I’ve often wondered - but why don’t many online main stream media sites link when they refer to blogs or websites?
I find it slightly ironic - particularly when they write about new media/blogging.
I’m not sure if it’s laziness, fear of loosing readers from a site or if it’s just a different philosophy of web design - but I would have thought if a site was seriously interested in providing useful content for their readers that they’d hyperlink mentions of other websites.
The whole thing came up from a story on BusinessWeek, talking about how bloggers make money - except that BusinessWeek didn't give out any link love. Exactly like we see here in New Zealand when talking about the on-line editions of the big newspapers...
That's for you, Motorola.
If you have those installed (and who doesn't in these days of YouTube?) then download the patches here and here.
Many of the vulnerabilities are cross-platform, and between them, they have most OS-browser combinations covered. You are vulnerable until you install the patches. Read the advisories from the vendors and grab the patches here and here.
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists themselves have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.
What is Geekzone Friends?
Many times we have been asked if there is a way to be informed when someone posts a new discussion or a reply in our forums. People don't want to be notified of all replies to a specific discussion, but would like to know when a friend replies to something.
With Geekzone Friends you will create relationships with other users, and will be informed of their activities on Geekzone.
How is the notification sent?
We initially thought of e-mail notifications - but e-mail overload is already a bad thing. So we decided on RSS feeds. RSS feeds are convenient because you can read them later and pull the information when needed, unlike e-mail.
What information will I be able to see?
There are two types of RSS feeds available:
- Your own Private Feed, listing all of your Geekzone Friends' activities. You will see when a friend creates a relationship with another user, or when your friend posts in the forums. You won't see any of your friends' friends' activities, unless they are your friends too. No one else can access this Private Feed.
- Your Personal Feed, listing all of your own activities on Geekzone. This feed does not list anything your friends do. You can make this feed public or private by changing your profile. If public then anyone can see it (including non-Geekzone users), but if marked as Private then only your friends can see it.
Why Personal Feeds?
These feeds list the activities for each relationship individually, instead of going through the Private Feed, which will have all relationships in a single stream.
What are Friends Status?
Think of this as a "micro blogging" thing. Just below the menu bar on Geekzone you can see a status field - enter anything there and your friends will see this message in their RSS feeds.
You can also share a web address by entering http//... with the full URL in the status field.
I can see a lot of people using this feature already.
I've made my feed public so everyone can check it out. I also changed my profile to "Auto Accept" so any Geekzone user can create a relationship with me.
The demos include the following topics: Microsoft Surface, Live Lab Photosynth, Windows Live for Windows Mobile, Microsoft RoundTable, Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM, Microsoft SilverLight, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Automotive.
The Windows Mobile demo is interesting, with a quick demo of the UI released by HTC with its HTC Touch device, plus Windows Live for Windows Mobile showing what can be accomplished with a rich client connecting to web services.
So far the feedback from people who have seen these new features is great.
If all goes well, it should be released on Geekzone the week of 16 July.
So even if you don't have an IRC client installed, just load the Geekzone Chat page and you will be automatically connected to our on-line chat. There's always someone there for a nice talk - most of the times it's a busy forum.
Voice continues to be the key driver in OECD telecommunication markets which have now attained revenues of USD 1 trillion. However, voice services, and the structure of telecommunications revenues, are evolving. Mobile services now make up 40% of all OECD-area telecommunications revenues, and mobile subscribers outnumber fixed subscribers by a ratio of 3 to 1. At the same time, technologies such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are exerting strong downward pressure on prices for voice services. The impact of VoIP is apparent in prices for international fixed-line calls, which many VoIP operators now bundle into flat-rate subscription plans. As a result, the future of voice revenue streams is unclear.
The number of high-speed Internet connectyions is one of the main reasons why technologies such as VoIP have had such an impact on the market. Broadband is quickly becoming the dominant technology for Internet access throughout the OECD area; 60% of the area's 256 million Internet subscribers now have a broadband connection.
UPDATE: As noted I had the link to the document, when it should be to the bookshop. It wasn't my intention and the link is now corrected.