Digital Commonplace Software


Commonplacing was developed in the late middle ages as a way to store a large number of ideas, notes and research material on the newly mass manufactured paper that was becoming ever cheaper. Remember, not so long ago, people wrote on starched animal hide. The introduction of cheap paper was a massive development.

Anyway, commonplacing started to gain prominence with the development of the commonplace book. This was a cross between a journal and notebook, allowing the author to keep a huge amount of knowledge & information inside a relatively small medium.

Whilst keeping a commonplace book became fashionable in many European universities near the end of the 15th century, it’s predominantly known for the large number of “luminary” minds who used the technique to perfect their work, ideas and ultimately helped create many new ideas for the modern age.

Indeed, without the likes of Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelanglo, we would not have anywhere near the interest in commonplacing we do today. You see, commonplacing – as demonstrated by these colossi – is a mindset which lends itself to the written form, not the other way around.

The only reason many people kept commonplace “books” was because other means of storing information were not available. Obviously, that has now changed and we have access to a truly remarkable medium in personal computing and the Internet. This is the starting point for Digital Commonplace software.

Digital Commonplace

Digital Commonplace software is basically a cross between note taking applications and digital system builder software.

The big problem is that many people simply use the likes of Evernote or Onenote to attempt to create a digital commonplace. Whilst these tools are effective at taking notes, they’re not very good at the synthesis required to make commonplacing a bountiful ideal.

Ultimately, what you have to determine when looking for digital commonplace software are several core pieces of functionality…

Firstly, you need a tool which is as organic and natural enough to encourage people to input their best ideas. This goes beyond taking notes – it comes in the form of imagery and a number of other potential features.

Secondly, you need to be able to synthesise your inputs. The main problem with the many “note” taking applications is they are unable to determine which notes belong in which location – making it very difficult to identify the parts of the system you can access when needed.

Thirdly, you need the extra functionality that only a reliable commonplacing tool could provide. There has never been a digital commonplace, and hence you need to appreciate that in order to get one working, you need to have a lot of original thinking in order to get the right blend of functionality and stylization.

Computer Crime

First, let me define computer crime: “Computer crime, or cybercrime, is any crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target” (Wikipedia). If I were asked two years ago whether or not I thought computer crime could be stopped, I would answer the question reflecting my negative experience and that answer would have been no.

However, I believe it depends upon the type of cybercrime. For example, if someone uses a computer to illegally obtain financial information, sell drugs, bullying or solicit sex, locating and stopping those individuals would be a matter of tracking the CPU’s unique identification numbers and the location of the unit and either blocking or deleting the website. Depending upon the severity of the computer crime, the perpetrator could be arrested and convicted.

Today, there are various types of security software available for websites that detect suspicious activities and helps to filter spam. However, if the crime has to do with hacking, whether it is because the hacker’s intent is to test his/her hacking skills, hacking to make a statement, or to destroy a particular website, this type of cybercrime is proving to be more challenging to prevent. Hackers are usually highly skilled technicians.

Also, every time advanced malware becomes available, it is a matter of time before hackers discover ways to breach the encryption and hack websites. “Most companies encounter multiple cyber attacks every day, many unknown to the public and many unknown to the companies themselves” (Walters, Riley).

PSD To WordPress Conversion Myths

No support

Myth:: WordPress provides no support for free templates/themes.

Truth:: WordPress makes development easier. There are a number of forums you can approach whenever you get stuck with it. They give you full support at no cost.

Not meant for E-Commerce websites

Myth:: Businesses can’t have a full featured e-commerce website through this. It is not beneficial for them. It’s just a blogging platform only.

Truth:: WordPress is a full fledged CMS equipped with plenty of e-commerce plugins that makes it more ideal for businesses. Various e-commerce giants such as eBay using WordPress and thus generating high revenues from it.

Helps only small businesses

Myth:: WordPress is only good for small businesses.

Truth:: The above fact is completely wrong. Many prominent brands like Disney, Best Buy are using this nowadays and also helping them to grow their business further.

Not a secure platform

Myth:: WordPress is not a secure platform to work upon.

Truth:: It would not opt by leading brands if it is not secure. Besides, WordPress codes are thoroughly checked by developers for any loose strings, bugs, and loopholes. If found it is immediately reported to WordPress officials.

See, WordPress offers impeccable security and a safe environment for their users. More levels of security can be provided to this by adding security plugins to it. Wordfence security, Sucuri Security, BulletProof Security are some of the famous security plugins for WordPress.

Mesmerizing Examples of Technology

Programming Languages

Programming languages for instance Java, C, C++, C# and others help with coding in order to build software products which are in turn purchased by clients or other relevant companies for instance, for maintaining their IT assets.

Software products also come into the picture in the form of backend connected with front end where you get to input data and retrieve information from the relevant database. SQL or standard query language is the one we use for querying information but it is embedded in the system so that you do not have to do any hard work other than call up data from the backend to the front end interface on user input and/or button clicks.

As another instance, we can use notepads to store formatted information and apply data mining algorithms on these data to find some patterns which tell for example, whether the profit from last year in a shopping complex is more or less than that of this year and make a comparison and try to find patterns in customers’ preferences in purchasing stuff.

Electronic Gadgets

Apart from software, technology is more popular in the build up of electronic gadgets for example, smart phone, iPAD, TAB, iPOD and the list goes on. It is up to you to find out which is convenient for you and accordingly purchase it.

Means of Communication

In order to make our lives easier, almost everywhere in the world we can travel in buses, trains and airplanes which with time have become more luxurious, modernized and comfortable. We are also able to own cars and other vehicles of our own choice and they give us more security nowadays.

Books, eBooks and audio books

In this modern day, writing and publishing books have become so much easier that anybody who knows or trains himself how to write books in any niche or field of interest can finally publish and sell them on Amazon.

Managed Service Provider (MSP)

A MSP either charges a monthly recurring fee or on an annual basis. There is usually a service level agreement (SLA) that is tied to the contract. The contract will list out all items and tasks to be included. Tasks list might include as 24×7 network monitoring of servers, laptops, desktop and endpoint devices. It will also specify other items and how they are to be fixed. Hours of operation such as regular Mondays to Fridays business hours or a business requiring 24×7 support will be spelled out. The service provided may also include patching of devices to keep them updated and repairing any issues that arise when they are seen while these systems are being monitored.

MSP provides a great value by being proactive in fixing issues before they occur. They continually assist with optimizing the IT environment to prevent and lessen the need to have a regular break/fix issues or any at all. Most of the services provided by the MSP are usually remote. Issues can be monitored and fixed remotely using a Remote Monitoring and Management system (RMM). They generally have access to the environment that they will monitor and are prepared for any emergency issues that require attention. MSP helps to provide a piece of mind.

MSP have technicians that assist with the IT tasks and most are skilled in the area to fix most IT issues. There are different levels of technicians such as Level 1, 2, and 3 or higher. The MSP can choose to provide different billable rate for each technician that is assigned to work on the issue. They may help you save on cost as some issues are not that complex and just require a level 1 technician to be sent out. Make sure this is mentioned in the order if this is what you would like or just a single flat rate for all technicians.

Businesses that decide to use a MSP greatly benefit from not having to deal with the day-to-day operation and tedious tasks are required for their IT infrastructure. This allows them to focus on managing the other higher business priority to increase their business objectives and bottom line.


Public Key Encryption

With this type of encryption, two different keys are used. There’s a public key and there’s a private key. For example, if a person wants to send encrypted data over the internet, the public key is used to encrypt the data; however, the data can only be encrypted by the recipient using their private key.

This method can be used to send secure emails and to digitally sign the documents. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and its newer method, the Transport Layer Security (TLS), are examples of public key encryption systems.

Symmetric Key Encryption

In this method of encryption, both the sender and the receiver use the same encryption key. This simplifies the process and makes it faster. Nonetheless, the key and the data can be compromised while in transit over the internet. Data Encryption Standard (DES) was a type of symmetric key encryption that is replaced by a more modern Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Encryption of Data

The advantages of encryption aren’t just limited to the internet; you can encrypt your data on your computer, your USB storage devices, hard drives, mobile devices and numerous other data storage devices in order to prevent misuse of data if your devices are lost or stolen.

Importance of Encryption

As learnt from the latest information technology news, the number of cyber crimes is on the rise and this makes it necessary for computer users to keep their data safe from hackers. Large corporations and governments require high levels of encryption in order to protect their sensitive plans such as business secrets and confidential data. It also gives us peace of mind that our data is not getting into the wrong hands.

Developers Can Prepare Apps Under GDPR Regulation

  • Users’ choice to opt-in or opt-out with consent
    When a user installs an app in own device, it won’t take permission rather it just ask for the need to accept the terms to go ahead in the installation process. At least, Android users don’t have a choice here to opt-out for sharing of personal information and data. Mind you, the Android users are 79% in the Smartphone market segment; yes, there is a need for user consent. Mobile app developers should ask users to opt-in at the right time, and this be implemented with the consent toolkit for developers. Here is the catch, most of the apps ask for consent at the wrong timing. And, they should know that they are in control. It would be great for users, if they can choose what to share and what not.
  • Managing consent across devices
    When your user switches from one device to another device, it would be easier to get the same Android account on the new device. But, does that work for other apps too, Why there is a need to discuss it, because if a user does this many of times or even once; this would be difficult to identify that whether to update those privacy settings and opt-in/opt-out consent once again. The user settings synchronization should be there else continue using the same account without the update will be against of user’s interest.
  • Organizing the user’s opt-out request with respect
    Mobile app developers should understand that user’s choice should be on the priority, why we need to take care of that, because when an app allows the user to choose “opt-out” for some of the permission or all; it won’t change the user experience. This has been to be there with all the fully functioning features of any app. Let’s say a cab booking app wants to use your pictures from the device, if you deny then it shouldn’t stop you to use all the features. Developers should incorporate all such features with the consent toolkit.
  • Integration of user consent preference with other third party apps/tools
    The Smartphone we use is not the just the single component, it has a club of various hardware components, software, and applications. This is the basic need when it has to integrate the “opt-out/opt-in” consent with all available third-party apps and tools. While developing the app, it should be there to have sync with all such third-party apps, tools, and hardware so there would be no case of losing data by any mean. When a user agreed to share contact list with one app should be limited to that particular one only. It shouldn’t be shared with anyone, else it will be a loss of user’s privacy consent.
  • Wrapping up
    Developers can’t ignore or deny this regulation; this is also in favor of users so they need to keep it in mind. And, the internet world has no limit, so when going for any further development, mobile app developers have to follow GDPR.