Like everyone in web, I have an opinion on Yahoo/Microsoft deal, after reading a lot of post about this subject I don’t understand why all the tables comparing the earnings includes all microsoft divisions (HW , software, web, games) or at least that is what looks like, because I didn’t see any indication of the contrary and as far as I know Yahoo or Google don’t produce consumer hardware, games, OS or office suites with a licensing business model.
The tables should have been the numbers of Yahoo + the numbers of MSFT but only the web divisions and then comparing that to the numbers of income and profit from Google.
But for the analysis and predictions I will point to some posts were A list blogs have made a better job in describing the situation, effects and timelines.
My daughter wanted to watch on the TV some music videos that a friend sent to her, but the problem was that some of the videos were on WMV format and our DVD player only supports DivX (in fact I think that no players with support to those formats exist, yes, I checked on Amazon).
An option was to see the videos on the computer (my computer has a bigger screen and I have the codecs to watch those formats on Linux), but the experience is not the same. So I started a search for a converter but the ones I found were for windows and these days I don’t trust anymore the free software for windows, in fact I don’t have a windows partition.
Then I found AlltoAvi and problem solved!. AlltoAvi is a software project that can be used in Linux and Windows. In Linux I only needed to install mencoder and worked flawlessly.
To convert a file you need to enter the directory where the files are located, filetype, subtitle and audio track IDs, bitrate desired, the codec you want to use to convert and the width and height of the output.
Checking the stats of the blog for the last 3 months, I noticed that the posts with more pageviews are referred from image searches. The images are from Salma Hayek in Ugly Betty, illustrations of Nathan Petrelli and Nikki from the Heroes TV Series, a test post for uploading images with the image of a Singapore girl, and a solar flare.
Why those images generate significant traffic?, I don’t know the answer but my guesses are:
- A lot of guys still have a crush with Salma Hayek even after his pregnancy, which is perfectly understandable.
- The second season of Heroes is premiering in other countries.
- I really don’t have an explanation to the picture of the girl and the solar flare.
Other post that generated some traffic is the papercraft model of Master Chief. I assume that the traffic of this post is because the popularity of the Halo series for the Xbox 360.
While looking at a library book scanned by Google, I found this image, the hand behind the scanner revealed.
Saw this at O’Reilly Radar, and other “hands” are at Book Patrol
Again several WEEKS passed without a new post in this blog.
Why?, well the main reason is procrastination, if we add to that the number of feeds on my google reader account, Digg, Techmeme, my day job, research for my projects and the time spent stuck on Mexico city traffic that would be a good excuse for not posting.
Everyday by the time I finished reading the most interesting stuff, I have some ideas for a good blog post. But I need to justify my paycheck so have to work in the stuff I was hired to do, so I write some ideas on Google Documents, make a mental note, a bookmark, or post something on my Tumblr. By the time I get home I work a little on my side projects, then do some research and suddenly it’s midnight and another day has passed without posting on the blog.
This morning I saw this great cartoon from Calderon, usually I don’t care about this kind of stuff but I found this amusing.
If you don’t know what does the cartoon is about here and here you can find more information about the issue.
I see in a post from furilo that the new MTV.es site was made with Rails
It has everything a site like that (or any big site) has to have: artists info, news, reports, features, blogs, etc..
The site was made by The Cocktail.
When you think on a feed reader you assume that it will show the articles in a chronological ordered list, because we are used to see the information in 2 dimensions, but, what happens when we add a third dimension?.
That’s what they did with Voyage a feed reader made in Flash. This is the type of application perfect for Flash, maybe you can do something similar with Java but I don’t know if it would be as light in resources as this one.
To make the wait for the release of Halo 3 more tolerable you can try to build this papercraft model of Master Chief.
The model is 13″ tall, has close to 2100 faces (over 800 faces for the gun), and is composed of 42 pieces (+ 10 for the gun).
The PDF files with the model and instructions are here
This is the creation of billybob884 and looks like it’s not the first creation, in the gallery you can see other papercraft models like Conker, Mr Satan, the RingWorld and more.
Found this wallpaper image at: KDE Look