In the back of our minds we know the dastardly advertisers are using the sweet, fuzzy, warm image of (insert your furry creature here - puppy, kitty, hamster, chinchilla, ferret, dolphin) to get our attention in a callous way. But that doesn’t stop us from looking.
A study just released by SocialCode reveals that Facebook ads with images of animals get the highest “Likes.” However, they don’t predict long-term engagement unless the cute creature is actually related to the brand or product’s core mission. For long-term engagement, the study found that women interact more with brands featuring images of landscapes or people while men interact with product images. So, release the fluffy bunnies…but only if it will actually hop on over to enjoy your product.
Many news sources are now reporting about GoDaddy having DNS issues.
I noticed GoDaddy started having trouble around noon eastern time. The reason sites aren't online is because GoDaddy DNS servers aren't working. Usually multiple DNS servers are listed for a domain in case one or more DNS servers have issues. I noticed they are trying to fix their own DNS website by dropping the CNAME record for godaddy.com and adding an A record. It will be interesting to see if GoDaddy.com comes back up before their customer sites.
You can look up their current setting using MxToolbox or another DNS lookup tool.
Anyway, DNS doesn't just control web sites. If your DNS server(s) aren't working then email servers trying to lookup your MX record won't be able to tell where to send your email to.
If your site is at GoDaddy there may be other issues you haven't thought about.
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Microsoft is planning on retiring IE6 and IE7 with a forced upgrade in January 2012. This is great news for web developers! Internet Explorer 6 was a nightmare to develop for. I say that it was a nightmare to develop for because I don't think anyone should be supporting it anymore. If you are then you are doing something very very wrong. And if you are, I can only imagine that you are being forced to do so by corporate or goverment overlords!
Windows XP users will be upgraded to IE 8. Windows Vista and 7 users will be upgraded to IE9. For users of Windows XP I encourage you to use a different browser. The reason for this is that you are missing more and more of the internet. You can test your browsers support for HTML5 at HTML5 test. For people that don't know what you are missing they are little things like images, gradients, fonts, audio, and video. If you try typing "do a barrel roll" into google using IE8 you are missing out on the fun. Try it using an up to date browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
The forced upgrade is due to security threats that are not and will not be patched in older versions of IE.
Now might be a good time to backup your system. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by backing up your files. For easy offsite backup you can a service such as Dropbox, or Carbonite. For image based backups you can use Acronis, Clonezilla, or DriveImage XML. These links are far from extensive as there are many good backup alternatives. Please, for the love of the poor nerd you might turn to for help. I encourage you to backup your system now if you haven't done so in a while.
Windows Server 2008 x64 has both 32 bit ODBC data sources and 64 bit ODBC data sources. They are managed separately. Setting up a 32 bit ODBC connection in Windows Server 2008 x64. Start, Run, C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe To setup the 64 bit ODBC connection go to: Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Data Sources (ODBC). For consistency you should setup a matching 32 and 64 bit connections. Otherwise you may run into the error "[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found".