VLC Multimedia Player

If you’re looking for a media player that plays all media formats, then you should look into the VLC player. It’s available in Windows, Mac and Linux. It handles DVD, VCD, SVCD, Audio CD, web streams, TV cards and whole bunch more. VLC comes with every imaginable codec that’s ever built. Hence, the reason why it plays everything.

It even plays files that are damaged, missing or are broken. This open-source media player is a favorite for many. The VLC media player can be used as a server and a client. It can send and received streaming videos. If that wasn’t enough, VLC also comes with dozens of skins to match your desktop.

To download, visit VLC’s website.

The Chrome Webstore

The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for the Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit https://chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.

Of course, you will need to download and use the Google Chrome browser for the extensions and the themes to work. Browse the Google Webstore and discover programs you never thought existed. Finally, watch this video to learn more about the Google Chrome Store.

250 Billion Tweets and Counting

Twitter had 250 billion tweets in 2010. It also added 100 million new users. An amazing growth for a company that’s only been around for a few years. Twitter has also improved its infrastructure exponentially, being able to support growth while minimizing downtimes. I haven’t seen or heard the fail whale for quite some time. That’s a good thing. The last I heard was during the World Cup this past summer. I might have missed one or two along the way.

So, what’s new this year? Twitter’s development team continued to innovate and add value to the Twitter’s experience, by cranking out new features, such as a new homepage, embedded media, tlists, and so on. And what do I expect next year? Twitter will probably double its record number of tweets. Maybe add a few more hundred million users. How about a trillion tweets. Why not.

Finally, there’s a nice story in the San Francisco Chronicle about the artist who drew the infamous fail whale.

Oracle Cloud Office

Oracle just joined the cloud, when it recently announced it will start Oracle Cloud Office, which allows users to create and edit documents without the need for desktop software. The Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 application can be viewed on smartphones, but lack the editing features. It’s also compatible with Microsoft Office and Open Office and is based on the open ODF format. It’s unclear whether Oracle plans to charge customers.

On a side note, Open Office which is also managed by Oracle, will release Open Office 3.3 which integrates well with Cloud Office. The Cloud Office can also connect with Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Microsoft Sharepoint making it well positioned for enterprise use. From the looks of it, Oracle’s vision for the cloud just got clearer.

Now, it has two office suites. One is open-source that resides on the desktop. The other resides in the cloud and geared more towards the enterprise.

Bank Of America Sucks

I was reading this article in PC World called “Bank of America Buying Naughty Domain Names.” Apparently, the bank has been buying domains to protect its executives and directors from people who register offending domain names.

From PC World:

The bank has been feverishly registering domains that include the names of its directors and executives combined with “sucks” or “blows,” according to Domain Name Wire. Hundreds of domain names were registered by the bank on December 17 alone, Domain Name Wire said.

Among the names registered by the bank to protect its CEO Brian Moynihan, for example, were BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. In addition to the .com domains for those names, .net and .org versions were also registered (though .info seems to have escaped the bank’s notice).

But, this just shows you, that money can’t buy everything.

Despite its domain buying spree, there is one domain that it can’t buy, and it’s probably the most important naughty domain of all: bankofamericasucks.com.

That’s classic.