Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Under the new Billboard Hot 100 formula, radio play will average about 55
percent of the chart’s total points, digital for about 40 percent, and streaming
media for 5 percent. While streaming media is relatively small, it’s still well
ahead of sales of physical singles, which will account for less than 1 percent
of the chart’s new formula.
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If you have a lot of digital pictures and would like to crop more than one at a time, JPEGCrops is the best freeware option for you. This program lets you maintain the aspect ratio, but still crop your photos to only leave the exact portion of the photo you want to keep.
With JPEGCrops, you can use the same settings to crop a large number of photos in a batch. Alternatively, you can go through each photo and customize the crop for each picture one by one. JPEGCrops comes with many preset print sizes for cropping as well as the ability to define a custom crop size.
Then pick a preset (or custom) crop size and crop all or crop individually.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
There's been a great deal of discussion recently about how Netflix is struggling with its continued competition with Blockbuster and the online movie streaming sites. With the recent hit Netflix stock took (it hit its lowest point in over two years), lowering it's monthly fees by $1.00 and losing those profits and the recent 12-hour-plus website outage; many have been saying Netflix is in trouble and losing in the DVD rental war. I disagree. Matter of fact, I would argue that Netflix is not only winning the DVD rental war, but has already won. Here's why:
Blockbuster calculates the benefits of Total Access costs at $2 per
subscriber per month. That's not including the $8 to $12 cost of free movies. So
it is likely the company's margins will decline as it rents millions of titles
for free each month.
Blockbuster realizes the Total Access segment is not as
profitable as the rest of its business. However, the company may be in the
process of shooting itself in the foot.
They hope to make up the lower margins by increasing the subscription price, but I don't see how they could stay in the game with higher prices. Blockbuster announced higher prices and more maximum rentals in a month just last month. This will almost certainly cause more and more customers to head back to Netflix. If you don't believe me, read some of the comments on this over at the HackingNetflix blog.Other Netflix Competitive Advantages
Add to this the other competitive advantages Netflix has over Blockbuster. Netflix has watch-now movie streaming which admittedly has a fairly small list of older or less popular movies, but still it is an added value for the customer. Netflix has a much better website and queue system. They are adding features to the site all the time. Just check out the Netflix community blog where they have an open dialogue with their customers on new features and suggestions.
Netflix has a better service overall, they offer more value for your movie renting money and they don't have the massive overhead of the franchise and company owned stores. To quote a commenter on the Hacking Netflix Blog: "Blockbuster is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic".
My prediction is that Blockbuster will either do another very major strategy reorganization or they will go down in flames. Netflix has already won the DVD rental war. Blockbuster just doesn't realize it yet.
UPDATE: This story was submitted to digg by taswizard - if you like it, please DIGG IT. Thanks!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Robert Scoble Says: "Cocomment should NEVER keep a comment from being posted. Even if the service is down. But it does. It’s very frustrating."
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Gallery2 is an free, open source, PHP web-based photo album organizer for those wanting full control over their photos on their own server. Gallery2 gives you an unique way to blend photo management seamlessly into your own website or blog whether you're running a small personal site or a large community site. The free program includes support for uploads, various picture formats, and even voting on submitted galleries.
After installation, you will notice a vast array of customization options including:
- For the visitor experience you can set up short urls's, choose full or resized images, print photos, search by keyword, read exif info, commenting, polling, customized slide shows and more
- You can set up Gallery to view info in the pictures from digital cameras & auto-rotate them as needed.
- Customize account permissions so you control what visitors can or can't do with your photos
- Set up a purchase feature where visitors can purchase your images via paypal.
- You can limit the quality & size of images so it will auto-resize your uploaded photos to save space.
- You can customize the main Gallery page to look the way you want it to. Show or hide the album tree, search engine, album owner etc.
- Choose the languages you want the Gallery to support
- E-mail support so it can e-mail users when their accounts are created or when they forget their password, e-mail a group of people when a new photo is added etc.
- Set up a Gallery-wide slideshow
- Turn on and configure commenting
- Customized logging of visitors
- Publish your Galery with RSS
- Uploading photos is customizable
- You can mirror your photos albums on multiple servers to manage bandwidth as well as backup of photos
The possibilities are nearly endless.
Here are some examples of Gallery2 in action:
If you are a photographer and you're looking for way to show your images on the web with the upmost control and cusomization, look no further then Gallery 2. And if you are a hobbiest who wants to roll your own flickr-type site for your photos, Gallery2 is certainly an application worth checking out.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Strip DRM from Zune, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Unbox, Walmart Downloads
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Acronis True Image Free Download
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Must Read: Stories I'm Reading
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Measure Your Run or Bike Ride with Gmaps Pedometer
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Sony's Sphere-Shaped HTPC-VAIO TP1
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Flexible Flickr Search Engine PiciShare
PiciShare is an alternative search engine for Flickr to your average Flickr Search. The search engine provides a simple click and search interface that enables you to modify the search preferences more efficiently. You can select the search results per page, sort by: relevance, Date Posted…
A Non-working Technorati is a Useless Technorati
Here we go again! Technorati hasn't been updating posts, links or authority for several days now and there's been no response by admin on their "help" page or from their ticket support system. The problems for me began before Technorati dropped off the web due to the power outage…
Blog Hack: Custom Flickr Search for your Blog
Would you like to add a custom flickr search box for your blog that only searches your photos? I found some html code you can add to your site to make a custom search box for your blog that searches only photos with your flickr username. I'll share with you how to do this for your site. …
Blogger Hack: Monitor Submissions From Your Site to Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Furl and StumbleUpon
If you have a website or blog you know how much digg , reddit , stumbleupon and the other social networking sites can have a great impact on the number of visitors to your site. Because of this, you want to know when someone submits a story from your blog to one of these social networking sites.…
Harry Potter by Audiobook
Don't have time to read the 750 or so pages of the the latest Harry Potter Book - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? I recommend you purchase the audiobook . It is narrated by Jim Dale who is one of the best narrators ever. My family has listened to the previous six Harry Potter books…
Qam Tuning On Mac with HDHomeRun & EyeTV
SiliconDust announced today that their Dual Network QAM/OTA HD Tuner now works with the Mac's EyeTV. I wrote a review of the excellent HDHomeRun tuner back in March. These HDHomeRun tuners have been flying off the shelf since that time as it now works with most (if not all) of the Windows Based…
EasyTVData Now SchedulesDirect - Replacement For Zap2It
If you are one of the MythTV, GBPVR or MediaPortal Users who have been using Zap2It for your TV Guide service then you probably know that Zap2It will stop providing free tv listings September 1, 2007. Since that time, a team of MythTV developers and others are working on a possible replacement for…
Digg Hack: Find The Popular Digg Stories Before They Hit Front Page
Want to find the stories that are just beginning to gain popularity, but before they hit Digg? Russ Virante has developed a digg tool using the digg.com API to filter through the most recent 500 stories based on the minimum number of diggs received. This way you can catch the likely-to-be-hot…
Over at the doom9 forums they are discussing the program Fairuse4WM program that strips any media file that plays on Microsoft's Windows Media Player. This includes Zune Marketplace Downloads, Walmart Downloads, Amazon UnBox, BBC iPlayer files and even your local library file downloads.
Why would you want to do this? The reason I would do this is to be able to listen to the music I purchase from a player specific platform on a non-supported player. I don't share the music and you shouldn't either. Once The content sellers and the music/video companies free all tracks from DRM, this of course won't be necessary.
EDIT: Dave Zatz has confirmed that this does work on video files. He tested it out on three weeds episodes purchased from Amazon Unbox.
I haven't tried this out, but others are saying it works. You can do the same sort of thing with iTunes files as I mentioned back in June of this year.
via doom9 forums