Facetweet

The other day, I read that Twitter was trying to make its profile pages to look more like Facebook. A few weeks ago, I recall reading that Facebook was trying to make its real-time conversations look more like Twitter. I really don’t understand. So, why don’t these two tech lovers, both headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area by the way, just get together and consummate. Then, we will have one giant social media called Facetweet. Think about all the time we will redeem if we post on just one social media platform. We will literally cut our social media time by half. Just think about how we will have more time to ourselves, how we could be more productive, and have a better quality of life. Maybe not.

Finally Wore Google Glass

I put on Google Glass for the first time ever today. I was trying to browse a website. The side buttons were hard to find. I was just pressing anything on the side to see if it would do something. The screen was awfully small and it was blurry. It must have been my bad eyesight because I had to take off my eyeglasses to put them on. You would think it would be sharp since it’s only a few inches away from eyeballs. The screen is situated just over my right eye. What if my left eye is dominant? Does Google have them? Overall, I’m not impressed at all. They guy who was demoing me the unit told me that he doesn’t like it either. So much for that. For the $1500 price, it’s totally not worth pursuing. It’s got a long ways to go.

Subnet Mask of 255.0.0.0

I’m at a Responsive Web Trends Conference in San Francisco hosted by Moboom. The network setup is a bit unorthodox. The subnet mask is set to 255.0.0.0. Based on my experience, this network is /8, which allows up to 16,777,214 hosts. It uses the entire range of reserved private IP addresses starting from 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255. Interesting setup. I just ran a speed test. Download is 50 Mbps and upload is 27 Mbps.

Mozilla Plans To Sell Advertising in Firefox

Mozilla plans to sell sponsored content, just a fancy word for advertising, in its new Tab pages. The New Tab pages will have some Mozilla-specific content, some popular websites, as well as some hand-picked sponsored content. Mozilla receives about $300 million per year from Google for making Google the default search engine for its Firefox browser. The deal is due up in December. Could it be that Mozilla is just trying to diversify its income stream just in case Google changes its mind.

Tribute to the Little Princess

Shirley Temple died today at the ripe old age of 85 in her home in Woodside, CA. I’ve seen tiny snippets of her many films on TV shows, but I’ve never a full movie until I saw the Little Princess. The film was set in a Victorian London when Sara, played by Temple, was left behind by her dad to fight in the Second Boer War and the Siege of Mafeking. Temple and and a co-star Arthur Treacher had a musical number together, performing the song “Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road.” If you haven’t seen the film, check it out. And with that, I will have a Shirley Temple tonight!

Microsoft Attempt to Stop Using Windows XP

The power of influence on friends and family. That’s Microsoft latest plea to get everyone off Windows XP which ends support on April 8. Running Windows XP past the deadline mean potential security issues since Microsoft will no longer apply fixes or patches to security vulnerabilities. Experts estimate 30% of the web are still using Windows XP. Running Windows past April 8 is akin to running wild in a lawless country. Your on your own. But, didn’t you feel you were on your own the whole time anyways. The article from Ars Technica.

Unveiling the Mask aka Careto

PC World has a very interesting article entitled, “Unveiling ‘The Mask': Sophisticated malware ran rampant for 7 years.” It’s also known as Careto, a sophisticated malware that ran rampant and undetected for 7 years. It has infected hundreds of government and private organizations in more than 30 countries. Kapersky Lab, an antivirus firm believes the virus could be state sponsored. Excerpt of the article from PC World:

“When active in a victim system, The Mask can intercept network traffic, keystrokes, Skype conversations, PGP keys, analyze WiFi traffic, fetch all information from Nokia devices, screen captures and monitor all file operations,” the Kaspersky researchers said in the research paper. “The malware collects a large list of documents from the infected system, including encryption keys, VPN configurations, SSH keys and RDP [remote desktop protocol] files. There are also several extensions being monitored that we have not been able to identify and could be related to custom military/government-level encryption tools.”

Read the rest of the PC World article.

Don’t Throw Away Those 3D Glasses

3D movies are typically a bit more expensive than your normal run-of-the-mill movie. Part of the reason why it’s expensive, is because of the high cost of production. Special 3D cameras are needed. There is a special editing process, as well as the cost of giving away those 3D glasses at the movie theaters. They all contribute to the high cost of production. But, don’t throw those glasses away. Take them home instead. Why save them? Well for one, you can use them with Google Maps. Yes, Google Maps has a 3D feature. Just go to the Google Maps ‘Street Level’ and switch to 3D. Don’t get rid of the 3D glasses just yet, even if it will make you dorky. Keep them around. So, the next time you are checking someone else’s address, just put on the 3D glasses and enjoy the view.

Blog Revival

Hello! I just came up with a new theme. Nothing fancy. No images. No galleries. Just plain old text. It looks like a blog design circa 2005. One thing for sure though, it’s fast since there’s not much overhead. This theme is based on the _s framework, a good starter theme kit developed by the WordPress development team themselves. How about that! If you’re interested in learning how the WordPress theme is constructed, download the underscore theme and study its code. You’ll be surprised what you’ll see. You’ll learn quite a bit by analyzing how this theme is constructed. Anyways, I think it’s time to revive this old crusty blog. It’s time to breathe some new life into it. You are probably asking, “where have you been?” Well, I’ve been concentrating on all my other blogs for the last several months. I just didn’t have the cycles to maintain this blog among all the other web projects. So maybe, a new theme will jumpstart the old blog. We shall see, indeed!

Google Adds Pandora To Chromecast

Google announced today that it’s adding Pandora to its short list of apps running on Chromecast. The list so far include Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and now Pandora.

Google can generate so much more interest from this popular streaming player if they release a few more apps like Spotify, IHeartRadio, access to major networks, cable networks like HBO, etc, and access to premium content in major league sports.

Most of all, Google should release an app for playing local media files soon. There’s a work around for playing local files now by simply dragging them into the Chrome browser, but the quality of the stream and speed are not quite there.

I’m not sure why Google is dragging their feet. Google is letting Roku, Apple TV and others react to the initial shock and novelty of the unique features of Chromecast when it was first introduced.

Eventually, competitors will come out with similar features, but the $35 price point is a major selling point for Chromecast in this tight competitive market.