Brian Johnson Design

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I (Brian Johnson) have just recently started my own Minneapolis website design company, PageCrafter, and the website is now up and running! Netmajic is still alive and well and I will continue to work closely with Michele there. PageCrafter is just an opportunity for me to reach a different client base than is possible with Netmajic, and also to allow me to explore different areas of website design, particularly graphic design. Eventually I will get a blog going there, too, but in the meantime, you can find my posts right here!

-Brian Johnson

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Google “Default Location” Fixed

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A long long time ago, when Google introduced “default location” as an optional entry for Google Maps, it didn’t seem to me to actually be the least bit useful. I am not really sure what its function was on paper, but when I used it, I found it to be essentially worthless. It didn’t make it easier to find directions to or from my location, it didn’t center the map on that location, nor did it seem to remember a single thing about it. I could never even find a shortcut to load up my address on the map. As far as I could tell, literally the only thing that this feature accomplished was to physically list your address somewhere. Just in case you forgot perhaps? Who knows. If there was a way to make it work, I could never figure it out, and I consider myself to be far more tech-literate than the average person.

It would appear that there is finally a point to the default location. Today, Google asked me to enter a default location. Not really sure why it didn’t remember it, given that I am logged in to all my Googles, but I will let that slide. So I tried it. And lo and behold, it works! The map ACTUALLY centers on my default location automatically, and when I click “directions” to a location, it automatically populates the start location with my address. In the past, I used to literally have to type in my full and complete address down to the zip code, otherwise it would use an incorrect location. That became very frustrating. Now, it would seem, I don’t have to worry about that.

Google Map users rejoice, a new age is upon us. Now if they can only fix those momentary outages that seem to happen only when you are in a hurry, I will be a happy man.

Facebook Questions: Wrong Answers?

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UPDATE 11/10/2011: There is a new problem going around that is as follows: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 – 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 = ? This problem is a whole lot easier and less debatable, and so I am absolutely shocked that the vast majority of respondents are so horribly wrong. It actually makes me sad for humanity. Anyone who took 6th grade algebra knows the order of operations. Multiplication comes first. So the “1 x 0” portion goes first, making it of course 0. Then you add and subtract all the rest, resulting in 14. Basic. SUPER basic. So why exactly are people getting it so wrong? I have absolutely no idea. It is sad.

The answer is 14.

UPDATE: A crushing argument has finally arrived that is seemingly incontrovertible. It was brought up that wolfram would show that the answer is 9, when you plug in the equation. Which is true. It was argued that Wolfram is infallible. But is it really?

The arguer went on further to put the equation a different way. Instead of (1+2), let’s say it is x. So x=1+2. That would make the equation:

6/2x=?

Let’s enter this into Wolfram and assume the answer is 1. We did it here.

What happened? X=3. Wait a second… But 1+2 = 3… Just like in the original equation… But that means… THE ANSWER REALLY IS 1???

Dun Dun Dun… It’s true. Wolfram gives conflicting answers, proving the fallibility of technology in solving ambiguous problems.  As far as I can tell, the program is not using parentheses correctly in the order of operations. They should be as highly ranked or more than variables, but they aren’t. Interestingly, when we do the exact same equation but with the x in parentheses (which should be the same), it gives the answer of 9 . Interesting stuff

The new Facebook feature in which users can post their own questions and have their friends answer has actually begun to pick up lately. Today, I came across a question which over half a MILLION people had answered. It was a math question. And as far as I can tell, most people got it wrong. Here is the question:

6÷2(1+2)=?

Now clearly there is something unusual about this question. It is in a format rarely seen, and with good reason. The order of operations in extremely ambiguous. Most people said the answer was 9. But is it? Lets read about the order of operations. Every operation is ranked, with the highest ranked operations going first, followed by the lower ranked operations. Most people remember “PEMDAS,” which stands for “”Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction””. That is the order in which operations must go.

So according to that order, here is what happens:

6÷2(1+2)=?
6÷2(3)=
6÷6=

1

The answer is one. Parentheses come first, even when they signify a multiplication. Purplemath.com, a popular online math information site,  illustrates this example on this page: http://www.purplemath.com/modules/orderops2.htm. They go through this problem and illustrate the correct method:

    • Simplify 16 ÷ 2[8 – 3(4 – 2)] + 1.

16 ÷ 2[8 – 3(4 – 2)] + 1 
= 16 ÷ 2[8 – 3(2)] + 1
 
= 16 ÷ 2[8 – 6] + 1
 
= 16 ÷ 2[2] + 1   
(**) 
    = 16 ÷ 4 + 1 
= 4 + 1
 
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The ironic thing is that many involved in the discussion are citing “PEMDAS” as the reason why the answer is 9.  One of the highest ranked answers cites this and proof that the answer is 9: http://www.quickmath.com/webMathematica3/quickmath/equations/solve/basic.jsp#v1=6%2F2(a%2B2)%3D9&v2=a

Of course what this girl fails to realize, is that 6/2 is a fraction, which is different than 6÷2. It is calculated differently because a fraction is its own number, not an operation.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about this problem. I don’t think there is any way to show that the answer is 9, but I challenge you to try, and please cite some source as to how that could possibly be correct. 

Facebook Pages Update Allows for New Primary Administrator

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Until recently, many companies who got into the social media sphere early had a serious problem. I have heard it time and time again… They asked their secretary or an intern to set up all their accounts. The individual would then go to Facebook, log in to their personal account, then set up the new company page. It all seemed good and well at the time.

A year or more passes. Enter my company. The long-dormant page has been collecting dust for some time. Ever since that intern left or the secretary quit.

“We don’t remember the log-information,” they say. Of course you don’t. Why? Because the log-in information for your page is your former employee’s personal Facebook. When they left, they took your company page with them. If you were lucky, you at least got administrator privileges on another account. But that personal account was permanently attached to the page… This led to many problems for a lot of companies.

But as of this week, this problem is a thing of the past. As part of Facebook’s new “upgrades” for pages, you can now delete the original page creator as an administrator, and add new administrators with full privileges. This has certainly made my life a whole lot easier, and hopefully to anyone out there who has faced the same problem, it will make your life easier too.

Despite these improvements, here are a few best practices when creating your company Facebook page:

1. Create the page using a company profile that you will always have control of. Ideally it would be a real person to satisfy Facebook’s EULA, but a fake person with your company name is still better than an intern.

2. Save your login information, and keep it somewhere safe. Anyone within your company that will be using the company page should have access to this.

3. Add another administrator to the page just to be safe.

As always, anything dealing with Facebook could change at any moment, but for now, these simple rules should help you out considerably.

Netmajic Now Has a Social Media Blog

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Hello everyone! We now have a blog dedicated to Social Media. We are hard at work preparing great tips and tricks for you to use in the near future, so check back soon for updates. In the meantime, check out our website at http://netmajic.com/

– Brian

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