Thursday, December 31, 2009
This is an amazing rendition of RadioHeads - Creep.
more details here
Happy New Years Sydney!!
This is the view from my office window this morning.
Although it's very pretty as just started snowing about 20 mins ago it makes me realise how much i miss you all. I think New Years next year will have to be spent on a boat in Sydney harbour surrounded by all friends i miss so much.
See you all in 365 days.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Brooklyn 8.30pm, "Feels like -19c"
Feels toasty warm inside the apartment (running around in shorts and t-shirt) but wow it's cold outside.
No snow or anything just windy and cold, just got back from taking Lou Lou for her nightly walk and even she was happy to come inside.
Enjoy Sydney for those of you reading this in Australia :)
Awesome script for image cropping
Basically at the moment users just upload any photos and we resize it to the 60x60 image you see on the site currently.
Dave just found this awesome script for image cropping - http://deepliquid.com/projects/Jcrop/demos.php?demo=thumbnail
As you can see in the example below we have the two "fixed size" images that allow the viewer to see what their avatar will look like (the smaller 60x60 is used on the chat pages and the 90x90 is used on the profile popup).
The user can select the "location" they want to use and the quasi "zoom" is handled by them dropping and dragging the selector box.
Really pretty easy actually.
We'll be rolling this out to all of the http://www.livefanchat.com/ sites over the next few days after some further testing but if you find it useful be sure to thank the original developer.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Julia and Julia
Pretty much everything you think it will be like, it delivers, but with a sweetness and sincerity that is just so lifelike.
It makes me want to run out and cook up a storm.
If you need a pick-me-up or to feel in love this is the perfect choice (lol as opposed to Revolutionary Road I watched the other night - if your relationship is on rocky grounds this is NOT the movie you want to watch with your partner).
Sunday, December 27, 2009
de-latinisation of the web
Some background links are
Now that non-latin domain names are now live;
How are do you think this is going to be handled moving forward? is this is going to be a real problem. for example - I own the domains
(yeh i know pretty cool domains to own - i'm selling them if you are interested....)
I was recently contacted by the domain holder for
Which is mobileappstore.com in chinese that he had just registered ????
How the heck is this going to work???
eg. I could register the domain for Paypal.com in Hebrew tomorrow and anyone who uses the Hebrew version of their keyboard would be going to a totally different website that i control and as long as i'm not phishing there is nothing paypal can do??
UPDATE: There are much bigger issues than trademark at stake. As you can see from the facebook conversation below – my phishing concerns are worse than you think. It's way worse.
If you cut and paste the following text into your browser bar;
> раyраl.com <
it looks like paypal.com BUT ITS NOT!!
Some of the letters are Cyrillic and lead to this webpage - http://xn--yl-6kcb1fc.com/
(it's not registered yet - so it will lead to your isp's default null dns page).
This is a major screwup by ICANN
Yea and what about > раyраl.com < (I just typed the p and a in Cyrillic characters).
Try cutting and pasting the paypal.com text in my comment above into your browser :)
If you only have english qwerty keyboard check out http://www.translit.ru/
Easy way to use foreign characters... including Greek, Hebrew, Georgian, etc... helps if you can read a bit of Russian to navigate the site...
This is a major screwup by ICANN - there is no way people aren't going to get caught by phishing techniques like this.
What can we do about this?
XMBC powered by Xperience
(been living under a rock? no idea what XBMC is? - check out http://www.xbmc.org/ but basically it is a software application that will run on linux, osx and windows. It provides fully 'media center' functionality allowing you to watch videos, listen to music, watch tv etc).
Oh and it's open source so free......giddy up.
Everlast - House of Pain
Is the same guy from House of Pain eg "Jump Around"
It could just be that it's 4am in the morning but that is blowing my mind, could it be any different???
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I was almost humming along with Dire Straits "I want my MTV" and I want my WebTV.
lol everything that is old is new again.
What makes people think that it will be any better this time around? Do people really not remember?
Tasers being introduced in Australia
After seeing in the USA how they have become a 'first tool' rather than 'tool of last resort' this is a bad thing for Australians.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Yes that is a CyberPower PR2200LCDRTXLTU UPS sitting underneath our christmas tree.
Merry 'Geek' Christmas everyone.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Venture Capital doing it tough
TV - how hard are you prepared to hunt?
Debunking IPTV Myths
Online video adoption is constrained by the amount of premium content available in real-time, business-model challenges
My comments are;
I think the curatorial value the networks/channels are providing is often overlooked and under valued.
When i first came across Akimbo several years ago i thought "this is the future of all tv" (all on demand, ppv via the net, to a tv connected set top box).
It lasted about a month when i realised that you really could have the scenario "1m channels and nothing good on".
People sometimes just want to come home from work, kick off their shoes and sit back and watch.
Boxee does make things a little easier, but at the end of the day hunting around various locations for your content may be a pain threshold thats too high to cross at 9pm at night.
So what do you think? how hard are you prepared to hunt for your 30/60 minute fix? Do you really want to watch anything at anytime or do you just want to be entertained.
If you could watch anything at anytime, how long would it be before you ran out of 'things to choose' and needed someone to recomend something for you to watch? (hmmm do i sniff startup business opportunity there? kind of like Del.icio.us but for tv – hold you smartphone up to the tv, let it capture a 30 second audio snippet and then it tells all your friends what you are watching on tv/online).
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Enter the App Age?
........"I was curious," my daughter answers, as if I should be proud of her experimental spirit rather than scold her for wasting $1.99 on an app she really didn't want anyway. Now that she is armed with her SIM-less iPhone and going a little app-crazy, the regular receipts I get from Apple are a laundry list of weird downloads.
My Comment to his article is below;
lol your article had me racing to my registrars website to see if "InternetAppStore.com " was taken unfortunately it was (I already own http://www.mobileappstore.com/).
But i totally agree with you that apps and snack size media is the future, and even if you only use it a few times before it gets deleted you still feel satisfied.
My question however is why does everyone run around saying pay walls wont work and rupert murdoch is an old print fogey who 'has lost his marbles'?
Consuming content in snack sized pieces called apps sounds exactly like micropayments for content to me.
Warning about using PR.com for Press Releases
I have received 30 pieces of spam from pr companies who have harvested my email address from the press release.
eeek! what was i thinking?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Russell lost survivor??
Natalie did nothing to get herself through to the end - people are just pissed off with Russell and jealous that he makes so much money.
It snowed..... :)
Now for the bad news, someone has to shovel the snow off the back deck.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Google gets out their checkbook
Google and Yelp are in advanced acquisition negotiations, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources. And while the deal isn’t done, we’ve heard that it’s very likely to close. The price is supposedly at least $500 million.
Google buying Yelp
6 Reasons Google wants to buy Yelp.
Wow - who would have thunk it, $500m dollars for a resturant review site you could build with the most basic of CMS platforms.
I really wonder where the ROI is on projects being bought for this kind of money, i mean how does google expect to get paid back on this deal (albeit Yelps 2009 revenue is supposed to be about $30m - but do they really expect this business to be around for 14 years?)
Yelp raised $31m over 4 rounds so either way i'm sure there are some VC's having a very merry Christmas.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I'm looking for a date
BTW; ever wanted more dating statistics than you ever would need in one lifetime check out;
Early internet video rights
Reminds me of what i found when i was working with Akimbo finding Australian content providers, took less than 3 months to find 100 content providers (albeit Akimbo was a slam dunk business model.....shame about the eventual hardware outcome though).
(btw - we use OpenX to serve ads for http://www.livechatconcepts.com/ and love it, OpenX market...not so much love, it's a dog and i dont think we've ever served an ad from the openx market).
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Justin.tv compared to Napster
Justin.tv CEO Michael Seibel was grilled by members of the House Judiciary Committee this morning about what his site was doing to combat piracy.
Seibel told Congress that the site complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by taking down infringing material upon request. Additionally, Seibel says, the site offers a tool for copyright owners to remove their content and helped develop a digital fingerprinting system. Justin.tv allows users to post and view live streaming video.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Rock Music in Beijing
Australian internet censorship
(well not without my own personal vpn proxy server located here in the USA).
Comprehensive post with links about the issue here from Gavin Heaton.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Mobile Ad Networks - are they a scam?
I see a ton of mobile ads displayed on free mobile apps on my Droid from AdMob but i dont think i've clicked on one yet (at least not on purpose - for some reason when i go to close the "Kill-All" app i keep hitting the admob advertisement).
Is mobile advertising a scam? eg, publishers getting rich from marketers spending money but little in the way of traffic.
Does it even matter with the quality of mobile screens these days (eg my droid goes to regular pages instead of mobile versions). Is google the next No1 mobile ad network provider? is there a decent mobile ad network that pays decent CPM rates which dont vary the minute you put their ads on your platform?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Nokia is Finland
In 2007, Nokia paid 18 percent of Finland’s overall corporate taxes, but that dropped to 9 percent last year.
The one that really stuck out to me was http://www.chatterhead.net/ We've had on average 8 visitors a day visit our baseball fan application from this site
It's amazing how some of the smallest details continue to bring you the most opportunities.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
In an internet defamation case that lawyers say could set an "extraordinary precedent", an American games company is suing a British blogger in the Australian courts.
Evony, an online games company registered in the US state of Delaware, is suing Coventry-based blogger Bruce Everiss for libel over a series of allegations made on his website. In a bizarre twist, however, Evony has decided not to pursue its case in Britain or America, but 10,000 miles away.
A hearing in Sydney on Monday will determine whether or not the supreme court of New South Wales has jurisdiction – with the potential to set a precedent for the way defamation laws are applied to the online world.
I hope that this doesn't go through as otherwise this could be the beginning of a massive wave of jurisdiction shopping;
I originally thought the "Gutnick V Dow Jones" case was allowed to go through 'because' he was Australian.
Imagine courts from all around the world 'buying' prosecutions to happen in their physical domain because they are known to swing one way or the other (kind of like Marshall Texas for US patent cases).
On the other hand the USA has been ignoring the WTO for years around online gambling and Antigua so maybe it's not that big a deal?
What do you think?
(Hat tip to Ross Dawson)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Hot Potato New York Times article
Hot Potato, which recently launched at the TechCrunch Crunchup, takes a different approach to creating conversations centered around places and events......
Lol how about an article on the original “live event chat” company – http://www.livechatconcepts.com/
While you are it you can write about http://www.coveritlive.com/ and http://www.livefyre.com/ as well.
Lol and I swear we had the words “developing highly scalable chat technologies for interacting during live events” on our website the day we went public back in May 2009 though it's always a shock to see these words in the Hot Potato powerpoints and descriptions -lol.
Though to be honest after using the Hot Potato app for the last week since it launched i feel it's a closer competitor to http://www.foursquare.com/ and much more of a 'check in' style application rather than the "destination" chat website application that we have for http://www.livebaseballchat.com/ and http://www.livefootballchat.com/
P.S. and yes I am jealous of the $1.4m they raised in their seed round - makes out $300k we are looking to raise look like a bargain.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Birds on my deck
two birds just hanging out enjoying the sun
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Google QR Decals
Basically the URL embedded on the QR code is going to redirect to a proprietary google website.
I swear some people are as dumb as a stack of bricks.
Yes QR codes are a good idea, yes they should be more widely adopted, but go create your own free QR code leading to your own website instead of sending people to a proprietary website that google will want to start charging you for in a few years.
BTW in case you've been living under a rock and dont know what QR codes are about feel free to check out www.Cognation.net/QR for a "60 second Overview" to bring you up to speed.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Dragon's Lair on iPhone
I hope they bring this to Android as well, i'd be the first to buy it.... plus the graphics would look way better.
Way too many hours playing hookey from school at Hurstville Westfield were spent playing this game.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Things you see in a New York subway
They were pretty good at it too.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Apple Skeeball iPhone application
Friday, December 04, 2009
Mike Walsh - Fourth Estate Domain interview
Good video - well worth the 30 mins to watch it; http://play.viostream.com/?play=a16a3be4-57fa-4a1a-893f-9b95d8af2651
Thursday, December 03, 2009
How many tweets does it take to make it onto the Twitter Trending list?
Tony Abbot ascended to leader of the liberal party on Tuesday after a Malcolm Turnbull was unceremoniously booted from the top spot. It was an upset victory, most expected Joe Hockey to come out on top, and the Australian twitterverse went a little crazy with the news, with tweets flying think and fast. At one point both the #spill hashtag and 'Tony Abbott' making it to the Twitter's fabled trending topics.
But how much excitement to you need to make something trend on Twitter?
Interesting..... so if 100 of you post "I Love http://www.livefootballchat.com/" in the next 60 seconds we can make it onto the trending list :)
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
NHL trying out Tweetmixx dashboards
The National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday becomes the first in a handful of companies scheduled to launch a white-label platform from Mixx that aggregates tweets from Twitter on Web sites and blogs. TweetMixx Channels creates a distribution channel for tweets both off and on Twitter. The platform comes with a widget that bloggers can embed on a variety of sites. A plug in to Facebook will launch in two weeks. The product roadmap also includes a snippet of code to personalize iGoogle and other Web pages. The platform has filters to monitor chatter, too.
Wondering if there is there any manual 'curation' of the comments? How are they going to prevent another "skittles effect"
One of the reasons that we dont pull Tweets about games into www.livechatconcepts.com websites is that fans want dialog, not lots of "one way shouting".
Technically it is very easy to do (we already do outbound tweets and posts from the chat) just not sure if we would 'want to'.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Fifa world cup 2010
It would be a great way to get real time international interactivity between multiple countries..... but the fifa lawyers scare the heck out of me (compared to those wussy Twitter lawyers :)
cant use the terms;
• 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
• 2010 FIFA World Cup
• FIFA World Cup
• World Cup
• 2010 World Cup
• World Cup 2010
• South Africa 2010 or SA 2010 or ZA 2010
• 2010 South Africa
• Football World Cup
• Soccer World Cup
It appears according to this
What do you think? are Americans ready for a 'football' game that uses a round ball or is soccer still an alien concepts to them?
Embrace your wobbbly bits....or not.
A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died over the weekend from complications resulting from cosmetic surgery, friends say. "This woman who had everything is dead because she wanted to have a slightly firmer ass".
My counter intuitive advice is do you know that more people die from coconuts falling on their head each year than shark attacks..... yet no one fears coconuts.
The point being if you worry about death from palstic surgery you should probably also stop driving your car...walking across the road... flying is ok but eating the hamburger is definitely out.....
People are lousy at judging risk....but great at judging fat.
Bring on the lypo, and the lasik and the titanium hips and who knows what else when i get that old.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Is a 'remnant' radio advertisement worth 4 x an online ad?
So I found out the answer....... "Lots".
Basically for a basic 15 second advertisement, running in the 'sports' genres radio stations with no ability to choose 'what stations' it ran on (in otherwords bottom of the barrel remnant including aol radio) it costs a minimum of $3.74 PCM.
I'm not sure how the 'stations' are estimating their listeners at 3-6pm each afternoon but i wasn't able to actually select what days it could be run on either - just what timeslot (i would really want sat/sun afternoons to target sports listeners for http://www.livefootballchat.com/ and http://www.livebaseballchat.com/ ).
This $3.74PCM amount also didn't seem to go up or down based on total budget either. In fact the flash demo about 'tweaking' your campaign showed a lot of functionality that wasn't possible when it came to setting up the ad spot.
So I'm putting the question to you - is it worth 4-5 X to advertise on radio compared to online?
Do you pay anymore attention to radio ads than online ads?
P.S. Something that confused me about their 'close the order' page was it automatically selected was even though i put in $500 as my monthly budget....they auto selected $50. I think they might not be taken seriously for this amount alone.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Toyota have chosen 5 or 6 agencies and have asked them to spend $15,000 each on a “social media marketing campaign”. Think “stunt” and you have a better idea of what they are talking about.. And while traditional media pitches means war to get content into banner ads, on TV and radio, when it comes to using the same tactics in online communities, there’s damage done. What happened to engagement, respect, conversation, collaboration, dialogue?
Here is a video she created showing her displeasure;
My comments are;
Hey Laurel, first you castigate companies for not 'experimenting' and then when Toyota only throws $100,000 at a test project you castigate them for doing it wrong........
I think it's cool that Toyota are trying something innovative, and sure i think Yaris cars suck and nothing would make me buy one..... doesn't mean something cool isn't going to happen from one of them.
Personally i love the One Green Bean concept, i think it should be run for more than just one night....maybe something like you find the car via a mobile web app and you get to keep the keys as long as you are driving it, once you "drop the keys" someone else gets to take the car to where they want.....would be a great example of Toyota reliability having the car on the road for 24x7x30 days etc. you could have a dashboard where it tracks how many kilometers per day, how fast it was traveling on average and a map showing the trip route etc.
What do you think? is $100k a joke or a reasonable 'experiement'?
Is the time right to bring back something like Mogi Mogi to the USA?
Over the last six months just about all of my tech friends have started using Foursquare, a geolocation-based game that was built by the creators of Google-acquired Dodgeball. Some of them will literally pull out their phones as soon as they enter any restaurant, event or even TechCrunch HQ and check in just so they can be named ‘mayor’ of that establishment (whoever checks into any particular location the most times becomes mayor of that location). It’s fascinating and a bit bizarre to watch, and it clearly shows that Foursquare has tapped into something powerful.
But all this time I’ve had a nagging feeling that Foursquare, at least in its current form, is not going to be the next Twitter, as some people have concluded. Because as good as Foursquare is at figuring out where and what your friends are up to, they can’t hope to compete with Facebook. That is, if Facebook does Geo right.
So I'm wondring, if 'checking in' isn't enough to keep Foursquare going (and i'm not sure i agree with that statement anyway), Do you think the timing and technology is right to introduce something more complex like Mogi Mogi?
Something that introduces gaming/competition points and real time elements to the location based 'check in process'. Or are the FourSqaure guys onto a good thing and there is no need to mess with the success considering they only just launched their '50 city' major push?
What features would you want to add to Foursquare if you are a user?
And if you aren't a user what would convince you to become a user?
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Windows 7 overtakes OSX already
Windows 7 passed the 5% market share milestone of OS X last weekend.
lol already? hasn't it only been out for a month or so?
Wonder how long before it overtakes the entire Apple market share?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Android apps dominated by small developers
I've been saying for a while the reason why Palm took off, and iPhone, and now Android is because it was dead easy to develop apps for it.
When palm first launched it's dev kit for $35 (or thereabouts) this was a significant change from the 'pro charges' that were being levied before then (windows ce etc was a $1200 dev license).
When iPhone lowered the 'language' bar and made it easier this stimulated growth (albeit they are choking development with the iStore approval process).
So with android immediate deployment and an even simpler coding environment what does this mean?
Is there still a place for the large dev shop for Android?
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
So basically 300,000 people are creating this content that results in 27m unique users per month. (number 38 site in the USA).
So if you look at this page; http://www.associatedcontent.com/faq.html#B1 it appears they are paying $1.50 PPM, so for every thousand pages views you make $1.50, and it scales up from there.
So is anyone making any real money from this?
And at $1.50 PPM is associated content making any real money? with remnant advertising paying less than that how much are they making in arbitrage and is anyone advertising on associated content sites seeing any real ROI on their direct add purchases?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I'm going to bed......and not coming back for a long long time.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
TouchDown exchange client for Android
be aware however that when you install it you need to slide the icons on the left to see the configuration icon.....lol took me 3 mins to find it until i closed the keyboard and shut out of landscape mode.
not sure how long the application will be $10 but grab it now. Althought there are several minor things that need to be corrected they have a healthy and fast support team turning around feature requests quickly.
There is a great installation guide here
Saturday, November 21, 2009
All the cool kids use Droid
All the hard core hackers are now Droid users (or will be within 6 months).
If my mother asked what phone she should use i'd say an iPhone but for anyone thats relatively nerd/tech - Droid is the only choice.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Trademark 'Tacking' court case O'Neal V's One Industries decided
Motorcycle Apparel Company’s Efforts to “Tack” Prior Use of “O” Mark Not Sufficient, Ninth Circuit Rules
“We venture into the world of motocross racing to determine whether federal trademark law protects a motorcycle apparel company’s use of a stylized ‘O’ on its products.”
So begins the Ninth Circuit’s August 24, 2009, opinion in One Industries, LLC v. O’Neal Distributing, Inc., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 18967 (9th Cir. August 24, 2009), in which the Court would answer this question in the negative. This case is significant for two reasons: (1) it serves as an example of how issues of “tacking” – the act of trying to prove earlier use of a mark in order to achieve priority over an intervening user – can play a crucial role early in a case before discovery has commenced; and (2) it reminds trademark owners of the high standard that courts apply when considering issues of tacking, and of the risks associated with such issues......... http://www.manatt.com/NewsEmail.aspx?id=10624
I know most startups have enough to worry about already but this shows how basic 'on retainer' continuous legal advice can really help.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tim Tams in the USA
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Bettie Serveet - Log 22
There is something about this track thats hypnotic.
(sorry i couldn't find a studio version of this song, so the one below is live)
Blogger iFrame screwup
eg my blog isn't accessible via www.collins.net.pr/blog anymore
They broke iFrame compatibility about 3 days ago and still haven't fixed it. If it's not fixed by this weekend I'm dumping blogger and moving to wordpress.
I think they need to turn this off until you find a work around rather than keeping us offline.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Matrox Octal Graphics Card
Do you think Jodie would notice if i plugged one of these into my computer? :)
lol - http://twitter.com/shitmydadsays
(and yes i know there is a team behind this with a tv series etc.... still doesn't make it any less funny).
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Google to buy Admob
It’s funny I was just commenting last week how mobile cpm’s must be in the toilet with the flood of mobile content.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Yelp application on Android
Send them an email like i did :)
Bought a Droid
I'll update 'this post' as i find out things about it for at least the next few days otherwise there would be 50+ posts.
I've also been reading and commenting a lot at DroidForums
First thoughts....bye bye ATT - the download speed on the Droid leaves my 8525 and iPhones in the dust.
Second thoughts.... hmmm i really miss my 8525 keyboard. I can see myself ditching this for a 'Android based HTC Touch pro 2 style device' sometime in the future (and as i bought the droid on a 1 year contract.... probably in 12 months - so the clock is ticking Motorola/Verizon).
I really do believe the future of mobile is Android, there are so many free apps and hack capabilities (eg, i dont think 3 home pages is enough...no probs, hack it to 5 etc).
Without doubt there are some crappy setup issues, and Verizon/Google leave a lot to be desired as far as usability BUT being able to do anything and everything is far more satifying than any 'perfect handcuffs' Apple can design....dont like your music player...go right ahead and change it (lol or have 3 multi-tasking at once).
Anyway more later.
Wow holy crap, i just played the YouTube video from The Motels - Only the Lonely on my blog - i cant believe how good the audio speaker sounds!! (oh and a mjor negative - whats the deal Verizon not providing any headphones with this phone - I mean i did pay $269.99 for it.....).
I actually keep reaching for a stylus, because the pixel size of the screen is sooooo amazingly good the size of the fonts you can read are tiny....too tiny for my beefy fingers and a stylus would be great.
The screen really is amazing, have i said that enough yet?
My other comment...and this wouldn't be for suitable for everyone, is the handset feel so light and small that i wouldn't mind if they increased the screen at least 1" all around. It would probably make the handset too big for most people but for me i think it would be perfect.
You have to have an app just to kill other apps, tons of apps stay open, no way to close them upon exiting like on Windows Mobile. Ends up eating memory and killing performance and battery.
Selecting and copying text is one of the negatives about the Droid. It's turning out to be a painful experience.
Google Maps navigation is slow..... I think people shorted Garmin stocks for nothing. (BTW I also think the downfall of Verizon will be that you cant talk and use data at the same time like you can on GSM networks....but when data is so slow on ATT anyway....then i would call it a draw at the moment).
I'm a little concerned how much piracy there is on the android app store, basically looks like as soon as someone comes up with a good idea...everyone duplicates it for free. What does this mean for the lifecycle ans sustainability for application development (lol also considering how many are ad supported...admob cpm's must have fallen through the floor).
Re: Yelp application on Android
Do you want to see a dedicated Yelp application on Adroid?
I cant believe how crappy the email client for Android is when connecting to exchange - putting aside sync issues etc, where is the multi-folder support, where is the nice looking visuals you get with WinMo etc.
I know google want people to use Gmail but it just inat going to happen for commercial people.
This has nothing to do with $29.99 plans and $44.99 plans, it's just the email client in android sucks. This is possibly a deal breaker for me unless i find another email client.
BTW there is a GSM versions (for everywhere else in the world apart from the USA) and the Verizon CDMA version. If i had my preference i would get a GSM version (because you can use voice and data at the same time which you cant do with CDMA technology) but i dont want to get a GSM version for use here in NY as ATT and Tmobile have less throuput than Verizon. I've had it with ATT.
Love Love Love voice driven search. I'm really hoping there are quite a few voice driven functions implemented by google over the coming months.
Re: Installing Apps onto SD cards - this is another misinformation about how Android works and I totally blame this on Verizon/Google/Motorola (in that order) as to not explaining this clearly enough, or addressing this issue.
It is NOT that the apps don’t install to SD. The standard installation for all apps 'drops' app data into the sd card folders.
What does happen though is that 'some' of the data while the app is running is being written into the 256mb ram.
Yes you 'can' hack Android so that 'all' of the data is only running on the SD card 'but' this isn't necessary.
Think of the 16gb SD card as being L2 ram and the 256mb being L1 ram. Does that make sense?
(oh and the advantage is that just by buying a bigger SD card you can increase your data storeage from 16gb to 32gb (to 64gb when they are cost effective etc etc) - try doing that with an iPhone.
I Love Love Love that you can 'auto create' a QR code for a contact. Basically if i meet someone at a conference and i talk to them about a friend who i think they should meet i can just 'auto create' a QR code for that contact on the fly for the other person to upload to their phone.
Of course you can also auto create 'your own details' on a QR code to pass along to someone but I've been doing this with a static JPG forever, being able to create a code for every contact is the new unique.
BTW - if you're asking whats a QR code? dont worry I have a QR dummies guide at www.Cognation.net/QR
BTW - XKCD voted Droid as well :) - http://xkcd.com/662/
Friday, November 06, 2009
Verizon International Rates
Accidentally stumbled across this gem of information.
LOL - yep you read that right $1.49 and $1.79 per minute to call Australia from the USA.
And you wonder why people hate mobile carriers.
Welcome to the new world fuckers - Skype calls cost me sub 5c per minute using your unlimited data plan.
You're greedy actions are what cause me to treat you like nothing more than a dumb fat pipe.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
mmmm Cinabonns for breakfast
and yeh they did taste surprisingly good for something that 15 mins ago was vacuum sealed in a can from the fridge.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I've added 5 of the tracks in the "Mood Music of the Day" play box on the bottom right, hope you enjoy.
This isn't the official version of the music video - that can be found here but EMI banned embedding.
New Droid Advertisement
Bye Bye ATT - I'm off to Verizon sometime this weekend (i'll skip the lines on Friday thanks).
Trump Real Estate Marketing Messages
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
If you are going to buy a Droid get it before the 15th of November !!
If you are planning on buying a Droid make sure you do it before the 15th of November.
Basically if you buy your droid after the 15th of November if you leave Verizon BEFORE the end of 2 years they want to charge you a higher early termination fee.
So basically if you left after 1 year (to go back to ATT for the "iPhone V5" for example) then they will charge you $230 ($350 - ($10 per month x 12 months completed = $120).
If you buy before the 15th of november the amount they charge you is $175 - $5 per month completed any purchases before the 15th of November it would be $115 early termination fee ($175 - ($5 per month x 12=$60).
Hey Verizon looks like all the suckyness of you hasn't quite left yet.
P.S. For all those people hitting this site today - Wednesday the 4th of November
Come join us tonight for live chat during Game 6 - "Back in the Bronx" - at 8pm, http://www.livebaseballchat.com/CHUrl/2009-11-02/2830/713
Yankees in 6 baby !!!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Game 6 Phillies at Yankees is confimred
Friday, October 30, 2009
Walking robot at Dubai Gitex 2009
Doesn't count as a real robot until it's has a pair of aussie designed MetalStorm rail guns.
Lol i can just see some of the sheiks in the background thinking how do i buy one of these to patrol my fence line for this weekend.
Phillies at the Yankees Game 2
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Droid dock is a 'let down'
(about the 7 minute mark)
until i read this.
Thats a shame, i was hoping it was some as yet undisclosed rfid reader functionality.
Just using magnets means their various location placement are going to be limited (eg you cant create your own version of the docking device to bring up other apps).
Interesting 'development' insider article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/technology/companies/29moto.html?_r=1&ref=technology
P.S. I've since picked up my own Droid and have been posting comments about it here;
P.P.S. I wonder if i can modify the 'dock screen' to have multiple panels so when i'm watching the game online i can have http://www.livefootballchat.com/ streaming while sitting in the dock?
Phillies at the Yankees Game 1
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Check out this review for some of the subtext: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=116291
Only two more episodes for the season.... OH NOOOOOOO.
Game 1 of the World Series
Starts 8pm est tonight.
Death of the mother in the USA during childbirth is around 600 a year or approx 13 per 100,000 births.
Whilst sad and devestating i personally thought thats a pretty reasonable number a more outrageous number is "Number of deaths in the USA during 2004 from gunfire..... 29,569 !!"
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Too geek much?
Monday, October 26, 2009
neat way to temporarily fake external ip addresses
Now the cool part is i also found out that if you 'fake' the mac address using some cool software that you can swap around your address ad-hoc and when you 'turn off' the software if will go back to your original address... :)
Check out http://www.technitium.com/
Basically Technitium fakes the mac address change, you then simply power the cable modem back on, 30 seconds later you'll have a brand new ip address. As far as any sites are concerned you are a brand new visitor.
Turn off the software (eg mac address goes back to what it was before), power modem on....same old address.
Of course Time Warner will still have a record of who you are so dont go using this for anything illegal - but it certainly opens up some nefarious possibilities.
Also I'm not sure how long you can leave your fake software mac address on before the Time Warner dhcp server 'allocated' your old address to someone else though.
Also if you use this in conjunction with No-Ip domain registration/DNS software you can even setup websites on 'fake' ip addresses temporarily.
lol - like i said time warner will still have a record of who you are so dont do anythingyou shouldn't be.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The AHIP "Public Option" Singers
AHIP is the powerful insurance lobby that spends 5 million dollars a week trying to kill health care reform. Billionaires for Wealthcare is a grassroots network looking to stop them - with song.
Please pass this video on to everyone you know who you think would care.
google wave/asterisk/skype robot
Google re FCC
in other words..... "We like what you are doing this time with your net neutrality but we dont trust you wont screw us over next time".......
Friday, October 23, 2009
Brooklyn promenade park
Al Franken for President!!
I cant believe we almost missed out on this guy becoming a Senator.
I'm calling it now - Al Franken for President !!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sigur Ros - Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa - English subtitles
Monday, October 19, 2009
Top 10 requested iPhone Features
Ha ha ha, I hate to continue this argument and contribute to the signal to noise ratio but……
Problem 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 can all be done by my 2 year old Windows Mobile HTC 8525 handset.
Add external devices to your iPhone using just the audio jack
"CNET: "Twitter co-founder's 'Square' comes into focus"Looks like a neat iPhone attachment that turns your phone into a portable credit card reader."
To which my reply was;
Hmmm “that fits in to the headphone jack of an iPhone” Oh really?
I wonder how they are achieving that?
Calvin was able to provide this link; http://bit.ly/iPhone_Serial_Hack
So technically I could build a keyboard for the iphone using it’s ‘audio jack’ or any other type of external device as long as it didn’t need anything more than a 1200 baud data rate.
Very interesting, wonder if anyone else is planning things along this line.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Mobile App Store
Interesting to see the explosion in this space over the last year. Is it going to get even bigger?
I own the 4 domains http://www.mobileappstore.com/ .net .org .mobi though i've kind of been sitting on the sidelines.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
CSIRO's Wi-Fi patent $200m and counting
A lot of people dont know that WiFi came out of the CSIRO in Australia.
Great to see the royalties rolling in. Will be interesting to see what other technologies this money gets to fund.
Friday, October 16, 2009
What no Norman Mailer?
5 Authors More Badass Than The Badass Character They Created
What no Norman Mailer?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Guy going for a beer run...... lol at this rate he'll be sober before he gets home.
"I'm not drunk, just flip me over a give me a straw will you :)"
My kind of party animal, note the time.... it's 10am on a tuesday morning.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Considering I haven't studied languages since failing 8th grade French i was wary about having a go myself.
All i can say is wow.
After playing with it for just a few hours or so I've been totally hooked. The way they use audio and pictures is fantastic. I cant believe how easy it is.
If you are thinking of trying to learn a language definitely check out Rosetta Stone. It's pricey but way worth it in comparison to studying languages in a formal class.
Monday, October 12, 2009
No surprise: most chat participants opting to use a third-party authentication service go for the popular Facebook Connect. More of a surprise: signing in with a Yahoo account is the second most popular choice.
hmmm - wondering if this going to turn into a service provider war?
How much would Facebook/Yahoo/Twitter pay me as a website content provider to have my users authenticate against their services exclusively?
Surely there has to be value associated to Yahoo that you 'have' to use a Yahoo username in order to authenticate to my website.
Do you think Yahoo would pay per user per month or maybe even per user per login?