Wrote this a good while ago (November 1 2011!!) but never published it. Since then, a few articles with similar titles have been published. Points still valid.
XKCD always hits the nail on the head. This item was regarding the content on websites and how the publisher often completely misjudges what the client (the end user) actually wants to see. Continue reading →
Plenty of more intelligent folks than I have blogged about this topic many times (Forbes, Contrast, etc.) but it doesn’t make the topic of misleading data visualisation any less relevant. Putting aside Fox News, Microsoft and every local newspaper you ever have lain your eyes upon for a moment, 7-eleven.com (an American convenience store/corner shop type affair) have an election related subsite called “7-election” where they’re running some form of poll based on the in-store actions of their customers to gauge support for the two main candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election.The mini-site doesn’t explain how they’re determining results but the red and blue cups might be a clue.
O2 Broadband (the Telefonica rebranding of Be Broadband) has a restriction on its SMTP ports, the only port-25 connection you can use is for the smtp.o2.co.uk server for o2 mail. If you want to use your own email provider such as Google Mail you have to use a different port, so for example use the SSL port 587 for Gmail connections.
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