Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shakespears Sister

Listening to Shakespears Sister while working, its amazing how music can bring back long forgotten memories, thinking of open windows and cat suits - fun times/bad times maybe....but memorable times none the less.

yet again Twitter screws over their developer base

Twitter is essentially introducing a new hashtag — or what is being called a “cashtag.” Instead of the ubiquitous “#”, the addition of the symbol “$” added in front of any ticker will instantly provide context for that stock, aggregating all tweets that use the ticker under one label. Twitter gives the example of “$GE” — General Electric’s ticker symbol — although this will obviously work for any company, like Apple ($AAPL) or Google ($GOOG), allowing users to peruse conversations happening around those stocks in realtime.

Twitter’s new feature closely resembles functionality that StockTwits has boasted for some time now

Considering Twitter has been telling developers "DO NOT COPY OUR FUNCTIONALITY WITH END USER CLIENTS" for the last year or so yet proving another way that Twitter is an "idea" and does not have the management depth to run it as a "long term" company

The fact that pretty much every developer i know (including myself) has zero interest in building apps against Twitter anymore prooves that they've screwed the pooch.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Anonymous hacks AAPT "user data"

And that folks..... is why the government shouldn't be asking ISP's to collect this data.

Shame its not "just politician data" that Anonymous are leaking onto the internet. If politicians in Australia and the USA etc say there is nothing to hide here and that this data should be stored for a minimum of 2 years then fine, lets start with all the senators etc posting their browsing habits/internet data live onto a public website first for 2 years and then they can vote on this issue.

After the threats, admissions and delays, hacktivists protesting the data retention scheme proposed by the Federal Government’s National Security Inquiry have begun dumping data gleaned from an Australian telco — presumably AAPT.

So far, the dump looks to be as large as we were promised: 40GB of customer data. Sources leaking the data say that there are over 600 tables of customer information set to be published, and after looking at the first few, it looks to be all business account information.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Amazon sales tax and what it means to you

Amazon is backing a bill that would allow states to collect or remit sales tax on items purchased from a small number of large, out-of-state online retailers including Amazon and Overstock.

Amazon are only supporting this bill now because they intend to setup distribution centers across the USA for next day/same day delivery.

I think its shamefull they have flipped their position now it suits them and as much as possible i spend my money with other online providers because of their actions.

Its good to see that Senators Mike Enzi, Lamar Alexander, and Dick Durbin are deep isnide Amazons pocket on this issue.....hope the donation "bribe" check doesnt prevent you from sleeping at night guys.

Microsoft isnt going anywhere

Wow Vanityfair what a piece of crap article, people forget Apple was almost bankrupt at one stage. I'm not saying what Apple have done since then isnt amazing but lets face it Microsoft is hardly "flaming out in a ball of death" the way this article would have you believe.

Microsoft’s Lost Decade

Once upon a time, Microsoft dominated the tech industry; indeed, it was the wealthiest corporation in the world. But since 2000, as Apple, Google, and Facebook whizzed by, it has fallen flat in every arena it entered: e-books, music, search, social networking, etc., etc. Talking to former and current Microsoft executives, Kurt Eichenwald finds the fingers pointing at C.E.O. Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates’s successor, as the man who led them astray.

Microsoft’s low-octane swan song was nothing if not symbolic of more than a decade littered with errors, missed opportunities, and the devolution of one of the industry’s innovators into a “me too” purveyor of other companies’ consumer products. Over those years, inconsequential pip-squeaks and onetime zombies—Google, Facebook, Apple—roared ahead, transforming the social-media-tech experience, while a lumbering Microsoft relied mostly on pumping out Old Faithfuls such as Windows, Office, and servers for its financial performance.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Public Enemy - Most Of My Heroes Still Dont Appear on No Stamp

The digital download alert for people who invested in the Public Enemy "Sellaband fundraising campaign" last year just came through this morning.

Listening now - lol i hope my neighbors like Public Enemy or are out this morning, giving the speakers a bit of a work out.

1.Run Til Its Dark
2.Get Up Stand Up
3.Most of My Heroes Still
4.I Shall Not Be Moved
5.Get It In
7.Catch The Thrown
9.Truth Decay
10.Fass Food


Friday, July 20, 2012

Oh Australia you disappoint me

Oh Australia you disappoint me
- http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/blogs/blunt-instrument/asios-getting-the-keys-to-your-computer-20120719-22b8p.html

(btw all of this is defeated with a simple offshore VPN for $20 a month.......politics what a fucking farce).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Google CEO's to be arrested by ICE any day now

Mark Gibbs wrote a great article last week that needs to get more traction.

Is Google guilty of enabling piracy?
- http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2012/071912-backspin.html

This is exactly the point i've been making all along about Richard O'Dwyer, he cannot be charged or convicted with something that Google and Yahoo etc are doing each and every day.

This is one court case i really wish i was chosen to sit on the jury for.

Early Fall?

Based on this photo you would think its Fall today already.

Social media tools failing in Syria

lol how do you know Americans are being lied to, watch the footage difference about whats happening in Damascus between CNN and Russia Today (ch 135 for people on Time Warner in New York).

Yes the rebels are involved in street to street fighting in the suburb of of Al-Midan but a lot of Damascus life is going on as normal. If you just went off the footage "being smuggled out" by "Rebel Social Media" you would think the entire city had been over run in victory.

lol no wonder Time Warner wont allow Al Jazeera access on their network.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Facebook Algorithm

Facebook did something funky about 6 weeks ago about a week or two before they started offering promoted posts.

We all know they have quarterly filings and need to show a profit on however the issue is this.

I'm a heavy Facebook user and log in at least 5-6 times a day with a few hundred friends and probably about the same in likes however now i'm seeing less than 20 uploads every few hours whereas before there would be 100+ every few hours for me to read.

I'm sure if Aunt Jenny only logs in once a month then your algorithms are great however you should give US the END USERS the choice about whether we want Facebook to filter on our behalf OR if we want to see EVERYTHING.

At the moment there is no other game in town but you are really screwing the pooch on this issue and one day you'll look back the way MySpace looks back on blinking text and say yeh.....thats where we went wrong.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


OMG!!!!!!!! Am i the last person in the world to find out about Wilfred - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1703925/

Lol please tell me i'm not the only sick person in the world that finds this the funniest thing on TV, only just started watching in the last few weeks but the blue and pink trashbag scene I just saw was one of the funniest 60 seconds i have ever seen in my life.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The App Revolution

60 Minutes: Apps are cheap and simple little software programs but they have revolutionised our lives turning our phones and our computers into information and entertainment centres. 1 Jul 2012

- http://soc.li/M4H2MDg

....wish they covered that discovery is going to be the issue.....

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Amazon same day delivery

Amazon trialing same day delivery......yeh but has anyone noticed Amazons prices arent that wonderful anymore? co-incidental but i just made a decision yesterday to always search around before buying on amazon because i'm finding better deals elsewhere (lol though i use amazon ratings in order to help me decide what i want....lol zoom buy reviewing...wonder how Amazon will feel about this in the future)

- slate.com/amazon_same_day_delivery

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

QR codes pose major malware threat

Oh puleasee - what a moron.

- http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/qr-codes-pose-major-malware-threat
"hackers are starting to use these codes to distribute malware".
No wonder IBM is in the toilet. David Tom you're an idiot.


So you want to be a domainer

Was interesting to read this article today

One domainer’s fascinating 15 year income statement-The ups and downs of the domain name business.

Domain investor and web site creator Eric Borgos just published a list of the domains he has sold in the first half of the year. It’s quite interesting and worth a read.

But I want to draw domainers’ attention to another page on Borgos’ site that has always fascinated me. He publishes his revenue and net profit by year dating back to 1997.

Which lead me to this page

Domain Names I Sold – 2012

It is now halfway through the year, so I figured it would be a good time to post a list of domains that I sold so far in 2012:

FishingAddict.com – $6250
HireDesigners.com – $2500
MagicSpell.com – $4950
PixPlus.com – $6250
BestAmmo.com – $200
OceanSpring.com – $1,000
ComedyHour.com – $2,000
DreamChamber.com – $400
FightFire.com – $250
ElectricSavings.com – $2500
Boneofthemonth.com – $200
PromDeal.com – $375
ilovebooks.com – $10,000
voxz.com – $1500
InboxPro.com – $3,000
Scars.net – $8,000
PastaLovers.com – $12,500
JustPetfood.com – $1200
Snackland.com – $600
buyitfast.com – $1500
ReadBooks.net – $800
MeetingMe.com – $600
EasyCollect.com – $2000
GetQuotes.com – $31,000
Singalongs.com – $1500
BuyReplicas.com – $1000
MakeupDeals.com – $2000
MiamiBeachFlorist.com – $1500
GetVisibility.com – $3,000
live4less.com – $300
GreatCures.com – $5000
CruiseTicket.com – $2000
FlowerStand.com – $7,500
2lol.com – $400
CyberHeroes.com – $550
QualityLawyers.com – $7,500
FindCostumes.com – $500
TownSpot.com – $1000
tvpage.com – $1500
BuyDrapes.com and BuyDraperies.com – $2000
FindBooks.net – $300
DatingWomen.com – $12,000
BikeSupplies.com – $6000
Inventing.com – $60,000
Spy5.com – $800
GetStickers.com – $500
CallJamaica.com – $500
CoffeeSupplies.com – $8000
GroupCalls.com – $1000
LiquidationDepot.com – $800

Whats interesting is that the few random pages i checked out a lot still seem to be parked/holding pages with basic mini sites-so makes me wonder if a lot of these have been purchased by other domainers looking to "ponzi" their purchases into even bigger sales in a few years from now.

What do you think? any names above that you are think worth more than the sales price that you could make a cashflow business out of?

Bollywood/Chinese entertainment engines?

I was reading a report today that states the following

"Digital TV Research calculates that China became the largest digital TV household nation in 2010, and will boast 417 million digital homes by end-2017, by which time India will almost certainly have overtaken the US."

The USA (eg read Hollywood) has been a long time social influencer of the world because of its ability to export its tv/movies to the rest of the world powered by a profitable cable revenue generation cash machine that is the US cable tv market (just look at the recent A&E sale as a guide to valuation).

So my question is this......

If India takes over the USA in terms of pay tv market size, and China already bigger than the USA (almost as a rounding number with continued annual growth), Could we ever see a situation where "BollyWood" or "Shanghai" is the exporter of cool around the world?

Monday, July 09, 2012

Facebook screwing with the "formula"

Know why Coke is still it? or why Mcdonalds in Bejing taste like Mcdonalds in Sydney........they dont fuck with the forumla

Anyone else noticed facebook screwing with timeline agin this week, posts are being moved up in time when additional people "comment" on the original post.

Not sure i like this addition, would prefer just seeing ALL posts from friends/pages based on original post time and stop screwing with the formula please zuck.

Foreign "bodies"

This discussion has come up twice in recent months with friends of mine, seems most people didnt know that your body is actually "full" of foreign bodies so thought some of you might like to check out these two links
- http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=ultimate-social-network-bacteria-protects-health

the cat virus reminds me of the little guy in the head in Men In Black.
- http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/07/08/215246/cat-parasite-may-increase-risk-of-suicide-in-humans  

Sunday, July 08, 2012

The Fly Trap

This guy has life all worked out with his Reddit comment.

"Replace "plastic bag" with "giant rock with dirt on the outside, and molten lava on the inside".
- http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/w7br4/amazing_5_walmart_fly_trap/c5axgm0

to the original post - http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/w7br4/amazing_5_walmart_fly_trap/

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Most people covert what they know

Interesting words of wisdom from Philip Rosedale

Rosedale said one of the biggest surprises he had building SecondLife was how when given total creative license, most of the houses just looked like ones in Malibu. Most people just covet the things they know, he says.
- http://pandodaily.com/2012/07/06/philip-rosedale-the-media-is-wrong-secondlife-didnt-fail

Friday, July 06, 2012

Judge Posner

Activist judges...you've got to love them :)

- http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us-apple-google-judge-idUSBRE8640IQ20120705

The problem is proliferation of totally obvious patents, I’m happy for Apple to have a slide to unlock patent for the iPhone…..as long as they invented it before the first gate slide bolt….oh you didn’t invent it before then….gagf

BMW M5 or jaguar XKRs

Need to seat 4....or need for hooliganism the choice is yours.

Windows server 2012 essentials

HP MediaSmart Server EX485

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is taking its place and will handle both media server as well as small business server duties in one package.

I run SBS2008 at home for my wife and i, yes its a PITA sometimes....but i cant imagine running my data/content/backups etc without it.

Everyone should be runnign some kind of server from home, once you try it you'll never go back.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Nexus Q tear down

Nexus Q tear down on VB - http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/05/nexus-q-teardown/

Google’s Nexus Q gets torn down, less interesting than you’d think

The first person who build s a square/rectangular shaped case for this on kickstarter gets my money.
The ridiculous guile of the person who created this in a sphere is only topped by the pyramid design of the boxee.
Its my living room not yours and your design shapes while cute SUCK from a users point of view.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

federated wikis

Anyone played with this yet?

- http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/07/wiki-inventor
when a third person forks a third time to makes additional changes does it feed back into server 1 as well as server 2?

How many tiers can it go eg would I see tier 10’s changes? What happens when I register tier 7’s changes do I still see tier 8?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Facebook spam

lol as i said it would happen back on June 26th the day Facebook implemented the @Facebook.com email addresses

I got my first @Facebook.com spam email message today - lol

lol, yes it was routed to the "other" folder but you have to admit Facebook....sounds like a pretty stupid idea now doesnt it.


Sunday, July 01, 2012

Thoughts on extradition of Richard O'Dwyer?


- http://www.change.org/petitions/ukhomeoffice-stop-the-extradition-of-richard-o-dwyer-to-the-usa-saverichard#

I especially liked the comment that "There was nothing on Richard's site that could not be found on Google, Bing or Yahoo so lets see the CEO's of those companies on trial before they pick on a UK student."