15 things about the tongue

A few tidbits: The blue whale has the largest tongue in the animal kingdom. It's the size of an elephant and weighs 5,400 lbs. The five known tastes detected by the tongue are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet and umami. Tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper is proven to help prevent heart attacks, pneumonia, premature births, [...]

Stats about cigarette companies

The following infographic presents some interesting facts about big tobacco: The largest US tobacco company, Philip Morris International, is the 94th most profitable company in the country. The top three US tobacco companies made over $50 billion in revenues in 2009. China is the largest cigarette producing country in the world. Tobacco companies from that [...]

Stats about pharmaceutical companies

Have a look at the infographic below for some sobering facts about pharmaceutical companies in the US. Here are a few snippets: The cost of prescription drugs rises 12% every year; they now cost 3x more than 30 years ago. The markup on prescription drugs varies from 5,000% to 225,000%! That's pure profit these companies [...]

Identity theft and password security

A neat infographic that details how identity theft occurs and why password security fails when passwords aren't secure enough. If you've ever wondered why you're asked to choose both lowercase and uppercase letters in your password, know this: an eight-character lowercase password can be cracked in just two hours, but if you add just one [...]

Green IT Week: June 1-7, 2010

ComputersOFF.org is hosting a virtual Green IT Week from June 1-7. This is an issue that's of particular importance to me. Having been an IT director, I know how much power the combined laptops, desktops and servers of an organization can consume, and how much pollution is generated by the disposal of computer hardware (see [...]

Oh, the paperwork…

You can get buried in paperwork in this modern, electronic, paperless society of ours. Bank statements, tax records, property tax statements, mortgage statements, credit card statements, store receipts, business expenses, insurance records, car records, the receipt for last Tuesday's gadget purchase that you have to keep for two years because you also got an extended [...]

So long, Contenture

According to their website and blog, Contenture is going out of business. That's unfortunate. I signed up with them back in June of 2008, endorsed their services here on my site, and while I didn't make a lot of money with them, I knew the idea of micropayments for web content was something that would [...]

Using Contenture to handle micropayments

Back in April, I wrote about micropayments, and why I thought they were an equitable way to reward web publishers for their time and effort. I shared my thoughts on ad revenues, which, for most people, are minimal and not enough to live on, unless you are one of the relatively few websites that gets [...]