmbox 3.3
  • Totem 3.18
  • Eye Of GNOME (Image Viewer) 3.18
  • GNOME Terminal 3.18
  • LibreOffice 5.1.2
  • Firefox 45
  • Transmission 2.84
  • and various utilities like Calculator, Disks, Calendar and so on.

Download Budgie Remix 16.04 : https://sourceforge.net/projects/budg…

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