Promoted Tweets

Someone asked me how Twitter made money. I said it wasn’t making any. At that time Twitter wasn’t making any profit at all. Promoted tweets will change all of that. Twitter plans to roll out the much anticipated “promoted tweets” in the next two weeks. It makes sense for Twitter to finally earn some well-deserved profit. The question that is in everyone’s mind is, how annoying will these promoted tweets be. I don’t mind an ocassional ad or two as long as it is keep in check.

2011 MacBook Air: Fast and Slow SSD

If you are in the market for a 2011 MacBook Air, you better check the SSD (solid state devices) that comes with the laptop. Apple ships both Samsung and Toshiba SSDs. Why is Apple using two suppliers? It’s probably due to shortage of SSDs. What’s the difference between Samsung and Toshiba SSD? The difference is in speed, not by a whole lot, but it’s something to consider when making a big purchase. You want the best bang for your buck. Here the details about the speed difference from Engadget:

The 128GB Samsung SSD in his 11-inch Air was able to achieve 246 MB/s write and 264 MB/s read speeds. When he switched to the 13-inch model, however, speeds dropped to 156 MB/s and 208 MB/s, respectively, using that notebook’s 128GB Toshiba SSD.

We compared speeds on two generations of 13-inch models, and confirmed Jonathan’s findings.

During our tests, the 256GB Samsung drive in our older model achieved 214 MB/s write and 251 MB/s read speeds, while the 128GB Toshiba drive in the new MacBook Air scored 184 MB/s and 203 MB/s during write and read tests, respectively.

Samsung SSD is definitely the way to go. How can you tell if you have the Samsung or Toshiba SSD? From ZDNet:

You can check which SSD module you have by going to About this Mac > More info… > System Report… (the new name for System Profiler) and clicking on Hardware > Serial-ATA in the left pane. If the enter for APPLE SSD is followed by SM, you have the Samsung, if it’s followed by TS you have the Toshiba module.

It might be preferable to buy a 2011 MacBook Air directly from an Apple Store, rather than buying it online. At the very least, you can check the SSD before making a purchase.

Movies at Walmart.com

You can now watch movies at Walmart.com on the very same day when the DVD comes out. Wal-Mart bought Vudu.com eighteen months ago and is now poised to serve over 20,000 movie titles online. ABC.com breaks down the price structure like this:

Movies are available at Walmart.com to rent for $1 to $5.99 or to purchase for $4.99 and up. Wal-Mart is not offering subscriptions, making its service more similar to Apple Inc.’s iTunes, which charges $3.99 to rent newly released movies and $14.99 to buy a movie.

In addition to Netflix, another competitor streaming movies and TV shows by subscription is Hulu.com, which now offers a premium service for $7.99 a month with more back-season shows and more movies. Without a subscription, Hulu viewers can watch shows and movies free in exchange for watching advertising.

The online streaming companies, Apple, Netflix and Hulu, now have legitimate competition from Wal-Mart. And it’s cheaper.

Setup The Canon MX330 Printer in Ubuntu

It seems like every time I reinstall Ubuntu, I also have to reconfigure my personal Canon MX330 printer. I admit it’s not a straightforward install. It usually involves a few Google searches to look for the drivers as well as performing a few manual commands on the Terminal.

So, I decided to document the Canon MX330 printer setup in Ubuntu for future reference.

Download

To get started, first, we need to download the Canon MX330 drivers directly from Canon’s website. Select “Support and Services” from the menu, and  then select “Driver Downloads.” You’ll need to choose the appropriate tarball for your distro. For Ubuntu, you need the “Debian” tarball.

Extract

Download and extract the files to your local directory. Access the extracted directory and go to the “cnijfilter-mx330series-3.10-1-i386-deb/packages” directory.

Install

Now, type the following commands on the Terminal:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-common_3.00-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-mx330series_3.10-1_i386.deb

Add Printer

Go to System->Administrtion->Printing, then select New->Printer. The Canon MX330 should be on a list of available printers. Select it and send a short print test. Simple. That’s it.

OS X Lion Is Now Available

OS X Lion is now available at Apple’s Mac App Store. The new operating system costs only $30. The filesize is roughly 3.5GB and is available for download now. There are several benefits to having OS X Lion. You can take advantage several of the many features such as: multi-touch, full screen apps, mission control, launchpad, resume, auto-save, air drop, mail, lion server and many more. If you have a slow connection, just bring your laptop to any Mac Store to download or you can purchase a OS X Lion USB stick for $70. Your better buying online if you can. Anyways, it update time. Download.

Remove OpenOffice, Install LibreOffice

If you’re running the latest release of your favorite Linux distro, chances are, you are already using LibreOffice. In my case, my desktop is still powered by Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It means I still have OpenOffice as the default office suite. I say it’s time to switch to LibreOffice. Here’s a simple set of instructions to remove OpenOffice and Install LibreOffice via Terminal.

Remove OpenOffice

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

Install LibreOffice

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice

g.co

Google recently acquired G.co which will be used as URL shortening service. Google already has Goo.gl, another URL shortening service that has been a around for a couple years. The two URL shortening services will differ in purpose. G.co will be used exclusively for shortening URLs that’s owned by Google, while Goo.gl is a public URL shortening service that anyone can use. By the way, CO is a top level domain for Colombia.

Netflix To Increase Price

Netflix customers are up in arms about the recent price increase. I currently pay $10 a month for DVDs, as well as access to the online streaming service. I like to have both, but Netflix wants to increase it to $16 to cover the cost of its DVD business. Remember, Netflix started out as a DVD mail-in business.

I would consider dropping the DVD service, and subscribe to the online streaming service only. But, there’s a problem. Not all titles are available for streaming. I think many customers would choose streaming if the titles were available. Since they are not, customers feel like they are being screwed by Netflix.

If there was ever a lesson in keeping your customers happy, this was it. Netflix should have listened to its customers. I suspect many loyal Netflix customers will cancel their subscription including myself. I don’t know how Netflix could justify a 60% increase in price, especially in this economy.

And, what’s the point of having Netflix with only half a service.