• Wavemaker - An open letter

  • After the last Wavemaker board meeting I started writing a letter to the board members. This is the contents of that letter.

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  • Choosing a wifi security camera

  • I’ve recently been on the lookout for a security camera.

    Someone I know recently had a break-in at their apartment in Spain and wanted to increase their security by adding surveillance. Not only this, but sometimes they have crazy storms roll in from the sea and they want to know whether they need to visit to do any maintenance in the wake of the storm.

    My experience with home cameras is limited. In 2012, I bought a Storage Options SON-IPC1 for around £60. It had the ability to pan and tilt, but, the wifi has since ceased working and (somewhat ironically) video isn’t stored anywhere.

    I did setup the iSpy video recording software on my PC and later, Zoneminder on my network attached storage, neither solution is perfect and requires some operating maintenance to keep everything going.

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  • How can I improve my search engine ranking?

  • We know that backlinks are still important to get ranked in Google, but what else can be done to improve our ranking?

    Well, what we also know is that there’s lots of other ranking signals to think about.

    Search engines aren’t the wild west that they used to be, but there’s still lots you can do to get the results you want.

    “We think about words like trust, authority, reputation, PageRank, high quality”, Matt Cutts, Google, 2009

    If getting backlinks is the objective, then building reputation must be the goal. So how can we build that?

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  • Have backlinks become irrelevant in 2017?

  • In 2017, are links still relevant and important?

    I developed a keen interest in SEO in about 2005, especially as the software I had developed lead me to become a domain authority, which, at the time, allowed me to rank highly for pretty much anything.

    By 2007 I had written an SEO FAQ to address some of the common concerns raised by users.

    A lot has changed since then, yet it’s interesting to see that the fundamentals haven’t really changed.

    Can the same be said for backlinks?

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  • Are we on the verge of 3D printers at home?

  • In 1977, Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation said “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home”.

    In the 1980s, Bill Gates said that he wanted a computer on every desk and in every home.

    When 3D printers became mainstream amongst hackers and hobbyists in around 2010, it was set to become the next big thing.

    It was a brand new and exciting form factor.

    Futurologist Jeremy Rifkin claimed that 3D printing signals the beginning of a third industrial revolution.

    But I don’t see it that way…

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