Books, Network, Questions, Web

How does a blog differ from a website?

Dear Elyse,

Another great question. This is a blog. Blogs are a type of website. The only real difference between a blog and other types of website is that blogs are regularly updated with new content displayed in a reversed chronological order (newer posts first). So a blog is dynamic, and it is usually updated more frequently than a website.

Blogging has recently turned into a hot profession. Lots of bloggers are leaving their jobs to do blogs full time because they’ve found they can make more money and manage their own schedule. There’s a book called ‘The Essential Habits of Six Figure Bloggers‘ that outlines the secrets of 17 successful bloggers who make six-figure salaries.


Computers, Network, Questions, What is this

What are cookies – and the different types?

Dear Elyse,

Sometimes websites will use ‘cookies’. This is just a cute way to say a website is holding a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and/or website. Cookies can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. Broken down they are small files which are stored on a user’s computer.

Check out this video for an example seen on Eli Lilly’s Taltz website.


Network, Phone, Smartphone

What does 3G mean?

Dear Elyse,

3G (and 4G) represent the third and fourth generations of mobile broadband Internet

Now that smartphones have become fairly ubiquitous, so too have the terms 3G (and 4G).

On the surface, the difference between 3G and 4G is simple. The “G” is short for generation, so 3G and 4G represent the third and fourth generations of mobile broadband Internet. As a rule, provided that you’re on the same carrier, a 4G connection will be faster than a 3G one. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a 4G network of one carrier will always be faster than the 3G network of another.

To be advertised as 3G, a network is required to meet a set of technical standards for speed and reliability, and must offer peak data transfer rates of at least 200 kilobits per second (Pretend you didn’t read that. It means nothing for you). The first networks that met this standard rolled out in the U.S. around 2003, and as smartphones began to gain more widespread use, demand for faster mobile broadband access saw a corresponding rise. In just a few short years, this push for faster data rates drove the standard forward, and today 3G networks can be anywhere from 200 kbps to dozens of times that fast. That’s enough for you.