as you can see, for the last couple of weeks, i have filled the blog with all sorts of news from so many sources. i do not have the exact reason for doing so but i wanted to keep this place look “active” as work and other things kept me occupied for most of the time.
But it all ends today…
i am going to stop posting those news which you can read elsewhere and probably will try to reclaim my “lost” writing habits soon.
Meanwhile check out my new sites
Create a Poll @ Ilovepolls.com
Evanescence Lyrics – BIG fan of them and i grabbed this last week. i will be changing the design soon, hopefully before end of this month i think.
and added some 1000+ pages of free recipes to Yummy Tummy – got the script and db from NP.
And will probably add some graphics and website icons to Webmasters Cavern as soon as i get the script customizd.
Apple will pay rival technology firm Creative Technology $100m (£52m) in an out of court settlement which will end litigation over a patent dispute. The two companies traded lawsuits after Creative accused Apple of infringing its patents in its iPod music player.
Creative launched its own digital music players in 2000 but they have been largely eclipsed by Apple’s iPod.
Regulators launched a probe into the dispute, revolving around a navigation menu designed by Creative, in June.
The 10 most popular operating systems in the world on the web are:
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The links in the supply chain are those contractual relationships that can either turn a profit or cost you a fortune. It can be tempting to dismiss contracts as small print that nobody reads – after all, you know how your business works.
Consider the following common points of view. Continue reading “Debunking five myths about contracts” »
So you want to buy links in directories to get your sites ranked in SE. You search for directories and lo, a million results come up. Before you decide where to buy a link, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.
Who links to them?
Does the only link to the directory come from the link pages of Viagra sites? If yes you probably need to stay away. With SE emphasizing the quality of links this ha become even more important. Look for the incoming link quality before you buy a link.
Whom do they link to?
Can any spammer just buy a hundred outbound links from the directory? Do they accept automated submissions? Search Engines give a very high value to outbound link quality and appearing in listings along with obvious spam sites won’t do you any good.
Are the category pages crawled?
Does the page you want to get listed on even exist in SE databases? Many poor directories have only homepage crawled by SE. If the page your link appears on does not have a presence, why bother paying for it?
How frequently is the directory crawled?
Does the Google index of the page show six months old data? Or does the site get crawled frequently? The faster SE crawl a site, the more they trust it. And that is where you want to get listed.
What is their ad ratio?
Do they fill their category pages with Adsense ads? Will human visitors find any value in the directory? You may want the link just for PR, but with usage data becoming important, you want to buy a link that is useful to human visitors.
Is it unique?
Is it just a DMOZ clone? Or did the directory editor compile a listing of truly useful sites and you can get a listing alongside them? Needless to say, the more unique the content, the better is the directory.
Is it relevant?
If you sell autos, a link in an auto directory is much more valuable. If you sell to a specific geographical area, buying a link in a regional directory makes much more sense.
What is their PR?
Page rank though highly discounted now, still holds a value. While I would not recommend getting a link based just on PR, do not overlook PR while choosing a directory.
Keeping these points in mind should help you decide which directory to choose
Don’t invest in a technology just because it is being hyped, and don’t ignore a technology just because it is not living up to early expectations. So says Gartner, which today released its annual hype cycle for emerging technologies.
The cycle assesses the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 36 key technologies and trends during the next 10 years.
It puts Web 2.0 at what Gartner calls the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ – although technologies like mobile phone payments and enterprise Instant Messaging have matured from the ‘trough of disillusionment’ to climb the ‘slope of enlightenment’. Each technology takes a path from a trigger point – when the product is launched and generates press interest, up to the peak of inflated expectations, down into the trough of disillusionment, after failing to meet these expectations, and then up the slope towards the ‘plateau of productivity’.
This year’s hype cycle highlights three major themes that are experiencing significant activity and which include new or heavily hyped technologies, where organisations may be uncertain as to which will have most impact on their business: Web 2.0, Real World Web and Applications Architecture.
Interesting Slashdot thread started by Jeff Reifman, in which he claimed that IE7 was basically non-compliant with CSS web standards: he measured it as IE 52% compliance vs. Firefox 93%. In fact in his article he notes that the IE7 compliance is only marginally better than IE6 (54% for IE7 and 52% for IE6). Here’s a full explanation of those stats.
Viacom’s MTV Networks will acquire Atom Entertainment for $200 million, the companies said today.
The deal will bring a number of popular video and gaming destinations into the Viacom fold, including Atom Films, AddictingClips, Shockwave.com and AddictingGames.
The sale is expected to close in this quarter.
MTVN’s other digital media acquisitions have included XFire, Y2M, iFilm and Neopets.
“This acquisition is right on the money with our digital strategy,” said Viacom CEO Tom Freston in a statement. “It adds great scale with users, improves our growing casual gaming position, and brings a world-class digital video library and a fantastic management team.”
Atom Films was among the dominant sources of video clips and filmed entertainment online before the emergence over the past year of amateur and video sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace Video. Atom is now trying to catch up in this area with the launch of its own video sharing and upload features on AddictingClips.
Earlier this week, MTV Networks announced a deal with Google through which the search firm would distribute MTV’s video content to a network of third party sites, and marry those clips with in-stream ads.
The hot new technology behind slick Web pages has suddenly become the hot new tool for cybercriminals.
The technology, Ajax coding and Web tools, enables popular websites such as Google Maps and MySpace.com to come alive. It is also the technology behind Windows Live, the slate of cutting edge online services Microsoft has begun testing.
But hackers and cybercrooks have discovered that Ajax can be tweaked in myriad ways. By corrupting one of the dozens of data exchanges Ajax handles while loading a Web page, a hacker can take over control of the PC. Continue reading “Cybercrooks add Ajax coding to bag of hacking tricks” »