Author: John Dilley

The Internet Makes It Possible For Nonprofits To Make A Better World

The Internet is essentially one the greatest resources of all time. Hey, where else could you find a funny video, video chat with your Grandma, find a job, and manage your finances without leaving your chair? But while you may reap the benefits of the most powerful source of information, the Internet is doing good things for more than just consumers. Nonprofits have been able to harness the power of the Internet to gain exposure, raise money and even find volunteers. Here are some of the ways nonprofits are making the world a better place all thanks to the Internet. Crowdfunding It’s a no-brainer for brands and individuals to use sites like IndieGogo and Kickstarter, both websites dedicated to crowdfunding various projects. And while many projects are for profit, there are plenty of charity campaigns, like the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, which teamed up with The Draper Foundation to match all donated funds online. The Center also took part in #GivingTuesday, a Twitter campaign that followed Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way for volunteers and benefactors give back. Viral Campaigns Did someone say “Kony?” While there’s much debate surrounding the Invisible Children, Inc. ploy to make Joseph Kony the most recognizable name online, there’s one thing critics can agree on – it worked. By creating a viral marketing campaign, complete with a video, social media accounts...

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Get Smart: 10 Websites that Educate and Entertain

Academic Earth With thousands of lectures from Harvard, MIT and Stanford available for free, Academic Earth has a remarkable spread of information across multiple disciplines. There are over 750 courses to embark upon, from Roman Architecture to Dental Anatomy – sure to keep you busy for years to come. Associated Press The associated press provides news without the bias – the source material for many of the biggest agencies. There’s photojournalism of the highest order and articles are consistently snappy and engaging. The “10 Things to Know for Today” feature is a great way to stay up to date on current affairs. Codecademy Codecademy has made learning to code (relatively) easy with their new platform thanks in part to a straightforward, chirpy UI. The API lessons are the best around, and you can build Web Projects too. Over a billion lines of code have already been submitted to Codecademy, and that number looks to rise. Duolingo Picking up a new language can be really tough, especially when you’re faced with a hefty textbook and a blank paper pad. Duolingo turns the whole process into a game that’s apparently more effective and time-efficient than a university-level course. The accompanying mobile app is a fantastically well-designed resource and also free. HowStuffWorks HowStuffWorks has won a ton of Webby awards and was featured in Time magazine’s “25 websites we can’t live without”....

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SHODAN – Lurking In the Shadows of the Internet

Everybody knows Google: a constantly-updated and intuitively searchable database of all the content on the Internet. But not everyone knows SHODAN: a constantly-updated and intuitively searchable database of everything that’s connected to the Internet. Yes, everything – not just web servers, but also the facilities that control a nation’s power, as well as your own wireless router, printer, and webcam. “I will have your secrets.” – SHODAN, System Shock If the name SHODAN rings a bell, you may be thinking of the unhinged Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network from the System Shock franchise of PC games. The real-life SHODAN is unlikely to achieve malevolent self-awareness, but there’s a similarity between the two networks; they both operate on a planetary scale, and they’re both capable of exposing locations and vulnerabilities for a staggering range of computer systems. System Shock was lauded as ‘visionary’ by hardcore gamers and critics but largely ignored by mainstream and casual gamers. Likewise, the real-life SHODAN is a visionary security tool which could escape the attention of “casual users” – basically you, me, and pretty much everybody. “The Scariest Search Engine on the Internet.” – CNN Money SHODAN’s potential is certainly scary. Ironically, this is partly because the structure and interface are so intuitive and streamlined. If you can perform a Google Search, you can use SHODAN to find the location of any IP address. You can find out...

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5 Household Appliances that Need to Smarten Up

Household appliances are just so boring. No retina displays, no Wi-Fi and not an NFC chip in sight. But things look to change – in every room. So get ready for smarter showers, turbo-charged microwaves and even sentient (well, not quite) washing machines. Feature-Packed Fridge Freezer If only the fridge scanned the milk we popped in the shelf and warned us when it was approaching the sell-by date. How much easier our lives would be if the freezer texted us when the door was left open. Could you imagine a fridge freezer telling us we have too much saturated...

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Find Fair Internet Pricing without a Fight

Despite what you may have read recently, finding a good rate for telecommunication services doesn’t have to be a battle. You just have to know where to look. Instead of putting time and energy arguing on the phone to get the price you want, you can do a little leisurely browsing online and find what you need. Websites like help you find the packages and pricing available in your area and let you compare the Internet speeds they offer. The customer reviews on the site give you an idea about the customer service you’ll receive from each provider....

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