Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Art Studios - Open weekend

Go check out the Great Western Studios this weekend by Westbourne Park Tube, West London.

Recommend to go see work by "Sandra Liccioni", super detailed works inspired by nature.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Pen Art

Art of the pen,
Dwelling in pain and glory,
Awash with rhythm and ease.

Shine on time, shine on people.
Let’s make it work together. Hey.


social networks, broadband, tv (what else)

  • 80% of under 30s use social networks.
  • Virgin are testing 50Mb broadband connections in the UK (hurry up).
  • UK online tv market 20million, to go to 180million in 5 years (40 - 60% made up from advertising) (Source: screen digest)
  • Terrestrial TV ad market 3billion in 2006.
  • Google Ad revenue will overtake ITV
  • In the UK, BBC website has 17million users with, about 8 million users who consume BBC content from external sources (The BBC say this is an excellent reach enabler).
  • BBC are going to add embeddable videos to their site and make a facebook application for the iplayer in Dec 07 (where did they get that idea :).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Google the buggers :) to launch API for all

Google are about to launch an opensocial API service that will link to many social networks. API (application programming interface) is a source code interface that allows developers to more easily develop applications to work together. So far pretty much every big site that has an API has it's own one with it's own standards.

Anyway i call them Google buggers cause i thought of that APIAPI idea about a year ago but it's kind of a mammoth task to take on so well i guess we'll have to be a host for them and welcome a more structured webscape.

Reference URLs:
http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial (meant to be here but it's down at the time of this post)

For the non geeks it's kind of a big deal to have a common way to manage information across multiple sites.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

BoardRiders TV on www.viewmy.tv

I'm checkin' out BoardRiders TV on viewmy.tv and I think it rocks!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

UK broadband average speed 4.6Mbps

Over half the UK already has broadband and the average speed of these connections is 4.6 megabits per second - or more than 80 times the speed of the old dial-up connections. But it is not fast enough. Countries such as France, Germany, the US, Japan and South Korea have already started investing in networks that can deliver up to 100 megabits per second, enough for a dozen high-definition TV channels or lightning-fast downloading of music and videos.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Being careful, i got mugged

Last night, coming back from a friends place, thought i'd walk back home for the exercise.
Almost home dim lit street and two young guys cross over the road to ask me for drugs. I reply, sorry i can't help you.. I continue walking now they are behind me.

10 seconds later one guy then kicks my knee sideways, another jumps on my back telling me to handover my money.
Luckily i attempt to throw the guy off my back and over my shoulder then stand up.

As i stand up i notice the bottom half of my leg is not pointing straight - my knee was dislocated. I realise i have to stand up or these uneducated yobs will come back at me. I push my knee back into place (grateful the morning after that i had some wine in me to remove any pain).

As i pull a pen from my pocket i tell them i will take them on if they try anything else. (They look at each other a bit stunned that it's me in control.)

There not quite convinced if they can take me so i start to raise my voice and tell the neighborhood what clothes they are wearing and what's going on. I see a neighbor looking out from their window. (Raising my voice helped again as they know people will hear me.)

I tell the guys to go away and that they are young and shouldn't do that sort of thing to other people.

I filled out a police report (there is a CCTV camera pointing directly at the bus stop they went to just after the incident at 2.30am) and got a support for my knee (feel like a Rugby player).

I wondered earlier tonight if i saw one of the kids (baseball cap, approx 20, light tan UAE looking) pacing around my flat with a group of friends.

I'm not scared i've been mugged many times before but i should have taken a taxi or avoided the dimly lit street. goodnight.

--- Here's the x-ray, from a week after the incident, my keen is fine now :)

Thursday, October 04, 2007


just had a realisation that blackholes are engines in galaxies... more about that later... wanted to be the first to publish this theory.

Peter Woodford

... What i wanted to say was that as a blackhole exists at the centre of every galaxy and that as the blackhole mass is half of that of the galaxy in which it resides it suggests that the mass of the black hole is directly related to the gallaxy which it is centered in.

Now if the blackhole is digesting the host galaxy then the mass of the blackhole would increase and the galaxy would decrease, unless. Unless the blackholes radiate energy outside of the supposed event horizon (that's the point of apparent no return). Now imagine for a moment that there is more that one universe, that we exist in a multiverse so another universe is linked to our own.

My deduction so far is that the energy that is consumed inside a blackhole is also fed into another universe. In this universe we only see that there is an apparent point of no return but in another universe, other observers would see that there is a generation of energy that can perhaps not be explained as to where the energy is coming from.

To go further i suggest that dark matter is infact derived from blackholes as it goes from this universe into another and then is bent from a 'negative' universe into our 'positive' universe ('references' used to point out that the some parts of physics may be different with the multiverse concept).

... and for any friends who wonder if i've been smoking, well know, that hasn't happened for a while.. i've just been absorbing information from all over the web and getting inspired from many new scientific discoveries.

p.s. Next i think I'll research and present on how dark matter has gravity

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Urgently sign an emergency petition supporting peaceful protests in Burma

Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. For decades the Burmese regime has fought off pressure - imprisoning elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy activists, wiping out thousands of villages in the provinces, bringing miseries from forced labour to refugee camps. But last Tuesday Buddhist monks and nuns, revered in Burma, began marching and chanting prayers. The protests spread- now they're growing by tens of thousands every day, as ordinary people, even celebrities and comedians join in.

Peaceful protesters numbered 20,000 on Saturday, 30,000 on Sunday, 100,000 today. This week, they could win a new life for their country. In the past, Burma's military rulers have massacred the demonstrators and crushed democracy. This time it can be different - but only if the world stands with the Burmese.

Global leaders are gathering now in New York for the annual United Nations summit. In speeches and press interviews, we need them to show Burma's military junta how grave the consequences will be if they crush the protesters with violence this time. Click below urgently to sign the emergency petition supporting the peaceful protests in Burma, it’ll be delivered to UN Security Council members and the UN press corps all week.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sharing Google Reader - online video news sources

If anyone is interested to / needs to read a massive amount of information expecially on the topic of online Internet TV and video, i've decided to share my Google Reader exported OPML file (can be imported into Google Reader... is a very fast way of reading the news). There are also keys you can use for page navigation, like N for next, P for previous.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Abstract Prose

The prose of life deep down in imagination, set by experience, moved on by dreams.
Life is an expanse of relationships and memories that emotionally adjust with our surroundings.
Carry yourself on with the journey that is your own, be free in thinking and may your path be great.
There is a concept that will keep your existence forever which embraces all, known as time.
Fill your emotions with love and your time with actions.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Who are you mister pollution?

Worst polluted places and approx number of people assumed to being poisoned by toxic emmissions:
Sumgayit, Azerbaijan; Potentially 275,000 affected
Linfen, China; Potentially 3m affected
Tianying, China; Potentially 140,000 affected
Sukinda, India; Potentially 2.6m affected
Vapi, India; Potentially 71,000 affected
La Oroya, Peru; Potentially 35,000 affected
Dzerzhinsk, Russia; Potentially 300,000 affected
Norilsk, Russia; Potentially 134,000 affected
Chernobyl, Ukraine; Potentially 5.5m affected
Kabwe, Zambia; Potentially 255,000 affected
Data: Blacksmith Institute

(p.s. Using electricity is not bad, but generating electricity from a source that leads to pollution is bad. There’s more power available from the Sun, that shines down on this small planet everyday than all of the worlds power stations put together... There’s no excuse for not using renewable energy sources like wind, wave, solar, hyrdo, lighting, static)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Where are the downloads for Windows mobile?

Does anyone no where I can download the Pocket MSN cab file? Haven’t found a download on the Windows mobile site!! (Mentions I comes with Windows mobile 5.0 but I don’t have it / need to reinstall.)

One i did find was Live Search (Maps) for Windows Mobile powered device.

Monday, September 03, 2007

London Transport services

How can the transport services of such a major city be so shit!

Why are tube workers always on strike? Why don't the TFL sack them?

If i told you i wasn't going to work on your website cause i wanted more pay than i had originally agreed, you'd want to dump me unless there was a valid reason. So why do we time and time again have these dam tube strikes all the time!

Monday, 3rd Sept, 2007: "METRONET: We continue to work to avert the strike. If the strike goes ahead, it will affect services from this afternoon's peak period. Services will not return to normal until Friday morning."

Think of all the people this is affecting, what bastards to propose a strike.

BoardRiders TV on www.viewmy.tv

I'm checkin' out BoardRiders TV on viewmy.tv and I think it rocks!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Claimed my blog on technorati now you can fav this site

Add to Technorati Favorites

(Discovered that posting an email a href doesn't work like using the on-site blogger post.)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Google Earth 4.2 views of Stars and Space

Until now, Google Earth has let you zoom in from outer space to view our planet. With Earth’s new Sky feature, you can turn that perspective around and explore the wonders of the space surrounding planet Earth.

View images of distant galaxies and nebulae from the Hubble Space Telescope, learn about the movement of the planets and the lifecycle of the stars...

We (humans) are so small in relative dimension to this universe.
I think that in the next 10 years we will discover life on an extra terrestrial object (based on planned missions to Planets, Comet interceptions, DNA analysis technology). I wonder how people who follow religion will react, err freakout, haha.

Monday, August 20, 2007

bit of fun :) fonejacker

Prank call made to electronics store. Performed by Kayvan Novak, aka fonejacker

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Turn the iPhone into a Skype VoIP handset

A German software developer, SHAPE Services, has released a new application called “IM+ for Skype” that turns the iPhone into Skype VoIP handset by utilising the default-bundled Apple Safari browser.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Spin-my-Blog Post

Thu evening in the pub, having drinks ___ Mob. ___ cheers.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trademark scam companies to watch out for

I recently registered a Trade Mark for a company and after i had paid for it i got a scam letter saying ...you must send payment for your trademark to...

I called up the patent office to check that i had paid already and they confirmed i had. Therefore the company that was asking me to make further payments to them was trying to scam a payment to themselves.

Here's a list of these tricky shit unofficial registration services.

Institut économique pour le commerce, l'artisant, l'industrie
(WIHH- Wirtschaftsregister für Industrie, Handel, Handwerk AG)

P.O. Box 607
CH - 6341 Baar/Zug

Trademark Publisher GMBH
BP 73
A-1190 Wien

Company for Publications and Information Anstalt
(Société pour publications et information SARL)

Werdenberg 11
FL- 9490 Valduz

European Institute for economy and Commerce
Rue Capouillet 9 à 21
BE- 1060 Brussels

WIG - Wirtschaftszentrale für Industrie und Gewerbe AG
Commercial Centre for Industry and Trade
Centrale économique pour l’industrie et le commerce

Postfach 2116
CH- 8033 Zürich

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Take a look at this press! Web Designer Feature, issue out now!

Click on images to see them full size.

Behavioral Advertising on Target... to Explode Online

Behavioral Advertising on Target... to Explode Online

JUNE 11, 2007

Brand advertising is moving onto the Internet.

After years of deriding the Internet as "only" a direct advertising
vehicle, major brand marketers are discovering powerful new ways to
target their users online, and major online players are clearly

"Nearly $10.5 billion sends a very clear message about future
strategies," says David Hallerman, eMarketer Senior Analyst and the
author of the new eMarketer report, Behavioral Targeting: Advertising
Gets Personal." "Four deals in 35 days - Google-DoubleClick,
Yahoo!-Right Media, WPP Group-24/7 Real Media and Microsoft-aQuantive
- are a clear indication of the onrush of brand-focused advertisers
onto the Web."

Internet advertising is no longer all about paid search. Targeted
online display advertising is exploding.

Spending for Internet advertising with a behavioral targeting
component will soar from $575 million this year to $1 billion in 2008,
and that still represents only 11% of the US display, rich media and
video market.

"With the greater attention paid to overall ad targeting, and the
rising focus on brand messages online," says Mr. Hallerman, "this
market will nearly quadruple by the end of 2011, growing to $3.8

There are three key reasons for the large spending gains:

1. Behavioral targeting helps marketers reach a more engaged
audience with fewer ad impressions

2. Behavioral targeting helps publishers monetize their "long
tail" pages - the non-premium or remnant inventory that either is sold
for less money or remains unsold

3. Even though individuals are often not aware of the process,
many tend to find ads targeted by their actions to be more relevant to
their needs, and therefore more palatable or even welcomed

"The eMarketer outlook for behavioral targeting is optimistic," says
Mr. Hallerman, "but not overly so, since the scalability required for
substantially larger spending is simply not there yet."

Scalability involves several factors, including the broad reach among
Web sites - both through portals and ad networks - needed to allow
fine-tuned segmenting and yet maintain a reasonable size for each
slice of the audience.

"Another element holding back behavioral targeting's growth is the
technology itself, which despite its benefits still seems
counterintuitive to many advertisers," says Mr. Hallerman. "That they
need to pay nearly the same rate for a remnant page as they would for
a contextually targeted page placement goes against the grain."

Nevertheless, behavioral targeting spending will continue to grow at a
significant rate, peaking at nearly 74% next year due to a combination
of greater advertiser acceptance, greater publisher support (only
about one-third of Web sites can do behavioral targeting, according to
Advertising.com) and greater overall online ad spending with the
national elections and Summer Olympic Games.

By 2011, "very large publishers will be selling 30% to 50% of their ad
inventory using this [behavior targeting] technique," predicts Bill
Gossman, CEO of Revenue Science.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

here's me presenting at the BBC on "The Future of TV"

more specifically IPTV... the event was in Manchester called North West Fest.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Spin-my-Blog Post

Yesterday I presented to the BBC on the future of TV. It seems to have gone well & will try to upload some pictures or videos to this blog later.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Spin-my-Blog Post

Hi guys. It's Fri afternoon. I'm preparing for the weekend to go home visit my Dad, my sister. This week i was interviewed on BCB radio and we (dev team) submitted an application at viewmy.tv to FaceBook pending approval. I'm also presenting at the BBC on Tuesday 26th June about the Future of TV ... most of this blog post was written for me, all i did was call a telephone number and speak away.. then i checked it and edited a few words (indicated in purple).

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Windows users flock to Safari 3

Windows users have downloaded more than a million copies of the Safari 3 browser in the first 48 hours after launching on Monday.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Skype for Palm Treo 750v

Recently got a Palm Treo 750v with Windows mobile 5.0 from Vodafone and they automatically put a "content restriction" block on sites like Skype !

Even there does not seems to be a Skype version for the Palm Treo 750v.

However, i found a solution:
Download the CAB file here: http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-pocketpc-cab

Upload the CAB file to a site that you can access and then download to your mobile with IE browser and install.

Friday, May 11, 2007

My Blog is now available as Podcasts Odiogo

Subscribe to the Odiogo podcast.
Click the image to get a page with automated text to speech of this blog in Podcast or instant play formats (better speech tech that Fred or Bubbles on Apple computers)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Microsoft to buy Yahoo?

Microsoft in takeover talks with Yahoo! £37billion valuation tag rumored.
... fingers crossed cause i bought with that deal in mind, go on Microsoft, have em.. I still have Yahoo shares :)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Accu playing in NHC

Jere Garcia from Accu playing in Notting Hill Arts club tonight !
As my friend Mark says: Jere has got to be the coolest man in the world!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Drinking and Smoking

Why do we do it when it's so bad for us?

Lighting up a cigarette dulls us to the effects of that last drink. Nicotine reduces the amount of alcohol that reaches the bloodstream. Smoking and drinking typically occur simultaneously... blood alcohol content (BAC) shows that a higher nicotine level correlates to lower BAC. That means that when we smoke, we feel less drunk and also the alcohol stays in our tummys for longer.

I guess this type of blog only happens on a Monday morning, lets see.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Do you really believe your God is the best?

I recently past a crowd of christians so i asked one woman what she thought about allah and buddah. Well, the woman started to chase me, screaming jesus is the only one!
I mean, come on people, there are some real nutters out there who are so arrogant to believe that what they believe in is the only way.

Having lived in many countries early on in my life i was able to see that people are born into religion. I mean how can someone argue that it's not the case. For example if i was born in India with Indian parents i would likely be hindu, or had i had muslim parents i would be taught islam, but i was born into a christian family and the schools i went to were christian.

I remember asking my religious (christian) teacher if he could tell me why people prayed with their hands over their ears and looked at the palms of their hands (as i lived in Asia then)... he said, i'm sorry but we only teach about christianity here (in Scotland). So from that point it became very clear to me that we are born into religion. Needless to say I slid away from my christian upbringing to live my life as a conscientious individual.

Yes of course moral teaching is good and singing together is nice but to carry on in this day and age thinking that one religion is better that another is just a real disaster for human kind.

Mostly it's just the religious folk who proclaim their views because the rest of us, more mild mannered, worldly opinionated, factual people are quite happy with our lives already that we do not need to shout about it. However, when some person starts to chase and scream at me then it reminds me that there are a lot of very lost people out there who really need to experience life and travel the world some more to gain a bit of perspective.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Global access to FT news on your mobile

Read FT.com personalised news articles and access your FT.com subscription whilst on the move.
Powered by Leiki.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

video mixing and sharing - which site?

... so many video mixing / sharing sites out there i need to find what's powerful but simple enough to use, so far:

blip.tv - v. good permalink and format features
youtube - popular
metacafe - meant to be better that youtube
splashcast - nice stats view but still some bugs, no embed branding till rollover
magnify - too much branding

Friday, March 23, 2007

AVAAZ present 100,000 signatures on climate change

Avaaz campaigners hand-delivered our 100,000-signature climate change petition to the environment ministers of the world's most polluting countries. It worked. The chair of the meeting waved the petition in the air, calling on his fellow ministers to act--and they agreed that climate change would be the #1 issue at the G8 summit in June.

When people take about saving energy... i like to keep in mind that electricity isn't bad but how it's created can be damaging to our planet and impact on our climate. More energy can be collected through solar power than all nuclear powerstations! Then there's also wind, wave, hydro ...! I love the way windmills look, compare them to nuclear or coal powerstations!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

i want my pre-roll video - haha

Pre-roll is oftentimes scorned because of its perceived disruptive nature to consumers who are seeking specific video content. However, in a survey done by the Online Publishers Association, 62% of consumers said they were accepting of ads up to 30 seconds in length, with an additional 38% accepting of ads of longer lengths. The study also states that "Consumers are viewing video ads and are taking action, including checking out related links & Web sites as well as purchasing." With that being said, we should continue to monitor consumer reactions and acceptance levels as the industry continues to refine and develop video content on the Web. Already we have seen the unofficial standard for pre-roll move to 15 seconds, which demonstrates publishers are listening to consumers.

As we continue to see more advertisers add video to their campaigns, we should not discount pre-roll video as an ad unit. Much like the 468 banner that has given way to many larger and more creative formats, pre-roll will most likely evolve and be used differently moving forward. In the meantime, including pre-roll video in an integrated campaign is proving to be effective and worth the consideration.

It's not so far off that consumers will get credits for watching video ads online.

Monday, March 19, 2007

market for TV over the Internet

According to iSuppli, the market for TV over the Internet is likely to increase to euro2 billion (US$2.6 billion) by 2010

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Shelfari got funding

community - February 28, 2007 they announced funding by Amazon.com along with some strategic investors - wellhttp://www2.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif done.

Every book group in their system has its own shelf. Members of the book group can add books to the shelf. When looking at a book you can always click "Show on..." to add the book to groups you belong to.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Who will win the next high-tech jackpot?

Who will win the next high-tech jackpot?

Saturday, 24 February , 2007, 01:58

Palo Alto: As Facebook.com's mastermind, Mark
Zuckerberg is sitting on a potential gold mine that
could make him the next Silicon Valley whiz kid to
strike it rich.

But the 22-year-old founder of the Internet's second
largest social-networking site also could turn into
the next poster boy for missed opportunities if he
waits too long to cash in on Facebook Inc., which is
expected to generate revenue of more than $100 million
this year. The bright outlook is one reason Zuckerberg
felt justified spurning several takeover bids last
year, including a $1 billion offer from Yahoo Inc.

"We clearly have a bias toward building than selling,"
Zuckerberg said in a recent interview. "We think there
is a lot more to unlock here."

The build-or-sell dilemma facing Zuckerberg is
becoming more common among the precocious
entrepreneurs immersed in the latest Internet craze, a
communal concept of content-sharing that has been
dubbed "Web 2.0."

Besides Facebook, other Web 2.0 startups frequently
mentioned as prime takeover targets include online
video site Metacafe Inc. and Photobucket Inc., which
has emerged as one of the Internet's busiest
destinations by hosting personal videos and photos
that are routinely linked to top social-networking
sites like MySpace and Facebook.

These sites find themselves at a critical juncture
reached several years ago by the Internet's first big
social-networking site, Friendster.com, which chose to
stay independent instead of selling. That decision is
now regarded as one of Silicon Valley's biggest

Web 2.0 startups have emerged as hot commodities
because they are drawing more people away from
television, newspapers and other media traditionally
used for advertising. Online video channels and social
networks, a catchall phrase attached to sites that
enable people with common interests to connect and
deepen their bonds, are particularly hot.

Deep-pocketed companies are now angling for a piece of
the Web 2.0 action ˜ a quest that already has yielded
a couple big jackpots, helping to propel the sales
prices of startups to their highest levels since the
dot-com boom.

News Corp. paid $580 million in 2005 to buy MySpace,
the largest social-networking site, and Google Inc.
snapped up video-sharing pioneer YouTube Inc. for
$1.76 billion late last year.

"I'm surprised a lot more companies haven't already
been bought," said Reid Hoffman, a veteran Silicon
Valley executive who has invested in many startups,
including Facebook. "My hunch is the deals are only
going to get more expensive in 2008 and 2009."

In 2006, the average price paid for a startup funded
by venture capitalists rose 19 percent to $114
million. That was the highest amount since the dot-com
frenzy of 2000 when the average price of
venture-backed startups peaked at $337 million,
according to data from Thomson Financial and the
National Venture Capital Association.

If the deal-making market continues to heat up,
Zuckerberg will end up looking smart for rebuffing
Yahoo and other suitors that included Microsoft Corp.
and Viacom Inc.

Assuming Facebook hits its financial targets, the Palo
Alto-based company should be able to command a sales
price well above $1 billion or pursue an even more
lucrative initial public offering of stock in the
tradition of Google, Yahoo Inc., eBay Inc. and
Amazon.com Inc. ˜ a group of Internet icons now worth
a combined $250 billion.

A Facebook sale or IPO is bound to happen eventually
so the startup's early investors, consisting mostly of
venture capitalists, can realize some profits.
Facebook has raised about $38.5 million since
Zuckerberg started the site in 2004 while he was still
a sophomore at Harvard University.

Zuckerberg has some flexibility in deciding when to
cash out because Facebook already is profitable.

An IPO or sale will "make sense at some point for the
company, but I never think that's the goal," said
Zuckerberg, who is believed to control nearly
one-third of Facebook's stock. "The goal is to ...
continue introducing certain revolutionary products
that push us to the next level."

Marc Andreessen, who made a fortune during his 20s as
co-founder of Web browser pioneer Netscape
Communications, is among those who believe Facebook is
going to become even more valuable during the next
year or two.

"Facebook is doing the smart thing. If you are in a
big market like social networking, you are usually
better off waiting (to sell)," said Andreessen, who is
now chief technology officer for another
social-networking startup, Ning Inc. Had MySpace
remained independent, it would probably be worth $5
billion now, Andreessen estimated.

Should Facebook stumble, it may some day be suffering
the same pangs of regret tormenting Friendster Inc.,
which turned down a takeover bid from Google in 2003
when it reigned as Internet's hottest
social-networking site.

Had that offer been accepted, Friendster founder
Jonathan Abrams and a small group of early investors
reportedly would have received $30 million in Google
stock that would have been worth about $1 billion

Abrams left Friendster in 2004 after a falling out
with the company's venture capitalists. Now working on
its fourth chief executive since Abrams' departure,
Friendster so far hasn't been able to recapture the
buzz that once made it a prized commodity.

In January, Friendster attracted just under 1.3
million US visitors, leaving it far behind MySpace
(61.5 million visitors), Facebook (19 million
visitors) as well as several relative newcomers to
social networking like Bebo.com, MyYearbook.com and
Hi5.com, according to data from comScore Media Metrix.

Other tales of woe are bound to emerge after the
latest deal-making cycle winds down, predicted Ken
Marlin, a technology investment banker in New York.

"The world is filled with companies that waited too
long to sell and missed their window of opportunity,"
he said. "We think this land grab (on the Internet)
probably will only last another year or two."

Palo Alto-based Metacafe fielded a takeover offer
shortly after Google and YouTube first got together in
October before deciding to remain independent, said
co-founder Arik Czerniak. "We are 100 percent
committed to building the business ourselves," he

Toward that end, Czerniak recently turned over the
chief executive reins to Erick Hachenburg, a former
executive for video game-maker Electronic Arts Inc.
Czerniak remains an executive and major shareholder at

Denver-based Photobucket also prefers to remain
independent as it strives to nearly double its
registered users to 60 million by the end of this
year, said Alex Welch, who has raised about $15
million in venture capital since co-founding the site
in 2003. Photobucket's 35 million members currently
upload about 7 million photos and 35,000 videos per
day ˜ second only to YouTube and MySpace.

Other trendy websites that could elicit takeover
interest include: Linden Research Inc., the maker of
the virtual world "Second Life"; Digg Inc., which
displays news stories based on the recommendations of
readers; and Slide Inc., a photo-sharing site launched
by Max Levchin, who already struck it rich as a
co-founder of PayPal Inc., an online payment service
bought by eBay Inc. for $1.5 billion in 2002.

But no startup is stirring more takeover chatter than
Facebook, which began as a site exclusively for
college students before opening up to high school
students in 2005 and finally accepting all comers last

The site now has nearly 17 million registered users,
most of whom fall into the under-35 demographic prized
by advertisers. And Facebook gives advertisers plenty
of marketing opportunities because its users churn
through about 1 billion Web pages per day.

Facebook struck its first major financial partnership
last summer with Microsoft, which reportedly
guaranteed to deliver about $200 million in ad revenue
through 2008. Zuckerberg said the advertising contract
with Microsoft recently had been extended through
2011. Terms of the extension haven't been disclosed.

Although he dropped out of Harvard in 2004 to move
Facebook to Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg still leads the
ascetic lifestyle of a college student even as he runs
a business with 200 employees.

Zuckerberg says he keeps little more than a mattress
in his apartment, which is located just a few blocks
away from Facebook's office. The proximity allows him
to walk to work every day, usually wearing Adidas
sandals ideally suited for lounging around a campus

Being comfortable is important to Zuckerberg because,
like so many of the Silicon Valley prodigies before
him, he tends to spend long hours at the office
plotting strategy.

"For now, I just think it's very important to have a
good sense of direction about where we are going," he

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Japan and South Korea have 50Mbps

The average UK broadband download speed is now 2Mbps, up from 512Kbps three years ago, says thinkbroadband.com

While broadband speeds in the UK are set to improve, the country still lags behind Japan and South Korea where speeds of up to 50Mbps are not uncommon.

Original article on BBC

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

How to get a custom domain with enom and blogger

1. Checked out blogger instructions but there were no instructions for using enom as a registrar
2. Read up on Blogger Help Group
3. Posted a question tried some options... here's the solution with enom, DNS, CNAME pointing to ghs.google.com

(picture paints a thousand words... by the way the custom domain is: www.viewmyblog.tv)

Calling for full Middle East peace talks

It will soon be seven long and devastating years since the top Israeli, Palestinian, and international leaders sat down together to talk peace. But this week that tide could turn - on Monday, President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert will meet briefly with US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in Jerusalem.

We cannot afford to let Monday's summit lead nowhere. This may be our best chance in years at peace, but only if the players agree to meaningful negotiations. We have to show them the world is watching.

Click below to sign the CeasefireCampaign.org/Avaaz.org Middle East peace talks -- your message will be delivered to summit leaders and published in leading Israeli and Palestinian newspapers on Monday:


Monday, February 12, 2007

internet tv - industry news

eMarketer projects video ad spending will soar 82.2% this year and 89.0% in 2007

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom are behind Joost, previously codenamed the Venice project. (I wonder why the name change... was it the bad press?)

Michael Eisner, the former Walt Disney chief executive, is taking Hollywood into the world of internet television after brokering a deal to create an online channel with one of the entertainment industry’s leading talent agencies. The deal was struck between Veoh, the internet TV operator in which Mr Eisner holds a significant stake, and United Talent Agency.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

IPTV Industry News

Trinity Mirror places video at centre of major site overhauls – Similar Strategy to what our Brand Station would offer
full article on mad.co.uk

News Corporation bought 5% stake in online video firm Roo Group for estimated £6.13m

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everybody's watching viewmy.tv

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Internet to revolutionize TV in 5 years: Gates

The rise of high-speed Internet and the popularity of video sites like Google Inc.'s YouTube has already led to a worldwide decline in the number hours spent by young people in front of a TV set.

In the years ahead, more and more viewers will hanker after the flexibility offered by online video and abandon conventional broadcast television, with its fixed program slots and advertisements that interrupt shows, Gates said.

full article on reuters , Sat Jan 27, 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007

BBC talking to Google about providing video on YouTube

Internet video advertising is pegged to earn more than $1 billion in 2008, much of which is expected to come from television advertising budgets. The situation is forcing television producers to choose whether they want to cooperate with internet video Web sites or compete with them.
herald tribune

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

How to get your Intel-Mac to play WMV Files

1) Download Mac Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx
It can be extracted using Stuffit Expander: http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/

2) Change your Installer to use "Rosetta"(Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)
Before running the installer you will need to navigation to Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities. Find the application called "Installer," and either right-click or Apple+click to get the context menu. Select "Get Info."

Beneath the color labels you'll notice a checkbox that reads "Open Using Rosetta" Tick the box.

3) Install Mac Windows Media Player 9
Navigate back to the Windows Media installer and run the file. Follow the on screen instructions. Close the installer. At this point, you should go back and change the "Installer" application so that it no longer runs using Rosetta.

4) Change your browsers (Safari, Firefox) to use "Rosetta"
Windows Media Player is now installed. However to get it to work with your browsers you need to set these to run using Rosetta.
Navigate to Macintosh HD/Applications/ and right click or apple+click on the browser application (either Safari, IE, or Firefox) and select get info. Beneath the color labels you'll notice a checkbox that reads "Open Using Rosetta." Tick the box.

How to get Safari on Intel-Mac to play RealPlayer Files
Go to 'Get Info' on the Safari application; about half way down the resulting dialogue, tick "open using Rosetta". (Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)

How to get Firefox on Intel-Mac to play RealPlayer Files
Go to 'Get Info' on the Firefox application; about half way down the resulting dialogue, tick "open using Rosetta". (Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)

How to get your pre-Intel Mac to play WMV files.
1) Download and install Flip4Mac from http://www.flip4mac.com

If the browser still will not stream in the videos, you may want to download and Install Windows Media Player as well.

Download Mac Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx and download Windows
It can be extracted using Stuffit Expander: http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/