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Logo Parodies With Slogans That Say What You Think

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Logo Parodies With Slogans That Say What You Think


Logo Parodies With Slogans That Say What You Think

Posted: 12 Nov 2013 07:01 AM PST

If you have been on the Internet for long, you’d notice that netizens have a quirky sense of a humor. We like to poke fun at big corporations and rehash jokes in an effort to find kindred spirits. We poke fun at photos taken at the wrong angle, and subscribe to funny Twitter pages for laughs. Even 404 error pages can be cool and creative. Hey, it’s the Internet.

Here are 10 logos of famous brands parodied to reflect what everyone actually thinks of them. If you get all of them, congratulations, you are an Internet addict, just like the rest of us! You can check out the site for more honest slogans – what people really think.

Apple – $2000 Facebook machines.

apple

Google – Just try using another search engine.

google

LinkedIn – Connect with people for no reason at all.

linkedin

YouTube – Don’t read the comments.

youtube

Pepsi – When there’s no coke.

pepsi

PayPal – Because you have to.

paypal

Barnes & Noble – Stay inside and it’s a library.

barnes and noble

Google + – Google Wave 2.0.

google plus

Instagram – Mask bad photos with filters.

instagram

Lego – The bane of your foot’s existence.

lego


    






How To Make Your Own Proxy Using Google App Engine

Posted: 12 Nov 2013 05:01 AM PST

Educational institutions, organizations, and even Internet Service Providers (ISPs) try their best to restrict access to many websites for a variety of reasons. But if you believe that you should be allowed to browse any site of your choice, a proxy can help you access sites blocked by a firewall on your network.

There are various proxies available on the web which can be used to access restricted websites but the problem here is that network administrators can block access to these proxies, so we are back to square one with this. The solution? Getting your own proxy to browse the Web openly.

A proxy opens blocked and restricted websites, and lets you access any website of your choice even behind the firewalls. You can create your own proxy using Google App Engine (GAE). GAE provides a bandwidth quota of 1 GB/day for free, which is more than enough for browsing websites.

It’s a very simple process involving only four tasks, and it costs absolutely nothing. Administrators use various lists to block proxies and other websites, but that list most probably won’t contain your proxy, thereby allowing you free reign.

Let’s learn how to create your own proxy using the powerful platform of Google App Engine.

Prerequisites

You will need to install software for running, testing, and deploying your proxy application to Google App Engine. Please download and install Python 2.7 and App Engine Python SDK (please install these tools with their default/factory options to prevent problems).

You also need to download the proxy software, which is used to create a proxy. Download this tool Mirrorrr by Brett Slatkin, but don’t install it.

Task 1: Create An account at Google App Engine

Go to appengine.google.com and sign up for a Gmail account if you don’t have one yet, or sign in if you do. You will be taken to GAE dashboard, after a successful login process.

Task 2: Create an app at Google App Engine

Now, you’re required to create an app at Google App Engine. This app will serve as the proxy, after you deploy it using the App Engine SDK in the nexttask.

Click on the Create Application button. You may be asked to verify your account, then you will be taken to the Create an Application page.

  1. The Application Identifier will make the subdomain address for your proxy site. Choose this identifier wisely, as it can’t be changed afterward. You will need this in the next step.
  2. The Application Title will be shown to people visiting your proxy application.
  3. Leave the Authentication Options (Advanced) to its default option (Open to all Google Account users).
  4. Then, click on the Create Application button.

You will see the "Application Registered Successfully" page (see below).

Task 3: Develop your proxy app using GAE Python SDK

Now it’s time to develop and edit your GAE proxy app on your system using the tools you have downloaded earlier.

  1. Open the Google App Engine Launcher from the Start menu on your computer.
  2. Open File menu > Create New Application.
  3. Enter your Application Identifier as the Application Name for your proxy.
  4. Choose a directory to store your app’s local files by clicking on the Browse button. Remember this location.
  5. Leave default values for the Port and Admin Port options.
  6. Click on the Create button.

Follow the given steps to copy Mirrorrr’s files to your app’s local folder:

  1. Extract the contents of the compressed Mirrorrr file (mirrorrr-master.zip) you have downloaded earlier.
  2. Open the extracted "mirrorrr-master" folder, and copy all of its contents (files as well as folders).
  3. Open your app’s local folder (the same place as in step 4 in the previous task) and paste the copied contents. Replace the old files. Your app’s local folder will contain files named app.yaml and index.yaml, which should be replaced by the Mirrorrr’s files.

Note: You can edit the files inside the "static" folder to change the layout, style, and pictures of your proxy website. If you’re creating a proxy website to share with others, please change the files inside "static" folder. Mirrorrr’s files belong to his developer (Brett Slatkin), and should not be used in not-for-personal applications. You can delete unnecessary files like README and .gitignore.

Before we move on to deploy your proxy app, there is one thing to fix.

Choose your proxy application in Google App Engine Launcher. Click on Edit. Your application’s new ‘app.yaml’ will open up for editing.

Check the first line of the file, and replace "yourappid" (without quotes) with your application identifier. Save the file and close the editor.

Task 4: Deploy your proxy app to Google App Engine

Now you need to do the final step of deploying your app’s files to the server. You are only required to check your app, and then upload it to Google App Engine.

To check your proxy app, choose your application in the Google App Engine Launcher. Click on the Run button, then Browse. You will see your proxy website. If you don’t then check back with the steps in this tutorial.

If all is well, it’s time to upload your proxy app, choose your application in Google App Engine Launcher. Click on Deploy. Enter your Google account’s email and password, and press OK. A python window will detail the progress of the deployment operation. The process will take time depending on your system’s Internet speed, but you won’t see any error message if all goes well.

Success!

Now that your proxy website has been deployed successfully, you can access your own proxy at the web address: http://yourappid.appspot.com. For example, Mirrorrr’s official demo website is located at http://mirrorrr.appspot.com.

Congratulations for setting up your own proxy! It was easy, wasn’t it? Now no one will be able to prevent you from accessing websites. You can now access any website, from any computer behind any firewall on any network.


    






Cross-Platform Videoconferencing With Blue Jeans Network

Posted: 12 Nov 2013 02:01 AM PST

Videoconferencing has become an integral part of business communication. Increasing Internet speeds and accessibility have led to the existence of a plethora of software video clients and platforms, most of which may not be incompatible with each other.

Add dedicated videoconferencing systems into the mix, and you’re left with a headache trying to bring all these different devices and platforms together.

Blue Jeans Network

We have a solution for you: Blue Jeans Network. Blue Jeans is a platform- and device-independent cloud-based video collaboration service. In other words, with Blue Jeans Network, you can bring different devices and video clients together for videoconferencing, fuss-free. No more worries about compatibility issues.

Using Blue Jeans Network

First, you have to register an account with Blue Jeans. You can also connect via your Facebook or LinkedIn account. Creating the account is a quick process, and you should be done and ready to go within 10 minutes.

Signing Up For Blue Jeans

Once registered, you’ll see your Meetings page. This is where you schedule or initiate ad-hoc meetings. All you need in order to invite participants (collaborators) are their e-mail addresses.

Since Blue Jeans is a cloud-based service, collaborators don’t need any software installed on their end. They will receive a URL that opens the meeting in their default web browser.

Scheduling A Meeting In Blue Jeans

From here on, it’s as simple as choosing the device and video platform they wish to use to connect to the meeting.

During the meeting, collaborators have control over the viewing layout, zooming, as well as the ability to share content and video.

Blue Jeans Conference

Blue Jeans Network Support

One of Blue Jeans’s most notable features is its support for multiple types of devices and different video clients. Blue Jeans supports all major web browsers on Mac OS, Windows and Linux, as well as iOS and Android devices.

Blue Jeans can integrate with any H.323 or SIP room conferencing systems, thereby overcoming the incompatibilities inherent to these systems. It also supports a number of software video clients, namely:

  • Skype
  • Google Video Chat
  • Cisco Jabber
  • LifeSize Softphone
  • Avaya Scorpia
  • Polycom RealPresence

Blue Jeans also integrates with Microsoft’s Lync service, connecting Lync users with other client users, as well as fellow Lync users from different organisations. Last but not least, Blue Jeans also supports Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) audio, so users can call in to meetings when video is not an option.

Blue Jeans Compatibility

Aside from this cross-platform support, other notable features of Blue Jeans include support for up to 25 endpoints per meeting, the ability to share HD content and videos, enterprise-readiness and enterprise-grade security. Blue Jeans’s enterprise-readiness takes the form of support for single sign-on (SSO) as well as integration with Google Calendar and Outlook for scheduling.

Conclusion

All in all, Blue Jeans Network is an essential service for businesses that rely on videoconferencing. Its ability to unify various devices and video clients reduces setup time, minimizes potential technical glitches and, as a result, increases videoconferencing productivity.

The pricing for Blue Jeans Network will depend on your needs and the size of the deployment. They offer site-wide pricing that range from $50 per user all the way down to $10 per user, depending on how many user accounts your business requires. Also available are per-host and per-minute plans.


    






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