Tuesday, August 21, 2007

IPTV and Gadgets

I found two more site that has practical information on IPTV and its contents. One is btelevisions.com anf another is tvunetworks.com. It is prety new to me.
If you have anybody tried it, please let me know what you think. It seems a little bit different from TV or downloaded media files.... more

IPTV, how close we are?

My Friend mentioned IPTV this morning and got very excited to own a station. I was not sure if it is that easy like to own your domain name. I did some surfing on the web and found some informations on it.

Here is one of them. Following Article is from engadget.com and written by Darren Murph. To original article Also there will be a Forum in London next March on this, FYI.
"We know, it was a year ago yesterday that we had this very same conversation, but apparently, cable companies aren't heeding the advice of analysts. According to yet another study, this time by ABI Research, "cable providers will soon be faced with a serious bandwidth crunch" as more and more individuals look to online gaming, video-on-demand, and IPTV for enjoying their precious moments of leisure. Compounding the problem is the growing demand for more HD channels in the lineup, and considering that the satellite operators are already raising the bar, cable carriers can only play dumb for so much longer. Stan Schatt, VP and research director for ABI Research, was quoted as saying that "digital switching is key" to releasing some of the strain on current infrastructures, and while we aren't ones to believe that the influx of online TV delivery will debilitate the internet (or cable providers), something seemingly has to give -- and soon."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Google Labs India: A present from Google to India

8/20/2007 06:48:00 AM
Posted by M T Raghunath and Gokul Nath Babu Manoharan, Software Engineers

"Keeping up with the spirit and celebrations of India's 60th year of Independence, we present to you a new platform that showcases our favourite ideas for Indian users: Google India Labs. Enthusiastic bloggers noted our initial announcement on 15th August; now here's the full story."


How much should it cost to build a networking website?

By overlooking project leads site like designquote.net or getafreelancer.com , I noticed that there are quite a number of proposal requests related to networking site like Myspace.com or Facebook.com. It seems like a big trend in the market.

Myself as a programmer, I wonder how much it would cost to build a site like that. It cannot be done by one programmer and one computer for sure. Just without thinking further, I can count things that are related so easily. It would require eye-appealing design, trendy functions, huge database system and middle ware to swallow all the information, not to mention of nice and steady servers. You cannot forget all the human resources to perform all that.

One of my colleague is saying 75,000 to 100,000. But that is just the planning and building it. So, not sure how much would be the best guestimate but for sure it is not an easy project for few thousand dollars.

See some projects on designquote.net

What is the real problem with Skype?

***Shaun Nichols in California, vnunet.com 20 Aug 2007
VoIP provider Skype said that the massive outage that crippled its service last week was due to a surge of users logging on after installing the latest Microsoft security update. more

***Skype blames deficient networking algo for service disruption
Russell Shaw from ZDNet Aug 19 2007
Just received this statement from Skype about the current sign-on outage:

Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue. As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have. The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack. We love our customers too much to let that happen. This problem occurred because of a deficiency in an algorithm within Skype networking software. This controls the interaction between the user’s own Skype client and the rest of the Skype network.”more

“Rest assured that everyone at Skype is working around the clock — from Tallinn to Luxembourg to San Jose — to resume normal service as quickly as possible.”

Quick diagnosis, customer and media communication and of course, quick and enduring fixes are the benchmarks for how telecommunications companies manage service disruptions such as this,

Friday, August 17, 2007

The IPhone Is Internet Explorer 4 All Over Again

By Scott Gilbertson on Wired

Facebook, Netvibes and Meebo all launched new iPhone-optimized versions of their sites this week, and all three of them are very nice. But wasn’t one of the promises of the iPhone that it offered “a real web browser?” If that's so, why all the iPhone-optimized sites? And why are these sites being optimized for the iPhone specifically and not just “mobile optimized?”

Google updates its Robots.txt and Meta Tags features

Changes on Robots.txt for a better recognition for site maps.

"Today, Google has improved its Robots.txt analysis tool to better recognize sitemap declarations and relative URLs.
Google's new and improved version of the robots.txt file now tells a site owner or webmaster whether the sitemap's URL and scope are valid.

According to Google, overall testing can also be done against relative URLs with a lot less typing.

Line reporting is also better too. Webmasters now will be told of multiple problems per line if they exist, unlike Google's earlier versions which only reported the first problem encountered.

Google has also made other general improvements to the robots.txt analysis tool and its overall validation."


Photo for the day

Outer Banks Sunset
By Nick Noble

Isn't it just beautiful and mysterious. Love it.

more Nick Noble photos

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Removing Unwanted Elements-photoshop tutorial

As always Santosh Setty has a great tool for photoshop tips.
Here is one of the latest posting on how to remove unwanted elements.


Google Proxy Hacking: How A Third Party Can Remove Your Site From Google SERPs

I ran into a surprising article today that was written by Dan on www.seofaststart.com. I also spotted the same contents on searchengineland.com. If you ever wondered why your site suddenly invisible on Google, you might want to read the article.

"In June of 2006, while working to resolve some indexing issues for a client, I discovered a bug in Google's algorithm that allowed 3rd parties to literally hack a web page out of Google's index and search results. I notified a contact at Google soon after, once I managed to confirm that what we thought we were seeing was really happening."


PhotoWorks Adds Storefronts for Users to Sell Work

Mashable posted an article about Photoworks where you can share your photo and now even sell!

"PhotoWorks, the photo sharing site, has added storefronts to its service, letting you sell your images to site visitors.

The storefront works with a regular shopping cart model. For each user that has a storefront, you can browse through the images and products that they have placed for sale, and purchase the ones you’d like. For photo books in the storefronts, you can flip through the pages to see what’s inside. It looks as though you can currently only sell photo books in the storefront feature."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Apple Unveils New iMac

by Jason Schramm on AppleWatch says about new Mac. I also went to appleinsider and saw lots of photos. Looks really good.

Apple today unveiled an all new all-in-one iMac line featuring 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays encased in aluminum and glass enclosures. The entire new iMac line features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing and iLife ’08. The 20-inch iMac now starts at just $1,199, $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at just $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model.

The new iMac features highly recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum. The power-efficient iMac also meets the stringent new Energy Star 4.0 requirements.

A Number Of Google Doodles

By Nathan Weinberg
It seems pretty fun to see their logos to respond to world's events and anniversaries.

South Korea’s Independence Day:

Google also ran this logo for India’s Independence Day:

Google China ran this Doodle in recognition of the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympics:

They also ran this logo for the Swiss National Festival:


Insanely crowded pool, What is this for??

The Trends in Japan blog posted an amazing photo taken yesterday at the Tokyo Summerland wave pool. Follow the link to see the whole photo and an insane video of the wave pool in operation.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

getting a compliments from clients

Recently I found a testimonial from one of our clients how much he was satisfied with our services. These comments always cheer us up no matter what. Special thing about this testimonial was that he mentioned about my coworker, Joe who is in charge of client relations. While I was reading it, I felt that Vexcom accomplished a lot with designquote.net, a lead service site. It earned good reputation with its superb services and also a bond with co-workers because the service system is not only working by one person nor the program itself. It needs a lot of team work like checking the seriousness of the projects and explanations on how to find a right job and how to get a better quotes in price and quality wise. Since all these team work spun together well, Joe can get great compliments. Warm applause for Joe and to ourselves.


Official Google Blog: Google search privacy: Plain and simple

This video takes about 5 mins. It was worth to watch to me.

Do you have a Nokia phone?

Nokia recalls batteries; at risk to explode

"In the advisory, Nokia said the battery was manufactured by Japan’s Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. between December 2005 and November 2006. The BL-5C battery is one of 14 used by Nokia. The advisory comes amid a spate of issues with batteries in laptops and other electronic devices."
Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60

I have never thought a cell phone battery can be explode. These thing remind me the thoughts of science and and how it is used.... a Long time issue of scientists..