Microsoft Acquires Mobile Advertising Pioneer ScreenTonic
ScreenTonic’s mobile ad serving and management expertise increase advertiser opportunity across Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions
Interesting to see more details when the press release actually comes out.
UPDATE: Some details emerged, but not much.
But I wanted to point out this entry in their FAQ:
How much bandwidth does the application use?
IMPORTANT NOTICE for users with limits on their internet usage
You need to read this carefully if:
- you have an upper limit on your monthly internet usage, or
- you pay for internet usage as you go (i.e. you pay per megabyte you download, instead of a flat fee).
Joost is a streaming video application, and so uses a relatively high amount of bandwidth per hour. In one hour of viewing, approximately 320MB data will be downloaded and 105MB uploaded, which means that it will exhaust a 1GB cap in 10 hours.
Windows users should note that the application continues to run in the background after you close the main window. For this reason, if you pay for your bandwidth usage per megabyte or have your usage capped by your ISP, you should be careful to always exit Joost client completely when you are finished watching it.
To stop using bandwidth, you need to exit the application entirely...
This is particularly sad for New Zealand users, because there are no true unlimited plan with decent bandwidth available in this country...
So, beware of the usage when running Joost.
UPDATE: I've contacted the Joost support through their forums and the Joost FAQ is incorrect. It's actually supposed to be MB (megabytes) and GB (gigabytes). I am updating the blog to reflect this. Note then that you will burn about 435 MB/hour with Joost!
And that's what happened to Busines 2.0, one of the few magazines I actually buy (the others are Fast Company and Wired). According to some news Business 2.0 lost its main content server with all the material for the next issue.
They did backups. But apparently didn't test the backup lately - and the process failed to restore the so needed content.
Lucky for them most of the material was sent to lawyers for review and approval - but all the art work needed to be redone.
How are you doing today? Here are some tips:
If you are running Windows Vista, the Backup and Restore Center offers a handy basic file backup and restore, and in some versions (Business, Ultimate, Enterprise) a Complete PC Backup and restore option. It will copy the entire hard drive to an external drive and you will be able to restore your digital life to the exact image of that backup. It will do incremental backups, meaning you will be able to do faster backups over time.
Try an on-line service. There are free ones (up to 5GB) such as Xdrive, and some inexpensive options such as Carbonite. These are set and forget things, and they will copy your data to servers over the Internet. Of course you will need some fast broadband and an unlimited account or at least a large allowance for all the data backup. In New Zealand you can also try local solution NZDrive.
Try a backup to another computer. You could use Memeo and forget about this. Set it to backup your files to another computer on your network, and forget it. It's all automatic. And Memeo works on Windows and Mac OS.
Get into the home network server space. Try Windows Home Server. This might need a bit more knowledge, and more hardware, but it's getting to a point where some households have more than one computer, and this is an automated solution for backup nightmares. It will store automatic backups from all PCs in your network, and allow for restores over the LAN.
And of course test the restore to see if it all works. After all storing the data away but not being able to retrieve is not fun.
Most importantly: practice safe computing.
The software is free and available here.
We are a small independant software company interested in the effects of bullying and harassment through text messaging on the youth culture.
The purpose of this survey is two fold - to find out how undesirable messaging is perceived in society and to understand if technology is able to help mitigate some of the issues we suspect are out there.
The questions in the first section will be shared with the general public in an aggregated summary format to help the New Zealand community understand how text harassment is affecting society. The remainder of the information including any personal information will not be shared with anyone and will be used to help us understand whether technology is an appropriate way to deal with this issue.
If you can help, please visit www.txtsurvey.co.nz and fill in the questions. It will only take a couple of your minutes! It would be better if you had kids of your own, to make it more focused.
You can do it even if you are not in New Zealand.
Novatel Wireless Reports Record Results Driven by Strong Sales Across Multi-Pronged 3G Product Portfolio
First Quarter Revenue Increases 174% Year Over Year and 43% Sequentially
“Our first quarter performance was the best in Company history, with record sales, strong gross margins and impressive operating leverage,” commented Brad Weinert, Novatel Wireless’ acting Chief Executive Officer. “Sales were even higher than forecasted in our revised guidance due to strong end-of-the-quarter momentum for newly introduced ExpressCards and Ovation USB devices. During the quarter, shipments of the Company’s ExpressCards – the most successful new product introduction in our history – grew to almost $50 million in sales.
The product can be a success. It's actually quite good. But when you contact the Novatel support multiple times through their support forms but receive no replies, as it happened to me, then it really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Other reports tells us that from today every current Joost user can invite an unlimited number of friends to join the service (although my Joost status still says I can invite only five people).
So if you are thinking of joining Joost, post a comment here and I will send you an invite until it opens to the public or until I run out of time.
UPDATE: Joost has announced its commercial launch, and unlimited invites available for current beta testers. But the "unlimited" is not really available now, so I've sent invites to the first five people commenting here and will send more invites as soons as I have them.
UPDATE: Unlimited invites are now available so please comment away!
Even though my company is small, I run this software in-house because of the benefits, including the synchronisation between locations that allows me to read RSS feeds in one medium and have it marked as read everywhere else automatically. I love that I can go out and keep an eye on the feeds from my Windows Mobile Pocket PC, and when I am back using my laptop all those feeds are already marked and gone.
This is only one of the benefits. You should read my NGES review on Geekzone to see what it can bring to larger companies.
But the reason of this post is because I got the news that NGES 2.0 is out. This update includes support for the NewsGator Go! reader for Pocket PC. This is great because I will be able to synchronise my feeds with my Pocket PC instead of having to be on-line all the time to read it through the mobile browser. It means I can download the feeds and read on an aeroplane for example, since I won't need to have the cellular data on all the time.
Also included is a new Ajax-based Web interface, sorting of feeds and articles by relevance to the user, tagging support, enhanced reporting, and feed-reading add-ons to Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and Lotus Notes.
Now to contact the NGES Support and arrange for an updated install to be sent to me...
So frustrating. I cringe every time I have to reboot now.
I am very tempted to go out and buy an Apple Mac.
UPDATE: Install worked, after four attempts. And this is not a machine with lots installed - and it's clean. There is no toolbars and loads of utilities. It's just plain stock Windows Vista. Lesson learned? Don't use the Sleep or Hibernation thing. Every time I use that something goes wrong. Reboot every day.
UPDATE: I can't believe it... After the install finished I clicked Windows Update. It downloaded 340MB for SQL 2005 SP2, and run for ten minutes. Then it return "Update failed to install". I clicked the link "Get Help" and as expect the error code wasn't there. I clicked the button "Try again" and it started downloading the 340MB SP2 again!
How bad a software can be? It's just the client, for goodness sake, it's not the SQL 2005 Server components. Another reboot coming.
UPDATE: Worst decision ever: installing the SQL 2005 Client on this Windows Vista machine. After installing SP2 I wanted to add another feature, but can't because the code files are newer than the installation DVD. And guess what? Uninstall is not working. What a piece of software.