Report says Facebook, Twitter and blogs are more popular than email

A recently published report says that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and blogs are more popular than email.

During December 2008, there were 242 million unique visitors to so-called member communities but only 236 million to email sites around the world. The figures are mirrored in Britain, with 25.6 million visitors to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogger compared with 24.2 million users logging on to Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo mail.

I have just discovered Twitter myself, you can follow me here.

Twitter is becoming more and more mainstream with Twitter users including 10 Downing Street, Barack Obama, the BBC and Google.

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Monster of a computer built with Samsung Solid State Drives

I just found this excellent video on YouTube. As a promotion for Samsung SSDs they put together a monster computer which runs FAST! The systems uses 24 256GB Samsung MLC SSD's in a RAID configuration.

The computer uses:

  • 24 x 256GB SSD drives (6TB in total)
  • 2 x Quad Core QX9775 processors (with huge fans)
  • 2 x Radeon HD4870 X2 video cards using crossfire
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 2 x 1000 Watt power supplies

When it is all put together is gives a through put of 2000 Megabytes/s!!! For one of the tests they start everything in the Start Menu which totals 53 programs and they start in just 18.09 seconds!!!!

Awesome!

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Olympus: 12 megapixels is enough

I read with interest this piece that Olympus has declared an end to the megapixel race. Megapixels like Megahertz can sometimes be a red herring. Olympus said "Increasing the number of megapixels on cameras is an easy selling point for camera makers, in part because it's a simple concept for people to understand." Which I am sure is true. Personally I have a 6 Megapixel camera and it is more than enough for me. But I would like better dynamic range, color reproduction, and a better ISO range for low-light shooting which is what Olympus said they are going to concentrate on now!

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Link to a Specific Part of a YouTube Video

Matt Cutts, who works for Google – specializing in search engine optimization issues, has written about how to to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube… I didn't know this was possible… But it is!!!

If you want to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube, you can. For example,

youtube.com/watch?v=PjDw3azfZWI#t=31m08s

Notice the “#t=31m08s” on the end of the url? That link will take you 31 minutes and 8 seconds into that video. This example takes you straight to where someone asks Eric Schmidt a question about Twitter. From there, you can listen to his answer.

Matt Cutts works for the Search Quality group in Google, specializing in search engine optimization issues. He is well known in the SEO community for enforcing the Google Webmaster Guidelines and cracking down on link spam. Cutts also advises the public on how to get better website visibility in Google and inequitably imposes, as some justifiably argue, the infamous "Google penalty" on select websites.

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Linux Foundation Buys Linux.com

It was revealed yesterday that the Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium chartered to foster the growth of Linux, has bought the Linux.com domain from SourceForge.

I have worked with the Linux.com team for several years and they have published several of my artivles and even a video review of Picasa for Linux. At the moment I am undecided about what this means for the Linux community, time will tell as we see what the LF make of the site.

Some key points about the deal are:

  • LF is taking over the editorial and community stewardship for the site.
  • The SourceForge and LF will collaborate to create a vibrant and long-lasting community destination for Linux users and developers.
  • SourceForge will support the Linux Foundation by continuing to sell the advertising for Linux.com.
  • Much like Linux itself, Linux.com will rely on the community to create and drive the content and conversation.
  • According to ComputerWorld, the Foundation will be keeping the old Linux.com articles on-site. What is good news for me as I would like to continue to see my articles on the Linux.com site.

LF Press Release

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